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In our news wrap Tuesday, mourners gathered in Atlanta for the funeral of Rayshard Brooks, a black man who was shot and killed by police when he tried to escape arrest. The service was held at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once preached. Also, a powerful earthquake struck southern and central Mexico, triggering small tsunamis along the Pacific coast.
In the day's other news: President Trump vowed to sign an executive order against tearing down statues of Confederate leaders and others. He cited a federal law that punishes vandalism of monuments to military leaders up — by 10 years in prison.
President Donald Trump:
And we are looking at long-term jail sentences for these vandals and these hoodlums and these anarchists and agitators. And call them whatever you want.
I will have an executive order very shortly, and all it's really going to do is reinforce what's already there, but in a more uniform way.
We will take a closer look at this debate later in the program.
The president spent much of the day in Arizona touring the Southern border wall, before holding a rally in Phoenix. His visit came as more than 200 miles of wall have been built. That's less than half the total Mr. Trump had promised to build by year's end.
Mourners gathered in Atlanta today for the funeral of Rayshard Brooks. Police shot and killed Brooks as he was running away after an attempted arrest for intoxication. Today's funeral was held at Atlanta's historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. once preached.
The FBI now says that a rope that appeared to be a noose at a NASCAR speedway in Alabama had been there since last October. It was in a garage space assigned last week to Bubba Wallace, NASCAR only black driver, for a weekend race.
NASCAR late today described it as — quote — "a garage door pool rope fashioned like a noose" and said that it was thankful to learn that this was not an intentional racist act. The FBI says they have concluded there was no federal crime committed.
In Mexico, a powerful earthquake rocked the southern and central parts of the country, killing at least two people. Thousands of people in Mexico City took refuge outdoors, as the tremor swayed buildings. Initial damage reports were relatively minor. The quake also triggered small tsunamis along the Pacific Coast.
New York, Kentucky and Virginia held primary elections amid the pandemic today. In Kentucky, Democrats chose a U.S. Senate nominee to face Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The Convention Center in Louisville served as a single giant polling place for more than 500 precincts. Thousands of voters flowed through with relative ease.
This process was very smooth, very simple, very easy process. People walked you through. Everybody was there. I love it.
People need to understand the new norm and get with the program. There's nothing wrong with this process, mail-in or coming out to the one location.
Some other voters complained that the single site was too far from where they live. Officials also faced an outpouring of mail-in ballots.
And on Wall Street today, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 131 points to close at 26156. The Nasdaq rose nearly 75 points, and the S&P 500 added 13.
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