Posts by Dylan Stableford

  • Rihanna calls Rachel Dolezal 'a bit of a hero'

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 20 hrs ago

    Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP leader who resigned earlier this year after being accused of lying about her race, was widely criticized for representing herself as black.

    But Rihanna wasn't one of those critics.

    “I think she was a bit of a hero, because she kind of flipped on society a little bit,” the 27-year-old pop star told Vanity Fair in a wide-ranging interview published Monday. “Is it such a horrible thing that she pretended to be black? Black is a great thing, and I think she legit changed people’s perspective a bit and woke people up.”

    In June, Dolezal’s biological parents, who are white, disclosed that their daughter is white but had been posing as a black woman, sparking an ethics investigation at the NAACP and touching off a national debate over racial identity.

    Dolezal resigned as president of the organization’s Spokane, Wash., chapter, but refused to apologize.

    “I identify as black,” Dolezal said in an interview with NBC’s “Today” following her resignation.

    The 37-year-old civil rights activist said she has been doing so since the age of 5.


  • Al Roker apologizes for ‘insensitive’ South Carolina flood selfie

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 20 hrs ago

    Al Roker has apologized for taking a smiling selfie in South Carolina while reporting on the deadly floods that have ravaged the Palmetto State.

    The popular NBC weatherman and “Today” show co-host posed for a photo with a pair of unidentified co-workers in front of a car caught in a partly collapsed roadway, posting it to his verified Twitter feed on Sunday.

    The juxtaposition of smiling national media members and suffering South Carolinians quickly drew outrage, and Roker subsequently deleted the tweet and issued an apology to his 400,000 followers.

    “Absolutely correct,” Roker wrote. “I apologize for being insensitive. The woman in that car got out without injury. We should not have been in the picture.”

    Absolutely correct. I apologize for being insensitive. The woman in that car got out without injury. We Should not have been in the picture

    He added: “We came down to report, and I offended those who lost so much. I am sorry.”

    We came down to report and I offended those who lost so much. I am sorry

  • Amtrak train derails in Vermont, injuring 7, officials say

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 1 day ago

    An Amtrak passenger train en route from Vermont to Washington, D.C., hit rocks on the tracks and derailed near Montpelier on Monday, injuring at seven people, including one of them seriously, officials there say.

    Five of the train's cars went off the tracks in Northfield, about 10 miles south of the Vermont capital. Two of the derailed cars, including the locomotive and one passenger car, went down an embankment.

    We are aware of the derailment of train 55 in VT. Emergency personnel are on the scene & we are assessing the situation. Updates to follow.

    The derailment occurred at approximately 10:30 a.m. Monday, according to a spokeswoman for the Montpelier Fire Department. Six people were transported by ambulance to a local hospital with minor injuires; one person was airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire.

    According to WCAX-TV, some of those injured were "transported from the crash site using ATVs."

    In a statement, Amtrak said the train derailed "after reportedly striking a rock slide on the tracks."

  • Snowden joins Twitter, follows NSA

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 7 days ago

    Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who has been living in asylum in Russia after blowing the lid on the U.S. spy agency’s controversial domestic surveillance program, has joined Twitter.

    The 32-year-old fugitive published his first tweet from his verified Twitter account Tuesday afternoon.

    Can you hear me now?

    “I used to work for the government,” his Twitter bio reads. “Now I work for the public.”

    Snowden — who has appeared in online interviews conducted using video links since fleeing the United States in 2013 — was encouraged to join Twitter during a recent interview with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

    “You kind of need a Twitter handle,” Tyson told Snowden during the interview, which was posted Friday. “So like @Snowden, maybe? Is this something you might do?”

    “That sounds good; I think we’ve got to make it happen,” Snowden replied. “You and I will be Twitter buddies. Your followers will be the Internet, me and the NSA.”

    On Tuesday, Snowden engaged in a Twitter interview with Tyson.

  • Did NASA time its Mars announcement to coincide with 'The Martian'?

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 8 days ago

    NASA's announcement confirming that it found evidence of water flowing on the surface Mars was celebrated by scientists searching for life in the universe — and by publicists at 20th Century Fox looking to promote "The Martian," the upcoming Ridley Scott film starring Matt Damon.

