TIME White House

President Obama Attends the Annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Cecily Strong from Saturday Night Live hosts this year

President Obama was joined on Saturday night by a cadre of celebrities and journalists for the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner. It’s the 101st year of the dinner, and the President was sure to crack some wise ones. Cecily Strong of Saturday Night Live was hosting the evening.

It’s a night for the President to make fun of his staunchest rivals, and take some heat himself from the host. Last year, he made fun of House Speaker John Boehner’s tan, the gridlock in Congress and Fox News.

“The Koch brothers bought a table here this evening but they used a shadowy right-wing organization as a front. Good evening, Fox News,” Obama joked last year.

Read more: Comedian-in-Chief Barack Obama Hosts White House Dinner

This year, expect anything from the Republican presidential candidates to the media to be fair game for friendly mockery.

TIME Nepal

Google Deploys Person Finder Tool to Help Survivors of Nepal Earthquake

The tool helps relatives find missing people

Google is helping to connect survivors with worried relatives after a catastrophic earthquake rocked Nepal Saturday morning.

The Person Finder tool, a missing persons database supplied with crowdsourced data, is intended to help people find those who were affected by the earthquake.

More than 1,300 have been counted dead after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake destroyed much of Kathmandu. Damage has extended to India, Bangladesh and Tibet, and at least 1,700 people have been injured.

Google Person Finder gathers information from responders and individuals, who can upload information for a missing person or someone who has been found, helping people locate each other. The search giant has deployed the tool before in times of disaster.

As of Saturday afternoon, about 1,700 records had been uploaded.

TIME Aviation

New Airline Provides Only Nonstop Service

So far, just between two cities

A new airline featuring nonstop flights—and free Evian water—has taken to the skies.

OneJet’s nonstop flight service began April 6, flying from Indianapolis to Milwaukee, and the airline will add service to Pittsburgh to its list in early May. Its flights are all direct, and plus, there’s complimentary Evian and newspapers.

The company uses three seven-seat Hawker 400 aircraft to service the three airports, USA Today reports, and only schedules a flight if passengers book tickets.

The highest fare prices will be “two to three times the lowest coach fares” for connecting flights on other airlines, said OneJet CEO Matthew Maguire.

[USA Today]

 

TIME Autos

Ford Recalls Nearly 400,000 Cars With Doors That Can Fly Open

Ford traced the problem traces back to a Mexico plant

Ford is recalling 389,585 late-model Ford Fiesta, Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans after discovering a defect that can cause the doors to fly open while the car is being driven.

More than 200 complaints have been lodged just about faulty latches on Ford Fiesta subcompacts to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, USA Today reports.

Ford has traced the problem to models at its plant in Mexico. If a part called the pawl spring tab breaks, doors can’t be latched shut and can swing open without warning.

Ford says it knows of two injuries that occurred when doors ricocheted back against people, and another in which a door flew open and hit another car.

[USA Today]

TIME animals

This Sneaky Turtle Just Photobombed a Group Picture in the Philippines

Is this the cutest photo-bomb of all time? Friendly sea turtle crashes group photo in the Philippines at just the right moment
Whitehotpix/ZUMAPRESS.com Friendly sea turtle crashes group photo in the Philippines at just the right moment.

Call it photo-shelled

A sea turtle managed to photobomb a group of swimmers in the Philippines earlier this month, launching itself squarely in the frame of a group shot.

“We were posing for a group photo at Apo Island when this sea turtle surfaced to breathe and photo-bombed!” Diovani de Jesus, who took the shot, explained on his blog. “This is a reminder that humans and creatures like this gentle [sea turtle] can co-exist,” he added, saying the shallow area”is a feeding ground for sea turtles.”

Many sea turtles are endangered, as they are often poached for their eggs, meat, skin and shells, and are also harmed by climate change and habitat destruction, the Huffington Post noted.

TIME relationships

This Elderly Couple That’s Finally Getting Married Will Restore Your Belief in Love

Better late than never

This couple certainly didn’t rush into marriage.

George Kirby, 102, and Doreen Luckie, 91, are finally tying the knot shortly after Kirby’s upcoming 103rd birthday. The English couple has been together for 27 years, and after much pressure from their elderly children, they have finally decided to get serious.

“I didn’t get down on one knee, because I don’t think I would have been able to get back up,” Kirby said, the Telegraph reports.

