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 January 1 - Passing - Natalie Cole (65) - daughter of Nat “King” Cole...Los Angeles Institution - Bob Eubanks and Stephanie Edwards have hosted the annual Rose parade together for Los Angeles' KTLA since 1982, say goodbye. They are set to be replaced in 2017 by Leeza Gibbons and Mark Steines... Country Singer Found Dead - Craig Strickland: Singer's Body Found After Weeklong Search. Police had been searching for Strickland, 29, near Kaw Lake in Oklahoma since he was reported missing on Dec. 27. The body of his friend Chase Morland, 22, was found last week... Canceled - "The Meredith Vieira Show" is ending after two seasons.In a statement Monday, Vieira said she was sorry to see her daytime talk show wrap and thanked her viewers. Vieira's syndicated program failed to get ratings traction in the competitive daytime arena ruled by shows including "Dr. Phil," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and "Live With Kelly and Michael." ... Passing - 1970’s music giant Robert Stigwood - who discovered/worked with the Bee Gees among others and founded the famed “RSO records” - a label associated with the disco craze of the era (along with Casablanca). He was 81... Michael Weatherly is leaving NCIS after 13 years... Passing - Nicholas Caldwell singer and founding member of The Whispers. He was 71... Passing - Actor Pat Harrington - best known for his portrayal of janitor, “Schneider” on the 1970’s TV sitcom, “One Day At A Time.” He was 86... American Idol-Related Singers - Forbes says that Adam Lambertt, who recently toured with Queen, earned $10 million in 2015. Carrie Underwood, who once held the top spot, dropped to second on the list with $8 million. 
 
January 8 - 

Beyonce is set to (return) and perform at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show. She did it back in 2004. Coldplay is also part of this year’s music... 

Justin Bieber was booted Thursday from one of Mexico's premier archaeological sites, the ancient city of Tulum on the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. His mistake: He was climbing around in the architectural ruins, despite signs forbidding it and despite warnings from security guards... 

Sean Penn had a top-secret meeting and interview with Mexican drug lord El Chapo back in October 2015, when the marked man was on the run, a newly released Rolling Stone interview reveals. 

According to the interview, Penn, 55, sat down to chat with Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman last fall after he made contact with the drug kingpin through Mexican actress Kate del Castillo.... 

Passing - Hall of fame rhythm and blues artist Otis Clay, known as much for his big heart and charitable work in Chicago as for his singing internationally...

Passing - Rock ‘n Roll legend David Bowie. He was 69 and had been battling cancer for 18 months... 

Lady Gaga Wins Golden Globe - as best actress in a Limited-Series or TV Movie: American Horror Story: Hotel

Golden Globes - Some Winners:
Best Motion Picture, Drama: The Revenant
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama: Brie Larson, Room
Best Motion Picture, Comedy: The Martian
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

Alaskan Bush People: Father and Son From Alaskan Bush People Reality TV Series Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail for Fraud. Billy and Joshua Brown pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges after applying for state oil dividends to which they were not entitled. The two also received community service, probation and fines... Actor Charlie Carver announces on social media that he is gay.

Passing - Actor Alan Rickman Dies at 69 After Battle With Cancer. He was known for his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company and for his roles in "Die Hard" and the "Harry Potter" film franchise... Passing - Celine Dion's husband Rene Angelil has died at 73 (of cancer).

January 15 -  Passing - Actor Dan Hagerty (74) best-known for the 1970’s series, Grizzley Adams... Passing - Actress Noreen Cocorran - (72) - best known as the daughter of the 1950’s tv series, Bachalor Father... American Pie singer/author Don McLean -- Cops in Camden, Maine responded at 2 AM Monday to a 911 call at McLean's residence. Cops arrested the singer for domestic violence assault -- a misdemeanor... Passing - Glenn Frey (67) a member of the super 1970’s band, “The Eagles.” ... Passing - Dale Griffin, fondly remembered by 1970s rock fans as a founder member of Mott The Hoople, died at the age of 67. He had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease... Newlywed Jamie-Lynn Sigler revealed she has multiple sclerosis (MS)... The Sopranos alum, who just tied the knot with former Washington Nationals infielder Cutter Dykstra, told People that she was diagnosed about 15 years ago. "I wasn't ready until now," Sigler said of coming clean about her illness. "You'd think that after all these years, somebody would be settled with something like this, but it's still hard to accept."

Top Pop Hit Music Singles This Week

Stressed Out - Twenty One Pilots
Sorry - Justin Bieber
Hello - Adele
Same Old Love - Selena Gomez
Love Yourself - Justin Bieber
Here - Alessia Cara
Hotline Bling - Drake
Stiches - Shawn Mendes
Like I’m Gonna Lose You - Meghan Trainor fea. John Legend
Don’t - Bryson Tiller
Jumpman - Drake & Future
Roses - The Chainsmokers fea. Rozes
The Hills - The Weeknd 

January 22Engaged - Mariah Carey and Australian businessman James Packer... Passing - Actress Jean Stapleton - best known as Archie Bunker’s wife on TV’s, “All in the Family.” She was 90... Passing - Abe Vigoda, who earned Emmy Award nominations in three straight years for his portrayal of the world-weary Det. Phil Fish on the 1970s ABC sitcom Barney Miller, has died. He was 94... Passing - Paul Kantner, a musician best known for his work with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group Jefferson Airport. He was 74.

Top Music Albums This Week -
Blackstar - David Bowie
Purpose - Justin Bieber
25 Adele
Best of Bowie - David Bowie
Blurryface - Twenty One Pilots
Beauty Behind The Madness
TRAPSOUL - Bryson Tiller
Traveller - Chris Stapleton
When It’s Dark Out - G-Easy
Fetty Wap - Fetty Wap
Made In The A.M - One Direction
Revival - Selena Gomez

Top Movies This Week - 
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Ride Along 2
Dirty Grandpa
The Boy (2016
The 5th Wave
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benhazi
Daddy’s Home
Norm of the North
The Big Short 

February 1 -Passing - Crackhead Bob of the Howard Stern show. He was 56... Passing - Bob Elliott - one-half of the legendary comic team, “Bob and Ray” during the 1950’s and 1960’s. He was 92... Passing - Maurice White (74) founding member of 1970’s soul super group, Earth, Wind and Fire... Netflix announces that it is renewing critically acclaimed "Orange is the New Black" for three seasons... Passing - Katie May: Model and Social Media Personality. She was 34 Following Stroke. The model, who was known as the "Queen of Snapchat."

February 8  - Gets her own show - Samantha Bee had one of the all-time great Daily Show runs. She was on the show for 12 years, the longest tenure of any correspondent. And she was one of the satirical newsfest’s finest actors. Now, she has her own TBS show as “Full Frontal With Sandra Bee” debuts this week... Kanye West tweets that Bill Cosby is innocent, bringing attention onto himself... Springsteen To Publish Bio - Bruce Springsteen will tell his story in his words later this year when he puts out his autobiography, Born to Run. The tome will come out worldwide on September 27th – a few days after his 67th birthday – in hardcover, ebook and audiobook editions... Singer-songwriter Barry Manilow was taken to a Los Angeles hospital Thursday after suffering complications from a surgery he underwent earlier in the week, according to his Facebook page. The 72-year-old entertainer underwent emergency oral surgery Monday, Manilow’s management team said in a statement. Manilow is in the midst of his One Last Time tour, which he has said will be his last tour... Roseanne Barr: Comedian Opening Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Santa Ana, Calif. The 63-year-old entertainer has been using medical marijuana to treat glaucoma and macular degeneration, she says. She is opening a dispensary called "Roseanne's Joint." 

February 15 -  Having announced to the world, via Twitter, that he's in $53m of 'personal debt' Kanye West has now asked Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for cash. West proffered his virtual begging bowl, again on Twitter, on Valentine's Day, asking for $1bn and adding, "Mark Zuckerberg I know it's your bday but can you please call me by 2mrw..." West continued to pitch the Facebook founder, "You love hip hop, you love my art... I am your favourite artist but you watch me barely breathe and still play my album in your house..." ... Passing - Denise Katrina Matthews, the singer formerly known as Vanity, has died. She was 57. Matthews died from kidney failure, the result of years of crack cocaine abuse... Passing - George Gaynes: Actor and Singer Dies at Age 98. Best-known as the dad in “Punky Brewster.”... Passing - Angela Raiola, known as "Big Ang", died early Thursday morning after a long battle with cancer... Passing - Author Harper Lee - best known for “To Kill A Mockingbird.” She was 89.

Grammy Awards - Some Winners:

Song of the Year - "Thinking Out Loud": Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge, songwriters (Ed Sheeran) 

Record of the Year - Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk"

Best New Artist - Meghan Trainor

Album of the Year - Taylor Swift, 1989

Best Rock Song - Alabama Shakes, "Don't Wanna Fight"

 

Top Music Albums This Week

EVOL - future
25 - Adele
Purpose - Justin Bieber
Khalifa - Wiz Khalifa
A Head Full Of Dreams - Coldplay
ANTI - Rihanna
NOW 57
Blurryface - Twenty One Pilots
Islah - Kevin Gates
Wonderful Crazy Night - Elton John
Traveller - Chris Stapleton
TRAPSOUL - Bryson Tiller
Beauty Behind The Madness - The Weeknd
When It’s Dark Out - G-Easy
Here As In Heaven - Elevation Worship

Top Movies This Week - 
Deadpool
King Fu Panda 3
Risen
The Witch
How To Be Single
Race (2016)
Zoolander 2
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Revenant

February 22 - Passing - Country great Sonny James (87)... Passing - George C. Nichopoulos, Elvis Presley: Late Singer's Doctor Dies at 88, was known as "Dr. Nick." He was found not guilty of overprescribing drugs to Presley in 1981... Passing - West Coast radio legend/DJ - Charlie Tuna. He was 71... Passing - Actor George Kennedy. He was 91.

88th Annual Academy Awards - Some Winners:
Best Picture - Spotlight
Best Actor - Leonard DiCaprio - The Revenant
Best Actress - Brie Larson - Room
Best Supporting Actor - Mark Rylance - Bridge Of Spies
Best Supporting Actress - Alicia Vikander - The Danish Girl
Best Director - Alejandro Iñárritu, The Revenant 

March 1 -  The Bob Dylan Archive has been acquired by the George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF) and The University of Tulsa (TU) and will be permanently housed in Tulsa... Passing - Gayle McCormick - lead singer of the 1960’s rock band, “Smith” - best-known for 1968’s, “Baby It’s You.” She was 67... Marry - Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch (87) to model Jerry Hall... Passing - Pat Conroy, who turned tales of his painfully dysfunctional family into best-selling novels such as "The Great Santini" and "The Prince of Tides," died on Friday at the age of 70... Lana Rae Meisner, the wife of Eagles co-founder and former bassist Randy Meisner, was accidentally shot and killed by a rifle she was putting away. according to the Los Angeles Police Department, investigators believe that a rifle accidentally discharged while being moved in a closet. "As she lifted the rifle in the case, another item within the case shifted and hit the trigger of the rifle causing it to fire and fatally injure Mrs. Meisner." ... Lady Gaga and Al Roker are among the celebrities jumping into frigid Lake Michigan waters at a fundraiser for the Special Olympics. It's the singer's second time participating in Chicago's Polar Plunge. NBC Today show personality Roker, Lady Gaga and her fiance, Chicago Fire actor Taylor Kinney, took the plunge Sunday (March 6) with stars from other television shows

Top Pop Hit Albums This Week - 
ANTI - Rihanna
I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It - The 1975
25 - Adele
This Unruly Mess I’ve Made - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Piece By Piece - Kelly Clarkson
Purpose - Justin Bieber
Traveller - Chris Stapleton
For All Kings - Anthrax
Humns - Joey + Rory
Blurryface - twenty one pilots
TRAPSOUL - Bryson Tiller
Islah - Kevin Gates
Beauty Behind The Madness - THe Weeknd
Dig In Deep - Bonnie Raitt

Top Pop Hit Music Singles This Week

Stressed Out - twenty one pilots
Work - Rihanna fea. Drake
My House - Flo Rida
Love Yourself - Justin Bieber
Pillowtalk - Zayn
Sorry - Justin Bieber
7 Years - Lukas Graham
Me, Myself & I - G-Eazy x Bebe Rexha
Piece By Piece - Kelly Clarkson
Cake By The Ocean - DNCE
Roses - The Chainsmokers fea. Rozes
Work From Home - Fifth Harmony fea. Ty Dolla $ign
Hello - Adele
I Took A PIll In Ibiza - Mike Posner
Hands To Myself - Selena Gomez

Top Movies This Week - 
Zootopia
London Has Fallen
Deadpool
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Gods of Egypt
Risen
Kung Fu Panda 3
The Revenant
Eddie the Eagle
The Witch

March 8 -  Passing - Radio legend Ron Jacobs (78). Ron’s radio career included programming KHJ Los Angeles and beginning Casey Kasem’s “American Top 40” in 1970 with Tom Rounds, among many other accomplishments... Passing - Music icon George Martin (90) - producer who put the Beatles on the map.

March 15 -  Passing - It’s revealed that Keith Emerson (71) - part of the 1970’s rock trio, “Emerson, Lake & Palmer” died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound last week... The debt-ridden estate of Michael Jackson will enjoy a £526m windfall after selling the stake it held in the music publishing business which owns The Beatles’ classics to Sony. Sony Corp has agreed to buy out the Jackson estate’s 50 per cent interest in Sony/ATV Music Publishing for $750m, giving the entertainment giant complete control of the company... Passing - Frank Sinatra Jr. (72) - of a cardiac arrest after performing at Daytona Beach, Fl... Passing - Actor Larry Drake (66) - best-known for “L.A. Law.” ... Hulk Hogan is awarded $115 million plus another $25 million. Hogan had sued Gawker, founder Nick Denton and former editor A.J. Daulerio for violating his privacy by posting a snippet of a sex tape. The six jurors said that Gawker was liable for $15 million in punitive damages and Denton was liable for $10 million. Daulerio was found liable for an additional $100,000.

March 22 - Passing - Legendary broadcaster and former baseball player Joe Garagiola died Wednesday at the age of 90... Passing - TV actor Ken Howard (71)... Shemar Moore: Actor Exits CBS Drama 'Criminal Minds' After 11 Seasons. Moore, who played Derek Morgan, said in a video on CBS.com. His last episode aired Wednesday... Axl Rose to Replace Brian Johnson as Lead Singer on Band's Tour. AC/DC said on its website that Johnson was told by doctors to stop touring or risk going deaf. Multiple outlets reported that Rose, the lead singer for Guns N' Roses, will play the remaining 10 shows... Passing - Gary Shandling (66) - of a heart attack... Passing - Earl Hamner, (92) who created “The Waltons” ... Blac Chyna will reportedly make a cameo on ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians,’ but only if she’s paid $1 million! Yep, that’s how much Rob Kardashian’s lady love wants to be on the show!... Lady Gaga celebrated her 30th birthday early over the weekend, inviting some of music’s biggest names to a pre-birthday bash at a Los Angeles club Saturday night (March 26) ... Taylor Swift has announced a partnership with Glu Mobile to develop her own mobile game. Swift will work with Glu as part of a multi-year partnership to develop and create a new, one-of-a-kind digital gaming experience, per a press release. This is Swift’s first foray into the mobile gaming space following her 2015 Emmy Award win for original interactive program for herAMEX Unstaged: Taylor Swift Experience... Passing - Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke (69)... Passing - Ronnie Corbett: Actor and Comedian Dies at Age 85. Corbett, known as one of "The Two Ronnies.” ...

Top Pop Music Albums This Week - 
25 - Adele
ANTI - Rihanna
Purpose - Justin Bieber
Hymns - Joey + Rory
Untitled unmastered - Kendrick Lamar
Incarnate - Killswitch Engage
Islah - Kevin Gates
Blurryface - Twenty One PIlots
3001: A Laced Odyssey - Flatbush Zombies
Traveller - Chriis Stapleton
TRAPSOUL - Bryson Tiler
Have It All: Live At Bethel Church - Bethel MUsic
Beauty Behind The Madness - The Weeknd
Us And The Night - 3 Doors Down

Top Movies This Week - 
Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice
Zootopia
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
Miracles From Heaven
The Divergent Series: Allegiant
10 Cloverfield Land
Deadpool
London Has Fallen
Hello, My Name Is Doris
Eye In The Sky

April 1 - Guns N' Roses: Axl Rose and Slash Perform Together in Los Angeles. The show, held at the Troubadour, will be the first concert in the Guns N' Roses reunion tour. Axl Rose and Slash had not performed together since July 17, 1993... Engaged - Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna... Due to doctor’s orders - Janet Jackson has postponed the remainder of her concert tour. She’s going to have a baby... Passing - Radio psychologist” Dr. Toni Grant who began her long-running radio show in 1975 on L.A.’s talk KABC/790. She was 73... Passing - Country legend Merle Haggard - on his 79th birthday... Passing - Leon Heywood - Rhythm and Blues producer/artist. He was 74... American Idol Finale - Trent Harmon wins. Both he and runner-up, La'Porsha Renae - have been signed to record deals with Universal... Passing - R&B DJ/Talent Doug Banks (57)... Bryan Adams and Bruce Springsteen have shut down shows in Mississippi and North Carolina, respectively, citing new laws regarding LGBT rights in those states. In North Carolina, a new law requires transgender people to use bathrooms based on their biological sex and bans state lawsuits for any type of workplace discrimination. Mississippi’s new law allows religious groups and some private businesses to refuse service to gay couples.
 
April 8 - Passing - DaisyLewellyn: Author and Reality TV Personality Dies at Age 36 From Liver Cancer... 

Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil is accused of grabbing a woman’s hair from behind and pulling her to the ground at a Las Vegas Strip resort, police said. Police issued the 55-year-old Neil a misdemeanour battery summons and he has a June 17 court date. He was not jailed... 

Passing - Hugh Hefner - founder of Playboy Magazine and all that followed. He was 87.

