In our news wrap Thursday, a federal judge ordered all of Hillary Clinton's emails from her tenure as secretary of state be released this month. The State Department had received an extension after a previous order to be released by the end of January. Also, the six-week standoff at a national wildlife refuge ended when the last four occupiers surrendered.
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In the day's other news: A federal judge ordered that all of Hillary Clinton's remaining e-mails as secretary of state be released this month. They were to have been released by the end of January, but the State Department asked for an extension. Clinton's use of a private e-mail server during her time at State has dogged her presidential campaign and triggered an FBI investigation.
The last four occupiers of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon surrendered today, after a six-week standoff. With that, law enforcement pulled back after tense hours of negotiations, and local people welcomed the outcome.
I just posted "Hallelujah" on my Facebook post, and I think that says it all. I am so glad this is over. I have lived in Eastern Oregon or Northern Nevada my entire life. And I have never, ever in 70 years locked the doors to my house until this happened.
Authorities also arrested Cliven Bundy yesterday on charges from a confrontation in Nevada. His son Ammon led the Oregon standoff before being arrested himself.
A battle erupted at a prison in Northern Mexico overnight, and when it was over, 52 inmates were dead. Officials in Monterrey said the fighting pitted factions linked to rival drug cartels. TV broadcasts showed part of the facility burning as crowds of inmates' relatives gathered outside. They demanded information from police.
Pope Francis arrives in Mexico tomorrow, and will visit a prison in a nearby state next week.
NATO defense chiefs ordered three warships to the Aegean Sea today to crack down on gangs smuggling refugees. After a meeting in Brussels, the alliance's secretary-general said the ships will assist the Turkish and Greek coast guards.
JENS STOLTENBERG, Secretary General, NATO:
This is not about stopping or pushing back refugee boats. NATO will contribute critical information and surveillance to help counter human trafficking and criminal networks.
An estimated 76,000 migrants have reached Europe by sea since January 1, 10 times more than the same period last year.
Major powers opened their latest talks today on Syria, where a government offensive and Russian airstrikes are creating thousands of new refugees. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. But there was little sign that the Russians will agree to an immediate halt in their bombing campaign.
Back in this country, more than 40 Georgia prison guards have been indicted on federal charges of drug trafficking and taking bribes. The charges, spelled out today, are the latest in a series of indictments since September.
And a former Los Angeles sheriff now admits he lied to federal investigators in a probe of jail corruption and prisoner abuse. Lee Baca pleaded guilty late Wednesday to knowing about efforts to obstruct the investigation. To date, 17 members of the sheriff's department have been convicted.
The mayor of Cleveland apologized today, after the city billed the estate of Tamir Rice for ambulance services. The 12-year-old boy had been playing with a pellet gun when he was killed by police in 2014.
Mayor Frank Jackson says it was a mistake to send the ambulance invoice, even though the estate's executor asked for it.
MAYOR FRANK JACKSON, Cleveland:
Should it have happened? No, because a red flag should have been risen. But that didn't happen. Did — was there — did anybody do anything wrong in this? No, because it's the normal process. It's the way in which we do things internally. But it's also what the law requires you to do.
A Rice family attorney called the claim filing deeply disturbing.
There's word that utility crews have finally plugged a natural gas leak near Los Angeles. The leak started nearly four months ago, and drove thousands of people from their homes. They will be allowed back once state inspectors declare the well permanently sealed.
President Obama has made his choice for secretary of education. He's Dr. John B. King Jr., and he's been acting secretary since Arne Duncan stepped down in December. He's also served as state commissioner of education in New York.
Wall Street took another beating over worries about global growth. The Dow Jones industrial average lost more than 250 points to close at 15660. The Nasdaq fell 16 points, and the S&P 500 dropped 22.
And the Senate gave final approval today to blocking state and local governments from taxing Internet access permanently. Seven states now collect such taxes, but under this measure, they will have to stop by 2020.
Still to come on the "NewsHour": the fight for freedom of speech five years after Egypt's revolution; proof of Einstein's universe-changing theory on gravitational waves; the first puppies created using in vitro fertilization; and much more.