The hacker who helped leak nude photographs of Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton has asked the judge for a shorter sentence because he’s “already suffered enough”

OHMYGOSSIP — The hacker who helped leak nude photographs of Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton has asked the judge for a shorter sentence because he’s “already suffered enough.”
George Garofano – who arranged a phishing scheme with other people to obtain the passwords and usernames of over 240 iCloud accounts – filed documents in his criminal case this week asking the judge to give him a short prison sentence followed by home detention after prosecutors recommended 10-16 months behind bars.
Garofano has argued that the crime took place at the end of his senior year of college and, although he should’ve known better, he feels deep “remorse” for those affected.
He said in the legal papers: “It was not only illegal, but morally wrong, and it will take me a while to forgive myself for this, and I am disappointed in myself for anyone that I hurt, the victims, my family, and my friends. I feel remorse for anyone that could have been affected by this on any scale, public or private. It is a part of my life that I will always regret, as it has never been a reflection of who I am as an individual.”
He then went on to argue that he has enjoyed a “middle-class upbringing in a stable home with both of his parents” and has never got in trouble with the law until now.
His lawyer added: “Of course, he was old enough to know better even back then, that the conduct he was engaging in was wrong.
“But he now stands before the Court having matured, accepting responsibility or his actions and not having been in trouble with the law since.”
Twenty-six-year-old Garofano – who has completed an outpatient treatment programme – accepts that the felony conviction will be carried with him for his life.
Garofano was just one of the four hackers charged over the ‘Celebgate’ – which saw explicit photos of numerous celebrities leaked on Reddit – in 2014.
Back in April, he pleaded guilty to one count of unauthorised access to a protected computer to obtain information and was release on a $ 50,000 bond.
According to the documents, obtained by The Blast, his lawyer has argued that his client played a small role in the scheme and was not the mastermind behind it.
He will be sentenced later this month.

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76-year old man sends thank-you letter to Tim Cook after the Apple Watch helped save his life

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Apple may have initially positioned the Apple Watch as something of a fashion accessory, but it’s become apparent in the years since its release that most users are drawn to the device for its fitness and health tracking capabilities. In turn, one of the more interesting aspects of the Apple Watch is that there are a growing number of stories involving Apple’s wearable actually saving lives.

Last October, for example, an Apple Watch wearer named James Green received a notification that his heart rate was abnormal. Upon going to the hospital to get things checked out, doctors discovered a pulmonary embolism, a condition that could have proven to be fatal if James didn’t seek immediate medical attention.

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How Alan Hollinghurst Helped Make ‘Gay Literature’ Mainstream

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Novelist Alan Hollinghurst is the literary bard of modern British gay life. His 1987 debut, The Swimming Pool Library, tells the story of a young gay aristocrat tasked with writing the biography of an elderly gay peer. Set in 1983 immediately prior to before the onset of the AIDS crisis— during “the last summer of its kind there was ever to be”—it reaches back in time to the years before World War I, when homosexuality was criminalized and necessarily secretive. The Folding Star, Hollinghurst’s next effort about a young Englishman teaching in Flanders who falls in love with his 17-year-old student, was described by the New York Review of Books as a “homosexual Lolita.” The Line of Beauty, which earned Hollinghurst the Booker Prize in 2004 and was faithfully adapted into a BBC miniseries, takes off from at the point where The Swimming Pool Library ends, following a young Henry James scholar from the provinces lodging with the posh, London family of a Conservative MP elected in Margaret Thatcher’s 1983 landslide. Beautifully written and beguilingly told, its stand-out scene culminates at a party with our coked-up protagonist asking the Iron Lady for a spin on the dance floor.

In keeping with his gay perspective and intergenerational interest, Hollinghurst’s latest novel, The Sparsholt Affair, tracks the lives of a (mostly gay and male) set of characters across seven decades. The story begins at Oxford (a reference point in most of Hollinghurst’s fictions, and from which the author himself graduated) in 1940. The shadow of war hangs over the school, with blackouts and air raid duty and requisitioned buildings. Through a window across the quad, a group of students spot an engineering student on his way to joining the RAF, a young Adonis lifting weights named David Sparsholt. Though his surname adorns the book’s title, he is a character we never really get to know, almost as inscrutable as the chalk portrait one of the captivated fellows draws of him showcasing his perfectly defined torso yet with a neck “open[ing] up to nothing, like the calyx of a flower.”

From Oxford, the novel jumps to 1966, where we see things from the vantage point of David’s 13-year-old son, Johnny. The Sparsholt clan is on a beach vacation in Cornwall with another family, and it is here that the book’s nominal “affair” occurs. We never find out quite what exactly the scandal entails, although it involves David, a Tory MP, a rent boy, and is definitely gay. The only other detail Hollinghurst provides is mention of a blurry, tabloid newspaper photograph taken through a window, a tragic resonance of the means by which the book first introduced us to David 26 years prior at school. Hollinghurst then skips to 1974, 1982, 1995, and 2012, revealing how l’affair Sparsholt reverberates through the generations. The narrative mainly following the travails of Johnny, by now an openly gay and highly in-demand portrait painter whose life intertwines with that of David’s chief Oxford-era admirer.

