Actor Sean Penn secured an exclusive interview with infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán. The article, which Rolling Stone published Saturday, took place while El Chapo was on the run after his July escape from a maximum security prison.
El Chapo was captured Friday and returned to the same prison. Penn, Mexican actress Kate del Castillo, and any other actors and producers that met with El Chapo are under investigation, The New York Times reports a Mexican official said Saturday.
Penn wrote that del Castillo facilitated a seven-hour in-person introduction between him and El Chapo in September. When his plans for a more formal, two-day sitdown were thwarted in October, he sent El Chapo questions via Blackberry messaging that the druglord responded to on video.
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Here are some highlights from the story, which, in a breach of widely accepted journalism ethics, El Chapo was able to review before publication, according to an editor's note:
On Donald Trump: "Ah! Mi amigo!"
On if he, a person who once claimed to have killed thousands, is a violent person: "No, sir."
On how he'd describe himself: "It's a person who's not looking for problems in any way."
Police in Bangladesh say a Hindu temple worker was hacked to death on Friday by three assailants on a motorcycle.
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Shaymanonda Das was getting ready for morning prayers in the district of Jhenaidah when he was hacked on the neck with machetes, the BBC reports. Police say the motive isn't clear, but a similar attack took place in the same district last month, with the victim a 70-year-old Hindu priest hacked to death in a rice paddy field.
Since February 2013, more than 40 people in Bangladesh, including academics, secular bloggers, and gay rights activists, have been killed in similar attacks pinned on Islamic militants. The Islamic State has claimed credit for some of the deaths, but the government says ISIS does not have a presence in the country, and local militant groups are responsible, the BBC reports. To combat such terrorist organizations, the government says it has arrested thousands of people. Catherine Garcia
For someone who loves The Smiths, British Prime Minister David Cameron sure has a hard time getting their lyrics right.
During Wednesday's Parliamentary sitting, Labour's Kerry McCarthy brought up the song "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out," saying it's her party's favorite track. Cameron responded by telling her the song "actually involves a double suicide," adding, "I think the lyrics are, 'If a double decker bus crashes into us, there's no finer way than by your side.' I think." Actually, as anyone who was a mopey teenager in 1986 could tell him, the lyrics are, "And if a double decker bus crashes into us, to die by your side is such a heavenly way to die."
Earlier, Cameron intentionally got other lyrics wrong, NME reports, as he tried to get a jab in against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Cameron told Corbyn he's "never seen an opposition leader with less support and he's staying. As someone about to enter the political graveyard perhaps I could misquote my favorite man and say, 'Let's meet at the cemetery gates.'" At least he was closer that time — the lyrics, from 1986's "Cemetry Gates," are "So I meet you at the cemetery gates."
Cameron has proclaimed his adoration for The Smiths several times, much to the dismay of The Smiths (guitarist Johnny Marr tweeted in 2010, "David Cameron, stop saying that you like The Smiths, no you don't. I forbid you to like it."). It might behoove the resigning prime minister, once he finds himself with more free time, to brush up on his favorite band's lyrics, but really, what difference does it make? Catherine Garcia
Noted author and journalist Gay Talese says he was duped by the main subject of his new book, The Voyeur's Motel, and he will not promote the work once it is published on July 12.
The Voyeur's Motel tells the tale of Gerald Foos, who allegedly spied on the guests staying at his Manor House motel in Aurora, Colorado, from the late 1960s to mid-1990s. One problem: Property records show Foos sold the Manor House in 1980 and didn't reacquire it until 1988, The Washington Post reports. Talese said he is now second-guessing everything Foos told him. "I should not have believed a word he said," Talese told The Post. "I'm not going to promote this book. How dare I promote it when its credibility is down the toilet?"
