2015 Year In Review
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January 1 - Passing - Donna Douglas, who came to fame playing tomboy Elly May Clampett on the Beverly Hillbillies television show from 1962-1971, has died. She was 81... Bono says he now has a titanium elbow and may never play guitar again due to injuries suffered in a New York City cycling accident. The 54-year-old U2 frontman suffered multiple injuries, including fractures to his left eye socket, shoulder blade and left elbow, when he crashed his bike in Central Park in November. He required hours of surgery after what doctors called a "high-energy bicycle accident"... The first of Kanye West's musical collaborations with Paul McCartneyhas reached number three in the US charts: an ode to West's daughter, North...
Top Hit Singles -
Uptown Funk! – Mark Ronson fea. Bruno Mars
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
Blank Space – Taylor Swift
Take Me TO Church – Hozier
Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
January 8 -
People’s Choice Awards – Some Winners:
Movie Actor – Morton Downey Jr.
Late Night Talk Show Host – Jimmy Fallon
Movie Actress – Jennifer Lawrence
Favorite Female Artist – Taylor Swift
Golden Globe Awards - Some Winners:
Best motion picture -- drama/"Boyhood"
Best motion picture -- musical or comedy/"The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Best actor in a motion picture -- musical or comedy/Michael Keaton, "Birdman"
Best supporting actress in a motion picture/ Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood"
Passing - Rod Taylor, the suave Australian native who came to Hollywood and starred in such films as The Birds and The Time Machine, has died. He was 85... Passing - Anita Ekberg, the busty blond former Miss Sweden who became a Hollywood sex symbol in the 1950s and famously waded into Rome's Trevi Fountain in a revealing, strapless black evening gown in Federico Fellini's classic 1960 film "La Dolce Vita," has died. She was 83... Passing - Sources are confirming that comedian Taylor Negron has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 57... Katy Perry reveals she'll include Lenny Kravitz on this year's Super Bowl halftime show. ..
January 15 - NBC News is turning to a name from the past to help lead "Today" into the future. Noah Oppenheim, a senior producer of the morning program when it was No. 1 in the ratings, is returning as the top executive in charge of the entire editorial operation, according to NBC News executives familiar with the plan. “Today” has been getting beat by GMA... Passing - Kim Fowley, an impresario, record producer and scenester best known for his work with the Runaways, has died, He was 75.... of bladder cancer. Fowly had been in the music business since the 1950’s. Whether proto-metal dynamite with Blue Cheer and The Lancasters (featuring a young Richie Blackmore), quieter acoustic fare with Cat Stevens, ’60s pop perfection with Paul Revere & The Raiders and the Byrds or harder ’70s rock withKISS and Alice Cooper, Fowley put his unique stamp on the musical world... ABC's "The View" is reportedly about to get the axe. According to Q-Political, the long-running show has been on the chopping block for quite some time due to the continuous complications between Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell. It’s definitely no secret that the two co-hosts aren’t the best of friends. As a matter of fact, they’re probably the biggest opposing forces on daytime talk show television... Goodbye Black Crowes - Rich Robinson announces that, after 24 years, the Black Crowes are breaking up. "It is with great disappointment and regret that after having the privilege of writing and performing the music of The Black Crowes over the last 24 years, I find myself in the position of saying that the band has broken up"... The Dead Are Back - Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio will join the four living original members of The Grateful Dead for three 50th-anniversary shows July 3-5 at Soldier Field in Chicago. The Dead's last performance with Jerry Garcia, who died in August 1995, was at the same 55,000-seat capacity venue on July 9, 1995... Dies - Fitness instructor Greg Plitt -- who appeared on the Bravo show "Work Out" -- died Saturday after he was struck by a train. The 37 year-old was hit by a Metrolink train in Burbank. He was with some friends who may have been shooting video at the time... Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore pronounced that "snipers aren't heroes" in a tweet on Sunday as "American Sniper," the Oscar-nominated biopic of a former Navy SEAL and sharpshooter, won the weekend box office. The "Fahrenheit 9/11" and "Bowling for Columbine" director later expanded on his remarks, saying: "But if you're on the roof of your home defending it from invaders who've come 7K miles, you are not a sniper, u are brave, u are a neighbor"... Justin Bieber as the subject of a Comedy Central roast? He’s set to do it. Get ready for: The Justin Bieber who allegedly egged a neighbor's house? The Justin Bieber who reportedly antagonized an airplane crew and filled an plane with pot smoke? The Justin Bieber whose antics prompted some commentators to ask for his deportation?
Top movies -
The Wedding Ringer
January 22 - Sky Mall - the ubiquitous airline magazine - has filed for chapter 11 BK - and could go under. The company has laid-off 15 employees - and is looking for a buyer... Passing - Legendary, iconic TV talkshow host Joe Franklin - who over his career - interviewed over 300,000 guests. Mostly known in New York - but Franklin is down in Guinness as the longest continuously running TV talk show. He was 88... Blake Shelton guest hosts on “Saturday Night Live” ... SAG Awards - Birdman" took flight at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, winning the night's top prize for outstanding ensemble in a motion picture -- even though its star, Micheal Keaton, was upset by Eddie Redmayne in the outstanding lead actor category. Also winning - Julianne Moore, Patricia Arquette and J.K. Simmons cemented their front-runner status in a ceremony that often serves as a kind of preview to the Academy Awards... Taylor Swift has addressed the internet hackers who claim to have nude pictures of her by telling them they "have nothing" and to "have fun photoshopping" The singer made the comments after it emerged that her Twitter and Instagram accounts had been hacked... Joel Gray - who reached the heights of stage and screen, was married for 24 years and proudly raised two children. But for decades, Joel Grey kept one aspect of himself decidedly out of the spotlight. He now admits he’s gay... Justin Bieber makes a surprize appearance on “Ellen” for her birthday. Ellen DeGeneres had a surprise guest for the taping of her birthday show... Bruce Jenner Changing Gender - Bruce Jenner (65) will star in a documentary style series for E! that will follow the former Olympian’s personal life. Jenner has recently made headlines because of his changing appearance including his manicured nails and long hair... Passing - Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced "King of Kitsch" whose music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and '70s won him Oscar nominations and made him one of the best-selling poets in history, has died. He was 81... Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight has been arrested on a murder charge in a fatal hit-and-run in Los Angeles. Knight turned himself in to authorities after his attorney said the rap mogul accidentally ran over and killed a friend and injured another man as he fled attackers.
February 1 - Tragedy - Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of the late Whitney Houston, remains hospitalized and is still unresponsive after being found face down in a filled bathtub at her Georgia home and is breathing with the help of a ventilator... Justin Timberlake is going to be a dad! The singer just confirmed Jessica Biel's pregnancy news with an adorable picture on Instagram. In the photo, Timberlake is kissing Biel's baby bump!... NBC News anchor Brian Williams is eating his words after recanting a claim that he was in a helicopter shot down during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Williams has told the story of being shot down in a Chinook helicopter by RPG and AK-47 fire on at least two occasions, including on the Late Show with David Letterman. However, in an article published Wednesday by Stars and Stripes, members of the 159th Aviation Regiment are quoted as saying Williams was nowhere near the aircraft that took fire and instead arrived on the scene in a different aircraft about an hour later... Rapper The Jacka -- born Dominic Newton -- is killed in a shooting in East Oakland, Calif. There have been no suspects identified... Suge Knight who has plead not guilty to murder and attempted murder charges - is released from the hospital and is back in prison. He reportedly had a reaction to a potentially fatal blood clot... NBC Nightly News Managing Editor and anchorman Brian Williams said Saturday that he is temporarily removing himself from the network’s nightly broadcasts following revelations he made false statements about his experience reporting in Iraq in 2003... Police are still investigating the fatal car crash that involved Bruce Jenner and several other vehicles, one of which a driver was left dead. The L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. will get a search warrant to determine if Bruce was texting at the time he slammed into a car.
February 8 -
Some Grammy Winners -
Album of the Year Beck, “Morning Phase”
Song of the Year Sam Smith, "Stay With Me"
Record of the Year Sam Smith, "Stay With Me (Darkchild Version"
Best New Artist - Sam SmithBest Music Video
Pharrell Williams, "Happy"
More Entertainment News - Bobbi Kristina Brown’s anguished relatives take her off life support -- on the same date as her tragic mom, Whitney Houston... Goodbye Jon Stewart - Jon Stewart ended his Daily Show with the big announcement of his impending departure from the late night program after 16 years on the air. Stewart thanked Comedy Central for giving him an “incredible opportunity 17 years ago to pilot this wonderful franchise” ... Passing - Stan Chambers, the veteran local TV news reporter whose career at KTLA spanned more than six decades, died Friday, according to his family. He was 91... Passing - Legendary DJ and voiceover talent - Gary Owens. He was 80.
February 15 - Saturday Night Live celebrates 40 years in a prime-time special - bringing back old cast members, characters, music and memories. Over 23 million watched... This was the big debut week for the movie, “50 Shades of Grey” and it did not disappoint at the box office - over $81 million in gross.... One month before headlining Madison Square Garden for the first time, Ariana Grande took the stage at New York's famed arena during the NBA All-Star Game halftime show - and, she brought out (surprize) pal Nicki Minaj... Passing - French actor Louis Jourdan, best known for his role in the multi-Oscar winning 1958 musical Gigi, has died in California aged 93... Passing - Singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, who topped the charts in 1963 with her epic song of teenage angst, "It's My Party," and followed it up with the hits "Judy's Turn to Cry," ''You Don't Own Me" died Monday. She was 68... Lady Gaga is getting married to her boyfriend Taylor Kinney, after the actor popped the question on Valentine's Day... The rapper known as Vanilla Ice was arrested in connection with a Florida residential burglary, Lantana Police said. Robert Van Winkle, 47, is facing burglary and grand theft charges related to a burglary that happened sometime between December 2014 and February 2015, Lantana Police said... Philadelphia Police are investigating a fatal early morning stabbing involving staff members of rapper Nicki Minaj in the West Oak Lane Section of Philadelphia. A 29-year-old victim - who happened to be Minaj’s tour manager - De'Von “Day Day” Picket, succumbed to his injuries at the hospital, and the 27-year-old victim, Eric Parker, remains in critical condition...
Top Music albums -
1989 - Taylor Swift
X - Ed Sheeran
Reflection - Fifth Harmony
In The Lonely Hour - Sam Smith
February 22 - Former pop star Gary Glitter has been jailed for a total of 16 years for sexually abusing three young girls between 1975 and 1980. Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was sentenced for attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one of having sex with a girl under 13... Passing - Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83... Kelly Osbourne is leaving Fashion Police, days after a racism row.It started when her co-host Giuliana Rancic commented on Disney star Zendaya's dreadlocks at the Oscars. She said the hairstyle made her think of the smell of "patchouli" or "weed".
87th Academy Awards - some winners:
Best Picture "Birdman"
Best Director Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Birdman"
Best Actress Julianne Moore, "Still Alice"
Best Actor Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything"
Best Supporting Actress Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood"
Best Supporting Actor J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash"
March 1 - William Shatner turned to Twitter on Sunday to defend himself after sparking an uproar Saturday when he tweeted that he wouldn't be able to attend memorial services for his Star Trek co-star and friend, Leonard Nimoy. Shatner said in a tweet that he wouldn't be able to attend the services for Nimoy, who died at the age of 83 Friday, because he had to attend a charity event in Florida and wouldn't be able to fly out in time... Carrie Underwood - and hockey player Mike Fisher welcomed a baby boy named Isaiah Michael Fisher on Friday, Underwood announced on Instagram and Twitter. This is the couple's first child... Passing - Daniel von Bargen, who played Mr. Kruger, George Costanza's clueless, slacker boss on "Seinfeld," died over the weekend after suffering a long illness. He was 64... Justin Bieber to be roasted - Comedy Central announced it's all-star list of celebs who will join host Kevin Hart for the network's roast of the pop singer. In addition to Martha Stewart, Snoop Dogg and Shaquille O'Neal, Ludacris will take a turn on the stage along with comedians Hannibal Buress, Chris D'Elia, Natasha Leggero and Jeffrey Ross... Actor Harrison Ford was hospitalized Thursday afternoon after a single-engine plane he was piloting crashed onto a Venice golf course shortly after takeoff. He should be fine...
Top movies -
Kingsman: The Secret Service
The Sponge Bob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water
Fifty Shades of Grey
The Lazarus Effect
March 8 - Passing - Sam Simon, who was a creative force behind “The Simpsons” and who left the show after its fourth season in a lucrative arrangement that allowed him to spend much of the rest of his life giving his money away, died on Sunday. He was 59.... The director of a movie about musician Gregg Allman pleaded guilty Monday in a train crash that killed a camera assistant and injured six film workers, and prosecutors in exchange dropped charges against his wife and business partner. As part of the plea deal, Director Randall Miller will spend two years in the county jail and another eight on probation on involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing charges. He also will pay a $20,000 fine... In a landmark decision for the music industry, a jury in Los Angeles ordered “Blurred Lines” songwriters Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams to pay $7.3 million to the family of Marvin Gaye for copyright infringement on Tuesday... Passing - Jimmy Greenspoon passed away from cancer Wednesday at age 67. The Three Dog Night keyboardist and vocalist formed the band in 1968 with Danny Hutton, Cory wells, Chuck Negron, Joe Schermie, Mike Allsup and Floyd Sneed.
March 15 - Passing - Toto bassist Mike Porcaro died early this morning after a long battle with ALS. He was 59. .. In a letter to fans Sinead O’Connor says she no longer has an emotional connection to her most famous song, “Nothing Compares 2 U” and will no longer be performing it. .. Celine Dion - The 46-year-old singer announces that she will be resuming her residency at the Caesars Palace Colosseum in late August with a whole new act... Passing - Michael Brown, a keyboardist and songwriter who at 16 was a writer of the 1966 hit “Walk Away Renee” for his band the Left Banke and composed “Pretty Ballerina” for it as well, died on Thursday at his home in Englewood, N.J. He was 65.
Top Pop Hit Singles
Untown Funk! - Mark Ronson fea. Bruno Mars
Lay Me Down - Sam Smith
Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding
Believe - Mumford and Sons
FourFiveSeconds - Rihanna & Kanye West & Paul McCartney
March 22 - A California jogger was struck and injured by a car driven by rocker David Crosby at significant speed, according to multiple reports. Jose Jimenez, 46, was jogging when he was struck by a 2015 Black Tesla driven by Crosby on Sunday, according to theCalifornia Highway Patrol... Oscar winning actress Angelina Jolie revealed that she has undergone more preventive surgery, having her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed in hopes of reducing her risk of cancer... A week and a half into all the One Direction drama, Zayn Malik, who took himself off the road last week and then took himself out of the band completely. Accusations that he cheated on fiancee Perrie Edwards -- she's a member of the girl group Little Mix, which was on Season 8 of "The X Factor" in the United Kingdom -- seem to have been the tipping point last week. After being photographed holding hands and embracing another woman outside of a nightclub in Phuket, Thailand, Malik tweeted his love for Edwards and that he was "sorry for what it looks like." ... Taylor Swift gets artist of the year, song of the year at the second annual iHeartRadio Music Awards. It also featured featured Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown and Iggy Azalea... The Rolling Stones back on tour - 15-city “Zip Code” tour starts May 24 with San Diego.
April 1 - Folk singer Joni Mitchell - The "Big Yellow Taxi" performer, 71, was found unconscious in her Los Angeles home on Tuesday, March 31, and rushed to a local hospital by ambulance. According to a statement on her personal website, Mitchell has regained consciousness and is "awake and in good spirits" as she undergoes tests... Passing - Cynthia Lennon, first wife of The Beatles' John Lennon, has died at her home in Spain, her family has announced. A message on her son Julian's website said she died "following a short but brave battle with cancer". It said: "Her son Julian Lennon was at her bedside throughout. The family are thankful for your prayers." She was 75... An ecstatic contestant on "The Price is Right" was awarded a free car when a blundering game show model mistakenly exposed the winning selection, leaving the horrified beauty in near tears. The astonishing gaffe saw six-year game show veteran Manuela Arbelaez select the winning price for a brand-new sedan before the contestant even had a chance to guess...
Price Is Right Accidentally Gives Away Car
Challenge to social media - Madonna - the 56-year-old Queen of Pop recently took a stand by posting a topless black-and-white photo of herself on Instagram that covered her breasts. The racy pic is from her 1992 book, Sex. She captioned it, "Why is it ok to show ass but not breasts? Drowning in the hypocrisy of social media." The singer also used the hashtags #artforfreedom, #UnapologeticbItch and #rebelheart.... Universal's "Furious 7" crossed the finish line this weekend with a record $143 million opening at the domestic box office. Not only is a $143 million opening completely unheard of for April (easily zooming by last April's record $95 million by "Captain America: The Winter Soldier"), but it's the biggest opening weekend so far this year... Elvis Presley impersonators will be banned at the pop-up Elvis-themed wedding chapel in Las Vegas, the late singer's ex-wife Priscilla Presley has confirmed. A a new Elvis Presley exhibition will open in Las Vegas later this month (April 23). The city's Westgate Resort & Casino (where Presley performed over 600 shows) will host the permanent exhibit, which will be known as 'Graceland Presents Elvis: The Exhibition – The Show – The Experience'. ... Passing - The one, the only Stan Freeberg (89) - multi-dimensional and creative genius of comedy, radio-TV ads and much more.
Top Music Albums -
To Pimp A Butterfly Kindrick Lamar
IN The Lonely Hour - Sam Smith
Fifty Shades of Grey - Soundtrack
Empire: Original Soundtrack From Season 1
X - Ed Sheeran
1989 - Taylor Swift
April 8 - Face the Nation" moderator and CBS News chief Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer said he will retire this summer after 46 years at the network... John Legend has launched a campaign to end mass incarceration. Legend says FREE AMERICA is a multiyear initiative. He will visit and perform at a correctional facility Thursday in Austin, Texas, where he will also participate in a press conference with state legislators to discuss Texas' criminal justice system... After releasing the album artwork for Mariah Carey #1 To Infinity, a comprehensive greatest-hits package compiling all 18 of her Billboard No. 1s, Mariah Carey has confirmed its release date. Its May 18... Broadway - Now on sale - On Your Feet! - based on the life story of the Gloria and Emilio Estefan, from their beginnings in Cuba to their arrival in the U.S., and, of course, their rise to fame. Music numbers will include many of the hits that continue to be played today, among them "Conga" and "Rhythm's Gonna Get You." The show debuts November 5... Coachella Music Festival Ends - Madonna - was not scheduled to appear at the three-day festival in the California desert but walked on stage Sunday night as Drake performed a song named after her -- in which the rapper boasts that he can make a girl as big as Madonna if she gives in to his advances. Madonna performed two of her own songs including "Human Nature" before bending over a seated Drake for a prolonged, full-tongue kiss as her long, blonde locks fell upon him... R & R Hall Of Fame As A Solo Artist - Ringo Starr, born Richard Starkey in the Dingle, Liverpool, England, is in the Hall of Fame as a Beatle. He will now join John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison with a solo spot. Starr was selected under a "musical excellence" category... Passing - Percy Sledge - best known for “When A Man Loves A Woman” from 1966. He was 73.
Top Pop Hit Music Singles
Sugar - Maroon 5
Uptown Funk! - Mark Ronson fea. Bruno Mars
Trap Queen - Fetty Wap
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey) - The Weeknd
Style - Taylor Swift
April 15 - Director J.J. Abrams set off pandemonium Thursday morning when he unleashed a new Star Wars: The Force Awakensteaser trailer onstage at the Anaheim Convention Center. New cast members Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaacs — as well as veterans of the original saga Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher,Anthony Daniels, and Peter Mayhew — were on hand to usher in the new look. While fans were able to view the event live-streamed online, the Star Wars faithful at the three day "Star Wars Celebration" (April 16-19) were in the white, hot center of the franchise universe... "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Kim Richards was arrested early on Thursday on public intoxication and other charges after she refused to leave an upscale hotel in the city and later kicked an officer in the leg, police said... After 53 years on the air, Spanish-language television’s best-known and most watched show Sábado Gigante is saying bye-bye. The show, hosted from the onset by Mario Kreutzberger, better known as Don Francisco, will air its final episode on Sept. 19, 2015, coinciding with the end of the 2014-2015 broadcast television season... Justin Timberlake and wife Jessica Beil have welcomed their first child, a baby boy names Silas Randall Timberlake... The Academy of Country Music Awards celebrated its 50th anniversary on Sunday night at the Dallas Cowboys stadium, Hosts Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan were quick to point out, everything is bigger in Texas. Not only was this the ACMs biggest audience ever, but the 2015 ACM Awards brought in the biggest audience for a live TV awards show ever. George Strait was among the performers - and, he’s still sounding great... Music icon Patti LaBelle and her professional partner Artem Chigvintsev were the latest to be booted from Season 20 of Dancing with the Stars ... Roseanne Barr offered a frank assessment of how she was coping with her deteriorating eyesight, saying in an interview on Monday that she expected to go blind as a result of macular degeneration and glaucoma.
April 22 - Bruce Jenner has allegedly involved police after images of him seemingly wearing a dress surfaced online. The star had apparently been smoking outside of his own home while wearing a maxi dress when photographers tried to take snaps of him... Sandra Bullock named People Magazine’s “Most Beautiful Woman of 2015” ... Everybody Loves Raymond star Sawyer Sweeten has died by suspected suicide, his manager Dino May confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 19.... An NBC investigation into the reporting of suspended anchor Brian Williams has found at least 10 instances of exaggerations and embellishments, CNN and the Washington Post reported Saturday... Mariah Carey’s long-awaited new single is out - “Infinity”... Passing - Jayne Meadows Allen, a gifted comedian in the Lucille Ball vein who became familiar to TV audiences as a longtime panelist on CBS’ I’ve Got A Secret, died April 26 of natural causes at her home in Encino, CA. She was 95...
Bruce Jenner/Diane Sawyer Interview
Since Bruce Jenner’s revelation that he considers himself a woman, the former Olympian’s coming out has sparked an international conversation. Thousands of people from around the world have shown their support for Jenner by posting pictures of their painted fingernails with the hashtag, #PaintYourNailsForBruce, prompted by Jenner’s exclusive interview with ABC News' Diane Sawyer on Friday... Passing -Suzanne Crough, who played the youngest member of “The Partridge Family”, has died. The 52-year-old, who starred as tambourine-shaking daughter Tracy, passed away at her home in Nevada.. Britney Spears takes a tumble on stage. The singer was performing her song "Crazy" in Las Vegas when she tweaked her ankle and fell to the ground. "Thank you for all of the sweet wishes! Had a little scare on stage tonight with my ankle but I’m ok!" she tweeted shortly after.
May 8 - Passing - Soul singer Ben E. King, best known for his 1961 hit ‘Stand By Me,’ has died. He was 76 years old. King rose to fame in the 1950s as a member of the Drifters. The soul group produced hits such as “There Goes My Baby” and “Save The Last Dance For Me.”... NBC has removed a picture of Brian Williams and the “Nightly News with Brian Williams” branding from its podcast of the prime-time news program, further fueling speculation that the embattled journalist won’t return to the anchor’s chair... Michelle Rounds - the estranged wife of Rosie O'Donnell, 53, wants the comedienne to submit to random drug testing until their custody war is resolved. The site claims that Michelle Rounds, 43, who is divorcing Rosie after announcing their split in February - believes Rosie is an unfit parent to their daughter daughter Dakota because of her 'excessive use of booze and weed'. ... Miley Cyrus has a message: Be yourself. And she wants to help you do that... The singer announced the official launch of The Happy Hippie Foundation, an organization devoted to fighting for homeless youth, LGBT youth, and other vulnerable populations... The impact of hip-hop's arrival on the pop music scene eclipsed that of the Beatles-led British invasion of 1964, a computer analysis of 17,000 songs has found. The unusual study found three revolutions on the charts: the 1991 emergence of rap and hip-hop on mainstream charts; the synth-led new wave movement of 1983, and the advent of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who and other British rockers in the early 1960s.
Top Movies -
Avengers: Age of Ultron
The Age of Adaline
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
May 8 - FOX says next season - season 16 will be the last for “American Idol.”... Actor Morgan Freeman, told the Daily Beast that only cannabis can manage his painful fibromyalgia. Freeman also doubled down on his support for legalizing the botanical for adults 21 and over. He pauses, and points to the glove-aid jutting out from his left suit sleeve. “Marijuana has many useful uses,” he says. “I have fibromyalgia pain in this arm, and the only thing that offers any relief is marijuana. They’re talking about kids who have grand mal seizures, and they’ve discovered that marijuana eases that down to where these children can have a life. That right there, to me, says, ‘Legalize it across the board!’” ... Saying Goodbye To Dave Letterman (continues) - On CBS' Late Show Thursday, George Clooney - the 54-year-old Oscar winner handcuffed himself to the soon-to-be-retiring star—and threw away the key! It began when Letterman, 68, tried to get Clooney to open up about the many "wonderful things [that] have happened" since the two men last saw each other...
Passing - Blues great B.B. King at 89. “The Thrill Is Gone” from 1970 was his biggest hit!
May 15 - The big buzz this week - the “Madmen” finale. .. Letterman Goodbye - Day before - David Letterman was treated to a new song by America’s greatest living musician, as Bob Dylan sent off Letterman to The Night We Called It A Day, a standard off his recent Frank Sinatra-inspired album, Shadows In The Night... Letterman Finale - Dave Letterman does his final show - including a montage of his TV career. Letterman closed out his 33 years as a late-night host on Wednesday with a star-studded finale that ended with his favorite band the Foo Fighters playing "Everlong," the song that welcomed him back after his heart bypass surgery in 2000. The Foo Fighters, dressed in black tie for the occasion, played over a super-sized, rapid-fire montage of still photos and clips spanning both "Late Show With David Letterman" for CBS and "Late Night," the NBC show he hosted from 1982 to 1993... The Rolling Stones ripped through the intimate Fonda Theatre Wednesday with enough energy to fuel their entire 15-city North American tour. The band announced Wednesday morning it would perform a "club show" that night to kick off its Zip Code tour, which launches Sunday in San Diego. The surprise concert at the 1,300-person-capacity venue instantly sold out. And one fan outside the theater offered $4,000 for one ticket.
