JUDY WOODRUFF: This has been a day of remembrance,
18 years since the September 11 attacks left nearly 3,000 people dead. In New York City, crowds surrounded the memorial
pools where the World Trade Center towers once stood. In Washington, a huge American flag hung at
the Pentagon during ceremonies including President Trump. Defense Secretary Mark Esper noted that many
Americans have no memory of the attacks. MARK ESPER, U.S. Defense Secretary: On this
18th anniversary of 9/11, service members who were not even born on that day now stand
among our ranks. As each year passes, and the details of that
tragic day fade, we must ensure the memories of the departed do not. JUDY WOODRUFF: Vice President Pence joined
ceremonies outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where one of the hijacked planes crashed. Bells rang to commemorate the passengers who
fought the al-Qaida hijackers. President Trump today defended his decision
to fire National Security Adviser John Bolton. He cited their differences over North Korea
and Venezuela, among other issues. The president spoke during a meeting in the
Oval Office, and said Bolton had made some big mistakes. DONALD TRUMP, President of the United States:
He wanted to do things, not necessarily tougher than me. John’s known as a tough guy. He’s so tough, he got us into Iraq. That’s tough. And — but he’s somebody that I actually had
a very good relationship with, but he wasn’t getting along with people in the administration
that I consider very important. JUDY WOODRUFF: The president of Iran, Hassan
Rouhani, welcomed the ouster of Bolton, who has advocated a hard line against Tehran. Rouhani called for Americans to — quote — “abandon
warmongering.” A court in Scotland has joined the battle
over Brexit. It ruled today that British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson illegally suspended Parliament this week. The court found that he was trying to clear
the way to leave the European Union, with or without a formal deal. The British Supreme Court will have the final
say at a hearing next week. Palestinians today condemned any Israeli move
to annex the Jordan Valley. The region is seen as the heart of a future
Palestinian state. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
pledged Tuesday to annex it if he wins reelection next week. The Palestinian Liberation Organization warned
it would be a fatal mistake. SAEB EREKAT, Palestinian Liberation Organization:
Annexing the Jordan Valley in any way or form means one thing. It the burying of any prospects of peace between
Palestinians and Israelis. Why such an administration and such a prime
minister is willing to invest everything they have in order for our children and Israeli
children to continue in conflict for another 100 years? Why? JUDY WOODRUFF: Other Arab leaders also criticized
Netanyahu’s announcement. Back in this country, President Trump said
his administration will propose a ban on all e-cigarette flavors, except the flavor of
tobacco itself. It’s aimed at curbing underage vaping. The Food and Drug Administration has had the
authority to ban vaping flavors since 2016, but had resisted taking that step. A federal jury in Florida has convicted a
Chinese woman of illegally entering the president’s Mar-a-Lago estate. Yujing Zhang was arrested for trespassing
and lying to Secret Service agents. She carried electronic gear, but wasn’t charged
with espionage. Zhang could get six years in prison. California lawmakers gave final approval today
to protections for workers at ride-sharing and on-demand delivery services. Uber, Lyft and others that rely on contractors
strongly opposed the measure. Their workers will have to be treated more
like employees when it comes to wages and benefits. General Motors is recalling nearly 3.8 million
pickup trucks and SUVs in the U.S. and Canada after reports of faulty brakes. The company says there have been 113 crashes
and 13 injuries. The affected vehicles range from model years
2014 through 2018. On Wall Street, stocks rallied after China
exempted some U.S. products from tariffs. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 227
points to close at 27137. The Nasdaq rose 85 points, and the S&P 500
added 21. Oil tycoon and philanthropist T. Boone Pickens
died today at his home in Dallas. He made a name in the oil business, and then
led bids to take over larger companies. Later, he pushed renewable energy and donated
millions from his fortune. T. Boone Pickens was 91 years old. And there’s hopeful news in the campaign to
save a species. Scientists in Italy have created embryos of
the nearly extinct northern white rhinoceros. They inseminated eggs from the last two females
using frozen sperm collected from the last males before they died. The embryos will be carried by a surrogate
mother from another rhino species.