The pair lives in a hotel in Eastbourne, East Sussex, and met in 1988 through an organization that helps seniors find friends. Kirby is a former boxer, physical education instructor, restaurant manager and gardener; Luckie spent much of her life as a typist.

See the couple in an interview here.

[Telegraph]

 

TIME animals

Miniature Dachshund Rescued After 2 Weeks Underground

Dachshund Rescued
Matt Riedl—AP Lucy, a 4-year-old miniature dachshund, at her Derby, Kans. home April 22, 2015.

The Kansas dog literally dug herself into a hole

Lucy is one lucky pooch.

The miniature dachshund has been rescued two weeks after accidentally digging herself underground in Derby, Kansas, and getting trapped underneath a concrete slab, the Wichita Eagle reports.

The dog, which was let out in the yard each day by owner Rebecca Felix and her husband, dug a hole in the ground and then turned and burrowed for 4 feet beneath a concrete slab supporting an air conditioning unit.

After two weeks of searching for the dog, the couple heard a quiet bark and called 911 to rescue her.

“It really is a miracle that God gave me back Lucy right before her birthday, and if she could talk, we’d be able to write a book about it,” Felix said of Lucy, who turned 4 years old hours after she was rescued.

[Wichita Eagle]

TIME U.S.

Missing Sisters Survive in Wilderness for 2 Weeks on Girl Scout Cookies

Michigan State Police Lee Wright (L) and Leslie Roy (R) after being rescued by Michigan State Police, April 24, 2015.

They made eight boxes last for two weeks

A pair of sisters survived for nearly two weeks in the woods on cheese puffs and Girl Scout Cookies after getting stranded in their car in Michigan’s remote Upper Peninsula.

Lee Wright, 56, and Leslie Roy, 52, got stuck in the snow on a one-lane tree-lined road on April 11 after visiting family in Ishpeming, reports the MLive/The Grand Rapids Press. They tried to reach police but had no cellphone service.

They relied on eight boxes of Girl Scout Cookies and cheese puffs for food, as well as snow for water.

On Friday they were rescued by a state police helicopter that spotted the windshield of their Ford Explorer.

“It is unbelievably remarkable,” Michigan State Police Detective Sgt. Jeff Marker, who was one of four rescuers aboard the helicopter, told MLive. “They had multiple layers of clothes on and they were rationing their food.”

[MLive/The Grand Rapids Press]

 

TIME Food & Drink

Starbucks Is Open Again After Computer Glitch Shutters Stores

Earns Starbucks
Mark Lennihan—AP Customers line up at a Starbucks, April 2, 2015 in New York.

Starbucks is open for business

A computer outage that affected thousands of Starbucks stores across North America has been resolved, and stores will be open for business Saturday morning.

Cash registers at 7,000 stores in the United States and 1,000 in Canada were rendered inoperable Friday evening, prompting some baristas to give away a flurry of free frappuccinos and coffees, USA Today reports.

Many of the affected stores closed early. “We apologize to our customers for any inconvenience or confusion,” a statement on Starbucks’ website said. Starbucks did not give an explanation for the outage.

The company on Thursday reported record quarterly earnings, with net revenues of $4.6 billion.

[USA Today]

 

TIME Business

Abercrombie & Fitch Is Ditching Its Shirtless Models

Abercrombie & Fitch Open Munich Flagship Store
Hannes Magerstaedt—Getty Images Male models outside Abercrombie & Fitch during the opening of Abercrombie & Fitch flagship store on October 25, 2012 in Munich, Germany.

The store is revamping its image in the face of declining sales

It’s time to take the abs out of Abercrombie & Fitch.

The retail store that once felt like a strange nightclub full of oddly attractive patrons is actually going to be, well, just a normal clothing store, thanks to new rules by Abercrombie brand president Christos Angelides.

That means saying goodbye to the shirtless hunky young men with ripped abs greeting patrons outside.

It also means clerks won’t be known as “models” but as “brand representatives” and won’t have to be beautiful human specimens just to fold a T-shirt: the company is abolishing the attractiveness qualification for new workers, Bloomberg reports.

In the past few months, outlets have turned the music down and the lights up in an effort to boost sales.

Abercrombie & Fitch has seen declining success in recent years, and in 2014, profits shrank 5.1%.

Maybe there’s more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking.

[Bloomberg]

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