TIME animals

Buffalo Herd Gunned Down After Escaping From a Farm

A herd of buffalo cross a road in Bethlehem, N.Y., on Apr. 24, 2015,
Mike Groll—AP A herd of buffalo cross a road in Bethlehem, N.Y., on Apr. 24, 2015

The animals posed a threat to public safety, authorities said

A small herd of buffalo escaped from a farm in upstate New York on Thursday, roaming free across roads and through rivers until local authorities gave the signal to open fire.

The herd of 15 escaped buffalo reportedly forged the Hudson River and crossed a heavily trafficked interstate some 20 minutes out of Albany, Fox News reports. They were pursued by police, hunters and local experts, who agreed that there was no effective way of tranquilizing or containing the animals. Fearing the risk to public safety, authorities asked hunters to gun the herd down.

TIME movies

Jokes From Adam Sandler’s Ridiculous Six Script Leaked Online

SNL 40th Anniversary Celebration
Gary Gershoff—WireImage/Getty Images Adam Sandler attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Celebration at Rockefeller Plaza on February 15, 2015 in New York City.

An early version of the script corroborates the account of Native American actors who walked off the set in protest

Jokes from the script of Adam Sandler’s upcoming comedy, The Ridiculous Six, have leaked online two days after Native American cast members stormed off of the set in protest.

The script, first obtained by Gawker, is more than two years old, but it contains many of the same jokes that some cast members decried in interviews as “disrespectful” to their culture. Those cast members took exception to gag tribal names such as “Beaver’s Breath” and “No Bra.”

While Gawker found no reference to a character named “No Bra,” the site did confirm “Beaver’s Breath” and a few other names: “Five Hairy Moles,” “One Eyebrow” and “Sits-On-Face,” who can be seen at one point squatting behind a teepee to relieve herself while lighting up a peace pipe.

Netflix, which is backing the production, defended the jokes in a statement, saying,“The movie has ridiculous in the title for a reason,” while arguing that the true targets of the jokes are not Native Americans so much as Western movie tropes.

TIME apps

TIME Launches Apple Watch App for News

Flick through 12 of the day's biggest headlines and tap for a faster look at the news

TIME is on the Apple Watch. TIME’s new mobile app brings the latest headlines right to your wrist. An intuitive user interface allows readers to swipe through The Brief, TIME’s up-to-the-minute collection of the most important stories of the moment.

Tap a headline to open the full article on your phone within the TIME Mobile App or play the audio version of The Brief to have the news read aloud while you’re on the go. Users of the app—developed by Time Inc.’s Seattle-based mobile engineering team—can adjust the volume using audio controls on the watch, the phone or a car via the dashboard.

The Brief has more than 850,000 subscribers. Now they can get it with just a glance at the wrist. Download it here.

Don’t have the Apple Watch yet? Sign up for The Brief below.

TIME Companies

We’re About to Learn Way More About Amazon’s Cloud Business

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Emmanuel Dunand—AFP/Getty Images A view of US multinational Amazon's European headquarters, nestled in the Clausen Valley in Luxembourg, November 10, 2014.

Amazon will finally break the silence on just how much money its cloud service unit has been raking in

Amazon will break out its cloud business in an earnings report for the first time Thursday, revealing more information than previously known about the company’s server operation.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is widely believed to have a lead over its chief rivals, Microsoft, Google and IBM, in the race to replace local computing with off-site servers, though how big of a lead has always been an open question. Amazon’s spokesperson acknowledged to the Wall Street Journal that AWS is already a “multibillion dollar business,” a significant chunk of change in a market that totaled nearly $10 billion in 2014, according to an analysis by IDC.

But the bigger question mark hovering over Amazon’s disclosure centers on growth. Expectations are running high, given quarterly revenue from its chief rival in cloud services, Microsoft, has consistently expanded by triple digit growth rates. Whether Amazon’s growth matches expectations will be revealed as soon as its financials finally come out of the “other” line.

