10 things you need to know today: June 29, 2016

Three suicide bombers kill 41 at Istanbul airport, EU leaders warn U.K. of Brexit price, and more

David Cameron in Brussels
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1. 41 killed in triple suicide bombing at Istanbul airport

At least 41 people were killed when three suicide bombers attacked Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport on Tuesday. At least 239 others were injured. Two of the terrorists opened fire with automatic weapons at a security checkpoint outside the airport before detonating their explosives. The third blew himself up in a parking lot. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the Islamic State appeared to have been behind the attack based on early indications, although nobody immediately claimed responsibility.

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2. EU leaders warn U.K. that Brexit will be costly

European leaders in Brussels on Tuesday warned British Prime Minister David Cameron that the U.K. would not be able to hold onto the benefits of European Union membership once it leaves the trading bloc. Before the meeting, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told her Parliament that British leaders would not be allowed to "cherry-pick" what they like about EU membership and discard the rest. Cameron called for the "closest possible relationship" with Europe when the U.K. negotiates the terms of its departure after last week's Brexit vote. EU leaders are meeting again on Wednesday, without Cameron.

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3. Benghazi report criticizes Clinton and Obama administration

The GOP-led House Select Committee on Benghazi issued its final report on Tuesday, concluding that there was no evidence of wrongdoing by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The committee, chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), still leveled harsh criticism at an internal State Department investigation, and said the Obama administration did not do enough to protect diplomats at the outpost ahead of the 2012 attacks, which left ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead. Democrats a day earlier called the two-year GOP-led investigation a "partisan sham."

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4. Trump says he will revise or quit trade deals

Donald Trump on Tuesday vowed to renegotiate international trade deals and scrap them if he does not think they are in America's best interest. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee singled out the pending 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership as an example of a pact from which he would withdraw, calling it a "continuing rape of our country" and saying it would be "the death blow for American manufacturing." He also said he would renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico, and dump it if he is not satisfied with a new deal.

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5. Labour leader Corbyn loses no-confidence vote

British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn lost a no-confidence vote on Tuesday after a rebellion in his shadow cabinet over last week's Brexit vote. Only 40 members backed Corbyn in the secret balloting, while 172 said they had no confidence in him. Corbyn's Labour colleagues in Parliament turned against him after Britons voted to leave the EU. The party officially backed the "Remain" camp, but Corbyn faced criticism for failing to campaign actively against leaving. Corbyn said he would not step down because he was democratically chosen to lead the party.

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6. Canada and Mexico strike deal as Obama heads to summit

Canada and Mexico on Tuesday announced a deal to ease trade and travel restrictions ahead of Wednesday's annual North American Leaders Summit, which is expected to focus on fighting climate change. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Nieto unveiled the deal, which will end restrictions on Mexican travelers and open Mexico's market to Canadian beef. Pena Nieto said he, Trudeau, and President Obama stand united in support of open economies and borders despite protectionist and anti-immigration sentiment seen in the U.K.'s Brexit vote and Donald Trump's presidential campaign.


7. New poll shows Clinton barely ahead of Trump

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump by just two percentage points nationally, clashing with other recent polls putting her ahead by up to 12 percentage points. In a one-on-one matchup, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Clinton leads her Republican rival 42 percent to 40 percent. When third-party candidates are added to the mix, Clinton leads 39 percent to 37 percent, with Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson trailing at 8 percent and Green Party candidate Jill Stein at 4 percent.


8. Democrats block Senate Zika funding bill

Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked a proposal to fund the fight against the Zika virus, saying Republicans had inserted "poison pills" into the legislation. Republicans proposed providing $1.1 billion in Zika funding, but the legislation also included measures taking away money for birth control, veterans, and fighting Ebola. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) called Democrats "sore losers," and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell accused Democrats of "playing political games" with people's health.


9. Three crew members missing after two freight trains collide in Texas

Two BNSF Railway freight trains collided head-on in Texas on Tuesday and burst into flames. Each had an engineer and a conductor on board. One crew member jumped from one of the trains just before the crash, and was taken to a hospital in stable condition. The other three crew members remained missing as the fire delayed a search of the wreckage.

Amarillo Globe-News

10. Hall of Fame guitarist Scotty Moore dies at 84

Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley's first guitarist, died Tuesday in his Nashville home. He was 84. Moore was a local session musician when producer Sam Phillips of Sun Records asked him to play on Presley's first single, "That's All Right (Mama)." He went on to form the Blue Moon Boys along with bassist Bill Black and drummer D.J. Fontana, and they backed Presley on such hits as "Heartbreak Hotel," "Hound Dog," "Blue Suede Shoes," and "Jailhouse Rock." Moore later worked with and inspired a generation of musicians, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.

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