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  • JUDY WOODRUFF: President Trump faces fresh allegations tonight about his dealings with

  • a foreign leader, amid his denials of wrongdoing.

  • He dismissed an intelligence whistle-blower's complaint today as -- quote -- "just another

  • political hack job."

  • But The Wall Street Journal and others reported that he pressed Ukraine's leader to investigate

  • a son of former Vice President Biden over business dealings in Ukraine.

  • We will take a close look after the news summary.

  • The president appeared today to play down chances of a military strike on Iran.

  • U.S. and Saudi officials have pointed to Iran as the culprit in last weekend's attacks on

  • oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, but Tehran denies it.

  • In the Oval Office today, the president said he doesn't want the tensions to boil into

  • war.

  • Instead, he counseled restraint.

  • DONALD TRUMP, President of the United States: For all of those that say, oh, they should

  • do it, it shows weakness, it shows -- actually, in my opinion, it shows strength, because

  • the easiest thing I could do, OK, go ahead, knock out 15 different major things in Iran.

  • I could do that, and all set to go.

  • It's all set to go.

  • But I'm not looking to do that, if I can.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF: The U.S. Treasury Department did impose new sanctions today on Iran's Central

  • Bank.

  • Officials said they are aimed at cutting funding to Iran's military, including the elite Revolutionary

  • Guard.

  • By the millions, youthful activists around the world marched today, skipping school to

  • demand that leaders tackle climate change.

  • The so-called global climate strike kicked off across Australian cities, and the scene

  • was repeated elsewhere.

  • In Berlin, Germany, activists danced in the streets.

  • And here in Washington, students rallied at the U.S. Capitol.

  • It finally stopped raining around Houston overnight, but widespread flooding remained

  • today.

  • Remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda dumped more than 40 inches of rain over three days, and

  • claimed four lives.

  • Lisa Desjardins has our report.

  • LISA DESJARDINS: In parts of Southeastern Texas, only the roofs of buildings and cars

  • are above water.

  • Roads have become rivers, with drivers leaving wide wakes as they brave the depths.

  • Rescue crews worked overnight through heavy rain to save people in stranded vehicles,

  • all of this just two years since Hurricane Harvey inundated the region with 50 inches

  • of rain.

  • Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said last night the Houston region was better prepared.

  • ED GONZALEZ, Harris County Sheriff: We had more rescue vehicles deployed all across the

  • county.

  • As we saw some of the areas that were harder-hit, we redeployed them a little bit closer.

  • LISA DESJARDINS: The downpours finally stopped by daybreak.

  • Still, the deluge put major highways underwater in Houston proper, and forced schools to close.

  • In New Caney, about 30 miles northeast of Houston, an R.V. floated sideways today in

  • muddy water, and cars and homes were nearly submerged.

  • Along the San Jacinto River, a bridge was closed after rushing water tore barges off

  • their moorings nearby.

  • They crashed into the span, shutting down part of Interstate 10.

  • And, overnight, in Beaumont, guests waded through dirty water in a local hotel.

  • The community is taking the slim silver linings it can find.

  • For this man, it was a large fish in what is usually a road.

  • What's left of the storm is now moving northeast, threatening flash floods elsewhere.

  • For the "PBS NewsHour," I'm Lisa Desjardins.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF: Also today, Pacific Hurricane Lorena buffeted Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, near

  • the tip of the Baja California Peninsula.

  • It could bring heavy rain and winds of 75 miles an hour through the night.

  • In Afghanistan, the death toll has nearly doubled to 39 in a Taliban bombing at a hospital

  • on Thursday.

  • The suicide blast rocked the capital of Zabul province in the south.

  • The attack destroyed the hospital, and left at least 140 people wounded.

  • Local officials reported that most of the dead were civilians.

  • A second confirmed case of polio raised alarms in the Philippines today.

  • Officials declared the country's first outbreak in nearly two decades.

  • They are now launching a mass vaccination campaign.

  • Its goal is to immunize more than five million children under the age of 5.

  • Back in this country, the Trump administration signed an agreement for El Salvador to take

  • in migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. Details were sparse, and it was unclear how one of

  • Central America's most violent places could qualify as a refuge.

  • But the acting secretary of homeland security, Kevin McAleenan, called it a big step forward.

  • KEVIN MCALEENAN, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security: As we work together to target irregular

  • migration flows through the region, that is one potential use of the agreement, that individuals

  • crossing through El Salvador should be able to seek protections there.

  • And we want to enforce the integrity of that process throughout the region.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF: The U.S. signed a similar agreement with Guatemala last month.

  • Walmart, the nation's largest retailer, announced that it will stop selling e-cigarettes once

  • current supplies are gone.

  • That follows a wave of lung illnesses and eight deaths linked to vaping.

  • In a statement, Walmart cited growing regulations and outright bans of vaping products.

  • New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced the end of his 2020 presidential run.

  • De Blasio joined the crowded Democratic race in May, but he struggled to gain traction

  • among better-known progressives.

  • His withdrawal leaves 19 Democrats still in the race.

  • And on Wall Street, stocks slumped amid new doubts about U.S.-China trade talks.

  • The Dow Jones industrial average lost 159 points to close at 26935.

  • The Nasdaq fell 65 points, and the S&P 500 slipped 14.

  • Still to come on the "NewsHour": mounting tension in Washington, as Congress and the

  • White House clash over a whistle-blower; students demand action to stem the climate crisis,

  • with millions worldwide taking to the streets in protest; and much more.

JUDY WOODRUFF: President Trump faces fresh allegations tonight about his dealings with

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