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News Wrap: Released from jail, Kim Davis attends rally

In our news wrap Tuesday, a Kentucky clerk who had been jailed for five days for refusing to provide marriage licenses to gay couples was released. Also, Hillary Clinton said she is sorry about using a private email server as secretary of state in an interview with ABC News.

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  • GWEN IFILL:

    The human drama engulfing Europe showed no sign of ending today. Instead, the divide deepened, between rich and poor nations, over how to handle the crisis. And there was new trouble in southern Hungary as throngs of people tried to cross from Serbia. We will have a report from the scene after the news summary.

    A county clerk in Kentucky was released today after five days in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples. The federal judge who'd jailed Kim Davis for contempt of court ordered her released. He warned her not to stop her deputies from giving out licenses. Later, Davis appeared at a rally outside the jail, with hundreds of supporters and Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee.

  • KIM DAVIS, Rowan County Clerk:

    We serve a living God who knows where exactly each and every one of us is at. Just keep on pressing, don't let down, because he is here. He is worthy. He is worthy. I love you guys. Thank you so much.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Another Republican presidential candidate, Ted Cruz, also visited Davis today.

    Hillary Clinton now says she is sorry about using a private e-mail account as secretary of state. She made the statement today in an interview with ABC News.

  • HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON Democratic Presidential Candidate:

    That was a mistake. And I'm sorry about that. I take responsibility. And I'm trying to be as transparent as I possibly can.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Clinton had declined to apologize in two other interviews since Friday.

    A Kansas jury is recommending the death penalty for a white supremacist who attacked Jewish sites last year. Frazier Glenn Miller shot and killed three people and said he wanted to kill Jews. But it turned out that none of the victims was Jewish. In a court today, Miller told the jury he didn't care what they decided, and he gave the Nazi salute.

    Wall Street bounced back today for one of its biggest gains of the year. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 390 points to close above 16490. The Nasdaq rose 128 points, and the S&P 500 added 48.

    The government of Turkey sent military forces into Northern Iraq today for the first time in four years, chasing Kurdish rebels. It followed attacks by so-called PKK militants that killed at least 31 soldiers and police since Sunday. A military ceremony was held today for 16 police officers who died in a roadside bombing. And in Ankara, president Recep Tayyip Erdogan defended his government's efforts.

  • PRESIDENT RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN, Turkey (through interpreter):

    We have tried so much and will keep trying to prevent this pain, and the pain of mothers, fathers, wives, siblings and loved ones. But the terror organization has shut the doors to the desired peace process through choosing weapons, violence, oppression and bloodshed.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Turkey's air force also launched heavy new strikes on PKK bases involving more than 50 planes.

    A huge sandstorm blew across the Middle East today, blanketing cities and roadways, from Egypt to Jordan. Low visibility slowed commutes in Lebanon, where the storm killed at least two people and sent hundreds to hospitals with breathing problems. The storm even forced Syria's military to call off airstrikes on rebel positions.

    Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani, now says his country is open to talks with the United States and Saudi Arabia on ending the civil war in Syria. In Tehran, Rouhani spoke today during a news conference with the visiting president of Austria.

  • PRESIDENT HASSAN ROUHANI, Iran (through interpreter):

    Iran will sit down at any table if it sees that a secure, stable, and democratic future for Syria will be the end result of negotiations. What is also important is for those Syrians who have been made refugees to return home. If one day, Syria is more secure, that will be in the interest of the whole region and the world.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Iran has been a leading supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    Pope Francis announced a much simpler path today for the Catholic Church to annul marriages. Now there will be a fast-track option: If both spouses request an annulment, a bishop can grant it directly. Annulments are required if a Roman Catholic wants to remarry in the church and continue to receive communion.

    Back in this country, the family of Freddie Gray reached a settlement with the city of Baltimore for $6.4 million. The 25-year-old died after being critically injured in police custody last April. His death sparked protests and rioting. Six Baltimore police officers face criminal charges in the case.

    The head of United Airlines has resigned over his dealings with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Jeff Smisek and two other senior executives stepped down today. A federal grand jury is investigating whether United scheduled flights to benefit the Port Authority's former chairman.

    And some family news. Veteran pollster Andrew Kohut died early today of leukemia. He led the Gallup Organization for 10 years and was founding director of the Pew Research Center. Starting in 1982, Andy was also a frequent guest on this program, explaining the public mood and political trends. He continued in that role for more than 30 years. Andy Kohut was 73 years old.

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