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News Wrap: Police officer, suspect killed in new attack at the U.S. Capitol

In our news wrap Friday, an attack at the U.S. Capitol left one police officer dead and another wounded. Authorities said a man drove into the officers at a barricade, then stabbed one with a knife before police killed him. Also, the CDC said it's safer for Americans fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to travel, and at least 51 people in Taiwan were killed when a train smashed into a truck.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    There has been a new attack at the United States Capitol, leaving one police officer dead and another wounded. Authorities say that a man drove his car into them at a barricade today, then stabbed one with a knife, before police killed him.

    Another officer had died when a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol in January.

  • Yogananda Pittman:

    I ask you to please keep the United States Capitol Police family in your thoughts and prayers at this time. It has been an extremely difficult and challenging year for us.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    The slain officer was identified as William Evans, an 18-year veteran of the force. Police say the motive for the attack is unclear, but they don't suspect terrorism.

    The U.S. economy is giving strong new signals of a sustained recovery. The Labor Department reports a net gain of 916,000 jobs last month. That's the most since August. The unemployment rate, in turn, fell two-tenths of a point, to 6 percent. We will take a closer look after the news summary.

    At the White House, President Biden touted his infrastructure plan as the path to permanent recovery. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to fight the $2 trillion blueprint and its proposed tax hikes.

    But, after his prepared remarks, the president said that would be a mistake.

    JOE BIDEN, President of the United States: If the Republicans decide that we need it, but they're not going to pay for it, it's just going to increase the deficit, I think the Republican voters are going to have a lot to say about whether we get a lot of this done.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Mr. Biden also said the corporate tax hikes would not slow the economy.

    The CDC said today that it is safer for Americans who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to travel without being tested or quarantined. But with new infections up 20 percent in two weeks, the CDC director advised staying home anyway.

  • Dr. Rochelle Walensky:

    I would advocate against general travel overall. Our guidance is silent on recommending or not recommending fully vaccinated people travel. Our guidance speaks to the safety of doing so.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Also today, California said it is allowing indoor concerts, theater performances, and private gatherings starting April 15. Seating restrictions will be county by county.

    The U.S. and Iran agreed today to indirect talks on returning to the 2015 nuclear deal. Former President Trump abandoned the agreement nearly three years ago. The Biden White House confirmed that talks will begin Tuesday in Vienna, Austria.

    We will talk with a key U.S. figure on this issue later in the program.

    President Biden has reaffirmed support for Ukraine, as Russian forces mass on its eastern border. A White House statement says he spoke with Ukraine's leader today, and cited Russia's — quote — "ongoing aggression." Pro-Russian rebels have been fighting Ukrainian forces since 2014.

    In Taiwan, at least 51 people were killed and more than 100 injured today when a train smashed into a truck that had rolled onto the tracks. The train was coming out of a tunnel, and passengers had to climb through windows and walk on the roof to get out. More than 400 people were on board.

    Back in this country, Major League Baseball announced that it is moving its All-Star Game out of Georgia because of the state's new law adding restrictions on voting. The game had been scheduled for mid-July, just outside Atlanta. The league says it is looking for a new host city.

    A senior Minneapolis police official testified today that Derek Chauvin had no reason to kneel on George Floyd's neck when he was already down and handcuffed.

    Lieutenant Richard Zimmerman heads the homicide division. He said the former officer's actions were totally unnecessary.

  • Lt. Richard Zimmerman:

    I saw no reason why the officers felt they were in danger, if that's what they felt. And that's what they would have to feel to be able to use that kind of force.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    That testimony closed out the first week of Chauvin's trial in Minneapolis. He is charged with murder and manslaughter.

    A Texas sheriff has fired seven officers after a Black man died in jail last month. Marvin Scott was arrested for marijuana possession. but guards said he was acting strangely, so they tied him down and used pepper spray and a so-called spit hood on him. His family says that Scott had mental health problems.

    New numbers from the U.S. Southern border show that authorities caught more than 170,000 migrants crossing from Mexico in March. That is the most in 20 years. Nearly 100,000 were single adults. Some 19,000 were unaccompanied children.

    And for a second year, Christians marked Good Friday with subdued ceremonies amid the pandemic. Religious sites reopened across Israel and the West Bank, and Franciscan friars led worshipers in retracing the final steps of Jesus.

    At the Vatican, Pope Francis presided over the Way of the Cross procession in a largely empty St. Peter's Square.

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