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News Wrap: States sue to block carbon emission curbs

In our news wrap Friday, two dozen states went to federal court to block EPA curbs on carbon dioxide emissions. States such as West Virginia, Texas and Florida say the plan is illegal and will devastate their economies. Also, Lincoln Chafee, former Rhode Island senator and governor, dropped out of the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Two dozen states, including West Virginia, Texas, and Florida, went to federal court today to block curbs on carbon dioxide emissions. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan seeks to curb the power plant emissions by 32 percent in 2030 from 2005 levels. The states say the move is illegal overreach and will devastate their economies.

    For the second time this week, a candidate has dropped out of the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination. Lincoln Chafee, former Rhode Island senator and governor, and one-time Republican, had struggled to raise money and make any impression in the polls. Chafee made his announcement today during a speech to a Democratic women's event in Washington.

  • LINCOLN CHAFEE, Former Democratice Presidential Candidate:

    I pledge all my energy towards a big 2016 victory for Democrats across the country. But after much thought, I have decided to end my campaign for the president today. Thank you.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb dropped out of the Democratic race a couple of days ago.

    On the Republican side, there was word that Jeb Bush is imposing across-the-board salary cuts for his staff, and is downsizing his campaign headquarters in Miami. News accounts cited an internal memo on this — money-saving moves.

    Suicide bombers killed and wounded scores of Muslims today in Nigeria and Pakistan. At least 42 people died in Nigeria in attacks on mosques in two cities. More than a hundred others were wounded. Far to the northeast in a city in Southern Pakistan, a suicide bomber killed at least 18 people in a Shiite religious procession.

    The Balkan nations of Serbia and Croatia have agreed to move more refugees by train, and get them out of the rain and cold. Last night, at least 5,000 people spent the night in near-freezing weather near one border crossing. The Croatian interior minister called it — quote — "torture." Meanwhile, Greece reported a record 48,000 people crossed this week from Turkey. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said it has to stop.

  • ALEXIS TSIPRAS, Prime Minister, Greece (through interpreter):

    Only if we are able to transfer the front line from the Greek islands to the Turkish shores, and start the process of resettling refugees from the Turkish shores towards Europe, and not from the Greek islands to other European nations, can we then hope to face and diminish these huge refugee influxes that are impossible to cope with today.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The government of Turkey, in turn, warned that a new wave of refugees is coming, as thousands more Syrians flee a military offensive backed by Russian airstrikes.

    Police in Sweden now say that a masked man who attacked a school with a sword and knife yesterday was motivated by race. He killed two people and wounded two in Trollhattan. It's a town with a large immigrant population. All of the victims were dark-skinned. Today, mourners paid their respects at a makeshift memorial, while the local police chief reported on the investigation.

  • NICLAS HALLGREN, Chief, Trollhattan Police Department:

    We have discovered a letter in his apartment, and it has some notes in it that tells us that he has planned the act and he also — he planned it out of a hate crime perspective. And he's also told us by that letter that he is going to — he considers that this will be his final act.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The attack came as it was announced that as many as 190,000 asylum seekers may enter Sweden this year alone. But, today, the government agreed to restrict the country's liberal immigration policies.

    France has suffered its deadliest auto accident in more than 30 years; 43 people were killed today in a collision between a tour bus and a truck. It happened on a narrow road near a town that's about 30 miles east of Bordeaux.

    Simon Israel of Independent Television News filed this report.

  • SIMON ISRAEL:

    A group of pensioners all from the same village were on their way to savor the delights of traditional French cuisine. Their coach collided head on with a lorry carrying wood.

    There was, in the words of a fire chief, a gigantic blaze; 41 on the coach were killed, but eight survived because the driver opened the doors barely seconds before the crash.

    French television has broadcast a reconstruction of one possible version of events where the coach came around a blind corner just before the crash.

    Traumatized families gathered in the town of Puisseguin to wait for news. Identification will clearly take some time.

  • WOMAN (through interpreter):

    I'm hoping, yes, but I don't know anything. I don't know. I'm waiting.

  • SIMON ISRAEL:

    The French prime minister was among various government officials to visit the scene today to express what he described as the nation's emotion for an appalling catastrophe.

    Among the dead is also believed to be the lorry driver and his young son, who was by his side.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    A local lawmaker said the wreck happened on a dangerous curve. The president of France promised an investigation.

    Back in this country, an American soldier killed in a hostage rescue in Iraq was praised today as a hero who sacrificed himself. Army Master Sergeant Joshua Wheeler helped to free some 70 captives being held by Islamic State forces. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said that Wheeler sacrificed himself by joining a firefight to aid Kurdish soldiers that he was advising.

    Former IRS official Lois Lerner will not face criminal charges for allegedly targeting Tea Party groups. The Justice Department ended a two-year probe today, and said that it found no evidence that anyone at the IRS acted out of political motives. Lerner once headed the unit that handles applications for tax-exempt status.

    And on Wall Street today, a rally in tech stocks helped push the broader market higher. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 157 points to close at 17646. The Nasdaq rose nearly 112 points. And the S&P 500 rose 22.

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