The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 8.12.2015

Tinder's 30-plus tweet rant at Vanity Fair; Hillary Clinton to turn over private email server; Journalists want more White House access; FDA slams Kim Kardashian's morning sickness drug endorsement; How the 'Straight Outta (Somewhere)' campaign built buzz.

1. Tinder lashed out at Vanity Fair on Tuesday night over an article in the magazine’s September issue that said hook-up apps are having a corrosive effect on dating. (The headline: "Tinder and the dawn of the dating apocolypse"). Tinder countered that it’s used for much more than just hooking up and said it’s helped users in even China and North Korea meet.

2. Hillary Clinton has asked her team to turn over the private email server she used as secretary of state. Republicans are charging it contains classified messages, including two marked "top secret."

3. A group of 53 media and open government groups sent a letter to President Barack Obama this week demanding more transparency from the White House in media relations. The journalism groups asked for more access to administration officials and on-the-record interviews.

4. The Food and Drug Administration is voicing its displeasure with Kim Kardashian West for posting on Instagram on behalf of morning sickness drug Diclegis and drug company Duchesnay. The government agency said the reality show star did not follow endorsement guidelines.

5. Bloomberg News looked at the role of the "Straight Outta (Somewhere)" digital campaign in building buzz for the debut of NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton on Friday. The campaign enables users to add a location-specific version of the film’s tagline to a photo.

6. EPA administrator Gina McCarthy has apologized for her agency’s handling of a mine spill in Colorado that has come under fire from local and national officials. She said at a Tuesday press conference that she is still getting up-to-speed on the situation.

7. MSNBC is moving away from the progressive "Lean Forward" branding it added five years ago in favor of straight news during its afternoon programming. Former NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, whose six-month suspension ended this week, is set to play a key role in the makeover.

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