Top Music Albums -
Wilder Mind - Mumford & Sons
Stages - Josh Groban
Special Effects - Tech N9ne
Jekyll + Hyde - Zac Brown Band
Furious 7 - soundtrack
50 Shades of Grey - soundtrack
May 22 - Reality TV star Josh Duggar issued an apology Thursday after reports surfaced that he allegedly molested girls as a teenager, saying: "I acted inexcusably." Duggar, 27, is the oldest of the children who appear on TLC's hit show "19 Kids and Counting." The Duggars are known for being devout Christians who don't believe in practicing birth control and whose children follow strict courtship rules... Passing - Anne Meara - of the famed “Stiller & Miller” comedy team of the 1960’s and 1970’s (and Mom of Ben Stiller) dies at died at 85.. Passing - Reynaldo Rey, the actor-comedian who appeared in such films as “Friday” and “White Men Can’t Jump,” has died. He was 75... Michael Jackson's former California ranch "Neverland" is hitting the market for $100 million. Now called "Sycamore Valley Ranch," you won't find the carnival rides and Bubbles the chimpanzee that the late performer had on the 2,700-acre property.
June 1 - Bruce Jenner officially a Female - Bruce Jenner said goodbye to his former male identity on the cover of the July issue of Vanity Fair, posing for a stunning photo shoot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz and sitting down for an emotional interview. The reality star, 65, was reintroduced as a woman named Caitlyn Jenner, now using female pronouns as she continues her transition. The reinvented star looks beautiful on the cover, posing with her brunette locks in flowing curls and showing off a toned body in a white corseted bodysuit... An emotional Tracy Morgan, fighting back tears in his first interview since he was injured in a crash with a Wal-Mart truck that killed his friend a year ago, vowed to return to comedy on Monday but said he still needed time to heal. The comedian, who starred in the television show "30 Rock" and the late night comedy sketch "Saturday Night Live," held a cane and was accompanied by his lawyer as he was interviewed on NBC's "Today" program... The King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley will be commemorated with a Forever Stamp in the 'Music Icon Series’ by the United States Postal Service. It will make him the sixth inductee in the series. This is the second time the USPS will be releasing a stamp featuring the legend. In 1993, the Presley stamp went on to become the biggest selling in the organisation's history. The stamp will be issued on 12th August as a part of this year’s Elvis Week celebration... The Led Zeppelin deluxe re-release series is about to be completed. On Wednesday, the band announced via its official site that it will issue remastered, expanded versions of its final three albums this year, sealing the deal on a project that began in 2014 with 1969's self-titled debut... Suicide - Anthony Riley, a contestant on the most recent season of The Voice, has died. He was 28. Riley was found dead in his Philadelphia apartment on Friday, his friend told Philly.com.Yahoo reports that the death was an apparent suicide. Riley, a Philadelphia street performer, earned a coveted four-chair turn during his blind audition in season eight of NBC's The Voice, opting for Pharrell Williams as his coach.
June 8 - Passing - Music’s James Last - 86. Last sold more than 80 million records, toured the world, and had 52 hit albums in the U.K. between 1967 and 1986. His work was also performed by Elvis Presley, Andy Williams and Eddie Fisher... Passing - Actor Christopher Lee died at the age of 93 after putting his stamp on Hollywood -- appearing in more than 200 major motion pictures... Passing - Actor Ron Moody, who played Fagin in the hit film version of Oliver!, has died at the age of 91... Passing - Jim Ed Brown, a member of the country music trio The Browns and a star of the Grand Ole Opry for more than a half-century, died Thursday. He was 81... Sir Van - Van Morrison has been awarded an honorary knighthood by Britain's Queen Elizabeth. The 69-year-old singer-songwriter has been given one of the highest honours an individual in the UK can achieve, after being recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for his services to music and tourism in Northern Ireland... Actor John Stamos is arrested and cited with driving under the influence in Beverly Hills. Beverly Hills police say they received calls around 7:45 p.m. Friday reporting a possible drunken driver. Police later stopped Stamos, who was the only person in the vehicle... "Jurassic World" debuted to a dominant $204.6 million at the domestic box office this weekend - the second biggest opening in history... Duran Duran announces that its new album will be titled Paper Gods. The set will be the band's first in nearly five years, and is due out in September. The group revealed the name via Twitter on June 12...
Top Music Albums -
1989 - Taylor Swift
How Big How Blue How Beautiful - Florence + The Machne
Everthing Is 4 - Jason Derulo
At Long Last ASAP - A$ap
X - Ed Sheeran
June 15 - Elvis Still On Top - Graceland, is voted #1 in USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers' Choice contest for “Best Musical Attraction” from a field of iconic music-themed landmarks... “Game of Thrones” set a series record for total viewers with its season finale Sunday night with 8.1 million viewers, according to Nielsen. TheHBO show’s previous record was the season premiere in April, which attracted eight million viewers. Last year’s season finale brought in 7.1 million viewers... Beatles fans are to be offered a glimpse of the creative process that spawned a number of the band’s most famous albums – in the shape of a new stage musical based on the Abbey Road recording sessions. Described as “a musical documentary”, The Sessions at Abbey Road – which will open at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 1 April 2016 – will emulate the process by which albums such as Revolver and Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band were made, using a stage replica of building’s Studio Two... NBC News said Thursday that Brian Williams will not return to his job as "Nightly News" anchor following his suspension for misrepresenting himself, but will be given a second chance as a breaking news anchor at the cable network MSNBC. Lester Holt, who has been subbing for Williams since his suspension in February, will take over the job full-time, the network said.
June 22 - Rapper Diddy was arrested Monday by the UCLA Police Department following an altercation on the campus. The music mogul was charged with assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly threatening someone with a kettlebell weight shortly after noon, UCLA director of community relations Nancy Greenstein told THR. Diddy is currently in custody... Passing - Dick Van Patten, who played father of eight Tom Bradford on “Eight Is Enough” from 1977-81, died Tuesday from complications with diabetes. He was 86... Passing - Academy Award-winning composer James Horner, known for his impressive body of work spanning multiple movie genres, died Monday after the small plane he was piloting crashed in central California, his agency said Tuesday. He was 61. Horner, best known for scoring the movie "Titanic," was "an avid and experienced pilot," the statement from the Gorfaine/Schwartz agency said.... The Canadian power rock band Nickelback has suspended its tour because lead singer Chad Kroeger has been diagnosed with an operable cyst on his voice box. The band had been booked to play July 23 at Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre which was a replacement date for a concert scheduled this past February that was cancelled because of bad weather.... Rapper Rick Ross In Trouble - Rick Ross was arrested at his Fayette County, GA, residence They could not provide details on the charges at press time. The Fugitive Task Force serves other law enforcement agencies in support of fugitive investigations... New Spiderman - Tom Holland will have to learn that "with great power, comes great responsibility." Marvel Studios along with partner Sony announced on Tuesday that Holland, a 19-year-old English actor, will play Spider-Man/Peter Parker in the latest film based on the popular comic book hero... After more than four decades as a recording artist, James Taylor finally has a No. 1 album. Taylor’s “Before This World,” sold 97,000 albums last week, topping the Billboard 200 chart and edging out Taylor Swift’s “1989” who sat at No. 2 on the same chart.... Passing - Actor Patrick Macnee, star of The Avengers TV series, has died in California at the age of 93. The Briton, best known for playing John Steed in the 1960s television spy series, died at home with his family at his bedside, his son Rupert said... Singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell has been struck dumb by an aneurysm, according to her longtime pal David Crosby. She was hospitalised in Los Angeles in May and now the Crosby, Stills & Nash star is speaking out about her health drama, explaining, "She took a terrible hit" ... Passing - A comic’s comic as familiar to television audiences across the decades as he was to Vegas rollers and Broadway denizens, Jack Carter died at home in Beverly Hills on June 28 of respiratory failure, according to his publicist, Jeff Sanderson. He had turned 93 on June 24...
Top Music Albums -
Before This World - James Taylor
1989 - Taylor Swift
Montevallo - Sam Hunt
The Original High - Adam Lambert
Breathe In. Breath Out - Hillary Duff
July 1 - The Rolling Stones are set to become the subject of a career-spanning exhibition. The show, titled Exhibitionism, will take over nine gallery spaces that span two floors of London’s Saatchi Gallery and will feature more than 500 items that band members have accrued over their 52-year history. Conceived as an interactive tour, the show will include rare audio tracks, personal diaries, original stage designs, backstage artefacts, never-before-seen video footage, childhood photos, as well as Jagger’s leotards and other costumes... The U.S. Postal Service is offering an Elvis Presley greatest hits CD to go along with a new commemorative stamp. "ELVIS FOREVER" will be available online and in select post offices beginning Aug. 12 along with the stamp, which features a black-and-white image of the young "King of Rock 'n' Roll." ... Marry - Billy Joel, 66, and Alexis Roderick, 34, have been dating since 2009 and are expecting their first child. Billy Joel married girlfriend Alexis Roderick in a surprise ceremony at the couple’s annual Fourth of July party... Passing - MICHAEL DOUGLAS' actress mother has died, aged 92. Diana Douglas, the first wife of the movie star's father Kirk, passed away at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills ... Passing - Jerry Weintraub ... the producer behind the "Ocean's 11" remakes, Frank Sinatra, and Elvis Presley died today at the age of 77 ... Bill Cosby has admitted to getting prescription Quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with, newly released documents show. The documents, dating back to 2005, stem from a civil lawsuit filed by Andrea Constand -- one of the dozens of women who have publicly accused the comedian of sexual assault.
July 8 - Restaurant chain Subway announces it suspended its relationship with spokesman Jared Fogle after state and federal authorities descended on the pitchman's home, just two months after the former director of his charitable foundation was arrested on child pornography charges... Walt Disney World officials say a bronze statue of Bill Cosby is being removed from the Hollywood Studios theme park. Local news outlets report the statue was being removed after the park closed Tuesday night. Disney offered no other comment... Beatle Ringo Starr, who turned 75 this week, said he would keep on playing the drums as he celebrated his birthday with his traditional "peace and love" salute... San Diego Comic-Con International: Annual 4-Day Comic Book and Pop Culture Convention Begins. The event, held from July 9-12, features guests including David Aja, Raina Telgemeier, Sergio Aragonés, Franco Aureliani, Peter Bagge, Mariko Tamaki, Art Baltazar and Jill Thompson... A New Zealand judge has sentenced AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd to eight months of home detention after the musician pleaded guilty to threatening to kill a man who used to work for him, along with possession of methamphetamine and marijuana... Regis and Kathie Lee. Also, Hoda. And there’s plenty of wine for everyone. NBC’s Today has named Regis Philbina contributor to the program’s fourth hour, alongside Kathie Lee Giffordand Hoda Kotb... Passing - Actor Omar Sharif Dies From Heart Attack at the Age of 83. Best-known for starring in the 1966 classic, “Dr Zhivago” and 1965’s, “Lawrence of Arabia.” ... Ariana Grande: Singer Apologizes After Video Shows Her Licking Doughnut and Saying, “I Hate America.”' Grande's statement said that she is "extremely proud to be an American" and that her comment in the doughnut shop was about childhood obesity and the importance of healthy eating.
July 15 - TLC cancels the Duggar family, or at least for their reality show on TLC. The network permanently cancelled the family's enormously popular 19 Kids and Counting show on Thursday... A 21-year-old man accidentally drowned in a swimming pool at actress Demi Moore's $7 million mansion in Los Angeles. Emergency services were called to the house at 5.15 am and the man was pronounced dead 15 minutes later, the coroner's department said. His body had been discovered at the bottom of the pool... Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert have called it quits – and their fans might be surprised by why they allegedly split. Shelton filed for divorce two weeks ago because he believed his wife had cheated on him... Miley Cyrus revealed Monday via her social media accounts she will be hosting the 2015 MTV Video Awards... Passing - actor Theodore Bikel, best known for his starring role as Tevye, the poor Jewish milkman, in the hit musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” died on Tuesday at age 91 at a Los Angeles hospital, his publicist said... Passing - E. L. Doctorow, a leading figure in contemporary American letters whose popular, critically admired and award-winning novels — including “Ragtime,” “Billy Bathgate” and “The March.” He was 84.
Top Pop Hit Singles -
Can’t Feel My Face - The Weeknd
See You Again - Wiz Khalifa fea. Charlie Puth
Cheerleader - OMI
Watch Me - Silento
Bad Blood - Taylor Swift fea. Kendrick Lamar
Shut Up and Dance - Walk The Moon
Trap Queen - Fetty Wap
Fight Song - Rachael Platten
July 22 - The big news - Everybody — seems to have an opinion on the Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj drama. The "Super Bass" rapper got Twitter buzzing Tuesday evening when discussing her MTV Video Music Awards snub. In fact, her sassy tweets got Swift and her fans to speculate that they were directed towards the star-studded "Bad Blood" music video. While Minaj insists that she simply wanted to point out that black women do not get enough recognition for their influence on pop culture, others aren't buying it... Passing - Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, died on Sunday, July 26, at Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth, Ga., according toET. She was 22. "She is finally at peace in the arms of God," the Houston family said in a statement... Chicago - Lollapalooza 2015 Kicks-Off with the likes of James Bay, Destructo, Paul McCartney, Alabama Shakes, Tove Lo, Cold War Kids, DJ Mustard, Dillon Frances and more...
August 1 - Passing - Rapper Shane Redway has died after being involved in a car crash in Toronto.... Passing - British 1960’s hitmaker Cilia Black. She was 72... Singer Reba McEntire and her husband Narvel Blackstock are separating after 26 years of marriage. Representative of the 60-year-old “Somebody Should Leave” hitmaker released a joint statement with Blackstock, 58, and said they had been separated for the past several months but would continue to work together.... More Toronto - Two people were shot dead and three others seriously wounded in Toronto after a fight broke out at a party hosted by rapper Drake... One Direction’s ”Drag Me Down,” the band’s first track without Zayn Malik, made its television debut on Tuesday morning’s edition of Good Morning America... MSNBC has canceled "The Cycle," "Now with Alex Wagner" and "The Ed Show" with Ed Schultz as the network reconfigures its afternoon line-up to focus more on breaking news... Nicki Minaj , the trash-talking rapper will launch a video game for smartphones in mid-2016 in a partnership with Glu Mobile, the San Francisco-based developer of the smash hit “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood,” which has reportedly netted its namesake star tens of millions of dollars in royalties... Jon Stewart conducts his final, “Daily Show” - which began in 1999... New Dr. Dre Album, “Compton” is released - his first in 16 years.
Top music albums -
DS2 - Future
Currents - Tame Impala
Black Rose - Tyrese
1989 - Taylor Swift
Angels and Alcohol - Alan Jackson
Dreams Worth More Than Money - Meek Mill
Top movies this week:
Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation
August 8 - A 13-year-old boy at a Taylor Swift concert was hurt when he fell from an upper level of Seattle's CenturyLink Field. He fell from the stadium's 300 level to the 200 level, but fire spokesman Kyle Moore says he was stable, alert and conscious when medics took him to Harborview Medical Center... Passing -Tony Lara, known for appearing on the Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch, died Saturday morning in Sturgis, South Dakota. Lara, 50, died early Saturday morning at a private residence in Sturgis... Former "Little House on the Prairie" star Melissa Gilbert announced her candidacy for a Michigan congressional seat on Monday, saying "fresh voices" are needed to help improve the economy for people who have fallen behind...
Top Pop Music Singles
Cheerleader - OMI
See You Again - Wiz Khalifa fea. Charlie Path
Bad Blood - Taylor Swift fea. Kendrick Lamar
Watch Me - Silento
Can’t Feel My Face - The Weeknd
Trap Queen - Fetty Wap
August 15 - Movies - looks like “Straight Outta Compton” is a huge hit - doing just over $56 million its debut week. That’s huge for an “R” movie rating debut... “Star War Lands” - Disney has announced it's building two huge "Stars Wars" attractions at Disneyland, California, and at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The “Star War Lands” are expected to be 14 acres each. .. A man has been charged in the murder of Edena Hines, the granddaughter of Morgan Freeman. New York police found Hines, 33, early Sunday morning lying in the street outside her apartment in Manhattan’s Washington Heights with some 16 stab wounds to her chest, police said. A man, described by police as her boyfriend, an aspiring rapper, was standing over her body shouting Bible verses and exorcism incantations... Passing - Yvonne Craig, the actress best known for her role as Batgirl in the 1960’s “Batman” TV series, has died of breast cancer.. She was 78... Passing - Bud Yorkin, a veteran producer-director who brought Hollywood headliners into America's living rooms through live television in the 1950s before rocking the conventions of network comedy with partner Norman Lear through "All in the Family" and other provocative hits. He was 89... Passing - Melody Patterson: Actress Known for Wrangler Jane Role on 'F Troop' Dies at 66. Patterson starred as Wrangler Jane from 1965-67 and also appeared on “The Monkees,” “Adam-12” and “Green Acres.” ... Megan Fox has filed divorce with her actor husband Brian Austin Green and all within 48 hours of announcing her separation with Green. The two had been a couple for 11 years.
August 22 - Wiz Khalifa: Rapper Arrested at Los Angeles International Airport for Riding Hoverboard. The rapper, 27, posted a video to social media in which policemen appear to confront him. "All because I wouldn't ditch the technology everyone will be using in the next 6 months," Khalifa said... Disgraced celebrity chef Paul Deen will be one of the contestants on the upcoming season of "Dancing with the Stars." The 68-year-old savant of saturated fat had previously been asked to join the ABC dance competition in 2010, but turned down the offer... Justin Bieber Look-Alike: Man Who Underwent Surgery to Look Like Singer Found Dead. Tobias Strebel, who is known for spending $100,000 on plastic surgery to look like Bieber, was found dead in a Motel 6 in Los Angeles Aug. 21 after being reported missing... Taylor Swift Los Angeles Concert - Singer Performs 'Smelly Cat' With Lisa Kudrow in Final Los Angeles Show of World Tour. Swift also shared the stage Wednesday with Justin Timberlake for a performance of his song "Mirrors" and with Selena Gomez for her new single "Good for You" at the Staples Center... Broadway actor Kyle Jean-Baptiste dies at the age of 21 after falling from a fire escape at his mother's home on Friday. The actor made Broadway history earlier this month after becoming the first black star - and the youngest actor - to play lead role Jean Valjean in Les Miserables... Christina Aguilera is set to give teaching lessons online - in a trend that includes Dustin Hofma for acting and Usher for performance. You’ll have to pay $90 for each lesson...
MTV Video Music Awards - Some Winners:
Best Rock - “Uma Thurman” - Fall Out Boy
Best Pop - “Blank Space” - Taylor Swift
Best Hip Hop - “Anaconda” - Nicki Minaj
Video of the Year - “Bad Blood” - Taylor Swift fea. Kendrick Lamar
Top Music Albums -
X - Ed Sheeran
Kill The Lights - Luke Bryan
Compton - Dr. Dre
Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A.
Cry Baby - Melanie Martinez
September 1 - 49-year-old Fox Report Weekend anchor Harris Faulkner is suing Hasbro for bestowing her moniker on its Harris Faulkner hamster, part of its “Pet Pawsabilities” line for the Littlest Pet Shop brand. Faulkner’s bid for $5 million, filed this week in US District Court in New Jersey, says the hamster with the butterfly hat “willfully and wrongfully appropriated Faulkner’s unique and valuable name and distinctive persona for its own financial gain... Passing - Dean Jones, the affable actor best known for leading roles in several family Disney films of the 1960s and ’70s including The Love Bug and That Darn Cat!. He was 84... Passing - Judy Carne - the 1960’s Laugh-In “Sock-It-To-Me” girl. She was 76... Passing - Actor Martin Milner, whose work as Officer Pete Malloy introduced generations of Americans to a tough and honorable policeman on Adam-12. He was 83. In 1960, Milner became a household face after Route 66 debuted, telling the itinerant stories of Tod Stiles, a once-wealthy young man who drove around America in his Corvette along with his friend Buz Murdock (George Maharis). It was famously filmed on-location... Made In America” concert in Philadelphia draws 70,000. Held at the foot fo the “Rcky” steps, it was closed out by one of this year’s hottest pop artists - The Weeknd.
Top pop hit music singles:
Can’t Feel My Face - The Weeknd
Watch Me - Silento
Cheerleader - OMI
The Hills - The Weeknd
Lean On - Major Laser & DJ Snake fea. MD
679 - Fetty Wap fea. Remy Boyz
September 8 - Stephen Colbert makes his debut on CBS' "The Late Show." Here's Ken Levine's Review (CLICK)... Billboard says "Cheerleader" by OMI is the song of the summer. Good choice!... Instagram Champion - Earlier this year it was Kim Kardashian, then Beyonce. Now Taylor Swift is on top with 45.5 million followers as of this week.... Brian Williams will reenter the headquarters of NBC News as an anchor for cable channel MSNBC on Sept. 22. Williams will handle MSNBC's live coverage of Pope Francis' visit to the U.S.... A former Denver radio personality has filed a lawsuit against singer Taylor Swift, saying he lost his job after being accused of inappropriately touching Swift during a photo session. The lawsuit says Mueller was falsely accused by one of Swift's security team of grabbing the singer's buttocks backstage at the Pepsi Center on June 2, 2013. It says Mueller was fired two days later from his job at KYGO radio... Miss Georgia, Betty Cantrell, was crowned Miss America on Sunday evening... Passing - REO Speedwagon's former lead guitarist and songwriter Gary Richrath has died at the age of 65.
September 15 - Jennifer Lien: Charged With Exposing Herself to Minors, police say. Lien, 41, was arrested at her on two counts of exposing herself to minors. The actress played Kes, a field medic, for three seasons on "Star Trek: Voyager." ... Goodbye Howard - America’s Got Talent crowned its season 10 champion on Wednesday, but it was a bittersweet night for Howard Stern, who said goodbye to the series after four years behind the judges’ table... Kissing Up - “The View”, co-host and resident big mouth Joy Behar announced they would be celebrating nurses in the wake of the recent media firestorm that erupted when Behar and co-host Michelle Collins earlier this week made controversial on-air comments about nurses that cost them two advertisers... iHeart Music Fest in Las Vegas - Set to appear - Blake Shelton, Nick Jonas, Green Room, Trey Songz, The Weeknd, Puff Daddy, Jennifer Lopez and others. Ryan Seacrest will host... Lady Gaga's latest song and music video is a PSA. In the 29-year-old pop star's clip for the ballad "Til It Happens to You" appears in black and white and contains graphic scenes of sexual harassment and assault. It features men and women, including actress Nikki Reed, at campus dorms and college parties. Lady Gaga, a rape survivor, does not star in the video, which was filmed to accompany the campus rape documentary The Hunting Ground... Passing - Author Jackie Collins has died after a battle with breast cancer. She was 77... Passing - Actor/writer Jack Larson - cemented in the minds of baby boomers as the original Jimmy Olsen in the 1950’s series, “Superman.” He was 87.
67th Emmy Awards- Some Winners:
Outstanding Drama Series: "Game Of Thrones"
Outstanding Comedy Series: "Veep"
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Viola Davis, "How to Get Away With Murder"
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Jeffrey Tambor, "Transparent"
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"
September 22 - Sam Smith released the new James Bond theme song to Spectre, titled "Writing's on the Wall," Friday and, from his “Today” show interview - he’s pretty excited... Aretha Franklin, opera star Andrea Bocelli and actor Mark Wahlberg were among the stars performing at the Philadelphia concert for the Pope on Saturday. Wahlberg, who hosted the event in Philadelphia - dubbed the Festival of Families - said he owed all his success to "my Catholic faith"... The ex-girlfriend of Jim Carrey, Cathriona White, has reportedly committed suicide. White, 28, was found dead by the LAPD Monday night, and that a suicide note was found at the scene. She last posted on Twitter on September 24: "Signing off Twitter, I hope I have been a light to my nearest and dearest." ... Downtown Disney has become Disney Springs and the popular Walt Disney World complex is also getting a new look. The name change was made officials during a ceremony on Tuesday at Waterview Park next door to Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar, which has an Indiana Jones-theme. On Wednesday, a new restaurant, Morimoto Asia, opens to the public.
October 1 - Erik Roner, an extreme athlete whose feats were seen regularly on MTV and Outside Television, died Monday in a parachuting accident, California authorities said... "Saturday Night Live" kicked off its 41st season strong, with help from host Miley Cyrus and a special guest: presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. The season premiere scored a 4.5 household rating and 11 share in metered market households, up 13% versus last year's premiere, according to Nielsen. The Cyrus-Clinton episode earned a 2.0/10 in the desired 18- to 49-year-old demographic... Model Chloe Goins who has accused Bill Cosby of drugging her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008 sued the comedian on Tuesday for sexual assault. This suite does fall within the statute of limitations and could be significant. "Bill Cosby touched an intimate part of Chloe Goins' body while she was seriously disabled and/or unconscious," the lawsuit states... Passing - Billy Joe Royal - known for his big 1965 hit, “Down in the Boondocks.” He was 73.
Top Pop Hit Music Singles -
The Hills - The Weeknd
Hotline Bling - Drake
Can’t Feel My Face - The Weeknd
What Do You Mean? - Justin Bieber
Watch Me - Silento
October 8 - Nominees Announced for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Induction Ceremony on December 9. The public and the Rock Hall voting body will vote on nominees including Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A, the Smiths, Janet Jackson, Chic, Steve Miller, Chicago, Chaka Khan, Cheap Trick, the J.B.'s and Yes.,, Walt Disney World guests were stranded on one of the monorails thanks to a mechanical problem. According to AP reports, the train was stuck for 2 hours, although it was estimated to be closer to 4 hours by a passenger on the monorail... On Saturday, Kanye West "auditioned" before Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urbanand Harry Connick Jr. in San Francisco, California on the set of the FOX show during its auditions for its 15th and final season, E! News has learned. Pregnant wife Kim Kardashianaccompanied the rapper and also hung out with host Ryan Seacrest. The final auditions were held in the city on Sunday and the show returns in January.
"The Force Awakens" Star Wars Trailer
October 15 - Nearly three months after he checked out of rehab, John Stamos has been charged in his DUI case. The Los Angeles District Attorney tells E! News that the 52-year-old actor has been charged with one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of drugs, stemming from his June arrest for DUI in Beverly Hills.... First Look At The New Star Wars Movie - New “Star Wars” clip debuts during “Monday Night Football” halftime this week. In the first hour after the "Force Awakens" teaser aired, 1.3 million people interacted with it on Facebook, while "Star Wars"-related tweets came at the furious pace of 17,000 per minute, as fans dissected every frame for clues about the film's plot. Meanwhile, viewership for ESPN's "Monday Night Football" spiked heading into halftime, indicating many viewers had tuned in specifically to see the new clip... October 21 - “Back to the Future” day with lots going on including a collector’s re-issue of the Pepsi Bottle used in “II.”... Passing - Corey Wells - A founding member of the popular 1970s band Three Dog Night has died in New York state. He was 74.
