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Apple CEO Tim Cook Is ‘Proud to Be Gay’

The tech executive's first public acknowledgement

The CEO of Apple announced he’s gay Thursday, in an essay that puts him among the highest-profile publicly out business leaders in the world.

“I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” Tim Cook, who took the reins of the world’s most valuable company from the late co-founder Steve Jobs, writes in Bloomberg Businessweek.

The highly private Cook has never publicly acknowledged his sexuality, though it was widely rumored outside the company, and he writes that colleagues at Apple already knew.

“I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others,” Cook wrote. “So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy.”

Read next: The Best Way to “Come Out” to Coworkers and Bosses

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Man Sues Sotheby’s Over Painting Valued at $17.7 Million

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Caravaggio's The Cardsharps Kimbell Art Museum/AP

Sotheby's calls the valuation of what it determined to be a Caravaggio copy "preposterous"

A man is suing Sotheby’s in London after a painting he sold in 2006 for $68,000 was valued to be worth up to $17.7 million.

Bill Thwaytes, from northern England, has accused Sotheby’s of “professional negligence,” according to the BBC, after the new owner declared the painting to be done by the Italian baroque master Caravaggio.

Thwaytes, whose family bought the painting for $226 in 1962, says Sotheby’s failed to thoroughly research the artwork when it determined that the painting–depicting a wealthy man playing cards with two swindlers, called “The Cardsharps”–was a 17th century follower’s copy rather than the real deal.

Sotheby’s stands by its analysis and says the $17.7 million valuation is “preposterous.”

[BBC]

TIME Television

Taylor Kitsch Confirms Involvement in True Detective Season 2

Actor Taylor Kitsch attends the GQ x LaCoste Sport Pop-Up on October 23, 2014 in New York City.
Actor Taylor Kitsch attends the GQ x LaCoste Sport Pop-Up on Oct. 23, 2014 in New York City. Noam Galai—WireImage/Getty Images

"I’m itching, man. I’m overdue"

HBO and the True Detective crew have remained tight-lipped about the next season of the hit show, confirming last month only that Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn will be featured.

Now Taylor Kitsch, the star of the 2006 drama series Friday Night Lights who has been largely absent from the screen in the past year, has confirmed that he, too, has jumped on board for True Detective‘s second season.

Kitsch told AdWeek–which reported that the actor is nearing a deal, citing unnamed sources–that he will be working on the show.

“I’m really excited. I’ve just been prepping,” he said. “It’s been almost a full year since I’ve been on camera, so I’m itching, man. I’m overdue.”

The show is slated for eight episodes, like the first season, and begins production this fall in California.

[AdWeek]

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Neil Patrick Harris Will Host NBC Variety Show

Neil Patrick Harris signs copies of his new book "Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography" at Barnes & Noble bookstore at Barnes & Noble bookstore at The Grove on October 24v in Los Angeles, California.
Neil Patrick Harris signs copies of his new book Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography at Barnes & Noble bookstore in Los Angeles on October 24, 2014 Araya Diaz—WireImage

"Its unique structure fits right into my random skill set"

Neil Patrick Harris will host a show based on the British hit series Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.

Filmed before a live audience, the show will feature comedy sketches, musical numbers, minigame shows and hidden cameras, NBC announced Monday — all based on the British series.

“As I watched the show, I couldn’t stop smiling. Now that I’ve seen many seasons, my face hurts. It’s a game changer,” Harris said in a statement. “Nothing like this has been done before, and I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and have some fun!”

The jack-of-all-trades and star of current box-office hit Gone Girl has proved his hosting chops as emcee for the Emmys and Tony Awards and recently confirmed he’ll be hosting the 2015 Academy Awards. Harris also won a Tony Award for Best Actor in June this year for Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

TIME Transportation

Bike Deaths Spiked 16%, Study Finds

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Rear view of triathletes cycling on street Hero Images—Getty Images

More than a quarter of bikers 16 and older who were killed in 2012 in motor-vehicle crashes had been drinking

The number of bicyclists killed in motor-vehicle crashes jumped up 16% between 2010 and 2012, after many years of decline.

A study released Monday by the Governors Highway Safety Association suggests that recent growth in the popularity of biking has contributed to the rising death toll, though the findings do not offer conclusive data.

“To the extent encouragement of bicycling is successful, exposure and fatalities are likely to continue to increase,” the study says.

In 2012, the most recent year in which figures are provided, 722 bikers were killed in motor-vehicle crashes, up from 621 in 2010. The figure is still down from 1975, when the data was first compiled and 1,003 people were killed in motor-vehicle crashes.

The majority of bikers killed in motor-vehicle crashes were adults over the age of 20, a dramatic shift from 1975 when the majority of bikers killed in motor-vehicle crashes were younger than 20, and adults comprised only 21%.

The study also found that the lack of helmets was a “major contributing factor” in fatalities. More than two-thirds of fatally injured bikers were not wearing helmets, though it’s not clear what portion of riders generally wear helmets.

