TIME Hollywood

Amanda Peterson, the Star of Can’t Buy Me Love, Has Died at 43

Variety/Touchstone Pictures Amanda Peterson, pictured here at 16, in her breakout role in 'Can't Buy Me Love.'

She had been out of the public spotlight for some time

Amanda Peterson, the actress whose leading role in the 1987 comedy Can’t Buy Me Love briefly earned her status as a teen sensation, died on Sunday at the age of 43. TMZ broke the story on Monday afternoon, noting that the cause of death remained uncertain.

“She had some illness and a sleep apnea problem that may have contributed,” her father told TMZ.

Peterson had been out of the public spotlight for some time — her last acting job was in a widely neglected 1994 film — but for a few months after Can’t Buy Me Love came out in August 1987, she and costar Patrick Dempsey were the newest toasts of a Hollywood then bloated with teen stars. She was 16 at the time. Dempsey would earn relative acclaim in other film roles and as Dr. Derek Shepherd on Grey’s Anatomy; Peterson, meanwhile, only nabbed a few parts in minor movies in the wake of her fame.

Variety reports that she died at home in Greeley, Colorado, the small town about an hour north of Denver where she grew up. She is survived by her second husband and two children.

TIME Boxing

That Welterweight Title Mayweather Won When He Beat Pacquiao? He Doesn’t Hold It Anymore

Mayweather, Jr. of the U.S. celebrates after defeating Pacquiao of the Philippines in their welterweight title fight in Las Vegas
Steve Marcus—Reuters Floyd Mayweather, Jr. celebrates after defeating Manny Pacquiao in their welterweight WBO, WBC and WBA (Super) title fight in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 2, 2015.

So much for the "fight of the century"

The World Boxing Organization has stripped Floyd Mayweather Jr. of the welterweight world title he earned two months ago, when he defeated Manny Pacquiao in what was called the fight of the century.

Mayweather, whose victory in the fight earned him $200 million, failed to pay a $200,000 sanctioning fee he owed the WBO by a Friday afternoon deadline. He also failed to relinquish the junior middleweight title he held prior to the May 2 fight, violating the WBO rule prohibiting its fighters from holding simultaneous titles in different weight classes.

“The WBO World Championship Committee is allowed no other alternative but to cease to recognize Mr. Floyd Mayweather, Jr. as the WBO Welterweight Champion of the World and vacate his title, for failing to comply with our WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests,” the WBO said in a statement.

Reuters reports that he has two weeks to file an appeal.

TIME China

Hillary Clinton Says China Is ‘Trying to Hack Into Everything That Doesn’t Move’

Former United States Secretary of State and Democratic candidate for president Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters during a campaign event in Glen
Dominick Reuter—Reuters Former U.S. Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters during a campaign event in Glen, N.H., on July 4, 2015

The remarks come three months after the U.S. government learned of a “massive breach” of federal databases

At a campaign function in New Hampshire over the weekend, Hillary Clinton called China’s rise to global eminence “the story of the 21st century” — a backhanded compliment of sorts, given that she went onto accuse the country of cyberwarfare against the U.S.

“They’re trying to hack into everything that doesn’t move in America — stealing commercial secrets, blueprints from defense contractors, stealing huge amounts of government information — all looking for an advantage,” she said. “Make no mistake: they know they’re in a competition, and they’re going to do everything they can to win it.”

Clinton’s remarks come three months after the U.S. government learned of a “massive breach” of federal databases that compromised the personal records of millions of federal employees. State officials believe the hackers were operating out of China, an allegation Beijing has called “irresponsible and unscientific.” A year ago, the New York Times reported that U.S. security agencies traced a similar incident last March to China, though it remains unclear if those hackers were state mercenaries or acting alone.

The specter of cyberwarfare and China’s territorial aggressions in the South China Sea have been the two most recent thorns in the side of Sino-U.S. relations, which Clinton struggled to thaw during her early years as President Obama’s first Secretary of State. The assertiveness she displayed at Saturday’s event is an obvious departure from those attempts at diplomatic cooperation, which were “interpreted as a sign of weakness,” as Aaron Friedberg, a professor of international affairs and former adviser to Dick Cheney and Mitt Romney, wrote in a recent op-ed for Politico.

Clinton’s remarks are also uncharacteristic of her campaign thus far. In spite of her diplomatic experience, the case she makes for her presidency has trod lightly on matters of foreign policy, trafficking mostly in domestic topics unlikely to prove controversial in a Democratic primary.

Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, who is trailing further and further behind Clinton in the polls, penned an essay for Foreign Policy last month that called for “a new agenda to improve our nation’s cybersecurity,” though he was reticent on the specific matter of China. The Republican camp, meanwhile, is harmonious in its frankness: last month, Chris Christie called for a “military approach” in response to China’s bravado; Mike Huckabee thinks the U.S. should “hack China back.”