October 22 - Passing - Marty Ingels, a raspy-voiced comedian, actor and talent agent who was married to singer and actress Shirley Jones for nearly 40 years, died Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 79... Los Angeles: Reality TV personality Khloe Kardashian has bared it all for the cover image of her upcoming memoir ‘Strong Looks Better Naked.’The ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ star puts her bare derriere on full display but opts to cover her private parts with white sheet... Adele Releases First Single In Three Years - Adele has a new song and a new music video for the new single "Hello" off her Album25... Bob Dotson, the NBC News national correspondent who for 40 years traveled the back roads of the country in search of what he called “ordinary people who did extraordinary things,” retired from the network Friday. Dotson’s “American Story” segments have been a part of NBC “Today” since the 1980s... Passing - Peter Dougherty, an MTV stalwart who helped develop the music TV network’s influential hip-hop show Yo! MTV Raps, died from a heart attack on Oct. 12. He was 59... Passing - Legendary actress Maureen O’Hara - who appeared in dozens of movies in the 1940’s, 1950’s and beyond. Best known as the mom in the original, “Miracle on 34th Street.” ... Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight and comedian Katt Williams pleaded not guilty Tuesday to robbery charges filed against them after a celebrity photographer accused them of taking her camera last year... A judge in Poland turned down a request by the United States for the extradition of the filmmaker Roman Polanski, who is wanted over a 1977 conviction for having sex with a 13-year-old girl... Justin Bieber walks out of concert. After singing just one song he announced, “I’m done. I’m not doing the show.” He then stripped off his top shirt and could be seen tossing his cap as he stormed off the stage. And it was all because front row fans were reaching up toward him... Passing - Al Molinaro, who played the beloved chef on “Happy Days.”Molinaro portrayed Big Al Delvecchio, the owner of Arnold’s drive-in, in the classic TV series.
Top music albums -
Pentatonix - Pentatonix
Beauty Behind the Madness - The Weeknd
Confident - Demi Lovato
Fetty Wap - Fetty Wap
General Admission - Machine Gun Kelly
The Documentary 2.5 - The Game
November 1 - New single - Justin Bieber releases, "I'll Show You" featuring Skrillex... Adele’s “Hello” hits one million sales in a week. It’s a record - no one has sold that much - that fast... A little-known R&B singer is suing Taylor Swift for $42 million alleging that she stole his lyrics for her 2014 hit “Shake It Off.” Jesse Braham, whose stage name is Jesse Graham, says Swift plagiarized the lyrics from his 2013 song “Haters Gone Hate.” “Her hook is the same hook as mine,” Graham, 50, told the Daily News. “If I didn’t write the song ‘Haters Gone Hate,’ there wouldn’t be a song called ‘Shake It Off.’” ... After three months off “The Daily Show,” John Stewart signed a four-year deal with HBO to develop "timely short-form digital content" for HBO's subscription video service HBO Now... Passing - Country great Tommy Overstreet. He was 78... Donald Trump appears on “Saturday Night Live.” Trump, whose appearance on "SNL" had been protested by numerous Latino groups, also defended making light of his reputation for being racist during several sketches on "SNL," saying that he was "not only comfortable" poking fun at his infamy, but "loved it." ... Passing - George Barris - who created legendary TV cars including the 1965, "Batmobile" He was 89.
49th Annual CMA - Some Winners:
Entertainer of the Year
Album of the Year
Traveller - Chris Stapleton
Single of the Year
"Girl Crush" - Little Big Town
Song of the Year
"Girl Crush" (Little Big Town)
Male Vocalist of the Year
Female Vocalist of the Year
New Artist of the Year
January 1 - Passing - Mario Cuomo, a son of Italian immigrants who became an eloquent spokesman for a generation of liberal Democrats during his three terms as governor of New York but couldn't quite bring himself to run for president, has died. He was 82... Flu Season Up - A deadly influenza strain has the U.S. in the grip of what could develop into a "severe" flu season, with widespread cases already reported in 36 states, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expert said... Sole Survivor - Shaking and upset, a 7-year-old girl who survived a plane crash in southwestern Kentucky that killed her parents, sister, and cousin found herself on the doorstep of Larry Wilkins's home. The crash in Kuttawa, Kentucky, killed the girl's parents, Marty and Kimberly Gutzler, her 9-year-old sister Piper, and her 14-year-old cousin Sierra Wilder, according to police... Passing - Former U.S. Sen. Edward W. Brooke, a liberal Republican who became the first black in U.S. history to win popular election to the Senate, died Saturday. He was 95... As accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev goes on trial and - few doubt the outcome of the first phase of the two-phase trial... An apparent terrorist-related shooting at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo left at least 12 people dead and wounded 10 more in Paris on Wednesday, police said. French media reported that armed men wearing black hoods stormed the offices of the publication in a suburb of the city before firing automatic weapons in a scene that police described as "carnage." ... More than 200 years after Samuel Adams and Paul Revere first buried it in Boston, it took an hour to remove all the objects crammed inside a tiny time capsule. Among the stash Hatchfield removed from the 1795 time capsule: Five folded newspapers, a Massachusetts commonwealth seal, a title page from Massachusetts colony records and at least 24 coins.
January 8 - Another Terrorist Attack In France - The youngest suspect in today's deadly attack at a satirical newspaper's office in Paris has turned himself in, French police said, while the other two are “on the loose, armed and dangerous." French authorities have named the three suspects who they believe are responsible for the shooting deaths of 12 people, U.S. law enforcement officials told ABC News. Officials identified the suspects as Said Kouachi and Cherif Kouachi, two relatives both in their 30s and still at large, and 18-year-old Hamyd Mourad... Senator Barbara Boxer announced Thursday that she would not seek re-election as senator from California, ending a 30-year career in Congress and breaking a generational logjam in a state where the three top political officeholders are older than 70... Two people were killed and almost two dozen more injured after an 18-vehicle pileup on a Pennsylvania highway on Thursday. The crash, on Interstate 80 in Clarion Township, occurred during a snow squall that left drivers with little visibility... A Florida man with a troubled past was charged with murder after throwing his 5-year-old daughter over a bridge into Tampa Bay on Thursday, just hours after police questioned his bizarre behavior but found no grounds to detain him, authorities said... More Trouble In Paris – (Friday) - Two intense standoffs with gunmen are underway in and around Paris early Friday afternoon -- one involving the two brothers wanted in the Charlie Hebdo massacre and the other a hostage situation at a kosher grocery store. Authorities have not said if or how the situations are related, but both underscored France's days-long nightmare and anti-terrorism fight... U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry defended the Obama administration against criticism for not having a high level official attend a unity march in Paris and said he will head to France on Thursday. Kerry called the criticism "quibbling" when asked about the absence at the anti-terrorism rally Sunday. At least 3.7 million people attended the event -- including 40 world leaders -- in a show of solidarity against the terror attacks in France over the past week... The average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States fell 27 cents in the past three weeks, falling to its lowest level since April 2009, according to the Lundberg survey released Sunday... Prices for regular grade gasoline fell to $2.20 a gallon in the survey dated Jan. 9 from the previous survey on Dec 19... Authorities in Mozambique say the number of people who died after drinking contaminated traditional beer has risen to 69. Provincial health director, Paula Bernardo, told Radio Mozambique on Monday that 196 people have been admitted to hospitals in the northeastern Tete province. On Sunday evening district health officials said 56 people had died and 49 were hospitalized after drinking the beer at a funeral on Saturday... One passenger has died after smoke filled the L'Enfant Plaza metro station in downtown Washington on Monday. The station was temporarily closed after filling with smoke, while a disabled train was evacuated... Charlie Hebdo will publish a front page showing a caricature of the Prophet Mohammad holding a sign saying "Je suis Charlie" in its first edition since Islamist gunmen attacked the satirical newspaper. With demand surging for the edition due on Wednesday, the weekly planned to print up to 3 million copies, dwarfing its usual run of 60,000, after newsagents reported a rush of orders. Digital versions will be posted in English, Spanish and Arabic, while print editions in Italian and Turkish will also appear... The FBI arrested an Ohio man for allegedly plotting an ISIS-inspired attack on the U.S. Capitol, where he hoped to set off a series of bombs aimed at lawmakers, whom he allegedly considered enemies. Christopher Lee Cornell, 20, of Green Township, was arrested on charges of attempting to kill a U.S. government official, authorities said.
January 15 - The United States rolled out a sweeping set of measures to significantly ease the half-century-old embargo against Cuba, opening up the country to expanded travel, trade and financial activities.... Police in three European countries have arrested some two dozen people suspected of terrorists links, as authorities crack down in a continent on edge after three days of violence last week in France. Belgian police arrested 13 people on Thursday thought to have been on the verge of carrying out attacks on policemen, authorities said in a press conference on Friday. Meanwhile, French police detained 12 people in relation to last week’s terror spree that killed 17, and German police said they raided 11 properties in Berlin and arrested two people suspected of providing financial support and recruiting fighters for Islamic State in Syria... The cost of living in the U.S. declined in December by the most in six years, reflecting a plunge in energy costs that’s keeping inflation from rising toward the Federal Reserve’s goal... At least 60,500 suspects involved in drug-related crimes, were arrested by the Chinese police, which also seized 11.14 tons of narcotics from raids, Xinhua reported, citing the country's ministry of public security. The arrests are part of the ongoing countrywide campaign dubbed, "Ban drugs in hundreds of cities"... State of the Union - President Obama will call for higher taxes on the wealthy and large financial institutions in his State of the Union address on Tuesday. Obama will propose that the $320 billion in tax hikes be used to pay for tax cuts for the middle class, as well as a range of programs... Pope Francis urged millions gathered in Manila on Sunday to take care of one another -- and help promote peace in the world. The Pope wore a yellow poncho over his robe as he celebrated the Mass, which was attended by 6 million people, according to the Philippine News Agency... The militant group Islamic State released an online video on Tuesday purporting to show two Japanese captives and threatening to kill them unless it received $200 million in ransom... Neighbors are fearing the worst in Annapolis as investigators start a heart wrenching search through the remains of a mansion that burned to the ground this week.They will be looking for the homeowners, Don and Sandy Pyle, and their four grandchildren, who have been missing since the fire... More State of the Union Address - Amongst the areas that we are doing well, President Obama highlighted the fact that we are creating jobs at fastest pace since 1999, that the unemployment rate lower than before the crisis, more Americans are insured than ever before and that we are not dependent on foreign oil for the first time in 30 years.
January 22 - An apartment fire in Edgewater, NJ displaces over 500 people. Another 500 nearby were displaced - but unlike the fire building, they will have something to go back to. Flames and smoke could be seen from across the Hudson, in Manhattan... New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, one of the state's most powerful Democrats for more than two decades, was charged on Thursday with fraud and other criminal counts after a lengthy corruption investigation.... Disneyland is also now the source of a measles outbreak that has spread beyond California as health experts express alarm about the impact of the anti-childhood vaccination movement. At least 59 cases have been diagnosed in California, with eight related infections in other western US states and Mexico as people infected at the theme park have passed the disease to others far from the park... Passing - King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who came to the throne in old age and earned a reputation as a cautious reformer even as the Arab Spring revolts toppled heads of state and Islamic State militants threatened the Muslim establishment that he represented. He was 90... A video released Saturday on social media linked to Islamic State appears to show the militant group has killed one of two Japanese hostages. The video features a voice claiming to be Japanese journalist Kenji Goto announcing that his fellow captive, security company owner Haruna Yukawa, was beheaded. A few days later - Goto would be killed as well... In a glow of bonhomie, U.S. President Barack Obamaand Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a breakthrough on nuclear trade on Sunday, a step that both sides hope will help establish an enduring strategic partnership. Obama said the two countries had made progress on two issues holding up commercial civil nuclear cooperation, one of the major irritants in bilateral ties... A small aerial drone was found on the grounds of the White House but poses no threat... Millions across the Northeast were told to stay home from work and school, even as forecasters revised predictions that had originally called for record-breaking amounts of snow in some of America's biggest cities. The blizzard had originally been predicted to bring between 2 and 3 feet of snow to an area stretching from northern New Jersey to southern Maine, along with hurricane-force winds... President Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia after defending the U.S. government's willingness to cooperate closely with the country on national security despite deep concerns over human rights abuses... Politically Correct - The White House is drawing a sharp distinction between Afghanistan’s Taliban and the Islamic State — describing the Taliban as an “armed insurgency.” Asked directly if the White House considered the Taliban a terrorist group, Mr. Schultz repeated the line that they are an armed insurgency and said that the swap for Mr. Bergdahl was part of the “winding down of the war in Afghanistan”... The Malaysian government has officially declared the March, 2014 disappearance of Malaysian Airline flight MH370 an accident and says there were no survivors. The declaration should allow compensation payments to relatives of the victims... Mitt Romney says he won’t run for President - leaving the Republican spotlight on Jebb Bush and Chris Christie.
February 1 - President Obama is sending Congress an ambitious budget plan that includes a half-trillion-dollar public works program and an array of tax increases meant to fund a host of other agenda items -- in what Republicans are ripping as a tax-and-spend document that does little to restrain the soaring $18 trillion debt... The United Nations' top court ruled Tuesday that Serbia and Croatia did not commit genocide against each other's people during the bloody 1990s wars sparked by the breakup of Yugoslavia. The ruling could help put to rest lingering animosities between the Balkan neighbors... Clint Eastwood's much-talked-about Iraq war drama American Sniper has been pulled from Baghdad's only theater after complaints from locals and the government. Despite packing in the crowds at home, Sniper met with hostility with Iraqis who feel the movie glorifies American actions in the country, as well as "insults" the people by painting them as "terrorists"... Six people were killed when a crowded Metro-North commuter train hit a vehicle on the tracks north of White Plains, New York, sparking a fire that gutted the lead car of the train, officials said... Dramatic dashcam footage in Taiwan shows a TransAsia Airways plane scraping past a major highway moments before it careened into a shallow river, killing at least 26 people. The plane, which was carrying 58 people, clipped a bridge shortly after Wednesday’s takeoff from Taipei's downtown Sungshan Airport, state media said...
Jordan's King Abdullah vowed a "relentless" war against Islamic State on their own territory on Wednesday in response to a video published by the hard-line group showing a captured Jordanian pilot being burned alive in a cage. Jordan hanged two Iraqi jihadists, one a woman, on Wednesday and vowed to intensify military action against Islamic State... RadioShack, a long-ailing 94-year-old electronics chain, filed for bankruptcy protection on Thursday after striking a deal to sell up to 2,400 of its stores to the wireless service provider Sprint and a hedge fund that is its biggest shareholder.
February 8 - United States President Barack Obama urged artists and musicians to work together in positively influencing the public perspective to put an end to sexual violence once and for all. The message is part of a public service announcement aired halfway through the 57th annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on Sunday... The family of Kayla Mueller, an American woman held captive by the Islamist terror group ISIS, said Tuesday it has received confirmation that she is dead... NBC suspended Brian Williams as its lead anchor for six months late Tuesday as a result of a burgeoning scandal involving exaggerated statements he has made about his reporting. The network said the suspension would be immediate and without pay, and that Lester Holt would substitute for Williams while he is out... The mayor of Chapel Hill, N.C., said Wednesday that the college town has been "rocked" by the shooting deaths of three Muslim students that the father of two of the victims calls a "hate crime." The victims, all shot in the head, were identified about 2 a.m. Wednesday as Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, and his wife, Yusor Mohammad, 21, of Chapel Hill, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, of Raleigh, police said. All were U.S.-born and grew up in the area... “60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon was killed in a car crash on the West Side Highway in Manhattan on Wednesday night, sources said... The 73-year-old reporter was a passenger in a livery cab traveling south on 12th Ave. at W. 30 St. when it rear-ended a Mercedes-Benz driven by a 23-year-old man and then slammed into a median around 6:45 p.m., a police source said... Dies - David Carr - The highly popular New York Times media critic, David Carr, dies after collapsing in the newsroom. He was 58... Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a cease-fire agreement for eastern Ukraine had been reached Thursday, bringing an end to marathon talks between the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France... Four-term Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat, announced his resignation, ending one of the strangest political scandals the state has seen. Shortly after his most recent inauguration, it was discovered Kitzhaber's fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, was allegedly using government contacts to enrich her private business.
February 15 - Police shot dead a gunman on Sunday (2/15) whose attacks on a Copenhagen synagogue and an event promoting free speech may have been inspired an attack on French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo last month, authorities said. Denmark's spy chief Jens Madsen said the gunman was known to the intelligence services prior to the shooting and probably acted alone. Two civilians were killed and five police were wounded in the two separate attacks in the Danish capital on Saturday (2/14)... The Federal Aviation Administration released Sunday its long-awaited proposal for governing small commercial drones, setting a plan for remote-controlled aircraft to share the skies with passenger planes. The FAA proposal would allow drones weighing up to 55 pounds to fly within sight of their remote pilots during daylight hours. The aircraft must stay below 500 feet in the air and fly less than 100 mph. People flying drones would need to be at least 17 years old, pass an aeronautics test and be vetted by the Transportation Security Administration, but a certificate wouldn't require the flight hours or medical rating of a private pilot's license... After yet another blizzard last week, Boston marked its snowiest month since record-keeping started in 1872 - beating a record 43.3 inches set in 2005. "It's official, Boston has reached its snowiest month on record with 45.5 total inches," the National Weather Service tweeted early Sunday... Italy warned that ISIS is at Europe's doorstep as France and Egypt called for the United Nations Security Council to meet over the spiraling crisis in Libya. The growing alarm came as Egyptian jets bombed ISIS targets in the North African nation as revenge for the beheadings — documented in an ISIS propaganda video — of 21 Coptic Christian Egyptian nationals in Libya... A federal judge has granted a request by 26 states to temporarily block President Obama's executive action on illegal immigration, allowing a lawsuit aimed at permanently stopping the orders to make its way through the courts... U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen granted the preliminary injunction Monday after hearing arguments in Brownsville, Texas last month... At least 20 people were killed in Haiti’s capital Tuesday when they were electrocuted by a power line that fell on a music group's packed Carnival float, officials say. The accident occurred as thousands of people filled the streets of downtown Port-au-Prince for the raucous annual celebration. People at the scene said someone on the float used a pole or stick to move a power line so the float could pass under it... Rebel fighters, many of them Cossacks, roamed the streets of Debaltseve on Thursday, a day after Ukrainian forces began withdrawing from the besieged town. The mood was celebratory, with fighters laughing, hugging each other and posing for photos... Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell faces sentencing on Friday for taking bribes from a businessman, with federal prosecutors seeking 18 months in prison and defense lawyers asking for a community service sentence... A blast of frigid air sweeping through the Northeast is sending temperatures plummeting to lows not seen in years. In New York, bitter temperatures have frozen over chunks of the Hudson River. Ferry teams have been using tugboats to clear out some of the ice, but they will have their work cut out for them Friday morning. Wind chills will make it feel like it's well below zero as millions are feeling the full force of this bone-shattering cold.
February 22 - Bangladesh rescuers have retrieved 37 bodies from a ferry that sank Sunday afternoon in the middle of a river in the country's northwestern Manikganj district, 40 km northwest of Dhaka, Rashida Ferdaus, the district's administration chief, told Xinhua on Sunday night... Islamic State militants have abducted as many as 90 Assyrian Christians after overrunning several small villages in northeast Syria, an activist group said Tuesday. Around dawn Monday, the extremist fighters swept through the Assyrian villages nestled along the banks of the Khabur River near the town of Tal Tamr in Hassakeh province. Sky News reported that control of the region is split between ISIS and opposing Kurdish fighters.... Eddie Ray Routh, the mentally disturbed veteran who killed Chris Kyle, the former Navy SEAL marksman who inspired the movie “American Sniper,” was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison after a jury here found him guilty of murder, rejecting his claims that he was legally insane at the time... The masked "Jihadi John" killer who fronted Islamic State beheading videos has been identified as Mohammed Emwazi, a British computer programming graduate from a well-to-do London family... Nine people were found shot to death early Friday in at least four crime scenes in a small community in south central Missouri, according to local media reports. Texas County Sheriff James Sigman said that as many as six crime scenes may be involved in the shootings in an area around the unincorporated community of Tyrone, but would not elaborate... Thousands of stunned Russians laid flowers and lit candles on Saturday on the bridge where opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was shot dead near the Kremlin, a murder that showed the risks of speaking out against President Vladimir Putin. Nemtsov, 55, was shot four times in the back by assailants in a white car as he walked across the bridge over the Moskva River in central Moscow with a Ukrainian woman, who was unhurt, just before midnight on Friday, police said.
March 1 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Monday that a potential nuclear deal with Iran "could threaten the survival of Israel," as he kicked off a contentious visit to the United States meant to build the case against such an agreement. The Israeli leader underscored the dangers he said are posed by Iran, which he called the world's "foremost sponsor of state terrorism" ... Los Angeles police officers fatally shot a man on Sunday while they allegedly struggled with the suspect over one of the cop’s guns, authorities said. Several bystanders captured the scene on cellphone video... Former CIA Director David Petraeus pleads guilty to mishandling classified information. The plea agreement outlines the terms in which prosecutors will recommend a sentence of two years of probation, with no jail time, and a $40,000 fine. Petraeus, a retired four-star general and once America's top official in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, became CIA director in 2011. The question has been whether he gave classified information to a woman who was writing a book about him and who was also his mistress... The U.S. ambassador to South Korea was injured by a man wielding a razor Thursday morning in Seoul, and his assailant was immediately detained. Mark W. Lippert was rushed to a nearby hospital with cuts to his face and wrist, the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported, and appeared to be splattered with blood but was on his feet, TV images show. He was on his way to attend a morning lecture in central Seoul when the attack took place shortly before 8 a.m... The Justice Department formally closed its investigation of Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson, declining to bring criminal charges for the killing of Michael Brown. In a report , prosecutors said that "Wilson's actions do not constitute prosecutable violations" of federal civil rights law... Three people were transported to hospitals Thursday morning after a Delta plane skidded off a runway at New York's LaGuardia Airport during a snow storm, prompting the airport to temporarily close. The plane, a MD-88 that was traveling from Atlanta to New York, was carrying 125 passengers and five crew members. Those on board were able to exit the plane on emergency slides. Passengers trudged through the snow in an orderly line after climbing off the plane... A defiant Sen. Robert Menendez declared, “I am not going anywhere,” Friday night amid reports the Justice Department is preparing to charge the New Jersey Democrat with corruption counts over allegations he used his office to help a Democratic donor. A person familiar with a federal investigation of Menendez said the Justice Department is expected to bring criminal charges against him in the coming weeks. The pending charges were first reported by CNN... The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first so-called biosimilar drug for use in the United States, paving the way for less expensive alternatives to an entire class of complex and costly drugs... A 19-year-old black man who was shot dead Friday during a confrontation with a police officer in Madison, Wisconsin, was unarmed. He was identified as Tony Terrell Robinson Jr.,The shooting took place Friday at about 6:30 p.m., Madison police said, and sparked protests, including a sit-in at Madison City Hall... The streets of Selma, Alabama, were packed on Saturday with thousands of people who traveled to the small town to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic march for voting rights. Large crowds gathered around the Edmund Pettus Bridge, which marks the location where local activists, led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., were attacked by police on March 7, 1965. Officers used tear gas and billy cubs to subdue the marchers, and the day later came to be known as "Bloody Sunday" ... The student government at University of California, Irvine has voted to ban display of the American flag — or any flag — from its lobby - causing a rash of protests...
March 8 - Events commemorating the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday" and the march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery continued Sunday in the same place where civil rights activists paved the way for equal voting rights a half century ago... A young Utah mother died after an accident sent her car into a river upside-down over the weekend with her 18-month-old daughter in a car seat. Lynn Jennifer Groesbeck, 25, did not survive, but her daughter did after spending almost 14 hours suspended upside-down in the overturned car in freezing temperatures with frigid water inches from her head, Lily survived in fleece pants and a sweatshirt because she had several factors on her side, experts told ABC News... The president of the University of Oklahoma severed the school's ties with a national fraternity on Monday and ordered that its on-campus house be shuttered after several members took part in a racist chant caught on video. The video, which was posted online, shows several people on a bus participating in a chant that included a racial slur, referenced lynching and indicated black students would never be admitted to OU's chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon... Three French sports personalities are among 10 people killed in a helicopter crash in Argentina, the French presidential office confirmed... A political firestorm erupted late Monday after an open letter from Republican senators to Iran's leaders challenged President Obama's ability to strike a permanent nuclear deal with Tehran. Vice President Joe Biden strongly denounced the letter in a statement saying the missive "offends me as a matter of principle" and was "beneath the dignity of an institution I revere"... Two police officers were shot during overnight protests in Ferguson, Missouri, the St. Louis County Police Department said.A St. Louis County officer, 41, was struck in the shoulder, while a Webster Groves police officer, 32, was struck in the face, said county police chief John Belmar, who spoke to media members outside of Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Borth are in serious condition... The Obama administration is investigating allegations that two senior Secret Service agents, including a top member of the president’s protective detail, drove a government car into White House security barricades after drinking at a late-night party last week, an agency official said Wednesday... Three patients at a Kansas hospital have died after eating Blue Bell Creameries ice cream tainted with listeria, but food-borne illness was not the sole cause of their deaths, health officials said Saturday... One of the Pacific Ocean’s most powerful storms ever has ripped through Vanuatu. Eight people are reported dead, but it is feared that number will rise substantially as the scale of devastation is established across the nation’s 83 islands. Cyclone Pam.
