While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Sept 17 edition

Donald Trump smiles as he arrives on stage for a press conference on Sept 16, 2016.
Donald Trump smiles as he arrives on stage for a press conference on Sept 16, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

Under fire Trump admits Obama is American

After years of fuelling conspiracy theories, Republican White House nominee Donald Trump admitted that President Barack Obama is an American as he tries to neutralise damaging charges of racism.

In a much-hyped televised event, Trump gave a lengthy plug for his new Washington hotel before acknowledging that “President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period.”

The mogul-turned-politico pointedly did not apologise, nor did he walk back similarly baseless claims that Obama – whose father was a Kenyan Muslim – founded the violent Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group.

Instead, he tried to pin blame for “birtherism” on his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, whom he accused, without evidence, of starting the movement that questions Obama’s nationality and right to be president.


The Apple store line is dying as iPhone fans order more online

The frayed scrap of paper taped to the sidewalk outside Apple's flagship store in San Francisco's Union Square had a simple message: US$5 (S$7) for photographs.

The sight of Apple fans clamouring to get the latest phone was replaced on Friday by people looking to make a few bucks from their lead spot in the line.

For the first time, being first through Apple store doors around the world is no guarantee of securing the top-of-the-line new iPhone. A combination of limited supply and Apple's push towards online pre-orders meant walk-in customers were unable to buy the larger 7 Plus version.


US media groups sue FBI to find out how it hacked shooter's iPhone

Three US news media groups filed a lawsuit to get the FBI to release details of how it hacked the iPhone of the man who with his wife shot and killed 14 people in San Bernardino last year.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation said it wanted to access Syed Rizwan Farook's locked iPhone 5c to look into possible links to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group, but phonemaker Apple refused to help, citing privacy concerns.

Gannett - USA Today's parent company - the Associated Press and Vice Media are suing to obtain details of the mysterious hack that rekindled a national debate on communications encryption and privacy protection.


Formula One: Mercedes' Nico Rosberg tops Singapore Grand Prix practice session

Without a win at the Formula One Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix, Nico Rosberg made a statement of intent by topping Friday's practice session to give him a boost ahead of qualifying.

In the cockpit of his Mercedes race car, the German posted the fastest lap after two practice sessions (1min 44.152sec), leaving Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen (1:44.427) and race favourite Max Verstappen (1:44.532) in his wake and giving him a confidence boost ahead of today's qualification.

Defending champion Sebastian Vettel, in a Ferrari, was fifth fastest (1:45.161), behind Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo (1:44.557).


Football: Dominant Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-1 away

Jordan Henderson scored a stunning winning goal as Liverpool ended Antonio Conte's unbeaten record as Chelsea manager with an impressive 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge.

In a dominant first-half display, Liverpool took the lead through Dejan Lovren before England midfielder Henderson curled home a superb effort from distance in the 36th minute.

Diego Costa reduced the arrears in the second half with his fifth goal of the campaign, but Jurgen Klopp's men held out to register another eye-catching Premier League win.