In our news wrap Friday, Tropical Storm Fay is racing up the Eastern Seaboard. It made landfall earlier near Atlantic City, New Jersey, with winds of 60 miles per hour, touching off flash floods and forcing beaches to close. Also, a court in Turkey is allowing officials to convert the world heritage site Hagia Sophia in Istanbul back to a mosque. It has been a museum since 1934.
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In the day's other news: President Trump made a trip to South Florida, even as COVID infections kept rising in the state, as you heard, but he postponed a campaign rally that had been scheduled for tomorrow in New Hampshire, citing the approach of Tropical Storm Fay to the region.
Campaign officials had already acknowledged that it was not clear how many people would show up.
That same tropical storm is racing up the Eastern Seaboard tonight. It made landfall earlier near Atlantic City, New Jersey, with winds of 60 miles an hour, and pushed toward New York and New England. Along the way, it touched off flash floods in Newark and other towns in New Jersey, and shut down beaches in Delaware.
Utah has closed its state capitol building through Monday after protests over a fatal police shooting turned violent last night. The district attorney had ruled that two officers were legally justified in killing Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal. He had a gun and was shot more than a dozen times as he tried to run away. His family condemned the finding.
In Turkey, a court today allowed conversion of the World Heritage Site Hagia Sophia in Istanbul back to a mosque. It had been a Christian cathedral for 900 years, and then a mosque for 500 more, then a museum since 1934.
Today, crowds gathered to celebrate and to pray. Supporters of the decision said it's a long time coming for majority Muslim Turkey.
Sule Gur (through translator):
Once upon a time, this was a place of worship for Christians. But, with the conquest, it has become a symbol for us. It has become a symbol of the conquest.
Therefore, we have been thinking for years that we should have the liberty to pray here.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hailed the decision. He has sought to bring Islam back into mainstream politics. The U.S. and much of the international community largely opposed the move.
French officials now say that Notre Dame Cathedral will be rebuilt exactly as it was before last year's disastrous fire. That comes after President Emmanuel Macron had considered modern additions, with ideas ranging from a rooftop swimming pool to a glass spire.
The 12th century Paris landmark went up in flames in April last year. Actual rebuilding work won't begin until next year.
Back in this country, a federal judge in Indiana has delayed the first execution of a federal prison inmate in 17 years. Daniel Lee was set to die by lethal injection on Monday for three murders. But relatives of his victims said that they were afraid to attend because of rising coronavirus infections.
And on Wall Street, investors shrugged off worries about the pandemic, at least for today. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 369 points to close at 26075. The Nasdaq rose 69 points. And the S&P 500 added 33.