Widow Alexandra McClintock holds an American flag with her son Declan during the burial of her husband, U.S. Army Sgt. 1st class Matthew McClintock, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. McClintock, a Special Forces engineer sergeant, was killed on January 5th while conducting operations in southern Afghanistan.
Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers aim their weapons during a military training session held by Dutch army trainers at a shooting range in Irbil, northern Iraq.
A boy injured during a suicide attack in Shabqadar, Pakistan, is transported on a stretcher at Lady Reading hospital in Peshawar.
Blood stains the street at the scene of a stabbing attack in Jaffa, a mixed Jewish-Arab part of Tel Aviv, Israel.
A woman covers her face as Turkish anti-riot police use tear gas to disperse protestors outside of Zaman, a Turkish daily newspaper. Istanbul police officers conducted a dramatic raid on the newspaper’s headquarters, which raised fresh alarms over declining media freedoms in Turkey.
A student offers a heart-shaped paper cutout to a French CRS riot policeman during a demonstration against the French labor law proposal in Lyon, France.
A man wearing plastic bags for socks awaits food handouts during a rainfall at the northern Greek border station of Idomeni. After nearly three days of rain, conditions in the refugee camp have deteriorated significantly, with many of its residents struggling to re-pitch their small camping tents in slightly drier patches.
Children play in the grass near the border fence at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, where thousands of refugees and migrants are currently stranded.
An honor guard stands over the casket of former first lady Nancy Reagan. The 94-year-old wife of former President Ronald Reagan passed away on March 6th of congestive heart failure.
A model performs an underwater protest to point out violence against women within a project called, “Together Against Violence to Women,” prior to International Women’s Day in Istanbul, Turkey.
A near total solar eclipse is seen over Jakarta, Indonesia on March 9th.
Malaysian school children wearing glasses with special filters watch the partial solar eclipse at the National Planetarium in Kuala Lumpur.
A Kashmiri Muslim woman kisses her son after his participation in a parade at a garrison in Rangreth, Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, India. Over 240 Kashmiri men took an oath after successfully completing 49 weeks of arduous training.
A woman puts flowers into the sea to pray for victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, northern Japan. Japan marked the fifth anniversary of the March 11th quake and tsunami that claimed some 18,500 lives, flattened coastal communities and set off the worst atomic crisis in a generation.
Pope Francis confesses his sins during the Penitential celebration in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican City.
A guest arrives at the Valentino show as part of the Paris Fashion Week on March 8th in Paris, France.
Visitors take a selfie during day three of the Dubai Lynx International Advertising Festival at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Hostesses pose for selfies outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, during the second day of the National People’s Congress. China’s Communist-controlled parliament opened its annual session on March 5th and is expected to approve a new five-year plan to tackle slowing growth in the world’s second-largest economy.
Wiaczeslaw Borecki from Poland inspects a walrus-shaped sand sculpture in Binz, on the Baltic Sea island of Ruegen, northeastern Germany. Around 50 sand carvers worked on their sculptures for a festival themed “Fascinating Nature”.
Palestinian Mohammad Baraka, age 20, has knives dropped on his stomach as he exercises in Deir al-Balah, a Palestinian city in the central Gaza Strip. Mohammad Baraka, who prefers to be known as “The Incredible”, has been putting on displays in his hometown of Deir al-Balah for the past two years, earning a reputation as the strongest man in the Gaza Strip.
An eagle belonging to the private security firm Guard from Above, takes down a drone during a police exercise in Katwijk, South Holland.
A polar bear cub snuggles up against her mother Valeska, in their enclosure at Bremerhaven’s Zoo by the Sea, Germany. The female cub, who is yet to be named, was born on December 11th of last year.
