5 things to know Tuesday, March 29: FBI hacks iPhone without Apple’s assistance

CUPERTINO, CA - MARCH 21: Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an Apple special event at the Apple headquarters on March 21, 2016 in Cupertino, California. The company is expected to update its iPhone and iPad lines, and introduce new bands for the Apple Watch. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an Apple special event at the Apple headquarters on March 21, 2016 in Cupertino, California. The company is expected to update its iPhone and iPad lines, and introduce new bands for the Apple Watch. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Here’s what you need to know to stay informed this Tuesday:

1. FBI hacks iPhone without assistance from Apple.

The legal battle between the FBI and Apple came to a sudden end when the FBI said it had successfully hacked the iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino mass shooters, the Associated Press reports. The FBI did not reveal the technique it used to access the information on gunman Syed Farook’s iPhone, but said the Justice Department is now reviewing the information they found. The non-government “outside party” that showed the FBI how to gain access to the phone was also not revealed. The FBI’s request for assistance from Apple to hack the phone sparked a national debate about digital privacy rights and security concerns, which now remains unresolved.

2. Hijacker of Egypt plane arrested.

The hijacker of the EgyptAir plane, which was forcibly diverted to Cyprus, has been arrested and the situation is “over,” according to a Cyprus foreign ministry official, the Associated Press reports. Seifedeen Mustafa, who Egyptian officials identified as the hijacker earlier, originally allowed all passengers except for seven leave the plane after diverting it from Cairo and landing in Cyprus. The president of Cyprus said the incident was “not something which has to do with terrorism.”

3. Austin school board approves name change of Robert E. Lee Elementary.

The Austin school board voted Monday night to approve the name change of an elementary school named for Confederate General Robert E. Lee, the American-Statesman’s Melissa B. Taboada reports. The campus advisory council of Robert E. Lee Elementary originally voted unanimously for a name change, an issue that has been debated for months, in January. Community members will be able to submit nominations for the school’s new name starting Tuesday until April 15.

Classmates grieve at a vigil for Tanley Yacos on Monday March 28, 2016, at the railroad crossing at Houston Street in Buda where she was hit by a train on Saturday. Jay Janner

Classmates grieve at a vigil for Tanley Yacos on Monday March 28, 2016, at the railroad crossing at Houston Street in Buda where she was hit by a train on Saturday.
Jay Janner

4. Vigil held for 13-year-old Buda girl killed by train.

About two dozen Dahlstrom Middle School eighth-graders gathered at the railroad crossing in downtown Buda where classmate Tanley Yacos was hit by a train and killed Saturday to mourn the loss, the American-Statesman’s Nicole Chavez reports. Many left flowers and messages at the crossing. Yacos and her friend were having a sleepover Friday when they sneaked out and walked to the train tracks. A Union Pacific engineer saw the girls at around 1:50 a.m. before Yacos was struck by a freight train.

5. Austin ranked one of top 10 best cities for recent college grads.

A study done by NerdWallet recently shows Austin to be the eighth best city for recent college graduates, the American-Statesman’s Jake Harris reports. The study considered factors like job options, population age, rent costs, median earnings and unemployment rates in determining how the 100 largest U.S. cities ranked. Eleven other Texas cities made the list.

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