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News Wrap: Weakened Hurricane Delta crosses Yucatan Peninsula

In our news wrap Wednesday, Hurricane Delta is back over the Gulf of Mexico after crossing the Yucatan Peninsula. The storm weakened before making landfall near Cancun, but debris littered the shoreline, boats were capsized and trees toppled. Also, Derek Chauvin, the fired Minneapolis police officer charged with murdering George Floyd, has been released from jail after posting a $1 million bond.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news: The Texas state Supreme Court blocked officials in Houston from sending mail-in ballot applications to two million voters. The all-Republican court ruled state law does not allow it. It's the latest in a series of high-profile court battles over election rules nationwide. We will take a closer look after the news summary.

    The fired police officer charged with murdering George Floyd has been released from jail in Minneapolis. Derek Chauvin posted a $1 million bond today. Floyd died last may, after Chauvin held him down, with a knee on his neck, for several minutes. Eleven — or, rather, three other former officers face lesser charges in Floyd's death.

    Hurricane Delta is back over the Gulf of Mexico tonight, after crossing the Yucatan Peninsula. The storm weakened before making landfall near Cancun, and there were no deaths or injuries.

    Afterward, debris littered the shoreline, boats were capsized, and efforts began to clear streets of toppled trees. Officials said it was scary, even though it could have been worse.

  • Gov. Carlos Joaquin Gonzales (through translator):

    The winds have been intense, strong. And those who had not lived through a hurricane before obviously were frightened by its noise, winds and gusts.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Late today, the hurricane had top winds of 100 miles an hour, but it could strengthen again before striking Western Louisiana on Friday.

    In pandemic news, Boston is the latest American city to pause school reopenings. The mayor today delayed in-person classes for preschoolers and kindergartners by another week, until October 22. Older students will follow.

    Meanwhile, Wisconsin's Democratic Governor Tony Evers ordered a field hospital opened outside Milwaukee to deal with an outbreak.

    But Texas Republican Governor Gregg Abbott announced that some bars will reopen for the first time since June.

    For the first time, two women will share a Nobel science prize. Emmanuelle Charpentier of France and American Jennifer Doudna won the Chemistry Prize today. It's for breakthrough work in developing the gene editing method known as CRISPR.

    Doudna said their selection marks an advance for women in general.

  • Jennifer Doudna:

    It really speaks to the fact that I think, for many women, there's a feeling that, no matter what they do, their work will never be recognized the way it would be if they were a man. And this recognition today, I think, just refutes that.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    The two Nobel laureates' work on CRISPR opened the way for cutting away bits of genes to prevent diseases and to improve crops.

    President Trump has lost another round in his fight to keep a New York state prosecutor from seeing his tax records. A federal appeals court today rejected his argument that the prosecutor's subpoena is politically motivated. The issue will likely return to the U.S. Supreme Court. It already rejected a claim that Mr. Trump that he cannot be investigated while in office.

    The high court today heard a copyright dispute between Google and Oracle. It centers on Google's Android operating system, used on most smartphones. Oracle says that Google plagiarized thousands of lines of software code, and it wants more than $8 billion. Google says that it followed common practices.

    And on Wall Street, major indexes gained nearly 2 percent after President Trump appeared to backtrack on his demand that the economic stimulus talks with Democrats stop.

    The Dow Jones industrial average gained 530 points to close at 28303. The Nasdaq rose 210 points, and the S&P 500 added 58.

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