Sacha Baron Cohen can pretty much become anyone. He’s played a Kazakh man named Borat, an Australian fashionista named Bruno, and a dictator (in, you know, The Dictator.) In his newest movie, The Brothers Grimsby, Cohen stars as Nobby, a dimwitted soccer enthusiast from Grimsby, England. Since it’s pretty clear that Sacha has a broad range of acting skills, we decided to have him participate in a one-man impression-off, starring him. We gave him the names of people that you are probably familiar with, and then he did his best impression of them. To be clear: these are definitely his own impressions.
AUSTIN, Texas — In an address to the tech community at the South By Southwest Interactive festival Friday, President Obama argued against the complete encryption technology giants like Apple, Facebook, and Google appear to favor.
“It’s fetishizing our phones above every other value, and that can’t be the right answer,” Obama said, referring to arguments that the government should have no entryway into phones.
The remarks were delivered in Austin, Texas, at a time when the FBI is trying to force Apple to unlock an iPhone used by one of San Bernardino terrorists. Apple, backed by a group of high-profile tech companies, has refused, citing the dangers of allowing the government a “backdoor” pathway into its encrypted phones. The FBI is now pursuing the matter in court.
Despite the ongoing legal action, which Obama would not comment on, the crowd of tech-minded festival-goers welcomed the president warmly, offering loud applause and laughter at his jokes. At one point, Obama listed a number of his accomplishments, ending with the usually derisive: “Thanks Obama.” The crowd roared.
Obama’s argument against absolute encryption hinged on a comparison to searches of homes and traffic stops. When there’s probable cause of a serious crime, he said, law enforcement can obtain a warrant to search a home, go into a bedroom, and “rifle through your underwear to see if there’s any evidence of wrongdoing.”
“We agree on that,” the president continued. “Because we recognize that just like all of our other rights — with speech and religion, etc. — that there are going to be some constraints that we impose in order to make sure that we are safe, secure and living in a civilized society.”
There are reasons to make sure authorities can’t get into private smartphones, Obama acknowledged, adding that the disclosures of Edward Snowden had increased suspicions of the government doing so. But, he added, “there has to be some concession to the need to be able to get into that information somehow.”
Obama also warned that if the tech community doesn’t help the government now, there could be consequences.
“What you’ll find is that after something really bad happens, the politics of this will swing and it will become sloppy and rushed and it will go through Congress in ways that have not been thought through, and then we will have dangers to our civil liberties because we will have not — the people who understand this best and who care most about privacy and civil liberties, that they’ll sort of disengage, or take a position that is not sustainable for the general public as a whole over time.”
Donald Trump has called Obamacare “a horror,” “a big, fat, horrible lie,” and a “total catastrophe.” When the presidential candidate revealed his plan in March to repeal Obamacare, he began by saying that the American people have “[suffered] under the incredible economic burden” of the Affordable Care Act. But one of Trump’s in-laws has turned Obamacare into an economic boon for his multibillion-dollar health care startup, Oscar Health. Perhaps you’ve seen their cutesy subway ads, billboards, or TV commercial?
Trump’s daughter Ivanka is married to real estate scion Jared Kushner, who has been joining his father-in-law onstage at campaign events. “Jared is a very, very successful real estate entrepreneur in Manhattan,” Trump told supporters last month, during his victory party for the New Hampshire primary. Jared’s brother is venture capitalist Joshua Kushner, who co-founded Oscar Health, a health insurance company that describes itself as “the first health insurance company created for consumers in the new world of the Affordable Care Act.” The company launched in New York state in 2013 as a licensed health care provider selling to individuals and families in the marketplaces created by Obamacare.
“I don’t think we could do this without Obamacare,” Oscar co-founder and CEO Mario Schlosser told the Washington Post in 2013. “You’d have to break into a market that’s been pretty ‘oligopolized’ with big insurers catering to brokers, agency houses and big employers. But now we have a direct connection to the consumer.”
Forbes called Oscar the “Obamacare startup” in a headline about its $1.5 billion valuation last April. Since then, Oscar’s estimated value has almost doubled: A few weeks ago, the company got $400 million investment from Fidelity at a $2.7 billion valuation.
