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In our news wrap Wednesday, New York opened a temporary housing site for migrants, competitive rock climber Elnaz Rekabi returned to Iran after competing abroad without a mandatory headscarf and British Prime Minister Liz Truss apologized for causing economic turmoil and scrapped proposed tax cuts that roiled financial markets.
Russia is moving to impose martial law in four regions of Ukraine that it annexed illegally. President Vladimir Putin announced it today. He gave no details, but the move could allow new restrictions in those regions and in parts of Russia proper.
It comes as Ukrainian forces are gaining more ground, a reality that Russia's war commander acknowledged.
Sergei Surovikin, Commander of Russian Forces in Ukraine (through translator): Overall, the situation regarding the special military operation can be described as tense. The enemy does not abandon attempts to attack Russian troops' positions. We will act consciously, in a timely fashion, and will not rule out taking the most difficult decisions.
As Ukrainian forces advance, the Russians say they plan to evacuate up to 60,000 civilians from the Kherson region. Some 5,000 have left already. For many, the only available exit routes are to Russian-controlled areas.
Meanwhile, Israel offered today to help Ukraine develop air attack alerts against the drones that Russia is using. The Kyiv government had asked for systems to shoot down the drones, but the Israelis again refused to go that far. They have so far limited their assistance to humanitarian aid.
President Biden is trying again to bring down gas prices. Today, he ordered the release of another 15 million barrels of oil from the U.S. Strategic Reserve. He also criticized oil companies again for not doing more to ease pain at the pump.
Joe Biden, President of the United States: The problem is, these guys are asleep. I don't know where they have been. And they seem — the price at the pump should reflect what the price of a barrel of oil costs. And it's not going down consistently.
The president denied — denies his action is aimed at influencing the midterm elections, which are three weeks away. We will return to this, after the news summary.
New York City opened a new temporary housing site for migrants today. Texas and other border states have been busing thousands of migrants to New York in recent months. The new shelter on Randalls Island on the East Side of Manhattan will house up to 500 people. It's intended as a way station for single adult men.
In Iran, competitive rock climber Elnaz Rekabi has returned home after competing abroad without a mandatory headscarf. That was widely viewed as a show of support for anti-government protests in Iran. But after arriving at Tehran's airport today, Rekabi said again that it had all been unintentional.
Elnaz Rekabi, Iranian Rock Climber (through translator):
I was unexpectedly called and I had to compete. I was busy putting on my shoes and technical gear. And that caused me to forget putting on the hijab I had to be wearing. Then I went to compete.
Outside the airport, hundreds of cheering fans chanted Rekabi's name. They called her a hero as her vehicle drove through the crowds.
Britain's Prime Minister Liz Truss apologized today for causing economic turmoil, but she also lost a second Cabinet minister. Truss was forced to scrap proposed tax cuts after they roiled financial markets. Today, the leader of the opposition Labor Party lampooned her failings, but the prime minister insisted she's not quitting.
Liz Truss, British Prime Minister:
I have made mistakes. But the right thing to do in those circumstances is to make changes, which I have made, and to get on with the job.
Keir Starmer, Labor Party Leader:
I have got the list here, 45 P tax cut, gone, corporation tax cut gone, 20 P tax cut gone, two-year energy freeze gone, tax-free shopping gone, economic credibility gone.
Later, Home Secretary Suella Braverman stepped down after sending an official document by personal e-mail. She called it a technical violation, but in a clear rebuke to Truss, she said — quote — "I have made a mistake. I accept responsibility. I resign."
Back in this country, the IRS says that taxpayers can expect a little relief next year to cushion the blow of inflation. The standard deduction is being raised by $900 for single taxpayers and $1,800 for married couples who file jointly. And income levels for all tax brackets will be revised upward.
And on Wall Street, stocks slipped after a two-day run-up. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 100 points to close at 30423. The Nasdaq fell nearly 92 points. The S&P 500 slipped almost 25.
Still to come on the "NewsHour": Russians who fled their country to avoid fighting in Ukraine reflect on their new lives; former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discusses the state of the Middle East; a Brooklyn artist gives his Brief But Spectacular take on painting the world around him; plus much more.
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