News Wrap: President Lula fires Brazil’s top army commander

In our news wrap Saturday, Brazil’s president fired Gen. Julio Cesar de Arruda after calling some members of the army complicit in the Jan. 9 capital riot, Ukraine’s president attended the funeral of officials killed in a helicopter crash, the DOJ is investigating a plant at the center of last year’s baby formula shortage, and prosecutors called former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes a flight risk.

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  • John Yang:

    In neighboring Brazil, another democracy under pressure, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva today fired his top army commander. The move comes after far-right supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro stormed several government buildings in the country's capital earlier this month. Lula has publicly called some of the members of the Armed Forces complicit in that day's rioting.

    In Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his wife attended the funeral of Ukraine's Interior Minister and other high-ranking officials. The dead were victims of a helicopter crash earlier this week in the fog near a nursery on the outskirts of Kyiv. Seven other people were also killed, including a child.

    And the US. Navy said a former Seal who deserted his post in 2019 was killed in Ukraine this week. He's the 6th American known to have died fighting in Ukraine. No Americans are fighting in Ukraine in any official capacity.

    Abbott Laboratories confirms the Justice Department is investigating the baby formula production plant that was at the heart of the formula shortage last year. The Michigan facility is one of the nation's biggest sources of baby formula. It was temporarily closed in February after the FDA inspectors found potentially deadly bacteria.

    A new Justice Department filing in the Elizabeth Holmes case says the disgraced biotech executive had a one-way ticket to fly to Mexico just three weeks after her fraud conviction last year. Prosecutors are opposing Holmes bid to be freed while appealing her eleven-year sentence, saying she's a flight risk. Her attorney says the trip was for a friend's wedding and was planned before the verdict.

    Still to come on "PBS News Weekend," California's billion-dollar cleanup and recovery for massive storms. And an Alaska community's effort to use cleaner energy and create a more sustainable economy.

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