In our news wrap Friday, President Trump announced the U.S. will lift aluminum tariffs in a bid to ease trade tensions with Canada and Mexico, who will, in turn, scrap planned retaliatory tariffs on the U.S. Trump said he hoped the move would clear a roadblock to passing his "fantastic" proposed trade deal. Meanwhile, Missouri has become the latest state to approve a restrictive abortion bill.
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The United States is lifting aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico in a bid to ease trade tensions with its North American neighbors. President Trump made the announcement this afternoon.
Canada and Mexico will, in turn, scrap planned retaliatory tariffs on the U.S. At an event in Washington, Mr. Trump said he hoped the move would clear a roadblock to passing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement.
That deal is going to be a fantastic deal for our country, and hopefully Congress will approve the USMCA quickly, and then the great farmers and manufacturers and steel plants will make our economy even more successful than it already is.
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the move terrific.
Meanwhile, President Trump also said that he is delaying for six months a decision on imposing tariffs on imported cars and auto parts. That will buy more time for trade negotiations with the European Union and with Japan.
Missouri has become the latest state to approve a restrictive abortion bill. Its Republican-led Statehouse passed the ban on the procedure at eight weeks of pregnancy. It allows exceptions for medical emergencies, but not in cases of rape or incest. The state's Republican governor has pledged to sign it.
An investigative report released today by Ohio State University has found that a former team doctor sexually abused at least 177 male students over nearly two decades. Richard Strauss abused athletes from at least 16 of the school's sports teams, along with students at other health facilities, between 1979 and 1997. He took his own life in 2005. The report also said that school officials were aware of the allegations, but did little to stop him.
We will have more on the findings later in the program.
Taiwan has become the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage. The self-ruled island's legislature voted overwhelmingly today to approve the measure. Thousands of people gathered outside the parliament in Taipei to await the vote. They waved rainbow flags and celebrated in the streets after the bill passed.
Lin Chi-Xuan (through translator):
Just now, a law passed saying we won't be using the term same-sex marriage, but just marriage, which means that we can get married. This means that, when we get married, we use the method of marriage, and not civil union, so there is no hostility. I think this is very important.
Mainland China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory, is under communist rule and far more conservative.
Back in the U.S., the House of Representatives today passed sweeping legislation to extend civil rights protections for LGBTQ people. It bans discrimination based on gender identity and on sexual orientation. The bill passed largely along party lines, with every Democrat voting in favor, along with eight Republicans. A similar bill faces long odds in the Republican-led Senate. President Trump is expected to veto the legislation if it arrives at his desk.
Former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has told the special counsel's office that people connected to the White House and Congress tried to influence his cooperation with the Russia probe. That is according to a court filing that was made public Thursday.
Meanwhile, in an interview with FOX News today, Attorney General William Barr vowed to get to the bottom of the Russia investigation's origins, and said that so far the explanations have been — quote — "insufficient."
The U.S. Treasury Department defied today's subpoena deadline to hand over President Trump's tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee. Meanwhile, the Democratic chairman of that committee, Richard Neal, said today that he'd rather appeal to the courts for Mr. Trump's returns than to pursue contempt charges.
Weeks-long talks between Britain's governing Conservative Party and opposition Labor Party collapsed today, adding more uncertainty to the country's exit from the European Union. Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn and Prime Minister Theresa May both said the discussions were frank, but fell short of finding agreement on a withdrawal deal.
We have negotiated in good faith and very seriously and put forward a lot of very detailed arguments on trade relations, on customs, on regulations, all those issues, and I think that's the responsible thing to do.
These talks have been constructive, and we have made progress. There have been areas where we have been able to find common ground, but other issues have proved to be more difficult.
The new deadline for Britain's exit from the E.U. is October 31.
And stocks fell on Wall Street today, amid reports that U.S.-China trade talks have stalled. The Dow Jones industrial average lost more than 98 points to close at 25764. The Nasdaq fell 82 points, and the S&P 500 slipped 17.
Tractor-maker John Deere pulled the S&P's industrial sector down, after reporting weak sales from farmers who are worried about exports. That triggered fears that the U.S. trade war with China could take a toll on other major U.S. manufacturers.
Bestselling authored Herman Wouk has died. His literary agent said that he passed in his sleep today at his home in Palm Springs, California. Wouk is remembered for books such as "The Winds of War" and "War and Remembrance." He won the Pulitzer Prize in 195 for "The Caine Mutiny."
Herman Wouk was 103 years old.
Still to come on the "NewsHour": how long was the Ohio State University leadership aware of dozens of cases of sexual abuse by a sports doctor?; thousands march to protest a strict new law in Hong Kong; the role that downed electrical lines played in California's deadliest fire; and much more.