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News Wrap: Thai rescue teams deliver food, scuba lessons to boys trapped in cave

In our news wrap Tuesday, 12 boys and their soccer coach remain stuck in a flooded cave in Northern Thailand after being found on Monday, and it's not clear when they'll get out. Also, President Trump interviewed three more candidates for the Supreme Court. The White House says that's in addition to four candidates he met with on Monday.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    The Trump administration is rescinding an Obama era policy that called for considering race in college admissions. The federal Departments of Justice and Education announced today they will advocate race-neutral admissions instead.

    The policy doesn't have the force of a legal mandate. We will have a full report after the news summary.

    President Trump today spoke to three more candidates for the U.S. Supreme Court. The White House says that's in addition to four candidates he met with yesterday. And Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah says Mr. Trump interviewed him over the phone yesterday. A presidential spokesman confirmed that they spoke, but did not call it an interview.

    In Northern Thailand, 12 boys and their soccer coach remain stuck in a flooded cave tonight. They were found yesterday, but it's not clear when they will get out, as we hear from John Irvine of Independent Television News.

  • John Irvine:

    Pumped from the bowels of the mountain, getting rid of this water maintains the scant living space in which the boys are now enduring an 11th night.

    Smiling Thai rescue teams spent the day getting food and company to the trapped 13. Seven divers, including a doctor and nurse, are by their side. Above-ground, their relatives are willing them on. The aunt of the team coach said she missed him very much.

    "How many seconds have ticked by these 10 days? I miss him every second," she said.

  • Man:

    How many of you?

  • Man:

    Thirteen.

  • Man:

    Thirteen? Brilliant.

  • John Irvine:

    When they were found by British cave drivers last night, one of the boys asked when they would get out. He was told-

  • Man:

    Not today. Not today. You have to dive.

  • John Irvine:

    Giving them breathing gear and guiding them out is one of two rescue options and seems more likely than the second, which is to wait out the remaining four months of the rainy season.

    As the Thai authorities try to make contingencies for every eventuality, the big variable is the weather. It was flash flooding that trapped the boys in the cave in the first place, and if torrential rains come again, they may be forced to put on the scuba gear quickly to get out of there.

    Some of the boys can't even swim. But as their strength is being restored, they're also being tutored by scuba teams. The weather forecast is bad, so they are being ready for the dive of their lives.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    That report from John Irvine of Independent Television News.

    President Trump is insisting again that North Korea's nuclear threat is receding. He tweeted that there've been — quote — "many good conversations" with North Korea, and he went on to say, "If not for me, we would now be at war now."

    It's been widely reported in recent days that satellite photos show North Korea ramping up production of materials that are used for nuclear weapons.

    Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel faced new questions today about a last-minute compromise on immigration with her conservative coalition partners. Late Monday, the chancellor agreed to build transit centers on the Austrian border and to turn away any migrants already registered in other European countries.

  • Angela Merkel (through translator):

    We will deport migrants to the countries they come from with the agreement of those countries. That's how we will keep the spirit of partnership within the European Union and at the same time navigate and organize secondary migration.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Merkel's other coalition partners, the center-left Social Democrats, said the deal is worthless unless other E.U. states agree to take migrants back. And Austria warned it will act to protect its borders if Germany stops accepting migrants.

    The former prime minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak, has been arrested and charged with looting a state investment fund. A government-led task force says it's tied to a transfer of $10.6 million into Najib's bank account. He was voted out of office in May.

    Back in this country, Republican Congressman Jim Jordan denied knowing about alleged sexual abuse of wrestlers at Ohio State University. It allegedly happened decades ago, when he was an assistant coach. Two former wrestlers tell NBC News that they believe Jordan knew the team doctor was molesting athletes and did nothing. Jordan's office says he never heard any such allegations.

    And on Wall Street, a late sell-off hit tech and bank stocks and wiped out early gains. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 132 points to close at 24174. The Nasdaq fell 65 points, and the S&P 500 slipped 13.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour," the Trump administration reverses an Obama era racial diversity admissions policy; immigrant families still in limbo weeks after an executive order halted separations; behind rebel lines, America's role in Yemen's civil war; and much more.

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