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News Wrap: White Wisconsin officer avoids criminal charges in Jacob Blake shooting

In our news wrap Tuesday, the white police officer who shot and paralyzed a Black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin last summer will not be charged, the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 tops 356,000, the nation’s top national security agencies acknowledge Russia is likely responsible for the recent cyberattack in the U.S., and the Trump administration rolls back more government regulations.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news: The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 topped 356,000, a day after U.S. hospitalizations hit a record high of more than 128,000.

    As infections spike in Los Angeles County, California, ambulance crews there have been told not to transport patients with little chance of survival.

    Meanwhile, more health care workers across the country received their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

    But, in Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot called on the federal government to step up the pace of distribution.

  • Mayor Lori Lightfoot:

    If you want to have us bend this curve and give people confidence that they can resume their normal lives, there must be an exponential increase in the amount of vaccine that is available to cities and towns all over this country.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Overseas, Britain reimposed a six-week national lockdown to help stop the spread of a highly contagious variant of the virus.

    We will take a closer look at those new restrictions right after the news summary.

    The nation's top national security agencies acknowledged in a rare joint statement today that Russia is likely responsible for the recent cyber-hack against U.S. federal agencies. They said that multiple government agencies, but fewer than 10, were affected, and that the ongoing cyberattack appears to be a — quote — "intelligence-gathering effort."

    They did not disclose which agencies were affected and to what degree.

    A Wisconsin prosecutor has decided not to charge the white police officer who shot and paralyzed a Black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last August. Jacob Blake was seven times after police responded to a domestic dispute.

    The prosecutor said that Blake admitted to investigators that he had a razor blade-type knife in his hand when he was shot.

    At a press conference, Blake's attorney demanded justice.

  • B’Ivory Lamarr:

    The shooting of an individual seven times while walking away from the officer is nothing less than intentional.

    We believe that all the elements of attempted homicide were met. We're just immensely disappointed with that decision today.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Also today, Kyle Rittenhouse, who is the Illinois teenager who fatally shot two people in Kenosha during protests after Blake's shooting, pleaded not guilty to charges that include intentional homicide. He insisted that he opened fire in self-defense.

    The Trump administration is rolling back more government regulations in its final days. The U.S. Interior Department today scaled back a century-old law that protects most American wild bird species.

    Meanwhile, the Environmental Protection Agency finalized a rule that curbs the use of health studies in crafting public safeguards. It will require researchers to publicly disclose their raw data before the EPA can rely on their conclusions.

    And stocks bounced back on Wall Street today. The Dow Jones industrial average gained more than 167 points to close above 30391. The Nasdaq rose 120 points, and the S&P 500 added 26.

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