News Wrap: Russia accuses Ukraine in car bomb attack on pro-Kremlin writer

In our news wrap Saturday, a car bomb exploded in Russia and injured a prominent nationalist writer while killing his driver, Ukraine’s military says it used U.S. Patriot air defense systems to shoot down a Russian hypersonic missile over Kyiv, the favorite horse to win the Kentucky Derby was scratched hours before the race, and former FCC chairman Newton Minow died at age 97.

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  • John Yang:

    A car bomb exploded in Russia earlier today, badly injuring a prominent nationalist writer and killing his driver. Russia says Ukraine is behind the attack. It`s the third explosion targeting influential figures who supported Russia`s invasion of Ukraine since the war began.

    In Ukraine, the military says it used newly acquired U.S. Patriot Air Defense Missile Systems to shoot down a Russian hypersonic missile over Kyiv. It`s Ukraine`s first known use of the Patriots since Western allies including the United States gave them to Ukraine in April. Some Western analysts believe Ukraine is preparing to launch a major spring offensive.

    Just hours before tonight`s 149th Kentucky Derby the favorite to win Forte was scratched when the state vet said he was unfit to run. There were concerns over a bruised hoof after the horse stumbled during a workout on Thursday. It`s the fifth scratch from the derby this week. In addition, six horses have died at Churchill Downs in recent days.

    And Newton Minow, former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and a Champion of Public Television has died. Minow`s best remembered for a speech where you refer to American commercial television as a vast wasteland. In 2016, President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Newton Minow was 97 years old.

    Still to come on PBS "NewsHour Weekend", dismantling myth about fatness and one photographer`s brief but spectacular take on survival.

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