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Shackelia Jackson: ‘People thought I was obsessive, but that activism helped me to heal’

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Next in our #WomenWhoWin series is Shackelia Jackson, who refuses to give up in her quest for justice after the death of her brother, Nakiea, who was shot and killed by police in 2014. They had been searching for a ‘Rastafarian looking’ robbery suspect – Nakiea fit the description and so was shot dead in his small restaurant.

The case against the officer who shot Nakiea was dismissed in 2016, after one of the key witnesses did not attend court. According to Amnesty, he was too afraid of what might happen afterwards: in 2015, 8% of all murders committed across Jamaica were at the hands of law enforcement officials.

‘We are scared of the police, of their very presence,’ explained Shackelia.

Not only has Shackelia had to deal with her grief, she has also faced intense intimidation from the police and an unresponsive legal system.

Still, she refuses to be silenced.

Our Women Who Win interview series celebrates strong and inspirational female trailblazers, shaping the future for us all, and Shackelia Jackson and her fight for justice is that in a nutshell.

Shackelia has been fighting not just on behalf of her family, but for others in the same situation. As she puts it, ‘I became a beacon of hope’.

We sat down with Shackelia to talk about the legislative change achieved by her tireless campaigning and her hopes for the future.

What was your upbringing like?

‘I was raised in the inner-city in a large family, it was a really small community, very tight-knit. I didn’t even have a key for my house, that’s how much it was always open and accessible. It was a space of love and a space where our parents allowed us to dream: there wasn’t really any social limitations. We really represented what was right about Jamaica and could have been the model for what leaders talk about in terms of their vision for the inner city.’

How did that change after the death of your brother?

‘It wasn’t as if there was a gradual progression. We went from being this happy, safe space, where there were no feelings of vulnerability, to a very paranoid space. The community felt like prisoners.’

Shackelia Jackson

Credit: Richard Burton/Amnesty International

What made you dedicate your life to the cause?

‘I never said, “Okay, I’m going to do this” or realised anything; I was just on autopilot. I worked every single day until my phone crashed, I tried to engage with the authorities in terms of understanding the procedure, I took a year off from school. I became a genuine servant of the process: everything I did was peripheral to this. Maybe people thought I was obsessive, but that kind of activism was helping me to heal. I was learning to take care of myself.’

What keeps you motivated?

‘I have three brothers to also live for and protect, and to ensure that if a police officer were to stop one, [they’ll] always remember that they have a Shackelia. So, unless [the police officer] is prepared to go through the process, he might not be as fortunate as the previous officer.

On a daily basis, I get phone calls and texts saying, “This is happening, I am fearful of this police officer, what can I do?” I have become a source of protection, and a source of information, who people feel will take them to a place of hope. This experience has allowed me to really own and come into my purpose. The worst really brought out the best in me.’

Credit: Richard Burton/Amnesty International

What has been your biggest achievement?

‘I’ve become a better person. The need to be more socially aware and socially conscientious is often there, but we don’t do anything about it. I’ve invested in my education and I’m dreaming for a sound mind to be able to continue this process, to drive it towards the results where things are now documented and in policies, and we are holding people accountable.’

What active legislative change do you want to see?

‘I would like to see change in terms of how a crime is processed and how police officers are treated after being charged with a crime: it’s almost as if they haven’t broken the law. I’m comfortable with policy changes, but we need legislative changes that are there, on the books, to ensure accountability and transparency. The police have the same training as they did in the 1960s and it needs to evolve to suit 21st century society.’

Have you seen the effects of your work reflected in the law?

‘I’ve been told, “Your brother has saved many.” That was kind of a double-edged sword: I was happy that the writing is now on the wall but if we’re working according to policies and procedures, it should not have come to that point. It means that there are still systemic issues that need to change and promises that were not fulfilled, so we’re continuing to work towards achieving these. But [people] know there is a Shackelia now.’

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Who was Linda Brown? The woman at the center of the Brown v. Board of Education case helped change history

In the current movement for gun control, there is a special focus on young people who are fighting for their rights and yearning for schools to become safe spaces. These young people’s desires to facilitate changes on their campuses echo another era that transformed the American school system.

If you’ve gone to school in the United States in the past few decades, you have heard of the Brown v. Board of Education case. The lawsuit was taken to the Supreme Court after 9-year-old Linda Brown was denied enrollment in an all-white elementary school. Her father refused to allow this injustice to go unchallenged. He spent years fighting for not only his daughter’s rights, but the rights of children everywhere. In 1954, the Supreme Court ruled that segregated schools were unfair. Thus the work to give all children a just opportunity to learn began.

