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News Wrap: Roy Moore campaign suggests accuser falsified evidence

In our news wrap Wednesday, Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore tried to go on the offensive to counter women who say he sexually molested or pursued them as teens. Also, the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has announced he's resigning after five years to run for governor in Ohio.

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  • Hari Sreenivasan:

    The Republican Senate candidate in Alabama, Roy Moore, tried today to go on the offensive.

    Five women say he sexually molested or pursued them when they were teenagers, and Moore was a prosecutor, in the 1970s. In Birmingham today, campaign officials suggested one accuser may have falsified evidence, and they rejected all of the claims.

  • Phillip Jauregui:

    I have traveled with judge Moore all over the state, different states across the nation. I have been with him in probably over 100 different meetings, and been around probably in excess of 10,000 different ladies in Judge Moore's presence. And not once, not one time have I ever seen him act even remotely inappropriate against any woman.

  • Hari Sreenivasan:

    A number of Senate Republicans and party leaders are pressing Moore to quit the race, but President Trump ignored shouted questions on the issue today.

    The first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has announced he's resigning after five years on the job. Democrat Richard Cordray says he will return to Ohio to run for governor. Under Cordray, the agency aggressively imposed new rules on banks and other financial industries.

    America's top diplomat called today for an independent investigation of Myanmar's crackdown on Rohingya Muslims. He spoke after meeting with the Buddhist nation's military and civilian leaders.

  • Rex Tillerson:

    The key test of any democracy is how it treats its most vulnerable and marginalized populations.

  • Hari Sreenivasan:

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson came to Myanmar with an appeal to stop the violence against the Rohingyas.

  • Rex Tillerson:

    It is the responsibility of the government and its security forces to protect and respect the human rights of all persons within its borders and to hold accountable those who fail to do so.

  • Hari Sreenivasan:

    More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled into neighboring Bangladesh since August. That's when government forces began attacking their villages in Myanmar's northern Rakhine State. Many of the refugees are women and children, walking for days through muddy rice fields.

    They tell of villages being burned, and people being tortured, raped and killed by soldiers and Buddhist militants. The United Nations calls it a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.

    Appearing with Tillerson, civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who is barred from any military oversight. She insisted today she has not been silent, but she didn't condemn the armed forces.

  • Aung San Suu Kyi:

    Everybody should understand it's best to protect peace and stability, not to punish people.

  • Hari Sreenivasan:

    Tillerson met separately with the country's military chief. He says his forces are only responding to attacks by Islamist insurgents.

    In Western Iran, hundreds of people waited again for humanitarian aid, three days after a deadly earthquake. Sunday night's tremor killed more than 530 people, and injured thousands. Survivors are living in the rubble of their homes in freezing temperatures. Officials are promising more aid, but some families made their own makeshift shelters out of reeds.

    There's word that opium production in Afghanistan has nearly doubled this year. The United Nations and the Afghan government report production is up 87 percent from 2016. Afghanistan is the world's top grower of poppies used to make opium and heroin.

    Supporters of gay marriage in Australia celebrated today. Nearly two-thirds of voters in a postal survey said they favor allowing same-sex unions. The vote ensures that Australia's parliament will consider a bill legalizing the practice in some form before the year is out.

    Back in this country, police in Tampa, Florida, are hunting a possible serial killer after four murders in one neighborhood since October. Ronald Felton was shot and killed early yesterday. Officials today released surveillance footage of a man spotted near the scene of Felton's killing and a previous murder.

  • Brian Dugan:

    If you look at both videos from October 9 and from yesterday, it appears to be the same person. I don't believe in coincidence, that the same person was around at the same time the two people were murdered.

    I'm pretty convinced, whoever it is, it's probably the same person, and if they didn't do it, they know something.

  • Hari Sreenivasan:

    The earlier victims were killed over a 10-day period in October.

    A Louisiana man walked out of prison today, after serving nearly 50 years for a rape conviction that's now been thrown out. Wilbert Jones was released to his family in East Baton Rouge. A judge ruled the case against him was based solely on a shaky identification by the victim. Jones is now 65. Prosecutors say they do not plan to retry him.

    Sign-ups for health plans under Obamacare are up 45 percent, so far, over last year. That word comes today as Republicans are pushing to pay for tax cuts by repealing the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate. The enrollment period opened November 1 and runs through December 15.

    President Trump vowed today to whittle down huge trade deficits as quickly as possible. He said he made that point to leaders he met in Asia.

    Meanwhile, Wall Street took a dive today. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 138 points to close at 23,271. The Nasdaq fell 31 points, and the S&P 500 slid 14.

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