News Wrap: Christian charity worker in Israel charged with diverting funds to Hamas

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Palestinian Mohammad El Halabi (C), a manager of operations in the Gaza Strip for U.S.-based Christian charity World Vision, accused by Israel of funnelling millions of dollars in aid money to Hamas in Gaza, a charge denied by the Islamist militant group, is seen before a hearing at the Beersheba district court in southern Israel August 4, 2016. REUTERS/Dudu Grunshpan ISRAEL OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN ISRAEL.      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTSL0MC

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JUDY WOODRUFF:  In the day’s other news: a stunning investigation into U.S. gymnastics on the eve of the Olympics in Brazil.  The Indianapolis Star and USA Today Network reported widespread claims that coaches have sexually abused young athletes.  It said the sport’s governing body has mostly dismissed the claims.  We will explore this in full right after the news summary.

GWEN IFILL:  In Israel, the head of a Christian charity’s operations in Gaza is now accused of diverting donations to Hamas to build tunnels and buy weapons.  Mohammad El Halabi was arrested in June.  He appeared in court today on charges he siphoned up to $50 million from World Vision over 10 years.  World Vision says it’s shocked and has no reason to believe the charges.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  A stabbing spree in the heart of London last night left one American woman dead and five other people wounded.  The attacker was a Norwegian teenager of Somali origin.  Investigators worked the crime scene today, and said it appeared to be the result of mental illness, not terrorism.  But people in the area were rattled.

Cal Strode, London Resident:  It’s such a busy area.  It is right by Euston station.  There must be thousands of people who pass through this area every day.  I heard on the news this morning that the police response was quite quick.  I mean, so that gives some comfort, but, yes, I’m shocked.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  The suspect is in custody.  One of the wounded remains hospitalized.

GWEN IFILL:  Back in this country, the National Institutes of Health is moving to promote research using human stem cells in animal embryos.  It could help find ways to treat Alzheimer’s and other diseases, or grow organs for transplants.  NIH proposed today to lift the moratorium on government funding for the research.  It was imposed last September because of ethical concerns.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  Much of the Southwestern U.S. is bracing for new flooding as monsoon seasonal rains sweep across the region.  Six states, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah, were warned today to be ready.

Flash floods hit parts of the region earlier this week, after intense storms that knocked down power lines and left drivers stranded.

GWEN IFILL:  A major recall today from the Ford Motor Company.  It involves 830,000 vehicles in the U.S. and Mexico.  They could have faulty side door latches that break, allowing the doors to open while the car is moving.  Ford says the recall covers six different models ranging from model years 2012 to 2016.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  And Wall Street mostly marked time, ahead of tomorrow’s jobs report for July.  The Dow Jones industrial average lost about three points to close at 18352.  The Nasdaq rose six points, and the S&P 500 added half-a-point.

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