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THURSDAY

September 8, 2016 

Apple introduced its new iPhone yesterday and we’ve rounded up what you need to know. The Baltimore County Police Department has routinely dismissed rape reports after doing little or no detective work. And why Turkey’s intervention in Syria is a huge gamble.

 

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The new iPhone doesn’t have a headphone jack and is finally water-resistant.

Apple announced the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus — both will be available for pre-order on Friday and will start shipping on Sept. 16. The new models kill off the standard headphone jack (here’s why), the cameras are way better, and black is the new black: There’s a new, high-gloss finish offered called “Jet Black.” But worry not, here’s how to use your old headphones with the new iPhone 7.

Apple’s strategy in 2016 is all about masterful incremental tweaks that add up to a different way of living with your devices.

More announcements: Pokémon Go and Mario are coming to Apple Watch and iOS, and Nintendo’s stock shot up over 23% after the announcement. The new Apple Watch is all about fitness — with GPS, a water-proof shell, and Nike+ integration.

Apple’s new wireless AirPods in their charging case.

Apple’s new wireless AirPods in their charging case.

 

“Saying no is not enough”: Inside a police department that tosses aside rape reports.

The Baltimore County Police Department has routinely dismissed rape reports after doing little or no detective work at all.

Detectives who are trained to handle sex crimes often never even met or spoke with the alleged victim.

The police department often shut down rape investigations because detectives believed the women did not fight back hard enough — or, as one police report put it, "did not resist to the best of her ability.”

Detectives often closed cases without interviewing the suspects — even when the suspect had been accused of sexual assault in the past.

 

WE'RE KEEPING AN EYE ON

Donald Trump again lied about his opposition to the Iraq War. 

“I was totally against the war in Iraq. From a — you can look at Esquire magazine from ‘04. You can look at before that,” Trump told moderator Matt Lauer during an NBC News presidential forum on Wednesday night. Lauer didn’t challenge the claims.

As BuzzFeed News has reported extensively, Trump expressed support for invading Iraq in a 2002 interview and praised the invasion in the days after it started. It wasn’t until 2004 that Trump became a vocal opponent.

More election stuff:

Why Turkey’s Syria intervention is a huge gamble.

Turkey, which crossed the border with modest ambitions, may soon find itself drawn deeper into the Syrian quagmire. The longer its army remains inside Syria the greater the risks it faces.

A string of easy early victories has already spurred the Turks and Syrian rebels to press onward.

Though Turkish forces have made assurances that they will no longer focus on regime change, Syrian rebels whom they’ve backed told BuzzFeed News they would use any gains won with Turkey’s help to take on President Bashar al-Assad.

A map of the area

Illustration: Ben King / BuzzFeed News / Via Nawar Oliver

 

QUICK THINGS TO KNOW

  • US President Barack Obama has nominated the first Muslim-American to be a federal judge — if he can be confirmed by the Senate.

  • #LochteGate: Swimmer Ryan Lochte has reportedly been suspended for 10 months by the United States Olympic Committee and USA Swimming over a false claim of being robbed at gunpoint during the Olympic Games in Rio last month.

  • Paralympic Games: A torchbearer slipped at the opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, but just got straight back up. And here’s the opening ceremony in pictures.

  • US Open: World tennis authorities have opened an investigation into a first-round women’s tennis match at the US Open that attracted unusually heavy betting in suspicious patterns, BuzzFeed News has learned.

  • Two Can Play That Game, the glossy battle of the sexes rom-com that came out in 2001, flipped the script for black Hollywood. We spoke to members of the cast and crew about how the film came to be.
The $13 million film has had an outsized impact on black popular culture and the representation of black life onscreen since its release.

The $13 million film has had an outsized impact on black popular culture and the representation of black life onscreen since its release. Screen Gems / Sony / Via Amazon

 

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