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News Wrap: Tropical storm slams Florida; Syrian forces push toward Manbij

In our news wrap Monday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared emergencies in 34 counties after Tropical Storm Colin brought 50-mile-per-hour winds and torrential rain to the Panhandle coast. Also, U.S.-backed forces in Syria closed in on the city of Manbij -- the Islamic State’s last stronghold on the Turkish border -- which sits on a major supply route to the Islamic State capital of Raqqa.

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  • GWEN IFILL:

    Good evening. I'm Gwen Ifill.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    And I'm Judy Woodruff.

    And welcome back.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Happy to be back.

    On the "NewsHour" tonight: Ahead of Tuesday's primaries, Hillary Clinton is on the verge of becoming the Democrats' presumptive nominee, Bernie Sanders vows to contest the convention, and Donald Trump stirs up a new hornets nest within his party.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Also ahead this Monday, we remember boxing champion Muhammad Ali. His life in and out of the ring inspired generations.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    And how a revitalized Route 66 is renewing once abandoned towns from East to West.

    JON FEY, Berwyn Route 66 Museum: It's not going to be 1926 again. But if there's enough gems that we can recognize and preserve, I think we will have a real valuable commodity for the community.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    All that and more on tonight's "PBS NewsHour."

    (BREAK)

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The end of the Democratic presidential primaries is almost at hand, and Hillary Clinton is just 23 delegates away from the number she needs to secure her party's nomination.

    She kept campaigning today in California, hoping for a big finish, as Republican Donald Trump faced down critics in his own ranks. We will have a full report after the news summary.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    In the day's other news: An early-season tropical storm, Colin, raised the alarm on Florida's Panhandle coast. Governor Rick Scott declared emergencies in 34 counties as the storm brought winds of 50 miles an hour and several inches of rain. Colin is expected to cross to the Atlantic, then move along the South Carolina coastline.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    U.S.-backed fighters in Syria closed in today on the Islamic State's last stronghold along the Turkish border. Kurdish fighters advanced on Manbij, which sits on a major supply route to Raqqa, the militants' de facto capital.

    Meanwhile, aid groups said ISIS forces in Iraq are shooting civilians trying to flee Fallujah by boat and other means. A government offensive there has stalled.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    The U.S. Navy has banned alcohol for American sailors in Japan over a string of incidents. The latest was Sunday's arrest of a sailor who drove the wrong way and hit two other vehicles on Okinawa.

    In Washington today, the Pentagon's Peter Cook said banning drinking and confining sailors to base are essential steps.

  • PETER COOK, Pentagon Press Secretary:

    These restrictions will help prevent future incidents by ensuring that each service member understands how their actions affect the U.S.-Japan alliance, which is essential to the security and stability in the region. The department remains committed to working with the government of Japan and the people of Japan to prevent such incidents in the future.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    All this comes amid a renewed effort on Okinawa to remove U.S. bases.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    There will be no criminal charges filed against the family of a 3-year-old boy who fell into a gorilla's enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo. The zoo staffers shot and killed the animal after it grabbed the boy. A prosecutor said today that the mother was watching other children, and the boy — quote — "just scampered off."

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Wall Street moved higher this Monday, as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said it's not clear when the next interest rate hike will come. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 113 points to close at 17920. The Nasdaq rose 26 points, and the S&P 500 added 10.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    And the holy month of Ramadan began today in much of the Muslim world. Millions will take part in prayers and dawn-to-dusk fasting.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Meanwhile, renovations began at the site of Jesus' tomb in Jerusalem for the first time in more than 200 years. The work is under way at the chamber housing the tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Still to come on the "NewsHour": it's Politics Monday, a look at the week ahead on the campaign trail, including what's at stake in California; a sit-down with the Libertarian Party's candidate for president, Gary Johnson, and much more.

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