TIME animals

Tiger Gets Loose During Photoshoot in Ruins of Detroit Factory

Authorities shut the photoshoot down quickly

A British photographer organizing a photoshoot in the ruins of Detroit’s Packard Plant may have left out one small detail when he booked the space: he was bringing some very fierce models.

David Yarrow was reportedly looking to snap pictures of a bobcat, two wolves and a tiger, which briefly got loose and hid out in a staircase, until authorities shut the shoot down, the Detroit Free Press reports. Yarrow, whose website describes him as a conservationist, often features wildlife, including tigers, in his work. (TIME’s requests for comment from Yarrow were not immediately returned.)

“We arranged for a photography group of humans to be on site for two days,” Kari Smith, project manager for the Packard Plant Project told the newspaper. “We never approved any animals being on the site, and we had the matter taken care of in the first hour. We do not condone animals being on the site here, and the shoot was canceled. This is nothing we signed on for.” Smith said no animals were harmed and that trainers were on hand to get the tiger back in its cage.

Local resident Andy Didorosi tried to help get the tiger out of the staircase after a friend called him seeking assistance. Didorosi used a noisy weedwhacker and a blue tarp to try and scare the tiger back to where it was supposed to be, but he moved away after noticing the animal “got tiger rage.” His attempt was captured in a video uploaded to his Facebook:

But overall Didorosi wasn’t impressed with the photoshoot. “People think it’s OK to bring super dangerous animals into the city without alerting the authorities because they think people don’t care, because they think it’s a cesspool and that they can do whatever [they] want,” he told the Free Press. “That is not cool.”

[Detroit Free Press]

TIME Economy

The Tooth Fairy Is Paying Out Less For the Second Year in a Row

Tooth Fairy
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American moms and dads are only paying out $3.19 per tooth this year

For kids losing teeth, some tough news to chew on: Tooth Fairy payouts have continued to decline in 2015, with American children receiving $3.19 per tooth.

That’s a 24-cent decline from last year and the second year of decline overall, Forbes reports, but it’s still higher than some years past. From 2010-2012, the average per-tooth payment hovered around $3 before approaching $4 in 2013 and subsequently dropping.

The data comes from Visa’s sixth annual Tooth Fairy survey, which included 4,027 people via phone interviews. The data varies by income, gender and location. Dads are more generous than moms, giving $3.63 per tooth on average, while moms give only $2.87 on average.

Parents in the Northeast U.S. give the most, with an average of $3.56, while Southern parents offer the least with $3.07 per tooth.


TIME Music

K-Pop Star CL Teams Up With Diplo for Trippy ‘Doctor Pepper’ Video

They're joined by Riff Raff and OG Maco for the trippy video

As a member of the Emma Stone-approved Korean girl group 2NE1, CL is already an international superstar—she beat out Lady Gaga and Rihanna and barely lost to Vladimir Putin on this year’s TIME 100 readers poll. She’s been working with Major Lazer mastermind Diplo on English-language solo material expected this fall, and the video for their first track together, “Doctor Pepper,” is out now. There’s a lot competing for attention here—Hummer limos, special effects, twerking dancers and two other rappers—but CL makes her solo star power known on a song she says she cranked out almost as fast as she finished a soda.

You know those scenes in action movies where the good guy put on their sunglasses and walk in slow-motion in a V-formation? That’s what this song sounds like.

TIME Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Beauty Queen Arrested for Faking Cancer Treatment

Police say she's responsible for "an elaborate scheme"

Police have arrested a Pennsylvania pageant winner who is accused of faking her cancer diagnosis for years.

Brandi Lee Weaver-Gates, the 23-year-old former Miss Pennsylvania U.S. International from Bellefonte, Pa., is facing felony charges of theft by deception and receiving stolen property after telling people she was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, CNN affiliate WJAC reports.

Police Trooper Thomas Stock, who investigated the alleged deception, said Weaver-Gates created “an elaborate scheme” that included taking money from fundraising events organized to help her pay for treatment costs; one event raised $14,000.

Weaver-Gates would have relatives drive her to Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Medicine and then make them wait in the lobby while she went to another part of the hospital before emerging hours later, Stock said. But none of the facilities she said she received treatment at, including two other medical centers, reported her as a patient.

Police were tipped off about Weaver-Gates, who claims she broke the news of her diagnosis in 2013, by an anonymous letter that said she wasn’t able to name any of her doctors when asked.

Weaver-Gates did not immediately return TIME’s request for a comment.


TIME Culture

Elvis Presley Featured on New U.S. Stamp

The Elvis Presley stamp designed by Antonio Alcala, Leslie Badani and William Speer.

Elvis has left the building and is now on your postage

A young Elvis Presley graces a new U.S. stamp officially issued Wednesday.