The little girl at the center of the case, Linda Brown, passed away on Sunday March 25th, at the age of 76.

But beyond the child we see standing in front of her segregated school in black and white news photographs, who was Linda Brown?

Linda was born to Oliver and Leola Brown in 1942. The family lived in Topeka, Kansas, and although it was not exactly the Deep South, the instances of racism were just as horrible. When Linda began school, the Browns were living within walking distance of Sumner Elementary School, an all-white campus.

Oliver was upset because his daughter could not attend the school that was nearest to them. Instead, Linda and her sisters trekked two miles to get to the bus stop that would take them to a faraway all-Black school.

Linda described the experience on Eyes on the Prize, the PBS documentary series:

“And then when wintertime came, it was a very cold walk. I remember that. I remember walking, tears freezing up on my face because I began to cry because it was so cold, and many times I had to turn around and run back home.”

Linda Brown walking with her sister to the bus
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After Linda was denied entry into Sumner, her father (along with the NAACP and other families whose children had been rejected from segregated schools) filed a lawsuit. They won the case unanimously. Linda Brown was in junior high school by the time the ruling was made.

Following a brief relocation to Missouri and the death of her father, Linda’s family found themselves back in Topeka, Kansas. Brown attended both Washburn University and Kansas State University. Throughout her life, she worked both as a public speaker and an education consultant. Brown also married twice — she and her first husband divorced, and her second husband sadly passed away.

Brown’s feelings about her childhood role as a symbol of the Civil Rights Movement were rightfully complex.

She eventually expressed disdain for the amount of attention the case had received. Linda felt as if people paid less attention to her as a human, and more attention to her as a concept signifying equality. It is difficult to find information about her life beyond the Supreme Court case, which makes her feelings that much easier to understand. After Linda’s passing, longtime friend Carolyn Campbell told The Topeka Capital-Journal, “It was difficult for Linda to be pushed into the spotlight at a young age.”

Despite the landmark victory, Linda knew that we still had work to do to achieve equality and desegregation in schools. Years later, the Topeka case was revitalized due to claims that the school system was continuing to segregate students. It took several years for a concrete ruling to be made. Following a federal decision that was overturned, there was a plan to truly integrate schools in 1993.

During this revisit of Brown v. Board of Education, Linda and one of her siblings started the Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research in the late 1980s. The foundation awards scholarships to POC pursuing teaching degrees, holding conferences, and working to preserve the rights won by the Brown v. Board of Education case.

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Linda Brown’s death is a reminder that many of those who participated in the Civil Rights Movement (such as Rosa Parks, Recy Taylor, and Fannie Lou Hamer) are no longer on this earth with us. But their stories of resilience live on through us. It is our duty to ensure that they are never forgotten.

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So, Drake just smashed a Twitch record playing Fortnite. Really.

Late Wednesday night, the hip hop superstar jumped on Twitch to play the popular “battle royale” game with big time streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and rapper Travis Scott. 

The squad casually drummed up over 600,000 live viewers at one point.

While Mashable has reached out to Twitch to officially confirm that this is a record for the streaming platform, the previous record was held by Dr. DisRespect, who reached a total of 388,000 concurrent viewers in February 2018.

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How Sproutling helped our daughter stay asleep

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It was three in the morning and I was researching ways to get my baby to sleep. Sound familiar? My youngest daughter just doesn’t like to sleep, at all. In desperation, I scrolled through the interwebs in the wee hours looking for anything promising.

That’s when I came across the Sproutling Wearable Baby Monitor. I’d been keeping track of Annie’s sleep by using my Fitbit to see how often I woke up at night. The Sproutling system looked better, though — it would track Annie’s sleep patterns specifically and give us the data we needed to make a better sleep plan for all of us.

Sproutling is a wearable monitor, but it doesn’t track heart rate or breathing like other wearables. Its most impressive claim is that after enough monitoring it can begin predicting sleeping patterns. It will let me know if I have enough time to take a shower or start dinner. It had me at “take a shower.”

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I was so excited when it arrived in the mail. It’s an incredibly simple system, which is great because who needs complicated at 2 a.m.? It was easy to set up once I read the instructions (which I didn’t do before trying to set it up the first time). You need to download the app on your phone to control the charger. There are no buttons on either the charger or the band, because everything is controlled by your phone.

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While I downloaded the app and created Annie’s profile I charged the battery. Charging the battery is so simple that I was once again confused. (Seriously!) To charge the monitor you just set the band down on top of the charger. A light will display once it’s on correctly. There is nothing to plug in, which I’ve discovered is helpful when Annie is in my arms — I can set it down with my one free hand.

In addition to charging the monitor, the charging station also acts as a sound machine and night light. I had fun setting the colors and brightness levels from my phone across the room. I also can choose from a number of sound options included, but not limited to lullabies, white noise, and thunderstorms. All of which I can switch mid-nap using my phone.

