NATIONAL NEWS: Apple works to reverse iPhone court order, GOP debate gets heated, College students fake hate crime


Apple works to reverse court order to break into iPhone

Apple is asking a court to reverse the rule given by the FBI to create a backdoor into the iPhone of San Bernardino terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook, reported the BBC on Feb. 25. Though the rule was ordered specifically for the terrorist’s phone, Apple claims that creating a backdoor would require a new operating system and put all of its customers at risk. The company adds that no court has ever demanded that a company weaken its security measures to gather personal information. The court filing said that “this case is about the Department of Justice and the FBI seeking through the courts a dangerous power that Congress and the American people have withheld.”

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GOP debate gets heated

The Republican presidential candidates faced off in another debate Feb. 25. Hosted by CNN-Telemundo in Houston, it was the last chance for the candidates to prove themselves before Super Tuesday. Tensions flared between Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, said Fox News. Both Rubio and Cruz attacked Trump, and Trump, in turn, took attacks at them. The fire between the three pushed both Ben Carson and John Kasich out of the spotlight. Both attempted to gain screen time. Kasich claimed that he was the best candidate to run against Hillary Clinton, and Carson said that when vetting a Supreme Court nominee, he would “look at the fruit salad of their life.”

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College students fake hate crime, are charged with assault

Three black female students at the State University of New York at Albany are being charged with assault after fake allegations made toward a group of white men and women, reported The Washington Post on Feb. 26. The case started when one of the students, Ariel Agudio, called 911 and reported that her and two other women, Alexis Briggs and Asha Burwell, had been the victims of a racially charged crime. They claimed that the event took place on January 30 around 1 a.m. on a bus. The story made national news, but now authorities are saying that the allegations are false. The three students are facing charges of assault as the authorities believe that they were the perpetrators of the alleged physical attack.

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