The latest addition to the U.S. Postal Service’s Music Icon postage series features a 1955 photo of the singer taken by William Speer. It’s surrounded by the rock-and-roll superstar’s signature, in gold, and the words “Forever” and “USA” in the corner. Between those words is a gold crown, a reference to Presley’s nickname, The King.

The Presley stamp is the first Music Icon stamp in 2015. Other icons honored in the past few years include Janis Joplin, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles and Jimmy Hendrix.

The new stamp, available at certain post offices around the country, is Presley’s second.

TIME Michigan

Melissa Gilbert to Pay Off Owed Taxes By 2024, Campaign Says

Melissa Gilbert
Paras Griffin—Getty Images Melissa Gilbert onstage at the Atlanta Ultimate Women's Expo on May 3, 2015.

The former Little House on the Prairie actress is a seeking a Michigan congressional seat

Actress-turned-politician Melissa Gilbert, the former Little House on the Prairie actress who is seeking a Michigan congressional seat in 2016, will pay off the $470,000 she owes in state and federal tax liens by 2024, her campaign said Tuesday.

“Melissa was caught in a perfect storm of financial difficulty, which is why she initiated an honest conversation with the IRS,” the campaign said in a statement to the Detroit Free Press. “Together they set up a payment plan that will allow her to pay back her federal taxes over approximately 8 1/2 years and her California taxes over approximately 46 months.”

The 51-year-old announced Monday that she would seek a seat in Michigan’s 8th Congressional District as a Democrat in her first political campaign ever, though her tax liens were first reported in June. Republication Rep. Mike Bishop currently holds the seat.

Gilbert, a former president of the Screen Actors Guild, had a $127,752 lien filed against her and her former husband in Los Angeles as far back as 2005, according to legal records, with others filed since then.

[Free Press]

TIME Television

Homeland Season 5 Will Tackle ISIS and Putin Storylines

Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in Showtime's "Homeland."
Showtime Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in Showtime's "Homeland."

The drama's showrunner once said ISIS might be "too evil" for a TV show

The fifth season of Homeland will address some of the most pressing global issues of the day when it returns this fall.

The Showtime drama will feature storylines about extremist group the Islamic State (ISIS) and Russian President Vladimir Putin as the show’s setting moves from the Middle East to Germany, where it was also filmed. The upcoming season marks the first time an American TV production has filmed a full season in Germany, Entertainment Weekly reports.

“The first episode’s going to real deal with Russia, being right next to Russia — what’s Putin up to? What’s going on with this tricky relationship there?” Showtime president David Nevins said Tuesday at the Television Critics Association’s press tour. “It deals with ISIS. [Homeland producers have] shown the ability to have a new fresh story. I feel like this story is a very fresh story. It’s themes, I think, will resonate with people. Charlie Hebdo. [NSA leaker Edward] Snowden.”

Homeland‘s showrunner Alex Gansa once said that ISIS might be “too evil” to incorporate into a television show about troubled CIA agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), but Nevins said that’s no longer the case.

“It’s going to touch [ISIS],” he said. “It’s going to touch all those things. It’s a show that reflects the world that we live in. We’ll see. I feel very confident with what their doing.”




TIME isis

ISIS Release Photo That Appears to Show Beheaded Body of Croatian Captive

An ISIS video threatened to kill him earlier this month

A photograph believed to be from the Egyptian branch of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) shows what looks like the beheading of a man the group threatened to execute earlier this month.

Last week, a video believed to be from ISIS in the Sinai peninsula threatened to kill a man who identified himself as 30-year-old Tomislav Salopek if the Egyptian government did not release female Muslim hostages within 48 hours. It was unclear exactly whose release the group was calling for. The video was circulated by ISIS supporters and shot in a style similar to other ISIS videos, the AP reports.

Salopek, a married father of two, worked as a topographer for the French geoscience company CGG and was captured on July 22. Croatia’s Foreign Ministry confirmed last month that a Croatian national with the same initials as Salopek was kidnapped in Cairo.

TIME Television

Britney Spears to Guest-Star on Jane the Virgin

Britney Spears
Chris Pizzello—Invision/AP Britney Spears at the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles.

The pop star will appear in the fifth episode of the second season

When Gina Rodriguez last spoke to TIME about what to expect in the second season of Jane the Virgin, she promised a lot more guest stars. “I’m already starting to think of different actors I want to come and join us,” she said.

Now we know one of them: none other than Britney Spears herself will guest-star on the breakout CW comedy this fall, where she’ll play the foil to Rogelio De La Vega, the father of the titular character and a telenovela superstar played by Jaime Camil. The show returns Oct. 12.

“We are so thrilled that Rogelio’s ‘nemesis’—Britney Spears—has agreed to appear on Jane the Virgin in episode 205,” showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman explained. “Personally, after hearing about their long standing feud (from Rogelio’s point of view), we are eager to hear Ms. Spears’ side of the story, which we assume is quite different. #TeamBritney.”

Your move, Empire.

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