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In our news wrap Wednesday, Russian missiles and drones slammed into residential and other targets across Ukraine, South Korea’s military says North Korea test-fired multiple cruise missiles into the sea, the head of Norfolk Southern faced calls for tougher regulations after the toxic derailment in Ohio and the FAA issued a safety alert to airlines and pilots after several near-collisions.
In the day's other headlines: Russian missiles and exploding drones slammed into residential and other targets across Ukraine.
Security camera video showed a missile striking an apartment building in the southern city of Zaporizhzhia. At least one person was killed. South of Kyiv, drone attacks damaged a high school in two dormitories, killing at least eight people. Police condemned the indiscriminate firing on nonmilitary targets.
Irina Pryanishnikova, Kyiv Regional Police Spokesperson (through translator):
The attack began after 3:00 a.m. The reasoning is beyond explanation, because Russia attacks civilian objects without any warnings or conditions, and they don't care who is in the buildings. And now we see children and civilians suffering.
The attacks came as Chinese leader Xi Jinping left Moscow after meetings this week with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He appeared to make no progress on a peace plan for ending the Ukraine war.
South Korea's military says North Korea test-fired multiple cruise missiles into the sea today. The North has stepped up weapons testing in recent days, as South Korea and the U.S. hold joint military exercises. As part of those maneuvers, tanks conducted live-fire drills today less than 20 miles from the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas. The exercises end tomorrow.
Back in this country, the head of Norfolk Southern Railroad faced calls for tougher regulations after the fiery and toxic derailment in East Palestine, Ohio.
At a Senate hearing, Alan Shaw voiced general support for new legislation, but Democrat Ed Markey and others pressed for specifics.
Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA):
Mr. Shaw, will you commit to supporting legislation requiring at least two-person crews on all freight trains?
Alan Shaw, President and CEO, Norfolk Southern: Senator, we will commit to using research and technology to ensure a railroad operates safely.
Sen. Edward Markey:
Will you commit to a two-person crew on all trades?
Senator, we're a data-driven organization, and I'm not aware of any data that links crew size with safety.
Other witnesses said they're still waiting to hear whether the railroad will compensate them for damage to their property values.
The FAA issued a safety alert to airlines and pilots today after several near-collisions. Six serious runway incidents have occurred since January. The agency said it's urging airlines to review safety procedures and consider additional training.
At least two people have died in the latest powerful storm to better California. Heavy rain and fierce winds blasted the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento on Tuesday. Drone video showed extensive flood damage in the central part of the state, with homes, roads and farmland left underwater. Forecasters warned of more flooding today.
And, on Wall Street, stocks fell after the Federal Reserve hiked interest rates, with major indices down 1.6 percent. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 530 points to close it 32030. The Nasdaq slipped 190 points. The S&P 500 dropped 66.
Still to come on the "NewsHour": the government announces plans to overhaul the organ transplant system; the U.S. Supreme Court hears a trademark case involving whiskey and dog toys — we will explain — and the head of the Ford Foundation on his new book about changing the way we think about giving.
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