Oscar claims to offer consumers a more accessible and user-friendly insurance option neatly packaged with a youthful and techie vibe. (Membership cards are mailed in the same kind of box as an iPhone.) The three-year-old company has raised more than $727 million in three years for the concept.
In interviews, Kushner has said he had the idea of tackling health care after he tried to decipher an insurance bill. “I’m overeducated and I had no idea what it all meant,” he told New York magazine in 2014. Kushner co-founded the company with two of his friends from Harvard Business School, and they timed Oscar’s launch so that it dovetailed with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. The magazine also reported that “a pair of Obama 2012 operatives were brought onboard to oversee” Oscar’s canvassing campaign before the open-enrollment deadline.
Oscar launched as more of a software layer, relying on other companies to process claims and set up provider networks. But Oscar has since expanded in Texas and California with a different model that narrows its network of doctors and hospitals in order to minimize losses and builds its process and systems from scratch.
An Oscar spokesperson declined to answer questions from BuzzFeed News about Kushner and his company’s political position. But in December, the same week that the GOP frontrunner bashed Obamacare in a town hall meeting, the White House announced that it was working with Oscar Health and one other startup (Zocdoc, a website for booking doctors’ appointments) to advertise Obamacare coverage. Oscar created a brief PSA targeted at the uninsured. “We are incredibly motivated by the support the White House has shown us today on this initiative and are proud to share this video we created on just how simple it is to sign up for an affordable plan through the ACA,” the company wrote on its blog.
There are obviously a few degrees of remove between Trump and the tech company founder. There’s no easy shorthand to describe their connection, although both are listed as relatives on each other’s Wikipedia pages. But the Kushners — once high-profile Democratic donors — have become a source of fascination as Jared Kushner continues to join his wife on the Trump campaign trail.
Charles Kushner, father to Jared and Joshua, was one of the largest Democratic donors in America, before his notorious fall from grace after pleading guilty to illegal campaign donations and tax evasion. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who recently joined Trump onstage to endorse his candidacy, was the U.S. attorney prosecuting the case. Kushner had been the primary patron of New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey.
The elder Kushner paid about half million dollars in civil penalties for making contributions in the name of his real estate partnerships without permission. OpenSecrets showed more than 50 donations made in Joshua Kushner’s name, all to Democratic candidates and causes. The donations started in 1992 when Joshua was 7 years old. Twenty-one of the donations were made in Joshua’s name before he was old enough to vote.
Kushner’s political position is particularly interesting given Trump’s tirades against Silicon Valley executives, who have not made their feelings about the candidate known. Last month, Trump called for a boycott of Apple for its refusal to cooperate with the FBI over the San Bernardino killings. But the Verge pointed out today that the GOP frontrunner is back to tweeting from his iPhone. Earlier this week, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk dispelled reports of a “secretive meeting” between Republicans and tech CEOs at the American Enterprise Institute’s annual World Forum about how to stop Donald Trump. Musk tweeted that he was there to talk about Mars and sustainable energy, clarifying that it had “nothing to do with Trump,” but did he did not share his views about the candidate.
In his business dealings at least, Kushner seems to be party agnostic. One of the partners of Thrive Capital — which Joshua Kushner also founded, and which is an investor in Oscar — is Jared Weinstein, who served as a trusted personal aide or “body man” to President George W. Bush from 2006 to 2009.
Disclosure: The author of this post was previously employed as a reporter for the New York Observer, which is owned by Jared Kushner.
When Sally Field won her second Best Actress Oscar for Places in the Heart at the 1985 Academy Awards, she took the stage and gripped her gold statuette as she went through the requisite thank-yous. And then, she grew breathier and increasingly delighted as she now famously said, “I haven’t had an orthodox career and I’ve wanted more than anything to have your respect. … And I can’t deny the fact that you like me, right now. You like me!”
