News Wrap: In Germany, man drives car into crowd of revelers, injuring dozens

News Wrap: In Germany, man drives car into crowd of revelers, injuring dozens


JUDY WOODRUFF: In the day’s other news: The
one-time Hollywood studio boss Harvey Weinstein was found guilty of rape and sexual assault
against two women. He could get 29 years in prison, but he was acquitted on two counts
that carried sentences of up to life in prison. The case had galvanized the MeToo movement,
and prosecutors hailed the outcome. CYRUS VANCE, Manhattan District Attorney:
This is the new landscape for survivors of sexual assault in America, I believe, and
this is a new day. It’s a new day because Harvey Weinstein has finally been held accountable
for crimes he committed. The women who came forward courageously and at great risk made
that happen. JUDY WOODRUFF: We will get much more on all
of this after the news summary. A man in Germany crashed his car into a Carnival
season parade today, injuring around 30 people, including children. It happened in Volkmarsen,
a town about 174 miles southwest of Berlin. Police say the 29-year-old driver deliberately
drove into the revelers. Some were seriously hurt and taken to hospitals. The suspect is
in custody. The motive remains a mystery. In India, President Trump began a state visit
and addressed a mass rally of more than 100,000 people, declaring, America loves India. There
were also protests in several Indian cities against his visit and against a citizenship
law that excludes Muslims. We will take a closer look later in the program. Malaysia is in the grips of a political crisis
tonight, after the prime minister abruptly resigned. Supporters of 94-year-old Mahathir
Mohamad had abandoned his party to block a transition of power to his designated successor,
Anwar Ibrahim. But Anwar sounded optimistic, after meeting
with the outgoing prime minister today. ANWAR IBRAHIM, Designated Successor (through
translator): I cannot speak at length about this. Suffice to say that the meeting was
very good. I am impressed with his position on the changes that were to be made, and to
not bow to groups that want to seize power without an agenda for change. JUDY WOODRUFF: For now, Malaysia’s king has
appointed Mahathir as interim leader. Islamic Jihad militants in Gaza have announced
a cease-fire with Israel. Fighting erupted Sunday when Israeli forces killed a militant
allegedly trying to plant a bomb. Islamic Jihad fired rockets in retaliation on Sunday
and again early today. The Israelis answered with airstrikes, before
the militants announced a halt. Back in this country, a federal appeals court
in San Francisco upheld a ban on letting family planning clinics refer women for abortions.
The Trump administration policy applies to clinics that receive federal funds. Three
lower courts had struck down the policy, but the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned
those rulings today. Television actor Jussie Smollett pled not
guilty today to charges that he faked a racist and homophobic attack on himself. Smollett’s
court appearance in Chicago came after a special prosecutor brought six new counts against
him. He was initially charged last year, but that case was later dropped. And a passing of note: Trailblazing NASA mathematician
Katherine Johnson has died in Newport News, Virginia. She was a black woman in a field
almost entirely white, male and segregated, but her work was critical to early space missions. Decades later, Johnson received the Presidential
Medal of Freedom. That led to the book “Hidden Figures,” which, in turn, became an Oscar-nominated
film in 2016. Johnson was portrayed by actress Taraji P. Henson. Katherine Johnson was 101 years old. Still to come on the “NewsHour”: what Harvey
Weinstein’s convictions means for the MeToo movement; Amy Walter and Tamara Keith on Bernie
Sanders as he claims the mantle of front-runner; plus, much more.