Top Movies This Week - 
Baman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
The Boss
Zootopia
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
Miracles From Heaven
God’s Not Dead 2
Hardcore Henry
The Divergent Series: Allegiant
10 Cloverfield Lane
Meet the Blacks

Top Pop Hit Music Singles This Week - 
Work - Rihanna fea. Drake
7 Years - Lukas Graham
Pillowtalk - Zayn
No - Meghan Trainor
Love Yourself - Justin Bieber
My House - Flo Rida
Stressed Out - Twenty One Pilots
I Took A PIll In Ibiza - Mike Posner
Work From Home - Fifth Harmony fea. Ty Dolla $sign
Me, Myself & I - G-Easy x Bebe Rexha
Dangerous Woman - Ariana Grande
Cake By The Ocean - DNCE
Panda - Desiigner
Never Forget You - Zara Larsson & MNEK 

April 15 -  Coachella Music Festival - Rihanna was greeted with roars of cheers when she came out and surprised everyone during Calvin Harris' set at the 2016 Coachella Music Festival on Sunday night...but one superfan really stood out from the rest: Taylor Swift ... Passing - Doris Roberts, who delighted audiences as the meddling mother next door on Everybody Loves Raymond, has died, her representative confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. She was 90... Michael Strahan will be leaving Disney/ABC's "Live with Kelly and Michael" to join the company's network morning program "Good Morning America" as a full-time co-anchor. The corporate decision to break up the popular co-host team for the syndicated program demonstrates how desperately ABC wants to stop the ratings hemorrhage at GMA... Rihanna overtakes The Beatles record for the total number of weeks spent at number one in the US. The singer’s latest hit, “Work: has scored a ninth week at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, giving her an overall tally of 60 weeks at number one with 14 songs. That’s one more week at number one than The Beatles’ overall total. She is now second on the list of all-time chart toppers, behind Mariah Carey, whose record is 79 weeks... Jennifer Aniston is named People magazine's most beautiful woman of 2016 on Wednesday, 12 years after she first won the honor. Aniston, 47, said she was "very, very flattered" to be named again, telling the magazine she had a "sort of very excited, teenage-y kind of moment" when she heard the news... Passing - 1980’s music superstar “Prince.” He was only 57. Later, it's revealed it had to do with certain perscription drugs. 

 
April 22 -  Kelly Ripa is set to Return as Co-Host of 'Live! With Kelly and Michael. Ripa was out since Wednesday after co-host Michael Strahan announced he is leaving the morning show to join "Good Morning America." ABC said Ripa was on "a previously scheduled vacation." ... 

Music - 

Prince rules the Nos. 1 and 2 slots on the Billboard 200 albums chart with the greatest hits set The Very Best of Princeand the Purple Rain soundtrack, as both titles re-enter the chart in the wake of his death on April 2... 

Passing - Billy Paul - best known for his 1972 hit, “Me and Mrs. Jones.” ... 

Passing - Lonnie Mack - best known for his 1963 hit instrumental - “Memphis.”

Top pop hit music singles
Panda - Desiigner
Work - Rihanna fea. Drake
7 Years - Lukas Graham
No - Meghan Trainor
I Took A PIll in Ibiza - Mike Posner
Pillowtalk - Zayn
Love Yourself - Justin Bieber
Work From Home - Fifth Harmony fea. Ty Dolla $sign
Cake By The Ocean - DNCE
Me, Myself & I - G-Eazy x Bebe Rexha
My House - Flo Rida
Stressed Out - twenty one pilots
One Dance - Drake fea. WizKid & Kyla
Dangerous Woman - Ariana Grande

Top movies -
The Jungle Book (2016)
The Huntsman: Winter’s War
Barbarshop: The Next Cut
Zootopia
The Boss
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Criminal (2016)
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
Compadres
Eye in The Sky

 May 1 -  Despite the massive success of Adele's album 25, which sold a whopping 7.4 million copies in only six weeks, 2015 marked the first time in U.S. history that new releases were outsold by catalogue albums. Seems like everyone's been feeling extra nostalgic lately... The term "catalogue" refers to albums released more than 18 months ago. According to Nielsen's annual year end music report, catalogue albums outsold current releases by 4.3 million copies, something never before seen in the industry. Just 10 years ago, current music sales outpaced catalogue music by over 150 million albums. Keep in mind that these stats don't include album streams, but regardless, it's a significant turning point... 

Passing - Peter Thomas - voiceover artist heard for decades on commercials, PBS (Nature) and many other projects. He was 91... 

Re-sked - Beyoncé: Singer Cancels Upcoming 'Formation Tour' Concert in Nashville, Tenn. A show was postponed due to stadium construction... 

Coachella Festival promoter Goldenvoice officially announced Desert Trip, a three day rock festival featuring The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, The Who, Roger Waters and Neil Young.

 

May 8 - Marvel Studios and Disney's Captain America: Cvil War launched to a mighty $181.8 million in North America, kicking off the summer box office in high style and scoring the fifth-best opening of all time, as well as the top launch of 2016 to date... 

Passing - Character actor William Schallert. He was 93... 

Morley Safer, the CBS Newsman and 60 Minutes' longest-serving correspondent, formally retires this week. His unparalleled career will be celebrated in a special hour directly following this Sunday's regular edition of 60 Minutes. "Morley Safer: A Reporter's Life" will be broadcast Sunday, May 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT... 

Michael Strahan does his final “Live with Kelly and Michael.” He’ll be moving to GMA... 

Red Hot Chili Peppers were forced to cancel their Saturday performance at the annual KROQ Weenie Roast in Irvine, California at the last minute after Anthony Kiedis was hospitalized... 

Passing - Julius La Rosa, a pop singer known for hits including “Eh, Cumpari,” whose firing live on the air by Arthur Godfrey in 1953 overshadowed his successes that followed, has died at age 86. He was also a very popular DJ at WNEW radio (NY) in the late 1960’s into the 1970’s... 

Passing - Tony Barrow, who was the Beatles' press officer from 1962-68 and is credited with coining the term The Fab Four, died at the age of 80 on Saturday (May 14) at his home in Morecambe, England. The Liverpool native was working for Decca Records -- where he helped set up the Beatles' failed audition -- and the Liverpool Telegraph when band manager Brian Epstein lured him away to work for the group.
 
May 15 - Kim Kardashian has made a promise that we fully believe she'll keep. She promised to keep the bare photos coming - that she'll be sharing her enviable figure with masses again (and again and again and again)... 

Passing - Morley Safer of “60 Minutes.” He just retired last week. He was 84... 

Italian Paramedic Goes on Trial for Allegedly Stealing James Gandolfini’s Rolex as He Lay Dying. The trial of Claudio Bevilacqua for the alleged June 2013 theft began Monday in Rome. He's accused of stealing the $3,000 watch after Gandolfini suffered a massive heart attack in his hotel room... 

Sara Ramirez: Actress Confirms She Is Leaving 'Grey's Anatomy' After 10 Seasons... 

Passing - John Berry, Original Member of Hip-Hop Group Beastie Boys - Dies at 52... 

The Whitney Houston estate has canceled a planned duet between The Voice coach Christina Aguilera and a Houston hologram slated to air on the show next week after deciding that some details weren't finished yet before it was leaked...

Top Hit Music Singles This Week In 2016 - 
Panda - Desiigner

One Dance - Drake fea. WizKid & Kyla 7 Years - Lukas Graham
I Took A Pill In Ibiza - Mike Posner
Don’t Let Me Down - The Chainsmokers fea. Daya
Work From Home - Fifth Harmony fea. Ty Dolla $ign
Needed Me - Rihanna
Pillowtalk - Zayn
Work - Rihanna fea. Drake
Stressed Out - twenty one pilots
Never Forget You - Zara Larsson & MNEK
This Is What You Came For - Calvin Harris fea. Rihanna

Top movies -
The Angry Birds Movie
Captain American: Civil War
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
The Jungle Book (2016)
The Nice Guys
Money Monster
The Darkness
Zootopia
The Hunstman: Winter’s War
Mother’s Day
Barbershop: The Next Cut 

 
May 22 -Passing - Former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza passed away Saturday night (May 21) while performing with the band OHM: at The Baked Potato in Studio City, California. He was 51 years old... 

Passing - Alan Young (96) - perhaps best known as Wilbur Post, from the Mister Ed TV show... 

Less than 24 hours after he performed "Company" and "Sorry" during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Justin Bieber took to Instagram to explain why he no longer finds joy in such high-profile events. “... "I try to think of it as a celebration but can't help feeling like people are rating and grading my performance. A lot of people in the audience there to be seem worried about how much camera time they will get or who they can network with." ... 

Bill Cosby Will Go On Trial… And - Two days before Bill Cosby was ordered to trial on allegations he drugged and sexually assaulted a woman in 2004, a document re-surfaced in which he admitted having sexual contact with teens sent to him by a modeling agency.... 

Karen King: Reality TV Personality Arrested for Alleged Identity Fraud. King from "Love and Hip Hop" allegedly purchased nearly $5,000 worth of merchandise at Saks Fifth Avenue in Atlanta under someone else’s name in August last year... 

Gunfire broke out at a concert by T.I. at IRVING PLAZA in NEW YORK CITY that left one person dead and three others wounded. THE NEW YORK POST reports, "The carnage began in the green room of the UNION SQUARE venue at about 10p while the opening act — MAINO and UNCLE MURDA — were performing, according to law-enforcement sources. The gunplay then spilled into the area near the stage, causing panic among more than 1,000 fans packed into the music hall." ... 

Mark Salling, who played bad-boy Noah "Puck" Puckerman on the Fox musical dramedy "Glee," was charged Friday with receiving and possessing child pornography. 

The 33-year-old actor was charged with two counts, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office... 

Gwen Stefani: Turns Down Blake Shelton's Marriage Proposal. Stefani turned down Shelton's proposal citing that she wanted it to "be right” for her three children with ex-husband Gavin Rossdale... 

Amber Heard is granted a temporary restraining order against her husband of 15 months, Johnny Depp - alleging in court documents that the 52-year-old actor physically abused her throughout their four-year relationship.... 

Trinity Broadcasting Network Co-Founder Jan Crouch Suffers 'Significant' Stroke. She founded TBN in 1973 with her husband, Paul, who died in 2013....

Billboard Music Awards - Some Winners:
Top Artist: Adele
Top New Artist: Fetty Wap
Top Male Artist: Justin Bieber
Top Female Artist: Adele

June 1 - Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris are going their separate ways. The singer, 26, and the DJ, 32, have broken up... 

The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office in Minnesota released the long-awaited autopsy report on Prince , declaring the cause was accidental (painkiller) Fentanyl toxicity... 

Stockholm - ABBA reunites for first public performance in 30 years... 

Passing - Kimbo Slice: MMA Fighter. He was only 42... 

Passing - Actress Theresa Saldana. 61.
 
June 8 - Fitness guru Richard Simmons is transitioning into a woman. A National Enquirer report released Wednesday claims Simmons, 67, underwent surgery and hormone therapy, and now goes by Fiona. Simmons told reporters his recent hospitalization was for exhaustion... 

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine, and the animated film that followed two years later, Mattel is finally getting around to turning that imaginary golden underwater explorer into a Hot Wheels car, followed by an entire line of vehicles inspired by the movie... 

Ed Sheeran Sued For Song - Two songwriters say that much of the chorus in his song “Photograph” is taken from one of their works, and they want to be paid...

Top Pop Hit Music Singles This Week - 
One Dance - Drake fea. Wizkid & Kyla


Work From Home - Fifth Harmony fea Ty Dolla $sign
Can’t Stop The Feeling! - Justin Timberlake
Panda - Desiigner
Don’t Let Me Down - The Chainsmokers fea. Daya
I Took A PIll In Biza - Mike Posner
7 Years - Lukas Graham
Needed Me - Rihanna
Just Like Fire - P!nk
This Is What Yu Came For - Calvin Harris fea. Rihanna
Dangerous Woman - Ariana Grande
Work - Rihanna fea. Drake
Never Forget You - Zara Larsson & MNEK
Don’t Mind - Kent Jones
Pillowtalk - Zayn

More Entertainment News This Week - Ellen DeGeneres: An advertisement created by real estate agent Titi Pierce, 35, was featured on a segment titled "What’s Wrong with These Ads…and These Signs?" Pierce claims she suffered emotional distress and is suing the talk show host.... So Sad - Christina Grimmie, who competed on, “The Voice dies after being shot following a concernt in Orlando. The a man approached her with two guns as she signed autographs after the concert Friday night, police said, adding the suspect fatally shot himself... Passing - Famed 1960’s record producer/songwriter Chips Moman at 79... Passing - Legendary cartoon voice Janet Waldo (94).

Top Movies This Week - 
The Conjuring 2
Warcraft
Now You See Me 2
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows
X-Men: Apocalypse
Me Before You
The Angry Birds Movie
Alice Through The Looking Glass
Captain America: Civil War
The Jungle Book (2016)

June 15 - After a five-year hiatus - “Curb Your Enthusiasm” will return to HBO... 

“Stairway To Heaven” copyright lawsuit begins as A lawyer for the estate of the late Randy Wolfe, also known as Randy California, claimed in opening statements that the British rockers lifted the passage from the instrumental tune "Taurus," recorded by Wolfe's band Spirit, and infringed on the copyright... 

A new Disney Park opens in China - near Shanghi. The park’s about 1,000 acres - ten times the size of the original Disneyland... 

Anton Yelchin, a rising actor best known for playing Chekov in the new “Star Trek” films, was killed by his own car as it rolled backward down his driveway early Sunday, police and his publicist said. The car pinned Yelchin, 27, against a brick mailbox pillar and a security fence at his home in Studio City, He had gotten out of the vehicle momentarily, but police did not say why he was behind it when it started rolling... 

Finding Dory” does an incredible $136 million at the box office - first time for an animated movie for the first week... 

Passing - New York City radio legend “Dandy” Dan Daniel - one of the original WMCA Goodguys. He was 82.

June 22 - HBO cancels the highly anticipated series, “Vinyl.” Producers were Tom Hanks, Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese... 

Steve Tyler announces that Aerosmith will do a farewell tour - sometime in 2017... 

Passing - Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley's longtime guitarist and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, died Tuesday at his home in Nashville. He was 84... 

More Elvis-related - Lisa Marie Presley Files for Divorce From Michael Lockwood. They have two young daughters...

Top Music Albums This Week -
Last Year Was Complicated - Nick Jonas
Views - Drake
Hamilton: An American Musical - Broadway Cast
Lemonade - Beyonce
ANTI - Rihanna
The Human Condition - Jon Bellion
25 - Adele
Blurryface - twenty one pilots
Traveller - Chris Stapleton
If I’m Honest - Blake Shelton
Dangerous Woman - Ariana Grande
Thank You - Meghan Trainor
Strange Little Birds - Garbage
Islah - Kevin Gates
Pure McCartney - Paul McCartney
A/B - Kaleo
Fitz and the Tantrums - Fitz and the Trantrums
Purpose - Justin Bieber

Top Movies This Week - 
Finding Dory
Independence Day: Resurgence
Central Intelligence
The Shallows
Free State of Jones
The Conjuring 2
Now You See Me 2
X-Men: Apocalypse
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Alice Through The Looking Glass
Warcraft

July 1 -  Passing - Noel Neill, the first actress to portray “Superman” heroine Lois Lane onscreen, died Sunday at her home in Tucson, according to the Associated Press. She was 95. She was later associated with the popular "Superman" TV series of the 1950's. After first stepping into Lane’s shoes in the 1948 and 1950 movie serials, which ran for 15 and 16 chapters, respectively, Neill reclaimed the role for the second season of television’s “Adventures of Superman” in 1953, after Phyllis Coates was unable to return to the series.... STAR TREK helmsman Hikaru Sulu is going to be gay. And the original Sulu, George Takei, who is gay, isn't happy about it. "I'm delighted that there's a gay character," Takei told The Hollywood Reporter. "Unfortunately, it's a twisting of Gene [Roddenberry]'s creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it's really unfortunate." Takei said Roddenberry was very supportive of the LGBT movement, but envisioned Sulu as heterosexual.
 
July 8 - The murder of a woman and her unborn child in Idaho is making a huge impact in Austin. Jennifer Nalley, 39, was one of the founders of a history-making roller derby group in Texas, a teacher, friend and daughter who changed hundreds of people's lives. Nalley graduated from Texas State with a degree in Physics, and it was in college where she would begin her legacy as one of the founding members of the Texas Rollergirls “Hotrod Honeys.” ... SIR Cliff Richard is to sue the BBC and South Yorkshire police for £1million over coverage of a police raid on his home.The 75-year-old entertainer alleges there was collusion between the broadcaster and police that lead to the search being shown on live television. Officers investigating allegations of historic sex offences were filmed searching his Berkshire flat in 2014, leading the performer to be named publicly... Madonna, currently visiting Malawi, is planning to visit the construction of a children's wing at a hospital that her charity is funding in the southern African country's largest city, Blantyre... Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger is set to be a dad again at age 72, Billboard has confirmed... Jagger is expecting a child with 29-year-old ballerina girlfriend Melanie Hamrick -- his eighth and her first.

Top Pop Hit Songs This Week -
One Dance - Drake fea. WizKid & Kyla

Can’t Stop The Feeling! - Justin Timberlake
This Is What You Came For - Calvin Harris fea. Rihanna
Panda - Desiigner
Don’t Let Me Down - The Chainsmokers fea. Daya
Needed Me - Rihanna
Cheap Thrills - Sia Fea. Sean Paul
Work From Home - Fifth Harmony fea. Ty Dolla $sign
Ride - Twenty One Pilots
Don’t Mind - Kent Jones
Just Like Fire - P!nk
I Took A PIll In Ibiza - Mike Psoner
Send My Love (To Your New Lover) - Adele
H.O.L.Y. - Florida Georgia LIne
7 Years - Lukas Graham

Top Movies This Week -
The Secret Life of Pets
The Legend of Tarzan
Finding Dory
MIke and Dave Need Wedding Dates
The Purge: Election Year
Central Intelligence
Independence Day: Resurgence
The BFG
The Shallows
Sultan

July 15 -  Kim Kardashian - Kanye West's wife stirred, the pot of beef between Taylor Swift and Kanye West on Sunday, when on Snapchat, she posted video of a phone call between the rapper and pop superstar about his song "Famous," in which he rapped: "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex, Why? I made that bitch famous." ... 