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The monitor comes with two different sizes of straps in order to fit babies from birth through 24 months. The Sproutling came with the smaller strap already attached, but I needed the bigger strap for my bigger baby. Once I replaced the strap, the Sproutling fit perfectly. The strap was wide and made from a soft material and they used the good (not loud) Velcro, too.

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I put the monitor on Annie’s ankle with the monitor portion directly on the back of her ankle. It’s curved to hug her calf/ankle and it’s low profile so it easily fit under her pants or sleeper and stayed put. I try to put it on right before I know she’s going to sleep. I get a lot of these updates if I don’t:

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I was excited to begin collecting data, but I struggled to remember to put the monitor on consistently. Even if I remembered, my husband would forget, or the babysitter would. I didn’t want to take the chance of waking her up to put it on after she fell asleep if she was in a sleeper. I could easily put it on her ankle if she was wearing pants, but I feared waking her if I had to zip down her entire sleeper to get to her ankles. So, we missed a few nights and a few naps here and there.

First Night Summary:

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Last Night Summary:

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You can see there are a few important differences. Annie went from twenty night-wakings to nine. She stirred less and was awake less the last night versus the first night. She slept longer and was much more rested the next morning.

Nap Summary:

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Sproutling also collects data from naps, and after we’d used it a few days, it helped us figure out we were putting Annie down for her nap too late in the afternoon. If we laid her down right after lunch she slept better and went down in the evening more quickly. This has really helped us with our current nap schedule.

The Sproutling records the most accurate data if used when your baby is asleep in a crib. We are struggling to consistently make this happen. My daughter does not want to sleep in her crib, and will wake herself up and cry angrily if she finds herself in there.

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So we are still working on consistency. But having more data has helped me get on top of her sleep cycles and it has given me more motivation to establish crib sleeping. If we can be consistent about Annie’s sleeping schedule, she is a much easier baby overall.

Even now our girl isn’t sleeping perfectly, but we have a plan and that’s given me the hope I need to brew my coffee and try again.

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Married American Skaters Open Up About How Faith Helped Them Through a Shocking Health Scare

Just skating at the Winter Olympics this year, medal or no, is already a victory for pair figure skater Alexa Scimeca Knierim, she tells PEOPLE, less than two years after facing down a rare and potentially deadly gastrointestinal condition.

“This competition’s very meaningful for us,” says Alexa, who skates with Chris Knierim. “We’ve kind of been lacking the joy and lightheartedness of life for about two years now, from all the struggles we’ve been through, so being here together, Chris and I are kind of just enjoying it.”

The couple competed Sunday afternoon at the team figure skating event, in Gangneung, South Korea, where they placed fourth in their free skate. It was somewhat of a let-down following a short program on Thursday that earned them a season’s best score and helped keep alive Team USA’s chances of a medal in the event.

Even so, the Knierims made it to the Games — its own reward.

“Today wasn’t a brilliant skate by any means, but we’re just so happy to be here,” says Alexa, 26, adding, “We’ve already won by being able to step on the ice.”

Asked if such a competition feels like a celebration, having made it through the lows of her health struggles, the couple is quick to reply yes. “One-hundred percent,” Chris, 30, tells PEOPLE.

Speaking to reporters not long after their free skate, he and Alexa also discussed the key role their Christian faith has played in their lives, from Alexa’s worsening condition, her diagnosis on through her recovery.

“It’s the reason I was able to get back on the ice,” Alexa said, “because I stopped worrying and stopped trying to control life, because I couldn’t. In the moment, you know, I was so sick and didn’t really know where things were going to go for me, whether it was skating or life in general. So I finally just threw my hands up and said like, ‘You lead the way,’ and it’s my testimony and I stay true to it.”

“And even here at the Games, it’s no longer about me,” she continued. “I have fans out there who know that I am a true believer in the Lord and I’m trying my best to shine his light and let people know that it’s okay to promote him and do things for him, because in the Christian life that’s kind of what we’re supposed to.”

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For her, the Olympics is an opportunity to “glorify God, and my followers know that that’s my purpose and it makes me happy,” Alexa said. “I’m here living my dream, and if that’s the way that I have to go about it, I’ll keep doing it.”

Standing beside her, Chris agreed: “We both share the same thing,” he said of the place of religion in their lives. “I think it’s played out in her a little stronger than me because of the situation she was put in.”

Alexa and Chris have a group prayer before each of their competitions, just after warming up off the ice, she said. They also meet regularly with other Christian athletes in Colorado.

“So it’s taken a big kind of role in my life and Chris’ and I truly believe that’s why we were able to get here,” she said.

The Knierims previously detailed Alexa’s health journey to PEOPLE in an interview last fall, explaining then how she became ill in the spring and summer of 2016, eventually being diagnosed two months after their June wedding that year.

