News Wrap: GM and UAW reach tentative deal to end strike

In the day’s other news: General Motors and
United Auto Workers reached a tentative deal to end a month-long strike. Terms of the four-year contract were not released,
but the UAW said it won major gains for some 49,000 workers. The union had demanded higher wages, better
pay for new hires, and a promise to build more vehicles inside the U.S. Union leaders
meet tomorrow to vote on the deal. The U.S. special envoy on Iran says the withdrawal
from Northeast Syria doesn’t undermine efforts to pressure Iran. At a hearing today, senators from both sides
warned the pullout will aid the Syrian regime and its Iranian allies. But Brian Hook disagreed: President Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear
deal with Iran. BRIAN HOOK, State Department Special Representative
for Iran: I gave a speech a couple of weeks ago looking at the sort of history of the
regime. The president’s decision with respect to Syria
is not going to change our Iran strategy or the efficacy of it. Iran doesn’t have the money that it used to,
to support Assad and support its proxies. So Iran is going to face a dilemma. They can either support guns in Syria or prioritize
the needs of their own people at home. AMNA NAWAZ: President Trump withdrew from
the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran last year, and has imposed a wide range of economic sanctions. There were signs today of a possible new Brexit
deal may be close. Britain and the European held talks through
the night and into the day. The chief E.U. negotiator reported good progress. The leaders of France and Germany said an
agreement could be sealed at an E.U. summit tomorrow. Spain is enduring a third night of street
violence over Catalonia’s push for independence. In Barcelona, thousands turned out and battled
riot police this evening. Protesters set fires and threw rocks and bottles. The violence began Monday after nine separatist
leaders were convicted of sedition and sent to prison. In Hong Kong, chief executive leader Carrie
Lam criticized votes in the U.S. Congress backing pro-democracy demonstrators. She warned it could — quote — “hurt American
interests in Hong Kong,” and she noted there are more than 1,400 American businesses and
85,000 U.S. citizens in the city. CARRIE LAM, Hong Kong Chief Executive (through
translator): I don’t need foreign parliaments to tell us how important Hong Kong’s human
rights, freedoms and judiciary are, because these are the core values of Hong Kong, which
every Hong Kong person will try their best to safeguard. AMNA NAWAZ: Earlier, pro-democracy lawmakers
jeered and blocked Lam as she tried to give an annual speech. She eventually spoke via video link and insisted
Hong Kong is still a — quote — “very free society.” Also today, a leading protest organizer was
attacked by unknown assailants with hammers. Supporters charged it was part of a campaign
of political terror. Chinese tech giant Huawei has reported a double-digit
gain in sales, in the face of U.S. sanctions. The company said today that sales for the
year were up 24 percent through September. President Trump says Huawei is a security
risk, and, last May, he limited its access to U.S. technology. So far, though, he has delayed enforcing those
sanctions. Back in this country, New York’s Democratic
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill aimed at President Trump’s use of his pardon power. It will let the state prosecute people even
after they receive pardons for federal crimes. The goal is to ensure that the president cannot
use pardons to derail state investigations of his associates. Jury selection began today in Cleveland in
the first federal trial stemming from the opioid epidemic. Two Ohio counties are suing six drugmakers
and distributors. Some 2,000 other suits are still pending. Today’s proceedings come amid reports that
three of the companies are offering a settlement of $18 billion over 18 years. And on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial
average lost 22 points to close below 27002. The Nasdaq fell 24 points, and the S&P 500
slipped six. Still to come on the “NewsHour”: analysis
of the critical moments from last night’s Democratic debate; hope in the darkness, opening
a new frontier in the fight against Alzheimer’s; and much more.

Maurice Vega

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