TIME remembrance

Melissa Rivers Speaks Publicly for the First Time Since Joan Rivers’ Death

Television personality Melissa Rivers arrives at The Hollywood Reporter's 23rd annual Women in Entertainment breakfast,  in Los Angeles
Jonathan Alcorn—Reuters Television personality Melissa Rivers arrives at The Hollywood Reporter's 23rd annual Women in Entertainment breakfast, in Los Angeles, California Dec. 10, 2014

Melissa Rivers gave a speech at The Hollywood Reporter's annual Women in Entertainment breakfast to honor her mother

Joan Rivers wasn’t the only one in her family who was good for a laugh. During her first public speech since the death of her mother, Melissa Rivers joked that she’s now an orphan.

The 46-year-old actress said that when she was approached to speak at the Hollywood Reporter‘s annual Women in Entertainment breakfast, which celebrated the release of the magazine’s power 100 list, she was “overwhelmed.”

“Not just because it is the first time I’m speaking in tribute to my mother, but because every single person in this room could hire me, and a few have actually fired me. You know who you are but I don’t want you to feel bad … but technically I am now an orphan,” Rivers said Wednesday.

The past three months have been “different,” she said, adding that she’ll remember her mother as being “fearless.”

“I don’t mean she didn’t have any fears,” said Rivers. “I mean that although she was only 5’2″, she stood tall and walked through them,” she said, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “She was willing to say what others were thinking and too frightened to admit. She never apologized for a joke and no topic was taboo and she was fine with that.”

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TIME People

Sailor Survives Being Stranded at Sea for 12 Days

The fish he caught to eat "wasn’t as good as a sushi bar"

A sailor who had been missing since Thanksgiving and found south of Hawaii on Tuesday has returned to shore, Coast Guard officials said Wednesday, days after the search had been called off.

Ron Ingraham is an experienced sailor but sent out distress calls on a recent trip between the Hawaiian islands of Molokai and Lanai, alerting maritime officials that his boat was in danger of sinking, according to a Coast Guard report about his rescue. After a hard wave hit his 25-foot vessel, knocking him off and damaging his radio, he towed himself back to the boat. But after the search came up empty, it was called off.

On Tuesday, however, Ingraham sent a mayday call that saved his life. Coast Guard officials responded and found Ingraham weak, hungry, and dehydrated.

He was able to subside on his boat for 12 days by catching fish, Ingraham told ABC News. “It wasn’t as good as a sushi bar, but that’s how I hydrated.”

[ABC News]

TIME celebrities

People Names 2014’s 25 ‘Most Intriguing People’

Including Angelina Jolie, Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pratt

What do Angelina Jolie, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pratt and Laverne Cox have in common? They were all named to People’s 2014 list of 25 most intriguing people.

The full list will appear in the latest issue, but a preview available online gives a glimpse into the star power.

People’s Most Beautiful Person of 2014 Lupita Nyong’o is among the newsmakers the magazine highlights, along with Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence and Dallas Buyers Club‘s Matthew McConaughey.

Read more at People.com

TIME Guns

American Support of Guns Has Grown in Wake of Shootings, Survey Finds

A convention goer handles a Ruger 1911 model semi-automatic pistol during the142nd annual National Rifle Association convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center on May 4, 2013 in Houston.
Karen Bleier—AFP/Getty Images A convention goer handles a Ruger 1911 model semi-automatic pistol during the142nd annual National Rifle Association convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center on May 4, 2013 in Houston.

52% of Americans consider gun rights more important than gun control

Americans’ opinions on gun rights have shifted further into the “pro” column since the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which is approaching its second anniversary this month, according to new data from the Pew Research Center.

About 52% of Americans said it’s more important to protect gun rights than it is to control who owns them, the survey finds. Just 46% said the latter is most important, marking a significant shift since 1993, when 57% of those surveyed felt controlling gun ownership should be the priority. In January 2013, about a month after the shooting that left 20 students and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School dead, support for gun control was at 51%.

The survey revealed an even greater shift in opinion among surveyed Americans of color. In December 2012, only 29% of black Americans said gun ownership does more to protect people from being victims of crimes, while 53% said it further risks one’s safety. This year, 51% said guns protect and only 41% felt they put safety at risk. The change among white Americans was far less dramatic.

