TIME LGBT

Hillary Clinton Comments On Viral ‘Humans of New York’ Photo

The former Secretary of State tells gay child: "Your future is going to be amazing"

Street photographer Brandon Stanton — better known as the creator of Humans of New York — posted a picture Friday of a tearful boy with the caption, “I’m homosexual and I’m afraid about what my future will be and that people won’t like me.”

The post garnered 498,000 ‘Likes’, about standard for a HONY post, but what Stanton may not have expected was a comment from Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Clinton wrote, “Prediction from a grown-up: Your future is going to be amazing. You will surprise yourself with what you’re capable of and the incredible things you go on to do. Find the people who love and believe in you – there will be lots of them.”

The photo initially became the subject of controversy when Stanton claimed Facebook had removed it from the site. But a Facebook spokesperson said Saturday the photo had not been intentionally deleted, but had been temporarily unavailable due to a bug. The photo is now available to be seen online, along with Clinton’s comment signed with her distinctive “-H.”

Humans of New York features photographs of ordinary people on the street along with quotes from the subjects, who typically do not identify themselves.

TIME russia

Putin Wishes Obama a Happy Independence Day

Vladimir Putin
Sergei Karpukhin—AP In this May 28, 2015 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony in the Kremlin in Moscow.

"Russian-American relations remain the most important factor of international stability and security"

Russian President Vladimir Putin has emphasized the importance of U.S.-Russian relations in a congratulatory July 4 message to President Barack Obama Saturday.

“In his message of congratulations, the Russian President noted that, despite the differences between the two countries, Russian-American relations remain the most important factor of international stability and security,” the Kremlin said, Reuters reports.

The message comes as diplomatic relations between the countries remain frayed, with Russia considering fresh sanctions against Western nations in the ongoing diplomatic feud over eastern Ukraine.

The head of Russia’s Security Council said Friday the country might target Finland over its refusal to issue a visa for the head of its lower house.

Nikolai Patrushev also singled out Washington for blame Friday for the protests in early 2014 that saw the pro-Moscow leadership driven from office. “The United States has initiated all those events in Ukraine. It has initiated a coup and put the current Ukrainian leadership in power,” he said, the AP reports.

Putin’s message, however, did not mention Ukraine or the Western sanctions imposed by the U.S. and others following the annexation of Crimea.

[Reuters]

TIME movies

Ava DuVernay Confirms She Won’t Direct Black Panther

2015 Sundance Institute Celebration Benefit Ava DuVernay
Michael Tran—Getty Images Ava DuVernay arrives at the 2015 Sundance Institute Celebration Benefit held at 3LABS on June 2, 2015 in Culver City, Calif.

Sorry, Selma fans

The first major black superhero movie won’t be directed by the most prominent African American female director in Hollywood.

Selma director Ava DuVernay told Essence she considered directing Marvel’s Black Panther movie, but ultimately decided the project wasn’t for her.

“I think I’ll just say we had different ideas about what the story would be,” she told the magazine at the Essence Festival in New Orleans. “I love that they reached out to me.”

Black Panther will star Chadwick Boseman as the titular superhero and is due for release in July 2018.

Read the entire story at Essence.com

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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