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10 things you need to know today: June 22, 2016

Senators propose compromise gun-control bill, Clinton narrows her VP search, and more


Senators propose compromise ban on gun sales to people on 'no fly' lists

A bipartisan group of senators on Tuesday proposed a compromise bill to deter terrorism suspects from buying guns, a day after the Senate blocked four proposals to tighten gun laws. The compromise was introduced by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.). It calls for prohibiting gun purchases by suspected terrorists on federal "no fly" lists. The bill also would require an alert when someone who had been on the list in the last five years — like Orlando shooter Omar Mateen — tries to buy a gun. Those denied guns could appeal.


Clinton narrows search for VP as battle with Trump heats up

Hillary Clinton has narrowed her short-list of potential running mates to three — Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) — Democrats familiar with the process said Tuesday. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's full list reportedly includes a dozen potential vice presidential candidates. The news came as Clinton stepped up her attacks against GOP rival Donald Trump by saying his economic policies would lead to a recession, and Trump tweeted that Clinton's poor judgment "unleashed ISIS and wrecked the economy."


Brexit opponents make last pitches ahead of referendum

The two sides of Britain's Brexit debate made a final push to rally supporters on Wednesday on the last day before a referendum on whether the UK should leave the European Union. Prime Minister David Cameron urged people to vote to stay, as polls indicated a close vote. "Nobody knows what's going to happen," he said. During a bitter campaign, those wanting to stay have said leaving would spell financial disaster. Ex-London mayor Boris Johnson, a leader of the Leave campaign, said, "Thursday can be our country's independence day."


North Korea test launches two missiles

North Korea on Wednesday fired two suspected mid-range Musudan missiles, U.S. and South Korean officials said. The first launch failed — the fifth such failure since April — but the second headed toward Japan, reaching a high altitude before plunging into the sea. The Musudan's 2,180-mile range would let North Korea target much of Asia and the Pacific, including U.S. military bases in the region. Japan's defense minister said the second missile's flight indicated that North Korea was making progress and "the threat to Japan is intensifying."


Rep. Chaka Fattah found guilty of corruption

A Philadelphia jury on Tuesday convicted Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) on all 29 corruption counts he faced, including taking bribes and using federal funds to pay off personal and political debts. Fattah lost his primary race in April but has not indicated he plans to resign. He was accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars through mail fraud, money laundering, conspiracy, bank fraud, and falsified records. He denies the charges, several of which carry sentences of up to 20 years in prison each.


3 alleged vigilantes arrested trying to enter New York with rifles, body armor

Police on Tuesday arrested three heavily armed alleged vigilantes who were trying to drive through the Holland Tunnel into Manhattan. The two men and one woman were transporting body armor, loaded handguns, rifles, and 2,000 rounds of ammunition, including a gun clip marked "America." They said they were trying to save a female friend who was being held hostage after doing heroin. The vehicle was stopped during morning rush hour due to a cracked windshield, and an officer spotted a gun magazine.


Boeing seals $25 billion aircraft sale to Iran

Boeing on Tuesday announced that it had signed a deal to sell 100 airliners to Iran for $25 billion. Iran Air said the agreement involved the purchase of Boeing 737 and 777 aircraft. The deal marks a major step toward restoring economic ties between the U.S. and Iran following the lifting of sanctions against Tehran last year. Boeing said it was following "the lead of the U.S. government" as it works with Iranian airlines, and that "any and all contracts with Iran's airlines will be contingent upon U.S. government approval."


Argentina beats U.S. to advance to Copa America final

Argentina advanced to the Copa America Centenario finals on Tuesday by trouncing the U.S. 4-0. Argentina, the world's top-ranked team, was led by star striker Lionel Messi, who assisted in his team's first goal just four minutes into the game, scored its second one, and assisted again in its final one. Messi scored on a free kick in the 32nd minute. It was his 55th goal in international competition, making him Argentina's highest scorer ever. Argentina will play the winner of a match between Colombia and Chile in Sunday's final.


GPS data shows significant movement along San Andreas Fault

GPS readings have revealed "considerable" vertical movement along the San Andreas Fault in southern California, according to findings published in the journal Nature Geoscience on Tuesday. The researchers found "lobes" of ground straddling the fault line that had been lifted or subsided by a few millimeters per year. The movement had been predicted in models, but never documented before. The new findings indicate that scientists will be able to use GPS vertical motion measurements to deepen their understanding of the behavior of faults.


Lynx beat Sparks in unprecedented clash of undefeated teams

The Minnesota Lynx edged out the Los Angeles Sparks 72-69 in a historic WNBA game on Tuesday. The Sparks went into the game 11-0, and the Lynx were 12-0. The contest marked the first time undefeated teams with 10-plus wins have met in U.S. professional sports. Lynx guard Renee Montgomery hit the game-winning three-pointer for Minnesota with 2.5 seconds left, making her team, the defending women's basketball champions, 13-0 on the year.


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