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News Wrap: Russian woman accused of being a foreign agent jailed without bond

In our news wrap Wednesday, a federal judge ordered the Russian national charged as an unregistered foreign agent to be jailed without bond until her trial. Lawyers for Maria Butina say the charges are overblown. Also, the 12 boy soccer players made their first public appearance since they were pulled from a flooded cave complex in Thailand.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news, A federal judge has ordered a Russian woman jailed without bond on charges she infiltrated American political groups and aided Russian intelligence.

    Maria Butina is formally accused of being an unregistered foreign agent. Prosecutors argued that she's a flight risk. Her lawyers called the charges overblown.

    The European Union hit Google with a record fine of $5 billion today for allegedly abusing its corporate power. Regulators said the U.S. tech giant forced smartphone makers to use its Android operating system to install Google's search and browser apps. Google immediately announced plans to appeal.

    We will have a full report on this later in the program.

    In Thailand, 12 young soccer players made their first public appearance since they were rescued last week from a flooded cave complex.

    Neil Connery of Independent Television News has our report.

  • Neil Connery:

    Looking happy and strong after all they have endured, the 12 boys and their coach rescued from the flooded Thai caves.

    The Wild Boars football team speaking for the first time.

    Adul Sam On, who's 14, spoke of the moment British divers found them.

  • Adul Sam On (through translator):

    I didn't know what to say to him, I said hello, and then he said hello back. It was a miracle. He said, how are you? How many are there of you?

  • Man:

    How many of you? Thirteen. Brilliant.

  • Neil Connery:

    The boys considered swimming out when sudden rains flooded the caves. They had no food until they were found nine days later, surviving only on dripping water.

  • Boy (through translator):

    I tried to go underwater and dig to see if we could get through, but all I could feel was sand and rocks. We couldn't get out that way.

  • Neil Connery:

    Titan, the youngest member of the team, at 11, talked of how hungry he was.

  • Chanin “Titan” Wibrunrungrueang (through translator):

    I tried not to think about food. I didn't think of my favorite meals. I just thought of plain normal dishes, like fried rice.

  • Neil Connery:

    The boys said they will never forget the Thai navy SEAL who died trying to rescue them. They have written messages for Samarn Kunan's family.

  • Boy (through translator):

    Please rest in peace. We feel sorry for your family. I want to say thank you for your sacrifice.

  • Neil Connery:

    The boys are now finally heading home, and know there's a bit of explaining to do.

  • Boy (through translator):

    I want to apologize to my parents. When I get home, I know I will get yelled at by my mum.

  • Neil Connery:

    But for now, there's relief and joy for families reunited.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    That report from Neil Connery of Independent Television News.

    Another migrant tragedy today in the Mediterranean. Nineteen people drowned off Northern Cyprus when their boat capsized. The Turkish Coast Guard rescued more than 100 others, and helicopters airlifted them to Turkey; 25 people were still missing.

    A two-year-long state of emergency in Turkey expired tonight. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan imposed it in 2016 after a failed coup against his government. Since then, authorities have detained 75,000 people and fired about 130,000 public employees. Now the government plans new anti-terror laws, and Erdogan's opponents charge that he will use them to stifle dissent.

    Back in this country, the state Supreme Court of California has blocked a November ballot measure to split the state into three parts. Supporters argue the state has grown too big and too diverse to govern.

    But the court ruled that it needs more time to hear questions about the proposal's validity. The measure might still appear on some future ballot.

    Republican Congresswoman Martha Roby has won a primary run-off, defeating a Democrat-turned-Trump loyalist. The four-term incumbent in Alabama got President Trump's endorsement, despite criticizing him as a candidate during the 2016 campaign. The president took credit for Roby's win in a tweet today.

    And on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 79 points to close at 25199. The Nasdaq was down a fraction of a point, and the S&P 500 added six.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour," the risk Russian hackers pose to the midterm elections; U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross under fire for his investments; the plant that could reduce pollution's effects on the ocean; and much more.

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