Bill Cosby: Comedian Is 'Completely Blind' and Confined to Pennsylvania Home, Reports Say. Cosby is suffering from a degenerative eye disease and living in his "own personal hell," outlets reported. Cosby faces allegations of rape and sexual assault by over 50 women... 

Passing - Garry Marshall: Director and Writer Dies at Age 81. Marshall died Tuesday of complications from pneumonia following a stroke, He is known for directing films like "Pretty Woman" and creating sitcoms like "Happy Days." ... 

Roger Ailes has resigned from Fox News, the 21st Century Fox division he ran for 20 years, amid charges of sexual harassment. The company announced Thursday that Rupert Murdoch would assume the role of chairman and acting chief executive of Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network.

July 22 - At least 30 people have been arrested at a Guns N' Roses concert in New Jersey, including a woman accused of assaulting police. The arrests occurred at Saturday night's show at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford. Investigators say 30-year-old Kimberly Goodman was charged with aggravated assault against two state troopers, who received minor injuries... Passing - Marni Nixon, the American cinema’s most unsung singer, died on Sunday in New York. She was 86. The cause was breast cancer, said Randy Banner, a student and friend. Classically trained, Ms. Nixon was throughout the 1950s and ’60s the unseen — and usually uncredited — singing voice of the stars in a spate of celebrated Hollywood films. She dubbed Deborah Kerr in “The King and I,” Natalie Wood in “West Side Story” and Audrey Hepburn in “My Fair Lady,” among many others... The Late Show with Stephen Colbert continued to struggle in the ratings, lagging behind repeats of Jimmy Kimmel Live during the week of July 11. The CBS late-night series averaged 2.08 million viewers and a 0.39 rating among adults 18-49, which was just above the record low of 0.38 it reached last month, and down from a 0.41 rating for its last week of originals. Meanwhile, Kimmel managed to tick up from a 0.41 to a 0.47 in the demo despite a week of encores... Passing - TV Psychic Miss Cleo, whose real name was Youree Harris, died Tuesday in Palm Beach County, Fla., after previously diagnosed colon cancer spread to her liver and lungs... Passing - Jack Davis: Cartoonist and Mad Magazine Illustrator Dies at Age 91... Passing - Spiral Starecase: Band’s Singer and Guitarist Pat Upton Dies at Age 75. Spiral Starecase is known for its 1969 hit, "More Today Than Yesterday," ... Passing - syndicated radio talkshow host - Jerry Doyal. He was 60... Passing - Dave Schwartz: Meteorologist for The Weather Channel Dies After Battle With Cancer, Network Says. Schwartz died Saturday after a 10-year fight with cancer, The Weather Channel said in a release. Schwartz worked for the network as an on-air meteorologist for more than 22 years... Miss Texas Karlie Hay is crowned “Miss Teen USA 2016.” Hay, 18, plans to use her title to speak out against alcohol and drug abuse, reports say. Miss Alabama was crowned most photogenic and Miss Rhode Island won Miss Congeniality

Top movies -
Star Trek Beyond
The Secret Life Of Pets
Ghostbusters (2016)
Lights Out
Ice Age: Collision Course
Finding Dory
The Legend of Tarzan
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
The Infiltrator

Top Music Albums - 

Stressed Out - twenty one pilots

Work - Rihanna fea. Drake
My House - Flo Rida
Love Yourself - Justin Bieber
Pillowtalk - Zayn
Sorry - Justin Bieber
7 Years - Lukas Graham
Me, Myself & I - G-Eazy x Bebe Rexha
Piece By Piece - Kelly Clarkson
Cake By The Ocean - DNCE
Roses - The Chainsmokers fea. Rozes
Work From Home - Fifth Harmony fea. Ty Dolla $ign
Hello - Adele
I Took A PIll In Ibiza - Mike Posner
Hands To Myself - Selena Gomez

 

August 1 - The parents of the late “Star Trek” movie actor Anton Yelchin sued Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for negligence and product liability on Tuesday over the rollaway crash of a Jeep Grand Cherokee that killed their son. The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, is believed to be the first wrongful death complaint linked to the Fiat Chrysler recall in April of more than 1.1 million cars and SUVs because of vehicles that roll away after drivers exit them... Passing - Character actor David Huddleston: best known for playing the title role in the 1998 movie, The Big Lebowski.' He was 85... Passing - Ricci Martin, a musician and youngest son of the legendary entertainer Dean Martin, has died. He was 62. Martin was found dead Wednesday at his home in Utah, according to family members. An exact cause of death has yet to be determined. In the 1970s, Martin collaborated with Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys to produce the album “Beached.” Wilson would later become his brother-in-law... Passing - Pete Fountain, New Orleans jazz clarinetist who appeared on “The Lawrence Welk Show” and “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” has died. He was 86.

August 8 - Ed Sheeran’s hit song, "Thinking Out Loud," copied core elements of Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get It On,according to a new lawsuit filed Tuesday. The heirs of Ed Townsend, who co-wrote the lyrics to Gaye’s classic in 1973 and created its musical composition, are suing Sheeran for copyright infringement, claiming the Grammy Award-winning artist essentially duplicated the “heart” of Let’s Get It On... Actor Thomas Gibson suspended (then later fired) from “Criminal Minds after he kicked a co-producer on the set. "There were creative differences on the set and a disagreement. I regret that it occurred," Gibson said in a statement... Passing - Folk singer Glenn Yarbrough, a founding member of vocal group The Limeliters and a prolific solo artist, died at home in Nashville on Thursday night after several years of declining health. He was 86... Justin Bieber Ticked Off - Justin Bieber is sticking up for Sofia Richie. The pair is currently in Tokyo and are sharing snapshots on Instagram from their time in Japan together. Evidently Beliebers have not taken kindly to Sofia making an appearance on the pop sensation's social media pages, as Justin addressed his fans head on with an Instagram post pleading them to put an end to the negative comments against her. "I'm gonna make my Instagram private if you guys don't stop the hate this is getting out of hand," Bieber wrote alongside a black and white selfie of the duo where Richie is holding finger guns up to Justin's head... Britany Spears Is Back - Britney Spears grabs the top debut on the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart (dated Aug. 20) as “Private Show” starts at No. 9 after its official release on Aug. 4. The superstar first teased the cut in ad for her perfume of the same name on July 11, before promoting it as an instant-gratification track for pre-orders of the song’s parent album, Glory, due Aug. 26.

Top pop hit music singles -

One Dance - Drake fea. WizKid & Kyla

Cheap Thrills - Sia fea. Sean Paul

This Is What You Came For - Calvin Harris fea. Rihanna

Cold Water - Major Lazer fea. Justin Bieber & MO

Can’t Stop The Feeling! - Justin Timberlake

Ride - twenty one pilots

Don’t Let Me Down - The Chainsmokers fea. Daya

Closer - The Chainsmokers fea. Halsey

Needed Me - Rihanna

Send My Love (To Your New Lover - Adele

Heathens - twenty one pilots

Panda - Desiigner

For Free - DJ Khaled fea. Drake

Don’t Mind - Kent Jones

Me Too - Meghan Trainor

Top Movies This Week -

Suicide Squad

Sausage Party

Pete’s Dragon

Jason Bourne

Bad Moms

The Secret Life Of Pets

Star Trek Beyond

Florence Foster Jenkins

Nine Lives (2016)

Lights Out

Nerve

August 15 -Passing - James Woolley - former Nine Inch Nails Keyboardist. He was 50... Gotta Love Her - Singer Adele posts a video of her sans makeup and all - to explain why a cold prevented from doing a concert. First class gal.... Passing - Matt Roberts - 3 Doors Down Guitarist. He was 38... Passing - Character actor and voiceover artist Jack Riley. He was 80... Passing - Controversial NSYNC and Backstreet Boys Record Producer Lou Pearlman, who was serving a 25-year sentence for his involvement in a Ponzi scheme, died in prison Friday, according to a Federal Bureau of Prisons record. He was 62...

Top Music Albums -
Suicide Squad: The Album
Unleashed - Skillet
Views - Drake
If I’m Honest - Blake Shelton
Blurryface - twenty one pilots
NOW 59
Encore - DJ Snake
Major Key - DJ Khaled
ANTI - Rihanna
25 - Adele
Hamilton: An American Musical - Broadway Cast
Gotta Be Me - Cody Johnson
Thank You - Meghan Trainor
Dangerous Woman - Ariana Grande

August 22 -Passing - Steven Hill - played first boss on 1960’s, “Mission Impossible.” He was 94... Passing - Jeanne Martin, the second wife of legendary crooner Dean Martin, and in her early life a model and Orange Bowl queen. She was 89... A cyberattack on “Ghostbusters” actress Leslie Jones is being handled at a federal level. ICE, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security, told the Associated Press that its New York office is looking into the breach, which included nude pictures of Jones along with images of her driver’s license and passport and a racist video posted on her personal website... Dwayne (The Rock) - The "Fast & Furious" star was named Forbes' highest-paid actor after taking home a whopping $64.5 million between June 2015 and June 2016... Charles Osgood announces his retirement as anchor of CBS’ “Sunday Morning,” ending a 22-year run at the broadcast. Osgood’s award-winning 45-year career at CBS News will be celebrated during his final appearance as anchor on Sept. 25, 2016 on the CBS Television Network. He’ll continue on CBS radio, as host of his “Osgood Files” and that’s good news... Passing - Actor Gene Wilder. He was 83... Chris Brown is arrested after a 12-hour standoff at his house in Hollywood.

MTV Video Music Awards - Some Winners:
Video of the year - Formation: Beyonce
Best female video: Hold Up - Beyonce
Best male video - This Is What You Came For - Calvin Harris
Best hip-hop - Hotline Bling - Drake
Best pop video - Formation - Beyonce
Best rock video - Heathens - twenty one pilots
Best new artist - DNCE 

September 1 - Two months after former Fox & Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson accused Fox News' then-Chairman Roger Ailes of sexual harassment, the network has agreed to pay Carlson $20 million and make a "highly unusual public apology.” ... Beyonce says she is going to take some time off to rest her vocal cords... Greta Van Susteren, host of Fox News' On the Record since 2002, is leaving the network. The longtime host of the nightly news show will be replaced, starting Tuesday, by senior political analyst Brit Hume, the network said. No reason for Van Susteren's departure were given. However, Politico reported that a financial disagreement led to her leaving... The Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe aired Monday night of this week. The special, which was taped Aug. 27 in Los Angeles, rounded up a slew of celebrities to rip on 52-year-old Lowe, including Peyton Manning, Jewel,Karate Kid actor Ralph Macchio, Pete Davidson, Nikki Glaser, Rob Riggle, Jimmy Carr, Jeff Ross, Ann Coulter and roastmaster David Spade.

September 8 - Passing - “Crazy” Eddie Antar - Legendary New York City electronics store retail advertiser whose prices were, “Insane.” ... Passing - Actress and transgender activist Alexis Arquette, of the famous Arquette acting family. She was 47... Police have arrested two men for allegedly trespassing during a live broadcast of the season 23 premiere of “Dancing With the Stars” while a judge was critiquing the performance of U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte... Global media company Turner has announced they’ve entered a multi-year licensing agreement with Walt Disney Studios and 20th Century Fox, granting them the basic cable rights to the entire Star Wars film series... Miley Cyrus - now that she’s going to be on “The Voice” has some advice for her contestants: “Be like Bernie Sanders. “Be the person people want and love. Don’t worry about the masses. That’s how you make a memorable moment.”

Top pop hit music singles -
Heathens - twenty one pilots
Closer - The Chainsmokers fea. Halsey
Cold Water - Major Lazer fea. Justin Bieber & MO
Don’t Let Me Down - The Chainsmokers fea. Daya
Cheap Thrills - Sia fea. Sean Paul
Ride - twenty one pilots
Needed Me - Rihanna
This Is What You Came For - Calvin Harris fea. Rihanna
Send My Love (To Your New Lover) - Adele
We Don’t Talk Anymore - Charlie Puth fea. Selena Gomez
Treat You Better - Shawn Medes
Let Me Love You - DJ Snake fea. Justin Bieber

Top movies -
Sully ($35 million business first week)
When THe Bough Breaks
Don’t Breathe
Suicide Squad
The WIld Life (2016)
Kubo and the Two Strings
Bad Moms
Hell or High Water
Pete’s Dragon
Sausage Party
No Manches Frida
War Dogs

 

News Headline Timeline For 2016 

January 1 - President Obama will meet with Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch on Monday to finalize a set of executive actions on guns that he will unveil next week, according to several individuals briefed on the matter. During his time in office, there have been more domestic mass shootings - more than any other period... A towering inferno that engulfed a 63-storey luxury hotel in Dubai on New Year’s Eve still smouldered through the first day of 2016 as firefighters worked to douse its embers on Friday.Authorities said they were still working to determine the cause of the fire that erupted before the city’s fireworks extravaganza and raced through the Address Downtown, one of the most upscale hotels and residences in Dubai. It came after a series of fires striking the towers that provide this megacity its futuristic skyline. 14 were injured... Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Headquarters was occupied Saturday, Jan. 2, by a group of activists protesting the federal prosecution of two ranchers, slated to report to prison Monday on arson charges... Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said Sunday that his country is severing ties with Iran. Iranian diplomats in Saudi Arabia have 48 hours to leave the country, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told reporters. Later, Kuwait cuts or downgrade ties with Iran, saying Tuesday that it had recalled its ambassador to Tehran in solidarity with the kingdom... Wiping back tears as he remembered children killed in a mass shooting, President Barack Obama on Tuesday ordered stricter gun rules that he can impose without Congress and urged American voters to reject pro-gun candidates.Obama made it clear he does not expect gun laws to change during his remaining year in office, but pledged to do what he can to make gun control a theme in the months leading up to the November election to replace him... San Bernardino terror suspect Enrique Marquez Jr pleads not guilty to charges against him in federal court. He was indicted last week by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists, lying about the rifle purchases, marriage fraud and lying on a visa application... Macy's plans to close 36 stores and lay off about 4,350 employees nationwide in an effort to cut costs by about $400 million,
 

January 8 - El Chapo Caught - Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said the recapture of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman ought to restore Mexicans' faith in their government and justice system... Four teens who forced a father to leave his daughter so they could take turns raping her at a park have been arrested, New York police say -- but a fifth suspect is still at large... The 18-year-old daughter was with her father at the Osborn Playground in Brooklyn around 9 p.m. Thursday when they were approached by five males, the New York Police Department said... President Obama gives his seventh and final “State of the Union” address. “America has been through big changes before,” Obama said. “Each time, there have been those who told us to fear the future — promising to restore past glory if we just got some group or idea that was threatening America under control. And each time, we overcame those fears. … Will we respond to the changes of our time with fear, turning inward as a nation, and turning against each other as a people?” ... Iran frees sailors from two small American naval vessels that strayed into Iranian waters, prompting their seizure and detention by Iranian coastal forces. “Ten U.S. Navy Sailors safely returned to U.S. custody today, after departing Iran,” said a statement early Wednesday from U.S. Naval Forces Central Command. “There are no indications that the Sailors were harmed during their brief detention.”

January 15 - Iran has completed the necessary steps in a deal to restrict its nuclear program, meaning international economic sanctions are lifted, officials from the EU and the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said Saturday... Walmart says it’s going to close some 269 stores and laying-off 16,000 employees... The United States and Iran moved into a new era of international relations Saturday, with the implementation of a landmark agreement on Iran’s nuclear program on a drama-filled day that also saw the release of imprisoned Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and four other Americans... At least two people were killed and several homes destroyed or damaged as tornadoes and storms roared through southwest Florida early Sunday. In Manatee County, a storm swept through the town of Duette 40 miles southeast of Tampa, destroying mobile homes. Manatee County Sheriff spokesman Dave Bristow said two people died and five others suffered non-life threatening injuries in one devastated home. Four of the injured were between 6 and 10 years old, Bristow said... Looks like Bernie Sanders was the highpoint of the fourth Democratic debate..A group of Americans who disappeared in Baghdad over the weekend were kidnapped from their interpreter's apartment, according to multiple Iraqi sources.... The apartment is well-known in southern Baghdad as a brothel and is subject to frequent raids by Shiite militias, including the Iran-backed Asa’ib ah al-Haqq, a police official and a building resident told The Washington Post.... The Supreme Court said Tuesday that it would consider a legal challenge to President Obama’s overhaul of the nation’s immigration rules. Fourteen months ago, Mr. Obama ordered the creation of a program intended to allow as many as five million illegal immigrants who are the parents of citizens or of lawful permanent residents to apply for a program sparing them from deportation and providing them work permits... Militants raided a university in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday, timing their attack to a ceremony at the school to ensure maximum casualties... After security forces combed the campus block by block after the massacre, Mehmood Khan, provincial home minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, said 19 civilians were killed, along with four terrorists... Year 2015 was the Earth's warmest since record-keeping began in 1880, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA said Wednesday.  