“In April of 2016 I started feeling very sick at a competition, it was the last one of the year, and issues continued to develop all the way through August of 2016 when I was finally diagnosed and had immediate surgery in my abdomen,” Alexa told PEOPLE. “I ended up having three surgeries and we had to withdraw from all of our events for the first half of the year. My life, our life, changed drastically in that time period — life was on hold and we weren’t really sure what life would be for the two of us.”

“I’m 5-foot-2 and I was about just over 80 lbs. before and after surgery,” Alexa said. “I lost all of my muscle, and my body mechanics when I started getting back into working out were like next to none … the very first time I stepped back on the ice after my surgeries, Chris had to hold me up because my body was not capable of standing on its own.”

And yet here they both are now, together, at their first Olympic Games.

“Coming here, you know, this is the cherry on top,” Chris said last week after competing in the pairs’ short program. “We’ve had a tough couple of years, and this is just something really special.”

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DOJ busts counterfeiter who helped sell more than 40,000 fake iPhones and iPads in the US

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The DOJ on Friday announced the arrest of Jianhua Li, a Chinese national living in the United States who, over a period of nearly five years, participated in a massive iPhone and iPad counterfeiting operation that netted him more than $ 1.1 million in proceeds.

According to a press release from the DOJ, Li worked with a small group of people who smuggled in sophisticated iOS counterfeits bearing the same look and feel of authentic Apple products, right down to the appropriate trademarks and Apple-style packaging. Li pled guilty and will be handed down a sentence on May 30.

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How the iPhone’s Health app helped authorities gather details about a brutal murder

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In something of a bizarre story, the Health app on Apple’s iPhone may play a pivotal role in definitively proving who raped and murdered a young medical student in Germany late last year.

As detailed by the BBC, German authorities already have a suspect in custody, a man who we only know by Hussein K. As the story goes, Hussein K has already admitted his involvement, though some details regarding the murder still remain fuzzy. Incidentally, Hussein K refused to provide the pin code of his iPhone to investigators, thus prompting authorities to outsource the task to a Munich-based security firm which managed to hack into the device.

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Da’Ron Payne wasn’t surprised by his interception or his touchdown reception, both career firsts. The 308-pound defensive tackle insisted he saw those plays in his sleep. “I dream crazy dreams,” he said. “It just so happened to come true this time.” Payne’s interception and touchdown keyed No. 4 Alabama’s dominant 24-6 win over No. 1…
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During his final press conference of the year, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took a shot at Steve Bannon, the former Trump strategist who has positioned himself as a kingmaker for Republican candidates running against the so-called “establishment.” Asked if he blamed Bannon for Democratic candidate Doug Jones’ victory in Alabama’s special U.S. Senate election, McConnell took the opportunity to mock the supposed strategizing of the Breitbart chief. “Well, let me just say this: the political genius on display throwing away a seat in the reddest state in America is hard to ignore,” McConnell said. The Senate majority leader shied away from publicly endorsing the Republican candidate Roy Moore, an accused pedophile, while Bannon and Trump openly endorsed him even after a litany of sexual-misconduct allegations emerged.

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How Bob Menendez’s friends helped him steer clear of jail

‘Gifts to cultivate friendship are not bribes,” Abbe Lowell said in his closing in defense of Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez — and enough jurors agreed to result in a hung jury and a mistrial. The Biz Markie defense — he’s just a friend — worked. Lowell was worth every penny of the $ 4.5 million raised…
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Apple’s offshore move has helped save them billions in taxes

Apple quietly sidestepped a crackdown on its much-maligned Ireland tax avoidance practice by moving its overseas operation to the tax haven of the Channel Island of Jersey, documents leaked from an offshore law firm revealed. The move, beginning in 2015, allowed Apple to continue to avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes. Apple, the most…
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How the Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor helped save a man’s life

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For as helpful as the Apple Watch is for keeping up with notifications and keeping tabs on your fitness, it’s easy to forget that the increasingly popular wearable also has the ability to help save lives. This past Friday, James Green sent out a tweet explaining how the heart rate sensor on the Apple Watch did just that.

After receiving a notification that his heart rate was abnormally high, Green — who was using the iOS app HeartWatch to monitor his heart rate readings from his Apple Watch — went to the hospital to get things checked out. As it turns out, Green had a pulmonary embolism, a serious ailment that occurs when a blood clot is present in the lungs. Notably, a rapid or irregular heartbeat are just two of the few symptoms that often manifest when an individual has a pulmonary embolism.

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For the second time in three months, a bill that would ease regulations on the purchase of suppressors for firearms and counts the president’s eldest son among its top booster has been sidelined by a high-profile domestic shooting.

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Reese Witherspoon’s real-life experiences helped her relate to pretty much every woman on “Big Little Lies”

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Season 1 of HBO’s Big Little Lies was about more than just murder and intrigue — although we love both of those things in our TV. Big Little Lies centered on a group of women who all had different life experiences and were v. relatable. And Reese Witherspoon recently said that her own life experiences helped her relate to basically every woman on Big Little Lies.

