How Taylor Swift Got To Change Apple Music Policy

Richest company in the world, Apple Inc, said it would now pay artists during the 3-month free trial of their upcoming music streaming service ‘Apple Music’, after superstar Taylor Swift said she would withhold her album ‘1989’ from the service in this Tumblr post:

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‘Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months’, she wrote. ‘Apple’s policy of not paying artists during free trial is shocking and disappointing as it would hurt young artists just starting out.’ She continued.

Apple replied to Taylor late Sunday night, in tweets from Eddy Cue, a key lieutenant of CEO Tim Cook, saying ‘#AppleMusic will pay artsts for streaming, even during customber’s free trial period’, ‘We hear you @TaylorSwift and indie artists. Love, Apple’.

Taylor Swift turned to Twitter to thank Apple and her supporters: ‘I am elated and relieved. Thank you for your words of support today. They listened to us’.

Noe I. for Windows of the World


Metro North Commuter Train Hits Car, Kills 6

Six people died this evening when a crowded Metro North Harlem Line train hit a Jeep Cherokee north of White Plains, New York.
More than 750 Passengers were estimated to be inside the train and they were evacuated to the back, MTA says.
The head car of the train set on fire immediately after the crash.
It’s not clear what led to the crash at this hour.

Metro North stated on their Twitter account that the Harlem Service is temporary suspended between North White Plains and Pleasantville.

Noe I. For Windows of the World

Wintry Mix Hits New York Area

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A Winter Storm Warning is currently in effect for the New York City area, as a system of wintry mix of precipitation is moving east. Snow accumulations will be less in the south.

Northern New Jersey is likely to get more than hakf-foot of snow.

New York City Schools are open, and so are their after-school programs, but field trips have been canceled.

Drivers are being warned to be extra cautious and leave extra time. Alternate side parking regulations have been suspended for snow removal Monday.

Mayor Bill De Blasio issued a severe weather warning and hazardous travel advisory for Monday.

Long Island Railroad, Metro-North, MTA, working on normal weekday schedule as extra crews are keeping platforms clear of snow and ice.

It is advised for riders to take extra time for morning and evening commutes.

Noe I. For Windows of the World

Boston Marathon Explosion Full Coverage

A Boston University student was confirmed dead today as the third fatal victim from the terrorist bombing at the Boston marathon Monday afternoon. The two other were identified as a boy and a young woman.

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FBI’s investigator made a plea for information from the witnesses and said ‘The range of suspects and motives remains wide open’ and asked anyone who may have heard someone speak about the marathon or April 15 to call them.

Investigators still have no firm suspects from the attacks that killed three and injured more than 170 people.

Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick said: “This is a painful and tragic  lesson, but we will learn from this as well”, and confirmed the visit of President Barack Obama on Thursday morning, at Cathedral of the Holy Cross in South Boston.

Investigators believe the bombs were shrapnel-studded pressure cookers, hidden in backpacks and detonated by timers.

Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police Timothy Alben is asking people to submit their photographs and videos that were made close to the finish line. “You might not think it’s significant, but it might have some value to this investigation.” He claimed.

President Obama affirmed “We will find whoever harmed our citizens, and we will bring them to justice,” he vowed. “We also know this: The American people refuse to be terrorized.”

The fatal victims were an 8 year-old boy, Martin Richard, who was waiting at the finish, Krystle Campbell, 29, of Medford, and the third one was a Boston University student who was not identified at this hour.

As of today there were 70 people hospitalized being treated at six Boston hospitals. The youngest victim is a two year-old bot with a head injury.

Here’s a video that went viral and shows how the two explosions happened:

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Ernesto Strengthens, Takes Aim at Mexico’s Yucatan

Tropical Storm Ernesto strengthened in the western Caribbean Sea on Monday and was forecast to become a hurricane and smack into Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, U.S. forecasters said.

Ernesto had top sustained winds of 65 miles per hour on Monday afternoon and was expected to cross the 74 mph threshold to become a hurricane by Tuesday morning.

Hurricane warnings were issued for part of the Yucatan’s east coast and the entire coast of Belize. Tropical storm watches and warnings were in effect for other parts of the Yucatan, Honduras and the Bay Islands.

The government of Belize urged residents on vulnerable islands to move inland and those in flood-prone areas to seek shelter.

Ernesto was centered about 135 miles northeast of the Nicaragua-Honduras border and was moving west-northwest.

“On the forecast track, the center will be passing north of the coast of Honduras tonight and Tuesday and be near the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula early Wednesday,” forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said on Monday.

Ernesto’s outer bands brought winds and rain to Jamaica as it passed south of the island on Sunday, but the storm failed to dampen street celebrations there for sprinter Usain Bolt’s victory in the 100 meters track final at the Olympics Games.

Heavy rains also lashed Hispaniola and Puerto Rico on Sunday.

The forecasters expect Ernesto to move into the southern part of the Gulf of Mexico by Thursday, but it was too early to know if it could disrupt oil and gas operations in the gulf.

To the east, Florence, the sixth named storm of the Atlantic-Caribbean hurricane season, dissipated into a remnant low pressure area over the open Atlantic on Monday. It was about midway between the coast of Africa and the Leeward Islands and never threatened land.

August and September are usually the most active months of the Atlantic-Caribbean hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30.

Waldo Canyon Fire, 55 percent contained, still burns hot

The fast-paced Waldo Canyon Fire near Colorado Springs, Colo., may be more than half contained, but fire officials warn that it hasn’t run its course. Firefighters hope to have it completely contained by July 16, reported.

So far, the Waldo Canyon blaze – deemed the most destructive wildfire in Colorado state history – has burned nearly 18,000 acres and destroyed 346 homes, the television station reported. The cause of the fire, which started on June 23, is under investigation.

The fire is still active and the environment remains very dry, Bret Waters, emergency management director of Colorado Springs, told the Denver Post. About 3,000 people are still barred from returning home, he said.

Fire managers called the fire “incredible,” the Denver Post reported in another story. It has burned more than 1,500 degrees – that’s hotter than the Hayman Fire in 2002, which was Colorado’s biggest-ever wildfire in terms of acreage — and has moved very quickly.

The heat radiating from the fire has cooked the area around it, making it easier for the fire to spread.

The fire burned so hot at the northwest border of the fire that a window sill inside a home caught fire, the Post reported.

Rain is forecast but afternoon thunderstorms could counter the moisture by introducing more wind and lightning.

NBC NEWS Reports.