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12:06 pm
Sat June 13, 2015

Clinton Sketches Populist Message In First Major Speech Of Campaign

Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters Saturday on Roosevelt Island in New York.
Frank Franklin II AP

Originally published on Sat June 13, 2015 12:48 pm

Updated at 1:45 p.m. ET

Hillary Clinton, in the first campaign speech for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, sounded a message of support for working families, calling for a new era of prosperity and pledging to support a constitutional amendment to overhaul campaign finance rules.

At a rally on New York's Roosevelt Island, she invoked the memory of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, saying FDR brought "a wider and constantly rising standard of living" to all Americans, a promise, Clinton said, "that still sounds good to me."

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10:09 am
Sat June 13, 2015

6 Yemeni Prisoners Released From Gitmo

Dawn at the now closed Camp X-Ray, which was used as the first detention facility for al-Qaida and Taliban militants who were captured after the Sept. 11 attacks at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Sat June 13, 2015 12:05 pm

Six Yemenis who were prisoners at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have arrived in Oman after their release from the facility — the first in five months and the first to be approved by Defense Secretary Ash Carter.

The Associated Press reports:

"The six men boarded a flight Friday from the U.S. facility in Cuba, and their transfer reduced Guantanamo's population to 116. President Obama has now transferred more than half the 242 detainees who were at Guantanamo when he was sworn into office in 2009 after campaigning to close it.

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7:21 am
Sat June 13, 2015

Dallas Police Chief: 'A Blessing' No Officers Hurt In Attack On HQ

Police block the intersection of Dowdy Ferry Rd. and Interstate 45 during a standoff with a gunman barricaded inside a van in Hutchins, Texas.
Brandon Wade AP

Originally published on Sat June 13, 2015 2:09 pm

Updated at 3:00 p.m. ET

Automatic gunfire from an armored van shattered the glass frontage at Dallas Police headquarters before the van sped away, leading police on a chase and standoff with the driver, who was killed by a SWAT unit sniper.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown said the suspect had told negotiators that the van was "rigged with explosives" so authorities were being cautious in approaching it. A fire later erupted as authorities tried to clear the vehicle of pipe bombs.

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5:07 am
Sat June 13, 2015

Celebrities And The Stanley Cup: Chicago Sweeping Tampa Bay

The Stanley Cup Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks has been an epic and evenly matched struggle between two highly skilled and offensive-minded teams. The series is tied 2-2.

But on the celebrity fan front, it's more of a lopsided Royal Rumble.

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5:57 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

N.Y. Prison Worker Joyce Mitchell Arrested Over Killers' Escape

Joyce Mitchell is arraigned in City Court on Friday in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Mitchel is accused of helping two convicted killers escape from Clinton Correctional Facility, where she is an employee.
Mike Groll AP

Originally published on Sat June 13, 2015 3:21 am

New York State Police say they've arrested Clinton Correctional Facility worker Joyce Mitchell and charged her with "providing material assistance" to two convicted killers who escaped from the prison last weekend.

Update at 11:15 p.m. ET

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The Two-Way
5:41 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Federal Employee Breach Very Likely Included Security Clearance Info

Originally published on Sat June 13, 2015 11:58 am

Along with the massive security breach that exposed millions of federal workers' personnel records, a possible separate intrusion may have exposed information from background checks that were done on both federal employees and applicants.

That's part of an update from a senior Obama administration official who declined to be named on the record because of the ongoing investigation into the cyberattack against the Office of Personnel Management.

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4:39 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

#Distractinglysexy Tweets Are Female Scientists' Retort To 'Disappointing' Comments

Madison Herbert was among the female scientists who tweeted messages mocking the views of Nobel laureate Tim Hunt, who recently spoke out against women in labs.
Twitter

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 10:03 pm

A Nobel-winning biochemist's announcement that he has "trouble with girls" in labs because they either cause romantic sparks or start crying when criticized ignited wide condemnation. And as a barrage of tweets shows, the responses of many female scientists are neither silent nor unfunny.

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3:54 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

#NPRreads: Love, Coding, Yuccies, And The 'NPR Sound'

Comedian Aziz Ansari, seen here performing a show last year, has written a book about love — and what people really want.
Rick Diamond Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 4:01 pm

#NPRreads is a weekly feature on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers throughout our newsroom share pieces that have kept them reading. They share tidbits using the #NPRreads hashtag — and on Fridays, we highlight some of the best stories.

This week, we bring you six reads.

From Tanya Ballard Brown, an editor for NPR.org:

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The Two-Way
1:53 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Australian Leader Won't Deny Payoff Of Smugglers To Return Migrants

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott visits the Endeavour Hills police station in Melbourne, Australia, on Friday. Abbott has declined to refute claims that his government paid smugglers to turn back would-be asylum seekers.
Tracey Nearmy EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 2:43 pm

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has declined to rebut a charge that his government was involved in paying people smugglers to turn back boats carrying would-be asylum seekers, saying Canberra is determined "by hook or by crook" to stop illegal migration.

Indonesia claims that a payment of $23,000 was made to human traffickers to return 65 would-be migrants to the Indonesian island of Rote, located about 520 miles west of Darwin, The Financial Times reports.

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1:32 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Appeals Court Denies Immediate Release To Last Of 'Angola 3'

Albert Woodfox, shown in an undated prison photo. Prosecutors want to keep the former Black Panther leader behind bars as he awaits a third trial in the 1972 murder of Brent Miller, a 23-year-old guard at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola.
AP

A federal appeals panel has upheld blocking the release of Albert Woodfox — the last of the Angola 3, who has been held for more than four decades in solitary confinement in Angola State Prison in Louisiana.

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