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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the examination of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s email server (all times EDT):

Updated 12:01 p.m.: FBI Director James Comey’s highly unusual announcement directly contradicts some of the assurances Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has made about her email server over the 16 months since The Associated Press first discovered her private server operating in the basement of her house .

Comey said the FBI’s investigation determined that 113 total emails that traveled through Clinton’s personal server contained classified information at the time they were sent or received.

Clinton has repeatedly said that none of the emails were marked classified at the time they were sent or received.

Clinton said last July that, “I am confident that I never sent nor received any information that was classified at the time it was sent and received.”

Comey said during his news conference Tuesday that however the information was “marked,” participants who know or should know that the subject matter is classified “are still obligated to protect it.”

Updated 11:40 a.m.: Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, is criticizing her GOP rival, Donald Trump, for his brash tactics, telling thousands of teachers that bullying should not be allowed from somebody running for the White House.

Clinton spoke Tuesday at the same time FBI Director James Comey was announcing that his team would seek no charges against the Democratic candidate over the private email server she kept as secretary of state. He said however that her State Department was “extremely careless” about handling secret government information.

The friendly audience shouted “Hillary! Hillary!” and many booed when she spoke about Trump.

Clinton says teachers “would not tolerate that kind of behavior” in classrooms. Clinton added, “Let’s not tolerate it from someone trying to be president of the United States.”

Clinton also underscored her support for unions, which she said have helped create the “strongest middle class in the history of the world.”

Updated 11:39 a.m.: Republican Donald Trump is expressing amazement that FBI Director James Comey has recommended no charges against Democrat Hillary Clinton over her private email server.

He tweets, “No charges. Wow!” In a tweet sent one minute earlier, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee says, “Very very unfair! As usual, bad judgment.”

Updated 11:37 a.m.: FBI Director James Comey says his agency’s forensic examination of Hillary Clinton’s private server and emails showed that it was possible that foreign governments spied on the contents of some messages.

He said at a news conference Tuesday, that the agency assesses whether, “it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal email account.” He added that no criminal charges would be referred to the Justice Department.

Comey said investigators did not find “direct evidence” that Clinton’s system was breached, but added the commercial email accounts used by some outsiders who messaged with her had been penetrated.

The Associated Press reported in 2015 that Clinton’s server was targeted by spam from Russia. The AP also reported that Clinton’s server was connected to the internet in ways that made it vulnerable to hackers.

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WASHINGTON — The FBI won’t recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server while secretary of state, agency Director James Comey said Tuesday, lifting a major legal threat to her presidential campaign.

Comey said that although the investigation found “extremely careless” behavior by Clinton and her staff in their handling of sensitive information, the FBI had concluded that “no charges are appropriate.” He said the agency believed that “no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”

The announcement came three days after the FBI interviewed Clinton for hours in a final step of its yearlong investigation into the possible mishandling of classified information.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch said last week that she would accept the recommendations of the FBI director and of career prosecutors, meaning that Comey’s decision almost certainly brings the legal part of the issue to a close and removes the threat of criminal charges.

However, it’s unlikely to wipe away many voters’ concerns about Clinton’s trustworthiness. And it probably won’t stop Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has called for criminal charges, from continuing to make the server a campaign issue.

Clnton’s personal email server, which she relied on exclusively for government and personal business, has dogged her campaign since The Associated Press revealed its existence in March 2015.

She has repeatedly said that no email she sent or received was marked classified, but the Justice Department began investigating last summer following a referral from the inspectors general for the State Department and the intelligence community.

The scrutiny was compounded by a blistering audit in May from the State Department’s inspector general, the agency’s internal watchdog, which said that Clinton and her team ignored clear warnings from department officials that her email setup violated federal standards and could leave sensitive material vulnerable to hackers. Clinton declined to talk to the inspector general, but the audit said that she had feared “the personal being accessible” if she used a government email account.

The Clinton campaign said agents interviewed her this past Saturday for three and one-half hours at FBI headquarters. Agents had earlier interviewed top Clinton aides including her former State Department chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, and Huma Abedin, a longtime aide who now is the vice chairwoman of Clinton’s campaign.

Lynch on Friday said that she would accept whatever findings and recommendations were presented to her. Though she said she had already settled on that process, her statement came days after an impromptu meeting with Bill Clinton on her airplane in Phoenix that she acknowledged had led to questions about the neutrality of the investigation.

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