TIME Apple

Some People Will Get Their Apple Watch Sooner Than They Thought

Apple Previews Its New Watch, As Company Begins To Take Pre-Orders
Stephen Lam—Getty Images An Apple Watch with stainless steel link bracelet is seen at an Apple Store on April 10, 2015 in Palo Alto, California.

Some Apple Watch orders slated for delivery in June are "preparing for shipment" now

Some Apple Watch customers who girded themselves for months of waiting are getting a surprise update to their orders this week: The delivery status changed from “processing” to “preparing for shipment.”

“We’re happy to be updating many customers today with the news that their Apple Watch will arrive sooner than expected,” an Apple spokesperson confirmed in a statement to BuzzFeed News.

The spokesperson did not elaborate on how many customers would be on the receiving end of these surprise deliveries, only adding that orders would be fulfilled based on “available supply.”

The announcement comes as pockets of supply have cropped up in a few channels outside of Apple’s retail stores. A handful of fashion boutiques participating in the launch of the Apple Watch have advertised that stocks would be available in store as early as Friday, the New York Times reports. Meanwhile, some Apple Watch iOS developers recently got exclusive access to a spare supply of blue Apple Sport Watches, guaranteed to ship by April 28. The announcements underscore that for Apple and its customers alike, available supply is a moving target.

TIME intelligence

McConnell Introduces Bill to Extend Surveillance Under Patriot Act

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to the media following the Senate Republicans' policy lunch in the Capitol on April 21, 2015.
Bill Clark—AP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to the media following the Senate Republicans' policy lunch in the Capitol on April 21, 2015.

The bill comes amid a bipartisan effort to curb the NSA's expansive collection of Americans' phone records

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a bill Tuesday evening that would renew several sections of the Patriot Act, which grants expansive powers of surveillance to intelligence agencies, that are set to expire this summer.

Among the act’s provisions that would be renewed until 2020 rather than expiring in June is Section 215, the National Journal reports. The hotly contested authority laid the legal groundwork for the National Security Agency’s sweeping collection of metadata from millions of Americans’ phone records.

The bill appears to challenge a bipartisan effort to amend Section 215 with stricter guidelines on what information intelligence agents can collect and retain.

TIME celebrities

Robert Downey Jr. Walks Out of Interview After Questions Turn Personal

"It's just getting a little Diane Sawyer in here."

Robert Downey Jr. walked out of a promotional interview after the subject gradually shifted from the upcoming release of Avengers: Age of Ultron to increasingly personal questions.

“It’s just getting a little Diane Sawyer in here,” Downey said, referencing the renowned news anchor, as he walked out on a Channel 4 News reporter whose questions began tilting toward subjects like politics, imprisonment and struggle with addiction.

The interview with presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy, who shared a video of the encounter, starts out amiably enough until Downey’s face visibly drops at the four-minute mark.

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TIME Aviation

Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Buffalo After Passenger Loses Consciousness

The plane was going from Chicago to Hartford, Conn.

A plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Buffalo, N.Y. on Wednesday after one passenger lost consciousness, amid crew concerns about the plane’s cabin pressure.

The SkyWest flight, operating under United Express Flight #5622, landed safely in Buffalo, where the passenger received medical treatment and was released.

The plane’s crew had reported an emergency pressurization problem before landing, the Federal Aviation Administration told the Associated Press. An airline spokesperson said the circumstances were under investigation and mechanics were inspecting the plane.

“There may have been early concerns regarding pressurization but there was no indication in the flight deck,” said SkyWest spokesperson Marissa Snow in an emailed statement.

The flight departed from Chicago’s O’Hare airport at 9:32 a.m. EDT and made an emergency landing in Buffalo around noon, according to flight tracking site FlightAware.

SkyWest said it was currently working to connect the 75 passengers on a flight to their original destination of Hartford, Conn.

