10 things you need to know today: September 8, 2015

Germany calls for other countries to take more migrants, review finds secrets in two emails sent to Hillary Clinton, and more

Migrants wait at a Greek island.
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1. Germany calls on EU partners to take more migrants

Germany on Monday told other European nations they must take in more migrants from Syria, Iraq, and other war zones, following a weekend when 20,000 asylum-seekers entered Germany from Hungary. "What isn't acceptable in my view is that some people are saying this has nothing to do with them," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said. More than 800,000 asylum-seekers are expected in 2015, and Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said Germany could handle 500,000 a year for several years.

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2. Review supports finding of Top Secret information in emails sent to Hillary Clinton

A special intelligence review confirmed the determination by the intelligence community's inspector general that two emails then-secretary of State Hillary Clinton received at her private email account were "Top Secret" at the time, The New York Times reports, citing unidentified senior intelligence officials. Clinton, who turned over 55,000 pages of emails to the State Department last year, said she "did not send or receive any information marked classified" using the private server.

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3. Kentucky clerk asks governor to free her

Kim Davis on Monday asked Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to free her from jail, where she had spent five days and counting after being found in contempt of court for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples as clerk of Rowan County. One of her lawyers said Davis wants the state to provide "sensible accommodation so she can do her job." Davis, who views gay marriage as a sin, wants her name removed from marriage licenses. Beshear's office said he was staying out because the matter is "between her and the courts."


4. Cuomo administration lawyer critically wounded

A lawyer with New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's administration was shot in the head and critically wounded early Monday in Brooklyn. The lawyer, Carey Gabay, was "not doing well," Cuomo said after visiting the hospital where Gabay was being treated. Gabay and his brother were walking near the route of West Indian American Day parade during celebrations ahead of the event, and were caught in the crossfire between gang members.

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5. Biden hears "Run, Joe, run!" at Labor Day parade

Speculation over Vice President Joe Biden's possible presidential bid got a boost on Monday, when spectators shouted "Run, Joe, run!" as Biden made an appearance at a Labor Day parade in Pittsburgh. "You got to talk to my wife," Biden responded. "I've got to talk to my wife about that." In a speech to 200 union workers and their families at United Steelworkers' headquarters, Biden hit on what could turn out to be a campaign theme, saying too many companies "don't look out for you."

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6. Comedian tops first round of Guatemalan presidential election

Television comedian Jimmy Morales won the most votes in the first round of Guatemala's presidential election with 24 percent, far short of the 50 percent needed to avoid an October run-off, according to preliminary results released Monday. Morales barely registered in polls three months ago. He surged into contention as his political inexperience helped make him the anti-establishment candidate during months of protests over the corruption scandal that led ex-president Otto Perez Morales' to resign last week.

7. Reunions scheduled for Korean families separated by war

North and South Korea agreed Tuesday to hold reunions in October for families separated during the Korean War in the early 1950s. The deal calls for reuniting 100 people from each country for six days, starting Oct. 20. Another group of divided families held similar meetings in February 2014. The upcoming reunions are part of an agreement between the rival nations to end military tensions last month after an exchange of cross-border fire.

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8. Pope Francis changing rules for marriage annulments

Pope Francis on Tuesday announced reforms to make the Roman Catholic Church's procedure for marriage annulments easier. The move marks the latest in a series of changes the pope has made to make the church more welcoming. Less than two weeks ago, Pope Francis announced that all priests would be able to forgive the "sin of abortion" in the "Year of Mercy" starting in December. The changes reportedly have given rise to mounting complaints from conservatives within the church.

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9. Italian court says there was no evidence against Amanda Knox

Italy's highest criminal court on Monday released its explanation for overturning the murder convictions of former exchange student Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito. They were convicted in 2009 for the killing of British exchange student Meredith Kercher, declared innocent in 2011, convicted again in 2013, then declared innocent once and for all in March. The court said there was an "absolute lack of biological traces" that Knox and Sollecito were in the room where Kercher was murdered.

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10. Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt split after 18 years

Former Mad Men star Jon Hamm and his partner of 18 years, writer and director Jennifer Westfeldt, announced Monday that they were splitting up. Hamm, 44, and Westfeldt, 45, often spoke publicly about their relationship, and how their lives changed when Hamm vaulted to superstardom and sex symbol status thanks to his role as Don Draper in Mad Men. Theirs was the latest in a string of celebrity breakups this year, included Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, and Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale.

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Harold Maass

Harold Maass is a contributing editor at TheWeek.com. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 launch of the U.S. print edition. Harold has worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, Fox News, and ABC News. For several years, he wrote a daily round-up of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and two sons.