TIME celebrities

Michelle Williams Has Sold the Home She Shared with Heath Ledger

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Michelle Williams attends the Foundation Louis Vuitton Opening at Foundation Louis Vuitton on October 20, 2014 in Boulogne-Billancourt, France. Pierre Suu—GC Images

The couple bought the house in 2005

Actress Michelle Williams sold the home in Brooklyn that she bought with the late Heath Ledger a decade ago.

Williams and their daughter are reportedly moving to Los Angeles for acting opportunities for the 34-year-old actor.

The home, a four-story, six-bedroom house, sold for $8.8 million, more than a million more than the asking price and more than double what she and Ledger, who died in 2008, paid for the home in 2005.

[Curbed]

TIME Crime

NYPD Arrests Down 66% Since Officers’ Death

Bill De Blasio Addresses NYPD Graduates At Ceremony At Madison Square Garden
Police officers attend their New York Police Department graduation ceremony at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 29, 2014 in New York City. Andrew Burton—Getty Images

Citations for traffic violations fell from 10,069 to 587 in the week starting Dec. 22

The NYPD confirmed a report that arrests have plummeted in the wake of the murder of two police officers in Brooklyn on Dec. 20.

The New York Post reported Tuesday that arrests fell 66% and citations for traffic violations fell 94% in the week starting Dec. 22 compared with the same period a year ago.

While crime statistics are publicly available, the NYPD has not yet posted figures for that week to its website. But a NYPD spokesperson confirmed to TIME that the figures in the article are accurate.

After a man shot and killed officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu and then himself on Dec. 20, union leaders have ordered police to take additional safety precautions that have contributed to the decline in police activity. The Post, citing anonymous “police sources,” says that some members of the police force have also actively reduced police activity in protest toward Mayor Bill de Blasio.

TIME’s request to the NYPD for comment on the Post story was not immediately returned.

Union leaders — and the New York Post Editorial Board — have been highly critical of the Mayor, who they say sided with protesters instead of the police during protests earlier this month against a grand jury’s decision not to indict an officer in the death of Eric Garner.

Some members of the police have also publicly defied the Mayor by turning their backs when he has spoken on multiple occasions. Commissioner Bill Bratton said in a recent interview on NBC’s Meet the Press that he did not support officers turning their backs toward a screen with de Blasio speaking during the funeral of slain policeman Rafael Ramos on Saturday.

De Blasio plans to meet with NYPD union leaders on Tuesday to calm tensions and improve relations between the police force and City Hall.

TIME Baseball

Mo’ne Davis Named AP’s 2014 Female Athlete of the Year

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Little League Baseball pitcher Mo'ne Davis waves after she throws out the ceremonial first pitch before Game Four of the 2014 World Series at AT&T Park on October 25, 2014 in San Francisco, California. Elsa—Getty Images

She’s the youngest winner ever

Little league star Mo’ne Davis was named the Associated Press’s Female Athlete of the Year on Monday as the accolades for the young athlete continue to mount.

Davis, who earlier this month was named Sports Illustrated Kid of the Year, stepped onto the national stage when she became the first girl to throw a shutout during a Little League world series. She was 13.

She has since made it onto the cover of Sports Illustrated, met the Obamas, participated in a commercial shot by Spike Lee, and was named as one of TIME’s 25 most influential teens of 2014.

For her latest award, Davis was selected by editors and news directors across the country, beating out runners up Laruen Hill, a freshman basketball player at Mt. St. Joseph who played while battling terminal brain cancer and three-time winner Serena Williams.

TIME Britain

BBC Postpones Documentary After Royals Reportedly Intervene

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Sandy Henney, Press Secretary To The Prince Of Wales, And Mark Bolland, Deputy Private Secretary To The Prince Of Wales, In Sheffield On The Eve Of The Prince's 50th Birthday. Tim Graham—Tim Graham/Getty Images

Unlike most documentaries about the royal family, Reinventing The Royals was not sanctioned by the Palace

The BBC said Wednesday it was postponing a controversial documentary about the royal family that was produced without the cooperation of Buckingham Palace.

According to a report from the Radio Times, the BBC made the decision after lawyers representing the royal family intervened.

The BBC2 two-part documentary, Reinventing The Royals, examines the public relations tactics of “spin doctor” Mark Bolland, who helped boost Prince Charles’s public image in the wake of the death of Princess Diana in 1997. The film drew attention because, unlike most documentaries about the royal family, it was not sanctioned by the Palace.

In a statement Wednesday, the BBC said it was postponing the Jan. 4 airing of Reinventing the Royals “until later in the New Year while a number of issues including the use of archive footage are resolved.” A BBC spokesperson declined to respond to the report that lawyers representing the royal family were involved in the delay.

TIME Australia

Australia Hunts for Killer Great White With a Spear in Its Throat

The victim’s friend says he managed to fire a spear at the shark.

Authorities are searching for a shark that killed a 17-year-old on Monday off Cheynes Beach in Western Australia.

Jay Muscat, 17, died after he was bitten in the leg while spearfishing, the second deadly shark attack in Australia in two weeks, the Associated Press reports. A friend who was spearfishing with him says he managed to fire a spear at the shark.