January 22 - At least 42 people, including 17 children, drowned when their boats capsized off two Greek islands near the Turkish coast on Friday, coastguards said, marking one of the deadliest days for migrants risking the perilous route to Europe from Turkey... The U.S. Marine Corps. has officially classified twelve missing Marines as deceased. Just before midnight on January 14, two CH-35 helicopters collided near the coast of Oahu.The Coast Guard searched for the Marines for five days, across 40,000 square nautical miles, but were unable to find anything more than debris and empty life boats... A massive snowstorm hits the Northeast, including New York City where 30 inches of snow was reported at Kennedy International. 40 deaths have been reported overall... Just before the Iowa caucasus - it looks like Donald Trump is becoming the Republican front-runner. That’s according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Republicans see Trump as strongest candidate on major issues and by far the most electable in the large field of GOP hopefuls... Six Cleveland police officers are fired in connection with a November 2012 car chase that ended with officers firing 137 bullets at a car, killing Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, said Detective Steve Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association... DeLorean Is Back - DeLorean Motor Company says it will build about 300 replicas of its 1982 DMC-12, the model featured in the "Back to the Future" films, in its factory in Humble, Texas, CEO Stephen Wynne told local media... The Zika virus is "is now spreading explosively" in the Americas, the head of the World Health Organization said Thursday, with another official estimating between 3 million to 4 million infections in the region over a 12-month period... Donald Trump skips this week’s Republican debate because of a rift with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, whom he termed, “a third rate reporter.” ... Three violent inmates who escaped from a California (Orange Co.) jail are back in custody.... Almost 40 people drowned and 75 were rescued after a boat carrying migrants to Greece sank off Turkey's western coast on Saturday, according to local officials and the Turkish Dogan news agency. 

February 1 - Ted Cruz wins the Republican side of the Iowa Caucasus at 28%, followed by Donald Trump at 24%. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders virtually tied... A Yemeni Al Qaeda leader was killed in a drone strike overnight in the southern province of Abin, Yemeni tribal officials said Thursday. Jalal Baliedy headed Al Qaeda in the province and had led several major attacks, including the beheading of soldiers. Three other people were killed in the strike, the officials said... Sumner Redstone resigns as chairman of CBS... One person sitting in a parked car was killed and three people were injured Friday when a huge construction crane collapsed in lower Manhattan Friday morning as workers were trying to secure it against rising winds... Rescuers were searching late Saturday for more than 100 people still missing after a powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn, causing a high-rise residential building to collapse and killing at least 14 people... A man died on Saturday after running in a Raleigh foot race in which contestants are supposed to stop in the middle to scarf down some Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Organizers of the annual Krispy Kreme Challenge said in a news release that a 58-year-old man dropped out of the race during the first mile Saturday morning because of chest pains. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

February 8 - Ten people are dead, 17 are critically injured and one person is missing after a head-on collision between two trains in Germany's southern state of Bavaria, police said Tuesday... New Hampshire Primary - Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders win... Cruise Ship Hits Stormy Seas - After enduring winds that topped 120 mph and waves that tossed their ship around, passengers of the Anthem of the Seas are on dry land Thursday, after cutting short a planned cruise to the Bahamas. Passengers and furniture were tossed about. Of more than 6,000 people on board, only four minor injuries were reported... Flint Tainted Water Update - More than 19 months after contamination in the water supply prompted an outbreak of lead poisoning in Flint, Mich., the mayor of the ailing industrial city announced a plan Tuesday to begin replacing lead pipes next month... High School Shooting - Arizona - Two teenagers at a Glendale high school were killed Friday morning in a shooting that police are calling a "tragic" situation. Glendale police spokesperson Tracey Breeden said officers responded to calls of a shooting at Independence High School near 75th and Glendale avenues just before 8 a.m., right around the time school is scheduled to begin for the day... Crews have rescued 48 people from two tram cars at a New Hampshire ski resort after it became stuck 40 feet off the ground in sub-zero temperatures... The trams became stuck shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday at Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway in Franconia in the White Mountains... Passing - Supreme Court Judge Antonin Gregory Scalia. He was 79. 

February 15 - When asked by a reporter, President Obama said that Donald Trump will not be President: “The electorate will not pick him, said Mr Obama, because "they recognize that being president is a serious job."... U.S. warplanes carried out air strikes against Islamic State-linked militants in western Libya on Friday, killing as many as 40 people in an operation targeting a suspect linked to two deadly attacks last year in neighbouring Tunisia... The man suspected of killing six people and injuring two more in a Saturday evening shooting rampage in Kalamazoo, Michigan, was an Uber driver who may have picked up passengers that same evening, according to the ride-sharing company and police. "Jason Brian Dalton had passed a background check, and was a driver-partner with Uber," said Uber's chief security officer, Joe Sullivan, in a statement. "We have reached out to the police to help with their investigation in any way that we can." ... Primary - Both Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton win in S. Carolina. Meanwhile - Republican Jeb Bush ended his campaign for the presidency Saturday after a disappointing finish in South Carolina, acknowledging his failure to harness the hopes of Republican voters angry at the political establishment.... American warplanes hit an ISIS camp in Libya where foreign fighters had been engaged in advanced training, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said. Local officials said at least 49 people had been killed and six injured.

February 22 - The United States and Russia have agreed to terms of a partial cease-fire in Syria, to go into effect at midnight Friday, according to Obama administration officials. The terms, still to be announced in detail, are being briefed to a negotiating team representing the Syrian opposition, which has until noon Friday to approve them... Health giant Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $72 million in damages to the family of an Alabama woman who died from ovarian cancer allegedly caused by using the company’s Baby Powder and other products that contained talc for feminine hygiene... A former Miss America contestant died early Monday, a week after her car spun off a New Jersey highway and crashed into trees. Cara McCollum died at Cooper University Hospital, according to Frank DiMauro, chief operating officer of the TV station where she worked, and a Facebook message posted by her family... U.S. chocolate maker Mars says it's recalling candy bars and other items in 55 countries after plastic was found in one of its products. The Dutch food safety authority posted what it said was a Mars press release on its website, saying a piece of plastic had been found in a product that could lead to choking. It listed affected products as: Mars, Milky Way, Snickers, Celebrations, and Mini Mix... Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump win in Nevada. Trump scored some 46% of Republicans - all ages - from moderate to conservative. Even hispanics... Severe storms have roared across the Gulf Coast, killing three people, spawning tornadoes, ripping up homes and plowing swaths through communities... Two people died in a Louisiana recreational vehicle park, where a storm pounded 160 motor homes and trailers into a field of debris on Tuesday... The highest criminal court in Texas dismissed the criminal case against former Gov. Rick Perry, tossing out one charge and reaffirming the earlier dismissal of another charge. The ruling appeared to end the long-running abuse-of-power accusations that dogged Mr. Perry during his failed run for the Republican nomination for president.

March 1 -  Looks like Hillary and Donald Trump are the clear winners. Trump picked-up 316 delegates winning seven states. Hillary picked-up 544 delegates winning seven states... The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday unanimously adopted a resolution that dramatically expands existing U.N. sanctions on North Korea in response to its Jan. 6 nuclear test, a measure largely negotiated by Washington and Beijing. Under the sanctions, all cargo going to and from North Korea must be inspected and North Korean trade representatives in Syria, Iran and Vietnam are among 16 individuals added to a U.N. blacklist, along with 12 North Korean entities... Sports Authority Inc. filed for bankruptcy Wednesday after failing to exploit the fitness boom that's been a rare bright spot in retail. The company, whose name adorns the stadium that's home to the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos, has fallen far since a $1.3 billion buyout in 2006 piled it with debt. The company said in a statement following the bankruptcy filing in Delaware that it will close as many as 140 of its 463 locations... Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson announced Friday that he's suspending his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. "There's a lot of people who love me, they just won't vote for me," Carson said at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)... The Supreme Court on Friday temporarily blocked a Louisiana law - a law enacted in 2014, that required doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. A trial judge blocked the law, saying that such doctors were often unable to obtain admitting privileges for reasons unrelated to their competence and that the law created an undue burden on a woman’s constitutional right to abortion... Passing - Former First Lady Nancy Reagan. She was 94... A truck bomb at an Iraqi checkpoint south of Baghdad killed at least 60 people and wounded more than 70 on Sunday, medical and security officials said, and Islamic State claimed responsibility for the blast.

March 8 - Down From 37% in January - Donald Trump maintains the support of 34 percent of registered Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, compared with 25 percent for Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, 18 percent for Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and 13 percent for Ohio Gov. John Kasich... Mr. T Mourns Nancy Reagan - "I mourn the death of First Lady Nancy Reagan, who was Very Special to me," The A-Team star wrote on Twitter, Tuesday. "Not only did she invite me to the White House in December '83, after meeting with her and President Ronald Reagan… she then asked me to help her with her 'Just Say No' program which I gladly accepted with humility and honor." ... Police in Pennsylvania say they are searching for a pair of attackers who opened fire at a back-yard party in a Pittsburgh suburb Wednesday night, killing at least five people and injuring three others. No motive has been offered by authorities investigating the mass shooting, and no suspects have been publicly identified. The Allegheny County Police Department said that a 911 call came in shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday about a shooting at a home in Wilkinsburg, a small borough just east of Pittsburgh... Trudeau Visits Washington - Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada, met withPresident Obama on Thursday for the first state visit by a Canadian leader in 19 years, a diplomatic honor made possible in part by new pledges of cooperation on combating climate change... Protestors – whose presence led Donald Trump to cancel a Chicago rally on Friday amid safety concerns – as "thugs" who "have totally energized America." Trump told CNN's Don Lemon after the cancellation "that I hope that my tone is not that of causing violence." ... At least 29 people have been taken to hospitals after a Chicago-bound Amtrak passenger train derailed in rural southwest Kansas early Monday, authorities said... The train was traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago when it derailed just after midnight about 20 miles west of Dodge City, Amtrak said in a statement.

March 15 - Mother Teresa will be made a saint on Sept. 4. Pope Francis set the canonization date Tuesday, paving the way for the nun who cared for the poorest of the poor to become the centerpiece of his yearlong focus on the Catholic Church's merciful side... Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a surprise announcement, said he has ordered his country’s forces to withdraw from Syria starting Tuesday, declaring that the five-month aerial bombardment campaign against Syrian rebels has largely achieved its objectives... Tuesday Primaries - Hillary and Trump win big including Florida, Missouri North Carolina and Illinois. Ohio went to Kashich on the Republican side... Marc Rubio drops out of the race after losing his home state of Florida. ... Washington D.C. subway shutdown for 24 hours - Commuters in Washington, D.C., packed the roads in cars and on bicycles and crowded buses to cope with a last-minute shutdown of the second-busiest U.S. subway system for emergency safety checks.... President Obama on Wednesday nominated Merrick Garland to serve on the Supreme Court, setting up a protracted political fight with Republicans who have vowed to block any candidate picked by Obama in his final year in office... Korea - American college student sentenced to 15 years prison - Otto Warmbier, the 21-year-old University of Virginia economics student to 15 years of hard labor for “acts against the state,” North Korean state media reported. Warmbier, a Cincinnati native, was arrested in early January as he prepared to board a flight out of North Korea after traveling to the country as a tourist. He was later accused of trying to remove a banner... Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that ISIS has been committing genocide against Yazidis, Christians and Shiite Muslims.The designation marked just the second time a U.S. executive branch has used the term "genocide" during an ongoing conflict... SeaWorld is ending its controversial killer whale breeding programs, the theme park operator said in a statement today. Its treatment of the orcas has come under fierce criticism since the release of the 2013 documentary “Blackfish.” ...President Obama arrived in Cuba on Sunday afternoon, a journey of only 90 miles from U.S. shores that took more than half a century to complete. Stepping off Air Force One under drizzling skies, the president held an umbrella over his wife, Michelle, as he was greeted by senior Cuban officials.

March 22 - A series of deadly terrorist attacks struck Brussels on Tuesday, with two explosions at the city’s main international airport and a third in a subway station at the heart of the city, near the headquarters complex of the European Union. At least one of the two airport explosions was touched off by a suicide bomber, officials said. 31 people were killed — and many more were wounded, including 92 at the airport and 106 at the subway station. Later it’s reported that two Americans were among the dead. Three suicide bombers — including a pair of brothers — carried out the attacks on Brussels on Tuesday, the Belgian authorities announced on Wednesday, as they continued to hunt for at least one more assailant. The toll from the assaults stood at 31 dead and 270 injured... Primaries - Ted Cruz wins big in Utah, but Donald Trump wins in Arizona. Hillary wins both and Idaho... Florida police have charged Donald Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski with simple assault in connection with an incident earlier in the month involving a reporter. Police in Jupiter, Florida, said Lewandowski surrendered Tuesday morning to face a misdemeanor charge of battery, NBC News reported. He is scheduled to appear before a judge on May 4... A surveillance video released by the police appears to show Lewandowski grabbing Breitbart News reporter Michelle Fields as she tried to ask Trump a question during a March 8 campaign event... U.S. marshals nabbed more than 8,000 fugitives in a six-week blitz against serious, violent offenders in select cities across the country, authorities announced Wednesday... Pakistan will launch a paramilitary crackdown on Islamist militants in Punjab, the country's richest and most populous province, after an Easter Day bombing killed 70 people in the provincial capital Lahore, officials said on Monday. Sunday's suicide bombing on a public park was claimed by the Pakistani Taliban's Jamaat-ur-Ahrar faction, which once declared loyalty to Islamic State. The group said it was targeting Christians... Airliner Hijacked - A hijacker who took dozens of hostages aboard a commercial jet over what appeared to be a "personal" matter involving a woman was arrested after an hours-long standoff Tuesday, authorities said. All of the passengers and crew had been safely freed. The drama unfolded aboard EgyptAir Flight MS181, which was on a domestic flight en route from Alexandria to Cairo.... A state trooper had "life-threatening" injuries and a gunman is dead after an "active shooter" situation at a Greyhound bus in Richmond, Virginia, Thursday afternoon, state police said. Two civilians were also injured during the shooting, which took place around 2:45 pm Thursday afternoon at the Greyhound bus station, Virginia State Police Spokeswoman Corinne Gellers... 

April 1 - More than 15 people were stung by bees in an attack outside a Phoenix mosque Friday afternoon, fire officials confirmed. Phoenix Fire Department officials say more than 20 people complained of getting stung by multiple bees at the Muslim Community Mosque near 32nd Street and McDowell Road... The Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that states may satisfy “one person, one vote” rules by drawing legislative districts based on total population of a place, a defeat for conservative interests who wanted the districts based only on voting-age populations. The case was considered one of the court’s major voting rights cases of the term, and a decision the other way would have shifted political power away from urban areas, where Democrats usually dominate, and toward more Republican-friendly rural areas... Alaska Air Group Inc said on Monday that it would buy Virgin America Inc. for $2.6 billion to become the top carrier on the U.S. West Coast and compete more effectively with larger airlines. The deal appears to end what Alaska Air Chief Executive Officer Brad Tilden called a "hard-fought competition" to purchase Virgin America... Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders win in Wisconsin..A Democratic primary in which both candidates prided themselves on civility and debating the issues, rather than stooping to rancorous personal attacks, took a fractious turn on Thursday. After Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont called Hillary Clinton unqualified to be president, Democrats faced the prospect of an increasingly contentious nominating process hurting the party’s ability to unite against Republicans in the fall.

April 8 - A Navy officer who became a naturalized American citizen has been charged with providing classified information to China, United States officials said. The charges against the officer, Lt. Cmdr. Edward C. Lin, who was born in Taiwan, are part of a secretive espionage case in which Commander Lin is also accused of visiting a prostitute. One United States official who was not authorized to speak publicly, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Navy officials believed Commander Lin provided secret information to a Chinese girlfriend. 

April 15 - The number of people killed in a powerful earthquake that struck Ecuador over the weekend has risen to about 350, the government has said. There have been desperate scenes as rescuers and family members searched for survivors, often with bare hands. Teams from Switzerland, Spain and several Latin American countries have arrived to join the search effort... Ted Cruz sweeps in Wyoming. Cruz won 14 of 14 Republican National Convention delegates up for grabs at the Wyoming state convention here Saturday... More than a foot of rain in some places flooded low-lying areas across the Houston region on Monday, forcing officials to suspend bus and rail service, close schools and government offices and urge residents to stay home amid what officials said were extremely dangerous conditions... Donald Trump and Hillary win in New York..President Obama and King Salman of Saudi Arabia met in Riyadh on Wednesday amid deepening tensions between their two governments over Iran, the fight against terrorism and the potential release of long-delayed documents said to implicate Saudi officials in the Sept. 11 attacks... Suicide rates in the United States are climbing, despite efforts by health experts to shift the trend. The latest findings from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Vital Statistics Report show that from 1999 to 2014, the suicide rate in the U.S. increased 24 percent.

April 22 - Ohio - police said seven adults and a 16-year-old were found shot in the head "execution-style," most while they slept, in Pike County. The eight members of Rhoden family -- including a mother who investigators say was killed while her 4-day-old child lay beside her -- were found dead Friday at four crime scenes, authorities said. The newborn, along with a 6-month-old and a 3-year-old, survived... Ted Cruz and John Kasich are joining forces in a last-ditch effort to deny Donald Trump the Republican presidential nomination. Within minutes of each other, the pair issued statements late Sunday saying they will divide their efforts in upcoming contests with Cruz focusing on Indiana and Kasich devoting his efforts to Oregon and New Mexico. The strategy -- something the two campaigns have been working on for weeks -- is aimed at blocking Trump from gaining the 1,237 delegates necessary to claim to GOP nomination this summer... The United States will significantly increase the number of military personnel, including Special Forces, in Syria to fight the Islamic State, President Obama said on Monday as he concluded a six-day trip to the Middle East, Britain and Germany. Mr. Obama, whose comments came in a speech in which he pressed for European unity, said that he would add 250 military personnel to the 50 already on the ground in the hopes of cementing what he said was progress in pushing back the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, from territory that it had held... Donald Trump easily wins Connecticut and four other states as does Hillary - with the exception of Rhode Island - where Bernie Sanders won... Ted Cruz names Carly Fiorina as his running mate... A man who threatened to set off a bomb at the headquarters of Fox 45 Baltimore Thursday afternoon, forcing authorities to evacuate the building, walked outside before shots were fired by police and he fell to the ground... LARGEST GANG TAKEDOWN IN NYC HISTORYHundreds of NYPD cops and federal agents arrested dozens of gang members in the Bronx overnight Wednesday. These detectives and agents took back neighborhoods for community members from gangs that are charged with committing numerous acts of violence and at least eight murders in the course of their illicit operations... Rioting at Trump rally - with many say it was anti-Trump protesters turning it into something bigger. Trump was appearing in Costa Mesa, CA. 17 were arrested.

