The personal email account Hillary Clinton used for business purposes during her tenure as secretary of state was almost certainly hacked by countries like Russia or Iran, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday.
"One of your colleagues, Mike Morell, said on this program, or actually agreed with my assertion that almost certainly, Russians, Chinese and Iranians had compromised the home brew server of the former secretary of state," radio host Hugh Hewitt said. Gates, who served under Presidents Obama and George W. Bush, said he agreed with that assessment, adding that "the odds are pretty high" that Clinton's communications were accessed by unfriendly nations.
Gates' remarks come on the heels of the revelation that Clinton's private system processed information "of a higher level of classification than 'top secret'" which was never supposed to leave secure government servers. Bonnie Kristian
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 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 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 both men have been asked by the attorney managing the 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 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." The magnetosphere is "the bubble in which the giant planet's magnetic field controls the movement of particles," Space.com explains, and is the largest structure in the solar system. Listen to the sounds of Jupiter below. Catherine Garcia
The Royal Caribbean cruise ship "Anthem of the Seas" is returning to Bayonne, New Jersey, Thursday night after a child was discovered in a pool.
The child is currently on life support, ABC New York reports. The ship will be met at the port by firefighters, and the child will be transported to a local hospital. The Coast Guard was notified of the incident at around 7 p.m. No information has been released on the child's age or hometown, or how long the child might have been in the water before being found. Catherine Garcia
After breezing through Jupiter's magnetosphere, NASA's Juno spacecraft is on track to begin orbiting the planet on the 4th of July.
— NASA's Juno Mission (@NASAJuno) June 30, 2016
"We've just crossed the boundary into Jupiter's home turf," principal investigator Scott Bolton of the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio said in a statement Thursday. "We're closing in fast on the planet itself and already gaining valuable data." Juno was fully inside Jupiter's magnetosphere, the largest structure in the solar system, by June 25, NASA said. The magnetosphere extends about 5 astronomical units beyond Jupiter (each AU is about 93 million miles), and if it "glowed in visible light, it would be twice the size of the full moon as seen from Earth," Juno team member William Kurth of the University of Iowa said.
Juno was launched in August 2011, and over the next 18 months, the plan is for the spacecraft to circle around Jupiter more than 30 times, using nine different scientific instruments to gather data. NASA hopes to map out the planet's magnetic and gravitational fields and determine if it has a core or not, Space.com reports, and also gain new information about the universe as a whole. "What Juno's really about is learning about the recipe for how solar systems are made," Bolton said. Catherine Garcia