Pew’s survey of 1,507 adults was conducted from Dec. 3-7. The results have a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

TIME Social Networking

This is How Mark Zuckerberg Celebrated Instagram’s Crazy Milestone

Facebook CEO is bouncing off the walls

Now that social media site Instagram has more users than Twitter, Mark Zuckerberg has found a shareable way to celebrate.

The co-founder of Facebook, which bought the photo-sharing platform for $1 billion in 2012, posed for a head-scratching photo in Instagram headquarters’ “gravity room” to mark the milestone.

Instagram’s room is not unlike every other room on earth in that, yes, it is subject to the forces of gravity. But in this room, the stuff that would normally be on the ground is attached to the wall — allowing Zuckerberg and Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom to appear to be bouncing off the funky wallpaper. Pretty cool.

TIME movies

Watch the Trailer for Mad Max Fury Road, Next Summer’s Most Insane Film

The latest trailer looks (dare we say it) mad

It would probably be really cliché to say the new Mad Max looks like a mind-boggling, action-packed thrilled ride, but that’s about the only way to describe the latest trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road.

The summer flick looks, dare we say it, mad what with fire, bombs, guys without lips, and frightening face masks dominating the two-and-a half-minute trailer. There are also a bunch all-terrain-vehicles and a lot of sand, but you can see that for yourself.

The reboot of the 1979 post-apocalyptic film, helmed by the original’s mastermind George Miller, stars Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. It is scheduled to hit theaters in May of 2015.

TIME movies

Watch Emotions Come to Life in First Full Trailer for Pixar’s Inside Out

We go inside the heads of a typical American family

Human emotions come to life in the upcoming Pixar film Inside Out, which follows a preteen Midwestern girl named Riley whose life changes completely when her dad takes a new job in San Francisco.

In the first full trailer for the movie, we witness a typical family dinner as Mom, Dad and Riley’s personifications of joy, disgust, anger, fear, and sadness compete for control inside their heads. Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, and Bill Hader are among the actors playing emotions.

If only there were a small, green talking blob to blame for the sass and angst your human teen will surely toss your way when you ask them to do the dishes this evening.

The film hits theaters in summer 2015.

TIME White House

White House Announces $1 Billion in Early Ed Investments

Arne Duncan
Cliff Owen—AP Education Secretary Arne Duncan speaks with reporters after he and Attorney General Eric Holder toured the Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center in Alexandria, Va., Monday, Dec. 8, 2014.

Through combination of public and private commitments

Wednesday is set to be a $1 billion day for early education, with the White House announcing major investments in expanding education access for America’s youngest.

At the White House Summit on Early Education, President Obama will announce $750 million in federal grants that will support early learning opportunities for over 63,000 children in the U.S. A little over $200 million of those funds will go directly to 18 states looking to improve their early education programs via preschool development grants, a competitive funding program that helps states improve and expand early learning programs in communities with the greatest need .

Nearly $500 million worth of grants will go to support Early Head Start and Child Care Partnership programs, that bring together Head Start programs and child care providers to make care and learning for babies and toddlers more readily available.

Senior administration officials said Wednesday early education has long been a priority of the President’s, given the impact a strong start has on a kid’s educational outcomes. President Obama has been vying for federal action on early education since his 2013 State of the Union address when he called on Congress to expand access to high quality preschool to all American kids. He made a similar call in 2014 and has repeatedly requested funding for his 10-year, $75 billion program that would boost early ed options for low and middle income 4 year olds. Yet, while early education is largely a non-partisan issue, Congress can’t agree on how best to approach it.

Currently, less than a third of 4-year-olds are enrolled in a state funded preschool program, according to the National Institute of Early Education Research. The Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development says the U.S. ranks 28th out of 38 countries in 4-year-old preschool enrollment.

On a press call Tuesday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called providing access to quality early education “the most important single step we can take as a nation to secure a bright future for our nation’s children.”

