News Wrap: FEMA’s Long denies ‘unethical’ use of government vehicles


In the day’s other news: The head of the Federal
Emergency Management Agency, Brock Long, denied that he intentionally misused government vehicles. Long acknowledged that he’s under investigation
by the inspector general at the Department of Homeland security. But he said — quote — “Doing something unethical
is not part of my DNA.” In the Philippines, mass evacuations are under
way, ahead of the most powerful typhoon to target the country this year. The storm today had sustained winds of more
than 125 miles an hour. It could hit Cagayan province on Saturday. Filipinos living there and in nearby areas
boarded up their homes today, before heading to shelters. More than four million people are at risk. A Roman Catholic bishop in West Virginia resigned
today over allegations that he sexually harassed adults. Pope Francis accepted Michael Bransfield’s
resignation and approved an investigation. Bransfield has denied abusing anyone. The news broke as Francis met with U.S. cardinals
and bishops at the Vatican to discuss the abuse crisis in the church. For the first time, Myanmar’s civilian leader
has acknowledged problems with the expulsion of 700,000 Rohingya Muslims. The Buddhist nation’s military is accused
of mass rapes, killings and burning Rohingya villages last year. Aung San Suu Kyi spoke today during a conference
in Vietnam. She voiced regrets, but also defended her
security forces. AUNG SAN SUU KYI, Myanmar Leader: There are,
of course, ways in which we, with hindsight, might think that the situation could have
been handled better. But we believe that, for the sake long-term
stability and security, we have to be fair to all sides, that rule of law must apply
to everybody. JUDY WOODRUFF: Suu Kyi said that Myanmar is
prepared to take back Muslims who fled to neighboring Bangladesh. Turkey is stepping up its efforts to head
off a Syrian government offensive aimed at rebels near the Turkish border. Activist video today showed a Turkish convoy
inside Northwestern Syria’s Idlib province. It came during a pause in Syrian and Russian
bombing raids. Turkey fears new fighting there will send
another wave of refugees into its territory. Two Russians accused of poisoning a former
spy in Great Britain proclaimed their innocence today. British police say that Alexander Petrov and
Ruslan Boshirov work for Russian military intelligence. They were seen in Salisbury, England, in Sergei
Skripal’s neighborhood in early March. That’s when Skripal was poisoned with a nerve
agent. He later recovered. Today, on Russian TV, the two men claimed
that they were just tourists and were falsely accused. RUSLAN BOSHIROV, Suspect (through translator):
Every day, two photos full screen. You turn on the radio, Boshirov and Petrov. You turn on the TV, Boshirov and Petrov. How would you live? I’m really scared and frightened. I don’t know what comes tomorrow. That’s why we came to you. JUDY WOODRUFF: Britain dismissed the interview
as a — quote — “obfuscation and lies.” Back in this country, a new twist in the Senate
fight over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. California’s U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein
said today that she’s given the FBI a complaint about Kavanaugh from someone who didn’t wish
to be named. The Washington Post reported the FBI declined
to investigate, apparently due to the age of the information, which dates from high
school. Feinstein is the ranking Democrat on the Senate
Judiciary Committee. It votes next Thursday on the nomination. And on Wall Street, a tech rally led the broader
market higher. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 147
points to close at 26145. The Nasdaq rose 59 points and the S&P 500
added 15. Still to come on the “NewsHour”: President
Trump casts doubt on the death toll from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico; why the number of migrant
children detained in the U.S. is at a record level; the fight to save the Amazon rain forest;
and much more.

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