Supreme Court won’t take up Rodney Reed appeal

Washington (CNN)The Supreme Court said Monday it will not take up an appeal from death row inmate Rodney Reed, who is challenging his sentence based in part on the fact that Texas relied on evidence that was later proven to be scientifically invalid. Lower courts are still considering separate claims, Sotomayor said, adding that the court’s action on Monday should not “close the door” on future review of the case. “I remain hopeful that available state processes will take care to ensure full and fair consideration of Reed’s innocence,” she wrote. “Because the litigation is still proceeding in lower courts, Justice Sotomayor agreed that the Supreme Court shouldn’t step in at this point,” said Steve Vladeck, CNN Supreme Court analyst …

Behind that teenage TikTok star, there’s probably a very confused parent

New York (CNN Business)Martin Charlton vividly remembers the moment last year when he and his son walked into the lobby of a Marriott hotel in Orlando to check in ahead of a social media event. A group of teenage girls quickly recognized his 15-year-old son, Luca Schaefer-Charlton, and started screaming. For the rest of the weekend, the pair couldn’t make it across that enormous lobby without people chasing Schaefer-Charlton and swarming around him. “There’s a massive opportunity here potentially [with TikTok],” Anastasio said. His son has already received interest from musicians, who want him to promote songs on TikTok, and modeling agencies. “But if it doesn’t work out, he needs an education to fall back on.” Even the teenage TikTok …

Vladimir Putin’s strangest propaganda moments

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin carries artifacts he recovered whilst diving at an archaeological site off the Taman peninsular in southern Russia. (Reuters) WHO IS VLADIMIR PUTIN, THE RUSSIAN PRESIDENT AND EX-KGB OFFICER? Instead of handling the supposed sixth-century artifacts with care, Putin, in footage of the dive, is then shown removing them from the sea floor with his bare hands. When he got to shore to share his tale of discovery in the shallow seas, a throng of photographers just happened to be there. “Treasure!” Putin told reporters with a big grin. “They drank it all already.” Putin scores eight goals in a hockey game Hockey is a grueling, physical sport in which players body-check each other and often fight. …

I didnt love Taika Waititis movie, but I feel his shoulder and back, and neck pain | Hadley Freeman

After the director picked up his Oscar for Jojo Rabbit, he launched into the most powerful speech Ive ever heard Apologies for bringing up the Oscars again, but I need to talk about a speech that touched the core of my very being. Not Joaquin Phoenixs, with its suggestion that drinking milk is analogous to racism. Nor Rene Zellwegers free associative one, in which she thanked people who had meant a lot to her, but sounded as if she was doing a sequel to Billy Joels We Didnt Start The Fire: Neil Armstrong! Sally Ride! Fred Rogers! Harriet Tubman! It was always burning as the world was turning! The speech Im referring to was not, strictly speaking, an acceptance speech. …

Sun’s owner reports 68m loss as paper sales fall

The News of the World was closed in 2011 after it was revealed that it had obtained stories by listening in to the private voicemail messages of celebrities and even the murdered teenager Milly Dowler. Phone-hacking trial explained News Group Newspapers said the final bill “may or may not be significantly higher” than the £26.7m it had put aside to deal with the hangover from the scandal. It was higher than the previous year when the newspaper owner put aside £14.7m to pay for “claimants’ legal fees and damages”. The increase follows a spate of high-profile settlements between celebrities and the former owners of the now-defunct paper. Last year, singer Sir Elton John, actress Elizabeth Hurley and campaigner Heather Mills …

The Brits mark turning 40 by refusing to look back

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDave, Lizzo and Billie Eilish were some of the highlights from this year’s Brit Awards Poised and calm despite his indignation, the 21-year-old’s words hit hard, delivering one of those indescribable “Brits moments” that every artist seeks, but few ever pull off. “That performance has been on my mind for months now,” Dave told Radio 1’s Newsbeat after coming off stage. “I’ve been rehearsing it for about six weeks, but I said what I needed to say and I’m happy.” He may have stolen the show, but the rest of the ceremony highlighted a new wave of young innovators who are re-writing the rules of pop. Billie Eilish, for one, makes hit …

Streaming with laughter: the 50 best standup comedy shows

From Bill Hicks to Hannah Gadsby, Dave Chappelle to Josie Long here are 50 specials you can watch right now Oh, how you spoil us, the internet. Watching a comedians latest show used to involve waiting for one of about eight comics to release a VHS/DVD or, gulp, leaving the house. Today, we hold the whip hand. Such is our desire to sit around watching standup in our pyjamas, streaming services cant get them out fast enough. Netflix is our most deep-pocketed and reliable dealer, pumping out no less than 45 original shows in 2019, up from one in 2012. But there are other providers, notably Amazon Prime Video, iPlayer, and smaller outfits such as NextUp and Go Faster Stripe, …

#BeKind: can Caroline Flacks final plea be more than just a hashtag?