May 1 - A pair of suicide bombings in southern Iraq killed at least 11 people and wounded 13 others, including children, state-run Al-Iraqiya TV said. ISIS released a statement on Twitter claiming responsibility for the attack Sunday in Samawa, about 155 miles (250 km) south of Baghdad... A new federal lawsuit against Starbucks claims the company is deceiving its customers when it comes to their iced beverages. Chicago resident Stacy Pincus filed the proposed class action suit on Wednesday in Illinois, according to court documents. The suit alleges the brand "unlawfully underfills iced coffee, iced tea, and iced-blended specialty drinks crafted by Starbucks employees." The lawsuit alleges the drinks are underfilled "compared to how they are advertised, misleading and injuring consumers in the process.” ... Donald Trump wins in Indiana... Ted Cruz dumps his campaign. Also - John Kasich is dropping out of the Republican presidential race. This will leave Trump as the sole frontrunner... A recently fired employee opened fire at a transportation company near Houston on Wednesday, killing one employee and injuring another before fatally shooting himself. The gunman was fired earlier in the day and then returned with a shotgun to the Knight Transportation office in Katy, about 20 miles west of Houston... A major brush fire rages in Alberta, Canada - where 1,600 structures have been destroyed.

May 8 - Donald Trump has called for the elimination of the federal minimum wage, as he retreated from primary promises and once again refused to release any tax because of “a link” to an audit... North Carolina governor Pat McCrory filed a lawsuit Monday against the Justice Department, asking a federal court to state that its so-called “bathroom law” is not discriminatory. In the complaint, McCrory accused the federal government of “baseless and blatant overreach.” ... A photo showing 16 African-American female cadets raising clenched fists has sparked controversy at West Point’s elite military academy. The women reportedly took dozens of photos to celebrate their graduation, but the one featuring the fists, posted to social media several weeks ago, has gotten the most attention... Budweiser Announces Beer Label Change to 'America' Until Presidential Elections in November. “America” beer... President Barack Obama will become the first sitting American president to visit the site of the U.S. atomic bomb attack in Hiroshima, Japan, the White House said Tuesday, a charged final-year stop meant to advance his goal of nuclear disarmament... Wal-Mart is suing Visa for allowing customers to verify transactions with a signature instead of a PIN. Wal-Mart said signature-based transactions are less secure and more expensive to conduct... Bernie Sanders wins in West Virginia... ISIS - At least 64 people were killed when a bomb went off at a market in Baghdad, according to Iraqi police.An additional 87 people were injured in the attack in the largely Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City... Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump attacked Jeff Bezos over antitrust and taxes after the disclosure that 20 reporters from the Bezos-owned Washington Post are examining the candidate. Trump told Fox News’s Sean Hannity that Bezos is wielding power he has from owning the influential newspaper... Oldest Woman Passes at (116). Born on an Alabama farm in July 1899, Susannah Mushatt Jones was also the last living American born in the 19th Century... Federal authorities will begin to investigate a charter bus crash in far South Texas that killed eight people and injured 44 more in a single-vehicle rollover, officials said... Seven people died at the scene Saturday morning on U.S. Highway 83, about 46 miles north of Laredo, and another died at a hospital, Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Conrad Hein said.

May 15 - A man from Halifax, Mass., who had his penis removed due to penile cancer, underwent the experimental 15-hour operation earlier in May. The organ was transplanted from a deceased donor... Desegregation - The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi ruled the Cleveland School District must consolidate its middle schools and high schools to achieve desegregation. The district offered up two alternatives to help desegregate the schools. One option was open enrollment. The other was turning one high school into a STEM magnet school. Both were found to be unconstitutional... Iraqi officials have raised the death toll from the day's bombings of Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad to 69 killed. Scores have also been wounded in the wave of attacks... Bernie Sanders wins in Oregon... Planes and ships scour waters of the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday, searching for EgyptAir Flight 804 after it disappeared from radar and, according to authorities, presumably crashed into water as it flew from Paris to Cairo. No trace has been found of the Airbus A320, which had 66 people on board, and there's too little information to tie what's likely to be a devastating tragedy to any particular cause... The GOP-led House on Thursday morning voted to bar the Confederate battle flag from flying over some federal graveyards, with Speaker Paul Ryan and his top lieutenants joining Democrats to approve the measure despite most Republicans voting against it... Phoenix - Jonathan Lowe, a reporter for KPHO, was arrested Monday afternoon after allegedly defecating on a front lawn near the subject of his story’s home... The Secret Service has shot an armed man outside the White House, according to US officials. Police told ABC News that a man brandished a weapon at a security checkpoint near the building and was shot in the stomach.The White House was briefly placed on lockdown after the shooting on Friday. President Barack Obama was playing golf in Maryland at the time.The man was transported to hospital with critical injuries, officials said. Vice-President Joe Biden was in the White House at the time. He was taken to a "secure area" during the incident, White House officials said. 

May 22 - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi took to live television early Monday to announce the start of an operation to recapture the city of Falluja from ISIS... Baltimore police Officer Edward Nero was found not guilty of all charges Monday in connection with the death of Freddie Gray, Judge Barry Williams ruled Monday after a bench trial... Presidential race heating up - A Washington Post/ABC News poll Sunday found a statistical dead heat, with Trump leading Clinton 46% to 44% among registered voters, figures that represent an 11-point swing since March. The former secretary of state leads by six points among all adults -- down from an 18-point lead in March... U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday lifted a half-century-old ban on selling arms to Vietnam, looking to bolster a government seen as a crucial, though flawed partner in a region that he has tried to place at the center of his foreign policy legacy... With a triumphant pile of delegates in hand, Republican Donald Trump on Thursday claimed support from "almost everybody" in his party and turned his attention to his likely Democratic presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton, who is still locked in a divisive primary contest... The Cincinnati Zoo shot to death a more-than-420-pound gorilla that was manhandling a small boy who had fallen into its enclosure on Saturday afternoon. But soon supporters of animal rights were standing outside the zoo in remembrance of the gorilla named Harambe. Online petitions circulated blaming the mother of the child for negligence. By Monday the chorus of outrage had reached such an intense pitch that the zoo held a news conference to defend itself.

June 1 - Two people were killed in a murder-suicide in an engineering building at UCLA on Wednesday morning, Los Angeles police say. Both were male. Police believe that a professor was shot by someone young enough to be a student who then turned the gun on himself. The former University of California, Los Angeles, graduate student who shot dead a professor at the school then killed himself began his rampage by killing his estranged wife at her Minnesota home, police and the victim's sister said... Hillary Clinton blasted Donald Trump as "temperamentally unfit" to be president in a speech today. "It's not hard to imagine Donald Trump leading us into a war just because somebody got under his very thin skin," Clinton said. "Donald Trump's ideas aren't just different. They are dangerously incoherent. They're not even really ideas -- just a series of bizarre rants, personal feuds and outright lies," she said... House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) endorsed Donald Trump for president in an op-ed published in his hometown newspaper. "It’s no secret that he and I have our differences," Ryan wrote in the Janesville Gazette. "I won’t pretend otherwise. And when I feel the need to, I’ll continue to speak my mind. But the reality is, on the issues that make up our agenda, we have more common ground than disagreement." ... At least five soldiers are dead and four are missing after a tactical vehicle was swept away by a flood-swollen stream in Fort Hood, Texas, late Thursday... The U.S. economy created the fewest number of jobs in more than five years in May as employment in the manufacturing and construction sectors fell sharply, suggesting a deterioration in the labor market that could make it harder for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates... U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Monday rejected a barrage of criticism from his own party over his allegations of bias against a Hispanic judge, insisting his concerns were valid. "All I want to do is figure out why I'm being treated unfairly by a judge. And a lot of people agree with it," Trump said on Fox News. Trump has been on the defensive since his comments last week about Mexican-American U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is overseeing fraud lawsuits against Trump University, the New York businessman's defunct real estate school... A fast-moving, pre-dawn fire in a three-story apartment building in New Hampshire left two adults and two children dead and about 30 people displaced, officials said Monday... Passing - Boxing great Muhammad Ali (74)... A serial killer known as the “Grim Sleeper” should be sentenced to death for murdering nine women and a teenage girl over more than two decades in South Los Angeles, a jury decided Monday. Lonnie Franklin Jr., 63, a former city trash collector and garage attendant for Los Angeles police, was convicted of 10 counts of first-degree murder last month for crimes dating back more than 30 years... Former Astronaut - James Donald Halsell Jr., a NASA veteran who'd flown five space shuttle missions, allegedly struck a car they were riding in with his own - killing two - ages 11 and 13. He was apparently under the influence... Hillary Clinton claimed the Democratic presidential nomination on Tuesday night after decisive victories in the California, New Jersey and New Mexico primaries, and she quickly appealed to supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont to unite with her against Donald J. Trump.

June 8 - Police fielded complaints that a pickup truck was being driven erratically just minutes before the vehicle slammed into a group of bicyclists in western Michigan, killing five, authorities said. Four other bicyclists suffered serious injuries in the crash early Tuesday evening in Cooper Township and were being treated at area hospitals, Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeffrey Getting said during a news conference Tuesday night... The Israeli military on Thursday revoked permits for 83,000 Palestinians to visit Israel and said it would send hundreds more troops to the occupied West Bank after a Palestinian gun attack that killed four Israelis in Tel Aviv... 50 Dead In Orlando - 50 people were killed inside the Pulse club and at least 53 people were injured, police say. The gunman was Omar Mateen of Ft. Pierce, Florida. Orlando police shot and killed Mateen. Mateen called 911 around the time of the attack to pledge allegiance to ISIS and mention the Boston bombers, according to a U.S. official... The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Monday it is proposing a $350,000 civil fine against Amazon.com Inc. for shipping a product that allegedly violated hazardous materials regulations and injured several UPS workers who handled the package. The penalty is the largest fine the FAA has proposed imposing on Amazon, which the agency said has had a series of at least 24 hazardous materials violations in recent years... With a black Islamic State group-style flag as a backdrop, Abu Sayyaf fighters beheaded Canadian hostage Robert Hall on southern Jolo island on Monday after a ransom deadline passed. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Philippine counterpart, Benigno Aquino III, expressed outrage and vowed to exact justice.

June 15 - Orlando Massacre - The Orlando gunman's wife feared he was going to attack a gay nightclub overnight Saturday and pleaded with him not to do anything violent — but failed to warn police after he left, NBC News has learned. Omar Mateen's wife, Noor Zahi Salman, told the FBI that her husband assured her he was simply going to see friends, although she believed he was actually planning to unleash terror at the Pulse nightclub, a two-hour drive north from their home in Port St. Lucie... Donald Trump tells a North Carolina crowd Obama is “more angry” at him than the gunman in the Orlando massacre. He made similar comments yesterday when he told a conservative radio host the president “doesn’t have a lot of anger at what happened to these wonderful people.” Earlier today Obama gave a speech blasting Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric... An alligator grabbed a 2-year-old boy and dragged him into a lagoon Tuesday night at a Disney hotel near Orlando as his father desperately tried to save him. He is presumed dead. Disneyhas closed all beaches in its resort area "out of an abundance of caution." ... A British member of parliament has succumbed to her injuries after being “stabbed and shot” in an attack in her constituency in Yorkshire. Helen ‘Jo’ Cox was pronounced dead at 1:48pm this afternoon, shortly after being “stabbed and shot” outside her constituency surgery in Birstall, near Leeds. A 52 year old male has been arrested in relation to the killing, and police said this afternoon that they are not seeking any more suspects... Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has parted ways with his embattled campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, amid ongoing scrutiny over several missteps as the real estate mogul has sought to pivot to the general election... The man arrested for trying to disarm a police officer inside a Donald Trump rally in Las Vegas Saturday told authorities he intended to use the gun "to kill Trump," according to a new criminal complaint. Police arrested the 19-year-old after he attempted to pull a police officer's gun from its holster inside a Las Vegas theater where Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, was holding a campaign rally.

June 22 - The Supreme Court handed President Obama a significant legal defeat Thursday, refusing to revive his stalled plan to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation and give them the right to work legally in the United States. In response, Obama sharply criticized congressional Republicans for refusing to consider his nominee to the Supreme Court, and he vowed that existing programs implemented under his executive authority to prioritize deportations would continue... A judge on Thursday found the sole officer charged with murder in the death of Freddie Gray in police custody not guilty of all charges, leaving prosecutors without a conviction for the third time in the high-profile case that engulfed the city in riots and unrest last year... Britain has voted to leave the European Union, forcing the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron and dealing the biggest blow since World War Two to the European project of forging greater unity. Global financial markets plunged on Friday as results from a referendum defied bookmakers' odds to show a 52-48 percent victory for the campaign to leave a bloc Britain joined more than 40 years ago... More than 30 people were treated for burns Thursday night after walking on hot coals at an event hosted by self-help guru Tony Robbins, fire officials said. Dallas Fire-Rescue responded to multiple calls about "burn victims" — some who needed to be hospitalized — around 11 p.m. local time following the motivational speaker's "Firewalk" at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center... Northern Ireland's deputy leader Martin McGuinness called on Friday for a vote to unite the two sides of the Irish border as stocks tumbled in the economic and political fallout from Britain's decision to quit the EU. Ireland has the EU's fastest-growing economy but also more to lose from Brexit than any other member state, with far-reaching implications for its trade, economy, security of energy supplies and peace in British-ruled Northern Ireland... Flooding - West Virginia rescue crews worked steadily overnight and into the morning to answer emergency calls from residents stranded by fast-moving floodwaters that have killed at least 26 people -- the deadliest flash flooding in the United States since 2010... Neo-Nazi’s - Seven people were taken to hospitals Sunday after violence broke out between a white supremacist group and counter-protesters, said authorities in Sacramento, California. The Traditionalist Worker Party, or TWP, whose leader describes it as a "white nationalist" group, had a permit for a noon rally near the state Capitol, said Officer George Granada, California Highway Patrol public information officer with the Capitol Protection Division. Another group showed up "to stop them from carrying on their permit," he said... The Supreme Court on Monday threw out a Texas abortion access law in a victory to supporters of abortion rights who argued it would have shuttered all but a handful of clinics in the state. The 5-3 ruling is the most significant decision from the Supreme Court on abortion in two decades and could serve to deter other states from passing so-called "clinic shutdown" laws... So far - 150 homes have been destroyed in a brush fire near Bakersfield... Police have released disturbing 911 audio in the case of aTexas mother who police say gunned down her two adult daughters before she was fatally shot by an officer. Police say Christy Sheats, 42, shot and killed her two daughters , 17-year-old Madison and 22-year-old Taylor, Friday in the family's home outside the Houston suburb of Fulshear. Her husband Jason Sheats, 45, survived... Three suicide bombers opened fire then blew themselves up in Istanbul's main international airport on Tuesday, killing 36 people and wounding close to 150 in what Turkey's prime minister said appeared to have been an attack by Islamic State militants. One attacker opened fire in the departures hall with an automatic rifle, sending passengers diving for cover and trying to flee, before all three blew themselves up in or around the arrivals hall a floor below, witnesses and officials said.

July 1 - Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch will support the recommendations from prosecutors and others leading probes into the use of a private email server by Hillary Clinton during her time as secretary of state, a Justice Department official said... Armed terrorists have been holding as many as 20 hostages at a cafe in a diplomatic zone of Bangladesh's capital for more than eight hours. The standoff followed a gunbattle with police that left at least two senior officers dead and 40 people injured. ISIS claimed responsibility for the terror attack, according to Amaq, an ISIS media branch, but some officials cast doubt on the claim... Four young children were stabbed to death in a gated apartment complex in suburban Memphis on Friday, and police took their mother into custody for questioning. She was later charged... A suicide truck bomb ripped through a busy shopping district in Baghdad over the weekend, killing more than 100 in what was the deadliest single attack in the war-weary country in years. The brazen Saturday night attack in the heart of the packed Karrada neighborhood killed at least 125 people, including 25 children and 20 women... Passing - A private funeral for Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel was held at the Orthodox Fifth Avenue Synagogue on the Upper East Side of Manhattan on Sunday. Wiesel, 87, died at his New York City home on Saturday... FBI Director James B. Comey said Tuesday that his agency will not recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server as secretary of state but called Clinton and her staff “extremely careless” in handling sensitive material... Officials in Baton Rouge moved quickly on Wednesday to quell national outrage at what is the latest in a string of fatal police encounters captured on video — the shooting of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man. Sterling was shot and killed early Tuesday morning after police responded to a complaint about an armed man threatening people outside a convenience store. Cell phone video showing Sterling on the ground, underneath two officers, when he was killed, began circulating online early Tuesday evening. By the end of the night, the outrage was rippling nationwide... Longtime Fox News host says she rebuffed sexual advances and also suffered gender discrimination from 'Fox & Friends' co-host Steve Doocy. Gretchen Carlson, a broadcast veteran, claims in a sexual harassment lawsuit that she was let go from Fox News on June 23 as retaliation for rebuffing Roger Ailes' sexual advances... Another fatal police shooting - this time in Minneapolis - involving another black man. The police officer though - was Asian - not white...Bulletin - Five Dallas Police Officers Dead - A black suspect who died after a standoff with Dallas police said he wanted to kill white people -- especially white officers -- and that he was upset about "the recent police shootings," and that he acted alone, Dallas Police Chief David Brown told reporters Friday. The suspect eventually was killed by a bomb that authorities detonated, Brown said. "We saw no other option but to use our bomb robot and place a device on its extension for it to detonate where the suspect was," Brown said. "Other options would have exposed our officers to grave danger. The suspect is deceased as a result of detonating the bomb." Five police officers were killed and seven others were injured in the ambush in Dallas that began Thursday night. 