But even after two Oscars, three Emmys, two Golden Globes, and numerous roles over her 50-year career (from Steel Magnolias to Mrs. Doubtfire, and Forrest Gump to The Amazing Spider-Man) that have earned her a special place in the hearts of American moviegoers and turned her into a full-fledged Hollywood legend, Field still has trouble wrapping her head around the idea that audiences and the industry really like her.
“I can’t remember when I didn’t feel like the underdog,” Field told BuzzFeed News on a recent sunny March day at BuzzFeed’s Los Angeles soundstage. “Actually, underdog is the understatement of my career. Maybe that’s something I put in my own head… but I don’t think it is something I put in my head. Everything I’ve ever had that mattered to me, I had to be such a scrappy fighter to get.”
And Field is once again ready to fight for her latest project, the independent film Hello, My Name Is Doris, in theaters March 11. Touted by its distributor as a “late-life coming-of-age story,” the movie stars Field as the titular Doris Miller, an eccentric office drone who’s still reeling from the death of her mother when a handsome new co-worker named John (played by New Girl’s Max Greenfield) catches her eye. Doris channels her energy into learning everything she can about John, from restaurants he frequents to bands he likes, and sets out to become his perfect girlfriend, despite the decades that separate their ages.
How can I get good enough that they can’t say no?
From there, an unexpected and deeply touching May-December, will-they-or-won’t-they relationship unfolds as Doris’s infatuation gives way to genuine affection and she finds something more significant than a passing crush.
For Doris, who dedicated — and therefore sacrificed — most of her life to caring for her now-deceased mother, the crush is particularly significant because it’s the first time in decades she’s felt free to open herself up to love. That’s what attracted Field to Doris: She represents the idea that your age has nothing to do with how old you feel.
“This is a very unique story in that it challenges the idea of age. Human beings want to connect with each other and it’s just a matter of chance how old your body is when you connect with somebody,” said the actor, who turns 70 later this year. “It’s so odd when your bodies don’t match because one is very young and one is not so young.”
Plus, as Field noted, with a knowing grin, “If he were the woman and I were the man, this wouldn’t be so odd in people’s eyes.”
The act of pairing a male actor with a female love interest more than half his age has become something of a running — albeit, distressing — joke in Hollywood today. And save for Nancy Meyers’ Something’s Gotta Give (which cast Keanu Reeves as Diane Keaton’s love interest), the few films that do feature women of a certain age in a love story tend to also feature men who are their contemporaries (Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones in 2012’s Hope Springs, for example). That’s why, Field said, “it’s kind of a miracle this got made, especially today because you can’t define it and the studio system needs to be able to define a movie. Also, [because] the lead is an older woman … I feel it’s my responsibility to do what I can to give her some life. Maybe it’s because I grew up in a different era of film, but I’m fighting for Doris.”
Field was born in 1946 in Pasadena, California, a mere 15 miles from Hollywood. Her parents divorced when she was 4 and, growing up, she struggled to find her place. “I was a little girl raised in the ‘50s in a dysfunctional family so I didn’t know where to put myself,” she said. “I didn’t have a connection with myself because I thought so much of me was not allowed.”
But that all changed when she discovered acting at 12 years old. “Everything that I wasn’t allowed to be in life was on the stage,” she said. “I was mean and I was nasty and then I was overly overtly sexual and then I could tuck it all away and say, ‘Oh gosh, I don’t know what came over me.’ The only reason I’m here is that it is my communication with myself, and it is my communication with people so I’m not so isolated. We’re all so isolated and acting is the only time I feel not alone.”
At 16, Field made her film debut — in a non-speaking role — in Disney’s 1962 sci-fi satire Moon Pilot. Three years later, she began to make a name for herself with a pair of back-to-back lead roles: first as the titular surfer in 1965’s Gidget and then as the resourceful Sister Bertrille in 1967’s The Flying Nun. “My evolution as an actor was really unorthodox. I didn’t come from a prestigious acting university. I was the mutt of the group,” she said. “It forced me to have to learn.” But when she tried to parlay her television success into feature film work, Field was unequivocally rebuffed by everyone in town. Not because she was a TV actor, but because she was a woman.
