In our news wrap Tuesday, some hopeful news on the COVID-19 pandemic. Johns Hopkins University reports new infections have slowed to 43,000 per day nationwide -- down more than 20 percent from early August. Also, Texas and Louisiana ordered more than half a million people to evacuate the Gulf Coast as Hurricane Laura approaches. The storm already killed dozens in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
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Some hopeful news tonight on the pandemic. Johns Hopkins University reports new infections have slowed to 43,000 a day nationwide. That's down more than 20 percent since early August.
Meanwhile, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn apologized today for overstating the benefits of using plasma laced with antibodies to treat new patients.
Texas and Louisiana ordered more than half-a-million people today to evacuate the Gulf Coast, as Hurricane Laura bears down. It could come ashore late tomorrow night, with sustained winds of 115 miles an hour and up to 13 feet of ocean storm surge. The storm already killed at least two dozen people in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
In California, an influx of more firefighters helped in the battle against huge fires ringing the San Francisco Bay Area. Better conditions also aided in extend containment lines around parts of three major fire groups.
The conflagrations have killed seven people, burned more than 1,200 square miles, and destroyed well over 1,000 buildings.
For the past couple days, we have seen significant progress in our firefight on this incident. The weather has really cooperated with us.
The incident starting up at the top in the north zone is looking really good. Fire is basically just — where it exists is creeping down towards our control lines that we have established, or we are in the process of establishing. So, we have no major fire front.
Crews are battling some 625 blazes in California.
The president of the U.N. Security Council today rejected U.S. demands to restore all sanctions on Iran. He said 13 of the 15 council member nations opposed the move. The move drew a sharp reaction from the U.S. ambassador, who accused council members of supporting terrorists.
Jerry Falwell Jr. confirmed today he has resigned as president of Liberty University, after a night of conflicting statements. It followed reports that he and his wife had a sexual relationship with a younger business partner. Falwell was already on indefinite leave of absence from the evangelical school for posting a racy photo of himself with another woman.
On Wall Street today, mixed economic data sent stocks in different directions. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 60 points to close at 28248. But the Nasdaq rose 86 points, and the S&P 500 added 12.
And author/journalist Gail Sheehy has died in Southampton, New York, of complications from pneumonia. Her 17 books included the 1976 bestseller "Passages," which helped millions of readers cope with midlife issues, marital problems and other crises. She also wrote numerous psychological profiles of public figures.
Gail Sheehy was 83 years old.