Senior staff members on Hillary Clinton's nascent campaign were conscious about diversity in the top ranks two months before the Democratic presidential candidate formally announced her bid, according to hacked emails from the personal account of a top campaign official. In February 2015, Clinton lawyer and chief of staff Cheryl Mills sent a list of potential hires to campaign chairman John Podesta. Among the suggestions was "Political Director-Hispanic Woman." They eventually hired Amanda Renteria, who is Latina. The email breaks it down: "four 'POC,' or people of color, four women 'assuming COO is a white woman' and six white men." So, the email says, that is "33% diverse, 33% women, 50% white men." The email was among more than 3,000 released by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks on Monday and is just one of the tens of thousands posted over the last two weeks.
Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama's health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed Monday. That's sure to stoke another "Obamacare" controversy days before a presidential election.
Before taxpayer-provided subsidies, premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services. Some states will see much bigger jumps, others less.
This election, polls have been center stage and often come under fire.
Donald Trump has mentioned online polls, for example, only to have them be contested as falsified, irrelevant, unethical, or out-of-context. But even more respected polls have been all over the map, with most showing a Clinton lead but by vastly different margins.
What explains this variation? How are polls conducted, and what makes for a trustworthy survey? What’s the difference between a national poll and aggregated predictions of a candidate's chance at winning? Here's a look at a few examples of aggregated predictions, national polls, and unscientifc surveys that can give some insight into polling during the 2016 election season.
After spending 17 years in prison for the murder of his former high school girlfriend, a man at the center of popular podcast "Serial" is asking to be released from prison.
Justin Brown, a lawyer representing Adnan Syed, wrote in a motion filed Monday that Syed should be released while awaiting retrial because he poses "no danger to the community'' and has already served 17 years in prison "based on an unconstitutional conviction for a crime he did not commit.''
Police are investigating the disappearance of a 32-year-old celebrity backup dancer from New Jersey who has performed behind the likes of Beyonce and Rihanna.
Shirlene Quigley, who lives alone in North Bergen and teaches dance at Peridance Capezio Center and Broadway Dance Center in Manhattan, according to her Facebook page, was last seen getting on a bus at Port Authority around 1 a.m. Sunday, her father said.
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The National Transportation Safety Board has sent a team to Southern California to investigate a tour bus crash that left 13 dead and 31 injured. The agency said 10 members of its crash investigation team arrived late Monday morning. They are expected to take up to 10 days investigating before releasing a preliminary recommendation. The bus was returning to Los Angeles from a casino trip when it crashed into the back of a semi-truck on a Southern California highway early Sunday. It's not known if alcohol, drugs or fatigue played a role in the crash.
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A ship that once towed warships to safety during World War II and battled 40-foot waves to help rescue seven people in what was portrayed in the book and film "The Perfect Storm" is poised to be sunk off the New Jersey and Delaware coasts. Officials tell The Record newspaper the Coast Guard vessel Tamaroa will help grow a reef near Cape May Point by drawing large game fish and boosting recreational fishing. The sinking is planned around Oct. 30, the 25th anniversary of the 1991 storm.
Four juveniles were arrested in a series of flash mob attacks on Temple University's campus this weekend that left students and police officers hurt, police and university officials said.
Groups of young people, estimated to number between 20 to 100, roved the school's North Philadelphia campus Friday night for nearly two hours causing havoc, authorities said.
Students were punched and kicked, an officer tossed to the ground and stones were thrown at passing cars, police said. Officers from three agencies — the Philadelphia Police Department, Temple University police and SEPTA police —responded to the incidents.
Outraged mental health advocates petitioned Walmart to stop selling a "Suicide Scar Wound" makeup kit offered on the retailer's website.
Walmart, one of the leading retailers in the United States, can be a one-stop shop for Halloween necessities like candy, costumes, and decorations.
This year the site featured a "Razor Blade Suicide Scar Wound" latex costumer makeup kit. The product, according to Walmart, was not something they put up for sale online, but rather a third-party vendor, that Walmart did not identify.
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Three men clutching two clown masks and a gun were spotted by a security guard at the Westfield San Francisco Centre Sunday, police said. The guard was conducting a routine sweep outside one of the mall's entrances near Market and Powell streets when he approached the men before one flashed a gun, police said. The men, who police say are between the ages of 20 and 30, immediately took off on foot and exited the mall without pointing the weapon at the security guard, according to police.
France began the mass evacuation Monday of the makeshift migrant camp known as "the jungle," a mammoth project to erase the humanitarian blight on its northern border, where thousands fleeing war or poverty have lived in squalor, most hoping to sneak into Britain.
Before dawn broke, long lines of migrants waited in chilly temperatures to board buses in the port city of Calais, carrying meager belongings and timid hope that they were headed to a brighter future, despite giving up their dreams of life across the English Channel in Britain.
Closely watched by more than 1,200 police, the first of dozens of buses began transferring them to reception centers around France where they can apply for asylum. More police patrolled inside the camp, among them officers from the London police force.
Authorities were expected to begin tearing down thousands of muddy tents and fragile shelters on Tuesday as the migrants vacated them.
A University of Maine professor has died while conducting research in Antarctica. The university said 50-year-old Gordon Hamilton died Saturday when the snowmobile he was riding hit a crevasse and he fell 100 feet. He had been in Antarctica doing research for the National Science Foundation. His work focused on the role of ice and glaciers in the climate system.
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Authorities are searching Monday for a man accused of shooting two police officers and suspected of killing his aunt and uncle in the Oklahoma City area. Mark Opgrande, an Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office spokesman, said 38-year-old Michael Vance remains missing Monday morning. Vance is suspected of shooting two police officers in Wellston, near Oklahoma City, before making his getaway in a patrol car Sunday evening. The sheriff's office says the officers are recovering from their injuries. Authorities believed Vance then stole another vehicle from a woman before killing his aunt and uncle. The woman in the carjacking, though shot, was expected to recover from her injuries.