Season 1 told the stories of Madeline (Witherspoon), Celeste (Nicole Kidman), Jane (Shailene Woodley), Bonnie (Zoe Kravitz), and Renata (Laura Dern). They are five women who ultimately have each other’s backs when nothing goes as planned.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Witherspoon discussed how she prepared (or didn’t have to prepare) for the role of Madeline…

And how her real-life experiences informed all of that.

“You know, you pull a lot from life. I’m a mom, I’ve been divorced, I’ve been remarried, I’ve had more children. I just lived a lot of this life! I was a young mother…I’ve pretty much been every woman in that show.”

And the other actresses on the show?

They drew upon real-life experiences as well:

“Sitting with Nicole and Laura and Zoe and Shai, we all had experiences that were applicable to each character. So instead of spending a lot of time thinking about lines and doing deep research, we just spent a lot of time getting to know each other.”

It’s clear when watching Big Little Lies that friendship is at the heart of the show, so it’s pretty cool to see the actresses became friends IRL too. Now we’re even more excited for Season 2!



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A California mom’s side-by-side photos show how much she’s changed in 10 years ― and how much she’s learned to love her body.

Lindsay Wolf, an actress and writer, shared two side-by-side photos on Instagram on June 5. The first photo shows her at 23 years old, and in the caption, Wolf wrote that she was self-conscious then and “critical of her physical shape.” The second photo shows her at 33. Wolf wrote that the pic captures a “woman who is learning to love her body without pressuring it to be anything other than what it is.”

“And in the process, she is healing a lifelong struggle of never fully seeing herself for the extraordinary human being she is,” she wrote.

Wolf, who has an 11-year-old stepdaughter and a 19-month-old daughter, told HuffPost she felt motivated to share the post because her journey to completely loving her body has been “20 years in the making.” After she gave birth, she wasn’t actively attempting to make herself smaller for the first time in her life, which marked an incredible turning point for the way she viewed her body. 

“It took becoming pregnant and watching my body support a baby, along with a weight gain of almost 50 pounds over the course of 20 years, to realize that my body is just right exactly as it is,” she told HuffPost.

Wolf said a photo her husband took immediately after she gave birth reflects the pride and appreciation she had learned to have for her body.

“I’m grinning from ear to ear at him in the photo, because while my body looks vastly different than it ever has before, I was basking in the immediate pride of my body doing something truly magical,” she said. “This body of mine held and grew and pushed out my incredible daughter.”

Through her post, Wolf hopes other women learn to embrace their bodies, especially moms after they’ve given birth. She pointed out how many moms are encouraged to erase their pregnancies from their bodies as soon as they welcome their babies.

“It’s funny ― women are cherished while in their pregnant bodies. We are constantly told things like, ‘You’re glowing!’ and how beautiful we are in the state of pregnancy,” she told HuffPost. “But it seems like as soon as we’ve transitioned into full motherhood mode, the appreciation for what our bodies continue to be capable of ― and how they look ― goes completely away.”

Though she’s focusing on moving forward, Wolf said if she could go back and tell her 23-year-old self anything, she’d tell her she is “so much more than her physical body.” She’d also tell her that one day she would learn to love herself unconditionally despite the harmful things she heard and damaging pressures she faced growing up. 

“Most importantly, I’d tell her that she couldn’t control how others viewed and commented on her body growing up and that those destructive words slung at her body had nothing to do with her and everything to do with how little we are taught to love ourselves,” she said. “But it is now her responsibility to love herself as fiercely as she can.”

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Christina El Moussa Says Yoga Helped Her Cope with Her Divorce — and Shares Her Fitness Secrets!

Christina El Moussa has been open about her difficult decision to split from her husband of seven years, Tarek, and says working out has helped get her through.

“Exercise is my stress reliever,” the Flip or Flop star, 33, tells PEOPLE.

El Moussa does a combination of running and yoga to help her feel her best.

“There is nothing like a good three-mile run for me to really clear my head and get my endorphins going,” she says. “My other go-to is yoga. I have the most amazing private instructor who has changed my life. Our sessions are very spiritual and have really helped me cope with my divorce and other emotions I’m going through during this time.”

The home design expert practices yin yoga, which includes a lot of meditation.

“I love it so much, it’s inspired me to take a trip to Bali this summer,” she says. “I can’t wait!”

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El Moussa has also recently started taking circuit-based classes at Orangetheory Fitness.

“I discovered Orangetheory and I’m totally hooked!” she says. “It combines running, which is my favorite workout, with weight training, which I never do on my own. It goes by super quickly and is always challenging. And it helped to get me in the best shape of my 30s!”

And it definitely shows! El Moussa recently showcased her fit physique while doing a photo shoot for L*Space’s Mommy & Me line “Little L.”

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When it comes to nutrition, El Moussa sticks to “a very clean, organic diet.”

