News Wrap: British police discover 39 bodies in truck cargo container

News Wrap: British police discover 39 bodies in truck cargo container


JUDY WOODRUFF: In the day’s other news: Mass
demonstrations in Lebanon entered a seventh day, with no end in sight. In Beirut, protesters lit flares, waved flags,
and handed out food to comrades. Main roads remained blocked, and schools and
banks remained closed. The demonstrators accuse the country’s political
elite of destroying Lebanon’s economy. Police in Britain have a horror story on their
hands, 39 bodies discovered in a cargo container on a truck. The truck was found early this morning in
an industrial park east of London. Authorities say they believe it came from
Belgium as part of a human trafficking operation. PIPPA MILLS, Essex Police Deputy Chief Constable:
A murder investigation was launched. And the lorry driver, a 25-year-old man from
Northern Ireland, was arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody. At this stage, we have not identified where
the victims are from or their identities, and we anticipate this could be a lengthy
process. JUDY WOODRUFF: Police confirmed that one of
the victims appeared to be a teenager. The rest were adults. Back in this country, major utilities in California
announced new blackouts, as wildfire conditions worsen again. Pacific Gas & Electric said that its outages
will affect 180,000 customers in the Sierra Foothills and San Francisco Bay area. And Southern California Edison said that it
may cut power tomorrow to some 300,000 customers. On Wall Street, a day of modest movements. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 45
points to close near 26834. The Nasdaq rose 15 points, and the S&P 500
added eight. And Google is claiming a breakthrough in blazing
fast computing speed. The company says that its experimental quantum
processor needed less than three minutes to make a calculation that would take thousands
of years on existing supercomputers. IBM disputed that today. It said that its top-line machine can actually
do the task in 2.5 days. Both sides agree that quantum technology is
still years away from practical use. Still to come on the “NewsHour”: free speech
and falsehoods — Mark Zuckerberg mounts a defense of Facebook before Congress; what’s
on the line for Chicago teachers striking in the country’s third largest school district;
2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Michael Bennet weighs in on health care and Syria;
and much more.

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