March 15 - Murder Warrant - Robert Durst, a wealthy real estate heir and the subject of the HBO series “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” has been arrested in New Orleans. His latest arrest comes after the Los Angeles Police Department renewed its investigation into the 15-year-old murder of Durst’s former friend Susan Berman, the daughter of a Las Vegas casino owner... Boston set an all-time snowfall record and flirted with another mark: most snark in a single winter. The latest storm in an epic winter edged the total just over the 9-foot mark. Sunday's storm dropped 2.9 inches at Logan International Airport, pushing the seasonal accumulation to 108.6 inches and surpassing the previous record of 107.6 set in 1995-96... Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock resigned Tuesday, less than 12 hours after questions about tens of thousands of dollars in mileage reimbursements he received for his personal vehicle. Schock billed the federal government and his campaign for logging roughly 170,000 miles on his personal car from January 2010 through July 2014. But when he sold that Chevrolet Tahoe in July 2014, it had roughly 80,000 miles on the odometer... After a bruising campaign focused on his failings, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel won a clear victory in Tuesday’s elections and seemed all but certain to form a new government and serve a fourth term, though he offended many voters and alienated allies in the process.... Police in northern California are searching for at least one suspect who gunned down three people and wounded four others Tuesday night in an apparent drive-by shooting outside of a convenience store... Gunmen in military uniforms attacked an art museum in downtown Tunis around noon on Wednesday, killing 19 people, officials said. Security forces later advanced into the museum and killed two gunmen in a firefight, state television reported... The CEO of Starbucks defended the coffee chain's new campaign to address race relations by asking employees to write "Race Together" on the side of customers' cups to start a dialogue with customers... Howard Schultz told ABC News today that he wasn't surprised by the backlash aimed at the campaign, calling race relations a "highly emotional issue that divides many people across the country." "I’m not a black person, but I am deeply affected by what’s going on, and so will our general society if the American promise, the American dream, the aspiration of the country is only available to a select few," he said... Islamic State (IS) say its militants carried out suicide bombings on two mosques in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, which killed at least 137 people. The attacks are the first claimed by IS - a Sunni group - since it set up a branch in Yemen in November... The machete-wielding man who attacked officers at a security checkpoint at the New Orleans airport on Friday night and was shot by a sheriff’s deputy has died. Authorities said Richard White had dropped a shopping bag he was carrying when he began spraying insecticide on the first T.S.A. officer he encountered at the security gate. After arriving at the scene, investigators smelled gas, and they discovered inside the bag six half-pint jars filled with gasoline with cloth wicks stuffed into the tops. A gas lighter was also found in the bag.. Seven siblings from an Orthodox Jewish family were killed early Saturday when a fire tore through their Brooklyn home after they had gone to bed, a tragedy that authorities believe was caused by a malfunctioning hot plate left on for the Sabbath. The blaze took the lives of three girls and three boys - ages 5 to 16 - and left their mother and another child in critical condition. Fire officials said the flames would have prevented the mother, who escaped out a window, from trying to rescue her children.
March 22 - Texas senator Ted Cruz kicked off the first major Republican presidential campaign of the 2016 election, vowing to "reignite the promise of America" while making an overt play for evangelical voters... Workers dismantling a scaffold at a high-rise construction project on Monday when a piece of it fell to the ground in downtown Raleigh, killing three men and sending another to a hospital... A Germanwings Airbus A320 plane from Barcelona, Spain to Desseldorf, Germany crashed in the foothills of the Alps in southeastern France, There were no survivors of 144 passengers and six crew members. Later - it’s learned The co-pilot of Germanwings flight 9525 deliberately crashed the aircraft, French officials said, pointing to voice recorder evidence that he had locked the captain out of the cockpit, ignored his pleas for re-entry and steered down into the French Alps as passengers were heard screaming...
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A tornado ripped through parts of Oklahoma, destroying homes and leaving at least one person dead... Gas Explosion Levels NY Apartment Building - More than seven months before an explosion and fire leveled three apartment buildings in Manhattan's East Village, utility workers discovered that the gas line to a restaurant in one of them had been illegally tapped, creating a hazardous situation, according to the company... Senator Harry Reid, the tough tactician who has led Senate Democrats since 2005, will not seek re-election next year, bringing an end to a three-decade congressional career that culminated with his push of President Obama’s ambitious agenda against fierce Republican resistance... Two people tried to ram the main gate to enter the headquarters of the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, Maryland on Monday, according to a federal law enforcement official briefed on the investigation. An NSA police officer shot one of the people dead dead and seriously injured the second... At least eight people died and 10 others were injured early Monday when a church van from Fort Pierce ran through a stop sign, crossed all lanes of U.S. 27 and landed in a canal in southwest Florida, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
April 1 - Arkansas Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson urged state lawmakers to change a controversial religious freedom bill sent to his desk a day earlier, in the face of criticism that it could allow businesses and others to discriminate based on sexual orientation. Hutchinson had initially said he planned to sign the bill but backed off as his state, overnight, became the new focal point of a nationwide backlash over such legislation. Indiana for days has faced similar criticism for a related religious freedom bill... Passing - Televangelist and founder of Crystal Cathedral Ministries Robert Schuller - - also known for his, “Hour of Power” TV sermon... Iran and the United States, along with five other world powers, announced on Thursday a surprisingly specific and comprehensive understanding on limiting Tehran’s nuclear program for the next 15 years, though they left several specific issues to a final agreement in June... Gov. Jerry Brown ordered mandatory water use reductions for the first time in California’s history, saying the state’s four-year drought had reached near-crisis proportions after a winter of record-low snowfalls. Mr. Brown, in an executive order, directed the State Water Resources Control Board to impose a 25 percent reduction on the state’s 400 local water supply agencies, which serve 90 percent of California residents, over the coming year... Carbon Monoxide Poisoning - Family members, comprising Rodney Eric Todd and his seven children aged 6 to 16, were found dead on Monday in their home in Princess Anne, local police said in a statement... President Barack Obama said the framework nuclear agreement reached last week with Iran represents a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity to bring some stability to the Middle East - stability which would be good for Israel as well as other nations. However, some members of the U.S. Congress remain unconvinced and a key U.S. lawmaker plans to go ahead with legislation requiring Obama to submit any final agreement to Congress for debate and a vote... Sen. Rand Paul kicked off his presidential campaign in his home state of Kentucky Tuesday, pitching himself as a candidate ready to confront the "Washington machine."
April 8 - Boston - Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on all 30 charges in an attack on the city’s 2013 marathon... A tornado that slammed through north central Illinois, nearly destroying the small town of Fairdale and killing two people, packed winds of 180 to 200 mph and was half a mile wide, according to the National Weather Service... Ten deputies have been put on paid administrative leave as authorities investigate the videotaped beating of a suspect, Sheriff John McMahon of San Bernardino County, California, said Friday, according to CNN affiliate KCAL.In video captured by cameras aboard a helicopter forKNBC, deputies gather around the man after he falls from a horse he was riding to flee from them. The video shows deputies using a stun gun on him and then repeatedly kicking and hitting him... Four people were found dead in a home on Friday in an apparent carbon monoxide poisoning, possibly caused by a car left running in a garage, police said. Two men and two women were discovered inside the home in the Queens neighborhood of Floral Park after police responded to a 911 call. It appeared the car was accidentally left running in the garage, but it was unclear for how long, investigators said... Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday officially announced her 2016 presidential campaign, ending months of speculation over her political plans and immediately elevating her as a target for the field of Republican contenders... Marco Rubio, announces his bid for the presidency on Monday in a call to donors, has been called the “best communicator” in the Republican Party... A 36-year-old Davenport man dies after a Lamborghini in which he was riding lost control at the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Walt Disney World...
April 15 - Survivors of a capsized migrant boat off Libya have told the aid group Save the Children an estimated 400 people are believed to have drowned. The UN refugee agency says the shipwreck is among the deadliest single incidents in the last decade... Police arrested Florida mailman Doug Hughes after he landed his gyrocopter on the West Lawn of the Capitol on Wednesday. Hughes said he performed the stunt in an effort to change campaign finance laws... Another Minumum Wage Rally - About 300 people participated in a march and rally in Cleveland Wednesday calling for a $15 minimum wage. The Cleveland rally was among more than 200 that took place nationally, as part of the Fight for 15 campaign... More than a dozen people were injured, including three who are in critical condition, when a California road worker ruptured a gas line on the Fresno County side of the San Joaquin River and Highway 99... Senators announced a bipartisan agreement Tuesday that will break a logjam over an anti-trafficking bill and pave the way for a vote on Loretta Lynch, President Obama's long-stalled nominee for attorney general... An Egyptian criminal court on Tuesday sentenced ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in prison on charges linked to the killing of protesters in 2012...
April 22 - Calbuco, a 2,000m (6,572ft) volcano in Chile, has erupted twice in the past day, sending emergency services (and photographers) into overdrive. The eruption has prompted the evacuation of roughly 4,000 citizens from nearby cities and villages, and the Argentinian authorities have warned their citizens about volcanic ash as well... After word spread yesterday (April 22) that the FCC was planning to recommend putting Comcast's desired takeover of Time Warner Cable in front of a judge, Comcast is planning to abandon the deal entirely, according to a report from Bloomberg. The FCC's recommendation of a "hearing designation order" could have delayed the deal by months, all but preventing it entirely... David Petraeus, 62, pleads guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified information... A powerful 7.8 earthquake shook Nepal on Saturday near its capital, Katmandu, killing more than 2,000 people, flattening sections of the city’s historic center and trapping dozens of sightseers in a 200-foot watchtower that came crashing down into a pile of bricks...
CNN Coverage - Riots In Baltimore
The six Baltimore police officers suspended after a man suffered serious spinal injuries while in custody should tell the public what happened, an attorney for the man's family said at his funeral Monday. Bill Murphy's remarks about the officers drew a standing ovation at the funeral of Freddie Gray. Gray died April 19, days after his encounter with police. The 2,500-capacity New Shiloh Baptist church was filled with mourners, many of whom filed past Gray's casket before the service began... Baltimore Riots - Hundreds of rifle-toting National Guard members began deploying here on Tuesday morning, lining one of the city’s main thoroughfares and taking up posts around a police station in western Baltimore that had been the scene of earlier protests. The guardsmen were expected to be joined over the course of the day by thousands of police officers from outside the city as Baltimore struggles to recover from rioting, arson and looting that left 15 police officers injured — six seriously — and damaged or destroyed dozens of businesses, homes and cars. It is not known how many rioters have been injured... New FDA-Approved Drug Zaps Double Chins - A drug just approved by the FDA looks to banish double chins, ABC News reports. Kybella, which drug manufacturer Kythera Biopharmaceuticals says could be available by June, is a form of the naturally occurring deoxycholic acid; it's injected into the body, where it penetrates fat cells and attacks their outer membranes, causing them to burst, ABC News reports. The FDA says patients can receive up to 50 injections per session—though it emphasizes they should be administered by a "licensed health care professional"—with a cap of six sessions that are at least one month apart.
May 1 - Authorities’ refusal to provide more than a few sketchy details about the Freddie Gray investigation is fueling suspicion and mistrust as a weekend of protest rallies looms. The secrecy may be legally appropriate, but many in Baltimore were finding it hard to be patient Thursday when police took no questions at a news conference about the criminal investigation findings they turned over to the state’s attorney’s office... Britain's Duchess of Cambridge, the wife of Prince William, gave birth to a girl on Saturday, the couple's second child and a sister to one-year-old Prince George... Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Sunday that she was lifting the six-day curfew imposed after riots ensued over the death of a black man who sustained a spinal injury while in police custody... Nearly 4,100 migrants were rescued from boats near the coast of Libya on Saturday and Sunday and rescue operations continued as people smugglers took advantage of calm seas, Italy's coast guard and navy said. All of those rescued were being brought to Italian shores, with some already arriving at Lampedusa, Italy's southernmost island, and Trapani, Sicily. More were to be brought ashore overnight and on Monday... Police killed two gunmen who tried to ambush a Garland, Texas, event featuring controversial cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed, details began to emerge about the shooters. One suspect, identified as Elton Simpson by a federal law enforcement source, linked himself to ISIS in a tweet posted just before the attack... Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz rehearsed putting his aircraft into a controlled descent on the flight that preceded the crash of his jetliner into the French Alps on March 24, according to an interim report Wednesday by French air accident investigators. The report by the French air accident investigation agency, the BEA, is based on analysis of the aircraft's flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder... The GAMEOVER Task Force has arrested a fugitive who escaped from an Ohio prison in 1959. 79-year-old Frank Freshwater was arrested yesterday at 1200 Jones Road, Melbourne, after information was received from the Cold Case Unit of the U.S. Marshal’s Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force in Ohio that Freshwater might be in the Brevard County area.
May 8 - Elections - Prime Minister David Cameron sealed a surprise election win by persuading Britons to choose the security of modestly rising living standards over an implausible pretender many feared could become the puppet of Scottish nationalists... Atlanta - Three men and one woman aboard a small plane have died after it crashed Friday morning on I-285 at Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. The passengers on the plane were headed to Oxford, Miss., for a graduation ceremony Saturday at the University of Mississippi, according to the owner of a plane that took off from the airport just before the flight... The US justice department has launched an investigation into the Baltimore police department's use of force and whether there are patterns of discriminatory policing. The investigation, announced by attorney general Loretta Lynch on Friday, was requested by Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore's mayor, in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who sustained fatal injuries while in police custody, and the outrage it sparked in Maryland's largest city... Two police officers wereshot and killed during a traffic stop, and three suspects were arrested hours later, authorities said Sunday. Two of the suspects were charged Sunday with capital murder in the death of officers Benjamin Deen, 34, and Liquori Tate, 25... Emergency responders searched through wreckage in parts of Texas and Arkansas early Monday after a line of tornadoes battered several small communities, killing at least two people and injuring dozens of others. As many as 10 people were still missing at daybreak, raising the possibility that the number of dead could climb... A second powerful earthquake in less than three weeks spread panic in Nepal on Tuesday, bringing down buildings weakened by the first disaster and killing at least 96 people, including 17 in neighbouring India and one in Chinese Tibet... A Texas man who killed his 15-year-old ex-girlfriend, her mother and her grandfather was executed Tuesday evening, after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to rule that he was mentally incompetent. Derrick Charles was the seventh person put to death in Texas this year, at a time when lethal injections are on hold in several states around the nation... An Amtrak train was doing more than double the 50 mph limit before it derailed on a sharp curve of Philadelphia track, killing eight people and injuring more than 200 others. The Wall Street Journal reported that Northeast Regional Train 188 was zipping toward New York at more than 100 mph when the engine and its seven passenger cars skidded off the rails.
May 15 - Nepalese rescuers found three bodies near the wreckage of a U.S. Marine helicopter that disappeared earlier while on a relief mission in the earthquake-hit Himalayan nation, and officials said it was unlikely there were any survivors from the crash... Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to die for his role in the bombing of the Boston Marathon in 2013. He was sentenced to death for six different counts... Rival biker gangs unleashed a hailstorm of bullets outside a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas, leaving nine people dead and at least 17 hospitalized. By Monday morning, almost 200 people were in the McLellan County Jail facing charges of engaging in organized crime in connection with the shootout. t happened in broad daylight -- around noon Sunday, at the restaurant known for scantily clad servers and "bike nights." The fracas apparently started inside the restaurant's bathroom with something as simple as a shove or a disrespectful glance, authorities told CNN affiliate KTVT. That brawl quickly escalated into a fistfight, which led to a knife fight... U.S. intelligence officials on Wednesday released a trove of documents recovered during the 2011 raid on Usama bin Laden's compound -- offering a rare window into the operations of Al Qaeda and bin Laden's involvement in leading the network from his Pakistan hideaway... Defective Takata Air Bags - Nearly 34 million cars and trucks (out of the about 250 million on American roads) were just called defective amid the biggest consumer recall in U.S. history. Cars from BMW, Dodge, Honda, Nissan, Toyota and a few others, generally made between 2000 and 2008, have already been recalled. But that list only includes half of the recalled vehicles. In essence, everyone should be checking... Passing - Margaretta "Happy" Rockefeller, the widow of former U.S. Vice President and New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, has died. She was 88...A Rockefeller family spokesman says she died peacefully in her sleep Tuesday at her home in Tarrytown... Six of the world’s biggest banks will pay $5.8 billion and five of them agreed to plead guilty to charges tied to a currency-rigging probe as they seek to wind down almost half a decade of enforcement actions. Citicorp, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Barclays Plc and Royal Bank of Scotland Plc agreed to plead guilty to felony charges of conspiring to manipulate the price of U.S. dollars and euros, according to settlements announced by the Justice Department in Washington...
May 22 - The man charged with the killing of three members of a prominent Washington, D.C. family and their housekeeper did not act alone, prosecutors said they believe. Darron Dellon Dennis Wint made his first appearance before a District of Columbia judge Friday to face first-degree murder charges following the discovery last week of the victims in a scorched mansion.The arrest came a week after the grisly discovery of the bodies of Savvas and Amy Savopoulos, and their son, Philip. The fourth victim, housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa, was found alive at the home and taken to the hospital, where she died... Passing - John Forbes Nash Jr., the Princeton University mathematician whose life story was the subject of the film "A Beautiful Mind," and his wife of nearly 60 years died Saturday in a taxi crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, police said. Nash was 86. Alicia Nash was 82... An Oklahoma firefighter has died after delivering aid as heavy rain caused flooding throughout Oklahoma and Texas. The body of a Claremore firefighter was found inside a storm drain early Sunday morning, two hours after he was reported missing. The firefighter was standing in some water during the rescue, lost his footing and was swept away... Texas's Caldwell County — already experiencing flash floods — was bracing for a deluge from the San Marcos River on Sunday morning. Officials declared a "state of disaster," saying that rescues were taking place across the county and warning people not ot travel on flooded roadways... More Texas Flooding - Twelve Dead From Flooding - Rescuers searched for 12 people, including at least three young children, on Monday after heavy floods swamped Texas and Oklahoma — and forecasters warned that more rain and damaging winds are on the way. At least four people were killed, including a 14-year-old boy in Texas who was found inside a storm drain and was believed to have drowned. Authorities in Hays County, Texas, increased the number of missing to 12 from eight. They included members of two families in the small town of Wimberley, three of whom are children under the age of 10... President Obama marked Memorial Day by laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery... Even More Texas Flooding - As severe storms moved through Southeast Texas again late Monday into early Tuesday morning, high water and flooding made many of Houston's roads impassable, prompting officials to urge residents to stay home. At least two people are dead after the heavy rain and flooding in the Houston area. One victim was found in a car in southwest Houston. Another victim was pulled from Brays Bayou, in southeast Houston. Brays Bayou is a watershed that is located in southwest Harris County and portions of Fort Bend County... GiGi Gordon - A wealthy businesswoman who poisoned her son in a Manhattan hotel room was sentenced to 18 years in state prison for manslaughter on Thursday, ending a bizarre case that turned on her claim that she murdered her child to prevent him from being sexually tortured... Federal officials have indicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert for lying to the FBI about $3.5 million he agreed to pay to an undisclosed subject to "cover up past misconduct." The indictment was unsealed in the District Court of Northern Illinois on Thursday. The Justice Department alleges that Hastert made large withdrawals after agreeing to pay the money... The Obama administration formally removed Cuba from a U.S. terrorism blacklist as part of the process of normalizing relations between the Cold War foes. Secretary of State John Kerry signed off on rescinding Cuba's "state sponsor of terrorism" designation exactly 45 days after the Obama administration informed Congress of its intent to do so on April 14. Lawmakers had that amount of time to weigh in and try to block the move, but did not do so... Passing - Beau Biden, the oldest son of Vice President Biden and a former attorney general of Delaware, died Saturday.He was 46.
June 1 - A phone exchange between Boston terror suspect Usaama Rahim and his nephew reveal that the terror suspect said he was going to "go after the boys in blue" because they were the "easiest target," according to court documents unsealed today. Rahim was recently shot and killed by a Boston cop after he "came at the officers" with a "military-style knife" on Tuesday a little after 7 a.m. in the parking lot of a CVS in Roslindale, Massachusetts, police said... The oldest prisoner on death row in Texas gets executed. Lester Bower Jr. received a lethal dose of pentobarbital for killing four people in an airplane hangar on a ranch about 60 miles from Dallas in 1983. He was executed hours after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from his lawyers... Four million current and former federal employees may have had their personal information hacked, the Office of Personnel Management said on Thursday. The agency, which is conducts background checks, warned it was urging potential victims to monitor their financial statements and obtain new credit reports... Over 400 Dead - A search for survivors on the Yangtze River turned into a recovery operation Thursday night as Chinese officials acknowledged that hundreds of cruise passengers had died in what is likely the country’s worst maritime disaster in 65 years. Authorities said they were taking steps to right the capsized cruise ship, the Eastern Star, signaling that they had given up on finding any more survivors. The Eastern Star was carrying 456 people, many of them elderly tourists, when it sank after running into what authorities describe as a small tornado. Fourteen survivors have been found.
June 8 - After days of silence, J. Dennis Hastert, a former speaker of the House of Representatives, pleaded not guilty to federal charges that he illegally structured bank withdrawals and lied to the authorities about millions of dollars he had promised to pay someone for misconduct that occurred decades ago... Passing - Famed former prosecutor and author Vincent Bugliosi has died of cancer at age 80, family members said Monday night. Bugliosi was best known for successfully prosecuting Charles Manson and three followers for the 1969 murders of actress Sharon Tate and six other. He later co-wrote the book “Helter Skelter” detailing the Tate-LaBianca murder trial... Prison tailor Joyce Mitchell is in custody, accused of aiding in a daring prison escape. The two killers she allegedly helped are free, but on the run. Mitchell allegedly provided the convicted murderers with the tools to cut through cell walls for their escape from an upstate New York prison a week ago. She is believed to have aided the escapees, Richard W. Matt and David Sweat, and was expected to face charges soon, a person with knowledge of the matter said... The attorney for the Texas police officer who resigned after being filmed forcing a teen girl to the ground and raising his gun toward others during a dispute at a pool says that he is staying in an undisclosed location because of death threats. McKinney police Cpl. Eric Casebolt resigned Tuesday, a day after hundreds of protesters called for him to be fired for his behavior last week... President Barack Obama on Saturday urged lawmakers to give his trade agenda a second chance and support a bill that would provide training to American workers who see their jobs shipped overseas. Obama suffered an embarrassing setback on Friday on the trade deal, one of his top economic priorities for the 18 months he has left in office. The measure is part of legislation that also includes the "fast-track" authority that Obama needs to finish negotiating a free trade deal with Pacific Rim nations.
June 15 - The president of the NAACP Spokane, Washington, chapter Rachel Dolezal has resigned. Dolezal did not address allegations that have landed her and her family in the national spotlight over the past several days. Her parents, who are white, allege that she has been lying and presenting herself as black when she is not. The story ignited debate over race and identity and blew up on social media... North Carolina - Two young people were vacationing in the beach town of Oak Island, swimming in shallow, waist-deep water, when they were severely injured in shark attacks, town officials said Monday.The attacks - in which a 12-year-old girl lost part of her arm and suffered a leg injury and a 16-year-old boy lost his left arm less than 2 miles away - happened less than 90 minutes apart Sunday, officials said... Six young Irish citizens were killed and at least eight other people were injured when an apartment balcony collapsed early on Tuesday in the California city of Berkeley, Ireland's foreign minister said... New Presidential Candidates - Donald Trump throws his hat in the ring to announce he’s running for President. Jeb Bush made it official as well. The former Florida Governor speaking before a diverse crowd in Florida said, “Not a one of us deserves the job by right of resume, party, seniority, family, or family narrative. It’s nobody’s turn. It’s everybody’s test.” ... Gap announced on Monday that it planned to close one-fourth of its stores in North America over the next few years, potentially affecting thousands of jobs, as the brand struggles to turn around a business mired in a long sales slump... Passing - Kirk Kerkorian, the son of poor Armenian immigrants who used his gambler's instincts to become a multibillionaire Las Vegas casino tycoon, Hollywood mogul, airline owner and auto industry investor, died at age 98. Kerkorian, who founded MGM Resorts International and was its largest shareholder, died in Los Angeles on Monday night, the company said in a statement on Tuesday. ... Nine Dead In Church Shooting - Police in Charleston, South Carolina, were searching on Thursday for Dylan Roof (captured a short time later) who killed nine people in a historic African-American church including the pastor, a black state senator, in an attack the U.S. Department of Justice called a hate crime. The shooter, a 21-year-old white man with sandy blond hair, sat with churchgoers inside Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church for about an hour on Wednesday before opening fire. The church beloved as “Mother Emanuel” reopened its doors Sunday morning, four days after an unspeakable tragedy turned it into a crime scene.... Hundreds lined up early Sunday in the hot Charleston sun to slowly enter the sanctuary. The the organist played “Come to Jesus,” and the church bells rang out with “Amazing Grace.” Worshipers from Charleston and across the country filled the seats, and some comforted each other in long embraces.
June 22 - Walmart said in a statement that it is removing "all items" promoting the Confederate flag for sale from its stores and its website. The move came the same day that Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina called for the removal of a Confederate flag from the state Capitol grounds in Columbia. Her announcement in turn came in the wake of last week's shooting at a historically black Charleston church that left nine dead... Pakistan - A record-breaking heat wave has killed 748 in Sindh province, where Karachi is located. Authorities fear the toll will only rise.... Corrections officer Gene Palmer from the Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York has been charged with three felonies and a misdemeanor in connection with the escape of two convicted killers earlier this month, the prison guard's lawyer said Wednesday. The longtime guard gave at least one of the prison escapees a screwdriver and a wrench to help fix electrical breakers in the catwalk area behind their cells, an official familiar with the investigation told CNN... President Barack Obama was not amused when a heckler interrupted him Wednesday at a White House event. “Shame on you,” Obama told the heckler, according to CNN. The heckler was protesting deportations under the Obama administration. “Listen, you’re in my house…it’s not respectful,” Obama said, but the interruption continued. Obama then asked for the heckler to be removed from the White House’s East Room. An immigration group claimed shortly after the incident that the protestor was an undocumented immigrant named Jennicet Gutierrez, who is transgender... An attacker stormed an American-owned industrial chemical plant near Lyon, France, on Friday, decapitated one person and tried unsuccessfully to blow up the factory, in what the French authorities said was a terrorist attack. President François Hollande said the attacker had been arrested and identified. The interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, said the suspect had been known to the intelligence services and had been under surveillance in 2006 as someone believed to have been radicalized... Landmark Ruling - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday made marriage for same-sex couples legal nationwide, declaring that refusing to grant marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples violates the Constitution. Actors, singers and Hollywood celebrities, many of whom have played a major role in driving acceptance of gay rights in mainstream culture, whooped with joy at the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that made gay marriage legal nationwide on Friday... The Supreme Court of the United States issued a landmark decision Thursday, June 25, upholding a key part of the Affordable Care Act. In a 6 to 3 decision, the justices ruled to allow subsidies for people who need them even if their state already offers money for insurance... Escaped Murderer Shot And Killed - On the 21st day of an intense manhunt for two escaped murderers, officials said Friday that a federal border agent shot and killed Richard Matt in woods a few miles from the Canadian border. The 49-year-old Matt was slain about 3:45 p.m in a wooded area of Malone, N.Y., about 30 miles west of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, where he and Sweat escaped June 6... An unmanned rocket by Elon Musk's SpaceX on a resupply mission to the International Space Station exploded Sunday just minutes after launch. It was the third resupply mission to fail in recent months. The three astronauts on the space station have about four months worth of supplies, according to NASA. Sunday's flight was carrying more than 2 tons of goods, including 1,500 pounds of food and provisions for the crew... Other Escaped Murderer Shot/Captured - The escaped murderer who was shot by a state trooper near the Canadian border is in "critical but stable" condition at an Albany hospital, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. Cuomo said that David Sweat's condition initially was listed in stable condition but was downgraded to critical after being flown to Albany Medical Center on Sunday night... A divided Supreme Court on Monday turned aside claims by death-row inmates that a drug to be used in their executions would lead to an unconstitutional level of suffering, a narrow but unequivocal ruling that made clear that states have leeway in carrying out the death penalty. The justices ruled 5 to 4 against inmates in Oklahoma, who alleged that the use of a sedative called midazolam has resulted in troubling executions that violate the Constitution’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment... Donald Trump’s Stand On Illegal Immigration From Mexicans - Gets Him Thrown Off NBC… Donald Trump slammed his longtime partner NBC on Monday after the broadcaster announced it was cutting ties with him. “Mr. Trump stands by his statements on illegal immigration, which are accurate,” read a statement from his office.
