News Wrap: International inspectors again denied access to suspected chemical attack site

News Wrap: International inspectors again denied access to suspected chemical attack site


In the day’s other news: International inspectors
were again denied access to the site of a suspected chemical attack in Syria. The visit to the town of Douma was called
off after a U.N. security team faced gunfire there on Tuesday. Meanwhile, U.S. lawmakers from both parties
are voicing concerns about President Trump’s authority for last weekend’s missile strikes
against Syria. Syria’s neighbor Iran put its military might
on display today and issued a defiant warning against would-be attackers. Soldiers marched through the streets of Tehran,
missiles rolled by and jets flew overhead to mark National Army Day. President Hassan Rouhani said Iran needs its
growing arsenal, regardless of sanctions. HASSAN ROUHANI, Iranian President (through
translator): We tell the acquire any weapons we will produce or acquire any weapons we
need, and will not wait for their approval. We do not seek their view on this. We never have and we never will. We are not living in a normal region, and
we see invading powers have built bases around us. They maintain an illegal presence. JUDY WOODRUFF: U.S. sanctions on Iran will
resume unless President Trump again grants a waiver next month. In the meantime, Britain, France and Germany
have proposed new European sanctions. Cuba’s national assembly moved today to name
a new president, as Raul Castro gets ready to step down tomorrow. The 86-year-old leader entered the chamber
with Miguel Diaz-Canel, his designated successor. But he will remain head of the Communist Party,
the island nation’s most powerful post. Raul Castro took over as president after Fidel
Castro, his brother, fell ill in 2006. Back in this country, a power failure blacked
out all of Puerto Rico, for the first time since Hurricane Maria struck last September. Officials said an excavator accidentally took
out a transmission line. It’s the second major outage to hit the U.S.
territory in less than a week. Officials say it could take 24 to 36 hours
to restore power. Fire crews in Oklahoma fought to corral wildfires
that have burned since last week. The flames have swept through drought-stricken
land, destroying homes and barns and killing at least two people. The largest fire has burned more than 400
square miles and is only 3 percent contained. News today of two women who say they had affairs
with President Trump in 2006. The National Enquirer’s parent company released
former Playboy model Karen McDougal from a deal that barred her from telling her story. And on Twitter, the president mocked porn
star Stephanie Clifford. He said that a picture she released, purportedly
of a man who threatened her, is — quote — “a total con job.” Americans got an extra day today to file federal
income tax returns. The IRS Web site for filing online was down
most of Tuesday, due to a hardware failure, so the agency moved the deadline back 24 hours. Returns and payments are now due by midnight
tonight. And on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial
average lost 38 points to close at 24748. The Nasdaq rose 14 points, and the S&P 500
added two. Still to come on the “NewsHour”: the enduring
legacy of first lady Barbara Bush; what’s at stake after the CIA director’s meeting
with Kim Jong-un; and the strikingly high infant and maternal mortality rates among
black Americans.

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