The Obama administration is also joining with companies, philanthropists and business owners who have made commitments to early education totaling $333 million through the launch of a new campaign called Invest in Us. The campaign, developed in partnership with the early learning advocacy group First Five Years Fund, is aimed at getting more private sector folks investing in early education.

So far, money has come from Lego, Disney and the J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation.

“Invest in Us partners believe that achieving the promise of a better nation can only be accomplished when we all contribute toward building programs that build strong children starting at birth,” said Kris Perry, executive director of First Five Years Fund on Tuesday.

TIME intelligence

Here’s What the CIA Actually Did in Interrogations

More than just waterboarding

The debate over the CIA’s interrogation and detention program became very graphic Tuesday with the release of a Senate report.

After reviewing more than 6.2 million documents, Senate investigators went into detail on some of the specific things done to detainees under the program, which critics say amounted to torture.

Not every method was used regularly and some may have been used only once. But here’s a running list of the methods outlined in the report:

  • Forcibly shaving a detainee (p. 72)
  • Waterboarding one detainee more than 183 times (pg. 85)
  • Pureeing a detainee’s lunch tray of hummus, pasta, nuts and raisins and putting it in his rectum (pg. 100)
  • Forcing detainees to stand on broken feet (pg. 101)
  • Forcing a detainee to wear a diaper with no access to a bathroom (pg. 53)
  • Playing loud music 24 hours a day (pg. 53)
  • Handcuffing a detainee to the ceiling for 22 hours a day so he couldn’t lower his arms (pg. 53)
  • Forcing a detainee to sit naked on a cold concrete floor (pg. 54)
  • Depriving detainees of sleep for up to 180 hours (pg. 165)
  • Threatening a detainee with a gun and an electric drill (pg. 69)
  • Threatening detainees’ families, including telling one detainee that his mother would be sexually abused in front of him (pg. 70)
  • Forcibly bathing a detainee with a stiff brush (pg. 70)
  • Keeping detainees in isolation for years (pg. 80)
  • Dousing detainees with cold water (pg. 105)
  • Keeping detainees in uncomfortably cold temperatures (pg. 105)
  • Forcing detainees to subsist on liquid diets (pg. 165)
  • Putting insects in a confinement box with a detainee (pg. 409)
  • Carrying out mock executions (pg. 59)
  • Covering detainees’ heads with hoods (p. 53)
  • “Walling,” or slamming detainees against the wall (pg. 40)
  • Administering facial and abdominal slaps (p. 42)
  • Blowing cigarette smoke into a detainee’s face (pg. 190)
  • Dragging a detainee blindfolded through the dirt in a “rough takedown” (pg. 190)

 

TIME intelligence

Here’s What Dianne Feinstein Said About the Torture Report

The California Democrat began speaking at length about the report's release Tuesday morning

Sen. Dianne Feinstein called the practices detailed in the declassified report on the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation program a “stain on our values and on our history.”

The California Democrat spoke passionately on the Senate floor Tuesday morning as the 600-page report detailing the CIA’s post 9/11-era detainee practices, including torture was released.

The critical report finds that the CIA’s use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” including waterboarding, which the UN says should be classified as torture, and sleep deprivation was “not an effective means of acquiring intelligence or gaining cooperation from detainees.” The report also found that the CIA’s detention sites were poor and the agency provided inaccurate information about the program to the federal government.

“The implications of this report are profound,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) said Tuesday, speaking on the Senate floor. “Not only is torture wrong, but it doesn’t work.”

The Senate Intelligence Committee has faced an uphill battle to release parts of the report, which runs about 6,000 pages in total. Senate Democrats and the CIA have gone back and forth about how much of the report should be released. At one point, Sen. Feinstein accused the CIA of spying on committee members working to declassify documents. In July, CIA Director John Brennan apologized for the spying.

The Pentagon announced last week they had begun warning combat troops to prepare for any backlash from the report. NBC News reported Monday that about 2,000 Marines are on alert in and around the Persian Gulf and Mediterranean Sea.

On Tuesday, Sen. Feinstein said she had gone back and forth over whether the committee should delay the release of the report given the instability across many parts of the world.

”There may never be a right time to release the report,”Feinstein said, but she added that the report is “too important to shelve indefinitely.”

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