The New Jersey child who accidentally shot her gun-range guide with an Uzi last week while on a family vacation out west told her parents “the gun was too much for her and it hurt her shoulder” after firing, according to a police report released today by the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona. The family, who has not been identified, said “it appeared that [the girl] was injured as she was holding her shoulder,” and did not initially realize Charles Vacca, the instructor, had been shot once in the head. “We need a helicopter,” said someone from the range in a 911 call, according to a new transcript. “An ambulance ain’t gonna work.”
Here's another terrible twist to the story of the celeb nude photos that were leaked by hackers over the weekend: The stash reportedly includes images of Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney that were taken when she was underage. (Update: Maroney's lawyers have confirmed that she was underage in the photos.)
A Reddit forum called r/TheFappening (really? really!) has been gleefully collecting the illegally obtained snaps. Now, the subreddit is scrambling to delete the photos of Maroney after Reddit administrators warned its moderators that Maroney was underage when they were taken.
If you're not ready to commit to a self-marriage, perhaps you were looking for love on the playa at Burning Man last week. A few hopeful souls on Craigslist certainly were, but their budding desert romances were quickly derailed by robot hearts and horse sailboats. Come take a journey with us through the spiritual arena of Burning Man Missed Connections. (My playa name is Cat Princess.)
Consider this your reminder that while Labor Day is dead and gone, this previously mild summer has another few weeks left, technically: The temperature hit 92 degrees in Central Park today for the first time in 2014. In September.
Emma Sulkowicz says she was raped in her own dorm bed by a classmate on the first day of her sophomore year of college. Since then, a substantial amount of her time at Columbia University has been spent trying to convince college administrators, police, and even friends that what happened to her really happened, that it was rape, and that her rapist deserves to be punished for what he did.
Apple released a statement today denying that the cache of nude celebrity photos released over the weekend were obtained as a result of a security breach in iCloud, its cloud data-storage service. Instead, the company says, an internal investigation found "that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions." Consider this your daily reminder to set up two-step verification.
When John Breaux retired from the Senate nine years ago, he rode off to a chorus of lamentations — the chummy centrist deal-maker, loved and respected by all, willing to put pragmatism ahead of ideology. Breaux, of course, immediately became a lobbyist, along with fellow former senator Trent Lott. Their latest coup is Gazprombank, on whose behalf they will now deploy their legendary charm and influence.
If a new study from Baylor University is to be believed, college women spend an incredible ten hours a day futzing around on their cell phones — and the guys aren’t far behind, losing eight hours each day the same way. And perhaps not surprising, in that same study, about 60 percent of the college students said they felt “addicted” to their phones.
Dave Weigel, the brand-name political journalist who resigned from the Washington Post following the Journolist scandal, announced today that he's leaving Slate to join Bloomberg Politics to work on "an ambitious political magazine run by the sort of geniuses who made Bloomberg Businessweek into a great print mag, and New York's political coverage a daily most-read." He'll join Game Change co-authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann on the yet-to-be-named venture.