TIME NFL

The Giants’ Jason Pierre-Paul Injured His Hand in a July 4 Fireworks Accident

NFL: Green Bay Packers at New York Giants
Reuters/USA Today Sports—Brad Penner New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul runs back an interception against the Green Bay Packers for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium on November 17, 2013.

The injury will likely not prove "career threatening" however

Jason Pierre-Paul, defensive end for the New York Giants, reportedly injured his hand while lighting fireworks at his Florida home on the night of July 4.

The NFL confirmed the incident on Sunday evening, noting that it could “potentially impact Pierre-Paul’s future with the Giants,” but Dan Graziano and Adam Schefter at ESPN later tweeted that his injuries — burns on his palm and three fingers, and possible nerve damage — likely will not prove “career threatening” and that the “prognosis is not terrible.”

On Sunday afternoon, as reports of the accident began making the rounds, Deadspin posted a string of tweets from Pierre-Paul’s neighbors documenting a “whole Uhaul van of fireworks” parked outside of his house. Pierre-Paul himself had posted a video to Instagram of himself and his infant son near to what appears to be the van.

Pierre-Paul, who turned 26 earlier this year, has played for the Giants since 2010, when he joined the team as the fifteenth overall pick in the NFL draft. His “prodigal talent,” as ESPN described it in 2009, when he was at the University of South Florida, has been an asset to the Giants’ defensive line, in spite of the team’s shaky record overall in the past few years.

TIME animals

This Gruesome Video Will Get You Pumped for Shark Week, If You’re Into That

It was made soon after two shark attacks were reported along the coast of New South Wales, Australia

Just days after two shark attacks were reported along the coast of New South Wales, an Australian diver named Brett Vercoe has captured video footage of three great whites and a couple of tiger sharks happily chomping at the carcass of a sperm whale. The video, capturing a scene Vercoe described as “impressive” and “incredible,” is currently making the rounds on social media.

It also comes in the wake of a string of shark attacks along the North Carolina coast, and together with them offers some incidental publicity for Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, which kicked off its 27th year on Sunday evening.

Excited for a seven-day block of educational cable programming dedicated to a fish? Of course you are.

TIME celebrities

Caitlyn Jenner Celebrates Her Independence in July 4 Post

"At least I am free to be me"

Caitlyn Jenner took to her Twitter account Saturday to wish her followers and fans a happy Independence Day.

And the former athlete, whose coming out as a woman sparked a social media phenomenon and gave fresh visibility to transgender Americans, paid tribute to the United States as a beacon of freedom and tolerance.

“Proud to be an American,” she wrote, in a twist on Lee Greenwood’s famous patriotic song, “where at least I am free to be me.”

TIME Music

A Video Featuring Snoop Dogg Has Caused Uproar Among a Religious Group in India

In the video, Snoop smokes what appears to be weed on a throne beneath the group's sacred symbol

Members of the Parsi Zoroastrian community in Calcutta have filed a petition in a local high court against the music video for the song “King” by Amitis featuring Snoop Dogg, calling it blasphemous and disrespectful toward their faith, the Times of India reports.

Zoroastrianism is a millennia-old faith with roots in ancient Persia and a flourishing community in India; its scripture emphasizes the sanctity of nature and the duality of existence. Amitis is an Iranian-born singer who now lives in Atlanta; “King” appears to be her entrance into the realm of Western pop. Snoop Dogg is Snoop Dogg — in this case, the eponymous king in question, who in the music video smokes what appears to be weed on a throne beneath the Faravahar, a sacred Zoroastrian symbol. Some strippers dance in front of it, too.

Unsurprisingly, the Zoroastrians in Calcutta have taken offense and have chosen to file a public-interest litigation — a form of civil complaint. In this case, the Zoroastrians who filed the petition are going after two companies involved in the production and distribution of the video, as well as the governments of West Bengal and India, requesting that the video be banned, the Times says.

No one involved with the video has commented on the petition. To Snoop’s credit, though, he has been making some (admittedly misguided) efforts to immerse himself in the cultures of foreign lands. For the 2008 Indian action film Singh Is Kinng (sic), he and actor Akshay Kumar released a hip-hop track of the same title whose lyrics made these cursory references to Indian culture: “Whatup to all the ladies hanging out in Mumbai/ cheese makes dollars, east-west masala.”

TIME

Chinese Stock Markets Are in the Middle of an ‘Unprecedented’ Slide

A man walks past an electronic board showing the benchmark Shanghai and Shenzhen stock indices, on a pedestrian overpass at the Pudong financial district in Shanghai
Aly Song—Reuters A man walks past an electronic board showing the benchmark Shanghai and Shenzhen stock indices, on a pedestrian overpass at the Pudong financial district in Shanghai, China, June 26, 2015.

