TIME Late Night Highlight

Watch Jimmy Fallon Sing the Tonight Show Version of Fresh Prince Theme

“I looked at the city and said today’s the day, we bring the Tonight Show back to LA."

Jimmy Fallon celebrated the Tonight Show’s temporary move from the East Coast to Los Angeles the most appropriate way possible.

During Monday’s show, he told a story all about how his life got flip-turned upside down, it only took a minute so just sit right there and see how he recreated the iconic Fresh Prince theme song.

The opening song featured cameos from Fresh Prince stars Alfonso Ribeiro and DJ Jazzy Jeff, and announcer Steve Higgins makes an appearance as Will Smith’s finger-wagging mom.

“I looked at the city and said today’s the day, we bring the Tonight Show back to L.A.,” Fallon said. Watch the entire video here:

TIME World

This Anniversary Edition of Monopoly Will Include Real Cash

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Patrick Hertzog—AFP/Getty Images 500 euro banknotes are seen on a Monopoly board game as employees prepare envelopes with cash for the game's 80th anniversary in Saint-Avold, eastern France, on Jan. 13, 2015.

80 sets of the French anniversary edition will include actual euros

A lucky few French Monopoly owners will get the surprise every fan of the classic board game has wished for: a chance to play with real money.

In celebration of the game’s 80th anniversary in France, 80 sets of the French anniversary edition will secretly include some real money, AFP reports.

Hasbro France wanted to do something “unique” for the 80th anniversary, their brand manager told AFP. “When we asked our French customers, they told us they wanted to find real money in their Monopoly boxes,” said Florence Gaillard.

A handful of 10 and 20-euro notes will be included in 69 anniversary sets and 10 sets will include five 20-euro notes, two 50-euros, and one 100-euro note. One lucky owner will get a game with no fake money at all, and instead a total of 20,580 euros or $23,268.

The only potential downside: the already cut-throat competition that Monopoly creates can only get more intense with the introduction of real money.


TIME United Kingdom

U.K. Parliament Votes to Allow 3-Person Babies

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The form of in vitro fertilization would use the DNA from 3 people to create babies

British members of Parliament passed a bill Tuesday to allow scientists to take DNA from three people to create a baby, making the U.K. the first country to legalize the controversial technique.

The practice is intended to be used to stop the transfer of genetic diseases from mothers to their children, BBC News reports — but has raised ethical questions about tampering with DNA.

In the United Kingdom, the scientific community sees the 3-people DNA technique as a breakthrough procedure, but some religious leaders and some ethics groups were opposed to the parliamentary bill.

Catholic and Anglican Church leaders don’t like that the technique—a form of in vitro fertilization—calls for the fertilization of two embryos but the destruction of the third. Others worry the practice could lead to the creation of designer babies whose eye color, height, or intelligence can be tailored to the parent’s wishes.

But scientists argue this procedure wouldn’t open the door to designer babies, as the technique uses less than 0.1% of the donor parent’s DNA — not enough to change aesthetics, but just enough to save a child from a genetic disease. The technique could help an estimated 150 families a year, experts say.


TIME White House

Obama Warns Congress on Looming Immigration Battle

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Carolyn Kaster—AP President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Jan. 30, 2015.

President Obama urged Congressional Republicans to stand down from a looming fight over Department of Homeland Security spending tied to the hot-button issue of illegal immigration.

Congress has until the end of this month to approve this year’s funding for the agency, the only one not included in a budget deal passed late last year. But some Hill Republicans hope to use the spending bill to try to undo Obama’s decision to defer deportations for millions who came to the U.S. illegally.

In a speech unveiling his FY 2016 budget at the Department of Homeland Security Monday, he noted that over 100,000 employees would have to show up to work if a spending bill is not passed by the Feb. 27 deadline, but they would not be paid.

“Don’t jeopardize national security over this disagreement,” he said.

The department was excluded from a long-term appropriations package passed late last year, but a House bill passed in January would provide $40 billion to the department through September. That bill, however, includes language that would block Obama’s executive actions and restart deportations for people covered by Obama’s executive actions. The President has already threatened to veto the bill, which would lead to a partial shutdown.

Obama noted a comment from a Congressional Republican who last week said it “wouldn’t be the end of the world” if a spending bill were not to pass before the deadline, saying “I guess literally that’s true, but until they pass a funding bill that’s the end of a paycheck of tens of thousands of frontline workers.”

If the spending bill is not passed, DHS employees in critical security positions would likely still report to work. During the 2013 government shutdown, over 80% of key employees reported for duty when many federal employees were furloughed.

White House officials say about 147,000 front-line employees, including TSA agents, Customs and Border Patrol Officers, Secret Service agents and members of the Coast Guard would be forced to work without pay if funding were to expire.

