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News Wrap: Rescue workers search for survivors of Japan earthquakes

In our news wrap Monday, thousands of rescue workers continued the search for survivors from two earthquakes that hit an island of Japan last week. The U.S. military lent its support by delivering aid. Also, More than a foot of rain flooded parts of Houston. Some 110,000 homes and businesses lost power and hundreds of flights were canceled.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Good evening. I'm Judy Woodruff.

    And, while Gwen Ifill's away, we welcome Hari Sreenivasan.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    Happy to help how I can.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    And on the "NewsHour" tonight: devastation in Ecuador. A powerful earthquake flattens coastal villages and towns, leaving thousands injured and a rising death toll in its wake.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    Also ahead this Monday: The Supreme Court takes on President Obama's controversial immigration actions which prevent millions from deportation.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Then, as the U.S. braces for a rise in cases of the Zika virus, women and health officials grapple with tough questions.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    And how a long-held Hindu belief in considering cows sacred is part of a bigger divide in India's culture and politics.

    SHASHI THAROOR, Opposition Member of Parliament: It's high time that the government realize that they're making asses of themselves and discrediting an enormously plural and diverse civilization.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    All that and more on tonight's "PBS NewsHour."

    (BREAK)

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    In the day's other news: Thousands of rescue workers in Japan kept searching for survivors from two earthquakes last week. They hit the southern island of Kyushu on Thursday night and again early Saturday, killing 42 people. The U.S. military lent its support today with tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft delivering aid.

    Landslides and damaged roads have left hundreds of people stranded on parts of the island.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Here in the U.S., parts of Houston are underwater today, after more than a foot of rain hit the nation's fourth largest city. Some 110,000 homes and businesses lost power, schools closed and hundreds of flights were canceled. People waded through waist-deep water in scores of subdivisions, and some used anything that would float to seek safety.

    The city's mayor warned there's more to come.

  • MAYOR SYLVESTER TURNER, Houston:

    The heavy rain appears to be sagging out of the area for right now, but if you look on the radar system, we can anticipate some additional heavy rain probably into late tonight going into tomorrow morning.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The flood watch also extended into Western Louisiana and in Arkansas.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    This was presidential primary eve in New York state, with the front-runners hoping for big wins tomorrow. Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton are well ahead in delegates, but both have suffered a string of recent losses.

    Meanwhile, 300 people were arrested at the U.S. Capitol. It's the latest in a week's worth of protests against big money in politics. We will return to the presidential race later in the program.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The United States will send another 200 troops and for the first time attack helicopters to battle the Islamic State group in Iraq. In Baghdad, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the advisers will be closer to the front lines. But the White House insisted it is not mission creep.

  • JOSH EARNEST, White House Press Secretary:

    This has to be a fight that is lead by local forces with the support and assistance of the United States and our coalition partners. And that's exactly what we have done thus far, and that hasn't changed based on the enhancements that were announced today.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The announcement comes as Iraqi forces are gearing up to try to push ISIS militants out of Mosul, the country's second largest city.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    In Ethiopia, government troops are hunting gunmen from South Sudan who killed more than 200 civilians in a raid on Friday. They also abducted more than 100 children. It happened in an eastern region close to the country's border with South Sudan. The Ethiopians have now crossed that border in pursuit.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    A bomb set fire to a bus in Jerusalem and set fire to another. At least 21 people were hurt. Police said there is no doubt it was a terror attack. Two people on the bus were seriously wounded and the rest of the victims were the other bus and a car. Such attacks have been rare in recent years.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    The Syrian peace talks hit a new snag today, when the opposition suspended its formal participation. Only three delegates from that side attended a meeting with a U.N. envoy in Geneva. A senior negotiator pointed to new attacks by government forces inside Syria.

    MOHAMMAD ALLOUSH, Senior Opposition Negotiator (through interpreter): The humanitarian conditions and regime attacks and violations of the cease-fire negatively affect the political process. We need clear and concise answers, and we need an agenda reflecting real political transition in Syria. We want real negotiations, not farcical ones.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    Meanwhile, Yemen's Shiite rebels backed out of U.N.-brokered peace talks in Kuwait. They complained of cease-fire violations by Saudi Arabia and other supporters of Yemen's government.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Back in this country, the Pulitzer Prizes were handed down for the 100th time. The Associated Press won the Public Service Prize for its investigation of slave labor in seafood in Southeast Asia. The Los Angeles Times was honored for its breaking news coverage of the San Bernardino shootings, and the hit Broadway musical "Hamilton" won the prize for drama.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    Wall Street started the week on a high note. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 106 points to close at 18004. The Nasdaq rose 21 points, and the S&P 500 added 13.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    And on this Boston Marathon day, runners from Ethiopia swept the men's and women's titles, ending Kenya's dominance. Some 30,000 people took part, including victims of the bombing three years ago that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others. Some ran with prosthetic blades.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour": the fate of four million undocumented immigrants before the Supreme Court; the candidates' final push to win over voters in New York; Brazil's president facing impeachment; and much more.

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