In our news wrap Thursday, the California State Assembly voted to require that nearly all public school children get their shots, or otherwise be homeschooled. Also, Congress completed work on a major trade package, clearing the way for the Obama administration to return to negotiating an Asian free-trade deal.
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In the news summary Thursday, Gwen Ifill said more than 100 people died in the measles outbreak last year. That is factually incorrect; more than 100 people were “sickened” in the outbreak. The NewsHour regrets the error.
State lawmakers in California moved today to impose one of the nation’s strictest vaccination laws. The state assembly voted to require that nearly all public schoolchildren get their shots, or be homeschooled. The bill gained momentum after a measles outbreak that started at Disneyland and killed more than 100 people.
Congress has completed work on a major trade package sought by President Obama. The House gave final approval today to renewing a job training program. It’s meant to aid Americans who lose jobs to overseas competition. The vote clears the way for the administration to return to negotiating an Asian free trade deal.
The deadline for finishing a nuclear deal with Iran is Tuesday, but 18 leading national security figures have their doubts. In an open letter, they are pressing for a tougher line on inspections and sanctions relief. Otherwise, they say, the talks may fall short of the administration’s own standard of a good agreement, a warning that brought this White House response.
JOSH EARNEST, White House Press Secretary:
The letter essentially lays out the kind of criteria that is broadly consistent with the framework that was announced back in April. And the president was crystal-clear that the only kind of final agreement we would reach is one that fulfills the principles that have previously been agreed to.
U.S. officials suggested the June 30 deadline could slip by a short bit if that’s what it takes to get a good agreement.
Greece also faces a looming deadline, for a new bailout deal, but negotiations appear stuck. Eurozone finance ministers met with Greek officials in Brussels and adjourned without agreement. That sets up a last-ditch effort on Saturday.
JEROEN DIJSSELBLOEM, President, Eurogroup:
The door is still open for the Greek sides to come with new proposals or to accept what is on the table. The institutions are going to look at the last proposals, as I said. If anything of that is useful, we will use it, of course, but we are very, on a number of issues, quite far apart, so it is going to be difficult.
ALEXIS TSIPRAS, Greek Prime Minister:
I think that European history is full of disagreements, negotiations, and to then compromises. So, after the comprehensive Greek proposals, I am confident that we will reach a compromise that will help Eurozone and Greece to overcome the crisis.
Greece’s creditors say they need an agreement by Monday. Otherwise, the Athens government is likely to default on a major debt repayment.
A heat wave in southern Pakistan has now killed more than 1,100 people, even as temperatures ease down. In Karachi today, morgues ran out of space, and hospitals were still struggling to handle an influx of patients with heat-related ailments. Volunteers turned out across the city, setting up relief camps and handing out water.
In Syria today, Islamic State fighters struck back, after losing ground to Kurdish forces in recent days. Militants attacked the Kurdish-held town of Kobani along the Turkish border, killing at least 35 people. Footage shot from the Turkish side of the border showed demolished homes, and thick smoke rising from buildings. Sporadic fighting continued through the day. ISIS attackers also staged a separate assault in Northeastern Syria.
In France, taxi drivers staged a nationwide strike to protest the ride-hailing service Uber. Strikers blocked traffic, attacked Uber vehicles and, in places, even clashed with police wearing riot gear. They accused the ride-sharing service of stealing their livelihood.
MAN (through interpretor):
Uber, it’s illegal work. Anyone and everyone can do it. You can’t tell whether they have a driver’s license. You know nothing about them. They’re not taxis. They’re not professionals. They don’t have training. We just don’t know who they are.
The French government has banned Uber from operating its lowest-cost service, but so far without success.
Back in this country, attorneys for James Holmes began presenting their case in the 2012 movie theater shootings in Aurora, Colorado. The attack at a midnight showing killed 12 people and wounded 70 others. Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
Another big auto recall is in the works. Mitsubishi announced today it’s calling in 460,000 cars in the U.S. In some cases, when the air bags deploy, they can jam the sun visors into a passenger’s face. Five injuries have been reported, and two of the victims lost sight in one eye. The models affected include the Eclipse and some Chryslers and Dodges from the early 2000s.
On Wall Street today, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 75 points to close at 17890. The Nasdaq fell 10 points, and the S&P slipped six.