TIME Gadgets

Amazon Slashes Kindle Prices for Black Friday

Amazon Holds News Conference
People try out a new Kindle fire reading device at a press conference on September 6, 2012 in Santa Monica, California. David McNew—Getty Images

Bargains on the Fire Phone follow a tepid public reception on the device

Amazon has dropped the prices on a slew of its devices as part of the Black Friday shopping rush.

Amazon’s $79 Kindle e-reader will be on sale for $49, and the company’s Kindle Fire tablets are also dramatically cheaper, with the Fire HD 6 going for a mere $79 (versus its usual $99 price tag) and the Fire HD 7 on sale for $109 (versus $139).

Meanwhile, the e-commerce giant has pegged the price of an unlocked Fire phone to just $199, a $250 price cut from its already reduced price. Amazon is still including a year of free Amazon Prime with the phone.


Amazon has dramatically reduced its prices on the Fire phone after it received mediocre reviews and suffered lackluster sales.

TIME Crime

Video Shows Cleveland Officer Shot 12-Year-Old Within Seconds on Scene

This undated photo provided by the family's attorney shows Tamir Rice, 12.
This undated photo provided by the family's attorney shows Tamir Rice, 12 AP

Officer Timothy Loehman was new to the police force, and believed Tamir Rice had a gun, police say

The Cleveland officer who fatally shot a 12-year-old boy on Saturday was a new officer who fired his gun within moments of arriving on the scene, according to surveillance video and police statements released Wednesday.

Tamir Rice was shot Saturday after police responded to a 911 call about a person who may have had a gun at a playground. He died the following day. Rice, however, was not carrying a real gun, but rather a toy airsoft pistol that didn’t have an orange safety indicator at the end of the barrel.

The grainy surveillance video released by authorities shows that Rice was shot less than two seconds after officers arrived on the scene. Edward Tomba, deputy chief of the Cleveland Police Department, said Wednesday that the officers called three times for Rice to drop his weapon.

The officer who shot Tamir Rice was 26-year-old Timothy Loehman, who joined Cleveland’s force from a smaller department in March, Tomba said Wednesday. The other officer on the scene was 46-year-old Frank Garmback, a six-year veteran. Both officers have been placed on administrative leave.

Before the deadly shooting, a man called 911 complaining that “a guy” was pointing a pistol at people, but said twice on the call that the gun was likely a fake, according to a call released by the police.

“It’s probably fake, but it’s scaring the sh-t out of people,” said the caller. The dispatcher did not relay the information to officers that the gun may have been fake, according to a released tape.

Police said they are investigating the shooting, and that they will pass the results of the investigation on to local prosecutors within 90 days. A spokesman for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor says the office will eventually present all evidence to a grand jury with a recommendation on whether to charge the officers.

The Cuyahoga prosecutor’s office has a policy of presenting evidence to a grand jury in every case in which police officers use deadly force and typically recommends charges, the spokesman said. Five police officers in the district were indicted for manslaugher in May 2014 in relation to a November 2012 killing of two unarmed people.

Several hundred people protested Rice’s shooting and the grand-jury decision in Ferguson, Mo., in Cleveland on Tuesday evening, blocking rush-hour traffic on an area freeway while chanting “No justice, no peace,” and “Hands up, don’t shoot.”

TIME Food & Drink

A Bartender at the Buccaneers’ Stadium Got Caught Selling Colored Water As Alcohol

Liquor bottles on bar shelves
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Introducing the latest cocktail rage: H-2-O

One tequila with a splash of intrigue, please.

The bartender at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Raymond James Stadium was reportedly caught serving flavored water as alcohol, local NBC affiliate WFLA reports.

A conversation recorded by a man named Troy Sykes purportedly exposed the offending bartenders with pouring water from a decorative bottle of booze after Sykes ordered tequila.

“That whole thing is full of water,” Sykes is heard saying on the recording. “Can I see that bottle? Do you service that to people?” he asked, and the bar served it to him. The phone recording also captures the manager explaining that “every liquor” that is sold at the bar is put on display in the back.

“All full of water?” Troy asked.

“Um hmm,” she responds in the recording.

An alcohol industry attorney told WFLA that it is illegal to serve water from an alcoholic beverage bottle that has a label on it.

The stadium concessions vendor, Aramark, said that “what occurred was an honest mistake,” and that Sykes was immediately refunded.


TIME person of the year

Ferguson Protesters Surge in TIME’s Person of the Year Poll

The leader of the largest democracy in the world is leading TIME's 2014 poll for Person of the Year

Vote Now for TIME’s Person of the Year.

With just 10 days left to go before TIME’s 2014 Person of the Year polls come to a close, TIME readers have given Ferguson protestors a huge boost in votes, following a grand jury’s decision Monday not to indict the white police officer who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.

