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News Wrap: Protesters reject NYC mayor’s plea to pause after police shootings

In our news wrap Tuesday, protesters in New York rejected Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plea to suspend demonstrations against police use of force out of respect for the families of two murdered officers. Also, Obama administration officials reported nearly 6.4 million Americans have enrolled for coverage on HealthCare.gov, of whom 1.9 million are new customers signing up this year.

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  • GWEN IFILL:

    It turns out the summer surge of economic growth was even stronger than first thought. Revised figures today showed the best performance since 2003. The government said the economy expanded at an annual rate of 5 percent from July through September. That was even better than the 4.6 percent showing during the spring months.

    We will take a closer look at what’s behind those numbers in just a few minutes, after the news summary.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Wall Street took the economic data as a reason to keep buying. The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 18,000 for the first time, with a gain of 64 points. The S&P 500 added three to finish at 2,082. The Nasdaq fell 16 points, due to a drop in the biotechnology sector, to close at 4,765.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Protesters in New York plan to go ahead tonight with demonstrations against police use of force. They have rejected Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plea to suspend protests out of respect for the families of two murdered police officers. Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were killed Saturday by a gunman who later took his own life. De Blasio and his wife laid flowers today at an impromptu memorial to the policemen.

    The mayor also led a moment of silence at the exact time of the shooting, and he appealed for understanding.

  • MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO, New York:

    We have to put divisions of the past behind us. They were left to all of us in this generation and we have to overcome them. We need to protect and respect our police, just as our police protect and respect our communities. We can strike that balance. We must.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    New York’s police commissioner said today it’s unfortunate that protest organizers are ignoring the mayor’s call to suspend their activities.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The Obama administration is touting new enrollment numbers for the federally run health insurance site. Officials reported today that nearly 6.4 million Americans have signed up. Of those, 1.9 million are new customers. The rest were automatically re-enrolled.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    New York Congressman Michael Grimm pleaded guilty today in a federal tax evasion case. The Staten Island Republican was accused of hiding more than $1 million in sales and wages at a health food restaurant.

    He entered a guilty plea to a single count of aiding in filing a false tax return. Last month, Grimm won reelection to a third term. He wouldn’t say today if he will resign.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    House Republicans have charged for more than a year that the Internal Revenue Service improperly targeted conservative groups for scrutiny. But an official report today from the House Oversight Committee found no evidence that the White House was involved. Committee Democrats say the report cherry-picked facts to fit a political narrative.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    In Ukraine, Parliament moved today to abandon the country’s nonaligned status, possibly leading to eventual NATO membership. The proposal passed with an overwhelming vote of 303-9. Supporters insisted that Ukraine pivot toward the West in its confrontation with Russia.

  • OLEH LYASHKO, Ukrainian Parliament Member (through interpreter):

    We cannot afford the luxury to have nonaligned status. We have no time and no money to waste and need urgently to build the Ukrainian army in order to defend our homeland. We need to become part of the collective system of defense, which is NATO. Ukraine’s place is in Europe. Ukraine’s place is in NATO.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Russia called the move counterproductive, and said it will only worsen relations between Moscow and Kiev.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    There’s word that hundreds of Libyans have died in the fighting that’s gripped their country since last August. The United Nations warned today of a humanitarian crisis. It said at least 120,000 people have fled their homes. At the same time, a U.N. envoy said rival factions have agreed to hold new peace talks next month.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Amnesty International accused Islamic State fighters today of forcing hundreds of Iraqi women and girls into sexual slavery. The victims belonged to the Yazidi religious minority. They were captured in August when the militants overran the town of Sinjar near the Syrian border. Amnesty says girls as young as 10 faced torture, rape and forced marriages.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    An Islamic State ally blamed for beheading a French hiker in Algeria has been killed. The Algerian military announced today that troops ambushed and killed Abdelmalek Gouri last night after a three-month manhunt. He had been a top al-Qaida commander before forming his own group.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    2014 was another deadly year for journalists. The Committee to Protect Journalists says at least 60 reporters, photographers and others were killed, nearly a third of them in Syria. The total is down from 70 last year, but, all told, the past three years are the deadliest on record for news professionals.

     

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