In our news wrap Tuesday, new efforts are underway to get another pandemic aid package through Congress. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said her chamber will stay in session until there’s a deal. A bipartisan group of lawmakers endorsed spending $1.5 trillion as a compromise. Also, the U.S. is warning against travel to mainland China and Hong Kong for fear of arbitrary detention and interrogation.
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In the day's other news: Hurricane Sally inched toward the Gulf Coast, heading for the Alabama-Mississippi state line late tonight.
It's moving at just two miles an hour and could linger long enough to dump two feet of rain. Storm surge waters pushed into bays and beachfronts along coastal Alabama today.
Governor Kay Ivey warned against underestimating the danger.
Gov. Kay Ivey:
Hurricane Sally is not to be taken for granted. We are looking at rapid flooding, perhaps breaking historic levels. I know you all want to protect your family and your property, but this is not worth risking your life.
We will hear from the mayor of Mobile, Alabama, right after the news summary.
The death toll has reached 36 in the wildfires raging across the West. And concerns are building about all the smoke in the air. Oregon was under an air quality alert today, while some flights in and out of Portland and Spokane were suspended. A milky haze of smoke from the fires even drifted over New York.
The city of Louisville, Kentucky, agreed today to pay $12 million dollars in a settlement with Breonna Taylor's mother. It came six months after police shot and killed Taylor in her apartment. Her death has helped fuel the Black Lives Matter movement.
We will have more details later in the program.
New efforts are under way to get another COVID relief package through Congress. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said today that her chamber will stay in session until there's a deal.
Meanwhile, a bipartisan group of lawmakers endorsed spending $1.5 trillion.
Virginia Democrat Abigail Spanberger said it's a way forward.
Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va.:
The American people need help. Businesses need help. This isn't about any one person. This is about the hundreds of thousands of people, the millions of Americans who are in need.
What the House put forth months ago isn't moving forward, didn't get us a deal. Now the next step is what comes next.
The bipartisan bill is less than House Democrats want and more than Senate Republicans support.
Democratic leaders said today that it falls short. The White House said it provides an opening for discussion.
The United States has issued a sweeping new warning against travel to mainland China and Hong Kong. A statement today said that Americans could face arbitrary detention and lengthy interrogations. Beijing insisted that it protects the legal rights of foreigners.
The World Trade organization today ruled against U.S. tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. But the ruling may not have much effect. The U.S. can appeal, and the WTO's appeals court is in limbo, because Washington has blocked appointing new members.
The number of Americans in poverty fell for a fifth straight year in 2019 to 34 million people. The Census Bureau reports that finding. It was before the pandemic erased millions of jobs.
And, on Wall Street today, the Dow Jones industrial average gained two points to close at 27995. The Nasdaq rose 133 points, thanks to big tech stocks, and the S&P 500 added 17.