“Men? Sure. We had Steve McQueen and James Garner and Clint Eastwood. They’re gorgeous and they’re men — they’re allowed,” she said, her voice adopting a stern affectation, of actors who went from television to film. “But can you name the women? Goldie [Hawn] transitioned, but Goldie was part of this hugely popular ‘60s, hippie whole thing. I was the Flying Nun. And I was Gidget before that. These things were stamped on my forehead, stamped on my passport into the next part of my career. ‘I’m sorry, rejected!’ So I had to fight. I had to overcome that. I had to be very honest with myself: How can I get good enough that they can’t say no?”
So for the six years after The Flying Nun came to an end, Field trained and auditioned and fought. She fought against the industry’s expectations of women and the expectations she had for herself.
While Field was fighting for film work with middling success, a television role ended up being the project that changed her career: the 1976 TV movie Sybil, about a young woman with multiple personality disorder. Field’s performance earned her widespread critical acclaim and her first Emmy. She laughed looking back on the irony that her big Hollywood breakthrough arrived via the exact medium she was trying to escape.
Soon after, Field’s film career flourished. She went on to star in 1977’s Smokey and the Bandit, 1979’s Norma Rae (for which she won her first Best Actress Oscar), 1984’s Places in the Heart (her second Oscar), 1989’s Steel Magnolias, 1991’s Not Without My Daughter, 1993’s Mrs. Doubtfire, and 1994’s Oscar-winning Forrest Gump.
But amid all of these high-profile roles that almost consistently drew critical acclaim and awards attention, Field was struggling behind the scenes to create her own material. In 1984, she started Fogwood Films, a production company with Laura Ziskin, an acclaimed film producer (Pretty Woman, To Die For, Courage Under Fire, As Good as It Gets) who was the first woman to produce the Academy Awards alone in 2002. Field’s production company later teamed up with Kevin McCormick (Saturday Night Fever).
“It was extremely difficult to get really interesting, diverse projects set up,” Field said, curling up into the corner of a couch inside the soundstage that doubles for a family home. “They weren’t interested in seeing nurses in Vietnam; this was before Platoon. I’ve got news for you, audiences would have been interested in seeing it and it should have been made. We were beating on the doors. But in those days, the Sundance Film Festival hadn’t happened like it is, independent film wasn’t available… there wasn’t the same kind of drumbeat to find a way to get a film made that’s so unique.”
“There’s a relentless forest fire inside of me.”
But Field was — and, to some degree, still is — conflicted about how outspoken she should be in regard to the lack of opportunities available to women in Hollywood.
“I remember when Diane Keaton commented on this because she too had a development company and it was impossible for us to find projects or get them developed,” Field recalled. “She said, ‘This is not fair! The difference between projects available to men and available to women is not fair!’ And they slammed her for that. They called her a whiner.”
In that moment — and in many that followed — Field said she felt the industry sent her, and all female actors, a nonverbal cue to be quiet and be thankful for the roles they were getting. Though things have improved in the 30-plus years since Field has been working as a producer, plenty hasn’t (i.e., the ongoing gender pay disparity is a conversation that both excites Field and gives her a bit of déjà vu).
“A sign of progress is when the proof is in the pudding. Show me where that is, folks. I don’t know,” said Field, citing several so-called “moments” for women in Hollywood that have come and gone with little permanent change. “There’s a huge conversation about diversity happening across the boards — which is what it always should have been — that has to do with color and race and gender preferences and men and women. I think perhaps the fact it’s not just women now, that there’s others involved… I have to say, honestly, the fact men are involved. Thank god for African-American men. You go, boys! We’re right behind you. Because the women would still be shut out. It’s sad but true. If it were just Jen Lawrence and Amy Schumer — bless their beautiful, talented hearts — they would be shut out. I know it. It would be, ‘Oh, poor little rich girl.’ You know? So I’m standing right behind Beasts of No Nation. I’m with them. Maybe that’s because of my generation of women, who kind of went, ‘I already feel beat up, so I am accepting it.’ I [didn’t] head right towards them and say, ‘Ef you and the horse you rode in on.’ Which, you know, might not have been a bad idea.”
