TIME Music

Clark Terry, Legendary Jazz Trumpeter and Educator, Dies at 94

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Jack Vartoogian —Getty Images American Jazz musician Clark Terry performs on trumpet and flluegelhorn at Jack Kleinsinger's Highlights during a "Salute to Jimmy Cobb" at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York City on March 10, 2005.

He dedicated his later years to sharing his love of music with subsequent generations

Jazz trumpet and flugelhorn virtuoso Clark Terry, whose illustrious career spanned more than seven decades, died in the company of family, friends and students on Saturday. He was 94.

“We will miss him every minute of every day, but he will live on through the beautiful music and positivity that he gave to the world,” wrote his wife Gwen, in a message posted on Facebook. “Clark will live in our hearts forever.”

The legendary trumpeter played along some of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, including Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington.

Outside of performing, Clark was heralded as an influential educator. Over the years, he held numerous high school and collegiate jazz clinics, hosted summer camps for musicians and was also an adjunct professor at William Paterson University in New Jersey.

Last year, the St. Louis native starred in the documentary Keep On Keepin’ On, which chronicled his relationship with budding student Justin Kauflin during his final years.

TIME Ukraine

Ukraine’s Maidan Protests Anniversary Met With Bombs, Fresh Fighting

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Sergei Chuzavkov—AP People march in downtown Kiev on Feb. 22, 2015, to commemorate last year's Maidan protest that toppled the country's pro-Kremlin government

A bombing in Kharkiv raises new questions about the fragile cease-fire hammered out earlier this month

Violence erupted in eastern Ukraine’s largest city on Sunday, as thousands across the country commemorated the anniversary of the popular uprising that toppled the pro-Kremlin administration, sparking a separatist revolt that so far has claimed more than 5,000 lives.

In Kharkiv, a northeastern city of some 1.5 million people, a bomb exploded as some 500 pro-Ukraine demonstrators marched through the city. Representatives from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe confirmed that the blast killed two people, while 11 were injured.

Ukrainian officials have taken four suspects into custody in connection with the attack, according to Reuters.

Another explosive device was discovered inside a shopping bag in the Black Sea city of Odessa on Sunday, though it was defused before it could detonate.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko described the bombings campaign as a terrorist attack designed “to spread panic and fear.”

“They are trying to make us afraid,” he said in a statement.

Earlier on Sunday, Poroshenko marched with the Presidents of Poland, Lithuania and Georgia, along with tens of thousands of ordinary Ukrainians, through the streets of Kiev to honor the Maidan protests, which culminated with the ousting of his predecessor Viktor Yanukovych one year ago.

In the separatist stronghold of Donetsk, a rebel spokesman said militants had begun pulling back their heavy weaponry from the front in accordance with the truce, according to the New York Times.

Over the weekend, the two adversaries successfully exchanged almost 200 prisoners of war, including 139 Ukrainian soldiers and 52 rebels, reports the BBC.

Nevertheless, the Kharkiv blast and reports that Ukrainian troops had held off a rebel offensive near the village of Shyrokyne continue to cast doubts over the staying power of a cease-fire signed in Belarus earlier this month.

TIME Research

A Home Screening Test for the Bloom Syndrome Gene Has Been Approved

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Similar genetic testing devices will also soon be exempt from the FDA's premarket review protocols

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has allowed Google-backed company 23andMe to begin marketing a home genetic test for Bloom Syndrome — an inherited condition characterized by shortness of height and increased risk of cancer.

The FDA also announced that it intends to exempt similar genetic testing devices from its premarket review protocol.

Screening tests are largely used by prospective parents who are concerned that their future children may inherent harmful genetic disorders.

“Today’s authorization … along with FDA’s intent to exempt these devices from FDA premarket review, supports innovation and will ultimately benefit consumers” stated spokesman Alberto Gutierrez.

TIME Television

Watch This Wrestler’s Endearing Plea to Madonna to Let Him Use ‘Like a Prayer’ as Walk-On Music

Caution: there's a spoken and written profanity at the start of the video

The best professional wrestlers have always understood the power of a good entrance tune. Ric Flair was famous for strutting to the ring in rhinestone robes to “Also sprach Zarathustra.” Hulk Hogan blended shirt-ripping adrenaline with red-blooded patriotism to the likes of “Real American.”

Scottish independent wrestler Grado also knows what gets his fans going, and it’s Madonna’s acclaimed 1989 hit “Like a Prayer.” He’s been entering the ring to it for two years.

However, according to the Grado, the pop diva has reportedly denied the wrestler the right to use the track in an upcoming TNA Impact event. The cult figure has now taken to the Twittersphere with the hashtag: “#SayYesMadonna” to rally his fans to encourage Madonna to allow him to use the song.