July 8 - The gunman who fatally shot five Dallas law enforcement officers appeared delusional, taunted police during extensive negotiations by singing and “laughing at us” and wrote cryptic messages on a wall with his own blood before he was killed by a bomb-equipped robot, Dallas Police Chief David Brown said Sunday. The shooter, Micah Xavier Johnson, was “determined to hurt more officers” and would have done so if the pound of C-4 explosive carried by the robot had not ended the standoff Thursday, Brown said in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.”... More Arrested For Unrest - Police in Baton Rouge late Saturday arrested DeRay McKesson, one of the most visible faces of the Black Lives Matter movement, during one of several protests over the recent fatal shootings of black men. Police arrested more than 200 people on a night of tension and unrest... A bullfighter in Spain was fatally gored during a live television broadcast, the first professional matador killed in the ring in more than 30 years. Victor Barrio, 29, died late Saturday at the bullring in the eastern town of Teruel, the Associated Press reported... Hot Trend - Pokemon Go - uses real locations to encourage players to search far and wide in the real world to discover Pokémon. Pokémon GO allows you to find and catch more than a hundred species of Pokémon as you explore your surroundings. People seem to be searching everywhere. Here’s a Facebook entry from a storeowner that’s fed-up (already) with Pokemon Go - “Come in playing Pokemon Go and we'll smash your f*****g phone. I know your parents pay your bill still anyways you f*****g millenial piece of s**t get the f**k out of here forever.” ... Donald Trump is suing a former campaign aide for $10 million, alleging that the ex-staffer breached a confidentiality agreement. The lawsuit injects more drama to the Trump campaign as rumors swirl about the Republican presumptive nominee's vice presidential pick... Slipping - Hillary Clinton has emerged from the F.B.I. investigation into her email practices as secretary of state a wounded candidate with a large and growing majority of voters saying she cannot be trusted, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. As Mrs. Clinton prepares to accept the Democratic Party’s nomination at the convention in Philadelphia this month, she will confront an electorate in which 67 percent of voters say she is not honest and trustworthy. That number is up five percentage points from a CBS News poll conducted last month, before the F.B.I. released its findings... At Least 84 Dead In Nice, France - A truck rammed into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the French Riviera city of Nice on Thursday night, killing at least 84 people in an apparent attack, French officials said. The truck struck the crowd on the Promenade des Anglais, a seaside walk in center of the city in southern France, according to Nice Matin, a regional newspaper. About 100 people were reported injured. The driver was killed by police.

July 15 - Military Coup In Turkey Fails - Turkey has arrested 6,000 people after a failed coup, with President Erdogan vowing to purge state bodies of the "virus" that caused the revolt. Mr Erdogan's top military aide Col Ali Yazici is among those now in custody. The number of those killed in the weekend violence had risen to 290, the foreign ministry said. More than 100 of them had been involved in the coup. Security forces are reported to have met resistance from some coup-plotters who were being arrested... Less than 24 hours after surviving a military coup, Turkey's embattled President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has demanded the U.S. hand over the man he says was responsible for Friday's putsch. The demand could foment a crisis in U.S.-Turkey relations, since the U.S. is unlikely to want to honor the request without hard evidence, which could affect Turkey's role as a key ally in the fight against ISIS and the handling of refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war... Donald Trump bucked tradition again by officially introducing his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, a day later than the announcement was scheduled to take place. "I'm here today to introduce the man who will be my partner in this campaign and White House," Trump said. ... French authorities arrested an Albanian couple Sunday in connection with the Nice terror attacks that killed 84 people last week.... Three police officers were killed and at least three others injured in a shooting Sunday morning in Baton Rouge. Officers Montrell Jackson, Matthew Gerald and Brad Garafola were killed Sunday after being ambushed and shot by an African American lone gunman in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Authorities said that one suspect has been killed. The gunman was identified as Gavin Long of Kansas City... It’s Official - Republican National Convention In Cleveland - Donald Trump, the billionaire businessman whose outsider campaign has both galvanized millions of voters and divided the Republican Party, is the 2016 GOP presidential nominee... More Cleveland - Accepting the Republican nomination in Cleveland, the billionaire twice pledged to be a "voice" for working Americans, restore law and order and to confound elites and doubters by winning the White House in November.

July 22 -  Nine Dead in Munich plus gunman - The teen gunman who killed nine people in a shooting rampage in Munich on Friday (22) was a mentally troubled individual who had extensively researched spree killings and had no apparent links to ISIS, police said. Police officials said the 18-year-old lone attacker -- who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound -- had no political motivations, and no references to religion had been found in documents in his home... ISIS is claiming responsibility for killing dozens of people during a peaceful demonstration by a minority group in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday. So far, 80 bodies and more than 260 wounded people were taken to hospitals in Kabul... Hillary Clinton has chosen Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine to be her running mate, turning to a steady and seasoned hand in government to fill out the Democratic ticket, she announced Friday... More than 19,000 emails from Democratic party officials have been leaked in advance of Hillary Clinton’s nomination next week at the Philadelphia convention. The emails detail the acrimonious split between the Democratic National Committee and Clinton’s former primary rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders. Emails posted by Wikileaks on its document disclosure website show DNC officials scoffing at the Sanders campaign — and, in one instance, questioning his commitment to his Jewish religion... DNC Philadelphia kicks off - Outgoing Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (who has resigned) faced an angry backlash at a meeting of her home state activists Monday morning as new signs of party discord emerged while Democrats prepared to kick off their national convention... At least 19 people were killed and 26 injured in a stabbing spree at a facility for disabled people west of Tokyo, making it one of Japan's deadliest mass killings since World War II. Nine men and 10 women, ranging in age from 18 to 70, were killed in the attack... Two people have been killed and at least 15 others injured after shots were fired at a nightclub in Fort Myers, Florida, authorities said... A deadly hostage-taking at a Catholic church in Normandy, in which a priest was killed and another person seriously wounded, was a terror attack committed in the name of ISIS, French President Francois Hollande has said... At DNC in Philadelphia - speeches from President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama to Vice President Joe Biden and billionaire Michael Bloomberg... Hillary Clinton accepts the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday..An outbreak of the Zika virus has been confirmed in Florida, marking the first time the virus has been found to be transmitted via infected mosquitoes within the continental U.S. The outbreak has infected at least four people, three men and one woman, through local transmission, Florida officials said today... At least 16 people died in the hot air balloon crash in Central Texas, the National Transportation Safety Board said Sunday, adding that investigators are still trying to determine the exact number of passengers and what caused the accident. It's apparently the worst such disaster in U.S. history, and one of the worst ever in the world... Donald Trump rejected a Muslim lawyer's assertion on the Democratic convention stage that the Republican nominee has "sacrificed nothing and no one." "Who wrote that? Did Hillary's script writers write it?" Trump said in an interview with with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos that will air Sunday. "I think I've made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard."

 

August 1 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an unprecedented travel warning, advising pregnant women and their partners not to travel to a small community just north of downtown Miami, where Zika is actively circulating. This is the first time the CDC has warned people not to travel to an American neighborhood for fear of catching an infectious disease, according to agency spokesman Tom Skinner... President Barack Obama offered one of his sharpest denunciations of Donald Trump to date Tuesday, declaring the Republican nominee entirely unfit to serve as president and lambasting Republicans for sticking by their nominee. The strong rebuke in the White House East Room came after Trump's criticism of the family of a slain Muslim US soldier, along with comments that displayed apparent confusion related to the Russian incursion into Ukraine... At least five people were killed early Tuesday when a bus swerved and crashed into a sign pole in California’s Central Valley, local media reported. The impact sliced the bus in half almost to its middle... The Obama administration secretly airlifted $400 million in cash to Iran in January to settle a decades-old legal dispute just as the Iranians were releasing four Americans detained byTehran, The Wall Street Journal reportedWednesday. The Journal, citing U.S. and European officials and congressional staff briefed on the operation, said wooden pallets stacked with euros, Swiss francs and other currency were flown into Iran on an unmarked cargo plane... The CEO of the Democratic National Committee and two other high-level staffers left the organization on Tuesday in the wake of the committee's hacked email controversy. Amy Dacey is the highest-ranking official at the DNC to step aside due to the matter, a senior Democratic official said. The DNC also announced the departure of CFO Brad Marshall and and Communications Director Luis Miranda in a press release Tuesday afternoon... Oil prices fell again on Tuesday, erasing early gains and dragging U.S. crude below $40 a barrel as persistent worries of a glut offset the boost from a weak dollar early in the session. U.S. crude futures settled down more than 1 percent after initially rising over 2 percent, traders said. A slide in U.S. equities also weighed... Donald Trump endorsed House Speaker Paul Ryan and Arizona Sen. John McCain on Friday, moving to mend an intra-party rift that has put the Republican presidential nominee at odds with its highest-ranking elected official... Virginia Mayor Arrested - Richard "Scott" Silverthorne is mayor of Fairfax, Virginia, a wealthy Washington suburb of 22,000 people. He's also a substitute teacher in the county public schools. But, as police revealed Thursday, Silverthorne, 50, allegedly had a side gig: meth dealer. Silverthorne was arrested and charged with felony distribution of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia... 

August 8 - Tens of thousands of people were stranded Monday after Delta Air Lines flights were grounded around the globe due to a system outage. Delta said that systems were back online by 8:40 a.m. ET, but warned disruptions would continue amid a "limited" resumption of departures. "Customers heading to the airport should expect delays and cancellations," Delta warned in a statement. "While inquiries are high and wait times are long, our customer service agents are doing everything they can to assist." ... Pakistani lawyers on Tuesday mourned colleagues slain in a shocking suicide bombing this week  at a hospital in the southwestern city of Quetta that killed 70 people, mostly lawyers. The attack, which stunned the judicial community, also underscored concerns that militants in Pakistan are still capable of striking in the heart of the country's cities and towns — despite government claims of dismantling various terror networks... Investigators were treating the death of a 10-year-old boy on the world's tallest waterslide as a "civil matter" rather than a criminal incident as the park and Kansas authorities pressed to sort out what caused the tragedy. Few details have been released about the death Sunday of Caleb Thomas Schwab, the son of a Kansas state legislator. The 168-foot-tall Verruckt is one of the top attractions of Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas. The park was closed Monday amid the investigation... U.S. nonfarm productivity unexpectedly fell in the second quarter, pointing to sustained weakness that could raise concerns about corporate profits and companies' ability to maintain their recent robust pace of hiring... A new furor - this one over Donald Trump's comments about gun owners' power in the presidential campaign, and there's no shortage of debate over what Trump really meant... The Republican candidate's supporters Wednesday attempted to quell the controversy, saying either that Trump was joking or that Democrats and the media were spinning it into something bigger than it was. Many interpreted Trump's comments as a threat to rival Hillary Clinton. The controversy erupted on Tuesday afternoon when Trump said at a rally that Second Amendment defenders might be able to stop Clinton... Macy's: Department Store Company Announces Closure of About 100 Stores. The company announced the closures, expected to take place early next year, due to the popularity of online shopping. The 100 stores represent about 15 percent of Macy's stores total... More rain Saturday was expected to swamp already soggy ground across Louisiana and other parts of the Gulf Coast, as Louisiana's governor announced that crews had rescued more than 1,000 people, some of whom were clinging to trees to stay safe. Officials said at least two people had died in the floods. Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency as rescue workers in the southeastern part of the state braced for more rain. The state's emergency management office called it a "historic flood event." ... Trouble In Milwaukee -  A Milwaukee police officer shot and killed an armed suspect Saturday night during a foot chase on the city’s north side, setting off a violent confrontation between police and crowds protesting the shooting. A gas station was set on fire and other businesses also were torched following an hours-long standoff between rioters and police.

August 15 -Historic flooding that killed seven people and forced more than 20,000 sometimes harrowing rescues continued to sweep across southern Louisiana on Monday as the region braced for ever higher waters. More than 12,000 people spent the night in shelters and 40,000 homes and businesses were without power... Donald Trump gives a speech on his foreign policy... Obamacare pullback - Aetna has becomes the latest health insurer to retreat from the Affordable Care Act’s public exchanges by announcing a pullback that will further deplete customer choices in many pockets of the country. The nation’s third largest insurer says it plans to leave nearly 70 percent of the counties in which it currently sells coverage as it trims exchange participation to four states in 2017, down from 15 this year. The insurer’s late Monday announcement comes after UnitedHealth and Humana detailed their own exchange pull backs for 2017 and after more than a dozen nonprofit insurance co-ops have shut down in the past couple years... Passing - Joao Havelange, a Brazilian businessman and former Olympic athlete, was one of the most influential figures in sports from the 1970s through the 1990s as president of FIFA, the international governing body of soccer. He was 100... Passing - John McLaughlin, the stalwart political commentator who created television’s “McLaughlin Group,” died Tuesday at his home in Virginia. He was 89. His death came less than two days after he missed the first episode of his show in 34 years... Donald Trump names Steve Bannon, the executive chairman of Breitbart News and a former investment banker, to the post of chief executive and promoted Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser and pollster to his campaign... More than 500 passengers and crew were evacuated on Wednesday from a burning ship about a mile off Puerto Rico’s north coast, and many required medical care, though there were no reported fatalities. The fire continued to burn aboard the Caribbean Fantasy, a combination cruise and ferry ship, as the U.S. Coast Guard brought passengers into San Juan’s harbor while helicopters whirred overhead...The wedding had ended and the guests had started walking home when a suspected suicide bombing tore through the site of the ceremony in southeastern Turkey late Saturday, killing more than 50 people and wounding scores more, the latest in a string of attacks in the restive region in the past week.

August 22 - Donald J. Trump, said on Monday that he wants to come up with a plan that is “really fair” to address the millions of undocumented immigrants now in the country. The softer comments from Mr. Trump, who is planning a major immigration speech this week, follow months of vows to build a wall along the southern United States border with Mexico and deport immigrants who have entered the country illegally. The strategy was a centerpiece of the platform that helped propel Mr. Trump to winning the Republican presidential nomination... A 6.2 magnitude earthquake that toppled homes, churches and shops in numerous medieval towns in central Italy Wednesday killed 292 people, according to Italian Premier Matteo Renzi. the magnitude-6.2 earthquake... 400% Increase - Mylan CEO Heather Bresch struggled Thursday to justify the repeated big price hikes of the company's lifesaving EpiPen devices as criticism continued that Mylan is gouging consumers with a retail cost of more than $600... Hillary Clinton changes campaign - says Trump and his supporters support hate groups. "This is a moment of reckoning for every Republican dismayed that the Party of Lincoln has become the Party of Trump," she said in Reno, Nevada. "He's taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over one of America's two major political parties." ... On Wednesday, the U.S. Navy coastal patrol boat USS Squall fired three warning shots at an Iranian boat that had come within 200 yards of the USS Tempest, according to Commander William Urban, a spokesman for the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet ... Operations returned to normal Monday morning at Los Angeles International Airport after reports of a shooting sent panicked travelers sprinting through terminals and onto the tarmac. Los Angeles police searched the buildings and found no shooting occurred, police said. Loud noises caused the panic, they said. The travelers on the airfield caused the diversion of at least 27 flights to other airports and delayed 281 arrivals and departures. Two flights were canceled... Trump In Mexico - Donald Trump made a last-minute trip Wednesday to Mexico in his first visit as the Republican nominee to meet with a world leader -- one who has publicly insulted him and criticized his immigration and border policies... The lightning-speed visit with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto takes place in the frenzied build-up to Trump's speech in Arizona Wednesday.

September 1 - A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and its commercial satellite payload were destroyed by an explosion at their launchpad in Florida early Thursday (Sept. 1) during a typically routine test... The explosion occurred at 9:07 a.m. EDT (1307 GMT), as SpaceX was preparing to launch the Amos-6 communications satellite for the Israeli company Spacecom from a pad at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Saturday, Sept. 3. At the time, SpaceX was conducting a static-fire engine test on the Falcon 9. Such tests, which typically precede each SpaceX launch, involve firing the Falcon 9 rocket's first-stage engines while the booster remains secured to the launchpad... The FBI on Friday released a detailed report on its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, as well as what appears to be a summary of her interview with agents, providing the most thorough look yet at the probe that has dogged the campaign of the Democratic presidential nominee. The documents, which total 58 pages, do not seem to provide any major revelations about Clinton’s actions — though they paint her and her staff as either unaware of or unconcerned with State Department policies on email use. The materials also show that the FBI was unable to track down all of Clinton’s devices, including phones, it sought, and that made it impossible for agents to definitively answer every question they had, including whether Clinton’s emails were hacked... Herrmine, the first hurricane to strike Florida in more than a decade, made landfall on the Florida Gulf Coast early Friday morning, pummeling small seaside towns with powerful 80 mph winds and heavy rain. The Category 1 hurricane crashed ashore early Friday near St. Marks, a tiny town with a population of less than 300, in the low-lying, marshy Big Bend area, where the state's peninsula meets the Panhandle... A magnitude-5.6 earthquake – matching the strongest temblor to ever hit the state – struck north central Oklahoma on Saturday morning and could be felt over a seven-state area, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The jolt rattled a wide area of the Great Plains, including Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Arkansas, Nebraska and Iowa... Zika - Singapore reported another big batch of Zika virus cases Friday, bringing its total count in just a week to 189, and World Health Organization officials said the spread of the virus definitely still constitutes a global health emergency. Zika's apparent quick spread out of Latin America back to Asia and Africa has WHO officials worried. They have no idea if the virus will spread as explosively as it has in the Americas, and they cannot predict if it will cause a fresh wave of birth defects and side-effects such as the paralyzing Guillain-Barré syndrome... Elevating the "saint of the gutters" to one of the Catholic Church's highest honors, Pope Francis on Sunday praised Mother Teresa for her radical dedication to society's outcasts and her courage in shaming world leaders for the "crimes of poverty they themselves created." An estimated 120,000 people filled St. Peter's Square for the canonization ceremony, less than half the number who turned out for her 2003 beatification... President Obama visits Laos - the first sitting president to visit that country... Brock Turner, the former Stanford University swimmer convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman outside a campus party, registered as a sex offender on Tuesday morning in his native Ohio. Turner, 21, was accompanied by his parents as he entered the Greene County sheriff's office to sign paperwork... The for-profit college chain ITT Educational Services Inc. is shutting down its schools nationwide, shortly after the U.S. Department of Education banned it from enrolling new students who use federal financial aid. ITT said Tuesday that it has canceled the academic quarter that was supposed to begin this month and laid off most of its 8,000 employees... Bad year for violence in Chicago - with over 900 murders - 13 just in the past week... Fresh airstrikes rained down Wednesday on a rebel-held neighborhood in Syria's east Aleppo, killing two people at a market where an alleged chlorine gas attack injured more than 100 people a day earlier.

