News Wrap: Iraq hit with bombings, deadly protest violence

JUDY WOODRUFF: In the day’s other news: The
U.S. House Judiciary Committee set December 4 to open hearings on possible articles of
impeachment. They will focus on whether President Trump
withheld military aid to Ukraine for his personal political benefit. House Democrats today released depositions
from interviews with White House budget official Mark Sandy and State Department official Philip
Reeker, and said their testimony bolsters the case against Mr. Trump. We will return to impeachment right after
the news summary. In Iraq, more violence today. Three bombings across Baghdad killed at least
five people and wounded more than a dozen. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Those attacks followed clashes with security
forces that left three more demonstrators dead. Meanwhile, smoke filled the air across parts
of Southern Iraq, as protesters burned tires and occupied roads. The protesters are demanding an end to corruption,
to poor services and high unemployment. In the West Bank, several thousand Palestinians
staged a day of rage against the changed U.S. stance on Israeli settlements. The Trump administration announced last week
that it no longer considers the settlements illegal, reversing 40 years of U.S. policy. In Bethlehem today, protesters threw rocks
at Israeli soldiers, who fired back with tear gas. And, in Ramallah, Palestinian leaders condemned
Washington. MUSTAFA BARGHOUTI, Palestinian Politician:
This decision makes the American administration a participant with Israel in violating the
international law. Israeli settlements are illegal by international
law, by the decision of the International Court of Justice. And we are here to declare that we will struggle
for our rights, for our freedom. JUDY WOODRUFF: Israel has steadily expanded
the settlements that an international court has said are illegal and says that their fate
should be determined by negotiations. In Britain, charges of anti-Semitism are roiling
the election campaign. The nation’s chief rabbi claims in a newspaper
column that anti-Jewish racism is — quote — “sanctioned from the top of the opposition
Labor Party.” Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn has faced repeated
criticism on the issue. Today, he condemned anti-Semitism as vile
and wrong. A powerful earthquake in Albania has left
at least 21 people today and more than 600 injured. The tremor was centered just northwest of
Tirana, the country’s capital city. Rescue crews used excavators to search for
survivors amid the rubble. The quake shattered hotels and other buildings
in the port city of Durres. Back in this country, a sweeping new study
finds death rates for younger Americans, 25 to 34, have jumped nearly 30 percent this
decade. The report in “The Journal of the American
Medical Association” says that, in turn, has helped cut the nation’s overall life expectancy
for three straight years. It says causes range from opioids to obesity
to distracted driving from cell phones. A winter storm is wreaking havoc on U.S. holiday
travel from the Rockies to the Great Lakes. Parts of Colorado got two feet of snow overnight. Hundreds of flights were canceled at Denver
International Airport, stranding more than 1,100 travelers. This morning, in Denver, it was still snowing,
fouling the morning commute. And, as the storm headed east, Minnesota and
others braced for the blow. TODD KRAUSE, National Weather Service: So
we’re looking at eight to 12 inches of snow, winds maybe gusting to 30, 40 miles an hour. It’s going to be bad. The snow is going to come down hard. It’s going to come down fast. Visibility will be very, very poor during
the height of the snowstorm. JUDY WOODRUFF: The storm will arrive in the
Northeast by Thursday, and officials in New York say that it might ground the giant balloons
in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. A separate storm is hitting Northern California
and Oregon tonight, with high winds and waves and heavy snow. That storm could help contain a wildfire burning
out of control in southern California. Nearly 5,500 people were ordered out of its
path today, but most were being allowed back later. The fire erupted Monday, fanned by strong
winds, in a mountainous area above Santa Barbara. But, as of late today, no homes had been destroyed. An outbreak of E. coli from romaine lettuce
is getting worse. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
reports that there are now 67 cases in 19 states. They have been linked to romaine grown in
the Salinas, California, area. E. coli can cause severe gastrointestinal
illness and even death. And on Wall Street, stocks edged higher, taking
three major indexes to new record highs. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 55
points to close at 28121. The Nasdaq rose 15 points, and the S&P 500
added almost seven. Still to come on the “NewsHour”: how the courts
can shape the road ahead for impeachment; the rise and fall of WeWork — why the start-up’s
value dropped by $40 billion in a matter of weeks; own your own home in Italy for a single
euro, with a few strings attached; and much more.

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