TIME Google Doodle

Google Doodle Brings Out Lawn Chairs to Celebrate 4th of July

Inspired by memories of Independence Days past

Google has brought out a set of lawn chairs — and a couple of pets — for its doodle celebrating Independence Day.

The artist, San Francisco-based Brian Kaas, explained the illustration was inspired by his own memories of July 4 block parties. “I spent a lot of my summers sitting on a lawn chair with my neighbors, friends and family,” he said. “When we would get up, the neighborhood pets would often steal our seats.”

Google’s previous July 4 doodles have featured a lot of red white and blue — but this year the Stars and Stripes just put in a cameo, with two small flags sitting in a vase next to a jug of lemonade.

TIME Crime

Police Report ‘All Clear’ at Washington Navy Yard

Employee thought she heard gunshots but was mistaken

The Washington Navy Yard was on lockdown Thursday morning after reports of shots being fired, just two years after a gunman killed 12 people at the military base.

But after a heavy police and FBI response, local authorities said there was no evidence of a shooting and restrictions on movement were lifted. Law enforcement officials said in a news conference that they received a call from an employee who thought she heard gunshots, and executed a “smooth, well-coordinated response.”

“This is an employee who did exactly what we ask them to do,” D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier said of the caller. “We have no concerns that this was a hoax whatsoever.”

The affected area was smoothly evacuated, and law enforcement executed a protocol that they say resemble the response to the active shooter incident in September 2013, when Aaron Alexis, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, shot and killed 12 people before being shot dead by authorities.

TIME 2016 Election

Yes, Donald Trump Is Running for President

Will 2016 finally be the year of President Trump?

Real estate magnate and reality television star Donald Trump finally made good on his decades-long promise to seek the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday, promising America the chance to vote for a “truly great leader.”

Taking the stage to the sounds of Neil Young’s “Rocking in the Free World” at New York City’s Trump Tower, the entrepreneur departed from his prepared remarks to deliver a lengthy monologue on global trade, the military, the U.S. economy, and most of all, Donald Trump.

“I will be the greatest jobs president God ever created,” he said. His rivals, he continued, “will never make America great again. They don’t have a chance.”

I am officially running for President of the United States. #MakeAmericaGreatAgain

A photo posted by Donald J. Trump (@realdonaldtrump) on

Trump’s frequent flirtations with a presidential bid have become a stock joke among the Washington press corps in recent years, but now he has finally made his intentions official. He must disclose his much-debated income to the Federal Elections Commission and may need to give up his role as the chief antagonist of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice.

The network released a statement following Trump’s announcement, saying it would “re-evaluate Trump’s role as host of Celebrity Apprentice should it become necessary, as we are committed to this franchise.”

TIME Soccer

U.S. Defeats Germany 2-1 in Soccer Friendly

Team USA beat the top ranking national team in the world

The U.S. men’s soccer team defeated the current World Cup champions on Wednesday, with a 2-1 victory over Germany in a thrilling non-competitive match.

Although Germany scored first after just 12 minutes, Sports Illustrated reports, U.S. midfielder Mix Diskerud tied the game in the 41st minute. With three minutes left in the match, substitute Bobby Wood hammered home a late winner.

The come-from-behind victory against FIFA’s top-ranking national squad comes just five days after the U.S. defeated the Netherlands, another top 10 team.

The win represents long-awaited payback for Team USA, which lost to the Germans both in the group stages of the 2014 World Cup and in the 2002 tournament, when Michael Ballack’s goal in the quarterfinals sent the Americans packing. But the defeat will leave a bitter taste in the mouth for German soccer fans, especially as U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann is one of Germany’s most celebrated former players and its onetime manager.

The U.S. women’s team, meanwhile, is preparing for its second World Cup group stage game against Sweden on Friday, after beating Australia 3-1 on Monday. The U.S. is currently ranked second in the world in the women’s game, just behind… Germany.

TIME space

Watch Live: The Lyrid Meteor Shower

Live footage of the annual celestial event as it reaches its peak

You’ll want to set your alarm early the next couple of days for a unique celestial display.

The annual Lyrid meteor shower will be at its most visible on April 22 and 23, with peak viewing time just before dawn. This year’s shower coincides with a crescent moon, making it a darker night than usual, which allows for better observation of the phenomenon.

But don’t fret if the forecast calls for cloudy skies near you—the online observatory Slooh will be hosting a livestream of the shower starting at 8 p.m. E.T. on Wednesday, and you can see it above.

