News Wrap: U.S. adds 136,000 jobs as unemployment hits new 50-year low

News Wrap: U.S. adds 136,000 jobs as unemployment hits new 50-year low


In the day’s other news: U.S. businesses managed
to make slight job gains in September. The Labor Department reports that employers
added a net of 136,000 jobs last month. That came as factories shed 2,000 jobs, amid
concerns that the manufacturing sector is now in a recession. Overall, the unemployment rate fell to 3.5
percent. That is the lowest it has been in 50 years. In Iraq, security forces in Baghdad shot and
killed at least 17 more protesters, bringing the week’s death toll to 59. The shooting sent people running for cover,
after they defied a curfew. Hospitals reported dozens hurt, despite the
prime minister’s televised appeal for calm. ADIL ABDUL-MAHDI, ®MD-UL¯Iraqi Prime Minister
(through translator): Your demands in countering corruption, providing job opportunities, and
comprehensive reforms are rightful demands. First, we have to bring life back to normal
in all the provinces. We have to respect the authority of law under
which we are all are living in peace and stability. JUDY WOODRUFF: Iraqi troops have also killed
protesters in other cities this week. The country’s leading Shiite cleric, Grand
Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, called today for an end to the violence, before, he said, it
is too late. Anger intensified in Hong Kong today after
the government banned protesters from wearing face masks. Thousands of demonstrators turned out, wearing
masks. They protested into the night, vandalizing
storefronts, setting fires at subway stations and defying the city’s chief executive. CARRIE LAM, Hong Kong Chief Executive: If
there’s no violence, if there’s no protests, we do not need to have all these instruments
with us in order to deal with this violence. Of course, if the situation worsens — I suppose
that’s your question — then, as a responsible government, we will continue to have to identify
other means that we could tackle the situation. JUDY WOODRUFF: The protesters wear masks to
avoid being identified and punished. But, as of Saturday, violations could mean
a year in jail. Greece is demanding that Turkey reimpose controls
on the outflow of migrants. Turkey had agreed in 2016 to seal off the
route to Greece. But in the past two months, a new wave of
migrants arrived at jam-packed refugee camps on the Greek islands of Lesbos and Samos. Greece says that Turkey is using the surge
to ask for more financial help from the European Union. Microsoft says that hackers linked to Iran
have targeted a 2020 U.S. presidential campaign, plus government officials and journalists. The company today reported that attempted
hacks of more than 240 e-mail accounts, with four actually compromised. It didn’t name the campaign that was targeted. Top U.S. officials stepped up the pressure
on Facebook today over its plans to encrypt its messaging platform. The company says that it would enhance user
privacy. But, in Washington, FBI Director Christopher
Wray warned that the platform could become — quote — “a dream come true” for predators
and child pornographers. Attorney General William Barr said that the
government is not asking for a backdoor into any and all communications. WILLIAM BARR, U.S. Attorney General: We would
be happy if the companies providing the encryption keep the keys. What we are asking is some responsible party
have the keys, so that when we can demonstrate a lawful basis, probable cause that crimes
are being committed, we can gain access to that evidence. JUDY WOODRUFF: Facebook says that it can still
identify sexual predators, even in encrypted systems. The U.S. Supreme Court will take up the issue
of abortion again, in the midst of the 2020 presidential race. Today’s announcement involves a Louisiana
law that says doctors who perform abortions must have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. The case is expected to be argued in the winter,
with a decision expected by next June. On Wall Street, the September jobs report
fueled a Friday rally that erased most of the week’s losses. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 372
points to close at 26573. The Nasdaq rose 110 points, and the S&P 500
added 41. And pioneering actress Diahann Carroll has
died of complications from breast cancer. In 1968, she broke through racial barriers
in “Julia,” the country’s first TV series portraying a black professional woman. Carroll was also a singer, winning a Tony
Award in “No Strings,” and she was nominated for an Oscar in the 1974 film “Claudine.” Diahann Carroll was 84 years old. Still to come on the “NewsHour”: separating
fact from fiction in Ukraine, the country caught in the middle of the impeachment inquiry;
another whistle-blower comes out against the White House, this time from the IRS; Mark
Shields and Ramesh Ponnuru on the widening investigation into President Trump; and much
more.

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