World’s top news stories for today from Washingtonian post (April 22, 2016)
Legendary musician Prince dies
Prince was found unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota early Thursday morning, and pronounced dead after CPR failed. He was 57. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday to help determine the cause of death.
Born Prince Rogers Nelson, the Purple Rain artist reportedly made a health-related emergency landing in his plane on April 15 and his representatives said he was battling the flu. Known for his genre- and gender-bending performances that transcended the boundaries of rock, pop, funk, and R&B, Prince’s legacy includes earning 7 Grammys, performing at the Super Bowl in 2007, and selling over 100 million records worldwide. TMZ, TIME via The Week
Obama in Britain will dine with royals
On Friday, President Obama is scheduled to have lunch with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle, meet with Prime Minister David Cameron, and dine with Prince William, Duchess Kate, and Prince Harry at Kensington Palace.
Britain is in the middle of a spirited debate over a coming referendum on whether to withdraw the UK from the EU (“Brexit”), and Obama touched on that in an op-ed he wrote for The Daily Telegraph. Most of the article is dedicated to the “special relationship” between the U.S. and Britain, but Obama also tells Britain that “the U.S. and the world need your outsized influence to continue — including within Europe.” The Daily Telegraph, USA Today via The Week
FBI used $1 million to hack terrorist iPhone
The FBI paid more than $1 million to an unidentified third party to help agents unlock the iPhone of a terrorist involved in last year’s San Bernardino attacks, the bureau’s director, James B. Comey, said Thursday.
Speaking at a security forum in London, Comey elliptically referred to the cost of breaking into the iPhone as being more than the total he will earn in the remaining seven years of his 10-year term as the bureau’s director. Comey earns $183,000 a year.
The FBI has not disclosed the identity of the party who helped it crack into the device. A law enforcement official has said that investigators found nothing of significance on the phone used by Syed Rizwan Farook, who died in a gun battle with police on Dec. 2 after he and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, killed 14 people and wounded 22 others. LA Times
Titanic memorabilia reveals new
New memorabilia from the RMS Titanic reveals more about the ship and its passengers, while a virtual reality animation is giving viewers a real-time look at the events that unfolded on a dark night in the chilly North Atlantic Ocean.
One of the lots to be sold Saturday by British auction house Henry Aldridge and Son is a once-crumpled memo handed to ship captain Edward Smith. It warns of an obstacle on the Titanic’s course: the mast of a submerged ship. The document was saved by the owners of the Titanic as evidence the company prepared responsibly for the voyage that ended with the loss of more than 1,500 lives.
Also being sold is a letter from the parents of Titanic bandmaster Wallace Hartley, who famously ordered that the ship’s musicians play for the doomed passengers as the ship went down. The letter, found on Hartley’s body after the disaster, reveals that the musician was denied a request for leave that would have kept him from making the doomed voyage.
An organization called Titanic Hope and Glory has released the historically accurate video, which depicts the ship’s first subtle, later dramatic slide into the depths; the demise of a supposedly unsinkable vessel, lost on its maiden voyage. VOA
US Presidential election
Trump’s persona is changing: A top aide to Donald Trump told a meeting of the Republican National Committee on Thursday that the Republican frontrunner has a “different persona” when he’s behind closed doors, NBC News reports. In a recording of the meeting, senior advisor Paul Manafort says when Trump is “out on the stage, when he’s talking about the kinds of things he’s talking about on the stump, he’s projecting an image that’s for that purpose.” He’s doing this, Manafort continued, to keep supporters on his side, but soon he’ll change his tone. “He gets it,” Manafort said, and “the part that he’s been playing is evolving into the part that now you’ve been expecting, but he wasn’t ready for because he had to first feed the first phase.” NBC News, Reuters via The Week
GOP national convention: The three U.S. Republican presidential candidates are wooing party officials at an oceanside resort in Florida to try to shape rules that could govern a contested nomination fight at the party’s national convention in July. Donald Trump, says he expects to have a majority of convention delegates necessary to claim the nomination by the time state-by-state nominating contests end in early June.
A Trump campaign memo this week vowed that he would have 1,400 delegates pledged to vote for him at the convention. If so, that number outweighs the 1,237 simple majority needed to be the party’s standard bearer.
Trump’s chief rival Cruz said Wednesday, “is that we are headed toward a contested convention. Nobody is able to reach 1,237. I am not going to reach 1,237, and Donald Trump is not going to reach 1,237.”
A third presidential contender, Ohio Governor John Kasich, told the party’s gathering that surveys of U.S. voters show that he is the only Republican who can defeat the likely Democratic presidential nominee, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in the November election. VOA
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