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10 things you need to know today: June 24, 2012
Morsi wins Egypt's election, Turkey calls a NATO meeting over a downed plane, and more in our roundup of the stories that are making news and driving opinion
 
Egyptian supporters celebrate a premature victory for their presidential candidate, the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi, in Tahrir Square on June 18, despite official results not having been announced. On Sunday, the election commission officially declared Morsi the winner.
Egyptian supporters celebrate a premature victory for their presidential candidate, the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi, in Tahrir Square on June 18, despite official results not having been announced. On Sunday, the election commission officially declared Morsi the winner.
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1. TURKEY CALLS NATO MEETING ABOUT DOWNED PLANE
Turkey has called a meeting of the NATO member states to discuss its response to Syria's downing of a Turkish warplane on Friday. Turkey insists that the jet was flying in international airspace when Syrian forces shot it down without warning. Syria says that the aircraft was flying low and inside Syrian territorial waters, but that when it realized that it was a Turkish plane, the Syrian navy joined efforts to rescue the two crew members that had been flying the jet. Turkey wants to be sure of the strongest backing once it decides its official response, says the BBC's Jonathan Head. Turkey's coast guard is still searching for the crew members, but hopes of them being found alive are fading. [BBC]
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2. EGYPT DECLARES MORSI WINNER OF ELECTION
Egypt's election commission announced that Mohamed Morsi, of the Muslim Brotherhood, won the presidential run-off election that took place last weekend. The commission said Morsi won with 51.7% of the vote versus 48.3% for his opponent, former Hosni Mubarak aide Ahmed Shafik. A huge crowd of Morsi supporters in Cairo's Tahrir Square erupted in cheers and dancing when the result was read out on live television. [Associated Press]
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3. EX-HORACE MANN TEACHER HAD SEX WITH STUDENTS
Tek Young Lin, a retired teacher who once taught at the presitigious New York City private school Horace Mann, admitted to The New York Times that he had sex with "maybe three" students when he was a teacher in the 1960s and '70s. "In those days," Lin said "it was very spontaneous and casual, and it did not seem really wrong." Lin's admission comes a few weeks after The New York Times Magazine published an expose of alleged incidents of sexual abuse by several Horace Mann teachers during the same time period. Because of the statute of limitations, it's unlikely that any charges will be brought against Lin. [New York Times]   
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4. NEW GREEK PM UNABLE TO ATTEND EU SUMMIT
Greece's newly inaugurated Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will not be able to travel to a crucial European Union summit in Brussels on June 28 after undergoing an eye operation. Samaras, 61, underwent surgery for a detached retina Saturday, just three days after being sworn in at the head of a three-party coalition government formed after two inconclusive general elections. The meeting is being convened to review Greece's fiscal situation and resume talks that had been put on hold during the country's nearly two-month political deadlock. [Associated Press]
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5. PENN STATE MAY HAVE TO PAY SANDUSKY VICTIMS
Lisa Friel, a former chief of the Manhattan District Attorney’s sex crimes unit, says that Penn State University may have to compensate former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's victims, after Sandusky was found guilty of 45 of the 48 sex-abuse counts brought against him. "Penn State is likely to have to pay these victims a great deal of money to compensate them for the awful things that happened to them, most of which might not have occurred had Penn State officials put the safety of children above the reputation of their institution," Friel says. Sandusky's attorney says he will appeal the conviction. [Bloomberg
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6. CHINA ACHIEVES ITS FIRST MANUAL SPACE DOCKING
The three-member crew of China's Shenzhou-9 spacecraft performed China's first ever manual space docking Sunday, which is seen as another crucial step toward its goal of building a space station by 2020. Until now, China has performed all its space dockings by remote control. [Telegraph]
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7. NEW COLORADO WILDFIRE ERUPTS
A wildfire near Colorado Springs has quickly grown to more than 2,000 acres, prompting thousands of residents to evacuate their homes. At least seven wildfires are now burning across Colorado, where officials have been challenged by one of the most severe wildfire seasons in recent memory. Hot, dry and gusty conditions are expected to continue throughout Sunday. [CBS/Associated Press]
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8. POLL: ONE QUARTER OF U.S. VOTERS UNDECIDED
According to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, one quarter of U.S. voters are still undecided about who they will vote for in the presidential election on Nov. 6. Until then, "Obama and Romney will spend huge amounts of time and money trying to win their votes, especially in the most competitive states that tend to swing between Republicans and Democrats each presidential election." The poll also found that among registereed voters, 47 percent say they will vote for Obama, while 44 percent say they'll vote for Romney — a difference that's not "statistically significant." [Associated Press
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9. JUDGE DISMISSES APPLE SUIT AGAINST MOTOROLA
A federal judge has ruled that Apple cannot seek an injunction against Motorola Mobility in its smartphone patents lawsuit, "tossing out the case 'with prejudice,' meaning that neither side can refile, although the ruling could be appealed." The two companies will continue to go after each other legally, "with a case pending before the International Trade Commission and lawsuits ongoing in a number of other countries." [PC World]
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10. ELVIS PRESLEY'S CRYPT PULLED FROM AUCTION
After a worldwide outcry from fans, celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien has said his company will not auction Elvis Presley's crypt at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn. Julien's Auctions announced in May that it would sell the empty tomb. But after fans demanded that the crypt remain as a shrine, the company decided to wait "until Forest Hills finds a plan that best suits the interests of the fans while respecting and preserving the memory of Elvis Presley." After initially being buried at Forest Hill in 1977, Presley's remains were reburied at his Graceland home. [Associated Press]

 

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