Business brands promote a fundraising message of empathy following the death of the Love Island host Scanning the magazine aisle at her local supermarket last weekend, Nikki Evans suddenly felt sick. She was stocking up on celebrity and gossip weeklies for her beauty salon when she realised that created in 2017 by Lucy Alexander, a mother who lost her son to suicide and wanted to make a stand against online trolling. Nikki Evans owner of The Boutique Hair & Beauty at Heyford House in Cullompton, Devon. Photograph: Ben Bellamy In the past week, inspired by Flacks Instagram post from December in which she wrote: In a world where you can be anything, be kind, brands, celebrities and the public have …

30 People Dropping Uncomfortable Truths About Life In Your 30s

Twitter has been spending quite some time “auditing” this precious period of our lives. People have hilariously summed up what your 30s is really like time and time again, but the truth is that there are so many aspects of it, we just had to make a follow-up post. reply View More Replies… Let’s see what the academic world has to say about this, shall we? One study by a British social-networking site called Friends Reunited found out that 70% of respondents over the age of 40 thought they were not truly happy until they reached 33. “The age of 33 is enough time to have shaken off childhood naiveté and the wild scheming of teenaged years without losing the …

Cara Delevingne calls Justin Bieber out after he says she is the least favorite of his wife’s friends

(CNN)Justin Bieber should have just eaten the bull penis. After a few seconds of thought, Bieber answered: “Kendall, Gigi, Cara Delevingne,” he said. As the audience applauded, Bieber was quick to defend his statements. “Here’s the thing, let’s go back to it,” he started. “I know Kendall the best. I’ve spent the most time with Kendall, you know, she’s a good friend of ours. I haven’t spent a lot of time with Gigi and I haven’t spent a lot of time with Cara.” He said he had “nothing against those people.” But not according to Delevingne, who called him out on Instagram a few days later. Now vs. Then If you have nothing against me, then why don't you unblock …

Gwyneth, Lizzo, Cher: who are Hollywood stars endorsing?

Ahead of the California primary, here are the candidates Hollywoods famous names are voting for As the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination grows increasingly unpredictable, every boost helps and candidates are calling in support from the powerful world of film and entertainment. From Ariana Grandes endorsement of Bernie Sanders to Pete Buttigiegs fundraiser with Gwyneth Paltrow, the Hollywood endorsement remains a coveted campaign accolade. And while a recent survey found Jaboukie Young-White, a Daily Show correspondent, are also putting their weight behind the 78-year-old Vermont senator. Other surprising names include Caroline Calloway, and the celebrated drag queen Why Im Changing My Vote from Joe Biden to Amy Klobuchar, writing: The Democratic party of 2020 is ready for a fresher …

Malena Ernman on daughter Greta Thunberg: She was slowly disappearing into some kind of darkness

A new book by Greta Thunbergs mother reveals the reality of family life during her daughters transformation from bullied teenager to climate icon Gretas father, Svante, and I are what is known in Sweden as cultural workers trained in opera, music and theatre with half a career of work in those fields behind us. When I was pregnant with Greta, and working in Germany, Svante was acting at three different theatres in Sweden simultaneously. I had several years of binding contracts ahead of me at various opera houses all over Europe. With 1,000km between us, we talked over the phone about how we could get our new reality to work. Youre one of the best in the world at what …

Streaming Music Doesn’t Flow, It Evaporates

Alexa has no knack for pianissimo. Here's how to tell. Set her to living-room volume and ask her to play Berlioz's rapturous epic of sex and opioids: Related Stories The Unbearable Softness of Engineered Fabrics Decade in Review Allyson McCabe Neil Young’s Adventures on the Hi-Res Frontier Perfecting Sound Forever, has tallied the damage done to pop recordings by the notorious Loudness War, which has raged for lo these 40 years. (Troops do seem to be drawing down lately; we must end endless loudness wars.) A brief military history: When music was first digitized for compact discs in the 1980s, engineers set a peak for how big and loud a signal could be, but over time producers found they could …

Vulva masks and labia serums: the marketing of womens genital shame

More and more wellness companies are selling products that capitalise on womens insecurities over their bodies. Now they are targeting the vulva There is little to love about having a cold, damp vulva. Or so I discovered when I applied an activated charcoal sheet mask to mine. The product in question, Blackout, is by a luxury vulva care brand called Paltrow even created a candle that supposedly smells of her vagina. The singer-songwriter Erykah Badu is Clit Spritz (29.99 for 30ml), a 100% natural oil that, according to its press release, stimulates, lubricates and rejuvenates your lady parts using the cannabis plant designed for women to give their bits a bit of a treat! An estimated 1.3 million UK consumers …

Caroline Flack death: hair salons boycott ‘toxic’ gossip magazines

The presenters suicide has prompted dozens of businesses to replace showbiz titles with more positive material Hair salons around the country are boycotting celebrity gossip magazines in order to stop fuelling toxic publications in the wake of Caroline Flacks suicide. Dozens of salons from London to Edinburgh and Chorley to Colchester are joining a growing movement to stop providing showbiz mags to customers and are replacing them with more positive material instead. Nicky Thompson, owner of Nix Hair and Beauty in south London, is one of the businesses to get on board. She said: I think the whole Caroline Flack thing has been a shock for all of us really. Then when I came in and had a look at …

23 People Who Knew A Killer Before They Killed

Emily Madriga Updated February 22, 2020 Warren Wong Emily Madriga Updated February 22, 2020 Warren Wong *** A few years ago I hired a father-son handyman team to help me get my house ready to put on the market. Among other things, my outside doorknobs were in bad shape so they installed new ones. The dad seemed pretty nice, even did a little bit for free. On their 3rd and last day at my house, he was pretty fired up about a big job they were starting the next day. Three days later he killed his new clients because they were unhappy with his work. A neighbor saw what happened and ran into her house and hid. He kicked her …