“Emails were sent between networks and publishers and everyone [else] is agreed,” says Grado. “I never want to use any other theme music.”

Come on, Madonna. He’s down on his knees.

TIME Burma

Thousands of Refugees Are Pouring Into China to Escape Fighting in Burma

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Soe Zeya Tun — Reuters People displaced by the fighting in Burma's Laukai approach a rescue convoy on Feb. 17, 2015

Hopes for a prolonged truce appear to be fading in the war-torn nation

Burmese President Thein Sein granted the nation’s military wide-ranging powers this week to take the fight to ethnic Chinese rebels, after ongoing skirmishes in the country’s northeast sent thousands of refugees fleeing into neighboring China.

On Wednesday, the state-backed Global New Light of Myanmar ran two notices on its front page signed by the President announcing the imposition of a state of emergency and martial law in the country’s embattled Kokang region.

Burma’s military chief Min Aung Hlaing, who largely made a name for himself after trouncing Kokang militants in 2009, will now be charged with bringing the insurgents to heel in any manner he sees fit.

Fighting continues to rage near the Chinese border with the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MDNAA), a Kokang militia, who commenced a brazen offensive against government positions near the town of Laukai on Feb. 9, days ahead of the country’s Union Day celebrations.

The Burmese government had previously hoped to sign a highly vaunted nationwide cease-fire with the country’s myriad rebel forces on the national holiday.

President Thein Sein spent much of the last week visiting wounded soldiers, where he promised to not lose “an inch” of the country’s territory to Kokang “renegades.”

Analysts say the timing and the high-level of coordination among major rebel militias from across northern Burma who participated in the offensive suggests that the peace process has hit the rocks.

“The idea was to make a very loud point that there are a significant number of powerful factions in the north who are not interested in mealymouthed promises,” Anthony Davis, an analyst with IHS Jane’s, tells TIME.

Despite years of negotiations, trust between the ethnic insurgents in the country’s far north and the government has been in steady decline since an artillery assault by the Burmese army on a Kachin Independence Army training camp in November killed 23 cadets.

The resurgence of the MDNAA also raises fresh questions over how a militia that had been routed five years ago was able to raise the material and tactical support within earshot of the Chinese border to launch a major offensive.

Analysts have long suspected Beijing of providing sophisticated weaponry to ethnic Chinese insurgents along its border as a way of leveraging power against Burma as it seeks to foster new relations with the West.

An editorial published in a Chinese state-linked media outlet on Tuesday sought to shoot down any notions that Beijing has been propping up Burma’s ethnic Chinese forces in the same way that Russia has been helping separatist rebels in southeast Ukraine.

“There are no grounds for comparing Kokang to Crimea. Those who are stuck in such comparisons are either spouting nonsense, or have ulterior motives,” read an editorial printed in the Global Times on Tuesday. “Peace and stability in the border regions are in China’s utmost interest.”

TIME Music

Watch Beyoncé and Gary Clark Jr. Pay Tribute to Stevie Wonder

The duo belted out “Higher Ground” during a special concert honoring the soul icon

The songs may have been written by Stevie Wonder, but the moment belonged to Beyoncé as she performed an impressive melody from the funk legend’s songbook along with Gary Clark Jr. during a tribute concert that aired on Monday.

The performance was part of CBS special taped last week that featured renditions of several Wonder classics by Lady Gaga, Pharrell, Janelle Monáe and John Legend. Wonder, 64, is set to kickoff the next leg of his “Songs in the Key of Life” tour in March.

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TIME Ukraine

Ukraine Truce Hangs by Thread as Rebels Claim Key Rail Hub

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Gleb Garanich—Reuters Ukrainian soldiers ride on a military vehicle near Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine on Feb. 16, 2015.

Skirmishes continued near a strategic rail hub in Ukraine's restive southeast on Monday

The fragile cease-fire in Ukraine appeared to be near collapse Tuesday just 48 hours after it was implemented, as separatist fighters claimed to have taken a key rail hub after clashes with Ukrainian government forces.

Russia-backed rebels said they had pushed the Ukrainian army out of the contested town of Debaltseve, east of Donetsk, the Associated Press reports. A Ukrainian army official claimed five troops had been killed within the past 24 hours.

A leading representative from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) had earlier pledged to travel to the city on Tuesday to assess the situation after members of the group were denied access over the weekend.

The ongoing hostility threatened to nix the second Minsk accords hammered out in the Belarusian capital last week. They were aimed at bringing an end to months of fighting in southeast Ukraine, after an earlier peace deal reached in September unraveled last month.