 

 

TIME Apple

These People Have the Best Chance of Getting an Apple Watch Right Away

Inside An Apple Inc. Store As The Apple Watch Is Previewed
Michael Nagle—Bloomberg/Getty Images The Apple Watch Sport edition is displayed at an Apple Inc. store in New York, U.S., on Friday, April 10, 2015.

A few lucky developers get a chance to jump the queue

Apple is offering Apple Watch app developers exclusive access to a spare supply of Apple Watches, promising shipment no later than April 28, weeks ahead of the average wait times for most of the general public.

“We want to help give Apple developers the opportunity to test their WatchKit apps on Apple Watch as soon as it is available,” Apple wrote in an email to developers first spotted by MacRumors. The developers will be able to buy an Apple Watch Sport model with a blue strap.

Developers can register their interest in the deal, after which Apple will decide by “random selection” who will have access to the early deliveries. As always, supplies are limited, even in the fast lane.

TIME Companies

Factory Town Rallies Behind Blue Bell After Ice Cream Recall

Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce

"They are the kind of company you wish you had dozens of in the community"

Workers filing into Blue Bell’s creamery in Broken Arrow, Okla. to scour the equipment in the wake of a lethal listeria outbreak were greeted by a surprise banner from the local community.

“Broken Arrow ‘s Blue Bell,” read the banner from the Chamber of Commerce, filled with hand-scrawled messages from local supporters. “Keep the faith” one resident wrote.

The support from Broken Arrow comes amid one of the worst contamination scandals in the company’s 108-year history. Three people in Kansas died after eating ice cream contaminated with a lethal bacteria, Listeria monocytogenes, prompting a nationwide recall of Blue Bell products. After the bacteria was traced back to a machine in Blue Bell’s Oklahoma plant, management suspended all operations there on April 3, sending some of its roughly 250-strong workforce on paid leave until further notice.

“We hope that they’re able to get this corrected and get back into production mode as soon as possible,” said Wes Smithwick, president of Broken Arrow’s Chamber of Commerce. “They are the kind of company you wish you had dozens of in the community.”

The closure sent ripples through Broken Arrow’s community of about 100,000 residents near Tulsa—”a suburb of a suburb” as Smithwick calls it. Local officials are concerned for the future of Blue Bell’s workers and also worry about losing a company that contributed to local civic organizations. That’s why they enlisted Roscoe T. Rooster, the mascot from the town’s Rooster Day festival, to rally around the Blue Bell banner.

Smithwick said that while the local economy is strong, with an unemployment rate just shy of 3%, there is still concern that if Blue Bell does not recover, layoffs will follow.

“Obviously there would be an economic impact to the immediate area,” he said.

While Blue Bell’s workers are still being paid, and Broken Arrow’s residents have not felt an economic pinch from the shutdown, the food poisoning scandal has cast a lingering shadow over the company’s operations. Blue Bell expanded its recall on Monday after tracing a second listeria contamination to its plant in Brenham, Texas.

“We are heartbroken about this situation and apologize to all of our loyal Blue Bell fans and customers,” Blue Bell CEO and president Paul Kruse said in a public statement. Investigators are still determining how the bacteria took hold in the Broken Arrow and Brenham plants. It’s this lack of certainty and continued bad news that has some of the town’s residents on edge.

“The Broken Arrow factory remains closed, and will remain so until we are confident we have resolved the issues there,” Blue Bell spokesman Joe Robertson said in an emailed statement to TIME on Tuesday. “All the employees will remain on the payroll, and some have been brought down to Brenham, Texas, to help out here.”

“Everyone is concerned about the issues,” he added.

Not quite everyone. A woman who identified herself as the manager at Freckles Frozen Custard, a popular nearby ice cream shop, noticed sales improved “a little bit” since the listeria scandal broke. But she was too busy helping customers to comment any further.

Read next: How Ice Cream Gets Contaminated—and Sometimes Kills

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