Ferguson protestors stand at 7.7% in the Person of the Year poll as of early Wednesday, edging out Russian President Vladimir Putin and Hong Kong protestor Joshua Wong. The bump comes after violent unrest in the St. Louis suburb seen this week and subsequent demonstrations that rippled through the country, expressing solidarity with the slain 18-year-old’s family. From New York to Minneapolis and Los Angeles, large crowds gathered Monday and Tuesday chanting the rallying cry, “Black lives matter.”

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Narendra Modi, the newly elected Indian prime minister, still has a significant lead in the rankings, with 12.2% of the vote as of Wednesday morning. As the leader of the largest democracy in the world, Modi has raised high hopes among Indians that he can invigorate the country’s economy and cut bureaucratic red tape that has slowed development in India.

Trailing Modi and the Ferguson protestors are Russian President Vladimir Putin, with 6.4%, who was TIME’s Person of the Year in 2007, and the youngest Nobel Peace Prize-winner ever, Malala Yousafzai.

Since 1927, TIME has named a person who for better or worse has most influenced the news and our lives in the past year.

The Person of the Year is selected by TIME’s editors, but readers are asked to weigh in by commenting on any TIME Facebook post that includes #TIMEPOY, tweeting your vote using #TIMEPOY, or by heading over to TIME.com’s Person of the Year voting hub, where Pinnion’s technology is recording, visualizing and analyzing results as they are received. Votes from Twitter, Facebook and TIME.com’s voting hub are pooled together to create the totals displayed on the site. You can see the results of the poll and vote on your choice for person of the year here.



TIME politics

Watch John Boehner Tell You How To Cook Your Turkey

House Speaker reveals the secret to the perfect turkey brine, and it actually sounds pretty good

Nothing could be a more soothing—and more bizarre—than listening to Speaker of the House John Boehner explain in his resonant bass voice how he cooks his turkey for Thanksgiving.

The most powerful Republican in Congress revealed “The Boehner Brine,” the perfect Thanksgiving turkey in a video released Tuesday.

Like a besuited Martha Stewart, Boehner tells the camera with a roguish cock of the head, “Now, I only cook my bird to about 160, max.” He adds, “And then I take it out and I put foil over it and let it sit for at least an hour,” punctuating his culinary strategy with a subtle finger point like a scat singer acknowledging a fan on the Las Vegas strip.

The video also includes footage of Boehner in what is presumably his kitchen, wearing a flattering green apron over a crisp shirt far too white for messy cooking. But what’s the real secret to the turkey brine? “Sixteen ounces of pure maple syrup,” Boehner says.

TIME White House

A Presidential Turkey Flap: Ronald Reagan and the Bonkers Birds

The history of the presidential turkey tussles

It was President Ronald Reagan’s first Thanksgiving in the White House, in 1981, when he stepped out toward the lawn where a special turkey was waiting for him. He sauntered confidently down the steps, swinging his arms into a full handshake with fowl farmer Hugh McClain — when, suddenly, the turkey began to flail its wings wildly, white feathers all aflutter. Ducking away from the bird like a chef dodging oil sparks from a stove-cooked meal, Reagan watched as handlers placated the finicky fowl.

Reagan’s turkey wasn’t visiting the White House to be pardoned: for all it knew, it could have been a future dinner, which explains its angst. In 1981, the official presidential pardon hadn’t ever been offered, though presidents had spared turkeys before. Abraham Lincoln’s son Tad is said to have begged his father to officially pardon a turkey headed for the Christmas diner table. President Kennedy informally pardoned the Turkey just days before he was assassinated. Many gift turkeys, it seems, were destined for the presidential Thanksgiving spread, but by the time of the Nixon administration, they appear to have been quietly sent to a grassy safe haven rather than the carving knife.

The president-and-turkey saga is about 150 years old. A Rhode Island poultry dealer named Horace Vose sent turkeys to the president from the time of the Ulyssses S. Grant administration until his death in 1913, according to the White House, and in the 1940s President Harry Truman started the tradition of using a National Turkey Federation and Poultry and Egg National Board gift turkey as a photo-op.

But back to Reagan. In 1984, it happened again: the White House turkey resisted the President’s overtures in front of television cameras, flapping away from the president and strutting toward the press. The turkey was actually headed for a petting farm in Virginia, according to an Associated Press report from the time, so it needn’t have been nervous. TIME commemorated Reagan’s fowl foibles in 1997 in a piece on the selection of the president’s turkey:

At 16 weeks, 10 candidates are selected–all toms (or males), because they’re bigger. Criteria: size, feathers, posture, temperament. The last is not insignificant: the 1984 turkey flapped its wings in President Reagan’s face.

The history of the official turkey pardon didn’t begin until 1989, when President George H.W. Bush, Reagan’s successor, excused the turkey from the Thanksgiving feast. The turkey looks “understandably nervous,” Bush said, according to the History Channel. (That was a line that his son, George W. Bush would reuse in his first White House turkey pardon in 2001.) Bush Sr. continued, speaking to reporters, “Let me assure you, and this fine tom turkey, that he will not end up on anyone’s dinner table, not this guy. He’s granted a presidential pardon as of right now.”