State monetary policy has failed to fix the situation, and Beijing is growing desperate

In what analysts are describing as an unprecedented economic situation, China’s stock indexes are currently tumbling into a free fall, with panic taking the place of the brash confidence that, until last month, led these markets to rapidly develop into an unsustainable bubble.

That bubble appears to have now burst: by early afternoon local time on Friday, the Shanghai Composite Index had fallen 3.25% to an anemic 3,785.57 points; in the three weeks since it reached a seven-year high, it has lost 30% of its value.

Monetary authorities in Beijing are currently grasping for straws to remedy the situation, but numerous market interventions, including the fourth cut in interest rates since November, have failed to keep investors from frantically selling their Chinese stocks.

The turbulent situation is not yet catastrophic, but it illuminates the greater volatilities of China’s fraught existential dynamic: between an autocratic Communist government and the currents of free-market capitalism. In a country where stock investors now outnumber Communist Party members, if the market heals, it will likely heal itself. Beijing’s economic policies have thus far proven mostly ineffective.

Meanwhile, state authorities are attempting to blame the economic instability on calculated “foreign forces,” the Washington Post reports. State media outlets have alleged that Morgan Stanley or prominent investor George Soros may be purposely interfering in the Chinese markets. Messages making the rounds on WeChat, the country’s preeminent messaging service, allege that “‘international capital’ — or simply capitalism itself — [is] attacking China,” according to the Post.

In the face of this supposed malfeasance, prominent figures are encouraging their fellow countrymen to have faith in their faltering economy.

“Hold stocks with confidence,” was the advice of Fan Shaoxuan, a executive at microblogging service Sina Weibo, according to the Post. “Win glory for the country even if you lose the last penny.”

TIME

A Brain-Eating Parasite Has Killed a 21-Year-Old California Woman

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Mark Newman—AP 'Do Not Allow Water To Enter Your Nose' Amoeba (Naegleria fowleri) warning sign at thermal pool, Roger's Spring, Lake Mead, Nevada, U.S.A.

This is the second such fatality in the U.S. to occur in the last year

Public health officials have confirmed that a brain-eating amoeba caused the death of a 21-year-old woman in eastern California last month, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The woman contracted the parasite on private property in the town of Bishop, about 60 miles southeast of Yosemite National Park. She awoke from a nap last month with flu-like symptoms; physicians at Northern Inyo Hospital initially diagnosed her with meningitis. When her symptoms worsened, she was transported to a hospital in Reno, where she ultimately died of cardiac arrest.

Naegleria fowleri, as the amoeba is officially known, can thrive in warm freshwater and soil; infections result when contaminated water enters the nose, allowing the parasite to travel to the brain. It manifests itself first in flu-like symptoms — fever, vomiting, headaches — before inducing hallucinations, seizures, and, in more than 95 percent of instances, death.

This is the second naegleria fowleri-related fatality in the U.S. to occur in the last year. In July 2014, nine-year-old Hally Yust died from the infection after water skiing in a contaminated lake in Kansas. The majority of cases in the country have been in the southeast.

Health officials are eager to note, however, that the occurrences of the amoeba are rare and infections even rarer.

“I want to emphasize that there have been no evident cases of amoeba contamination in the U.S. in well-maintained, properly treated swimming pools or hot springs,” Richard Johnson, a public health officer in Inyo County, California, told the Times.

TIME Music

Prince Abandons All Streaming Music Services, Other Than Jay Z’s

Prince
John Shearer—AP Prince presents the award for album of the year at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on February 8, 2015.

Prince's decision marks another major industry coup for the fledgling Tidal

Spotify has had the streaming music market cornered for a few years now, with old stalwarts like Pandora and Rhapsody steadily holding their own in the margins, but relative newcomer Tidal holds a valuable utility: the support of artists who otherwise resent streaming music services.

On Wednesday, Mashable reports, the music of R&B-pop artist Prince — who in 2010 famously announced that the Internet was “completely over” — disappeared from every streaming service other than the eight-month-old company acquired by rapper-cum-music-mogul Jay Z this past March.

“Prince’s publisher has asked all streaming services to remove his catalog,” a spokesperson for Spotify told Mashable. “We have cooperated with the request, and hope to bring his music back as soon as possible.”

The Spotify representative apparently failed to check Tidal, where as of Thursday morning the Prince anthology — 24 albums, 20 singles and EPs, three versions of “When Doves Cry” — awaits the service’s nearly 800,000 subscribers.

Prince’s decision marks the second major industry coup in just three months for the fledgling company, which has retained rights to the music of Taylor Swift in spite of the artist’s very public hostility toward subscription-based streaming music.

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