Newly revealed police records show Bobbi Kristina Brown wrecked her car four days before she was found unresponsive in a bathtub. Police in Roswell, Georgia, say she was driving a Jeep Liberty when she "lost control, crossed into oncoming traffic, and collided with another vehicle," the AP said. Brown's passenger and the other car's driver were taken to the hospital. (The AP report is unclear if she was hospitalized or not.) The same records show that boyfriend Nick Gordon called cops in July 2013 to say she had fallen and was unresponsive. Brown's cousin said Gordon is taking legal action to gain vistation rights.
More than $200,000 has been raised for the charity campaign that three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, were working on before they were murdered. Dental student Deah Shaddy Barakat had sought to raise $20,000 for a trip to Turkey to provide dental care to Syrian refugees. At the time of his death on Tuesday evening, he had not met his goal. Now the campaign has raised 10 times that amount in the past 24 hours. Funeral services were held for Barakat along with his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, in Chapel Hill on Thursday afternoon.
In 2015, a laptop can be more dangerous than any bomb. The New York Times reveals U.S. and Afghan forces seized a laptop from an al Qaeda leader in October and it has led to a surge in raids on the terrorist network. U.S. officials describe the intelligence collected from the computer to be as significant as what was found in Osama bin Laden's files when Navy SEALs raided his compound and killed him in 2011. "The raids appear to have targeted a broad cross-section of Islamist militants," the Times writes. "They have hit both Qaeda and Taliban operatives, going beyond the narrow counterterrorism mission that Obama administration officials had said would continue after the formal end of American-led combat operations last December."
FBI Director James B. Comey delivered a speech Thursday at Georgetown University addressing race relations between police and black Americans. Comey said there is a "disconnect between police agencies and the communities they serve, predominantly in communities of color." He cited research that shows people living in a mostly white society unconsciously react differently to blacks, and that police in areas where mostly nonwhites commit crimes can "develop mental shortcuts." He also argued that Americans, "especially we who are part of the majority" must "confront the truth… as a country we must also confront the truth in ourselves" and called for better record-keeping within police departments of shootings and police incidents.
During an appearance on Today, Uma Thurman briefly addressed the uproar her latest appearance at a red-carpet event caused. "I don't know—I guess nobody liked my makeup!" Thurman was called out for looking markedly different than usual, with minimal makeup, slicked-back hair, and red lipstick, which led some to speculate that she had undergone plastic surgery given the smoothness of her face. "I've been doing this for years and years and years, and people say things nice and people say things mean, and it's just like, whatever.… You take the good with the bad."
Nearly 30 West Coast seaports are being forced to shut down for the next four to five days due to a labor dispute with longshore unions. The 29 seaports handle $1 trillion of goods annually, making the shutdown highly costly if it continues. Employers are refusing to meet the demands of longshore unions, which include raising salaries to nearly $100 an hour for the highest paid workers, according to Pacific Maritime Association spokesman Steve Getzug. Employers also say the longshore workers have been staging slowdowns since November, which has further contributed to the dispute.
Police in Pasco, Washington, have come under fire after a cellphone video emerged of several officers pursuing then shooting an unarmed homeless man to death after he was throwing rocks. Antonio Zambrano-Montes, 35, was throwing rocks at cars outside a supermarket when police encountered him. The video shows Montes being chased across a street by police then collapsing to the ground after being shot. More than a dozen people witnessed the shooting, some of whom said officers fired as many as 13 shots. The Seattle Times reports that this is the fourth fatal police shooting in Pasco in the last six months.
About 8 million tons of plastic waste were dumped into oceans in 2010 by coastal communities, according to a new report published in Science. That means there is 10 to 30 times the amount of debris than surveys previously estimated. Even more alarming, the amount of plastic waste is projected to rise tenfold by 2025 if no efforts are made to curb the dumping. China was the worst offender, dumping as much as 3.53 million tons of plastic into the ocean five years ago.
The 2016 Democratic National Convention will take place in Philadelphia, the party announced Thursday. Philly beat out Brooklyn and Columbus, Ohio, as potential hosts. Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said the city's "deep-rooted place in American history provides a perfect setting for this special gathering." The convention will take place July 18-21, 2016.
Jamie Brewer became the first model with Down syndrome to walk the runway at New York Fashion Week on Thursday. The American Horror Story actress strutted for Carrie Hammer's show as part of the designer's "Role Models Not Runway Models" campaign. "Young girls and even young women… [see me] and say 'Hey, if she can do it so can I,'" Brewer told Today.
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