News Wrap: Panama Papers leak claims first major casualty

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    Good evening. I'm Gwen Ifill. Judy Woodruff is away.

    On the "NewsHour" tonight: Wisconsin voters head to the polls in a tight primary race with both front-runners trailing.

  • Also ahead:

    From meal choices to grades, schools are collecting substantial amounts of data on their students. But are they protecting their privacy?

  • SUZETTE LOPEZ, Parent:

    My son's Social Security was stolen. So, he was stolen, and it took three years to clear up and three years to keep on telling the IRS that my son was my son.


    And Villanova wins the NCAA men's title in a buzzer beater, as all eyes turn to a potentially historic women's title final.

    All that and more on tonight's "PBS NewsHour."



    It's been another big day on the presidential calendar, and for the candidates, it's another tense night of watching returns.

    The people of Wisconsin had their say today in the race for the two parties' nominations. Democrats are awarding 96 delegates, Republicans 42. We will hear from John Yang, reporting from Milwaukee, after the news summary.

    In the day's other news: The so- called Panama Papers leak claimed its first major casualty. Iceland's prime minister resigned after revelations that he sheltered huge sums offshore during an economic crisis. Thousands of Icelanders protested yesterday after the news came out in millions of leaked documents. They detail tax avoidance schemes by world leaders and others.

    In Washington, President Obama pointed to the Panama Papers revelations as he touted new rules that target tax inversions. That's when U.S. companies shift ownership of their interests overseas, on paper at least, to take advantage of lower tax rates.

    At the White House today, Mr. Obama called inversions one of the most insidious corporate practices.


    When companies exploit loopholes like this, it makes it harder to invest in the things that are going to keep America's economy going strong for future generations. It sticks the rest of us with the tab. And it makes hardworking Americans feel like the deck is stacked against them.


    The president acknowledged the loophole is legal, but he said that's exactly the problem, and he urged Congress to close it for good.

    In South Africa, Parliament voted down an attempt today to impeach President Jacob Zuma. His African National Congress and the main opposition engaged in fierce debate, but, in the end, the impeachment motion was defeated 233 to 143. Zuma got into trouble for using $16 million in state funds to renovate his home. Last week, South Africa's top court ruled he'd ignored a court order to repay part of the money.

    The government of Greece has temporarily halted deportations of migrants to Turkey after just one day. The European Union plan hit a snag when 4,000 potential deportees applied for asylum. Meanwhile, migrants protested at a holding center on the Greek island of Lesbos. They and others condemned the return.

  • MAN (through interpreter):

    I don't want to go back to Turkey. We prefer to die. I don't want to go to Turkey. There are problems there. What should we do, die in Pakistan? It's better that we die here, so that Greece understands what's going on.


    Also today, Greece announced that Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, leader of the world's orthodox Christians, will visit Lesbos next week.

    Back in this country, the governor of Mississippi signed a bill that lets businesses refuse to serve gays and lesbians on religious grounds. Similar bills have been vetoed in Georgia and South Dakota. And, in North Carolina, a new law that limits bathroom options for transgender people prompted PayPal today to cancel expansion plans in the state.

    And Wall Street had a bad day after the head of the International Monetary Fund warned the global recovery is still too slow. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 133 points, to close at 17603. The Nasdaq fell nearly 48 points, and the S&P 500 dropped 21.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour": what's at stake in today's Wisconsin primary; Republican senators break ranks to meet with the Supreme Court nominee; protecting student privacy in the age of big data, and much more.

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