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News Wrap: Pennsylvania AG charged for grand jury leak

In our news wrap Thursday, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane was charged with obstruction of justice and perjury, connected to the leaking of grand jury information to damage opponents. Also, a massive California wildfire known as the Rocky Fire is now 40 percent contained.

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    It's debate night for the Republican presidential field, and the hopefuls spent today getting ready. In all, 10 GOP candidates made the cut for the FOX News face-off. It takes place in Cleveland at 9:00 Eastern time. The seven other candidates met late this afternoon, at the same venue, in a kind of undercard event.

    Meanwhile, Democrats announced their own schedule of primary debates. They begin October 13 in Nevada and end with an event in Wisconsin hosted by the PBS NewsHour. We will take a closer look at tonight's Republican roundabout right after the news summary.

    The attorney general of Pennsylvania, Kathleen Kane, was charged today with leaking grand jury information to damage opponents. The 49-year-old Democrat allegedly hoped to embarrass a former state prosecutor. Today's announcement in Norristown detailed charges of obstruction of justice and perjury.

  • RISA VETRI FERMAN, Montgomery County District Attorney:

    To arrive at the charges we filed today, we simply followed the evidence, applied the law and made the decisions that were right under the circumstances. And our actions here today make one thing crystal clear beyond any doubt, that no one is above the law, not even the chief law enforcement officer of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


    Kane has been in office for three years, and has come under increasing fire over her job performance. But she said today she will not resign.

    Fire crews in California neared a turning point today as they continued to beat back a huge wildfire burning north of San Francisco. The Rocky Fire has blackened more than 107 square miles in the last week. It is now 40 percent contained.

    Still, Governor Jerry Brown warned today that firefighters face much drier, more unpredictable conditions after years of drought.

    GOV. JERRY BROWN (D), California: This is really a real wakeup call because of the way this fire performed. It's not the way it usually has been, going lots of different directions, moving fast, even without hot winds. So it's a new normal. We're going to get ready. We have resources and we will need more.


    Elsewhere, crews also made headway today against wildfires burning in Washington State and Idaho.

    In Saudi Arabia, a suicide attack at a mosque killed at least 15 people today, most of them police. A new Islamic State affiliate claimed responsibility. The target was in the city of Abha, close to the kingdom's border with war-torn Yemen. The mosque was used by the Interior Ministry's special forces. Officials said trainees were in the middle of Friday prayers when the bomb went off. The people of Japan marked 70 years today since the United States dropped the atomic bomb that obliterated Hiroshima.

    NewsHour correspondent William Brangham reports on the day's ceremonies.


    Peace bells tolled this morning at what's known as the Atomic Bomb Dome, a memorial near the epicenter of the blast in Hiroshima. Their haunting sound mixed with the whir of cicadas, as tens of thousands of people stood for a moment of silence and prayer.

  • TOMIYO SOTA, Japan (through interpreter):

    It's the 70th year and I feel it's a landmark year. My grandfather died here at the time and I keep wondering what he felt then. He was just 21 years old, and it pains me to think he died so young.


    The solemn ceremony was followed by the release of doves, symbolizing peace, this in the only country to ever be attacked with an atomic bomb. It was 8:15 in the morning on August 6, 1945, when the bomb nicknamed Little Boy laid waste to Hiroshima. In an instant, the city of 350,000 people was turned into a vast radioactive ruin.

    Nearly 70,000 died that day, and by the end of 1945, the death toll rose to 140,000 from radiation poisoning. In the years since, another 160,000 have died from cancers caused by that radiation.

    For some, this has been too painful a memory to relive, until now.

  • KIMIE MIHARA, Japan (through interpreter):

    I didn't want to see this for a long time. When this was registered as a World Heritage site, I thought about coming here. But, still, I didn't want to see this place.


    The U.S. bombing of Hiroshima was followed by another bomb being dropped on Nagasaki just three days later; 40,000 people died there in an instant, and, within days, Japan surrendered, bringing World War II to an end.

    Today, only about 180,000 aging survivors of both bombings remain.

  • WOMAN (through interpreter):

    My father and sister were in the blast, and I am in my late 70s, nearly 80. So I don't know how much longer I can come here, but I am here to pray for peace.


    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with some of the survivors today, and at the service, he renewed Japan's appeal to abolish nuclear weapons once and for all.

  • SHINZO ABE, Japanese Prime Minister (through interpreter):

    This year marks the 70th anniversary since the nuclear bombing. Japan will continue to call for the cooperation of countries that have nuclear weapons and those without. And I am determined to step up efforts in order to realize a world without nuclear weapons.


    And as night fell over the city, in a final tribute to the dead, thousands of colorful lanterns were released on the river in front of the Hiroshima memorial.


    Today's anniversary came at a time when Japan is divided over whether to expand the country's military role abroad. That's partly in response to China's growing power.

    Secretary of State John Kerry said today that China should stop causing territorial tensions in the South China Sea. Kerry spoke at a summit of Southeast Asian nations meeting in Malaysia. He said he challenged the Chinese foreign minister on Beijing's aggressive moves, despite its promises.

    JOHN KERRY, U.S. Secretary of State: On the security side, I expressed our serious concerns over the developments in the South China Sea, including the massive land reclamation and the potential militarization of land features. I reiterated America's strong support for freedom of navigation, overflight and other lawful uses of the sea.


    China claims most of the South China Sea, but has overlapping claims with the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Brunei.

    Secretary Kerry also denied today there was any deal with Malaysia on a human trafficking report. Last month, the State Department upgraded the country's standing in an annual report on fighting slavery. Some senators have charged the move was made to ensure Malaysian backing for Pacific trade negotiations. Kerry denied any such connection today.

    With pomp and circumstance, Egypt officially opened a highly touted extension to the Suez Canal today. Military aircraft flew overhead as President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi rode aboard a refurbished yacht that also sailed the canal when it first opened in 1869. At a ceremony later, Al-Sisi highlighted Cairo's struggle with Islamist terror groups.

  • ABDEL FATTAH AL-SISI, Egyptian President (through interpreter):

    The Egyptians put a lot of effort into presenting to the world, and to Egypt, a present for humanity. Egypt also faced the most destructive ideology and terrorism, an ideology that if it captures the land it will burn the land. Instead, we show buildings and prosperity to the world, not killings and destruction.


    It took just one year to complete the new shipping lane along the canal, at a cost of $8.5 billion.

    Wall Street had another down day, fueled by concerns over falling cable TV revenues. The Dow Jones industrial average lost more than 120 points to close back near 17400. The Nasdaq fell more than 80 points, and the S&P 500 gave up 16.

    And a long-lost priceless violin has been reunited with the family it was stolen from 35 years ago. The Ames Stradivarius was made in Italy in 1734 and it belonged to renowned violinist Roman Totenberg. It disappeared in 1980, as his daughter, NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg, recalled.


    He had given a concert in Boston at the Longy School of Music, where he was the music director at that point. And he was greeting well-wishers after the concert. And when he turned around to go retrieve his violin from his office/dressing room, it was gone. And it was a crushing blow, because it had been, as he put it, his musical partner for 38 years.


    Roman Totenberg died three years ago, and the violin surfaced two months ago, when a woman had it appraised in New York. It had been left to her by her ex-husband, but she told investigators she didn't know it was stolen, and she returned it to the Totenberg family.

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