President Obama’s turkey this year is from an Ohio farm and is enjoying the 25th year of turkey pardons. But the president doesn’t take the annual fowl forgiveness too gravely. “The office of the presidency is the most powerful position in the world, brings with it many awesome and solemn responsibilities,” President Obama joked last year. “This is not one of them.”

TIME Books

Someone Discovered a Shakespeare Folio in a Small Library in France

Remy Cordonnier, librarian in the northern town of Saint-Omer, near Calais carefully shows an example of a valuable Shakespeare "First Folio", a collection of some of his plays, dating from 1623.
Remy Cordonnier, librarian in the northern town of Saint-Omer, near Calais carefully shows an example of a valuable Shakespeare "First Folio", a collection of some of his plays, dating from 1623. Denis Charlet—AFP/Getty Images

To be or not to be: That is not a question anymore for the newly authenticated literary discovery

A previously undiscovered Shakespeare folio has surfaced in northern France, a finding that could shed new light on the playwright’s intentions and early readership.

The book, whose title page and introductory material were worn off, was discovered by librarians at a public library in St.-Omer near Calais, reports the New York Times. It is one of only 233 known surviving first folios by the Bard.

“First folios don’t turn up very often, and when they do, it’s usually a really chewed up, uninteresting copy. But this one is magnificent,” Eric Rasmussen, an American Shakespeare expert, told the Times. Rasmussen was summoned to France over the weekendby the St.-Omer library’s director of medieval and early modern collections, Rémy Cordonnier, to confirm the volume’s authenticity.

The newly discovered folio was inherited from a long-defunct Jesuit college and could refuel the debate over whether the Hamlet scribe was secretly Catholic. The newly-discovered volume also contains handwritten notes that may illuminate how the plays were formed in Shakespeare’s time.

Printed in a batch of 800 copies in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death, the first folios are considered the only reliable text of half his plays, and they are intensely scrutinized by scholars for minute differences and corrections made by print shops that can reveal the playwright’s intentions. In 2006, a first folio sold for $6.8 million at Christie’s.

[New York Times]

TIME Crime

Car Plows Through Ferguson Protestors in Minneapolis

Protestors retaliated against the vehicle after it rammed through dozens of demonstrators

A car rammed through a group of demonstrators in Minneapolis Tuesday afternoon, running over one victim and hitting others who had gathered to protest after the Ferguson grand jury decision not to indict a white police officer for slaying a black teen.

At the march for Michael Brown near Minneapolis Police Department 3rd Precinct headquarters, the driver honked at protestors before hitting the gas and plowing through the crowd, appearing to run over the legs of one demonstrator, the Star Tribune reports.

Protestors climbed on the hood of what appears to be a dark-colored Subaru Outback, hitting its windows and windshield. The driver eventually stopped and is reportedly cooperating with police.

The Minneapolis march eventually gathered 1,000 demonstrators, and was one of many protests across the country Tuesday, which took place in multiple cities including New York, Los Angeles, Oakland, Atlanta and Denver.

[Star Tribune]

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TIME Education

More Time in Preschool Could Benefit Your Child, Study Finds

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Kids in full-day preschool programs did better than kids in part-day programs

New research suggests that young kids could benefit from more time around their peers in a classroom setting.

A new study released Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that children are better prepared for learning and social interaction in full-time preschool than in part-time programs.

Researchers looked at 1,000 low-income and ethnic-minority 3- and 4-year-olds enrolled in Chicago’s Child-Parent Center Education Program and noted improvement in four of six measures of school readiness. Children placed in full-day programs showed higher scores in social development, language, math and physical health than their part-day peers, according to the study.

“You can just go so much further in all the domains of learning in a seven-hour program,” Arthur J. Reynolds, a researcher at the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis who led the study, told Bloomberg in an interview yesterday. “These 30 to 40 percent differences in preschool turn into bigger benefits over time.”

Literacy and cognition performance were not significantly affected by a longer preschool day, the study showed.

President Barack Obama has argued that spending on the nation’s youngest students will lead to better performance for children later on, and has pushed Congress to make pre-kindergarten education universal.


TIME Companies

Amazon Wants to Help You Find a Handyman

I know just the guy for the job, Amazon says

Amazon will sell you an air conditioner, and then it’ll find someone to install it for you, too.

The online retailer is connecting customers with local appliance installers like plumbers and electricians with a new offering called Amazon Local Services.

After adding an item to their virtual cart, customers will see installation offers from Amazon after buying items like an air conditioner or a car stereo. A recent search for air conditioners in New York yielded installation price options in the range of $99 to $120. Each offering came with appointment time preferences which then added the installation cost to the sticker cost of the air conditioner.

An anonymous source briefed on the plan told the Wall Street Journal that the service is now offered in New York, Los Angeles and Seattle. Amazon’s new service will likely help the company compete with brick-and-mortar stores and other online retailers by making it more simple to install complicated appliances. It could also drive business to local installers.

One electrician in Los Angeles who had signed onto the program told the Journal that when he lands a job through Amazon Local Services, he pays Amazon a fee.

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