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Mexico's president complains of media coverage; passengers restrain unruly man on flight; NFL quarterback updates | Top headlines for March 7 & 8, 2023

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On this version of Hot off the Wire (posted March 8 at 6:38 a.m. CT):

  • Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said the people responsible would be punished. He also complained about the U.S. media’s coverage of the missing Americans, accusing them of sensationalism.
  • Memphis plans to release about 20 hours of video and audio related to the Tyre Nichols case.
  • National Security Council spokesman John Kirby says the United States does not seek to escalate tensions with China.
  • The Biden administration is preparing to relax COVID-19 testing restrictions for travelers from China as soon as Friday.
  • French train and metro drivers, refinery workers, garbage collectors and others are holding further strikes against President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to raise the retirement age to 64. 
  • A passenger who helped restrain a threatening man on a weekend flight from Los Angeles to Boston says the entire chaotic episode was over within seconds thanks to teamwork.
  • In sports, the Milwaukee Bucks won again while New York's streak came to an end, Gonzaga dominated at the West Coast conference title game, action continued in the NHL and there are a lot of quarterback updates from the NFL.

From the original version of Hot off the Wire (posted March 7 at 4 p.m. CT):

  • Two Americans are back on U.S. soil Tuesday after surviving a deadly kidnapping in Mexico, and have been taken to a Texas hospital for treatment. Two other Americans were killed.
  • The Biden administration is considering detaining migrant families who cross into the U.S. illegally as it prepares to end COVID-19 restrictions at the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • The Federal Reserve could increase the size of its interest rate hikes and raise borrowing costs to higher levels than previously projected if evidence continues to point to a robust economy, Chair Jerome Powell says in prepared testimony to a Senate panel.
  • Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has positioned himself as the architect of a new conservative vision for the nation during his annual State of the State address.
  • The U.K. government says it's ready for human-rights legal challenges to a tough new law intended to stop tens of thousands of migrants a year reaching the country in small boats across the English Channel.
  • Five women who said they were denied abortions even when pregnancy endangered their lives are suing Texas over its abortion ban.
  • A second person died following a stampede after a rap concert in Rochester, New York.
  • A new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research indicates that voters support adjusting the number of immigrants and asylum-seekers allowed into the country.
  • Federal agriculture officials are proposing a new rule that would clarify the meaning of meat labels that say foods are “Made in the USA.”
  • A rocket made by the largest metal 3D printer is set to lift off this week. It is 85% 3D printed.

—The Associated Press

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