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News Wrap: Two vehicles crash into Jerusalem pedestrians

In our news wrap Wednesday, tensions flared in Jerusalem, where there were two different incidents of Palestinian drivers driving into crowds of pedestrians, causing injuries and one death. Also, a drone strike overnight in Yemen killed a senior al-Qaida official.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    President Obama today chalked up Democrats' big election losses to voters' frustration with Washington gridlock. He told reporters he will try to cooperate with Republicans, who now control both the House and the Senate.

  • PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:

    As president, I have a unique responsibility to try and make this town work.

    So to everyone who voted, I want you to know that I hear you. To the two-thirds of voters who chose not to participate in the process yesterday, I hear you, too.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    At the same time, the president said he will take action of his own on immigration by year's end, unless the lame-duck Congress acts first.

    We will have full coverage of the election, including more of the president's remarks, right after the news summary.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Advocates of legalizing marijuana scored new victories Tuesday. Alaska and Oregon voted to allow use and sales, and Washington, D.C., decriminalized possessions of small amounts.

    Elsewhere, Alaska joined Arkansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota in voting to increase the minimum wage in their states.

    And Washington State approved expanded background checks for private gun sales.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Violence flared in Jerusalem again today, with two incidents of Palestinian vehicles slamming into pedestrians. The first came early in the day, when a Palestinian militant drove his minivan into a crowd killing one person.

    Geraint Vincent of Independent Television News reports.

  • GERAINT VINCENT:

    Across the tram line that runs between Jerusalem's Arab and Jewish areas, the ambulances are parked to collect the injured in what was a deadly lunchtime attack.

    On this CCTV footage, you can see a group of people waiting at the tram stop on the left of your screen. From the right-hand side, a white van appears and goes on to smash through the crowd at high speed. A few moments later, the same vehicle is stuck in traffic. The driver has got out and runs around the junction, before being confronted by police.

  • MICKY ROSENFELD, Israeli Police Spokesman:

    He had nowhere else to flee. He got out of the vehicle, took an iron bar and attempted to attack a number of innocent people. Border police officers that arrived at the scene shot and killed the suspect.

  • GERAINT VINCENT:

    That suspect has been identified as 38-year-old Ibrahim al-Akri. The Palestinian militant group Hamas says he is a martyr and has called the attack, in which an Israeli policeman was killed, a glorious operation.

    This is the second incident of its kind to take place in Jerusalem in as many weeks. This city has long been the religious focus for the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. But, right now, it's the main venue for the violence itself.

    These streets are used to violence. But towards the Jewish parts of the city, it's becoming ever more dangerous to stand by the road.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Hours later, police said a large commercial vehicle with Palestinian license plates struck and injured three pedestrians. A search was under way for the driver.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    In Yemen, a drone strike overnight killed a senior al-Qaida official. Reports reported the man was identified as Shawki al-Badani, a leader of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. He's wanted by the U.S., and Yemen has offered a $100,000 reward for his capture.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Back in this country, the election outcome and higher oil prices pushed Wall Street mostly higher. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 100 points to close at 17,484; the S&P 500 added 11 to finish at 2,023; but the Nasdaq fell about three points to close at 4,620.

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