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The FBI says foreign hackers broke into state voter databases, scientists have detected a radio signal from space, Gene Wilder has died at age 83, and more.

by VICE Staff
Aug 30 2016, 1:00pm

Everything you need to know about the world this morning, curated by VICE.

Homeland security secretary Jeh Johnson and FBI director James Comey. Photo by Chip Somodevilla / Getty

US News

FBI Says Foreign Hackers Broke into Voter Databases
The FBI has warned state officials to protect their data after foreign hackers broke into two state election databases. Hackers overseas reportedly downloaded personal data on up to 200,000 state voters in Illinois, while in Arizona they didn't take any information. —VICE News

Clinton's Lead over Trump Cut to Seven Points
Hillary Clinton's lead over Donald Trump in the presidential race has been cut to seven points, according to a new national Monmouth University poll. Clinton leads 46 percent to 39 percent among likely voters, but the Democratic nominee held a much wider lead, 50 percent to 37 percent, in a Monmouth poll in early August. —ABC News

Trump Advises Kaepernick to Find Another Country
Donald Trump said San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's sit-down protest during the national anthem was "terrible" and advised the NFL player to consider where his loyalties lie. "I think it's a terrible thing, and you know, maybe he should find a country that works better for him," said Trump. "Let him try, it won't happen."—The Guardian

Children Report Clowns Seen in South Carolina Woods
Parents at an apartment complex in Greenville, South Carolina, have been warned not to let their children out at night after several reports of clowns trying to lure kids into nearby woods. Witnesses told police they believed the clowns lived at a nearby home, but Greenville County Police said no evidence was found there.—CBS News

International News

Thousands of Migrants Rescued in Massive Operation
About 6,500 migrants have been rescued from the sea near Libya in a series of 40 coordinated rescue missions. The operation to rescue migrants from unseaworthy boats on Monday was a joint venture involving the Italian coastguard, the EU, and NGOs. —BBC News

Suicide Bomber Attacks Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan
A car has exploded after ramming the gates of the Chinese embassy in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. The vehicle exploded in the center of the compound, near the ambassador's residence. The driver of the vehicle was killed, and at least three other people were injured.—Al Jazeera

North Korea Executed Two Top Officials
A South Korean newspaper reported on Tuesday that North Korea had executed two officials in August who went against the wishes of the country's dictator Kim Jong Un. The officials were Hwang Min, the agriculture minister, and an education ministry employee named Ri Yong Jin. North Korea rarely announces executions. —Reuters

Mexican Police Chief Fired over Ranch Killings
Mexico's federal police chief Enrique Galindo has been fired following allegations "executed arbitrarily" at least 22 suspected members of a drugs cartel on a ranch in Michoacan last year. President Enrique Peña Nieto said he had dismissed Galindo to allow for a "transparent investigation."—Deutsche Welle

Everything Else

Gene Wilder Dies at Age 83
Tributes have flooded in after Gene Wilder's family announced the actor died from complications with Alzheimer's disease. Mel Brooks said Wilder was "one of the truly great talents of our time," while Marc Maron called him "one of the funniest humans ever." —Slate

Frank Ocean Scores No.1 Debut
Frank Ocean's Blonde has made it to the top of the Billboard 200 in its first week. So far, the self-released album has generated an estimated $2.12 million in sales and streams.—Billboard

Clinton Aide Leaves Weiner After Sexting Scandal
One of Hillary Clinton's top aides, Huma Abedin, has announced she will be separating from her husband, Anthony Weiner. The split follows reports that the former congressman, who was brought down by a series of sexting scandals, had been sexting yet again. —VICE

Russians Detect Radio Signal from Space
Russian astronomers using the RATAN-600 radio telescope have detected an unusual radio signal coming from a star 94 light years from Earth. The finding will be discussed at an international committee of ET hunters next month, though not everyone is impressed: Daren Lynch of SETI@home called the finding "relatively uninteresting from a SETI standpoint."—Gizmodo

Human Ancestor Died Falling from a Tree
New evidence suggests that the famous fossilized human ancestor dubbed "Lucy" by scientists probably died by falling out of a tree. It supports the idea her species—Australopithecus afarensis—spent some of its life in trees. —Motherboard

Kim Kardashian Makes Playlist of Kanye Tracks
Kim Kardashian West has put together a two-hour, 28-song playlist of her favorite Kanye songs to celebrate his tour launch. Surprisingly, "Awesome," his extremely schmaltzy ode to Kim, is not on the playlist. —Noisey