Most of the material came from journals that Foos, now 82, kept while running the motel. He claimed to have built special walkways above the rooms, and watched everything that took place — including a murder. (Foos told The Post he has "never purposely told a lie" and "everything I said in that book is the truth.") Talese noted in the book that he did find some discrepancies in Foos' story, and he told The Post he dealt with a "certifiably unreliable" source who is "totally dishonorable." The movie rights to the book have already been bought by Steven Spielberg, and an excerpt ran in The New Yorker in April; the publication is known for its thorough fact checking, and editor David Remnick told The Post he will look into how it was vetted. Catherine Garcia
In 2014, Apple bought Beats, the headphones and music service owned by Dr. Dre and music mogul Jimmy Iovine. Now, the company is in talks to buy Jay Z's music streaming service, Tidal, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing "people familiar with the matter." The deal would unite "East Coast and West Coast rap under a single business interest," The Journal notes, but it would also expand Apple's growing Apple Music empire and potentially give the consumer electronics giant access to Tidal's roster of top artists. A Tidal spokesman said no company executives have met with Apple.
Tidal, which doesn't offer a free service, says it has 4.2 million paying subscribers, while Apple Music reports 15 million paying subscribers. Spotify, in contrast, has some 30 million paying and 70 million free users. Tidal's subscription numbers have grown in the past year due to exclusive online access to music by musicians like Beyoncé, Kanye West, Rhianna, and Prince. "I would be surprised if this doesn't happen," music industry analyst Bob Lefsetz tells USA Today. Apple is "at war with Spotify," and Tidal has "very limited options," he added. "Jay Z bought it to sell it and who's going to buy it? Amazon is the only other option and it's going in a different direction." Peter Weber
Police in Richmond, California, say a man broke into the apartment of the nation's oldest park ranger and after beating her, stole a commemorative coin given to her by President Obama.
Just after midnight on Monday, Betty Reid Soskin, 94, says she woke up to see a man inside her second floor apartment. He was able to get in through the sliding glass door, and after she tried to call 911 on her cellphone, he grabbed it from her and started to punch her. "I fully expected he was going to kill me," she told KTVU. "He doubled up his fist and hit me a couple of times on the sides of my face with all his might." Soskin was able to break free and locked herself in the bathroom. The assailant fled with her iPad, laptop, jewelry, cellphone, and several commemorative coins, including one Obama gave to Soskin after she introduced him at the national Christmas tree lighting ceremony in December.
The president has been notified about the crime, and he said he will send Soskin another coin with the presidential seal, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Soskin works five days a week at the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, and she is beloved by visitors and her colleagues. "She's doing fine, physically," her supervisor, Tom Leatherman, told the Chronicle. "But emotionally, it's difficult." Catherine Garcia
In addition to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), Donald Trump's campaign is vetting former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, The Washington Post reports. Five sources requesting anonymity told The Post that both men have been asked by the attorney managing Trump's vetting process to answer a questionnaire and hand over everything from tax records to personal files to books and articles they've written.
The sources said at least half a dozen other people — including Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) — are also being looked at as viable options, but it's unclear how far along they are in the vetting process. Gingrich and Christie have been major supporters of Trump, appearing with him at campaign events and representing him on the morning shows. Gingrich, who sources say has the support of former candidate Ben Carson, as recently as Sunday said no one from the Trump campaign has ever called him to discuss running. Not surprisingly, the sources also told The Post that Trump isn't looking for a low-key running mate, but rather someone who's electric. Catherine Garcia
As the Juno spacecraft passed through the "bow shock" outside of Jupiter's magnetosphere on June 24, the probe's instruments picked up the cacophony that accompanied the dramatic event.
"The bow shock is analogous to a sonic boom," Juno team member William Kurth of the University of Iowa said in a statement. "The solar wind blows past all the planets at a speed of about a million miles per hour, and where it hits an obstacle, there's all this turbulence." Jupiter's magnetosphere is "the bubble in which the giant planet's magnetic field controls the movement of particles," Space.com explains, and it's the largest structure in the solar system. Listen to the sounds of Jupiter below. Catherine Garcia