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Rapid Reads: 7 Big stories of the day

It’s Wednesday but we’ll spare you the “hump day” jokes. Instead, check out the CliffsNotes version of today’s breaking news. Here are the top stories everyone will be talking about:

1. Kim Davis is on the loose again

Kim Davis was released from jail yesterday. In case you’ve already forgotten who that is, she’s the Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses because she’s against gay marriage. She was arrested last week after violating a court order to issue licenses, and yesterday she marched out of jail to “Eye of the Tiger” — an unauthorized use of the song that really annoyed the band who sings it — and held hands with Mike Huckabee while she thanked her supporters. Judge Bunning of the U.S. District Court says Davis is free as long as she abides by the law. Davis says she won’t do anything that will “violate her conscience.” Based on her previous efforts to avoid violating her conscience, this could get interesting fast. — CNN

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2. Hillary’s mea culpa

Last night Hillary Clinton apologized for using a private email server during her time as secretary of state. The presidential hopeful said she takes full responsibility for making “a mistake” and that everything she did was “above the board,” but she still wishes she’d used separate accounts for work and personal emails. To date, Clinton has turned 55,000 pages of emails over to the State Department, as well as turning over thumb drives and the server itself to the Department of Justice for an investigation. Clinton maintains that she did not send or receive any classified information on the account. Still, recent polls show about 53 percent of Americans view Clinton unfavorably because they don’t trust her. — ABC News

3. Sibling rivalry

Last night Venus and Serena Williams faced off at the U.S. Open. Both sisters played an incredible match, but Serena triumphed and will continue her bid for the Grand Slam. Serena is only two victories away from joining Maureen Connolly, Margaret Court and Steffi Graf as the only women to win all four major titles in a single season. The Williams sisters came from nothing and are now titans in the tennis world. We can’t wait to see Serena win it all. — The New York Times

4. Need a job?

Chipotle wants to make you a burrito architect. The fast-casual chain will go on a hiring spree today, expecting to take on about 4,000 new workers across the country. They’re planning to open their doors three hours early and hold interviews from 8-11 a.m. The company offers paid time off and sick leave, tuition reimbursement, health insurance to all employees and their starting wage is 10 dollars per hour. The whole thing sounds like a burrito-lover’s dream come true. — The Wall Street Journal

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5. Show them the money, please

Teachers for Seattle Public Schools are on strike today. It’s the first teacher strike in almost 30 years, and it comes after negotiations failed in a contract dispute over wages and other issues. About 53,000 students were set to begin a new school year today. Instead, they’ll be hanging out at home and playing with their iPads until further notice. The previous teacher strike in 1986 lasted three weeks and there’s nothing stopping this one from lasting just as long. It’s an extreme measure, but hopefully one that will bring results. Teacher pay is a vitally important issue. — KUOW

6. Seeking justice

Baltimore officials have proposed a $6.4 million settlement in the death of Freddie Gray. Gray died while in police custody in April and six officers are currently facing charges related to his death. The settlement proposal comes as other wrongful death lawsuits against police are pending all over the country in the cases of Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and others. There’s hope that the large settlement is a sign that authorities are starting to take accusations against the police — especially accusations of racial discrimination — more seriously, but it’s impossible to know for sure. Massive reform is needed before we’ll see real change. — Refinery29

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7. Smarty pants

A 12-year-old U.K. girl has achieved the highest possible score on a Mensa IQ test. The middle schooler is now among the top one percent of smartest people in the world and is said to have an IQ higher than that of Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking. She’ll have to sit for the second part of the test before she’ll receive her official invite to join Mensa, the society for people with high IQs, but it doesn’t seem like she’ll have any issues. Not only did she get a perfect score, but she also told reporters the test was “easier” than she thought it would be. That kid is definitely smarter than all of us. — CNN

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