5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Trump Organization reportedly profited from Trump's inaugural committee

  • Facebook bug gave apps improper access to 6.8 million users' photos

  • The Weekly Standard to shutter after 23 years

  • Sandy Hook Elementary receives bomb threat on anniversary of shooting

  • Grammy-winning jazz and R&B vocalist Nancy Wilson dies at 81

President Trump's organization reportedly received money from the Presidential Inaugural Committee in 2017, and at least one organizer expressed concern that they were being overcharged, which could be a tax law violation. ProPublica reported Friday that the inaugural committee paid the Trump Organization for rooms, meals, and event space at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., and Ivanka Trump was involved in working out the price. Federal prosecutors are reportedly investigating whether the committee misspent any of its record $107 million haul and whether any of the committee's biggest donors sought access to or special favors from the incoming Trump administration for their donations. Donating money for political favors or diverting funds from a nonprofit like an inaugural committee could both run afoul of federal law.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, ProPublica

Facebook said Friday that it discovered a bug that may have given up to 1,500 third-party apps improper access to photos from up to 6.8 million users. Normally, the apps would only be permitted to access photos that a user has actually posted on their Facebook timeline, but because of this bug, the apps could access pictures that weren't publicly posted. This would include pictures shared on Facebook's Marketplace or on Facebook Stories, as well as pictures that a user uploaded but didn't end up posting. The apps had access to these photos for 12 days in September 2018, Facebook says. This issue would have only affected users who authorized the app to access photos. "We're sorry this happened," Facebook said.

Source: Facebook

Conservative news magazine The Weekly Standard is shutting down after 23 years of circulation. The outlet, which often published influential conservative opinion pieces, had been searching for a new owner, reports CNN, but its publisher told staffers Friday that it was no longer interested in seeking ways to revamp the company. The Weekly Standard was founded by Bill Kristol and Fred Barnes in 1995; it was seen as a pillar of neoconservative media and was often aligned with former president George W. Bush's administration. In recent years, the publication has consistently criticized President Trump — editor-in-chief Stephen Hayes reportedly noted to staff that conservative organizations critical of Trump's administration have struggled compared to Trump-friendly publications.

Source: CNN

Exactly six years after 28 people, mostly children, were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, another threat to the school forced its evacuation. At around 9 a.m. Friday, police say the Newtown, Connecticut school received a bomb threat and evacuated everyone inside. Police later said the threat was likely not credible, but school was still canceled for the rest of the day. A wave of bomb threats were emailed to businesses, schools, and government buildings across the U.S. on Thursday, but were determined to be a hoax. Sandy Hook's threat didn't seem to be connected to these widespread threats, police said.

Source: WCVB

Nancy Wilson, a vocalist who is best known for singing jazz but preferred to call herself a "song stylist," died Thursday night after a long illness. She was 81. Wilson, who retired from touring in 2011, died at her home in Pioneertown, California, near Joshua Tree National Park. Wilson was born in Chillicothe, Ohio, in 1937. She started singing at age 4, began performing professionally after a year of college, and started recording hit records soon after moving to New York City in 1959, later winning three Grammy awards for jazz and R&B performances. Wilson, who was married twice, is survived by one son, two daughters, two sisters, and five grandchildren.

Source: The Associated Press
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