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News Wrap: White House intruder pleads guilty

In our news wrap Friday, Omar Gonzalez, the man who breached White House security and entered the executive mansion in September, pleaded guilty in court. Also, President Obama visited a VA hospital in Arizona where long delays and falsified wait lists triggered reforms and resignations in the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Wall Street closed out the week with a new sell-off a day after a big rally. The Dow Jones industrial average lost nearly 150 points to finish near 17750. The Nasdaq fell 21, and the S&P 500 slipped 12. For the week, the Dow was down about half-a-percent. The Nasdaq and the S&P lost about 1 percent.

    We will try to get a bead on what's driving the market's ups and downs after the news summary.

    Police in Ferguson, Missouri, spent a second day hunting suspects in the shooting of two officers. It happened early yesterday, as a demonstration at police headquarters was ending.

  • JON BELMAR, Chief, St. Louis County Police Department:

    This afternoon, Saint Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar told reporters the search has come up empty so far. I cannot tell you at this point that an arrest is imminent. There's certainly nobody in custody. And when we get to the point where we feel like that we have active leads, if we can do anything through you, to have the community assist us, we will certainly let you know. JUDY WOODRUFF: The wounded officers escaped without any permanent injury.

    The man who breached White House security last fall pleaded guilty today. Omar Gonzalez jumped the fence on September 19 and made it deep inside the executive mansion with a knife before he was tackled. The first family wasn't there at the time. The incident led to the resignation of the Secret Service director.

    President Obama checked up today on the hospital that triggered a scandal in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Long delays and falsified wait lists at the VA facility in Phoenix, Arizona, led to reforms and resignations. The president visited the site today. He said the VA is — quote — "chipping away" at the problems, but he said there's much more to do.

    Mr. Obama also met with the parents of Kayla Mueller while he was in Phoenix. The aid worker died in Islamic State hands in Syria last month. The militants said she was killed in an airstrike, but U.S. officials disputed that claim.

    In Iraq, government troops pressed their fight to retake Saddam Hussein's hometown from Islamic State militants. Commanders said they expect to reach the center of Tikrit in two to three days. The offensive is relying heavily on Shiite militias, and a spokesman for Iraq's top Shiite cleric warned Baghdad today to make sure they get paid. AHMED AL-SAFI, Spokesman for Grand Ayatollah Sistani (through interpreter): The recent victories scored by our fighters against Islamic State militants necessitates that the government pay heed and provide care to all troops. The government should exert utmost efforts to boost the fighters' performance, to safeguard and perpetuate their gains and achievements.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Separately, a prominent Sunni cleric urged officials to prevent the militias from staging revenge attacks against Sunnis in Tikrit.

    And, in Germany, Muslim women teachers have won the right to wear traditional head scarves in their classrooms. The country's highest court today struck down laws that banned the hijab, saying they violate religious freedom. Supporters of the bans argued the head scarves cause disruptions in schools, while Muslim women said the prohibition has blocked them from teaching jobs.

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