News Wrap: Maryland town in shambles after flash flood that killed two

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ELLICOTT CITY, MD - JULY 31:
Vincent Saulsbury clears his flooded basement after heavy floods devastated the historic district of the town on Sunday, July 31, 2016, in Ellicott City, MD.  Intense thunderstorms unloaded as many as eight inches of rain in three hours.  Ellicott City's Main Street was transformed into a raging river that swept away cars and inundated homes and businesses.  
(Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

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GWEN IFILL: Three months to go in the presidential campaign, and for a third straight day, the headline is Donald Trump’s feud with the family of a soldier killed in Iraq.

The Republican presidential nominee took heat today from his own party, but he showed no sign of relenting. We will have the story in full right after the news summary.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Warnings about the Zika virus are intensifying in South Florida. Officials now say 14 cases were likely transmitted locally by mosquitoes, all within a neighborhood north of downtown Miami. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today issued a new warning to pregnant women to avoid that area.

GWEN IFILL: Main Street in Ellicott City, Maryland, is a muddy shambles after a flash flood that killed two people Saturday night. It was triggered by a cloudburst of more than six inches of rain. Cell phone video captured people linking up to reach a woman in a car that was being carried away. Today, officials praised the rescuers.

ALLAN KITTLEMAN, Executive, Howard County, Maryland: That human chain has gone around the world five or six times already. But people know that whatever people in a community would do that for their neighbors or even for strangers, they will not let this storm defeat us. We are going to make sure that Ellicott City rises up to be an even stronger, even more vibrant place than it is right now.

GWEN IFILL: Officials say the damage will run into the hundreds of millions of dollars.

JUDY WOODRUFF: And from flood to fire. Cooler temperatures in central California today helped fire crews trying to corral a wildfire north of Big Sur. It has scorched more than 60 square miles since July 22, roughly the size of San Francisco. The fire has destroyed 57 homes and still threatens 2,000 more structures. It is less than 20 percent contained.

GWEN IFILL: The United States launched multiple airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Libya today. At the request of Libya’s U.S.-backed government, they targeted a tank and other vehicles in the coastal city of Sirte. The strikes were the first by the U.S. since February.

JUDY WOODRUFF: In Northern Syria, a Russian transport helicopter was shot down, leaving all five crew and officers on board dead. The MI-8 helicopter was shot down in Idlib province, where Russian warplanes often target Syrian rebels. Moscow blamed a faction linked to al-Qaida.

LT. GEN. SERGEI RUDSKOY, Russian Military General Staff (through translator): A terrorist act was committed today. The helicopter was coming back from a humanitarian mission, after having delivered food and medicine to the Aleppo residents. It was shot down from the ground in the area controlled by the militant group Nusra Front and the troops of moderate opposition that joined them.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Also today, rebels claimed early progress in a new attempt to break the siege of Eastern Aleppo, but the Syrian military denied it.

GWEN IFILL: Back in this country, for the first time, more than 60 groups affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement joined today to offer criminal justice and policing reforms. Among other things, the groups are pushing for an end to police use of military-style gear and vehicles. They also urge decriminalizing some offenses for drugs, sex work and youth crimes.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Yet another voter I.D. law has been struck down. A federal judge ruled today that North Dakota’s statute is an undue burden on Native Americans. It requires a driver’s license or other identify cards issued by state or tribal officials. Similar laws in North Carolina and Wisconsin were struck down Friday.

GWEN IFILL: And on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 27 points to close at 18404. The Nasdaq rose 22 points, and the S&P 500 slipped two.

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