The Senate is set to take up the House bill on Tuesday. “The House-passed bill we’ll consider would do two things: fund the Department of Homeland Security, and rein-in executive overreach,” Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday. “There’s no reason for Democrats to block it.”

But Senate Democrats are poised to do just that. In several interviews, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the Senate Minority Whip, has made it clear that Senate Democrats plan to vote against the House version of the bill, which would make it impossible for it to get the 60 votes it would need to advance. Roll Call reported last Thursday that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy issued a memo noting that if the Senate fails to pass their bill Republicans “will be discussing with the Conference the best way to continue to challenge the President’s unconstitutional amnesty.”

Republicans are facing pressure to maintain Department of Homeland Security funding from beyond the White House and Congress, too. Last week, three former Department of Homeland Security Secretaries—two Republicans and a Democrat— sent a letter to Congress urging members to approve the spending without conditions.

“It is imperative that we ensure that DHS is ready, willing and able to protect the American people,” Secretaries Tom Ridge, Michael Chertoff and Janet Napolitano said in the letter, first reported by the Washington Post. “To that end, we urge you not to risk funding for the operations that protect every American and to pass a clean DHS funding bill.”

Obama said Monday, “We need to fund the department, pure and simple.”

TIME White House

The Real Audience for Obama’s Latest Budget Plan

Saul Loeb—AFP/Getty Images President Barack Obama speaks about the economy and early childhood education at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, Jan. 22, 2015.

It's not Republicans in Congress

With his proposed budget today, President Obama turned another empty Washington ritual into an opportunity to pitch a detailed blueprint for helping the American middle class, an effort aimed less at present-day politics and more at building his presidential legacy.

As he did with the State of the Union address last month, Obama put forth poll-tested ideas that stand little chance of making it through the current Republican-controlled Congress during the remainder of his term.

The detailed $4 trillion budget proposal lays out an America where preschool is universal, community college is free and student loan payments are limited to 10% of monthly income. It describes a country where lower-income households benefit from a larger earned income tax credit, while working married couples have an additional tax credit to pay for child care. It even assumes that immigration reform, now stalled indefinitely, has been signed into law.

As always, the question comes down to how to pay for these ideas. In the budget, Obama proposes a number of tax increases, including a hike in the capital gains tax rate and a one-time mandatory tax on U.S. corporations’ overseas profits.

Republicans in Congress panned the budget before it had even been presented. In an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Chairman of the House Ways and Means committee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin said that Obama is practicing “envy economics.”

“This top-down redistribution doesn’t work,” he said. “It may make for good politics, it doesn’t make for good economic growth.”

But while the focus of the coming days will be what Congressional Republicans have to say about the ideas, the real target of the budget proposal and the State of the Union is elsewhere. As Obama winds down his final term in office, he’s keeping an eye on his own legacy and how it will affect whoever becomes the 45th commander-in-chief.

The policy ideas unveiled in Obama’s 2015 budget aren’t about 2015 at all, but 2016 and the years after that.

TIME White House

Obama Pitches Corporate Tax to Fix Roads and Bridges

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Skip Peterson—AP This photo taken April 14, 2014 shows one section of the $500 million I-75 Phase II modernization project in Dayton, Ohio.

The Republican Congress isn't likely to go along with the plan, however.

President Obama will propose a one-time tax on foreign profits held by U.S. corporations to pay for an ambitious plan to fix roads and bridges across the country.

The plan is included in the proposed $4 trillion budget that Obama will send to the Republican-held Congress Monday. Like other parts of the budget, it is not likely to pass, but is intended more to frame the debate with Capitol Hill over how to spend taxpayer dollars.

Obama’s proposal is a one-time mandatory 14% tax on the $2 trillion in earnings that corporations currently have overseas. In the future, the government would impose a 19% tax on such earnings. The tax would fund about half of a $478 billion six-year plan to upgrade transportation infrastructure, with the rest coming from the existing Highway Trust Fund.

Currently, U.S. companies only pay taxes on money they make overseas once they bring that back to the U.S., which causes many to simply park their money outside the country.

White House officials gave some credit for the plan to a retired Republican lawmaker, former House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, who proposed taxing foreign earnings last year in order to fix roads, though at a much lower rate than Obama is putting forward. A separate bipartisan proposal would allow companies to voluntarily pay taxes on overseas earnings, but officials said the president opposes that plan.

Over the past several years, American investment in infrastructure has been significantly lower in scale and scope than many countries across the globe. The American Society of Civil Engineers has given the U.S. an overall grade of D between 1998 and 2013 in its reports on the state of America’s overall infrastructure.

Overall, the proposed budget piggybacks off of the middle-class economic policies outlined in the President’s State of the Union Address and includes proposals White House officials say would result in $277 billion worth of middle class tax cuts. It also includes a wide range of investments in education and job skills, including Obama’s plan to provide two years of free community college to some students.