Add this page to your favorites, and wake before dawn for a glimpse of one of nature’s best light shows.

TIME College Basketball

Here’s Your Printable 2015 NCAA Tournament Bracket

Which four teams will make it to Indianapolis on April 4?

The committee has spoken and the full 2015 NCAA Tournament bracket has been set. Duke, Kentucky, Villanova and Wisconsin are the No.1 seeds in each region. The Big 12 and Big Ten each placed seven teams in the bracket. But which teams will make it to the Final Four in Indianapolis on April 4?

Here’s a printable bracket that you can fill in, courtesy of Sports Illustrated.

For more news and analysis on one of the biggest college tournaments in the sporting calendar, click here.

Read next: 6 Ways to Win Your March Madness Office Pool

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TIME United Kingdom

Witness This British Politician Crash and Burn in a Live Interview

Britain's Green Party leader Natalie Bennett speaks during the party's general election campaign launch in central London
Stefan Wermuth—Reuters Britain's Green Party leader Natalie Bennett speaks during the party's general election campaign launch in London on Feb. 24, 2015.

Later apologized for suffering a "mind blank"

A warning for anyone with a crippling fear of freezing up while public speaking or being interviewed: This gets awkward.

U.K. Green Party leader Natalie Bennett appeared on a London radio station Tuesday to unveil her party’s manifesto ahead of the country’s general election in May. Although the Green Party currently exists on the margins of national politics in the U.K., with just one elected member of parliament, it has big proposals to introduce a universal welfare payment or “citizen’s income” of 72 pounds ($111) a week, and to build 500,000 public housing units.

The problem came when the interviewer, Nick Ferrari of London broadcaster LBC, asked how her party proposed to pay for all those new homes. Her answer—that it would remove tax breaks for private landlords—did not satisfy her interlocutor, who pressed the question as British interviewers tend to do. And that’s when things began to get excruciating:

Ferrari: The cost of 500,000 homes, let’s start with that. How much would that be?

Bennett: “Right, well, that’s, erm… you’ve got a total cost… erm… that we’re… that will be spelt out in our manifesto.

Ferrari: So you don’t know?

Bennett: No, well, err.

Ferrari: You don’t, ok. So you don’t know how much those homes are going to cost, but the way it’s going to be funded is mortgage relief from private landlords. How much is that worth?

Bennett: Right, well what we’re looking at with the figures here. Erm, what we need to do is actually… uh……… we’re looking at a total spend of £2.7… billion.

Ferrari: 500,000 homes, £2.7billion? What are they made of, plywood?

Bennett later apologized for suffering a “mind blank” during the LBC interview. “I am very happy to confess that and I am very sorry to the Green Party members who I did not do a very good job representing our policies on,” she said. “That happens, I am human.”

Listen to the entire interview here:

 

TIME Television

Watch Jon Stewart’s First Episode of The Daily Show

Over 16 years ago

When Jon Stewart took over The Daily Show from host Craig Kilborn in January 1999, few could have foreseen how long a run he would have in the host’s chair — or how influential the show would end up being under Stewart’s reign.

Now, just over 16 years later, Stewart announced Tuesday he would be leaving the show at the end of 2015.

Here’s a quick look at a youthful Stewart’s first day on the job, interviewing Michael J. Fox before bits on Strom Thurmond and the NBA lock-out. (Yep, it was the ’90s.)

“Is this live by the way?” Fox asks at one point.

“It’s my first day, I don’t know,” Stewart responds. “It could be.”

See the full clip above.

Read next: 7 Potential Replacements for Jon Stewart on The Daily Show

TIME weather

Winter Storm Will Make It a White Groundhog Day

Here we go again

Groundhog Day is going to seem very familiar to many folks in the Midwest and Northeast, as another winter storm crosses the country over the weekend, just days after a historic blizzard.

Snow is expected to hit parts of the Midwest late Saturday, the Weather Channel reports, with several inches forecast from Nebraska and South Dakota to western Pennyslvania on Sunday.

Then early on Monday morning—Groundhog Day—the snow will move eastwards to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, with snow accumulating in New York City and in Boston, where a severe storm covered the city in up to two feet of snow earlier this week.

Totals are currently forecast to be between eight and twelve inches of snow in Chicago, Detroit, and New York City, with more in Boston. Although, as many learned last week, early forecasts aren’t always accurate.

But no one should be surprised if Punxsutawney Phil predicts six more weeks of winter.

[Weather Channel]

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