July 1 - Although arson is blamed for at least three fires over the past two weeks at several predominantly black churches in Southern states, a blaze that destroyed Mount ZionAfrican Methodist Episcopal church in South Carolina was not deliberately set, according to a federal source, the Associated Press reported Wednesday. Churchgoers had feared the worst because the church in Greeleyville, S.C., was burned to the ground by the KKK in 1995. The latest fire broke out Tuesday during a night of frequent storms and lightning strikes... The White House says visitors can now take photos or use social media during public tours of the building. The announcement comes from Michelle Obama in a video posted on her Instagram account. She's seen ripping in half a sign that's been displayed during tour hours and says "no photos or social media allowed"... Captured prison escapee David Sweat is back in a maximum security prison for the first time in nearly a month, according to the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. Sweat, 35, was released from Albany Medical Center early Sunday morning and brought to Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus, New York... South Carolina's Senate passed legislation Tuesday to remove the Confederate battle flag from the state house, where it has flown for five decades despite being viewed by many as a symbol of slavery. A bill to banish the flag from the Capitol grounds to a museum easily passed a third and final vote in the Senate by a 36-3 margin and is now headed for debate in the state's House of Representatives... International negotiators have extended their deadline once again as they struggle to reach a nuclear deal with Iran. Negotiators had been running up against a Tuesday deadline, after initially extending a June 30 deadline amid lingering differences. On Tuesday morning, the State Department said the new deadline is now Friday, as talks continue.
July 8 - - United Airlines grounded its flights for two hours on Wednesday, but service has resumed. Flight delays, however, persist. This is the second time that technical issues have grounded United flights in just over a month... South Carolinians awoke Thursday to learn that their legislature had voted in the dead hours of the morning to do what was once considered unthinkable: remove the Confederate battle flag... Donald Trump holds a rally on Saturday in Phoenix, Arizona where he expects 9,000 people to show up. He's focusing on immigration and crime — which has gone from an offhand comment during his presidential campaign launch last month to the central theme of his run... After arduous talks that spanned 20 months, negotiators reach a landmark deal aimed at reining in Iran's nuclear program. The agreement, a focal point of U.S. President Barack Obama's foreign policy, appears set to reshape relations between Iran and the West, with its effects likely to ripple across the volatile Middle East... After Mexico's most notorious drug lord stepped into a shower and slipped into a tunnel to escape from a maximum-security prison, authorities vowed it wouldn't be long before the Sinaloa cartel chief was behind bars again. Prison security cameras last recorded images of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman on Saturday night, just before he apparently crawled through a hole in the shower area of his cell block at the Altiplano Federal Prison.
July 15 - Former President George H.W. Bush, at 91 the oldest living former president, was being treated at a hospital early Thursday for a broken bone in his neck suffered in a fall... Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 281,000 for the week ended July 11, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The decline reversed the prior week's rise and ended three straight weeks of increases... A 24-year-old Kuwaiti-born gunman opened fire on a military recruiting station on Thursday, then raced to a second military site where he killed four United States Marines, prompting a federal domestic terrorism investigation. Three other people, including a Marine Corps recruiter and a police officer, were wounded, according to law enforcement officials... Donald Trump on Sunday declined to apologize for his comments about war veteran and Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain, suggesting the backlash is being fueled by fellow Republican presidential candidates trailing him in the polls. “Republican candidates, some of whom are registering one percent and zero, they're very upset that I'm leading the polls by actually a nice margin,” Trump, a self-funded, billionaire real estate mogul, told ABC’s “This Week.” “They started attacking me.” On Saturday, Trump acknowledge that McCain, a former Navy fighter pilot who spent five-and-a-half years as a prisoner during the Vietnam War, was indeed a war hero but only “because he was captured.” “I like people who weren’t captured,” he also said. Later - McCain took the high road, saying that Trump doesn't owe him an apology -- but instead to the families "to those who have sacrificed in conflict and those who have undergone the prison experience in serving their country." ... The United States and Cuba re-established diplomatic relations. For the first time since severing ties in 1961, they reopened embassies in each other's capitals... A suspected suicide attack has killed at least 28 people and wounded nearly 100 others in the Turkish town of Suruc near the Syrian border.
July 22 - A new poll shows trouble brewing for Hillary Clinton in key swing states, with the Democratic presidential front-runner trailing potential Republican rivals in every match-up tested. The Quinnipiac University poll put Clinton head-to-head against Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in three states: Colorado, Iowa and Virginia.... A Texas TV station says it has obtained a voicemail from a call Sandra Bland made from jail in which she told a friend that she couldn't believe what was happening to her. The Illinois woman was charged with assaulting a public servant after a July 10 traffic stop in Texas turned confrontational. She was found dead in her cell three days later in what the medical examiner ruled a suicide by hanging. Her family disputes that finding... Investigators say a 58-year-old man opened fire at the Grand Theater in Lafayette, Louisiana during a showing of 'Trainwreck.' Three people are dead, including the gunman. Nine people are hospitalized with a range of injuries. A gunman described as white and middle aged stood up during a packed screening of the movie "Trainwreck" Thursday evening in Lafayette, La., and opened fire, killing two people and injuring at least nine others before killing himself as police moved in, authorities said... President Obama kicked off his historic and “personal” trip to Kenya with the first day of public events on his four-day visit to Africa, a continent he said was "on the move." “I'm proud to be the first U.S. president to visit Kenya,” the president said at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit... A court in the Libyan capital, Tripoli sentences Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, a son of the former dictator Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, to death in an act of retribution that had been the urgent demand of the millions of Libyans who rose up against the family’s rule four years ago... The search area for two Jupiter, Florida, teens who vanished Fridayafter going on a fishing trip has been expanded, and their families are asking the public to help in the hunt as well. The U.S. Coast Guard has searched 28,127 nautical square miles in the 72 hours for Perry Cohen and his friend Austin Stephanos who were last seen taking off on a 19-foot fishing boat during bad weather... Boeing investigators are confident that debris found on a remote island in the Indian Ocean comes from a 777 aircraft, according to a source close to the investigation. An international team of aviation experts is trying to determine if that airplane part comes from Malaysia Airlines flight 370, a Boeing 777 that disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people on board... An outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease has infected at least 31 in New York City and health officials are racing to figure out the cause. The deaths of two patients who also had Legionnaire's disease are being investigated by health officials. Officials from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene are combing the center of the outbreak in the South Bronx to search for the source of the dangerous outbreak... Safari Club International is suspending the membership of the Minnesota hunter accused of illegally killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe and wants a "full and thorough investigation" into the lion's death. The club, which promotes big-game hunting worldwide, issued a statement late Wednesday saying memberships for Walter Palmer and his guide in Zimbabwe, Theo Bronkhorst, will be on hiatus until investigations are complete. Bronkhorst is facing criminal charges in Zimbabwe over the July 1 killing of the beloved lion named Cecil, who was drawn away from a wildlife preserve and shot by Palmer with a bow and arrow. Palmer has said he believed the hunt was legal.
August 1 - Donald Trump, the man to beat in this week's first televised Republican presidential debate, said on Sunday he does not plan to attack his rivals and downplayed expectations for his performance, saying "I'm not a debater." The combative real estate mogul will take center stage at Thursday's debate among the 10 top-polling candidates as he leads the 17 candidates vying to represent their party in the November 2016 election... College textbook prices are soaring. According to NBC's review of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, textbook prices have risen over three times the rate of inflation from January 1977 to June 2015, a 1,041 percent increase... One person died and several others were injured after a tent collapsed at a suburban Chicago festival during Sunday's severe weather. The incident happened at about 2:40 p.m. at Wood Dale Prairie Fest, which took place near Wood Dale Junior High, as 60 mph winds and large hail pounded the area... Another Tent Collapse Kills Two - Safety officials in New Hampshire were investigating the collapse of a circus tent during a severe storm that killed a father and daughter and injured about 22 others. Authorities were looking at how the tent was put up at the Lancaster Fairgrounds, about 90 miles north of the capital of Concord. They also were talking to survivors and witnesses... The death toll has climbed to ten from an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in New York with 64 other people being treated in hospital, health officials said Tuesday. In total, 81 people have contracted the form of pneumonia since the outbreak began in mid-July. The disease is spread by bacteria discovered in the cooling towers of several buildings in the south Bronx neighborhood... Malaysia's transport ministry said Thursday that more plane parts have washed up on the same island as a wing part believed -- with varying degrees of certainty -- to be from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370... First Republican Debate - The first GOP debate - it’s clear that certainly for the moment, Donald Trump remained the center of the conversation. Among other candidates, pundits settled on a rough consensus that Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, along with Carly Fiorina in the early evening debate, had done themselves good, and that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush had a meh sort of night.
August 8 - Delta Airlines Plane Pelted By Hail - The passengers and the photos of cracked windshields and a damaged nose cone tell the same story: Last friday evening's Delta Flight 1889 (From Boston) was intense. Hail pelted the plane as it flew through a thunderstorm, damaging part of the aircraft and forcing the pilots to make an emergency landing in Denver, officials said... Five children and three adults were found dead in a Texas home on Saturday night after a police stand-off, authorities said. A 49-year-old male suspect surrendered to police after earlier firing a gun when officers entered the house in suburban Houston, police said... Two assailants opened fire at the heavily protected U.S. Consulate building in Istanbul on Monday, touching off a gunfight with police before fleeing the scene. One of the assailants, a woman, was later captured at a nearby building and hospitalized... A day of peaceful vigils to mark the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown's shooting death turned ugly late Sunday when protesters threw rocks and bottles at officers, and police critically injured a man who they say fired at them. So far, 20 people have been arrested... Business mogul Donald Trump went on a media blitz Tuesday morning, making back-to-back appearances on Fox and CNN as he sought to tamper down the controversy over his spat with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly. He and Fox News are friends again. But that’s all he’s saying... Hilary Clinton instructs her attorney to give the US Justice Department her private email server and a thumb drive of work-related emails from her tenure as secretary of state... Former President Jimmy Carter, who at age 90 still travels the world supporting the humanitarian endeavors that have consumed his time in the decades since he left office, announced Wednesday he has cancer that has spread to other parts of his body... Asian shares and the dollar crept higher in early trade on Thursday, with investors cautiously watching China's next move after it allowed the yuan to decline for two straight sessions... Warehouse Explosions - China has ordered a nationwide check on dangerous chemicals and explosives following explosions in Tianjin that, so far - have left 112 dead and 721 injured. The operators of the Tianjin site have been accused of "clearly violating" safety rules. Fires are still burning 36 hours after the blasts, and chemical experts are testing for toxic gases. Officials have confirmed that calcium carbide, potassium nitrate, ammonium nitrate and sodium nitrate were at the warehouse... Cold War Ends In Havana - The American flag is raised over the U.S. embassy in Havana as John Kerry becomes the first U.S. secretary of state to visit in 70 years.
August 15 - Presidential Candidates Donald Trump, Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders make appearances at the Iowa State Fair - Trump used a personal helicopter (and even gave kid rides)... A crash site was found Sunday after an Indonesian airliner with 54 people aboard lost contact with air traffic control over a remote, mountainous area in bad weather, Indonesian officials said... Passing - Julian Bond, a former chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He was 75... Bomb explosion at Thailand shrine kills 22. Police say someone wearing a backpack is a suspect - and that person has two accomplices. The police said that a suspect captured by CCTV cameras minutes before a bomb exploded at Bangkok's Erawan shrine was a foreigner, and his appearance suggested he might be from Europe or the Middle East... Three firefighters were killed and four others were injured battling a wildfire in rural Washington state... Former president Jimmy Carter said that the cancer doctors discovered earlier this year on his liver has also been found on his brain. Carter, 90, said he will receive his first radiation treatment for the disease Thursday afternoon. "I'm perfectly at ease with whatever comes," Carter said at a news conference... A U.S. district court judge on Thursday ordered the State Department to ask the FBI for any information found on Hillary Clinton's private email server that could prove relevant to an ongoing Freedom of Information Act lawsuit... The first two women pass the Army's notoriously difficult Ranger School. Capt. Kristen Griest, 26, of Orange, Connecticut, and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, 25, of Copperas Cove, Texas, will become the first women to wear the Army's coveted Ranger tab when they graduate alongside 94 male soldiers Friday at Fort Benning... North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un on Friday said his country was in a “quasi-state of war” with South Korea and ordered his military to prepare for battle.
August 22 - Francois Hollande presents three young Americans and a British man with the country's top Legion d'Honneur medal at a ceremony on Monday in recognition of their bravery after they overpowered a gunman on a packed Thalys train. More than 550 people were aboard the train, and authorities fear the attacker, thought to have a terror watch list dossier and Islamic State sympathies, planned to move from the back of the train to the front... Stock markets take a plunge due to uncertainty in China. The DOW was down over 1,000 points - but recovered the following day. Meanwhile - China’s central bank on Tuesday cut its benchmark interest rate and freed banks to lend more, the latest signs of the government’s growing distress over slumping stocks and slowing economic growth... Ashley Madison: In Toronto - 2 Suicides Reported After Dating Site Hacking Controversy, Last week, hackers exposed about 37 million users of the extramarital affair site. Avid Life Media, Ashley Madison's owner, faces a class-action lawsuit seeking $760 million in damages. More Ashley Madison - Ashley Madison has about 31 million male accounts and 5.5 million female accounts. But the overwhelming majority of those female accounts appear to be bots, fakes, or inactive accounts that were hardly used in the first place...
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Two television journalists were shot and killed in Virginia on Wednesday in an attack during a live early-morning broadcast, and authorities said the suspected gunman was a former employee of the TV station. The suspect, 41-year-old Vester Flanagan, shot and wounded himself several hours later as police pursued him on a Virginia highway, police said... The two journalists who were killed were reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman, Adam Ward, 27, who worked for CBS affiliate WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Virginia. The woman they were interviewing was wounded in the shooting... An intense manhunt gets underway in the Houston area for a man in a white T-shirt and red shorts and driving a pickup who is suspected of the execution-style killing of a deputy sheriff who was filling up his patrol car at a gasoline station Friday night... Seattle windstorm kills two - Two people have died after an unusually strong storm system moved through the Northwest, bringing down trees and causing power outages... Passing - Oliver Sacks, the world-renowned neurologist and author who chronicled maladies and ennobled the afflicted in books that were regarded as masterpieces of medical literature. He was 82... Pop Culture - Manspreading is so widespread it's now a word. The term, coined by commuters, refers to men on public transport who splay their legs wide apart and encroach on neighboring seats. It's now been added to OxfordDictionaries.com.
September 1 - A police officer was shot and killed Tuesday north of Chicago, sparking a manhunt that stretched through much of the day and into the evening as local and federal authorities scoured a part of northern Illinois for suspects in the shooting. Officials identified the slain officer as Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, who they said was known to many as “G.I. Joe.” ... Invoking God's authority, a Kentucky county clerk defied the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday and stood by her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has refused to issue marriage licenses to any couples - gay or straight - since the court in June ruled that same-sex couples had the right to marry under the U.S. Constitution. Later - a federal judge sentenced her to a jail term... In Alaska - Showing solidarity with Alaska Natives, Obama announced that his administration would rename Mount McKinley as Denali, its traditional Athabascan name. Alaska’s governor and congressional delegation praised the long-sought change. But stripping the mountain of its name honoring former President William McKinley, a son of Ohio, drew loud condemnations from Ohio lawmakers... Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina resigned in the face of a growing corruption scandal after months of public protests and appeared in court Thursday to hear charges against him. Perez Molina, 64, became the first Guatemalan president to step down when he submitted his resignation at midnight after a judge issued an order to detain him on charges of fraud, illicit association and receiving bribe money... Issuing a broad appeal to Europe’s Catholics, Pope Francis called on “every” parish, religious community, monastery and sanctuary to take in one refugee family — an appeal that, if honored, would offer shelter to tens of thousands. Francis delivered his call as thousands of migrants blocked for days in Hungary continued streaming into Germany and Austria, and as a small but rising number of people are offering to take refugees in... The latest New Hampshire poll finds Bernie Sanders pulling away from Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, 49 percent to her 38 percent. Meanwhile Donald Trump. Twenty nine percent of Republicans in Iowa and 28 percent in New Hampshire now say they favor the brash billionaire, according to a recent NBC News/Marist Poll... Nearly one in five kids who uses e-cigarettes may be using the devices to get high, a study finds. "Police and parents report difficulty in detecting vaporized cannabis use because it is easily concealed by the absence of the pungent and characteristic odor of smoked cannabis," the study authors wrote...
September 8 - She’s Out Of Jail - Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis entered the Carter County Detention Center under cover of night five days ago, in contempt over her refusal to issue marriage licenses to gay couples... An early morning fire has destroyed a popular Sturgis saloon that billed itself as the "world's largest biker bar." Crews from the Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department responded to the Full Throttle Saloon on South Dakota Highway 34 about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday and found heavy smoke coming from the building... Macy's will close 35 to 40 underperforming stores, around 5% of its total locations, the department store chain announced Tuesday. The stores, slated to be shuttered in early 2016, will be identified at a later date, said the company with corporate offices in Cincinnati and New York... A British Airways jet catches fire at Las Vegas airport, sending smoke billowing into the air, after suffering what the pilot described as a “catastrophic failure” of the left engine. The plane – a Boeing 777 heading from the US city’s McCarran airport to London Gatwick – could be seen with flames around its fuselage... A Michigan firefighter was killed in what police believe was a deliberate hit-and-run, which occurred when he was participating in a charity fundraiser on the streets of Lansing. Dennis Rodeman, 35, was working on a Wednesday fundraising effort when he was killed in the fatal collision, according to a news release... Rick Perry withdraws from the 2016 presidential race. He says he has no regrets... The American flag flew at half-staff over the White House on Friday, as President Obama and the first lady held a moment of silence on the South Lawn to mark the 14th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001... New Delhi - At least 89 people were killed and scores injured when a building that housed mining explosives blew up in central India on Saturday, a state office reported... Germany introduced temporary border controls Sunday to stem the tide of thousands of refugees streaming across its frontier, sending a clear message to its European partners that it needs more help with an influx that is straining its ability to cope... Three teenagers were arrested in Arizona for allegedly using a slingshot and rocks to attack pedestrians and cars, in an incident officials described as a "copycat" to a string of shootings along a nearby freeway... Wildfires In California - The Valley fire is one of 12 currently burning in California. Though it’s not the largest or the deadliest, it has engulfed more homes than any other blaze this year. As of late Sunday night, fire officials said that 400 homes, two apartment complexes, 10 businesses and more than 1,000 structures, such as barns and sheds, had fallen to the flames.
September 15 - A school bus crash has left two high school students dead and two others and their bus driver seriously injured, Houston officials said. The crash happened around 7 a.m. today after the bus hit and went over the guardrail on the freeway and flipped on the road below. A woman driving a Buick next to the bus hit it after thinking a car was driving into her lane... Utah Flooding - A van and SUV carrying three women and 13 children is engulfed by floodwaters and the two vehicles were sucked downstream, bobbing in the turbulent water before they tumbled over an embankment. Only three children survived. Twelve are dead. One is missing.... Residents picked through the rubble of destroyed buildings in central Chile on Thursday after a magnitude 8.3 earthquake killed eight people and sent powerful waves barreling into coastal areas, forcing more than 1 million people from their homes... Another Republican debate - looks like Carly Fiorina she stood out. Lots of shots at Donald Trump... The Obama Administration ordered Volkswagen to recall nearly 500,000 diesel-powered vehicles on Friday, accusing the car-maker of tricking emissions tests... At least 15,000 migrants found themselves all but trapped in Croatia on Friday, having been barred from Hungary, sent packing from Serbia and unable to move on to Slovenia... Authorities have identified a little girl known as Baby Doe whose body was found in a trash bag on a Boston beach three months ago, and her mother was reported to be under arrest on Friday... The man accused in a string of freeway shootings in Phoenix appeared in court Saturday and insisted to a judge that cops have "the wrong guy." Leslie Allen Merritt, 21, was arraigned on multiple charges, including four counts each of carrying out a drive- by shooting and intentional acts of terrorism. He was ordered held on $1 million cash bail... A new wildfire in Northern California has killed one person and destroyed or damaged 10 homes in Monterey County, a week after two other blazes killed five people and destroyed at least 1,400 homes, fire officials said Sunday... Pope In Cuba - Amid the celebrations and public speeches, the meeting Sunday between Pope Francis and Cuban President Raúl Castro seemed staid by comparison. The two leaders met at the Palace of the Revolution, the seat of government in Havana, shortly after 4 p.m., each flanked by deputies and other dignitaries... Volkswagen's stock plunged 20% on Monday morning as investors grappled with the automaker's apology for cheating on emissions tests and a corresponding halt in diesel sales.
September 22 - Scott Walker drops out of the Republican presidential race... A deadly crush kills 769 people during the Hajj in Saudi Arabia. Among the suggested causes: pilgrims rushing to complete the rituals, heat, masses of faithful pushing against each other in opposite directions, even confusion... Pope Francis visits the U.S. - first and foremost - a visit to the White House south lawn. “What a beautiful day the Lord has made,” the president began, in welcoming the pope, as the pontiff sat beside the lectern on the south lawn... President Obama rolled out an elaborate White House welcome for President Xi Jinping of China, projecting a strong partnership between the world’s two largest economies even as the leaders prepared to hash out a range of contentious disputes... A fun day designed to introduce new international college students to Seattle turned into a nightmare when a "duck boat" tour vehicle collided into their charter bus on a busy bridge, killing four students and injuring dozens... Pope Francis speaks at the United Nations - in the largest gathering of presidents and prime ministers ever - there... Resigning - Speaker John A. Boehner, an Ohio barkeeper’s son who rode a conservative wave to one of the highest positions in government, said Friday he would relinquish his gavel and resign from Congress, undone by the very Republicans who swept him into power... Pope Francis met with five survivors of sex abuse in Philadelphia on Sunday morning. The half-hour meeting took place at the St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, on the very last day of Francis' six-day trip to the United States... A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal national poll finds businessman Donald Trump and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson are running neck-and-neck in the race for the GOP presidential nomination, while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to lose ground to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders,.. Cecile Richards - the head of Planned Parenthood clashed with congressional Republicans on Capitol Hill Tuesday over the group's taxpayer funding, while using her appearance to attack the group behind a series of disturbing videos showing her organization's workers discussing fetal tissue harvesting... President Obama and Russia President Putin make appearances at the United Nations... Kelly Gissendaner - the only woman on Georgia’s death row dies by lethal injection Tuesday night after a state parole board rejected her last-ditch request for clemency and the U.S. Supreme Court denied her request for a stay... Russian warplanes began airstrikes in Syria on Wednesday, adding an unpredictable new element to a multi-layered war that has already drawn in the United States and allies, created millions of refugees and expanded the reach of the Islamic State... Washington quickly criticized the airstrikes — warning that they bring added risks to Syria — but said Moscow’s moves would not change a U.S.-led air campaign targeting Islamic State strongholds in Syria... Business - Groupon Downsizing - The company will be cutting 1,100 jobs — mostly in its sales (aka “deal factory”) and customer service operations — taking a pre-tax charge of $35 million in the process.
October 1 - A shooter who opened fire at at Umpqua Community College Thursday in southern Oregon killing 9 people before he was downed, a Douglas County official said. The gunman - Chris Harper Mercer — strode through a school building armed with three pistols and a semiautomatic rifle. Clad in a dark shirt and jeans, driven by a motive that’s still unknown, he methodically spewed bullets into classrooms full of students, who hid behind desks and desperately tried to block doors that didn’t lock. He was killed by police. Seven were jinured.
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More Oct 1 News - Barack Obama calls for Gun Safety Laws in Speech About Oregon College Shooting... A powerful hurricane lashes the Bahamas. The whole system is threatening to head straight north to the United States. The powerful tropical system became a major hurricane overnight. On Thursday afternoon, it intensified to a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph, the National Hurricane Center said... Walmart laid off 450 employees at its headquarters inBentonville, Ark., Friday as part of a plan to increase its competitive edge. The cuts were announced in an internal memo sent to both Walmart and Sam's Club employees by Walmart CEO Doug McMillon. The cuts apply across the organization, to people in salaried, management positions, said Walmart spokesman Greg Hitt. Walmart has more than 18,000 employees at its headquarters... Aerial bombardments hit a Doctors Without Borders hospital in the battleground Afghan city of Kunduz early Saturday, killing 22 people, including nine staffers and seven patients. Doctors Without Borders withdrew Sunday from the northern Afghan city of Kunduz. U.S. and NATO officials promised a swift investigation into the strike, and controversy quickly swirled... Historic flooding in S. Carolina - Certain areas of South Carolina had never before been deluged with such eye-popping rainfall tallies: more than 24 inches in Mount Pleasant, nearly 20 inches in areas around Charleston and more than 18 inches in the Gills Creek area of Columbia. 13 are dead... American Airlines: Phoenix-Bound Plane Makes Emergency Landing After Pilot Dies Mid-Flight. The plane, which was carrying 147 passengers, was flying from Boston to Phoenix when it was forced to land in Syracuse, N.Y.,, Cargo Ship Goes Down In Bermuda Triangle - 33 Dead - The owners of a cargo ship that disappeared Thursday with 33 people on board as Hurricane Joaquin raged said the ship's captain had planned to skirt the storm, but was prevented from doing so by a mechanical failure that left the boat adrift in the path of the power storm.