But Field’s frustration with the lack of opportunity and the reinforced idea that she should be happy with what was being offered didn’t diminish her persistence. Although, some days, she almost wishes it would. “There’s a relentless forest fire inside of me [and] I wish my fires would begin to dim,” she said, with a small chuckle. “You find a way to do the work you want to do, whether it’s on the big screen, the small screen, the stage, you just find a way.”
And Field did just that. Despite the effort she made to escape television for the more prestigious film world in the ‘70s, she returned to television in 2000 to play Maggie Wyczenski, the bipolar mother of Abby Lockhart’s (Maura Tierney) on NBC’s ER.
By that point, Field was a two-time Best Actress Oscar winner and the idea of A-list actors moving to television was unheard of. But the opportunities that had made Field one of the top female actors in the ‘80s and ‘90s had begun to dwindle. “Even when I was supposedly at the top of my game or in my prime, or whatever they call it, even then it was very hard to find projects,” she said. Her last sole starring role in a film was 1996’s revenge thriller Eye for an Eye. “I would be lucky if one came to me a year and I would think, Oh thank god! I found one!”
“Even when I was supposedly at the top of my game, it was very hard to find projects.”
The professional realization Field came to nearly two decades ago is now the de facto outlook on the industry at large, where Oscar winners are heading from the big screen to the small one in search of more complex, rewarding roles.
“I taught myself not to care about what is the prestigious move and what is not,” said the actor, who won an Emmy in 2001 for her work on ER and another in 2007 for Brothers & Sisters, where she played Nora Walker, the matriarch of an incredibly tight-knit family. “I’ve taught myself to take the part of me that feels like, Oh, I want to be starring in films, and put it in a nice little box with a ribbon on it, pack it away, and say, ‘That’s dandy, honey.’ Because there’s a bigger, more important part of me that just wants to act.”
It’s a “gnawing, scratching” feeling inside of her that she said screams, “Let me in there, boss! Let me off the bench! Let me do it! Let me do it! I can be big, I can be bad, I can be short, I could be blonde, I could be old, I could be young, just let me loose!”
Because, even after a half century of success, Sally Field is still a fighter.
Sally and Tommy were in the 1981 rom-com Back Roads.
YES! She should go for it for all of us.
NO! She “used” to be obsessed with him.
New number, who’s Jesse McCartney?
SS/CE: All your wildest dreams will come true.
RDJ: Last chance. Join #TeamIronMan and Chris Evans will take you to Disneyland. He’s there 3x a week, anyway.
SS: Happy Birthday Buck Barnes. 99!!
RDJ: F#CKIN CAP IS A FOUL MOUTH @ HEART
Me: UFC, history, design.
Tony: Tesseracts, Ms. Potts, weapons.
CB: Well, there are some issues that can’t be fixed, right? #TeamIronman
RDJ: I might enjoy a feather boa around the midriff?
Questions have been edited for clarity and/or length.
And her caption says it all: “Everybody makes mistakes.”
Marilyn Monroe: Haaaaapy biiiiiirthdaaaay Mr. President 😘
John F. Kennedy: 😶
Little Richard hearing Elvis called the King of Rock & Roll #MemeHistory
Everyone: the Titanic is an unsinkable ship! God himself could not sink her.
Just 2 blocks away from where he would meet his death, Archduke Franz Ferdinand regards Gavrilo Princip #MemeHistory
When colonialism ended and whites started calling themselves Africans & refused to leave. #MemeHistory
I’ve had him for about three months, and in that time I’ve become something of a crazy snail lady. People seem to like hearing about and looking at pictures of him much more than they like hearing about or looking at pictures of me. I can’t blame them — LOOK AT HIM.