“My kids have food allergies so we all try and limit gluten and dairy,” she says.

“I eat five small meals a day that usually consist of overnight oats for breakfast, a green juice for a snack, salad with a protein for lunch, granola bar as a snack and then a healthy dinner of chicken or salmon and veggies, tacos or vegan chili,” says El Moussa. “For a little dessert, I love Justin’s Organic Mini Peanut Butter Cups — delish!”


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How Watching ‘Gilmore Girls’ Helped These Marines Escape The Reality Of War

Gilmore Girls” holds a place in every fan’s heart, but for a group of U.S. Marines, the beloved WB series took on a special importance during wartime. 

As shown on a recent “CBS This Morning” segment, when Jesse, Luke, Erik and John were stationed together in Ramadi, Iraq, in 2005, they stumbled upon a DVD boxset of the second season of the series and immediately gravitated toward the world of Stars Hollow. 

The idyllic Connecticut setting, heartwarming storylines and the focus on friends and family provided a much-needed escape from the horrors of war they experienced outside the military base.

“At least for me, Stars Hollow was the America I think we all thought — we all wished we were fighting for,” Erik told CBS.

“Gilmore Girls” became a central part of their friendship over the years, prompting the veterans to show their appreciation in an emotional letter to showrunners Amy Sherman-Palladino and husband Daniel Palladino. 

“Part of the attraction is a simple case of contrasts. I live in a strict, macho, sometimes violent world that very often does not make sense,” Luke says in the clip, breaking down while rereading the letter. “In the end, much of the entertainment is escapism. And for me and a few friends over here in Iraq, there’s no place we’d rather escape to. It reminds us of all the best parts of home.”

The recent Netflix revival of the series provided the perfect excuse for the unit to reunite years after they returned from war and the opportunity for a surprise phone call from the Palladinos during their binge-watching session. 

“I have actually kept the letter in my various desks over the years, always,” Amy admitted. “So it’s been very close to me.”

Although Jesse, Luke, Erik and John couldn’t wait to see what was in store for the Gilmore girls in the revival, the real gift, they say, was being able to spend time together again. 

“While we are going to watch the ‘Gilmore Girls’ and that’s a huge part of it and we’re very, very excited for this revival, the reality was, we just need to get together,” Erik said. “We need excuses to get together. We need excuses to remember.”   

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When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II

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When America entered World War II in 1941, we faced an enemy that had banned and burned over 100 million books and caused fearful citizens to hide or destroy many more. Outraged librarians launched a campaign to send free books to American troops and gathered 20 million hardcover donations. In 1943, the War Department and the publishing industry stepped in with an extraordinary program: 120 million small, lightweight paperbacks, for troops to carry in their pockets and their rucksacks, in every theater of war.Comprising 1,200 different titles of every imaginable type, these paperbacks were beloved by the troops and are still fondly remembered today. Soldiers read them while waiting to land at Normandy; in hellish trenches in the midst of battles in the Pacific; in field hospitals; and on long bombing flights. They wrote to the authors, many of whom responded to every letter. They helped rescueThe Great Gatsbyfrom obscurity. They made Betty Smith, author ofA Tree Grows in Brooklyn, into a national icon.When Books Went to Waris an inspiring story for history buffs and book lovers alike.
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Dick Cavett Explains How David Letterman’s ‘Mask Of Innocence’ Helped Him Get Away With Anything

Late-night TV legend Dick Cavett joined HuffPost Live on Wednesday to look back on the legacy of David Letterman and say goodbye to the subversive comedy icon, who officially begins his retirement after his final “Late Show” episode airs tonight.

Cavett, a longtime fan of and former guest on Letterman’s show, told host Josh Zepps that the key to Letterman’s incredible interview style was his ability to hilariously insult his guests even as they sat right next to him, creating a unique “sense of danger” on his show. Cavett said Letterman was able to sneak by his biting barbs thanks to “that hayseed, rustic, Midwestern, innocent, clownish face.”

In order to do “those things that he was criticized for and the dummies didn’t get,” Cavett explained Letterman often hid his cutting wit “behind a wonderful mask of innocence, and I think that’s what made it effective for those who dug it, among whom I was one.”

Cavett added that often guests had no idea they’d been hilariously ripped apart by Letterman until after the interview was over.

“David’s attitude — it wasn’t so much ever what he said — but his attitude and his looks were priceless, and I’m sure some of [the guests] were stunned when they got home, saw themselves with David and saw what he had done to them,” Cavett said.

Click here to watch the full HuffPost Live conversation with Cavett and former Letterman writers and associates.

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Rape Survivor: Working On A Sexual Assault Documentary Helped Me Heal

Ari Mostov says she was bitter that she felt pushed out of her “dream school” in 2013, after campus officials didn’t take her report of rape seriously.