October 8 - Fox President Rupurt Murdoch gets into a little media trouble - when he tweeted this: “Ben and Candy Carson terrific,” Murdoch wrote. “What about a real black President who can properly address the racial divide? And much else.”... Gannett and Journal Media Group, Inc. announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Gannett will acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Journal Media Group for approximately $280 million, net of acquired cash... South Carolina Emergency Management officials are warning residents in four coastal counties to stay alert for possible evacuation orders near two rising rivers. Floodwaters are rising near the Waccamaw and Edisto rivers as water from the massive rainstorms move from the middle section of South Carolina toward the coast... A leading Republican congressman with allies on the right wing of the party, Paul Ryan, is weighing a bid to replace retiring U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, abruptly dropped out on Thursday... President Barack Obama meets privately with grieving families whose loved ones were killed on a college campus in Roseburg, Oregon. During Obama's brief visit on Friday, many residents showed anger over the call he made soon after last week's shootings for more gun restrictions... Turkey - Thousands of people gathered in the streets of Ankara on Sunday near the site of two deadly bomb blasts that tore through crowds taking part in a peace rally in the capital a day earlier. The attack, for which no group has so far claimed responsibility, killed at least 95 people, wounded nearly 250 others and threatened to deepen divisions and distrust in Turkey's polarized society... Playboy magazine will stop featuring photos of nude women beginning in March, founder Hugh M. Hefner has decreed. The reason - all that stuff can be found on the Internet with one click. Playboy’s website did away with nudity entirely this summer.
October 15 - The United States will halt its military withdrawal from Afghanistan and instead keep thousands of troops in the country through the end of his term in 2017, President Obama announced on Thursday, prolonging the American role in a war that has now stretched on for 14 years... The National Weather Service now expects El Niño to bring wetter-than-average rains to virtually all of California, forecasters said for the first time Thursday. The new forecast is significant because it raises the chance that El Niño will send big storms not only to Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area — as has already been forecast — but also to the mountains that feed California’s most important reservoirs, which fuel water for much of the entire state. California’s largest reservoirs, Shasta Lake and Lake Oroville, are in the northern edge of the state... Lawyers for Dennis Hastert said Thursday that the former U.S. House speaker plans to plead guilty to an indictment that alleges he agreed to make $3.5 million in hush money payments to cover up wrongdoing from years ago... Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank set fire to a Jewish shrine near Nablus and stabbed an Israeli soldier near Hebron on Friday as tensions ran high after more than two weeks of violence. Israel's military said about 100 people converged on the tomb of the biblical patriarch Joseph in the northern part of the West Bank and set parts of it ablaze before Palestinian security forces arrived and pushed them back... A deputy was shot dead at a Minnesota hospital Sunday after the suspect he was guarding grabbed his gun and opened fire. Aitkin County Sheriff's Investigator Steven Sandberg, 60, died during an altercation at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota... Crews on Sunday pulled dozens of stranded cars and trucks free and reopened some Southern California roads that were buried in tons of mud during flash flooding. Los Angeles County crews reopened stretches of five roads in mountain communities about 40 miles north of Los Angeles. Later - one man was found dead in his SUV, both buried in mud... Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee Olympic runner who fatally shot his girlfriend in 2013, was released from prison and placed under house arrest on Monday night, a South African official said. "Oscar Pistorius was placed under correctional supervision tonight," Manelisi Wolela, a spokesman for South Africa's correctional services department, said in a cellphone text message sent to journalists... Justin Trudeau, the son of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, will be Canada’s next leader, after a dramatic federal election that ended the divisive reign of the Conservative prime minister, Stephen Harper... The pilot of a U.S. fighter jet was killed on Wednesday when it crashed on farmland after taking off from a U.S. Air Force (USAF) base in eastern England. The U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet came down in Redmere near Ely, a rural area about 70 miles (110 km) north of London... Joe Biden announces He Will Not Run for Presidency in 2016, Ending Persistent Rumors. Biden said Wednesday he felt he did not have "the time necessary to mount a winning campaign." He praised the Obama administration's record and said he would "not be silent" defending it.
October 22 - Albuquerque - Tony Torrez, 32, confesses to a road-rage incident that killed a four-year-old girl. Police had been hunting for the suspect for several days... A masked man armed with a sword and several knives was shot by Swedish police Thursday after attacking an elementary school in western Sweden, leaving two dead and wounding at least three students... Hilary Under Fire - Hillary Clinton avoided major damage to her presidential campaign during a nearly 11-hour congressional hearing Thursday dominated by Republican criticism of her response to the Benghazi attacks... At least 42 people died Friday in a collision between a bus and a truck in southern France... A dispute over a dice game led to the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man on the Tennessee State University campus Thursday evening... Hurricane Patricia roared into southwestern Mexico then rapidly crumbled Saturday, hours after it hit luxury resorts and impoverished villages with equal ferocity. The strongest hurricane ever recorded at sea struck land Friday evening as a Category 5 storm, the fiercest level, with sustained winds of 165 mph... Three adults were killed when a woman police say was driving while intoxicated plowed her sedan into a crowd attending the Oklahoma State University's Sea of Orange homecoming parade the previous day. A 2-year-old child was also killed and 47 people were wounded in the crash. The driver, Adacia Chambers, 25, was arrested and detained on suspicion of driving under the influence... Up to 20 inches of rain have fallen over parts of Texas over the last few days, breaking some local rain records. In southeast Texas, another 6 to 12 inches were on their way overnight -- even more in isolated spots... Five British nationals died after a Canadian whale-watching boat carrying 27 people capsized off Vancouver Island, a top United Kingdom government official said Monday. One person remains missing. British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the families of the dead were being supported by representatives of the United Kingdom government in British Columbia... An unmanned Army surveillance blimp broke loose from its mooring in Maryland and floated over Pennsylvania for hours Wednesday with two fighter jets on its tail, triggering blackouts across the countryside as it dragged its tether across power lines. The bulbous, 240-foot helium-filled blimp eventually came down in at least two pieces near Muncy, a small town about 80 miles north of Harrisburg, as people gawked in wonder and disbelief at the big, white, slow-moving craft. No injuries were reported... Republican debate #3 is held - this one in Colorado. CNBC hosted and many say, the CNBC moderators were terrible at best... Paul Ryan is elected speaker. Ryan won the support of 236 House members in a vote Thursday morning, securing his election... The Chinese government announced a shift from its decades-long one-child rule to a two-child policy,.. U.S. President Barack Obama plans to deploy dozens of special operations forces to northern Syria to advise opposition forces in their fight against Islamic State, a major shift and a step he has long resisted to avoid getting dragged into another war in the Middle East... A Russian airliner carrying 224 passengers and crew crashed in Egypt's Sinai peninsula on Saturday after losing radar contact and plummeting from its cruising altitude, killing all aboard. ISIS says it's reponsible...
November 1 - More than 40 Chipotle restaurants across Oregon and Washington state were closed Saturday after an E. coli outbreak was linked to some of the chain's locations in those states, according to health officials. Nineteen E. coli cases in Washington and three in Oregon have been connected to Chipotle, according to the Washington State Department of Health... Passing - Fred Thompson - The former senator and actor died after a recurrence of lymphoma, his family said in a statement Sunday. He was 73 years old... A Russian cargo plane that was reportedly overloaded crashed along the banks of the Nile River Wednesday, killing dozens of people in the second deadly crash of a Russian plane in the region in less than a week. The cargo plane had just taken off from South Sudan's capital city, Juba... President Vladimir Putin suspended all Russian flights to Egypt on Friday, pending the outcome of probes into last week’s deadly plane crash in the Sinai Peninsula, as Moscow investigates whether a bomb is to blame. The decision came at the suggestion of Russian intelligence chief Alexander Bortnikov, who said Russia should ground all flights to Egypt “until we know the true causes of the incident” that killed all 224 people aboard the Russian Metrojet airline flight on Saturday... A charter bus ran off Interstate 40 and hit a bridge abutment on a foggy night in Arkansas, killing as many as six people and injuring many others who were taken from the scene in ambulances... President Barack Obama on Friday rejected the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, ending the political fight over the Canada-to-Texas project that has gone on for much of his presidency. Secretary of State John Kerry concluded the controversial project is not in the country's national security interest, and Obama announced from the White House that he agreed.
January 1 - At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Dish Network announced what is probably the first credible attempt to solve a real problem problem. Its new, Web-based Sling TV service will offer live, streaming cable TV for $20 a month—significantly less than a standard cable subscription. To start with, Sling TV will come with 12 major channels, including, crucially, ESPN. Here’s the full list: ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Disney Channel, ABC Family, CNN...
January 8 - With the introduction of an affordable electric car that can go 200 miles on a single charge, General Motors is setting up a showdown with Tesla to sell an electric vehicle to the masses. It may also upstage a car of its own. GM on Monday unveiled the Chevrolet Bolt, a $30,000 concept car that likely will go on sale in about two years. The range will make it attractive to many who wouldn't consider a fully electric car for fear of running out of juice... Samsung announced Monday the launch of the Galaxy A7, one of the company's slimmest smartphones ever. The very Galaxy Alpha-like device has a metal frame and a body, which is only 6.3mm (0.245 inches) thick. With Samsung's head of IT & Mobile JK Shin describing the device as "stylish," it's obvious that Samsung is going for looks first and performance second... Facebook users in the U.S. will soon receive Amber Alerts to help find missing children who may be located near them. Facebook Inc. is working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to send the alerts to users' mobile phones if they are in a search area where a child has been abducted...
January 15 - Google has chosen Puerto Rico as the test market for its first modular smartphone, due to go on sale here in the second half of the year... Google is ending sales of its Google Glass eyewear. The company insists it is still committed to launching the smart glasses as a consumer product, but will stop producing Glass in its present form. Instead it will focus on "future versions of Glass" with work carried out by a different division to before... Google is reportedly close to slinging $1bn at Elon Musk's SpaceX to pad out investment in the private company's development of satellites for internet-based services... American Teens now spend more time with streaming audio services such as Pandora and Spotify than they do with AM/FM radio (including both over-the-air and the online streams of AM/FM stations), according to the fall 2014 “Share of Ear” report, new research from Edison Research... Microsoft unveils an unexpected new headset that allows interaction with holographic images, enabling people to play video games, build 3-D models and hold immersive videoconferences with colleagues. With the device, HoloLens, Microsoft is entering an increasingly crowded area, with giant competitors, in the world of virtual and augmented reality. Whether Microsoft can outmaneuver those companies, like Facebook and Google, is far from guaranteed.
January 22 - Google plans on launching a wireless cellular network in an effort to get more people on the Web. It's a move that could, in turn, force existing providers to offer better plan pricing and better data speeds... Facebook and Instagram are down for 40 minutes. The glitch caused by the company... Twitter is rolling out two new features designed to make the service easier to use and more appealing: private group messaging and the ability to shoot, edit and post videos directly through the Twitter app. The company is adding the new features as it attempts to reassure investors about its growth prospects following a turbulent first year as a publicly traded company.
February 1 - Notorious file-sharing website The Pirate Bay is back online more than seven weeks after Swedish police Comment in Stockholm and seized servers and computers, causing it to go dark... In an op-ed piece, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission laid out his proposal to treat both wired and wireless data services as public utilities under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. If Wheeler's rules pass, broadband providers -- like Verizon and AT&T -- will have to deal with greater regulatory oversight compared with the "light touch" they get now as information services... Another Major Cyber Attack - Health insurer Anthem Inc. revealed it was the recent victim of a "very sophisticated external cyber attack" and that hackers broke into a database containing personal information for several million customers and employees. While investigators are still working to determine just how many people were affected, the attack, which was discovered sometime last week, likely resulted in more than 80 million records being stolen... Following more than two years of hiatus, Twitter and Google have renewed their relationship with one another as Google will again include real-time tweets in search results as they are posted. Citing people with knowledge of the matter, Bloomberg reports that tweets will start appearing in the search results sometime in the first half of the year after Twitter has reached a new agreement with Google to give it access to the Twitter firehose, or the stream of content generated in real-time by Twitter's more than 284 million users... Twitter is fighting hard to maintain a healthy growth rate, and Apple apparently hasn’t been doing much to help. Twitter lost four million users last quarter because of Apple’s roll-out of iOS 8, Twitter executives said Thursday. Some three million of those users were lost because of a change to the Shared Links feature in the mobile Safari browser, which displays links from people’s Twitter followers. The other million were “Twitter-owned,” CFO Anthony Noto said during Twitter’s earnings call, without explaining further... As the telecom industry marches forward, Frontier Communications Corp. is growing quickly by snapping up the unloved telephone lines its bigger competitors are leaving behind. Its latest deal is to pay $10.54 billion for millions of Verizon Communications Inc. ’s landline customers in Florida, California and Texas—a big one for a company with a market capitalization of just under $8 billion.
February 8 - Researchers have developed a robot that could help the US Navy battle shipboard fires. The robot has been designed in a humanoid shape to negotiate complex environments Not only would the robot, called SAFFiR, throw fire retarding grenades but glean information... The Android smart watch’s time may not yet have come: Despite heavy promotion of Android Wear, Google’s hardware partners, including LG Electronics, Motorola Mobility and Samsung Electronics, only shipped 720,000 of the devices last year. With the arrival of products such as Motorola’s hotly anticipated Moto 360, the smartwatch market was expected to take off. But the data from market research company Canalys shows that consumers are still far from convinced that they need buy one... A new feature from massive free-content ad platform Facebook allows users to bequeath control of their accounts to loved ones when they die. It tries to tread the line between handing over full control and helping those who have lost someone use their memories and contacts to grieve. For some time Facebook has had a “Memorialization” option which locks the account of a deceased person and stops the person from popping up in others' timelines.
February 15 - The fiber wars — competition that could make Kansas City a rare American market offering home customers mega-fast broadband sold by dueling companies — are fully underway... AT&T announced that it’s ready to sell Internet service over skinny fiberoptic wires with a hefty capacity to move data directly to homes and small businesses in parts of Kansas City, Leawood, Lenexa, Olathe and Overland Park. The company said it plans to expand later to Independence and Shawnee... Sony has launched a pair of smart glasses, just as Google is deciding what to do with its own connected eyewear. Sony’s launch comes weeks after Google halted sales of Glass,taking the product out of its experimental stage but making no clear commitment to start re-selling it... Computer maker Lenovo has been forced to remove hidden adware that it was shipping on its laptops and PCs after users expressed anger. The adware - dubbed Superfish - was potentially compromising their security, said experts. The hidden software was also injecting adverts on to browsers using techniques more akin to malware, they added.
February 22 - Google's Chrome Web browser will now warn you before you visit a site that encourages you to download nefarious programs that make undesirable changes to your computer or interfere with your online experience. When you're about to visit one of these questionable sites, you'll see a red warning that "The site ahead contains harmful programs" ... With some consumers still reeling for the revelation that Lenovo pre-loaded an adware program called Superfish on their laptops, the Chinese company is working to regain customers' trust by promising a "cleaner PC image." Lenovo has apologized and said it removed Superfish, a visual shopping tool, in January from devices it planned to ship. The reported issue with the program came to light after users said antivirus protection systems had deemed it a "potentially unwanted program" ... The Federal Communications Commission approved the policy known as net neutrality by a 3-2 vote at its Thursday meeting, with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler saying the policy will ensure "that no one — whether government or corporate — should control free open access to the Internet" ... Some Apple products may be banned from sale in the U.S. if Ericsson gets its way after filing a barrage of patent lawsuits. The Swedish telecommunications equipment vendor filed nine lawsuits against Apple on Thursday, seven in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas and two in the U.S. International Trade Commission, alleging infringement of a total of 41 of its patents... Facebook has rolled out suicide prevention and support tools for vulnerable users and their concerned family and friends. Suicide prevention organisations in Australia have applauded the move, and say it could help save lives.
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March 8 - Apple's hotly-anticipated smartwatch debuts as the trend-setting firm sets out to make stylish wrist-worn computers must-have accessories for modern lifestyles. Industry trackers say Apple Watch will star at a media event being held at the same San Francisco theater where the California tech giant introduced the iPad.
March 15 - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has fined Verizon US$3.4 million over its failure to notify police and fire departments during a 911 service outage last year. Under the commission’s rules, Verizon and other carriers were required to notify emergency call centers of a six-hour outage that occurred in April. The outage involved multiple carriers and affected over 11 million people in seven states... Sony has launched cheaper alternatives to cable with its PlayStation Vue Web video service. Presently the packages start at $50 and to be made available in three cities. The Web and cloud-based television service, which allows users to access live TV and on-demand video, has been in test mode since November. Sony joins several new competitors in online video services with one of the largest packages of channels. Vue will be available initially on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 video game consoles in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia starting Wednesday, then expand to other cities and for iPad users shortly.
March 22 - Google Fiber is heading to Salt Lake City, Utah. Google made the announcement in a blog post Tuesday. The city joins several others where Google is laying down cable to provide incredibly fast Internet access. Atlanta, Georgia; Nashville, Tennessee; and both Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham in North Carolina are getting Fiber soon. The service delivers speeds to 1 gig/second - much faster than what’s out there.
April 1 - Facebook began rolling out a new feature on Tuesday called Scrapbook, which essentially allows parents to create shared photo albums of their children. Scrapbook is a little different from standard photo albums in that multiple Facebook users can contribute to them. Parents are also able to tightly control who is able to see the scrapbooks and even how their children are tagged. President Barack Obama authorized the first sanctions program directed at individual or group cyberattackers that constitute "significant threats" to the interests of the United States in an executive order issued on Wednesday. Here they are:
damaging America's critical infrastructure,
disrupting or hijacking American computer networks,
or stealing the trade secrets of American companies or the personal information of American citizens for profit.
Facebook and its founder must release documents and electronic correspondence to a defense lawyer whose client has fled from criminal charges that he falsely claimed a majority ownership in the social media giant, a federal judge said Friday. U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick ordered Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg to relinquish documents by Monday that were requested by Paul Ceglia's lawyer, Robert Ross Fogg... Intel’s Compute Stick PC is up for pre-order through some online stores. The stick-sized computer is available from Newegg with Windows 8.1 on board. If you’re the type that always spells “Microsoft” with a dollar sign, Newegg is also selling the Linux version for $110. Liliputing reports that it comes with Ubuntu 14.04. The price for the Linux Compute Stick was supposed to be $89, but we’ve yet to see it anywhere for that cheap. Regardless of operating system, the Compute Stick comes with an Intel Atom quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. It plugs directly into a monitor or TV via HDMI, and is powered through a Micro USB jack on the side of the stick. There’s also a full-sized USB port, and Bluetooth 4.0 for connecting a mouse and keyboard... A team of researchers at Stanford University has built an aluminum-ion battery prototype which offers several improvements over today's ubiquitous lithium-ion batteries, including super-fast charging times. The battery can recharge in one minute, it's flexible (meaning it can be bent to fit more snugly into various gadgets), and it's potentially inexpensive, since aluminum is cheaper than lithium.
April 8 - The Apple Watch is available for preorder this week and first reviews and impressions from select writers and reviewers are hitting the internet and they are ... fairly uniform: it can't replace a phone, isn't as good a watch as a watch, but does a great job of validating the smartwatch as a new form of gadget that's great at doing things phones and watches simply don't do... The new net neutrality rule was published over the weekend in the Federal Register, the daily journal of U.S. government actions, raising the possibility of a spate of lawsuits from broadband companies that oppose the rule. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 in February to reclassify broadband as a regulated public utility by invoking Title II of the Communications Act, thus prohibiting providers from selectively blocking or throttling or offering paid prioritization of Internet traffic... The FCC published its rule change reclassifying the Internet from information to a telecommunications service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act of 1934, lawsuits began pouring into the courts that charged the FCC with breaking the law. The legal standoff is expected to drag on for years.
April 15 - Mark Zuckerberg has revealed he will bring Facebook's free internet project to Europe, saying that the service will be made available to anyone "who needs to be connected" to the web. In a wide-ranging Q&A session on his social network, Mr Zuckerberg admitted his initiative to connect the two-thirds of the world without internet access, which has provided free web access across India, Zambia and Colombia, will be rolled out further... Twitter introduced a feature Monday enabling people to send direct, private messages to any user, as long as that user has opted into the feature... Previously, users could send private messages (also known as direct messages, or “DM”) only to people who followed them on the platform. That meant both users had to follow each other to have a private exchange. Now people can send and respond to direct messages without having to follow anyone.
April 22 - New Google Wireless Service unveiled - Google’s U.S. wireless system will use the networks of Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile and users are expected to be able to pay for only the volume of data they use each month... ESPN sues Verizon Communications on Monday for breach of contract involving a new pay TV offering, as the cable sports network fired the latest volley in a mounting battle with the telecommunications company... ESPN says in a legal document sent to the Supreme Court of New York State that Verizon violated its obligations "under certain license agreements" and it wants Verizon to pay. The dispute involves Verizon's new pay TV plan, offering consumers a slimmer package of channels targeting genre-specific packages such as sports, kids or news. In traditional subscriptions, customers pay for a large group of networks that often include ESPN.
May 1 - Jeff Bezos, the billionaire CEO of Amazon, is one step closer to conquering space. Blue Origin, the commercial space travel company Bezos founded, launched a surprise test flight of its New Shepard space vehicle Wednesday. Bezos said in a statement that the rocket's engine "worked flawlessly." ... In a bid to change the way the world uses energy, Telsa Motors has come up with a new invention. Currently, Tesla Motors is expanding its business beyond electric vehicles with the launch of Tesla energy, and a new line of batteries that store energy for homes, businesses and utilities. The home battery is called the Powerwall. The battery is a rechargeable, wall-mounted, seven to ten kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery.
May 8 - Apple has quietly removed the eBay app from the list offeatured Apple Watch apps on its website in the United States, exactly two weeks after the launch of the Apple Watch. While eBay was the only app listed on Apple's page that has yet to be updated with Apple Watch support, it's unclear whether the removal is simply to avoid confusion by limiting mentions to apps that are available or if issues have arisen recently that will significantly delay eBay's Apple Watch support... Cheapest computer - challenges the $35.00 Raseberry Pi. It’s “The Registar” - A new chip for just $9.00! The Chip comes with an Allwinner A13 ARM-based 1GHz processor, 512MB of DDR3 RAM and 4GB of storage, all on a circuit board that's smaller than a packet of cigarettes. Connectivity comes from 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth, and you can buy a VGA or HDMI port adapter for an additional $10 and $15 respectively... Verizon will acquire AOL for $4.4 billion, the phone giant will enter the ad tech wars with Silicon Valley’s heavyweights... Samsung Electronics Co. unveiled a set of technologies to spur more companies to add computing power to everyday devices such as fitness trackers, light bulbs, security cameras and drones. The effort, called Artik, centers on tiny circuit boards that come packed with new processors, communication chips, sensors and other components. Samsung is also offering software and related services to help configure new devices and connect them to the Internet... Facebook announces “Instant Articles.” Facebook has begun to host stories and other types of content from a series of publishers: theNew York Times, BuzzFeed, National Geographic, NBC, The Atlantic, the Guardian, BBC News, Spiegel and Bild. Content that would have otherwise appeared on the websites of these companies will appear as part of Facebook's iPhone app instead... The company believes native content will make the experience of reading articles on the platform faster, and is rolling out a suite of interactive features that publishers can use within their content. These include zoom and tilt functionality, auto-play videos, audio captions and the ability to like and comment on individual parts of an article.
May 15 - Tech Reminder - On April 13, the FCC published its rule change reclassifying the Internet from information to a telecommunications service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act of 1934, lawsuits began pouring into the courts that charged the FCC with breaking the law. The legal standoff is expected to drag on for years.... Apple. The company confirmed it acquired Coherent Navigation, a startup focused on GPS tech. Although Apple did not share how they will leverage this acquisition, the move likely bolsters their own Maps service that competes with rivals including Google Maps... A total of 140 companies, including Apple and Google, joined security experts and former government officials in co-signing a letter to the White House, urging President Obama to scuttle any law or action by law enforcement that would weaken data encryption. The letter, which was sent on Tuesday to the White House, calls data encryption the "cornerstone of the modern information economy's security." ... Apple introduces an updated MacBook Pro and iMac and lowering the price for its top-end iMac. The updated 15-inch MacBook Pro laptop has a new style of trackpad, faster flash storage and a longer battery life and starts at $1,999. The new $1,999 iMac desktop computer has a higher-resolution 27-inch screen and faster processor. Apple's top-end iMac will now sell for $2,299. It has been selling for $2,499 at some retail outlets... While Pandora immediately denounced a finding by Judge Louis Stanton that it should pay 2.5 percent of revenue for the BMI blanket license and vowed to appeal, the music publishing community has praised the decision. Moreover, publishers also expressed their resolve to continue their fight against Pandora, which they accuse of trying to benefit economically at the expense of songwriters.
May 22 - Internet of Things - Google is working on an operating system called "Brillo" that would be a platform for Internet-of-things devices. It's supposedly a lightweight version of Android, capable of running on devices with extremely limited hardware — as little as 32 MB of RAM, for example. The company is expected to launch the code for Brillo at its I/O event next week... Charter Communications Inc, controlled by cable industry pioneer John Malone, offered to buy Time Warner Cable Inc for $56 billion, seeking to combine the No. 3 and No. 2 U.S. cable operators to compete against market leader Comcast Corp. The partners, who said on Tuesday the deal would mean better access to broadband Internet for many consumers, immediately faced questions about likely regulatory obstacles that helped sink Comcast's earlier bid for Time Warner Cable... Apple has found a bug which can cause iPhones to crash when a message containing a specific string of text is received. The bug, which includes symbols and Arabic characters, was first reported by Apple news blog MacRumors on Tuesday night, adding that it was noticed on social news hub Reddit earlier in the day. (bit.ly/1ExFAPr) Sending a reply message or having someone send you a message can solve the problem, MacRumors added... Google fired the latest salvos Thursday in an escalating arms race among tech's Big 5 for the hearts, minds and coding of developers. At the eighth annual I/O conference here, Google laid out a futuristic road map to throngs of 5,000 software developers, its infantry in the war against Apple, Amazon.com, Facebook and Microsoft. The tech titans are locked in a worldwide skirmish to make devices of all kinds smarter -- whether smartphones and tablets, wearable devices, Internet-connected televisions, cars or virtual reality... Facebook has finally adopted GIFs into the news feed so now you can share your moving image files directly into your timeline - no longer do you have to use Giphy's workaround...
