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Police stand over David Sweat after he was shot and captured on Sunday. Authorities say he has told them he and Richard Matt performed a dry run of their escape the day before they broke out.

Prison Officials On Leave After New York Escape

Twelve officials at an upstate New York prison have been placed on leave, as authorities investigate how two convicted killers managed to escape from the facility on June 6.

Among those placed on leave are Superintendent Steven Racette, of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, and Deputy Superintendent Stephen Brown, according to multiple media accounts.

What's the best way to connect patients to dialysis machines?

Caveats About Favored Access Method For Dialysis

When it comes to dialysis, one method of accessing the blood to clean it gets championed above the rest. But quite a few specialists say there's not enough evidence to universally support the treatment's superiority or to run down the other options.

This is a calculated flood map for the city of St. Louis. Water depth goes from deep (dark blue) to shallow (white, light blue). Floodwater can come from the Illinois, Upper Mississippi and Missouri rivers, as well as from heavy local precipitation.

Flood Maps Can Get Much Sharper With A Little Supercomputing Oomph

A small company in California is hoping to make a big splash by providing detailed flood maps to homeowners and insurance companies. And to do that, the company is using one of the fastest supercomputers in the world.

The company is called Katrisk, based in Berkeley, Calif. Hydrologist and computer modeler Dag Lohmann is one of the company's founders. He says the flood maps the Federal Emergency Management Agency already produces will tell you how prone a particular area is to flooding.

Gov. Jerry Brown of California signed a controversial vaccination bill into law on Tuesday.

California Governor Signs School Vaccination Law

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed off on one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country a day after the state Legislature gave the measure final approval.

A NASA projection shows the path of Venus and Jupiter; the two planets will converge in the Earth's sky Tuesday night.

Venus And Jupiter Set For A Close Encounter Tuesday Night

It's not as if two worlds will collide tonight — Venus and Jupiter are only converging into a small area of the Earth's sky. NASA says the two bright planets will be "a jaw-dropping one-third of a degree apart."

That distance is smaller than the width of a full moon, as seen from Earth's surface.

"You'll be able to hide the pair not just behind the palm of your outstretched hand, but behind your little pinky finger," NASA says.

A Slave Plantation Tour Guide Recalls Awful Questions From White Visitors

Over at Vox, a white woman who until recently was a tour guide at a historic Southern plantation recounts some . . . interesting questions she got from the mostly white tourists she encountered over the years, some of whom had jaw-dropping ideas of what slavery was really like.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, flanked by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz (left) and U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman met with Iranian negotiators Tuesday at a hotel in Vienna.

Deadline In Iran Nuclear Talks Extended To July 7

The Iran nuclear talks, which had been scheduled to wrap up Tuesday, have been extended. The U.S. and the five other nations negotiating with Tehran over its nuclear program announced they'll meet for another week, as it became clear that they weren't likely to reach a deal by today's deadline.

Pope In U.S. Visit Will Meet With Poor, President, Politicians

Pope Francis will meet the homeless, immigrants and prisoners as well as President Obama, and become the first pope to address Congress when he visits the U.S. in September, the Vatican announced Tuesday.

The Sept. 19-28 visit will take Francis to Cuba and the U.S., where he will visit Washington, New York and Philadelphia.

Misty Copeland (center) performed in the Washington Ballet production of <em>Swan Lake </em>in April.

Still She Rises: Misty Copeland Makes History With American Ballet Theatre

In a promotion announced Tuesday, the American Ballet Theatre named Misty Copeland as the first black female principal dancer in its 75-year history. Copeland had previously been a soloist with the ABT, the premiere dance company in the U.S.

Gunhild Swanson, 70, clocked 29:59:54 in the Western States Endurance Run on Sunday.

With Seconds To Spare, 70-Year-Old Woman Finishes 100-Mile Endurance Race

The Western States Endurance Run is the world's oldest 100-mile race — and among its toughest. Runners begin the race in Squaw Valley, Calif., climb more than 18,000 feet and descend nearly 23,000 feet before they reach the finish line in Auburn, Calif.

Here's what that looks like:

This year's male winner was Rob Krar, 38, of Flagstaff, Ariz., who completed the course in 14:48:59. That's an incredible time. But the loudest cheers at the finish line on Sunday were reserved for 70-year-old Gunhild Swanson of Spokane Valley, Wash.

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