Now, the 22-year-old is channeling her energy into “It Happened Here,” a documentary about campus rape — work she said makes her feel like she is making an impact and has also helped her heal.

Mostov filed a complaint in May 2013 against the University of Southern California that resulted in an ongoing federal investigation of the school. In the complaint, Mostov detailed that the university’s Department of Public Safety had told her she had not been raped because her assailant stopped and did not orgasm.

Records later obtained by The Huffington Post showed that the DPS had also labeled Mostov’s report as an “injury response” rather than rape, which she believes shows how the school kept sexual assault statistics low.

The increased scrutiny on USC began to subside in 2014. Some of the complainants graduated, while others said they became too stressed to continue speaking about their cases in public. Mostov was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and clinical depression. She had found university employees’ responses to her report of an assault to exacerbate her mental anguish, so she left USC behind.

“I knew returning to school, it was going to be absolute hell again,” Mostov said, so she took time off to address the aftermath of her assault on her own terms.

Mostov was a film and screenwriting major at USC, and was able to find some short-term production work after leaving school. Then she was introduced to Marjorie Schwartz Nielsen in November 2014, who agreed to hire Mostov to help work on the “It Happened Here” release and subsequent campaign and promotions. The film debuted on the cable channel Pivot earlier this year and began being screened on college campuses in conjunction with the White House’s “It’s On Us” anti-sexual violence campaign. It will be released on iTunes and Google Play on May 12.

Working on the film, Mostov said, has been “one of the most amazing experiences” of her life.

“For the longest time I wasn’t able to think about what happened, I wasn’t able to grieve,” Mostov said. “Not being able to return to the school of my dreams and all of this hurt and pain I was putting off — I was finally able to put it to work.”

Nielsen said the survivors she has worked with and interviewed came forward for various reasons — that their assailant attacked someone else, that they felt their school’s atmosphere was getting worse, that they were tired of hearing stories similar to theirs — but what has kept them involved is a desire for “not letting the momentum die.”

“None of them pursued civil suits against their attackers,” she said. “They took up activism because they wanted it to change things.”

Neilsen said the social activism component is critical because to actually eliminate sexual violence, awareness isn’t enough — advocates need to address actual solutions.

At each screening, Neilsen said she explains campaigns some colleges have hosted on their campuses to inspire copy-cat demonstrations, and asks students in attendance to take the White House’s “It’s On Us” pledge.

The “It Happened Here” team has had more than 130 screening requests for the film, including some from organizations in France, Canada and Bangladesh. It’s stretching beyond college campuses, getting screened at several California high schools. On March 30, Mostov and Neilsen spoke about sexual assault at a TEDxYouth event in San Diego. Over the summer, the team will plan for more screenings at schools in the fall. They said they are particularly hoping to get more high school students to see the film, so they can start engaging young people before they arrive at college.

“This affects everyone, and really, in order to stop the cycle, we need to get ahead of these behaviors,” Mostov said. She envisions a day when asking for consent is as routine as asking for a condom.

“We’re really hoping to help to teach people, especially the younger generation, that they have a right to advocate for themselves,” she added. “It’s personally something I really struggled with because I didn’t know.”

Mostov wants to send the message that “I am brave.”

“I am doing this, this happened to me and I’m not going to be silent about it,” she explained. “My story matters too. This is what happened. I don’t care if you don’t believe me, I don’t care. This is what happened to me.”

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Lea Michele Reveals Kate Hudson Helped Her Heal After Cory Monteith’s Death

Lea Michele is opening up about her boyfriend Cory Monteith’s death in the new issue of Elle magazine.

The “Glee” star, 27, covers the December issue and reveals that her co-star Kate Hudson took her in and helped her cope with Monteith’s death. Michele admits that Hudson was one of the first people she called upon hearing the tragic news, explaining, “I called her and said, ‘I don’t know where I’m going to go because my house is swarmed [with reporters].’ She was like, ‘Oh, you’re going to stay at my house.’ Like it was nothing.”

And Hudson didn’t just open her doors to Michele.

“She let my family stay there, and any of my friends. She made sure that in the refrigerator were my favorite juices,” Michele tells Elle. “I’ll never really be able to thank her, truly, for what she did for me.”

Monteith died in July at the age of 31 from a “mixed drug toxicity” consisting of heroin and alcohol and Michele has been slowly adjusting to a life without him ever since.

“It’s very hard,” she admits, continuing, “You have to be very strong to come out of this alive, but I think by doing the best for myself, by showing that you don’t have to lose yourself, maybe someone else will feel some sort of strength or comfort.”

In the interview, Michele also admits that she and Monteith began dating during the first season of “Glee,” but that “no one really caught on.” In early 2012, they made it official: “‘You wanna do this?'” Michele recalled them asking themselves. “We knew.”

“I know that Cory would want nothing more than for me to take this situation and use it to help people,” Michele adds, “I don’t know if I will. I don’t know how.”

See Lea’s Elle cover below:

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