Around the World in 60 Seconds: Today’s top stories


Here’s a brief look at some of the top news stories around the world for June 12, 2015.

Prison worker gave tools to NY inmates who escaped

Prosecutors have said a female prison worker smuggled tools into a prison in New York for two inmates who then used them to escape. Joyce Mitchell, 51, allegedly gave hacksaw blades and drill bits to convicted killers David Sweat and Richard Matt, who are still on the run.

[Read more from the BBC]

Lawmakers reject key measure of Asia trade pact

President Obama was dealt a blow by the House of Representatives Friday as Democratic and Republican lawmakers voted to reject a measure essential to his Pacific Rim trade pact. It would give aid to workers who lose their jobs as a result of U.S. trade deals with other countries.

[Read more from Reuters]

NAACP leader accused of pretending to be black

The president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People chapter in Spokane, Washington, has been accused of portraying herself as a black woman, after her parents said she was born white.

[Read more from CBS News]

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Watch: Drunk squirrel in Minnesota captures the world's attention

The squirrel was immediately cut off after nearly tipping over.

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Small town gym refusing to close facing lawsuit from attorney general

The gym is facing a lawsuit and a temporary restraining order to halt their operations.

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Money Gal Coaching: Bouncing back after living your best life

Kelly Blodgett started Money Gal Coaching after paying down nearly $50K in debt in 18 months.


When do stores open on Black Friday this year?

Many major retailers will be open Black Friday, some for extended hours.

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Man found dead outside home near Cass Lake

The man was reportedly shot outside the property.


Gov. Walz announces $1M in grants to boost Minnesota tourism

The money will be used for marketing efforts to attract people to Minnesota's hard-hit tourist spots.

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Nov. 25 COVID-19 update: 72 deaths ties Minnesota's single-day high

A COVID-19 update will not be provided on Thanksgiving Day.


Revival to open its fourth Twin Cities location

The fried chicken and smoked meat maestros are moving to St. Louis Park.

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St. Paul to open two extra temporary shelters for homeless people

Mayor Melvin Carter announced the new shelters will be opened in the event of excess demand.

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Minnesota once again had the highest election turnout in the country

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a record percentage of voters also sent in absentee ballots.