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News Wrap: U.S. military announces South China Sea patrols

In our news wrap Thursday, in response to Chinese military buildup in the contested South China Sea, the U.S. military announced that joint patrols with the Philippine Navy are under way to tamp down tensions in the region. Also, China agreed to end some of its export subsidies that the U.S. claimed were flooding the market with cheaply priced goods.

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    Good evening. I'm Judy Woodruff.

    On the "NewsHour" tonight, we examine the campaign environment this election year for paid campaign ads. Are they the most reliable way to get a message out?

    Then, a Chicago task force finds systematic racism in its police department and calls for sweeping changes.

    And a new approach to financial advice, putting it on one index card?

    HAROLD POLLACK, Co-Author, "The Index Card": All the financial experts actually had a pretty simple set of things that they suggested that you do, and basically all of them would say tune out all the other stuff.


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



    The Democratic presidential contenders face another showdown moment tonight. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders debate in Brooklyn, just five days before the New York state primary.

    Meanwhile, Donald Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, will not be prosecuted for grabbing the arm of a woman reporter. A state attorney in Palm Beach, Florida, said today that there's not enough evidence to make a case of misdemeanor battery.

    In the day's other news: The U.S. military announced new moves in the South China Sea, in response to a Chinese buildup. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said joint patrols with the Philippines Navy are already under way. In Manila for war games with the Philippines military, he said the goal is not to be provocative, but to tamp down tensions.

    ASHTON CARTER, Secretary of Defense: Our efforts to do more together demonstrate America's unbreakable commitment to the defense of this nation, the security and stability of the Asia Pacific, and the principles that have helped so many in the region to rise and prosper.


    The U.S. also plans to rotate more troops and warplanes through the Philippines. China criticized the moves as a challenge to its sovereignty and security.

    On the trade front, China's government has agreed to scrap some of the subsidies it gives to companies that export goods. The U.S. Trade Representative's Office said today that Beijing's decision affects specialty steel, agriculture, textiles, and other sectors. Washington says the subsidies let China flood the market with cheaply priced goods.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to ease his country's economic jitters today in his annual televised call-in show. Putin took a number of questions from Russian citizens that ranged from worries about stagnant growth to food shortages.

  • PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN, Russia (through interpreter):

    I hope and I am almost sure that this is a temporary situation and that step by step, along with markets being filled with locally produced foodstuff, prices will be going down as well.


    Putin also warned the U.S. to abandon what he called imperial ambitions and to respect Russian interests.

    Rescue workers in Southern Japan searched into the night for survivors after an earthquake toppled homes and killed at least two people. News footage showed a TV station's offices shaking violently on the island of Kyushu. Elsewhere, firefighters battled blazes set off by building collapses.

    There were new protests in Nigeria today over the fate of the so-called Chibok schoolgirls. More than 200 were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants two years ago today, prompting a worldwide campaign for their release.

    Now CNN has aired apparently recent video of 15 of the girls.

    And Jonathan Rugman of Independent Television News reports on the reaction.


    Boko Haram last filmed about half the group a month into their kidnapping. A rescue seemed possible after British and American aerial intelligence spotted a group in the forest, but it was judged too dangerous for the hostages.

    Boko Haram's commander demanded his fellow fighters' release from prison in exchange for the girls. Two years on, a few of the Chibok families and their supporters marched in the capital, Abuja, still demanding answers from a government which claims negotiations are ongoing, but which has told them almost nothing.

    Parents stunned by the release to the media of new pictures, yet no release of the children themselves, this the reaction of one mother after recognizing her daughter's school friends, though her own daughter had not appeared.

    Though much of the world has moved on, in the refugee camps of Northeastern Nigeria, they cannot. Boko Haram roughly translates as "Western education is forbidden." While millions have fled its would-be caliphate, it has killed over 600 teachers and abducted around 2,000 girls and boys.


    The fate of most of the Chibok girls remains a mystery.

    Back in this country, Microsoft is suing the federal government over a law that lets investigators look at customer e-mails and files without telling the customer. The company says it happened 5,600 times in 18 months.

    And on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 18 points to close at 17926. The Nasdaq fell a point, and the S&P 500 added a fraction.

    And on the South Lawn of the White House today, President Obama and Vice President Biden welcomed hundreds of cyclists from the Wounded Warrior Project. The annual event is in its ninth year. Today's participants rode a lap around the grounds of the White House before heading out into Washington. The ride aims to raise awareness of wounded veterans and their abilities.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour": how the 2016 presidential race is also breaking the rules of political advertising; Chicago finds its police force guilty of systematic racism; financial advice simplified to fit on one index card; and much more.

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