“The shark turned and came for me, I pushed the speargun down its throat and fired the gun!,” he wrote on Facebook, according to the AFP. “This is something no one should ever have to see.”

A spokesman for the state fisheries department, Carlo Vittiglia, told the AP that the shark is believed to be a great white up to 16-feet long. In recent years, there have been an average of two deadly shark attacks a year in Australia.

[AP]

TIME Security

New Research Blames Insiders, Not North Korea, for Sony Hack

U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. AP

Growing evidence suggests it was not North Korea.

A leading cyber security firm says it has evidence that contradicts the government’s allegation that North Korea was behind the debilitating cyber attacks against Sony Pictures.

Researchers from the firm Norse told Security Ledger, an independent security news website, that they believe that a group of six individuals orchestrated the hack, including at least one former employee who was laid off in company-wide restructuring in May.

The latest allegations add to growing skepticism over the FBI’s assertion — reiterated by President Barack Obama — that linked North Korea to the attack, which the country has denied. A recent linguistic analysis cited in the New York Times found that the hackers’ language in threats against Sony was written by a native Russian speaker and not a native Korean speaker.

“For every clue that seems to point to the involvement of the DPRK, there are others that point in other directions, as well,” the Security Ledger reports.

Read more at the Security Ledger.

TIME Presidents

George H.W. Bush’s Breathing Returns to ‘Normal’

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Former President George H.W. Bush attends a game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Houston, Texas. Bob Levey—Getty Images

Bush Sr. spent Christmas in a Texas hospital.

Former President George H.W. Bush has had his breathing return to “normal,” though he remained in the hospital overnight awaiting a final okay from his doctors, his spokesperson said Monday.

“Both President and Mrs. Bush wish to thank everyone for their good wishes and prayers,” spokesman Jim McGrath said in a tweet.

Bush, the oldest living President, was hospitalized last Tuesday as a precautionary measure after experiencing shortness of breath. He spent Christmas at the Houston Methodist Hospital, where he was in “great spirits.”

The former President, who has a form of Parkinson’s disease and uses a wheelchair, recently celebrated his 90th birthday by skydiving under a red, white and blue parachute.

TIME Crime

Ezell Ford Had ‘Muzzle Imprint’ After Fatal Police Shooting

LAPD Releases Autopsy Report On Police Shooting Of Mentally-Ill Man
Activists look at a mural of Ezell Ford, a 25-year-old mentally ill black man at the site where he was shot and killed by two LAPD officers in August on Dec. 29, 2014 in Los Angeles. David McNew—Getty Images

Autopsy report on Los Angeles man's death released Monday

A mentally ill man who died in a summer police shooting in South Los Angeles was shot three times, including once at very close range, according to an autopsy report released Monday.

The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Ezell Ford on Aug. 11, two days after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., sparked nationwide police protests.

Authorities claim that Ford, 25, was involved in an altercation with two officers and was shot as he struggled with them and attempted to reach for one of their weapons. But, the Los Angeles Times reports, a family friend who saw part of the encounter alleges there was no struggle. Ford was shot once in the right side, once in the right arm and once in the back. The latter wound showed signs of a “muzzle imprint,” the report details, suggesting the gun was fired at a very close range.

Police had asked the coroner’s office to withhold the report, claiming it could influence statements by witnesses in the ongoing case, but Mayor Eric Garcetti called for it to be released earlier this month. Ford’s family has filed a wrongful-death suit against the police department.

TIME States

This Is How Many Americans Will Ring in the New Year

At the beginning of the new year, a baby will be born in the U.S. every 8 seconds

More than 320 million Americans will ring in the New Year, the United States Census Bureau said on Monday.

New projections released by the agency show the U.S. population is expected to hit 320,090,857 on Jan. 1, which is 2.33 million or .73%, more than New Year’s Day 2014.

“In January 2015, the U.S. is expected to experience a birth every eight seconds and one death every 12 seconds,” the bureau said in a statement. “Meanwhile, net international migration is expected to add one person to the U.S. population every 33 seconds.”

On a global level, an estimated 7,214,958,996 people will be alive to celebrate the New Year, up 77.3 million from last year.

See the real-time figures here:

TIME Companies

Lyft and Uber Team Up With MADD for Safer New Year’s Eve

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The Lyft Inc. application (app) is displayed for an arranged photograph in Washington, D.C., U.S., on July 9, 2014. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The leading ridesharing services are pledging thousands of dollars to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) announced Monday it is teaming up with ride-sharing services Lyft and Uber to promote safer roads this New Year’s Eve.

Lyft will donate $1 for every person who makes a “pledge” to travel safely this New Year’s (up to $10,000; 3,753 had pledged as of 2:45 p.m. ET). It started at 6 a.m. local time on Dec. 29 and will run through 6 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Uber will give $1 for every ride nationwide using the promo code “MADDNYE” made between 6 p.m. local time on New Year’s Eve to 6 a.m. the next morning.

New Year’s Day in 2013 was the year’s deadliest day on the roads for drunk driving, according to MADD, with 70 people killed. The organization has supported ride-sharing services in the past, arguing that they help reduce drunk driving by providing alternative options.

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