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News Wrap: Soldiers in Mali detain president in apparent coup attempt

In our news wrap Tuesday, soldiers in Mali have detained the president and prime minister in an apparent coup attempt. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has faced growing unrest over a long-running Islamist insurgency. In the capital of Bamako, armed men directed traffic as protesters cheered. Also, in the U.S., Dr. Anthony Fauci is urging schools to avoid a one-size-fits-all approach to reopening.

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  • Stephanie Sy:

    In the day's other news: The nation's leading infectious disease expert is urging schools to avoid a one-size-fits-all approach to reopening.

    Dr. Anthony Fauci said the hardest-hit communities should start with remote learning, but most others should get kids into classrooms. He spoke during a virtual conference.

  • Anthony Fauci:

    You have got to realize there's got to be flexibility about where you are and how prepared you are to respond.

    To make a statement on one side vs. the other, taking the country as a whole, won't work. We're so heterogeneous when it comes to the level of infections.

  • Stephanie Sy:

    Meanwhile, the University of Notre Dame suspended in-person classes for the next two weeks in a bid to stop an outbreak. The University of North Carolina made a similar decision on Monday.

    Soldiers in Mali have detained the president and prime minister in an apparent coup attempt. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita took power in the Northwest African nation in 2013, but he has faced growing unrest over a long-running Islamist insurgency.

    In the capital, Bamako, armed men directed traffic today, and protesters cheered the soldiers. The U.S., U.N. and a bloc of African nations condemned the coup.

    Authorities in Mauritius have arrested the captain of a Japanese ship that spilled more than 1,000 tons of oil off its coast. The ship struck a coral reef off the Indian Ocean island nation in late July, before breaking in two. Cleanup is still ongoing, amid fears of substantial damage to marine life.

    Local activists say recovery will take time.

  • Jacqueline Sauzer:

    We expect that the cleanup will last for seven to eight more weeks, and then, from there, there is going to be additional work to be done.

    But the work will be done in a more discretely way, because the oil spill itself is one thing, but the consequences of the oil spill will last for a long time.

  • Stephanie Sy:

    The shipping company is investigating why the tanker was within a mile of shore, when it should have been 10 miles out.

    Back in this country, California braced for more power outages as a searing heat wave strained the state's electrical grid. Utilities managed to avoid rolling blackouts on Monday, as customers conserved on power. But, today, temperatures shot toward triple digits again in many parts of the state. And the cost of electricity hit records for the second straight day.

    A federal judge in New York has blocked the Trump administration from rolling back health care protections for transgender people. Under the Obama era Affordable Care Act, a rule had banned sex discrimination on the basis of gender identity. Well, those protections were set to be reversed by a new Trump administration rule as of today, but the judge intervened, citing a U.S. Supreme Court decision that already bars such discrimination in employment.

    And on Wall Street, a mixed trading day included a benchmark for the broader market. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 66 points to close at 27778. The Nasdaq rose 81 points, but the S&P 500 added seven points to close at a new record. It has now recovered all of its losses from the pandemic.

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