Whether that’s knitting, writing, or pooping long thin lines of green.
That’s why his is outfitted with water, chalk (for calcium / shell health), a supply of food many times the size of his own body, and a teeny plastic bench he ignores completely. I think he likes knowing that it’s there, though.
Like the Really Good Kale.
Just don’t go too fast!!
Like my current favorite website, petsnails.proboards.com. I found it when I was trying to figure out whether it was okay to feed my snail potatoes (it is) and promptly fell down the rabbit hole. Everyone who posts is so courteous and earnest, and they genuinely care about the wellbeing of their slimy pals. The memorial section, where snail owners post pictures and memories of the dearly departed, is a reminder that you can feel love for even the smallest, slowest creature.
But it’s okay to do it slowly.
We took Amtrak home to Boston for Christmas. We love how spacious and clean their cars are! He’s also been to semi-rural Rhode Island and of course his homeland, Germany.
With “Vanderpump Rules,” natch.
Especially when you’re already little.
I’m thinking of getting him one of his own in the near future. Or maybe you have a snail that wants to have a playdate! Hmu.
“Nobody likes a shriveled gastropod.” – my snail, probably.
“19 years ago tonight, I got to introduce you to #buffyannesummers (and #mrpointy too) thank you for taking the incredible journey with me and continuing still. I am and forever will be #grateful”
Haha, Willow. So much ahead of you, girl.
Van Dorn pressed his car horn to disperse the small dog gang. Three of the dogs scampered off, but one frightened pup ran under his patrol car.
It took 20 minutes for the trembling pup to come out from under the car, according to police. She even refused to budge after the officer tried to coax her out with a hot dog.
If no one comes forward to claim Tahoe by then, she’ll be put up for adoption, said Gable.
Tahoe, a Chihuahua mix, appeared healthy. She’s a bit timid, which is natural for a puppy in new surroundings, said Gable. But she warms up quickly to new people.
“I’m a dog owner,” he said. “I’m also a huge animal lover in general, particularly when it comes to dogs.”
He said that an officer’s job is to keep the public safe. That includes helping “our four-legged friends at times, and we do what we can to try and keep them safe as well,” he said.
General Motors wants you to know it’s really serious about this autonomous cars thing.
This morning, the company announced its acquisition of Cruise Automation, which makes a kit — essentially a network of sensors, actuators, and a computer — that can convert regular cars into autonomous vehicles.
Neither party would speak to the specific terms of the acquisition. GM President Dan Ammann told BuzzFeed News that his company is “committed to investing its resources in growing Cruise and accelerating GM’s autonomous driving program.”
Cruise, which was founded by Socialcam founder and early Twitch employee Kyle Vogt in 2013, is currently home to 40 employees and is one of a few companies allowed by the DMV to test autonomous vehicles on public roads. In September 2015, the company raised a $12.5 million series A round and brought on Tesla’s autopilot R&D head, Andrew Gray as vice president of engineering.
Vogt told BuzzFeed News that the company “intends to hire and grow aggressively in San Francisco,” where Cruise will remain an independent unit within GM’s Autonomous Vehicle Development Team. At the time of this writing, Cruise’s jobs page had eight engineering positions open.
The acquisition is GM’s third big investment this year in driverless-car infrastructure. In January, GM unveiled Maven, a Zipcar-esque car sharing service with a $6-per-hour price tag and integration with both Apple and Android Pay. That same month, the company invested $500 million in Lyft in and took a seat on the company’s board to help develop its autonomous car program.
Even so, GM has a long way to go to catch up to Google, which has logged more than 1.2 million miles on the road in its self-driving cars. Ford and BMW — not to mention Uber and Tesla — are also investing heavily in autonomous technology.
Ammann told BuzzFeed News the acquisition would “significantly accelerate” GM’s autonomous programs, and would “unlock a fundamental change in increasing fully driverless capacity.” But he was reluctant to set a timetable for the company’s driverless program, or even gesture toward any specifics with regard to how it will collect and use Cruise’s data in its other programs.