June 1- Microsoft's next generation of its operating system, Windows 10, is due to be released next month. The company said PCs and tablets running the software would go on sale on 29 July, at which point the OS would also be offered as a free download to existing users. The roll-out of the product for smartphones, Xbox games consoles and other kit will follow later... A rare computer handed in to a recycling plant in USA has been sold for more than £100,000. A lady in San Francisco handed in an Apple I computer, which first went on sale in 1976. Only 200 of the computers were ever made, and it is thought that only 63 of the original computers are still around today. The recycling plant realised how rare the computer was, and sold it to a special collector for £131,000. They thought the lady mustn't have realised how rare the computer was when she donated it, and have now launched an online campaign searching for the mysterious woman... Facebook has been condemned for allowing a video of “a terrified, sobbing baby being constantly immersed in a bucket of water” by a “callous” adult to remain on the social media site. The video, which shows the naked newborn being flung around by its head, was eventually removed last night following the intervention of child protection groups here and in the UK. In the video, the baby screams loudly while a woman swings it around by its limbs before shaking it back and forward using its cheeks.
June 8 - Apple To Launch New Internet Radio Service - On June 30, a new iOS software update will be available. Download it, and the new Apple Music tab will appear on the front screen of your iPhone. -- The Red music tab on the front page of the iPhone will turn white. When the new Apple Music kicks in, the computer-generated iTunes Radio is gone, replaced by the human programmed Beats One Radio, a 24/7 free, curated, live radio station with celebrity DJs such as Zane Lowe, who will broadcast from London, New York and Los Angeles... Google launches Sidewalk Labs, will use technology and innovation in an effort to improve urban life at a time when the U.S. population is gravitating to cities, according to Google CEO Larry Page. Based in New York, it will be run by Dan Doctoroff, a former deputy mayor of New York City who will combine his experience in managing cities with funding from Google. "Sidewalk will focus on improving city life for everyone by developing and incubating urban technologies to address issues like cost of living, efficient transportation and energy usage," Page said in a Google+ post.
June 15 - Four senior Microsoft executives, including Stephen Elop and Mark Penn, will leave the technology company, in the biggest organizational shake-up yet under chief executive Satya Nadella... AT&T Fined - The US FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION has slapped AT&T with a record $100m fine for misleading millions of customers with unlimited data plans by slowing down their service without informing them. The FCC first accused AT&T of "deceptively throttling" the connections of millions of customers on unlimited data plans in October, saying that the operator had charged for unlimited data but reduced data speeds by up to 90 percent... The Chevy Volt is so quiet that some people forget to to shut it off. That can be dangerous when the the hybrid's gas engine kicks in and the car is parked in your garage. It doesn't happen a lot, but General Motors is aware of two incidents when carbon monoxide buildup caused problems. It issued a recall Thursday of 64,186 Volts from model years 2011-2013... According to the data tracked by the HTTP Archive, the average time to download a website is up because the average size of a website is nearly doubly what it was three years ago. Videos, pictures, embedded tracking tools and increased website security are partly to blame. Each not only makes a site bulkier, but requires separate data fetching tasks, and all that takes time. Online traffic is up too, thanks to mobile devices, and that also slows things down... Google said it would soon create a process for victims of revenge porn to request the removal of private photographs from the search engine’s results. Revenge porn is a digital phenomenon that entails the distribution of sexually explicit images without a person’s consent, typically as a form of retribution or blackmail... It seems like Sony just can’t catch a break. On Thursday, WikiLeaks added 276,394 more private documents, emails and financial files, leaked from the embattled tech and media giant, into its database. The files, which relate mostly to legal and financial documents (among stranger items), are the second massive release of files on the site from last November’s major data breach at Sony Pictures Entertainment by the “Guardians of Peace” hacker group. Fallout from the data leak left Sony’s internal infrastructure crippled and many company executives scrambling to atone for embarrassing comments made in the thousands of private emails that were leaked.
June 22 - Instagram has revamped its search experience to help users find pictures of events as they're happening, from anywhere in the world. Instagram has come under fire in the past for its clunky search features, which until now have only allowed users to browse by 'photos' or 'people', or using hashtags in the app's 'explore' tab. The update includes a new 'places' search that allows users to "peer in at just about any location on earth," according to Instagram... Google is making it easier to steer clear of the trouble that can be caused by a misdirected or inappropriate email. An option to cancel the delivery of an email within 30 seconds of hitting the send button is now a standard safeguard in Google’s Gmail as part of a settings change made this week. The “undo send” feature had already been available for the past six years in Google’s experimental labs, but that required Gmail users taking extra steps to get it. Gmail accountholders will now be able to activate the protection in Gmail’s settings. The tool delays the delivery of emails from five to 30 seconds after the send button is pressed to give users a fleeting chance to retrieve an email mistakenly sent to the wrong person or an ill-conceived communique... Starting next week, selfie sticks will no longer be allowed inside the Disneyland and Disney World theme parks, the company confirmed on Friday. A Disney spokeswoman said the ban was enacted over safety concerns.
July 1 - Facebook is to start paying some video creators for uploading their clips to the platform. The company is launching a Suggested Videos feed that curates a sequence of clips, interspersed with adverts. Videos that keep people watching for longer will earn a greater share of the revenue from these ads, with Facebook keeping 45% for itself. Facebook says its users clock up four billion video views daily. One expert said it posed a threat to YouTube... A Swiss man attempting to circumnavigate the globe with an aircraft powered only by the sun's energy landed in Hawaii on Friday, after a record-breaking five-day nonstop solo flight across the Pacific Ocean from Japan. The Solar Impulse 2 is the first aircraft to fly day and night without any fuel. Pilot Andre Borschberg's 120-hour voyage shattered the 76-hour record for nonstop flight by late American adventurer Steve Fossett in 2006 on the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer. Borschberg, who took off from Nagoya, Japan, on Monday on the seventh leg of the journey, landed at 5:55 a.m.(1155 EDT) on Friday in Kalaeloa... Intel’s Ubuntu Compute Stick is about to launch, finally going on sale from next week. The Ubuntu version (Intel product number STCK1A8LFC) will be up for purchase from retail and online stockists. The Windows 8.1 version of Intel’s Compute Stick has been in the market for a while now. The new Compute Stick with pre-installed Ubuntu is much cheaper and will be available for $110 US Dollars. Although it is cheaper but on the downside, it will have less storage space.
July 8 - A year after announcing a massive round of job cuts impacting 18,000 employees, Microsoft is wielding the axe again. In a statement released Wednesday, Microsoft said it will slash up to 7,800 additional jobs. Most of the cuts are connected to the company's phone business... Teen “Sexting” - watch those photos you text or send out! - The growth in sexually explicit photos in text messages has set off wide-ranging responses from families, educators, legislators and law enforcement. More than 20 states have enacted legislation regarding it since 2009 — some to strengthen penalties, others to lower them — although efforts to do so in California have failed... IBM unveils a powerful new chip which the company says could boost computing power of "everything from smartphones to spacecraft." The company unveiled the industry's first seven-nanometer chip that could hold more than 20 billion tiny switches or transistors for improved computing power... Mess At Reddit - Just days after interim chief executive Ellen Pao left the company, Reddit chief engineer Bethanye Blount quit, telling technology site Re/Code that she didn't believe she "could deliver on promises being made to the community." She added that she believed Pao had been placed on a "glass cliff," a term that's used to describe when women are given leadership roles during times of crisis, which heightens the likelihood of failure.
July 15 - Developer of the well-known Commodore PCs in the 70s and 80s, the company helped usher in the PC era before going bankrupt in 1994. Now the company is teaming up with a pair of Italian entrepreneurs to try its hand at smartphones... Google Inc. revealed Thursday that one of its self-driving car prototypes was involved in an injury accident for the first time. In the collision, a Lexus SUV that the tech giant outfitted with sensors and cameras was rear-ended in Google's home city of Mountain View, where more than 20 prototypes have been self-maneuvering through traffic... Google stock rises 13% amid good earnings reports... Ten ays after releasing its first two iPhone ads using the new tagline of "If it's not an iPhone, it's not an iPhone," Apple today debuted a third ad in the series. The new ad, entitled "Amazing Apps" focuses on the array of apps available in the App Store... Microsoft kicks off its promised multi-million-dollar Windows 10 ad campaign with spots emphasizing the operating system's potential impact on a new generation... Hacked - Etramarital dating site AshleyMadison.com is offering customers the option to delete their accounts for free in the wake of a data breach that could expose information on more than 30 million users. Until the hack, users had to pay $19 to delete their account. A group of hackers called The Impact Team claimed responsibility for the hack. The group demanded that parent company Avid Life Media shut down Ashley Madison and a sister site, EstablishedMen.com.
July 22 - Flickr Pro is making a return to the image sharing network. The photo site has announced that it is bringing back the Pro service with improved insights and analytics. Yahoo's Flickr underwent a big revamp in May 2013 in which it introduced many changes. Yahoo announced that it is removing the Pro plan to give every user 1TB free storage option. The company also introduced an ad-free version for $49.99 (roughly Rs. 3,200) per year. With the new announcement, it is taking a U-turn... Google opens a new front in its war on patent trolls: the company is giving away patents to fifty eligible startups. The Google Patent Starter Program will attempt to help the startups navigate the complex and time-consuming task of managing patents as well as the risk of patent trolls attacking them. Under the scheme, participants will be given two patent families that they have chosen from a selection of three to five that Google has decided is relevant to the startup... Google has patched 43 security problems, many of them deemed critical, in the latest update to the Chrome browser. On Wednesday, Google pushed Chrome 44 for Windows, Mac and Linux to the stable channel and for public release. As part of the Chrome 44.0.2403.89 update, 43 bugs have been fixed, with many of the bugs submitted by external researchers... With 4 billion video views a day - Facebook now advising business users to upload their own videos straight onto Facebook rather than YouTube. ‘Consider uploading your video directly to Facebook... Nintendo's Wii U, which hasn't budged from third place in the console space, has finally reached an important milestone. Nintendo sold its 10 millionth Wii U during its fiscal first quarter ended June 30, nearly three years after the console hit store shelves, the company reported . in an earnings release... Britain - A man involved in a £51m VAT scam has lost a legal bid to have news stories about him removed from Google under the so-called "right to be forgotten". Malcolm Edwards originally applied for an injunction forcing five media organisations including the BBC to remove their articles about him. He discontinued this claim, then applied for permission to serve proceedings on Google instead. The judge at Nottingham County Court dismissed the application.
August 1 - Google Search got an update that focuses on helping users determine when it’s the best time to visit a nearby business. After performing a search for a business on Google, then clicking the title to see details like its address, phone number and open hours, for example, Google will also now show you “popular times” for the business in question... In a sign of how quickly AT&T hopes to capitalize on its recent acquisition, the wireless provider has announced a plan for consumers that incorporates DirecTV’s television programming. By bundling TV and cellular service, and AT&T is marketing the All-in-One plans by saying it’s the only company that offers a nationwide video and wireless package on a single bill.
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August 8 - Apple will unveil its new generations of iPhone and iPad on September 9. The date of the reveal comes as Apple's usually high-fly tech stock struggles with the burden of raised expectations.... Upfront Payments For Smartphones (Trend) - After promoting discounted phones for years, wireless service providers are phasing out subsidized two-year binding contracts and Verizon is the latest telecom company do announce the end of discounted phones. Verizon Wireless, the largest wireless operator in the country, has announced the end of subsidized mobile handsets with two-year contracts for new customers. New consumers will no longer be able to get cheaper phones starting August 13 as Verizon and will have to pay upfront for the phone.... Text Speak - If you still "lol" at jokes online then you might be in the minority. A new report from Facebook into how users express laughter shows that "haha" and its variants are by far the most common terms used on the social network. They accounted for 51.4 percent of mirth in the anonymized comments and posts looked at by Facebook's data team, with laughter emoji claiming 33.7 percent, and "hehe" and its cognates 13.1 percent. The once-mighty "lol" only appeared in 1.9 percent of the text sampled by Facebook .
August 15 - Samsung debuts the largest hard drive (memory-wise) of its kind - 16 Terabytes. Housed in a 2.5 inch case, the secret is the company's new 256-GB NAND flash die, which is two times as impressive as the 128 GB NAND dies that were put into commercial use by storage makers last year.... Apple TV Delayed - It looks like an important part of the revamp of Apple TV, which many were talking about just weeks ago, is off the table. Difficulties in negotiations between Apple and television content providers such as CBS and 21st Century Fox have resulted in the company pushing back the launch of its Live TV service into 2016, instead of next month.... Linux - IBM has been putting various flavors of Linux on its mainframe computers for 15 years. Now IBMand Canonical announced that the two companies were teaming up to build one running Ubuntu Linux. The new unit is called the LinuxOne. The announcement comes as part of a broader strategy from IBM designed to drive mainframe usage to a wider audience.... Interesting Trend - Celebrities Touting Medicines on Social Media. One by pregnant Kim Kardashian has caught the eye of the FDA - and, they’ve sent a warning letter to a drug manufacturer - whose morning sickness drug got a huge Twitter mention by Kardashian as a cure-all for her morning sickness. Some people have permanently lost access to the files on the affected disks as a result. A number of disks damaged following the lightning strikes did, however, later became accessible... Hackers release more names and e-mails of those subscribing to Ashley-Madison - a site that promotes infidelity. As a result - lots of people could be in jeopardy, including those in military and government service.... Spotify users say they have left the music service over changes in its terms and conditions. The streaming platform now wants access to pictures, contact phone numbers and sensor data stored on the user's smartphone as well as permission to view social media activity. Spotify said the changes would help it "tailor improved user experience".
August 22 - Now you can see Tweets in the Google search results as Google has added Tweets to their real-time search results on the desktop. Google’s results will now show Tweets along with standard search results on your desktop, especially when search terms have to do with keywords that are trending on Twitter at the time the search is made... Mozilla announced that it will be making changes to how Internet browser Firefox will be handling add-ons in the future, with the most important change being Firefox's adoption of the WebExtensions API. With the new API, which has compatibility with the ones used by other Internet browsers such as Google Chrome and Opera, it will be easier for developers to adjust add-ons made for other browsers to work with Firefox as they would only need to make a few changes... Google continues to experiment with in-search features that provide informative content more directly to those carrying out online searches. Now the San Francisco-based company is providing information about professional home service providers like plumbers and house cleaners directly in search results.
September 1 - Google is refining its famous logo as it prepares to become a part of a new holding company called Alphabet. The revised design unveiled Tuesday features the same mix of blue, red, yellow and green that Google has been using throughout its nearly 17-year history, though the hues are slightly different shades. Google also invented a new typeface called “Product Sans” that is meant to resemble the simple printing in a grade-school book. It will replace a serif typeface that Google has been using in its logo for more than 16 years. The “e” in the company’s name will remain slightly tilted to reflect Google’s sometimes off-kilter thinking... On Aug. 31, Apple and Cisco unveiled a partnership between iOS devices and Cisco's network routing equipment. In a jointly released press release, CEO Tim Cook and Cisco Chairman John Chambers announced the creation of a "fast lane" for iOS users through optimized Cisco networks.
September 8 - Verizon will soon begin lab tests of elements that might go into 5G, the next generation of cellular technology, and plans to start field trials next year. A 5G standard is not expected until 2020, but mobile operators in some countries, including Japan and South Korea, have already started trials of technologies that might go into it. Verizon sees some of the same kinds of goodness coming from 5G as others do: 50 times the network throughput of 4G LTE, lower latency, and the capability to handle more devices, including the so-called "Internet of Things." Very high "millimeter-wave"frequencies are expected to help make those breakthroughs possible... Apple introduced a new touch-sensitive technology called 3D Touch to its next generation smartphones. On the outside, there’s little difference between Apple’s current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and its next generation replacement. Both sets of iPhones are the same size and weight, and even feature the same bulging camera lens on the back... Apple’s new TV box turns content providers into apps, and allows users to search across all sources, which could change viewers’ habits. But - the new Apple TV adds a whole OS layer and app-store metaphor to the TV experience, which more or less duplicates the experience that millions of users have already become accustomed to on the iPhone and iPad. The operating system is called tvOS, and providers like Netflix now become apps that exist on top of that layer... Apple introduces a bigger iPad - The iPad Pro has a 12.9-inch screen, significantly larger than the 9.7-inch screen on the iPad Air 2.
September 15 - Ahmed Mohamed, a freshman at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, was taken into police custody on Monday when his homemade digital clock was mistaken for a bomb by school officials and police. Since the incident, Mohamed has been fielding a slew of invitations from some of the biggest names in the tech world.... Apple releases the IOS9 update - but, early reports say many are having trouble downloading. For many it took, two, three and four attempts before the new software took hold... Apple Hacked - Apple has confirmed that it has been involved in an operation to clean-up its App Store after it suffered its first significant attack by hackers who placed a malicious virus in the network. The hackers perhaps - persuaded legitimate third party developers of Apple apps to use a tainted counterfeit version of Apple’s software, which was more quickly accessible from servers in China, and which managed to slip through Apple’s own stringent app review process.
September 22 - Microsoft releases Office 2016, the latest version of what is perhaps the most broadly adopted software suite globally. Alongside the core Office suite, Microsoft is beefing up a bunch of team productivity services around Office 365. The entire Office Online suite now includes Skype in-app integration, allowing instant messaging, screen sharing, talk or video chat to be started directly within documents... Apple iPhone 6S debuts - as geeks line-up at Apple stores... Interesting - Disney is investigating websites selling Walt Disney World dining reservations to guests. They aren’t just investigating — they’ve already started cracking down on these sites and also the sites that don’t sell reservations but help others find them. A number of different websites are out there that will help guests get alerts, for a fee, for open Disney dining reservations. The Orlando Sentinel reported that Disney would start going after the sites that actually mass-booked dining reservations and would then sell them off to guests for fees... YouTube has been planning to launch a completely ad-free subscription. In a report by Recode that points to October 22nd as a probable launch date. The subscription is expected to run for $10 / month and would completely remove all paid advertising from YouTube and include the current benefits of Google Play Music Unlimited... Google unveiled two new Nexus smartphones running the latest Android mobile operating system and the next generation of its Chromecast streaming device — including an audio device — at a splashy event here on Tuesday as the Internet giant makes a play for the screens and the wallets of consumers.
October 1 - A data breach at credit bureau Experian may have exposed data from T-Mobile USA on about 15 million U.S. consumers. The data includes names, birth dates, addresses and Social Security numbers or other forms of identification like drivers’ license numbers, the companies said Thursday. The people affected may not be current T-Mobile subscribers but applied for T-Mobile postpaid services or device financing from Sept. 1, 2013 to Sept. 16, 2015... Skype Translator, Microsoft's real-time voice translation technology, is being integrated into the Skype for Windows client, the software giant announced today. First unveiled last year during a technology demo and released in December as a preview app, Skype Translatorenables users to participate in voice-, video- or text-based conversations with speakers of other languages. Skype Translator is powered by Microsoft's cloud and machine-learning technology based on the software giant's neural net research... This is the last day that Google is operating without a parent company. After the close of markets Friday, the company officially will become Alphabet and will trade as such on Monday. Google will become a business unit running under the Alphabet umbrella and will focus on core Internet-related businesses, including search, YouTube and Android.,, Another Data Breach - Online stock brokerage company Scottrade said that the names and addresses of about 4.6 million of its customers may have been stolen by hackers. The company said Friday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation recently informed it of the hack, which occurred between the end of 2013 and early 2014.,, Microsoft’s Windows 10 event unveils new hardware, with the top-notch Surface Pro 4 tablet and the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL flagship smartphones as the stars of the show.
October 8 - Dell's record-breaking $67 billion deal to buy EMC is part of a growing trend toward "mega-deals," or mergers over $10 billion by large companies seeking to join forces with other large companies to dominate their respective fields. Dell's deal, marks the largest price tag for a technology merger in history — beating out Avago Technologies' $36.5 billion offer to buy fellow chip-maker Broadcom, according to research firm Dealogic... An update to Facebook’s iOS application, which rolled out earlier this morning, now allows iPhone 6s and 6s Plus owners running the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system to take advantage of the newly introduced “3D Touch” feature to more quickly interact with the social network. Following the update, a hard press on the Facebook’s app icon will offer you a handful of shortcuts, including the ability to take or upload photos and videos or the ability to write your status update... Facebook Ads Shopping Section - - Facebook says that in coming weeks it will test a Shopping section that will act as a “single place for people to more easily discover, share, and purchase products.” You may also soon see ads that will allow you to browse products in a “fast-loading, full-screen experience” before going to the retailer’s website to buy...AM radio stations are fewer - The FCC reports there were 4,692 licensed AM stations broadcasting at the end of September, continuing the slow-and-steady decline in stations on the band. That’s down from 4,705 at the end of 2014 and represents their lowest level in more than three decades....
October 15 - Two French researchers have discovered a way to activate Siri or Google Now from afar. There is a catch, however: Headphones must be plugged into a phone's microphone jack. Scientists at the French government agency ANSSI found that, by using the headphone cord as an antenna, they could trick the phone into thinking it is receiving audio commands from the owner. Skype announces that users can now share links to their Skype chats with other people without requiring them to create or open a Skype account... There’s a problem with the Facebook app on your phone. It keeps running - and wears batteries down quicker...Amazon has sued more than 1,000 people who offered to write fake reviews for a price. The lawsuit, filed Friday, targets users of Fiverr.com, an online marketplace where you can take on "gigs" such as designing a logo or writing a press release for $5. Amazon found that people were offering to write positive reviews of products they had never used, most often with text supplied by the seller. Sometimes, Amazon claimed, they would go so far as to receive empty envelopes in the mail to make it seem like they were actually shipped a product... The U.S. government will soon require many drone aircraft to be registered, a move prompted by the growing number of reported close calls as planes fly into and out of some of the nation's biggest airports, federal officials announced Monday. Pilot sightings of drones have doubled since last year, including sightings near manned aircraft and major sporting events, and interference with wildfire-fighting operations, the government said... The FBI and Secret Service are investigating reports that non-government personal accounts associated with CIA Director John Brennan as well as Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson were hacked, law enforcement officials told CNN. The New York Post first interviewed the alleged hacker, who said he accessed an AOL email account associated with Brennan that included files regarding his security clearance application, and the hacker also claims to have accessed a Comcast account associated with Johnson... Western Digital Corporation said that it had agreed to acquire the memory chip maker SanDisk Corporation in a cash-and-stock deal worth about $19 billion...
October 22 - Sharp begins selling the world's first 8K television The 85-inch "LV-85001" ultra-high definition TV set costs ¥16 million ($133,000)... Amazon has made a $50, 7-inch Fire tablet. The bottom-of-the-line device is so inexpensive, Amazon is even selling it in six packs. Get six tablets for the price of five...
November 1 - S. California - A disturbing video showing a Uber driver being attacked is displayed. The victim says he’ll no longer be a Uber driver. Later arrested, the attacker who turned out to be an executive - and he was summerly fired... Amazing. Teens now spend an average 9 hours a day on media - in front of some screen. Pop Culture Power... The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Friday dismissed a petition that would have required some of Web's largest firms, including Facebook, Google and Netflix, to honor "Do Not Track" signals from consumers' browsers. "The Commission has been unequivocal in declaring that it has no intent to regulate edge providers," the FCC declared in the Nov. 6 order (download PDF) that dismissed demands from the California-based consumer advocacy group, Consumer Watchdog.
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January 1 - College Football Down To The Wire - Cardale Jones turned in another savvy performance in his second college start and Ezekiel Elliott ran for a Sugar Bowl-record 230 yards Thursday night, leading Ohio State to a 42-35 upset of top-ranked Alabama in the second semifinal of the College Football Playoff... Rose Bowl – Oregon Ducks dusted Florida State 59-20 and now it's on to Texas to try to win their first national championship. Pac-12 champion Oregon (13-1) will play Ohio State in the title game Jan. 12 in Arlington, Texas... The owner of the St. Louis Rams plans to build an NFL stadium in Los Angeles, which could pave the way for the league's return to LA. Rams owner Stan Kroenke, who bought 60 acres adjacent to the Forum a year ago, has joined forces with the owners of the 238-acre Hollywood Park site, Stockbridge Capital Group. They plan to add an 80,000-seat NFL stadium and 6,000-seat performance venue to the already-massive development of retail, office, hotel and residential space... Passing - Stuart Scott, a longtime anchor at ESPN, died Sunday morning at the age of 49. Of cancer... Craig Biggio, John Smoltz, Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame...
January 8 - An investigation into how the N.F.L. handled a domestic abuse case involving the former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice determined that the league was aware of the nature of the incident but chose not to aggressively pursue additional information.... Green Bay rallied from an 8-point deficit as Aaron Rodgers threw for two second-half touchdowns to beat Dallas 26-21 Sunday in an NFC divisional-round playoff... The Colts baffled the Denver quarterback during a 24-13 win Sunday in an AFC divisional playoff game... College Football Playoff National Championship - First National Championship - as Ohio State clobbered Oregon 42-20.
January 15 - CBS Sports basketball analyst Greg Anthony has been suspended indefinitely by the network, a CBS spokesperson said on Saturday, a day after he was arrested in Washington, D.C., on a charge of soliciting prostitution. Anthony, 47, was arrested Friday evening after making an agreement for sexual favors, according to Washington's Metropolitan Police Department... NFL Playoffs - The Green Bay Packers - Leading by 12 into the fourth quarter - blow it as the Seattle Seahawks win in overtime 28-22. And, New England blows out Indiana - 45-7. It’ll be the 6th Super Bowl appearance for New England... But Wait - The NFL is investigating whether the New England Patriots used under-inflated footballs in Sunday’s AFC championship game win against the Indianapolis Colts. It's being dubbed, "Deflate Gate." More coming up next week...
January 22 - More Deflate Gate - New England Quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick mounted the same defenses, each flatly maintaining they had no role in illegally deflating footballs used by the New England Patriots in their AFC title game victory against the Indianapolis Colts -- and having no idea how that might have occurred... NASCAR - Jeff Gordon says 2015 will be his final racing year... Passing - Baseball’s Ernie Banks, one of baseball’s most ebullient and optimistic ambassadors, died Friday, his wife, Liz, confirmed. Known worldwide as “Mr. Cub,” Banks became the Cubs' first African-American player on Sept. 17, 1953, and went on to become an 11-time All-Star and two-time National League Most Valuable Player (1958-59). His boundless enthusiasm and optimism personified what it meant to be a Cubs fan... More Deflate Gate - The NFL finally chimes in - The NFL stated Friday it has interviewed dozens of folks and collected physical evidence but has no conclusions but on how the New England Patriots applied underinflated balls in their final game, providing no timetable for resolving… Prosecutors unveiled video from Aaron Hernandez's own home surveillance system during opening arguments at his murder trial to help support their claim that the former New England Patriots tight end killed semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. The video, previously disclosed in court documents but only shown as a series of still images, showed Hernandez, now 25, and two associates returning to his North Attleboro, Massachusetts, house in the early morning hours of June 17, 2013 without Lloyd, prosecutors said. Other evidence showed Lloyd had been with them earlier, prosecutors alleged.
