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News Wrap: Coast Guard searches for sunken cargo ship survivors

In our news wrap Monday, a cargo ship caught in the path of Hurricane Joaquin has sunk, along with 33 people on board. Also, a Russian fighter jet that crossed into Turkey over the weekend fared tensions over the air campaign in Syria.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    In the day's other news, a cargo ship that was caught in the path of Hurricane Joaquin has sunk with 33 people on board. The Coast Guard said today it's found a body and debris near the Bahamas, where the El Faro was last heard from.

    A Coast Guard officer leading the search from Jacksonville, Florida, said the chances that anyone survived are slim.

  • CAPT. MARK FEDOR, U.S. Coast Guard:

    If the vessel did sink on Thursday and that crew was able to abandon ship, they would have been abandoning ship into a Category 4 hurricane. So, you are talking up to 140-mile-an-hour winds, seas upwards of 50 feet, visibility basically at zero. Those are challenging conditions to survive in.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The ship's owner says the vessel's captain had planned to sail out of harm's way, but the main engines failed.

    Tensions over the Russian air campaign in Syria escalated today after a Russian fighter jet crossed into Turkey over the weekend. Moscow said it was an unintentional violation, as its planes targeted the Islamic State, or ISIL, but NATO member Turkey protested.

    In Brussels, the head of NATO met with Turkey's foreign minister and called the violation unacceptable.

  • JENS STOLTENBERG, NATO Secretary-General:

    I call on Russia to fully respect NATO airspace, and to avoid escalating tensions with the alliance. I urge Russia to take the necessary steps to align its efforts with those of the international community in the fight against ISIL.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The U.S. and NATO have charged the Russian airstrikes are also targeting the Western-backed rebels in Syria. Meanwhile, The New York Times reports that the U.S. will back a major offensive by rebel factions and Kurdish fighters against ISIL fighters in Northeast Syria.

    In Iraq, at least 56 people were killed today in a string of car bombings that bore the Islamic State hallmark. The worst attack hit in a Shiite town in Eastern Iraq, followed by a blast in Baghdad and another outside Basra in the south. The Sunni militants of ISIL have frequently targeted Shiites across Iraq.

    Elsewhere in the Middle East, street clashes flared in the West Bank, and Israeli troops shot and killed two Palestinian teens. It was the latest in a growing series of violent incidents. In Bethlehem, Palestinians threw rocks and firebombs near Rachel's Tomb, where Israel's separation barrier juts into the city. The Israeli army said soldiers initially used tear gas, and then switched to live rounds.

    Three scientists will share this year's Nobel Prize for Medicine for critical advances against parasitic diseases. Irish-born William Campbell and Japan's Satoshi Omura share half the prize for discovering a drug to treat river blindness and elephantiasis. And Tu Youyou of China was honored for developing a powerful anti-malaria drug from traditional herbal medicine.

    Colleagues praised her steadfast approach.

  • MAN (through interpreter):

    Over 200 prescriptions and dozens of kinds of traditional Chinese medicine were used. Her research started based on this. Then it took a long time and many repeated failures. Her team finally succeeded after trying around 300 times.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Tu is China's first Nobel laureate in medicine.

    There's word that German officials have almost doubled the number of asylum seekers they're expecting this year to 1.5 million. The Bild newspaper reports the number comes from an internal government forecast. The earlier estimate was 800,000.

    Back in this country the Justice Department in five states announced a final settlement of $20 billion with BP, over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • LORETTA LYNCH, U.S. Attorney General:

    It is significantly higher than the penalties exacted for the Exxon-Valdez disaster, which people often compare this to. So we feel that this will, with the cooperation of the agencies here and the Gulf states lead to real relief for people and the citizens and the businesses of the Gulf.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The spill stained more than 1,300 miles of coastline and was the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history. The settlement includes Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

    The U.S. Homeland Security Department is reopening a probe into Secret Service efforts to discredit Congressman Jason Chaffetz. It happened in March, as the Utah Republican was investigating agency misconduct. Dozens of agents looked at his failed 2003 job application, and someone leaked details. The renewed investigation comes after the Secret Service director changed his version of the incident.

    And Wall Street had a bullish Monday on hopes that the Federal Reserve will delay raising interest rates. The Dow Jones industrial average gained more than 300 points to close near 16780. The Nasdaq rose 73 points. And the S&P 500 added 35.

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