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10 things you need to know today: January 30, 2016

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State Department finds top secret information in Hillary Clinton's emails

The State Department has deemed the contents of 22 messages on Hillary Clinton's email account "top secret" and won't release them. This is the first time the Obama administration has confirmed that the unsecured home server Clinton used as secretary of state contained material of the highest levels of classification. Department officials won't say the nature of the emails, or if Clinton sent any herself. The news comes days before the crucial first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses. [The Associated Press]


1 of 3 escaped Orange County inmates surrenders to police

One of the three inmates who escaped from a jail in Orange County, California, surrendered to police Friday after a week on the run. Bac Duong, 43, was taken into police custody after he told a citizen on the street he wanted to turn himself in. Duong's accomplices, Hossein Nayeri, 37, and Jonathan Tieu, 20, are still on the run. The news comes shortly after a woman who taught English at the jail was arrested on suspicion of helping the inmates escape. [Los Angeles Times, CNN]


Obama announces rules to crack down on pay gap

Obama announced Friday a new requirement for companies with 100 or more employees to report pay data by gender, race, and ethnicity. The announcement, made on the seventh anniversary of Obama's Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, has drawn criticism from Republicans who argue that gender discrimination is already illegal, so additional actions are not necessary. The first reports will be due September 2017. [CNN, The New York Times]


Flint water lead levels may be too high for filters

Local, state, and federal officials encouraged Flint residents Friday to test their water for lead. Recent samples from 26 homes in the Michigan city showed lead levels too high for water filters to effectively handle. Officials said pregnant women and children under 6 should drink only bottled water until testing is complete. The city has free testing kits available at fire stations. Flint's water crisis was prompted by a 2014 switch in the city's water source. [Detroit Free Press]


Trump-less debate earns second-lowest ratings of season

Fox News' presidential debate Thursday night was the second-lowest rated GOP debate of the season, drawing in 12.5 million viewers. The ratings are notable because it was the first time that Republican frontrunner Donald Trump was absent from the stage — he boycotted after claiming moderator Megyn Kelly was biased. Trump's counter-programmed Iowa event raising money for veterans got roughly 2.7 million viewers. When Trump faced off against Kelly in August, Fox News drew a record 24 million viewers. [CNN]


Obama seeks $4 billion for computer science classes

President Obama called for $4 billion Saturday to increase students' access to computer science classes. Another $100 million would go to school districts themselves to fund the programs. Only 28 states currently allow students to count computer science courses toward their graduation requirements. "Our economy is rapidly shifting, and educators and business leaders are increasingly recognizing that CS is a 'new basic' skill necessary for economic opportunity and social mobility," the White House said in a statement. [White House, Wired]


Scott Walker has $1.2 million in campaign debt

Gov. Scott Walker's (R-Wis.) failed presidential campaign has $1.2 million in debt, according to a Federal Election Commission filing released Friday. After dropping out of the race in September, Walker's campaign raised $597,000 in the fourth quarter. "Governor Walker made substantial progress in addressing financial commitments over the last quarter, and he remains humbled by the outpouring of support from friends across the country who continue to believe in his commonsense reform agenda," a campaign spokesman said. [Politico]


Facebook bans private gun sales

Facebook banned private gun sales on its site and on Instagram, the social network announced Friday. The policy change does not apply to licensed gun sellers and gun clubs, which can still maintain profiles on each site. Facebook, which now allows peer-to-peer payment transactions via private message, had already banned sales of marijuana, pharmaceuticals, and illegal drugs. [The New York Times]


David Bowie leaves $100 million in will

Rock star David Bowie left half of his $100 million estate to his widow, Iman, according to his will filed Friday in New York. The other half is to be split between his kids, Duncan Jones and Alexandria Zahra Jones. Bowie, who died of cancer Jan. 10 at age 69, requested that his ashes be scattered in Bali in accordance with a Buddhist ritual. [BBC News]


Angelique Kerber upsets Serena Williams to win Australian Open

No. 7 Angelique Kerber upset top-ranked Serena Williams in the Australian Open final, winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 Saturday. It was the German player's first time in a Grand Slam final. "This is the best two weeks of my life, my career," Kerber said. "I had goosebumps when I was playing on the court." Williams still trails Steffi Graf for the most singles titles in the Open era. [The New York Times, USA Today]