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Rescued Reporter Names Child After Bill Clinton

Thursday, 03 Jun 2010 10:49 PM

Nearly a year after former President Bill Clinton negotiated the release of two Current TV reporters in North Korea, one of them, Laura Ling, has honored Clinton by naming her new baby after him, according to Yahoo! News.

People Magazine first reported that Ling gave birth to a girl, Li Jefferson Clayton, on Wednesday night in Burbank, Calif. (The father is Ling's husband, financial analyst Iain Clayton.) The baby's first name, Li, is a nod to Ling's sister Lisa, a former co-host of "The View," and Jefferson is Clinton's middle name.

Ling was detained for five months last year along with her colleague Euna Lee after the North Korean military arrested them as they were reporting along the country's border with China.

Accused of spying and illegally crossing the border, the women were sentenced to 12 years of hard labor in a government detention camp, but last August, Clinton negotiated their release.

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