 

September 8 -Wells Fargo & Co. will pay $185 million to resolve claims that bank employees opened deposit and credit-card accounts without customers’ approval to satisfy sales goals and earn financial rewards, U.S. regulators said. The lender opened more than 2 million accounts that consumers may not have known about... One female student shot and wounded another before fatally shooting herself Thursday morning at western Texas' Alpine High School, a sheriff said... Pressure grew on President Barack Obama on Friday — including from his own party's nominee, Hillary Clinton — to take more aggressive action against North Korea for its latest nuclear weapons test, including using new sanctions authority that could put the White House at odds with China, Pyongyang's protector and largest trading partner... The fifth and largest underground test, which came on the heels of three provocative missile tests, stoked new fears that North Korea’s boasts that it can place a hydrogen bomb atop long-range missiles may soon be reality... The US and Russia announced a plan Friday to bring about a ceasefire in Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry said. "Today we are announcing an arrangement that we think has the capability of sticking but it's dependent on people's choices," Kerry said in Geneva... 15th Anniversary - 9-11 Remembered with memorials and services all over the country. .. Cease Fire In Syria - fighting stops for a full 48 hours, in line with a hard-fought ceasefire brokered Friday by the US and Russia. US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov have secured buy-in of Assad, as a key partner in seeking a halt to the bloody conflict... Not Good - Hillary Clinton, at a New York fundraiser Friday night with liberal donors and Barbra Streisand, said "half" of Trump supporters fit into a "basket of deplorables," while the other half are people who feel the government has let them down and need understanding and empathy... Hillary’s health is in question again. US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has pledged to release details about his health after his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia. Mr Trump said health had now become "an issue" in the election campaign. Mrs Clinton was taken ill after seen falling on Sunday at a 9/11 memorial ceremony and cancelled a campaign trip to California... A man has been arrested in connection with the arson fire that damaged a Florida mosque occasionally attended by Orlando night club shooter Omar Mateen, authorities announced Wednesday. Joseph Michael Schreiber, 32, was arrested in Fort Pierce Wednesday afternoon and will be charged with a felony count of arson with a hate crime enhancement,.. Hillary Clinton on Wednesday released more information about her medical history after the announcement on Sunday that she had been diagnosed with pneumonia and amid a flurry of questions about her health overall. The statement said that a recent physical “was normal and she is in excellent mental condition. Meanwhile, Donald Trump appears on the Dr. Oz show, saying his health is excellent... Ford is shifting all North American small-car production from the U.S. to Mexico, CEO Mark Fields told investors today in Dearborn, even though its plans to invest in Mexico have become a lightning rod for controversy in this year's presidential election.

Technology Timeline For 2016

 January 1 - Broadband Triples In Three Years - According to the FCC’s fifth Measuring Broadband America report, the average download speed in the US hit 31 megabits per second (Mbps) in September 2014. That compares favorably to an average download speed of 10Mbps in March 2011 and 15Mbps in September 2012. Cable Internet would seem to have fueled the overall speed increases in the US. The top advertised DSL speeds reached up to 40Mbps in 2014, according to the FCC, while the fastest cable tiers reached speeds advertised up to 105Mbps. In terms of broadband speeds, the United States has lagged behind other industrialized nations for some time now. The US ranked 16th globally in a 2007 study and 25th in the world in 2010. The comparatively slow connection speeds are due in large part to outdated infrastructure.. Livestream's first handheld video camera, the Movi uses a single lens and an innovative iOS app to make one 4K video stream look like up to nine different shots. You can select close-ups and different cuts easily, resulting in surprisingly... 

January 8 - Consumer Electronics Show Las Vegas - Big news came from Facebook’s Oculus, which is going to market with its Rift headgear at $600 a pair… Also - electric cars. Ford, General Motors and Volkswagen have made it clear they are betting on electric vehicles for the future, even though the segment is only a small sliver of the global industry. Some of the vehicles unveiled at the Consumers Electronics Show have been concepts or prototypes, but GM displayed the final version of its Chevrolet Bolt, which aims to capture buyers who are interested in electric propulsion without the price tag of a Tesla. Volkswagen used CES to unveil its BUDD-e—a version of its hippie favorite Kombi minivan transformed into an electric, connected vehicle of the future. Also - this year’s show saw a record number of exhibitors at the Unmanned Systems (drones) marketplace. Even a small handheld drone. According to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, more than 181,000 drones have been registered with the federal government since a database began on Dec. 21st... Goodbye Al - Al Jazeera America Cable News Network will shut down operations on April 30... The Obama administration is proposing to spend nearly $4 billion over a decade to accelerate the acceptance of driverless cars on U.S. roads and curb traffic fatalities and travel delays. The proposal, which would require congressional approval, aims to have federal regulators work with auto makers and others to craft policies and rules for vehicles that can move without a driver at the wheel. It also would set up pilot programs for testing “connected vehicles” that talk to one another to avoid crashes under the $3.9 billion budget proposal. 

January 15 - Apple releases a free iOS app called Music Memos that enables musicians and songwriters to record and analyze high-quality, uncompressed audio using the iPhone's built-in microphone, or an external microphone. The app is currently rolling out on the App Store worldwide... Chrome is about to load web pages a lot faster than you've experienced up until now. Thanks to a new compression algorithm called Brotli, which Google introduced last September, Chrome will be able to compress data up to 26 percent more than its existing compression engine, Zopfli, which is an impressive jump... Twitter anounces a new feature that would allow users to post tweets up to 10,000 characters long, up from its previous limit of 140 characters.

January 22 - Sony is spinning off its PlayStation business as of April 1. The new Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) will combine Sony Computer Entertainment's PlayStation-related hardware and software with Sony Network Entertainment International's PlayStation Vue and PlayStation Store content. "By integrating the strengths of PlayStation's [programs], SIE will become an even stronger entity, with a clear objective to further accelerate the growth of the PlayStation business," Andrew House, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, said in a statement... Google shelled out some cash last fall after losing and regaining ownership of Google.com. Now the company has revealed how much the slip-up cost. Former Google employee Sanmay Vedpurchased Google.com for $12 at 1:20 a.m. ET on September 29. He bought the domain name on the Google Domains registration service website after the company somehow lost ownership of it. He owned Google.com for one minute. The transaction was reversed when Google sent Ved a cancellation order, which returned ownership to the company. Conflicts over domain ownership aren't always settled amicably or cheaply. So-called domain squatters often try to get ahead of potential, hypothetical products and register domain names -- say, "Appleflyingcar.com" -- on the cheap in hopes of netting a big sale to the company that needs the site. Or they may create a website name that combines a celebrity's name and a word like "naked." In this case, it seems Google may have missed a deadline to renew Google.com, creating an opportunity for someone to slip in and nab it. Neither Google nor Ved has publicly revealed exactly how the domain name became available. In a security blog post Thursday, the company revealed that it wanted to give Ved $6,006.13. Look at the amount as letters instead of numbers, and it comes close to spelling "google." "Squint a little and you'll see it!" Google said.... Googlee 5G - A group of engineers working on the “SkyBender” secret project, is reportedly experimenting with millimetre-wave radio transmissions capable of transmitting data 40 times faster than 4G, using a part of the spectrum which, unlike the one used by cellphones, is still free. It also has drawbacks, though: the main one being that, unlike LTE, millimetre waves travel only for a short range, around a tenth of a 4G phone signal.

February 1 - Damaged I-Phones now taken by Apple - The Apple Store Reuse and Recycle iPhone trade-in program has always offered store credit for older models. But the program has applied only if your current iPhone is in good condition with no cracks or other defects... Twitter Knuckling Down On “Terror” posts - The social media company said it had suspended 125,000 Twitter accounts associated with extremism since the middle of 2015, the first time it has publicized the number of accounts it has suspended. 

February 8 - France's data protection authority orders Facebook to stop transferring user data to the US, following a ruling from the European Union that invalidated a longstanding trans-Atlantic data transfer agreement. The data protection authority, known by its French acronym CNIL, also gave Facebook three months to stop tracking the web activity of non-users without their consent. Facebook could face fines if it fails to comply, CNIL added... Twitter is rolling out an algorithmically generated timeline that will show tweets out of order. Starting Wednesday, tweets that Twitter thinks people most want to see will appear at the top of the timeline beginning with the most recent first, a departure from the reverse-chronological format that has been fundamental to the real-time service since its founding... The new Apple Music hits the 11 million subscriber number: ten percent higher than the last figure provided in the company's earnings call just over two weeks ago, when it was noted that over 10 million had signed up... Google’s image organizing, editing and viewing software Picasa is coming to an end, as the tech giant announced its retirement on Friday. The announcement came from Anil Sabharwal, the head of Google Photos, who posted the announcement in the form of a blog entry on the official blog for Google Picasa.

February 15 - A federal judge in Riverside, California, ordered Apple to help the government unlock and decrypt the iPhone 5C used by Syed Rizwan Farook, who shot up an office party in a terrorist attack in nearby San Bernardino in December 2015. Apple says it will not comply. COO Tim Cook said, “But now the U.S. government has asked us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create. They have asked us to build a backdoor to the iPhone.” ... A hospital in Los Angeles has been operating without access to email or electronic health records for more than a week, after hackers took over its computer systems and demanded millions of dollars in ransom to return it. The hackers that broke into the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center’s servers are asking for $3.6 million in Bitcoin. Hospital staff are working with investigators from the Los Angeles Police Department and the FBI to find the intruders’ identities... John McAfee: Developer of Anti-Virus Software Offers to Unlock San Bernardino Shooter's iPhone for free. 

February 22 - The American public might be on Apple’s side in its war with the FBI. An Ipsos poll conducted for Reuters found that 46 percent of Americans support Apple’s opposition to the FBI’s court order demanding it subvert its iPhone security... Facebook Launches New Buttons - 'Reactions' Offer 5 New Options Alongside 'Like' Button. They are, "Love," "Haha," "Wow," "Sad" or "Angry" - as an alternative to the "Like" button. 

March 1 - Apple has filed an appeal against an order demanding that it help investigators gain access to data on the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino killers. The tech firm filed the appeal late Tuesday against the order issued last month by U.S. District Court Magistrate Sheri Pym under the federal All Writs Act late Tuesday... Samsung Electronics will start selling its latest flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, on March 8 in India, just 15 days after their global launch on February 21...

Top video games

Fire Emblem Fates (DS)
Street Fighter V (PS4)
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (PS4) XOne)
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (PS4)
Grand Theft Auto V (PS4)
Project X Zone 2: Brave New World (3DS)
Rainbow Six: Siege (XOne)
NBA 2K16 - (PS4) 

March 8 - Apple has finally dispelled a long-held myth that closing apps running in the background has any positive impact on your iPhone’s battery life. The company’s senior vice president, Craig Federighi, responded to a customer’s email with a ‘No and no’, when asked if closing apps running in the background improves battery life... Bitcoin Non Gratis - Microsoft has dropped support for bitcoin in its Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile stores. According to a Windows Store FAQ page, customers can "no longer redeem Bitcoin into your Microsoft account." Existing balances will remain available for purchases from the store, but cannot be refunded. 

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 -  Facebook activated its Safety Check tool to help people stay in touch after a deadly terrorist attack Sunday in Pakistan, but the feature strayed far afield from the carnage. Safety Check automatically sends Facebook users in an affected area a note asking if they're safe. When a user clicks on "yes, let my friends know," the tool notifies their Facebook friends. But after a suicide bomber killed 65 and injured 280 other at a park in Lahore, Pakistan, some Facebook users in the US and UK were left confused after receiving a notification that read: "Are you OK? It looks like you're in the area affected by The Explosion in Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park, Lahore, Pakistan. Let your friends know that you're safe." ... The Federal Communications Commission approved a $9.25 monthly broadband subsidy to help millions of low-income households connect to the Internet, in a move aimed at bridging the digital divide. Three of the agency’s five commissioners voted for the subsidy plan, with two against. The approval, which comes as part of the reform of a fund known as the Lifeline program, is the latest push by the F.C.C. to treat broadband like a public utility...   

April 1 - April Fools Prank - Google appeared to troll Gmail users yesterday, by adding a childish GIF to their sent email and making their replies disappear. If that sounds stupid and asinine to you, then you'd be right.[Google] inserted a prominent orange button in...Gmail. When pressed, [it] sent a GIF of a Minion dropping a mic and mute the email thread. Complaints quickly started pouring in. ... Users said they had...accidentally sent the GIF in a work or sensitive email. Within a few hours, Gmail removed [it]... Tesla Motors Inc.'s Elon Musk said worldwide pre-orders for the newly announced Model 3 electric car hit 276,000 during the weekend.The chief executive posted the number Sunday on his Twitter feed. He said that if the trend continues, orders will hit 500,000. First cars won’t be had until next year or beyond... Twitter To Stream Live NFL On Thursday Nights - Twitter won the bidding for the digital streaming rights to the NFL's Thursday night games. It all begins this NFL season! ...New Facebook Technology For Blind - Facebook has launched technology that is intended to dramatically improve the way blind and visually impaired people use the social network. It's called automatic alternative text, and it is able to recognize the content of certain images and create subtitles for them. Those who use screen-reader software, which reads aloud the text displayed on a screen, in English will then be able to hear a description of a photo's content....  The backlash against a North Carolina law that bars local governments from extending civil rights protections to gay and transgender people continued Tuesday, with PayPal saying it is abandoning plans to expand into Charlotte in response to the legislation. 

April 8 - SpaceX resumes station deliveries for Nasa - and, in a double triumph, successfully landed its booster rocket on an ocean platform for the first time. An awesome site! ... Netflix is about to hike the price of its most popular plan by 25% for long-term streaming customers, to $9.99 per month for the two-stream HD service. Starting in May, the No. 1 streaming service's standard HD service for those previously paying $7.99 monthly will increase by $2, based on member billing periods. Customers who signed up for the HD plan at $8.99 following the May 2014 price increase will be rolled over to $9.99 this October. 

April 15 - Apple has revealed that it will be ending iTunes Allowances on May 25, which is a feature that allows parents to set aside a certain amount in their credit cards per month that can be used by their children to purchase items on iTunes or the App Store... European officials charged Google on Wednesday with breaking the region’s competition rules by favoring some of its services on the popular Android mobile software over those of its rivals. The charges are the latest chapter in Europe’s continuing battle with technology companies that have come to dominate how the region’s 500 million people use digital services including social media, like Facebook, and e-commerce, like Amazon. Google has already been the subject of a series of antitrust and privacy investigations across the 28-member bloc.

April 22 - A New Mexico woman went on Facebook to tell the world what she heard: Her son, a student at Sierra Middle School, “says some eighth-graders are planning on bringing guns to school maybe Monday and have a shootout to see ‘who’s the first to die. ’ ” Jeanette Garza Alvarez’s social media post, described in a criminal complaint, led to her conviction on Tuesday, the Roswell Daily Record reported. Alvarez was found guilty of creating a public nuisance after an hour-long trial in Roswell, N.M

May 1 -  Microsoft will make SQL Server 2016 generally available on June 1, 2016, company officials announced today. That June 1 date is when the product will be available to all users, including brand new ones, MSDN subscribers, and existing customers, officials said. All four versions of SQL Server 2016 will be available on that date... Google Chrome Overtakes Internet Explorer as Most Used Web Browser. Chrome was used by 41.7 percent of users, edging out Explorer's 41.4 percent of Internet users in April, NetMarketShare reported. It is the first time Chrome topped Explorer, according to the site.

May 8 -  Podcasters are reportedly getting very frustrated with Apple—the company that made their growing industry possible. Apple founder Steve Jobs launched the idea of the podcast, which is a long-form digital audio show, in 2005, and the format was integrated into iTunes. Podcasts experienced slow growth, but finally exploded in 2014 thanks to the blockbuster success of the true-crime series Serial.

May 15 -  Google Chrome Plans to Phase Out Full Flash Support on Browser by End of 2016 . Under the proposal, the software will continue to run by default on 10 popular sites, including YouTube and Facebook, Google says. Users will have to select Flash to run elsewhere... Hewlett-Packard begins taking orders for its first 3D printer, the HP Jet Fusion printer, which it said will be up to 10 times faster than existing machines and can cut the cost of manufacturing parts in half... The first Uber car that doesn't need a driver has hit the streets. The ride-hailing behemoth announced in a blog post Thursday that it has begun testing a self-driving car in Pittsburgh, home of the company's nascent Advanced Technologies Center.

May 22 - Twitter said it planned to introduce a series of changes in the coming months to make it easier for people to communicate with one another on the social media service. In particular, the modifications will loosen the 140-character limit of a Twitter post. Under the rule-bending, tagging users by their handles at the beginning of replies and adding photos, GIFs and videos will no longer count against the 140-character limit in tweets, Twitter said. This will enable users to post longer messages with more interactive content without running afoul of the character restriction... Facebook responds to official queries regarding its Trending Topics feature, specifically allegations made over the last few weeks that the team responsible for it was deliberately suppressing conservative views and arbitrarily elevating stories with little oversight... Google Releases Latest Version of Chrome Web Browser - 51... If You Don’t Want Windows 10 - You’re Going To Get It Anyway - Users in the U.S.said that a change to an on-screen notification by Microsoft has resulted in them inadvertently updating to Windows 10.

