News Wrap: Tropical Storm Karen soaks U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico


In the day’s other news: President Trump took
on globalism and Iran in his formal address at the United Nations today. He spoke against the backdrop of this growing
impeachment talk in Washington. Again, Yamiche Alcindor reports. YAMICHE ALCINDOR: The president’s tone may
have been subdued. DONALD TRUMP, President of the United States:
If you want freedom, take pride in your country. YAMICHE ALCINDOR: But his talk was still tough,
as he pushed his America-first approach. DONALD TRUMP: The future doesn’t belong to
globalists. The future belongs to patriots. YAMICHE ALCINDOR: In his address to the United
Nations General Assembly, President Trump targeted familiar foes. In particular, he called for allies to help
counter Iran. DONALD TRUMP: All nations have a duty to act. No responsible governments should subsidize
Iran’s bloodlust. YAMICHE ALCINDOR: And he called out Chinese
trade policy. DONALD TRUMP: It has embraced an economic
model dependent on massive market barriers, heavy state subsidies, currency manipulation,
product dumping, forced technology transfers, and the theft of intellectual property, and
also trade secrets on a grand scale. YAMICHE ALCINDOR: The president also used
the world forum to make his case for his domestic agenda. He praised U.S. employment rates and highlighted
his tax cuts. and he was uncompromising on illegal immigration. DONALD TRUMP: If you make it here, you will
not be allowed in. You will be promptly returned home. You will not be released into our country. YAMICHE ALCINDOR: Today’s speeches also featured
a number of authoritarian and far-right figures, including leaders from Turkey, Egypt and Brazil. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro dismissed
warnings about wildfires in the Amazon rain forest. JAIR BOLSONARO, Brazilian President (through
translator): The Amazon is not being devastated, nor is it being consumed by fire, as the media
misleadingly says. YAMICHE ALCINDOR: Meanwhile, President Trump
did meet with one traditional ally, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The meeting came hours after Britain’s highest
court struck down Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament. The president offered him moral support. DONALD TRUMP: He’s doing a fantastic job,
not easy, and — but doing a really great job. And I think he’s going to make great progress
come October. YAMICHE ALCINDOR: For the “PBS NewsHour,”
I’m Yamiche Alcindor at the United Nations in New York. WILLIAM BRANGHAM: Mudslides and power outages
hit the U.S. Virgin Islands today, as Tropical Storm Karen arrived. The storm also brought heavy rain to Puerto
Rico and winds of 40 miles an hour. Hours earlier, an earthquake shook the island,
but caused little damage. Farther north, Tropical Storm Jerry could
reach Bermuda on Wednesday. It had sustained winds today at 50 miles an
hour. In Northern California, threats of wildfires
brought blackouts for more than 24,000 homes and businesses. Pacific Gas and Electric shut off electricity
in parts of the Sierra Nevada foothills overnight, amid hot and windy conditions. In the last two years, downed power lines
have sparked huge fires in the state. As a result, PG&E is now in federal bankruptcy
proceedings. U.S. health officials say there have been
hundreds more cases of lung illnesses affecting e-cigarette users since last week. In all, nine people have died in recent months,
and hundreds have been hospitalized. At a U.S. House hearing today, Dr. Anne Schuchat
of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said officials still don’t know the cause. REAR ADM. DR. ANNE SCHUCHAT, Acting Director, Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention: We know that the products out there have changed a lot,
and the use has probably increased. But we don’t yet know if there’s a new particularly
risky product out there, or a substance that’s in the product, or a manipulation that’s dangerous. WILLIAM BRANGHAM: The Trump administration
has proposed a ban on flavored e-cigarettes. And, this afternoon, the governor of Massachusetts
ordered a temporary ban on the sale of all vaping products. The European Union’s highest court sided with
Google today, ruling that E.U. privacy standards do not apply globally. The landmark decision limits the reach of
the so-called right to be forgotten. That standard lets users in Europe request
that search engines remove some links from their names. France had asked that the rule be applied
everywhere, not just within the E.U. Famed opera singer Placido Domingo has withdrawn
from performing with the New York Metropolitan Opera, amid sexual harassment accusations. In a statement, he says he strongly disputes
the claims, but doesn’t want to be a distraction. He says he will not be returning to the Met. Domingo is 78 years old. And on Wall Street, stocks sank on worries
about impeachment and a drop in consumer confidence. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 142
points to close at 26807. The Nasdaq fell nearly 119 points, and the
S&P 500 dropped 25. Still to come on the “NewsHour”: what’s next
in the Brexit saga, after a critical move by the prime minister is ruled unconstitutional?;
out of the shadows — the survivor of the Stanford University sexual assault case reclaims
her voice; plus, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates on myth, memory, and his first novel, “The Water
Dancer.”

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