Under the proposed budget, the overall deficit figure is $474 billion, or 2.5% of the gross domestic product, and White House officials say the budget would reduce the deficit by $1.8 trillion over the next ten years.

TIME celebrities

Suge Knight Has Been Involved in a Deadly Hit-and-Run, Reports Say

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Chad Buchanan—2007 Getty Images Music producer Suge Knight attends the Belvedere Ultra Lounge Day 4 At Club OPM on February 17, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The incident apparently took place on the set of a commercial in Compton, California

Suge Knight, the founder of Death Row Records, which launched the careers of several hip-hop stars of the 1990s, was involved in a hit-and-run incident on Thursday in which a man was killed, according to multiple reports.

The hip-hop mogul was reportedly on a set in Compton, Calif. on Thursday where there was a “vehicle versus pedestrian” collision, writes the Wrap, citing a statement from Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department.

TMZ reports that Knight’s lawyers are arranging for him to surrender to police.

Knight appeared to be on the set of a commercial that also included Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and The Game. The three posed in a photo posted on Instagram Thursday and TMZ and other outlets say that set was the scene of Thursday’s accident.

The accident is the latest violent incident involving Knight, who in October was arrested for stealing a paparazzi photographer’s camera. In August, Knight was shot six-times at a pre-party for the MTV Video Music Awards hosted by Chris Brown.

[The Wrap]


NYC Probe Finds Firm Knowingly Participated in Video About Killing Police Officers

Investigation focuses on The Bronx Defenders

A public defense firm that receives significant funding from New York City knowingly participated in a music video that advocated for the killing of police officers, an investigation by the city’s Department of Investigation has found.

Attorneys at The Bronx Defenders not only appeared in the video but allowed it to be filmed at their headquarters, according to a department statement on the findings. Rap lyrics in the “Hands Up” video include “For Mike Brown and Sean Bell a cop got to get killed” and “time to start killing these coppers.” In one scene, two men point guns at the head of a man dressed as an officer.

“Advocating the killing of police officers is unacceptable and offensive,” DOI Commissioner Mark G. Peters said in the statement. “These attorneys have abysmally failed to meet their obligations to their clients, to the courts and to the city as a whole.”

The video was released at a tense time for the city, which faced tough police-community relations following the chokehold-related death of Staten Island man Eric Garner and lack of indictment for the officer involved in that case. The video, however, was released prior to the deadly ambush of two officers in Brooklyn.

Investigators also found that the executive director of the firm misled city officials about the organization’s involvement. The New York Daily News reports Robin Steinberg, the organization’s director, released a statement saying the rappers “released a version of ‘Hands Up’ we did not authorize or endorse,” shortly after the video went public.

The Department of Investigations began looking into the Bronx Defenders involvement on Dec. 12. City officials are mulling a next action.

TIME Transportation

Delta Pilot Gets Locked Out of Cockpit

The door reportedly malfunctioned

Call it an emergency that wasn’t. A Delta Air Lines flight heading to Las Vegas made an emergency landing Thursday after the pilot got locked out of the cockpit.

The flight from Minneapolis was declared an emergency 13 minutes before its planned landing at McCarran International Airport, according to CBS News. Still, the plane landed normally; no one on board was injured and the aircraft was not damaged, aside from the door to the cockpit that reportedly malfunctioned.

Delta issued a statement Thursday saying the crew had everything under control: “A commercial aircraft can be landed with one pilot at the control and Delta pilots are fully trained to do so if the situation were to occur.”

[CBS News]


TIME White House

Obama to Request $1 Billion for Investment in Central America

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Pablo Martinez Monsivais—AP President Barack Obama making opening remarks at the House Democratic Issues Conference in Philadelphia on Jan. 29, 2015.

Vice President tapped by Obama to "lead this new effort"

President Barack Obama will request $1 billion from Congress on Monday to aid Central American governments making tough reforms as more youth seek opportunities in the United States, Vice President Joe Biden wrote in an op-ed published Thursday. That amount, he adds, is “almost three times what we generally have provided to Central America.”

Biden’s op-ed for the New York Times details that the funds would go toward security, governance and economic investments in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras—where the bulk of the children who cross America’s southwestern border traveled from last summer. He uses past investments in Colombia to combat poverty, corruption and drug trafficking—amounting to $9 billion since 1999—as a barometer of success and notes that Obama “has asked me to lead this new effort.”

“The cost of investing now in a secure and prosperous Central America is modest compared with the costs of letting violence and poverty fester,” Biden writes. “Together, we can help Central America become an embodiment of the Western Hemisphere’s remarkable rise—not an exception to it.”

Read more at NYT.

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