While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, March 5 edition

Donald Trump shuns conservative conference after debate shocker

Donald Trump backed out on Friday (March 4)  from appearing at a prominent conservative conference, after plumbing new depths of vulgarity in the latest US presidential debate to the despair of the Republican party.

Trump said he was scrapping a scheduled appearance Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference so he could attend rallies in Kansas, which holds its Republican caucus that day, and then Florida, which votes March 15.

Organisers of the event near Washington said they were “very disappointed” at the frontrunner’s “last-minute” cancellation.


Police investigate knife found at OJ Simpson’s onetime LA home

Police said on Friday (March 4) they were investigating a knife purportedly found at the former home of O.J. Simpson, the onetime football star who was acquitted of murdering his ex-wife and her friend in the so-called “Trial of the Century” that gripped the public two decades ago.

Forensic investigators were conducting DNA tests on the knife, which was recently turned over to the Los Angeles Police Department by a retired motorcycle officer, Lieutenant Andrew Neiman told reporters at a news conference.

Neiman said the officer told investigators he was given the knife by a construction worker, who in turn claimed to have found it on Simpson’s property in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles when the house was being torn down in 1998.


Police say criminals like Apple iPhones because of encryption

Some criminals have switched to new iPhones as their "device of choice" to commit wrongdoing due to strong encryption Apple has placed on their products, three law enforcement groups said in a court filing.

The groups told a judge overseeing Apple's battle with the US Department of Justice on Thursday that, among other things, they were aware of "numerous instances" in which criminals who previously used so-called throwaway burner phones have now switched to iPhones. They did not list a specific instance of this practice.

The brief by the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association and two other also cited a jailhouse phone call intercepted by New York authorities in 2015, in which the inmate called Apple's encrypted operating system "another gift from God."


S.H.E's Selina Jen announces divorce on Facebook

S.H.E member Selina Jen has announced her divorce from lawyer Richard Chang, 43, in a post on her Facebook at 11am on Friday (March 4).

By 1.50am, the post had attracted more than 47,000 shares and more than 30,000 wows.

Jen wrote in Chinese that a marriage requires the effort of two and admitted that the couple, who married on Oct 31, 2011, "have not done enough".


Eating peanuts helps infants avoid allergy, even after hiatus

Feeding infants small amounts of mashed-up peanuts early in life may help them avoid developing allergies, even if they stop eating peanuts for a year in early childhood, researchers said Friday.

The findings in the New England Journal of Medicine have prompted global health authorities to reconsider long-held advice that babies should avoid certain foods, amid a rise in potentially fatal peanut allergies among youths in recent years.

"The early introduction of peanut to the diets of infants at high-risk of developing peanut allergy significantly reduces the risk of peanut allergy until six years of age, even if they stop eating peanut around the age of five," said the study, led by King's College London.