In an unusually blistering on-the record statement, Apple’s general counsel described the government’s latest court filing in the San Bernardino iPhone case as a “cheap shot,” part of a smear campaign, “an unsupported, unsubstantiated effort to vilify Apple.” Bruce Sewell, who recently testified in front of Congress to defend Apple’s position, told reporters Thursday evening, “In 30 years of practice, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a legal brief more intended to smear the other side. … The tone of the brief reads like an indictment.”
Sewell’s comments followed the government’s latest filing, urging Judge Sheri Pym to reject Apple’s challenge and compel the company to help the FBI break into the encrypted device. The Department of Justice insists that information investigators are seeking in an iPhone used by Syed Rizwan Farook could not have been obtained through a backup of the device — a method lost to the FBI after the agency ordered the password linked to the phone be reset.
Last month, Pym ordered Apple to design new software that would bypass and disable several security features of the iPhone, making it easier to access by investigators who believe the device may hold clues pointing to co-conspirators involved in the San Bernardino shooting rampage last year. Apple has formally challenged the order, but government lawyers insist that Apple must comply.
“To do this in as a brief before a magistrate judge just shows the desperation the DOJ now feels,” Sewell told reporters. “We would never respond in kind, but imagine Apple asking a court whether the FBI could be trusted because ‘there is a real question about whether J. Edgar Hoover ordered the assassination of Kennedy — see conspiracytheory.com as our evidence.’”
In a sworn statement included as part of the government’s filing, an FBI technician said that even had a backup of the device been accessible, an important subset of information would not have been available to investigators. Christopher Pluhar, a computer forensics examiner with the FBI, said that based on previous backups of Farook’s iPhone, the settings to restore mail, photos, and notes, were all turned off.
In another sworn statement, Stacey Perino, an electronics engineer with the FBI, said that “the device would not connect to a Wi-Fi network until the passcode was entered, and even if the device could be forced to perform an iCloud backup, the user data would still be encrypted.”
Government lawyers maintain that the FBI has exhausted its technical capability, and that Apple alone possesses the power to penetrate the iPhone’s defenses.
As part of Apple’s legal challenge, the company claims it has cooperated with the FBI from the very start of the investigation. Apple executives have said, and court documents reveal, that the iPhone maker proposed four different ways to recover the information the government seeks without building an encryption “backdoor.” One of those methods would have involved connecting the confiscated iPhone to a known Wi-Fi network, triggering an iCloud backup.
The possibility of obtaining information from a backup was extinguished, however, when at the direction of the FBI, the Apple ID password was reset within 24 hours of the government taking possession of the device.
During a congressional hearing last week, FBI Director James Comey described the password reset as an FBI error. “There was a mistake made in the 24 hours after the attack,” Comey told lawmakers, referring to efforts to secure the data held inside the iPhone.
But Comey and the Justice Department have also acknowledged that even had the backup recovery method been available, iCloud storage would not have restored all of the phone’s data. “Even if the password had not been changed and Apple could have turned on the auto-backup and loaded it to the cloud, there might be information on the phone that would not be accessible without Apple’s assistance,” the Justice Department said, in a statement issued last month.
The government’s new court filing echoes that argument and takes it further: Crucial information from Farook’s iPhone was not able to be backed up at all, whether or not the password reset took place. In a Thursday call with reporters, DOJ officials argued that even had an iCloud backup been possible, it’s not an adequate substitute for unlocking the device, since certain categories of evidence reside only on iPhones.
In the ongoing dispute between Apple and the FBI, both parties are trying hard to define the consequences of the court case. For Apple, the investigation is not simply about hacking into one device, but jeopardizing the security of every other iPhone and the security of its customers across the globe. The government, on the other hand, maintains that while broader national security and consumer privacy issues are at play, the request to get into the San Bernardino iPhone revolves around one device, and one terrorism investigation, and nothing more.
Below, the government’s latest brief.