Western leaders launched fresh appeals for restraint as a deadline to remove heavy weapons from the front approached Tuesday.

“It was always clear that much remains to be done. And I have always said that there are no guarantees that what we are trying to do succeeds,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters in Berlin. “It will be an extremely difficult path.”

In Washington, the U.S. State Department said it was “gravely concerned by the deteriorating situation in and around Debaltseve,” and used its Twitter account to emphasize that diplomats were closely monitoring reports that a new column of Russian military equipment was headed toward the embattled hub.

“We call on Russia and the separatists it backs to halt all attacks immediately, engage with the OSCE to facilitate the cease-fire, and, as called for in the packet of measures agreed to on Feb. 12, fully implement their Sept. 5 and 19 Minsk commitments,” Jen Psaki, a spokesperson with the State Department, said in a statement.

The E.U. announced Monday the addition of 19 Russian-linked individuals and nine organizations to a sanctions list, in an apparent bid to ratchet up pressure on the Kremlin. The individuals targeted by the latest rounds of sanctions included leading pro-Moscow separatist fighters in Ukraine along with Russian singer and MP Iosif Kobzon.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said it was “bewildered” by the E.U.’s decision and accused the body of doing Kiev’s “war bidding.”

“Such decisions … defy common sense and are ruining the emerged opportunity to find a solution to the internal Ukrainian conflict,” said the Foreign Ministry in a statement.

TIME Egypt

Egypt Launches Air Raids Against ISIS Bases in Libya

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Hassan Ammar—AP Coptic Christian men whose relatives were abducted by ISIS militants gather in the village of el-Aour, near Minya, Egypt, on Feb. 13, 2015

President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi said Egypt had the right to punish “those inhuman criminal killers”

Egyptian warplanes launched fresh sorties against militants allied with the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) on Monday after the jihadists released a gruesome video showing the apparent execution of more than a dozen Egyptian hostages over the weekend.

Egypt’s air force reportedly targeted ISIS training sites and weapons storage areas in Libya at dawn, reports Reuters.

“The air strikes hit their targets precisely, and the falcons of our air forces returned safely to their bases,” read a statement released by the nation’s military on Monday.

Hours before the strikes began, Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi promised during a televised address to retaliate against the militants responsible for the murder of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians who had been working in Libya as laborers.

“Egypt reserves the right to respond at the proper time and in the appropriate style in retaliation against those inhuman criminal killers,” al-Sisi said, according to the BBC.

Fighters associated with ISIS have flocked to the group’s strongholds in eastern Syria and swaths of northern Iraq. However, years of instability in war-torn Libya have also allowed the group to expand its influence into pockets of North Africa.

TIME China

Chinese Hackers May Be Responsible for the Anthem Attack, Reports Say

Anthem Health Insurance Announces Data Breach Of Over 80 Million Records
Aaron P. Bernstein—Getty Images An exterior view of an Anthem Health Insurance facility in Indianapolis on Feb. 5, 2015

Beijing has been implicated in cyberattacks on U.S. organizations in the past

Chinese hackers are the suspected perpetrators of the massive cyberattack on the American health insurer Anthem that was uncovered last month and resulted in the theft of sensitive information belonging to an estimated 80 million customers, according to reports in Bloomberg and the Washington Post.

Both news outlets say unnamed individuals familiar with the ongoing probe suggest the data theft might have links to state-sponsored hackers in China.

“Technical details of the attack include ‘fingerprints’ of a nation-state, according to two people familiar with the investigation, who said China is the early suspect,” says Bloomberg.

“Investigators suspect Chinese hackers may be responsible for the breach, according to an individual briefed on some aspects of the probe,” the Post says.

China has been implicated in several previous cyberattacks on U.S. organizations.

TIME movies

Movie Studios Join Forces to Help Out Kodak Film

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Bloomberg—Bloomberg via Getty Images An Eastman Kodak Co. logo hangs above the company's booth at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012.

You’re welcome, hipsters

Six major Hollywood film studios have gotten together to help Kodak remain in the movie business.

Twentieth Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures and Warner Bros. have all signed deals on advance purchases of Kodak’s film stock, which will help keep the company’s production plants operational.

Kodak is the last company to make motion picture film, which some filmmakers prefer for aesthetic reasons.

“We were very close to the difficult decision of having to stop manufacturing film,” said Jeff Clarke, Kodak’s chief executive, according to the Wall Street Journal. “Now with the cooperation of major studios and filmmakers, we’ll be able to keep it going.”

Kodak has fallen on extraordinarily hard times during the past decade as more movie studios ditch traditional film formats for digital. From 2006 to 2014, Kodak’s motion-picture film sales nosedived by 96%.

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