    In the film, Damon plays Mark Watney, an astronaut who must survive alone on Mars after being left for dead by his crew during a fierce storm on the red planet.

    "With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive," reads the studio's description of the film, which is an adaptation of Andy Weir's 2011 novel of the same name.

    According to a Yahoo News staffer who read the book, the long-suspected existence of water on Mars was not part of the planet's hostile environment. And the water found on Mars — a briny liquid perchlorate — isn't drinkable, NASA said.

  • Brian Williams returns to air to anchor MSNBC's coverage of pope's arrival

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 14 days ago

    Brian Williams returned to the air Tuesday, seven months after the former "NBC Nightly News" anchor was suspended without pay for fabricating stories about his reporting, both on NBC and elsewhere.

    In his reduced role as MSNBC's breaking news anchor, Williams anchored live coverage of Pope Francis' historic visit to the United States on the Comcast-owned cable news channel.

    "Good day, I’m Brian Williams at MSNBC headquarters in New York," the 56-year-old anchor said at the top of the 3 p.m. hour ahead of the Pope's arrival from Cuba at Joint Base Andrews — making no mention of the controversy or his six-month absence from the air.

    Williams received a six-month suspension in February after admitting he embellished events that occurred in 2003 while he was covering the war in Iraq.

    In a subsequent interview with Stars & Stripes, Williams apologized, saying he had “misremembered” what happened.

    "I own this, and I own up to this," he said.

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  • Chelsea Clinton can’t understand why Americans find Hillary dishonest: ‘My mom is my hero’

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 21 days ago

    Chelsea Clinton is surprised to see her mother struggling in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination “because my mom is my hero.”

    In an interview with NBC’s “Today” show Tuesday, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton was asked how she felt about recent polls that show a majority of Americans don’t find her mother honest and trustworthy.

    “I’m not a pundit. I ’ m a daughter,” Chelsea Clinton said. “And I love and admire my mom. I know that she’s talking about issues that are important to families across our country.”

    She said she’s confident that such issues “are starting to resonate” with voters and that the Democrats will once again be “ready for Hillary.”

    “I believe as more and more Americans hear from her, they’ll come to know why I ’ m so proud to be my mother ’ s daughter, ” Chelsea said. “ I just continue to believe as more people see more of her, [they] will come to know why I believe so strongly that she would make a great president, and they will reach the same conclusions. ”

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  • Joyce Mitchell breaks her silence on prison escape

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 22 days ago

    The upstate New York prison worker who pleaded guilty to helping two inmates escape says she got swept up in a fantasy that spiraled out of control.

    "I just got in over my head," Joyce Mitchell told Matt Lauer in a jailhouse interview that aired on NBC's "Today" show Monday. "And I couldn't get out."

    Mitchell, 51, was a seamstress at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y., when she befriended convicted murderers Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34 — ultimately agreeing to be their getaway driver for an early-June prison break.

    "I couldn't tell anybody," she said. "I couldn't tell my husband. Couldn't tell my family. I couldn't tell my co-workers. I couldn't tell anybody. There's nobody you can tell."

    Mitchell, a mother of three, said she was suffering from depression when she met the pair and that her marriage to Kyle Mitchell, another prison worker, was crumbling.

    But Mitchell denied having a sexual relationship with either of the inmates.

  • James Blake wants NYPD to fire officer who tackled him

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 23 days ago

    James Blake says the New York Police Department should fire the undercover officer who slammed him to the ground outside a New York City hotel last week after the retired tennis star was misidentified as a suspect in a fraudulent credit card ring.

    "He shouldn't have a badge," Blake told the New York Times on Saturday, "because in my opinion what he's doing is tarnishing that badge."

    The officer, James Frascatore, has been placed on desk duty in the wake of the incident, which occurred Wednesday on the sidewalk in front of the Grand Hyatt in midtown Manhattan as Blake was waiting for a car to take him to the U.S. Open. In surveillance footage released by the NYPD Friday, Blake is seen being tackled and handcuffed by Frascatore, who was wearing plainclothes and never identified himself as a police officer.

    The case has put a national spotlight on what critics say are overly aggressive tactics used by NYPD officers.

    Blake disagrees.

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