February 1 - Super Bowl 49 - Incredible ending as the Patriots get a last intercept - as Seattle should have scored. Final score - 28-24... Police in Washington, D.C., have arrested Indianapolis Colts linebacker D'Qwell Jackson and charged him with assault after an argument over a parking space... Passing - Former UNC head coach Dean Smith at age 83. The iconic Smith, a Hall of Famer who won two national championships and coached the Tar Heels to 11 Final Fours and 13 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament titles in 36 seasons. With 879 career coaching victories, Smith ranks fourth all-time behind longtime rival Mike Krzyzewski (1,003), Jim Boeheim (963) and Bob Knight (902)... Passing - Billy Casper, one of the most prolific winners on the PGA Tour who was overshadowed at the height of his career by the "Big Three," died Saturday at his home in Utah. He was 83.
February 8 - Passing - Basketball Hall of Famer, Jerry Tarkanian, "Tark the Shark" passed away at 84-yrs.
February 15 - CBS Sports and their sister network SHOWTIME Sports have agreed to a multi-year joint venture with Premier Boxing Champions to air up to eight live boxing events in 2015. The new Premier Boxing Champions series will air in conjunction with SHOWTIME Championship Boxing events “as a part of a partnership that will cross-promote the live programs across multiple platforms,” according to the press release... Portland Trail Blazers great Jerome Kersey died Wednesday at the age of 52. The cause of death is not known.
February 22 - NASCAR - Joey Logano became the second youngest driver to win the Daytona 500 after a caution came out on the final lap... The Boston Red Sox sign Yoan Moncada, a 19-year-old Cuban infielder with a powerful swing and pianist-quick hands, with a signing bonus worth $31.5 million... After more than 40 years with the plainest logo in professional sports, the Cleveland Browns took a bold step to the future on Tuesday by unveiling a new logo... Keith Olbermann has been suspended from his ESPN show for the remainder of the week, after calling Penn State students "pitiful" in a series of brash tweets... Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been reinstated after U.S. District Court Judge David Doty ruled Thursday in the NFL Players Association's lawsuit against the NFL on Peterson's behalf.
March 1 - Marshawn Lynch and the Seattle Seahawks have agreed to terms on a new two-year contract extension through 2017, the team announced Friday... Undefeated season - for the Kentucky men's basketball team - defeating Florida 67-50 on Saturday afternoon at Rupp Arena, Kentucky is 31-0. It is the first team from a power conference to complete the regular season unbeaten since Indiana did it in 1976 — en route to winning the national championship.
March 8 - Jets running back Chris Johnson was shot in the shoulder in a drive-by shooting that left another person dead early Sunday morning, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s office in Orlando, Fla. Johnson is expected to be OK, according to a source. Johnson was in a Jeep with two other men around 4:09 a.m. when another car pulled up next to them at a red light and began shooting into the Jeep, according to the police report... With the new laws in effect in Colorado, major sports organizations are looking for ways to cash in on the newest legal cash crop in the state. Sources are reporting that Major League Baseball’s Colorado Rockies plan to sell food items which contain marijuana at concession stands during games next season... National Hot Rod Association driver Larry Dixon is lucky to be alive. The drag racer survived a horrifying crash after his car disintegrated and catapulted into the air then smashed into a barrier at 280 mph during Saturday's qualifying run at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Auto Plus Raceway in Gainesville, Fla.
March 15 - On the day Greg Hardy became a Dallas Cowboy, the NFL made it clear that the league – and Hardy – have unfinished business in Charlotte. The NFL filed suit Wednesday, seeking the evidence gathered against the former Carolina Panther defensive end in a domestic-abuse case involving his former girlfriend. Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray was named as the defendant.
March 22 - March Madness - Notre Dame hasn't lost since February 24. Over the past month, they've taken down three teams that are joining them in the Sweet 16: Louisville, Duke and North Carolina. The fighting Irish were pushed to the brink in their first two NCAA Tournament games, but have done what they've had to do to survive and advance... NBA All-Star game - Russell Westbrook scored 41 points, one shy of the All-Star game record, and the Western Conference beat the East 163-158 on Sunday night. James Harden added 29 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the West, which built a 20-point lead in the first half and then pulled away after it was tied at 148 with a little more than 4 minutes remaining. LeBron James finished with 30 points, but couldn't lead the East to the victory in his favorite NBA arena... NASCAR driver Kyle Larson, who fainted during an autograph session Saturday, will not compete in Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway. Larson's team announced Sunday that he was undergoing testing at Carolina's Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C., and that he had not been medically cleared to drive.
April 1 - NCAA - It’s down to the final four: Duke vs. Michigan State and Kentuck vs. Wisconsin. Duke and Wisconsin are set to face off for the 2015 NCAA tournament championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on Monday night (9:18 p.m. ET on CBS). Notably absent is Kentucky after its bid for a perfect season ended at the hands of the Badgers in the semifinals. Lexington descended into chaos with riots after Kentucky lost to Wisconsin in the Final Four, 71-64... Passing - Hall of Fame Giants broadcaster Lon Simmons at 91... NCAA Championship - Duke defeats Wisconsin 68-63 - Duke’s 5th NCAA win... A small plane returning from the NCAA basketball tournament in Indianapolis crashed Tuesday near the city of Bloomington in central Illinois, killing all seven people on board.
April 8 - The New York Mets are doing quite well early in the season - looks like they're in first place.
NFL's Aaron Hernandez Sentenced For First-Degree Murder (CNN)
April 15 - Aaron Hernandez - former New England Patriots player has been sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for his conviction of first-degree murder... The Boston Bruins fired general manager Peter Chiarelli Wednesday, four days after the team missed the playoffs... Adrian Lewis Peterson is now reinstated - and will begin playing for the Minnesota Vikings... A video has been released showing bimbo ESPN reporter Britt McHenry viciously berating a parking lot attendant. In it, she’s extremely rude. Not good for her. ESPN has suspended her - for now... Todd McLellan is out after seven years as coach of the San Jose Sharks. The team announced Monday that McLellan and the Sharks agreed to part ways after the team missed the playoffs for the first time since 2003. McLellan had one year remaining on his contract.
ESPN Anchor Britt McHenry Lashing Out
April 22 - LeBron James scored 31 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved one win away from a sweep in their first playoff series in five years with a 103-95 victory over the Boston Celtics on Thursday night... Baltimore Riot Related - After consultation with Major League Baseball and city and local officials, Wednesday's game between the Orioles and the Chicago White Sox at Camden Yards will begin at 2:05 p.m. ET and will be closed to the public. The Orioles will also play their three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays, scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., while serving as the home team. It’s the first time an MLB game has been played with no crowds, no attendance.
May 1 - Fight of the Century - a snooze fest - Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: the uber-bout that wasn’t. The so-called fight of the century was pay-per-snooze, a complete waste of everyone’s time and money — except in a boxing community now rolling in obscene amounts of cash, surely in disbelief they fooled us rubes again. Mayweather defeated sentimental favorite Pacquiao by unanimous decision. The fight - 36 minutes in length - was pretty much - a bore fest to many... Game 7 - San Antonio Spurs vs. The Los Angeles Clippers - The Clippers win and a great game 111-109... Deflategate closed - An investigation into the so-called Deflategatescandal concluded it is more likely than not that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady "was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities" by two team employees that resulted in balls being deflated in January's AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts. The report, released Wednesday by attorney Ted Wells, found "it is more probable than not that Jim McNally and John Jastremski participated in a deliberate plan to circumvent the rules by releasing air from Patriots game balls," but found no wrongdoing by Patriots ownership, coach Bill Belichick and his assistants, or equipment manager Dave Schoenfeld.
May 8 - In what is probably a first for sports media, the job status of a writer counted as breaking news today. Bill Simmons is leaving ESPN. The network's president, John Skipper, announced on Friday morning that it would not renew Simmons's contract, which expires in the fall. Simmons, who got his start as the "Boston Sports Guy" writing for an AOL regional blog in 1997 and joined ESPN in 2001 as a columnist, quickly became his own franchise within the parent company... The NFL announced Monday that Tom Brady has been suspended without pay for four games for violating the NFL policy on the integrity of the game. The team will also be fined $1 million and will forfeit a 2016 first-rounder and 2017 fourth-round selection in the NFL Draft. (You can read the full NFL statement here.) The massive punishment comes less than a week after independent investigator Ted Wells found that it was "more probable than not" that Brady was "at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities" regarding the deflation of Patriots game balls used in the AFC Championship Game against the Colts... Aaron Hernandez has been indicted on a witness intimidation charge in relation to 2012 double homicide. What the DA's office said he did in Florida that impeded the investigation... Fans Arrested - Patriots fans gathered at NFL headquarters in Manhattan to protest the league’s punishment of quarterback Tom Brady and the organization. Protesters staged a sit-in inside 345 Park Avenue, handcuffed themselves and others circled in front of the building with pro-Patriots signs. During a live stream of the action on the Periscope app, the protesters could be heard saying they were prepared to be arrested. Some where after police showed-up... LA Clippers Melt-Down - Playoffs - Game 6 - Houston Rockets rally from 19 points down and the brink of road elimination to secure a 119-107 win and send the series to a Game 7. The Rockets rolled up 40 points on the Clippers in the fourth quarter without even using James Harden, and it left Clippers guard Chris Paul to conclude: "Our defense was the biggest factor in the game." ...
May 15 - Los Angeles Dodgers still in first place, but - they face the Giants again in S.F - where - they haven't won a single game... NBA - The Los Angeles Clippers - lose game 6 and game 7 to Houston - taking them out of contention.
May 22 - Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz was suspended for eight games by Major League Baseball for having a foreign substance on his arm during a game in Miami. Matusz immediately appealed and was in uniform for Baltimore's game against the Houston Astros on Monday afternoon. He will continue to pitch until his appeal is heard... Troubled Chicago Bears defensive end Ray McDonald was arrested Monday on charges of domestic violence and child endangerment after an incident in Santa Clara, Calif., where he previously played for the San Francisco 49ers. McDonald was arrested at approximately 7 a.m. PT in San Jose, said Santa Clara police spokesman Kurt Clarke. The incident happened earlier in Santa Clara... FIFA In Trouble - The Justice Department unsealed a 47-count indictment early Wednesday charging 14 world soccer figures, including officials of FIFA, with racketeering, bribery, money laundering and fraud. Four of those accused, including two sports marketing companies, have already pleaded guilty and are likely to be cooperating... Among the “alleged schemes,” said the Justice Department, were kickbacks to FIFA officials by executives and companies involved in soccer marketing and “bribes and kickbacks in connection” with “the selection of the host country for the 2010 World Cup and the 2011 FIFA presidential election.” ... Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard has been suspended for the 2015-16 season opener because he collected his fourth flagrant foul point during the 2015 postseason, the NBA announced Friday... Heartbreaker for Ducks - Stanley Cup Finals - Chicago Blackhawks defeat Anaheim 5-3 in game 7.... Indy 500 Winner - Juan Pablo Montoya wins his second Indianapolis 500, followed in the finish by Will Power, Charlie Kimball and polesitter Scott Dixon,
June 1 - Adrian Peterson is back with the Minnesota Vikings. The 2012 NFL MVP will join the Vikings for organized team activities on Tuesday, ending an absence from the team that stretched nearly nine months, back to when Peterson was indicted on Sept. 12 for injuring his child while disciplining him with a switch... FIFA President Sepp Blatter announced that he is resigning from his post amid allegations of corruption among several of his members. “I have deeply reflected on my presidency and my past 40 years at FIFA," Blatter said during a press conference today. "I love FIFA more than anything and I only want to do the best for football and FIFA."... Triple Crown - American Pharoah led all the way to win the Belmont Stakes by 5 ½ lengths on Saturday, becoming the first horse since 1978 to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes — one of the sporting world's rarest feats.
June 8 - Freak Baseball Accident - Tonya Carpenter was sitting behind the visitors’ on-deck circle at Fenway Park (last) Friday night watching the Red Sox take on the Oakland Athletics with a man and her son. Then, A’s third baseman Brett Lawrie shattered his bat on a groundout in the second inning, and the park went silent. The broken barrel of Lawrie’s maple bat had flown into the third-baseline stands and struck Carpenter in the head. Carpenter immediately began to bleed profusely, as medical personnel rushed to her aid. She’ll be OK... For the second time in six days, Bobby Wood scored a late goal to give the United States its first victory at a European soccer power. The 22-year-old from Hawaii scored in the 87th minute Wednesday night, lifting the Americans to a 2-1 victory at World Cup champion Germany in an exhibition game... WWE - Passing - Dusty Rhodes - WWE Hall of Famer dies at 69.
June 15 - The Chicago Blackhawks captured their third Stanley Cup in six seasons with a 2-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday... NBA CHamps - The GOlden State Warriors are the NBA Champs - defeating Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers... Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval gets benched for Thursday’s game against the Braves for using Instagram while he was playing on Wednesday. Sandoval told reporters that he was using the bathroom during the seventh inning of Wednesday’s game, and grabbed his phone along the way. Instagram users are able to see when other users “like” photos as long as they are following them, and Sandoval’s account showed activity during the time of Wednesday’s Red Sox-Braves game.
June 22 - Former Major League outfielder and baseball broadcast analyst Darryl Hamilton was fatally shot at a suburban Houston home where his estranged girlfriend was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said on Monday. The bodies of Hamilton, 50, and Monica Jordan, 44, were found on Sunday and then taken to a medical examiner. The couple's 14-month-old infant was found unharmed at the home in Pearland owned by Jordan and was taken into the care of Texas Child Protective Services... The NBA Finals, a showdown between Stephen Curry’s Golden State Warriors and LeBron James’s Cleveland Cavaliers, were the most-watched since 1998, when Michael Jordan last won the title. An average of 19.9 million saw the Warriors win the best- of-seven series by four games to two. Jordan’s sixth and final National Basketball Association title with the Chicago Bulls averaged 29 million viewers on NBC, according to Horizon Media... The NHL is officially exploring expansion. The league is opening a formal expansion review process to consider adding new franchises to its 30-team league, Commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday. Las Vegas, Seattle and Quebec City are the markets that have expressed the most serious interest. A second team in the Toronto area leads the list of additional possibilities for any prospect owner with the likely $500 million expansion fee and a passion for hockey.
July 1 - NBA Draft - The Milwaukee Bucks got bigger Thursday, agreeing to terms with free-agent center Greg Monroe, league sources confirmed to ESPN. Monroe spurned the New York Knicks among other teams by agreeing to terms with the Bucks on a three-year maximum deal worth approximately $50 million with a player option for the final year, sources said.... Women's Soccer World Cup - USA Wins - Sunday’s final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup was the most watched soccer game — played by women or men — in U.S. history. Around 25.4 million people watched the game on Fox, according to the New York Times, to go along with nearly 1.3 million people watching the Spanish-language telecast on Telemundo. The U.S. beat Japan handily.
July 8 - LeBron James has agreed to sign a two-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers worth the maximum of $46.9 million. The second year of the contract is a player option... Passing - Ken Stabler: Former Alabama and Oakland Raiders Quarterback Dies at 69... Twelve years after doing it the first time around, Serena Williams has made history again by winning four consecutive Grand Slam titles – better known as the "Serena Slam." It's another mark in the history books for the player who many already consider the greatest woman to have ever played the game... All-Star Game - Dodger Pitchers Greinke and Kershaw were charged with a total of three runs over three innings, and the latter took the loss as the American League prevailed over the National League 6-3 in Tuesday's 86th edition of the Midsummer Classic. Mike Trout receives another MVP award, becoming the first player to win back-to-back All-Star Most Valuable Player Awards.
July 15 - LeBron James is awarded an ESPY for Best Championship Performance, beating out World Series winner Madison Bumgarner (San Francisco Giants pitcher), Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and Women's CWS winner Lauren Haeger (Florida Gators pitcher). What separated James from his fellow nominees was that he didn’t actually win a championship... The Houston Rockets re-signed restricted free agent guard K.J. McDaniels to a three-year, $10 million deal on Sunday, according to a source. McDaniels played in 10 games for the Rockets last season after being acquired from the Philadelphia 76ers. The Rockets traded a 2015 second-round pick andIsaiah Canaan to the 76ers for McDaniels, who was a 2014 second-round selection by Philadelphia.
July 22 - Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith was suspended by the NFL for three games for a violation of the league's substance-abuse policy, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Friday. Smith, 28, pleaded guilty in April to a DUI charge in Kansas City. He was given two years of probation.... Kyle Busch's incredible comeback rolled through Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where he won the Brickyard 400 on Sunday to sweep the weekend at the historic track. Busch missed the first 11 races of the season with a broken right leg and left foot. He returned in late May and has won four of the past five Sprint Cup Series races and three straight. Now he has a prestigious Brickyard victory to give him one of NASCAR's elusive crown jewels. Busch also won the second-tier Xfinity Series race Saturday at Indianapolis.... The NFL is going to reject Tom Brady’s appeal and uphold the four-game suspension he is facing for his alleged role in Deflategate, according to one report. Stephen A. Smith said on ESPN’s “First Take” Tuesday morning that a source told him Roger Goodell will not reduce or overturn Brady’s suspension. Perhaps more shocking, Smith cited a separate source who told him Brady actually destroyed his own personal cell phone rather than just refusing to turn it over... Russell Wilson: Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Agrees to 4-Year Contract Extension With Team... Passing - Wrestling legend "Rowdy" Roddy Piper has died at the age of 61 ... Piper -- born Roderick George Toombs -- died from cardiac arrest in his sleep at his home in Hollywood. Piper was a wrestling icon -- one of the biggest stars in the WWE back in the '80s, and even wrestled in "Wrestlemania I" back in 1985 ... squaring off against Hulk Hogan and Mr. T.
August 1 - Undrafted free agent Dom Grady will start at quarterback for the New England Patriots during first-stringer Tom Brady’s four game suspension, team officials announce... MLB - Giants Lose To Cubs - Right-handed deliver Justin Grimm (2-3) shut down that threat with a perfect fifth and the Cubs (59-48) held on for a 5-4 victory. They also leapfrogged over the Giants (59-49) into the second wild card spot after the opener of a four-game series... A Colorado jury sentenced movie rampage gunman James Holmes to life in prison on Friday, rejecting the death penalty for the 27-year-old who entered a midnight showing of a Batman movie wearing a gas mask, helmet and body armor and shot dead a dozen people.
August 8 - Passing - Frank Gifford, who converted a Hall of Fame playing career during the New York Giants’ glory years into a successful broadcasting career with ABC and “Monday Night Football,” has died at the age of 84... Geno Smith: Jets Quarterback Injured After Being Punched in Face by Teammate. Geno was “sucker punched” in the jaw Tuesday by linebacker IK Enemkpali, coach Todd Bowles told reporters. The quarterback will likely miss 6-10 weeks due to jaw fractures, according to ESPN... No Hitter - Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma of the Seattle Mariners no-hit the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday afternoon in a 3-0 victory, finishing off the fourth no-hitter of the 2015 major-league season and the 291st in the league's history.
August 15 - Nearly 6,500 athletes from 165 countries attended the closing ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games on Sunday night at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympics... Two recent changes in NCAA rules are resulting in major-college athletes receiving more than $160 million a year in additional benefits, a USA TODAY Sports analysis has found. That figure is certain to rise as more schools implement — or increase their distribution of — athletic scholarships that can cover not only the traditional tuition, room, board, books and fees but also incidental costs of attending college such as transportation and personal expenses... Michael Jordan: Court Rules Grocery Store Chain Must Pay $8.9 Million to Athlete for Use of Name. In 2009, the now-defunct chain Dominick's placed an ad in Sports Illustrated using Jordan's name. "It was about honesty and integrity," said Jordan, who plans to donate the sum to charity.... Molly Shattuck: Former Ravens Cheerleader Sentenced to 48 Weekends in Jail for Child Sex Abuse. Shattuck on Friday was also ordered to pay the victim's family $10,650 and register as a sex offender. She pleaded guilty to rape in June, saying she performed oral sex on a 15-year-old boy in 2014.
August 22 - Mets vs. Phillies - crazy game as The Mets hit eight home runs and had 15 extra-base hits, both franchise records. — Ten different players homered in the game, a new major league record. The previous high of nine was set 24 times, most recently in 2010... Fans of the Boston Red Sox are not happy that the team's NESN network has decided to part ways with longtime play-by-play voice Don Orsillo after 15 seasons... Chicago Bulls Point Guard Derrick Rose Accused of Drugging and Gang Raping Woman. The report indicates a woman who says she dated Rose from 2011-2013 is seeking unspecified damages in a lawsuit alleging he drugged and gang raped her with two of his friends in August 2013... Fan Dies Falling In Stadium - A 60-year-old man who died after falling from the upper deck into the lower-level stands at Turner Field during a game between the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees has been identified... Great News For Dodger and Baseball Fans - Vin Scully will go at it for one more season - but the legendary announcer says, it’ll probably be his last. Next year - marks his 67th season with the Dodgers...Chicago Cubs Pitcher Jake Arrieta gets a no-hitter - in a game with the LA Dodgers. Cubs won - 2-0.
September 1 - Former professional wrestling star Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka was charged Tuesday with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of his mistress more than three decades ago. Prosecutors in Lehigh County announced the results of a grand jury investigation into the death of Nancy Argentino, 23, of New York... Brady Will Play - A federal judge throws out deflategate suspension for Tom Brady. Judge Richard Berman of Manhattan federal court announced the decision to overturn the 4-game suspension Thursday after the NFL and the players union failed to reach a settlement...
September 8 - NFL is back - and first game - The New England Pats defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers - 28-21. Oops - there was a little problem though. Steelers head coach Mike Timlin said his Pittsburgh coaches were hearing the home team’s radio broadcast of the game in their headsets, instead of their fellow coaches’ voices. Apparently this happened through the majority of the first half... U.S. Open - women's semifinals take place on Friday at the US Open, hours before the men's semifinals after a weather delay forced play to cease on Thursday. That means No. 2 Simona Halep and No. 26 Flavia Pennetta will get the day started on Arthur Ashe Stadium, but the main event is of course top seed Serena Williams and her ongoing bid for a 22nd Grand Slam title... Passing - Three-time NBA MVP and Pro Basketball Hall of Famer Moses Malone died Sunday at the age of 60.Malone, named one of the NBA's 50 greatest players, was the Finals MVP in 1983, as he led the Philadelphia 76ers to the title.... 49th Consecutive Win - (Las Vegas) Floyd Mayweather gets 12-round decision over Andre Berto and - it’ll be his last as Mayweather announces his retirement.
September 15 - The NFL announced on Wednesday that it granted the New England Patriots' request to have to employees reinstated from suspension. Equipment assistant John Jastremski and locker room attendant Jim McNally were at the center of the Deflategate scandal and were said to be involved "in a deliberate effort to release air from Patriots game balls."
September 22 - Passing - Yogi Berra, the New York Yankees All-Star catcher who became as famed for his humorous adages as his athletic prowess. He was 90.
October 1 - ESPN Says It and Commentator Jason Whitlock 'Mutually Agreed to Part Ways' Whitlock, who worked at ESPN from 2002 to 2006, had been brought back in August 2013 to launch The Undefeated, a site examining race and sports. ESPN has paid out his contract... New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia says he’ll seek treatment at Alcohol Rehabilitation Center. Although the Yankees have a wildcard spot in the playoffs, Sabathia won’t be participating... Goodbye Yankees - The Houston Astros won 3-0 against the Yankees in Tuesday night’s American League Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium.
October 8 - The Chicago Cubs move closer to the World Series, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates. It’s great news for the Cubs, who haven’t been contenders for years... Former NBA star Lamar Odom, who won two championships and later married reality TV star Khloe Kardashian is hospitalized after being found unconscious at a brothel in Nevada.,, More Baseball - The Toronto Blue Jays go the next step into the finals. It’s shaping up to be an interesting post-season.
October 15 - The New York Mets defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-2, to Advance to NL Championship Series. They’ll play the Cubs. Later - Mets beat the Cubs and are headed to the World Series. Daniel Murphy homered for the sixth game in a row, a slugging streak that set a new major league postseason record.
October 22 - Don Mattingly won't return as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers next year after agreeing with his bosses that he and the team needed a fresh start. Quickly - Mattingly ends up being hired by the Florida Marlins... Yahoo begins streaming selected NFL games. First one - Buffalo against San Diego - 2.3 million viewed. One viewer said it was, "a huge step forward in technology, in delivery, and in platforms. For those who partook, this is a step into the future of media technology."... College Football - It Doesn't Get Any Crazier Than This - Miami Vs. Duke - Controversial play as Miami throws 8 lateral passes - then - a 91-yard run - all in the same play. Many are calling foul - but, Miami’s victory over Duke can not be reversed. The real issue - there were many"missed" errors in the play - and the ACC has suspended the officiating crew for 2 games for a series of errors on the final play of the game
First World Series game goes 5 hours/14 innings - but Kansas City beat the Mets - 5-4. Alex Gordon homered with one out in the ninth inning to lift the Royals into a tie with the Mets. Also, major gaffe as TV coverage stopped due to a generator malfunction and TV viewers were without coverage for some four minutes.
Crazy Play In College Football This Week
November 1 - Sports Teams “charging” for patriotic events saluting the Military including MLB and the NFL and NHL. ABC’s Jim Avila reported that the cost of some of events, such as people in the military dropping the puck at hockey events, throwing the ceremonial first pitch at baseball games and or singing “God Bless America” at sporting events, was as high as $49,000, paid by the Department of Defense... Verizon and the National Basketball Association (NBA) announce a major, multiyear content and marketing partnership making Verizon the Official Wireless Service Provider of the NBA, Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), NBA Development League (NBA D-League) and USA Basketball (USAB). As part of the new partnership, go90, a mobile video service and social entertainment platform, will feature extensive NBA content including daily highlights, original content and access to live out-of-market games through NBA LEAGUE PASS... Anthony Smith: Former Oakland Raiders Defensive End Convicted of Murdering 3 Men. A Los Angeles County jury found Smith guilty of fatally shooting two brothers in 1999 and stabbing another man in 2001. Smith faces a maximum of life in prison without parole.