World Leaders Prepare to Sign Paris Climate Treaty, Tributes to Prince in Many Cities

World Leaders Prepare to Sign Paris Climate Treaty-BBC News

Today, nearly 170 countries are expected to sign the Paris Climate Agreement Treaty at the UN to make the treaty operational within a year. The UN views this possibility of a record turnout as global support for preventing the rise in temperatures around the world. In order for the treaty to begin fighting global warming, the treaty needs to be signed by 55 countries representing 55% of all global emissions. “My biggest concern really is that we are only on the first step of a ladder of increased ambition. It is going to become clear to the world over the next 3-5 years how much more we need to stabilize the climate,” Reid Detchon, vice president for energy and climate strategy at the United Nations Foundation said.

Parties, Vigils, Other Tributes to Prince in Many Cities-CBS News

Prince, the renowned singer and songwriter died Thursday at his suburban Minneapolis compound. In honor of his life, all-night dance parties were held at the Minneapolis nightclub where “Purple Rain” was filmed and in New York Spike Lee hosted an impromptu block party. Also, many buildings across the country were lit in purple to honor Prince such as San Francisco City Hall and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Celebrities also tweeted their appreciation for his music and shock at his death. “Prince was brilliant and larger than life,” Ellen DeGeneres tweeted.

F.B.I. Director Suggests Bill for iPhone Hacking Topped $1.3 Million-NY Times

At a technology conference in London on Thursday F.B.I. Director James B. Comey Jr.  suggested to audience members that the F.B.I. paid at least $1.3 million to an undisclosed group to help hack into the iPhone used by one of the attackers in the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. He did not give an exact number but said, “Let’s see, more than I will make in the remainder of this job, which is seven years and four months for sure.” The F.B.I. declined to confirm if $1.3 million was the amount paid by the bureau to hack the iPhone. “A number of factors go into pricing these bounties,” Alex Rice, the co-founder and CTO of the security start-up HackerOne said.