News Wrap: Around the world, celebrations of a new year


AMNA NAWAZ: President Trump has invited congressional
leaders to the White House tomorrow to talk about a border wall, as the partial government
shutdown entered its 11th day. Earlier, he mocked a plan from House Democrats
to reopen the government. That plan included $1.3 billion for border
security, well short of the $5 billion the president demanded for a wall. The president tweeted: “The Democrats, much
as I suspected, have allocated no money for a new wall. So imaginative.” Still, he told FOX News last night he’s ready
to negotiate. DONALD TRUMP, President of the United States:
I’m here. I’m ready to go. It’s very important. A lot of people are looking to get their paycheck. And so I’m ready to go any time they want. AMNA NAWAZ: In the meantime, the largest federal
employees union is suing the Trump administration for damages on behalf of some 400,000 employees
who’ve been forced to work without pay. The shutdown is also taking a toll on some
national parks that are still open to visitors. Limited staffing has led to overflowing trash
and human waste, sparking public health concerns. Around the world, people welcomed the start
of a new year. In the Netherlands, swimmers dove into frigid
waters during a polar plunge, while, back in the U.S., hundreds of thousands of people
gathered in Pasadena, California, to watch floats in the 130th annual Rose Parade. The new year also meant a number of new state
laws went into effect. In California, the boards of publicly traded
companies are now required to include women. Illinois mandated a 72-hour waiting period
for all firearms purchases. And Utah lowered its drunk driving limit to
0.05 percent blood alcohol level, now the nation’s strictest drunk driving law. We will take a closer look at some of the
new laws later in the program. And, in Indonesia, a landslide triggered by
torrential rains pummeled the country’s main island of Java overnight just as villagers
were celebrating New Year’s Eve. At least 15 people were killed; 20 others
are still missing. Rescuers worked to retrieve bodies from beneath
tons of mud. The landslide destroyed 30 homes and forced
dozens to seek shelter. MAN (through translator): The main challenge
in this evacuation process is the lack of information. We are all afraid about a possibility of another
landslide. In the meantime, we are still looking for
survivors. AMNA NAWAZ: The Indonesian landslide comes
just nine days after a tsunami, triggered by a volcanic eruption, killed at least 437
people on the islands of Java and Sumatra. Still to come on the “NewsHour”: North Korea’s
leader promises to end nuclear weapons production; NASA’s New Horizons mission explores the far
reaches of space; new laws taking effect today in states across the country; the opioid crisis
and the class-action lawsuits to watch in 2019; plus much more.

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