One figure has remained relatively constant since at least 1982: roughly a quarter of bikers over age 16 who were killed in 2012 had been drinking.

“Despite the association of biking with healthy lifestyles and environmental benefits, a surprisingly large number of fatally injured bicyclists have blood alcohol concentrations of 0.08% or higher,” the study said.

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Twitter Stock Tumbles After Drop in User Engagement

Timeline views per user, a key measure of user engagement, dropped 7%

Twitter reported a drop in user engagement and projected lower-than-expected revenue, sending its stock price plummeting as much as 12% in after-hours trading.

The social-media company said Monday that timeline views per user dropped 7%, even as total users climbed a healthy 23% to 284 million. And while revenue in the third quarter doubled to $361 million in the third quarter, Twitter’s projected sales of $440 million to 450 million for the next three months fell short of investor expectations, according to Reuters.

The company, which went public last November, said its third-quarter loss grew to $175.5 million from $64.6 million in the same quarter last year.

“I’m confident in our ability to build the largest daily audience in the world, over time, by strengthening the core, reducing barriers to consumption and building new apps and services,” CEO Dick Costolo said in a statement.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Now Has Its Own Version of the Cronut

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A cronut, a croissant-doughnut hybrid, the brain child of French pastry chef Dominique Ansel, sit on a plate at Ansel's bakery shop in New York on June 14, 2013. Emmanuel Dunand—AFP/Getty Images

"Are we copying a specific bakery in New York? The answer is no"

Dunkin’ Donuts is rolling out its own version of the Cronut next week.

The Massachusetts-born chain’s new donut-croissant fusion pastry will be available for $2.49, the Associated Press reports. That’s about half the price of the “Cronut,” popularized by New York City’s Dominique Ansel Bakery last year.

But Dunkin’s president of global marketing and innovation told the AP that the “croissant donuts,” as they’ll be called, are not based on Ansel’s concoction.

“Are we copying a specific bakery in New York? The answer is no,” John Costello told the AP.

The pastry blend will be covered with the same glaze used on a Dunkin’ Donuts regular glazed donut. And unlike the Cronut, it won’t have a cream filling.

[AP]

TIME Crime

Florida State’s Karlos Williams Investigated in Domestic Abuse Case

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Florida State running back Karlos Williams picks up yards against Notre Dame at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla., on Saturday, Oct. 18. Orlando Sentinel—MCT/Getty Images

Seminoles confirmed that the status of their star running back is under review pending investigation

Florida State running back Karlos Williams is being investigated by police in Tallahassee in an alleged domestic abuse case.

Tallahassee Police Department said that it had received the case on Saturday and was conducting an ongoing investigation.

Florida State University confirmed the case involved the team’s leading rusher. “The Athletics Department is aware of an investigation by the Tallahassee Police Department involving football student-athlete Karlos Williams,” it said in a statement. “Until we receive more information regarding the alleged incident his status with the team will be under review.”

Williams became a starter this year for the No. 2 Seminoles–the defending national champions–and has racked up 388 yards and seven touchdowns, including the go-ahead score in a victory over Notre Dame on Oct. 18, according to ESPN. The team’s next game is on Thursday.

The announcement comes after FSU coach Jimbo Fisher denied a local radio report on Friday that Williams was suspended.

“It’s funny how, that guy, who’s a tremendous kid, I don’t even know where that would come from,” Fisher said, according to the Orlando Sentinel. “It kind of caught me off guard, like, ‘Whoa’. I don’t have no problem about [the question]. Karlos has been wonderful.” Fisher is expected to address the investigation in a news conference after practice on Monday, according to the Sentinel.

Also on Friday, a woman reported to be Williams’s girlfriend posted images of a bruised arm on Facebook and suggested it was the result of domestic violence. The Facebook post, which isn’t currently visible, did not name Williams, and it’s unclear if it is connected with the investigation.

It’s not the first time a Florida State player has been the subject of controversial allegations — Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston was accused of rape by a FSU student almost two years ago, but a lengthy investigation turned up insufficient evidence to charge him with a crime.

TIME Transportation

Gas Prices Tumble to 4-Year Low

The average price at the pump is currently $3.08 a gallon, the lowest it's been since Dec. 2010

The average price of gas at pumps across the country have dropped to a near four-year low of $3.08 a gallon, according to a recent survey.

The price has dropped by 29 cents since last year and represents the lowest average cost of gas since Dec. 17, 2010, according to the Lundberg Survey released Sunday. Gas prices have been steadily falling in recent months and are expected to continue to decline amid increasing oil production in the U.S. and abroad.

“The crude oil price crash has been passed through by refiners,” Trilby Lundberg, president of Lundberg Survey, told Bloomberg News. “Retailers will probably be pressed to pass through at the pump a few more pennies of price-cutting sometime soon.”

The cheapest prices could be found in Memphis, Tenn., where gas was going for an average of $2.73 a gallon, according to Lundberg. San Francisco has the most expensive gas, at an average of $3.45 a gallon.

The Lundberg Survey tracks prices at some 2,500 gas stations across the lower 48 states.

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