At the Norweigan-American Achievement Award ceremony yesterday in Sweden, Sia explained how she co-wrote Rihanna’s hit “Diamonds” with Benny Blanco — in just 22 minutes — and recorded the full demo with the famed duo from Stargate in another 26 minutes. Stargate’s Tor told the crowd, according to YouTube, that “she had her coat on and her bag in her hand, and a car waiting downstairs to take her to the airport!”
- President Obama addressed the 54-member African Union, a first for a sitting U.S. president. The speech marks the end of his historic five-day trip to East Africa.
- The Boy Scouts of America has ended its ban on gay leaders, two years after lifting a ban on gay youth members.
- Boston is no longer pursuing a bid to host the 2024 summer Olympics.
- The Arizona Cardinals have hired the NFL's first female coach.