June 1 - Google already lets Android users track their misplaced or stolen smartphones both through search and by using the standalone Android Device Manager app. Now, the company is adding yet another path to checking exactly where your precious device is on a map — and it even works with iPhones this time. Well, sort of. Head to Google's My Account hub and you'll now see a new "Find your phone" option. Tap that, and you'll be able to make the phone ring at maximum volume, lock it (with a message and contact number on the lock screen), or locate its precise position using the Device Manager. Now all of this stuff applies strictly to Android; if you're on iOS, My Account will point you towards iCloud and Apple's Find My iPhone tracking. That's the right way to go, since Google can't take such control of Apple's devices... Samsung: Company Debuts Galaxy S7 Active Smartphone. The phone's screen won't shatter from a drop of up to 5 feet and it can be in five feet of water for up to 30 minutes without breaking, Samsung says. The Galaxy S7 Active goes on sale June 10.

June 8 - LeakedSource reports it obtained a database of more than 32 million Twitter login credentials from a user going by the alias Tessa88@exploit.im. LeakedSource uses a freemium model where anyone can search for their own credentials for free; however, to see the majority of the leaked credentials users must subscribe to the service. Twenty-four passes are available for $2-$4 depending on whether you pay by Bitcoin or PayPal—annual subscriptions run upwards of $200... Microsoft buys LinkedIN for $26 billion... Net Neutrality - A federal appeals court has voted to uphold a series of strict new rules for Internet providers, handing a major victory to regulators in the fight over net neutrality and ensuring that one of the most sweeping changes to hit the industry in recent years will likely remain on the books. The 2-1 court ruling Tuesday forces Internet providers such as Verizon and Comcast to obey federal regulations that ban the blocking or slowing of Internet traffic to consumers. The regulations from the Federal Communications Commission also forbid carriers from selectively speeding up websites that agree to pay the providers a fee — a tactic critics have said could unfairly tilt the commercial playing field against startups and innovators who may not be able to afford it.

June 15 - Facebook wants you to switch from SMS to Messenger. You can now read and send old-school text messages from inside Facebook Messenger for Android. With this near-global rollout of the SMS feature, Facebook is touting ease, as you won’t have to jump back and forth between chat interfaces if your friends are split between them. 

June 22 - Google Fiber has signed a deal to acquire Webpass, a high-speed wireless ISP. "By joining forces, we can accelerate the deployment of superfast Internet connections for customers across the US," Webpass founder Charles Barr wrote. "Webpass will remain focused on rapid deployment of high-speed Internet connections for residential and commercial buildings, primarily using point-to-point wireless." ... Apple tells several news sites that it plans to discontinue its Thunderbolt Display, which has been available for purchase online and in Apple retail stores since it was first introduced in the summer of 2011... Microsoft is officially winding down production and sales for its Surface 3 tablet. And this likely doesn't come as news if you've been perusing the Microsoft Store to buy one at any point recently. The only model currently available is one that comes with 64GB of storage, 2GB of memory, and both Wi-Fi and 4G LTE capabilities (all for $500). 

July 1 -  The Ohio man who died while using the “Autopilot” feature on his Tesla electric car posted video of the same feature helping him avoid another accident a month before his death. Joshua Brown, 40, of Canton, Ohio, died from injuries he sustained when a tractor-trailer made a left turn in front of his 2015 Tesla on a highway near Williston, Fla., in May... Customers who have eaten at Wendy's restaurant and used a debit or credit card to pay for their food are being encouraged to check their statements and read more information on a cyber breach found at some franchise-owned restaurants. Wendy's Company first reported unusual payment card activity in February 2016, and believes the activity may have occurred as early as October 2015. Then, on June 9, 2016, company officials reported that an additional malware variant had been identified and disabled... Up to 10 million Android smartphones have been infected by malware that generates fake clicks for adverts, say security researchers. The software is also surreptitiously installing apps and spying on the browsing habits of victims. The malware is currently making about $300,000 (£232,000) a month for its creators, suggests research.

July 8 - Near San Diego - 2 Men Fall From Cliff While Playing 'Pokémon Go.' one fell 75 to 100 feet while the other fell 50 feet, both suffering moderate injuries Wednesday, police said, adding the two crossed a fenced area to reach the cliffs likely trying to catch pokémon. 

July 15 -

Top Video Games

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (PS4) (XOne)
Overwatch (XOne)
Star Ocean 5: Integrity and Faithlessness (PS4)
Zero Escame: Zero Time Dilemma (3DS)
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PS4)
Kirby: Planet Robobot (3DS)

July 22 -Verizon Communications Inc. agreed to buy Yahoo! Inc.’s web assets for $4.83 billion, ending the company’s two-decade run as an independent business that took it from Stanford University startup at the dawn of the internet age to also-ran behind nimbler online rivals such as Google and Facebook Inc... Next week - A Windows 10: Operating System Update. Improvements for the Windows Ink sketchpad, Microsoft Edge browser, Cortana assistant and interface options will be included. The major update comes near the first anniversary of the OS... Twitter will stream live, out-of-market games from Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League every week. Users will also be able to catch an exclusive highlights show called "The Rally," which the company said is the first of its kind to be produced on Twitter. 

August 1 - Pokemon Update - Pokemon Go, released July 6 in the US, encourages you to walk around in the real world with your phone and find mythical creatures called Pokemon. When you do, they leap onto your screen, where they appear to be sitting on a stoop or standing in the middle of the street in the real world. Just swipe on the screen to throw a ball to "catch" and collect them all. Now, with no warning, Pokemon Go developer Niantic removed a key feature that helps you track how close Pokemon are to your location. As if that wasn't enough of a burn to people who liked getting the help, Niantic reportedly told other app makers to shut down apps designed to help people identify Pokemon in their neighborhood. (Niantic was staying mum on whether it did this). That's apps like Poke Radar, which help you more easily find special monsters hanging out near you in your quest to "catch 'em all." To say people are ticked off is an understatement... Shut Down - Torrentz.eu, one of the world's largest torrent sites, has announced "farewell" to its millions of users. The meta-search engine, which hosted no torrents of its own but linked to other sites including The Pirate Bay, has decided to cease its operation. The surprise shutdown marks the end of an era. Founded in 2003, Torrentz has been a stable factor in the torrent community for over 13 years. Two weeks ago, Artem Vaulin, the alleged 30-year-old Ukrainian owner of Kickass Torrents, was detained in Poland after being charged with a four-count US criminal indictment which was followed by shutdown of the search engine... Google has revealed that it will be shutting down the Together watch face feature in Android Wear on September 30th. As first reported by Android Police, the latest version of the Android Wear app informs users of the coming shutdown when they attempt to configure Together. Google says that "many of the best features of Together will be integrated directly into" the forthcoming Android Wear 2.0 update, due to arrive sometime this fall... Iran - The country's High Council of Virtual Spaces has officially banned the Pokemon Go app, making Iran the first country to do so.

August 8 - 

Apple Inc.: Company Preparing 1st Major Overhaul of MacBook Pro in 4 Years, Report Says

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reported sources said the new laptop, which will be thinner and offered with more powerful and efficient graphics processors, is not likely to debut at Apple's Sept. 7 event... Biggest SSD - Seagate has unveiled a solid state drive with a capacity of 60 TB, which dethrones the 16 TB SSD of Samsung as the biggest SSD in the world. The 60 TB SSD was announced by Seagate at the Flash Memory Summit, which is being held in Santa Clara, California. According to the press release accompanying the 60 TB SSD's unveiling, the groundbreaking drive has twice the density and four times the capacity of the next highest largest SSD in the market today, without naming Samsung's 16 TB SSD... Pokémon GO's revenue has crossed a record $200 million within the mobile game's first month of launch.

Candy Crush Soda Saga from King and Supercell's Clash Royale have been top grossing mobile games in terms of first-month cumulative revenue. However, a study from app intelligence firm Sensor Tower shows that Niantic's location-based game Pokémon GO, which was released in early July this year, has crushed the records of these games.

August 15 - Google Duo, a new video chat app that works exclusively on phones, is released. You tap on the face of the person you want to call, they answer, and you have a one-on-one video chat going. Nobody who uses this app can say that Google didn't achieve its goal of creating a video chat app that's relentlessly, explicitly designed solely for phones... Cisco says it’s going to lay off some 14,000 employees - some 20% of its workforce... AT&T is phasing out its data overage charges. Starting Aug. 21, customers who exceed their data plan will see their connection speed drop to 128kbps instead of being charged automatically for another gigabyte of data... Driverless Cars Reality - Uber Technologies Inc. will enable customers in Pittsburgh later this month to summon rides from autonomous vehicles, a bid to be the first in a race among automobile and technology companies to make driverless cars widely available. On Thursday, Uber said it would soon put 100 Volvo Car Corp. XC90 sport-utility vehicles on the road in Pittsburgh, where some customers will be able to summon them for short trips within the city. The SUVs will have a human helper in the driver seat in the event a trip goes awry... T-Mobile US and Sprint: T-Mobile and Sprint announce unlimited data plans. T-Mobile announced Thursday it would offer unlimited talk, text and data under its T-Mobile One plan instead of monthly caps. Sprint announced a similar program called the Unlimited Freedom Plan... Goodbye gawker.com - the site says it is shutting down next week... Facing increasing pressure from rival social networking service Snapchat, Facebook has launched yet another app in order to convince youngsters that its products are where it's at. The new app in question is Lifestage, which is essentially a video diary where users answer biographical questions about themselves. Rather than filling in answers with text, users record a small video snippet that others can view on the uploader's profile. 

August 22 - The United States will officially relinquish its authority over the internet's naming system on October 1 to a California-based non-profit comprised of government and technology stakeholders. ICANN, is the group that will officially oversee the domain name system... Microsoft announced on Monday it acquired Genee, an artificial intelligence startup focused on scheduling... 

Netgear: Technology Company Launches Multi-Unit Home Router System for Wi-Fi Internet 

The Orbi includes a main router to connect to the modem and a secondary unit to supplement the device to provide better coverage. The system will go on sale this month for $399.99... 

The expensive Samsung phone you've always dreamed of owning might soon be available at a snip of its original price. The phone giant is set to launch a refurbished phone program as early as next year, Reuters reported on Monday, citing "a person with direct knowledge of the matter." 

Samsung, which recently launched the expensive Galaxy Note 7, is reportedly cooking up ideas to help it sustain current earnings momentum and boost cost efficiency. Growth in the global phone market is stagnating, but the Korean giant has weathered the storm better than most and reported its strongest earnings in two years last month -- a trend it will hope to maintain. A refurbishment program would help the company make more money on each phone it manufactures... 

The world's first self-driving taxis are picking up passengers in Singapore. Select members of the public began hailing free rides Thursday through their smartphones in taxis operated by nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software startup. While multiple companies, including Google and Volvo, have been testing self-driving cars on public roads for several years, nuTonomy says it is the first to offer rides to the public. It beat ride-hailing service Uber, which plans to offer rides in autonomous cars in Pittsburgh, by a few weeks... 

This is the question at the heart of the dispute between European Union regulators andApple Inc.: How much value do Apple’s offices in Ireland contribute to the company’s massive profit across a big chunk of the world?

Regulators in Brussels concluded Tuesday that Apple and Irish tax authorities understated the answer to that question by tens of billions of dollars. EU antitrust authorities ordered Ireland to claw back about 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) in what they describe as unpaid taxes from the company. Citing EU prohibitions against “state aid,” Brussels said two tax deals between Ireland and Apple constituted illegal tax benefits.

September 1 - Apple unveils iPhone 7. There’s no real headphone jack, it’s done wirelessly, although Apple says you can still plug headphones in, but only on the recharge jack. That means you can’t recharge your phone and listen to your headphones, if you want to plug them in... Intel is selling off a majority stake in its McAfee unit and turning it back into an independent security company. Intel made the deal with investment firm TPG, which will own a 51 percent stake in the new McAfee company. Intel will own the remainder. As part of the deal, Intel is receiving $3.1 billion in cash. It originally bought McAfee back in 2011 for $7.7 billion -- a deal that caused some industry watchers to scratch their heads... Apple Music has recruited another 2 million subscribers, hitting 17 million people, the gadget giant said Wednesday. Spotify said last month it has 39 million subscribers, and it had more than 100 million total listeners as of June. Competition between streaming music services has grown bitter this year. Services like Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal are battling for supremacy in the fast-growing subscription market, even as the music industry has largely insisted all services offer the same overall catalog for the same general price.

September 8 - IOS 10 is released and not without download and bricking problems. One of the features - Just pick up your iPhone and it'll wake up... The most detailed 3D map yet of a billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy is released along with a sneak peek at brand-new data on millions of stars collected by the European Space Agency's Gaia spacecraft. Gaia has been scanning the sky to create a catalog of more than a billion stars in and around the Milky Way since 2014. The first data release includes precise positions and brightness of 1.142 billion stars, plus distances and motions of more than 2 million stars. 

 
January 1 - The Cleveland Browns have fired head coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer following a 3-13 season... 

MLB - Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza will be Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. 

 

January 8 - The Brooklyn Nets reassigned their general manager and fired coach Lionel Hollins on Sunday in the midst of their worst season since moving from New Jersey... College Championship - No. 2 Alabama knock off No. 1 Clemson 45-40 to win the college football playoff championship, the Crimson Tide's fourth national title in the past seven seasons... It’s official - the Rams are moving back to Los Angeles - a market with no NFL team for some 20 years... Passing - Hall of Famer Monte Irvin, a power-hitting outfielder who starred for the New York Giants in the 1950s during a career abbreviated by major league baseball's exclusion of black players, has died. He was 96... Suicide - Lawrence Phillips, the former football star facing murder charges was found dead, of an apparent suicide... Ben McAdoo, one of the internal favorites to replace Tom Coughlin, was hired as the 17th head coach in New York Giants history, the team announced Thursday.

January 15 - NFL Playoffs - The Arizona Cardinals defeat the Green Bay Packers 26-20… Also - The New England Pats defeat Kansas City Chiefs 27-20. … The Broncos defeat the Steelers 23-16. Carolina Panthers 31, Seattle Seahawks 24... Passing - WWE wrestler Mike Sharpe: aka 'Iron Mike' Dies at Age 64.

January 22 -  The Denver Broncos defeat the New England Patriots 20-18. North Carolina will be going to the Super Bowl after defeating Arizona in a 49-15 blowout... NBA superstar Blake Griffin broke a bone in his shooting hand while throwing a punch over the weekend in Toronto, the Los Angeles Clippers confirmed Tuesday. The blow was thrown at a Clippers staff member... Passing - Barney Hall: NASCAR Announcer and Commentator Dies at Age 83... Businessman Sheldon Adelson Proposes $1 Billion Las Vegas Stadium for NFL Team. Adelson is to meet with Raiders owner Mark Davis Friday. His company's spokesman said the 65,000-seat stadium would be shared between the Raiders and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

February 1 - Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman has been suspended 20 games for hitting veteran linesman Don Henderson during a 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators on Jan. 27. Officially, Wideman was cited for violating Rule 40, which covers physical abuse of officials... Brilliant Career - Just Starting - May Be Ending - Cleveland Browns’ Quarter Back Johnny Manziel is under investigation again, tafter receiving a complaint of domestic violence that allegedly occurred Jan. 30. Manziel faced allegations that he hit former girlfriend Colleen Crowley last weekend in Texas. Crowley is now pursuing a case against the quarterback, who has denied hitting her. Manziel is a Heisman trophy winner and is only 23... Super Bowl 50 - Denver Broncos defeat the North Carolina Panthers - 24-10. Bronco’s Von Miller gets game MVP.

February 8 -  Super Bowl 50 Had Less Viewers - The average of 111.9 million viewers made Super Bowl 50 the third-most-watched television program in United States history, behind the 114.4 million for the Super Bowl last year and 112.2 million for the 2014 game... The Denver Broncos want to give Peyton Manning "as much time as he needs'' to make a decision about retirement, but the team would likely need to know in a month what the quarterback intends to do. The 39-year-old Manning said following Sunday's 24-10 victory over theCarolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 he wanted to "take some time'' to decide on his future. He missed seven starts this past season after he suffered a tear in his plantar fascia near his left heel... Blake Griffin was suspended four games without pay on Tuesday for punching a team staff member, and the Los Angeles Clippers will dock the star forward's pay for an additional game because he broke his shooting hand. In all, Griffin will lose $859,442 from his season salary of $18,907,725... Basketball All Star Game - played in Toronto - and the final (big game) for Kobe Bryant. Russell Westbrook wins second straight All-Star Game MVP award as the West defeats East - 196 - 173.

February 15 - Córdoba, Argentina: Soccer Player Fatally Shoots Referee After Receiving Red Card. According to local reports, the red-carded player returned to the pitch with a gun and fatally shot referee César Flores. He also shot and injured another player, Walter Zárate.

February 22 - San Diego Chargers Choose Downtown San Diego Location for Proposed New Stadium. The proposal includes a multi-use facility and an expansion of the city's convention center. The team has an agreement to move to Los Angeles if a stadium deal cannot be reached... NASCAR - Denny Hamlin wins the Daytona 500.

March 1 - Retires - Peyton Manning surveyed the landscape of his brilliant career and called one last audible. He's retiring a champion. A month after Denver's triumph in Super Bowl 50, Manning informed John Elway he is following his lead and riding off into that orange sunset just like the Broncos' boss did 17 years ago after winning his second Super Bowl.

March 8 - Tennis Star Suspended - Suspended Russian tennis champ Maria Sharapova admits she made a "huge mistake" by taking a banned erformance-enhancing drug called meldonium.

March 15 - Jason Day shot a two-under 70 and finished 17-under overall to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday in Orlando. Day edged Kevin Chappell by one to win for the eighth time in his career.

March 22 - Los Angeles Lakers: 2 NBA Team Players Face Sexual Harassment Allegations, Official Says. The team was investigating the case after Nick Young and Jordan Clarkson were accused of sexually harassing two women in Los Angeles Sunday... Raymond Moore stepped down from his posts as chief executive of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in California and tournament director of the BNP Paribas Open late Monday, one day after his comments about female tennis players drew strong rebuke from many in tennis, including the tournament’s runner-up Serena Williams. Moore ignited controversy Sunday morning at a news conference when he asserted that women’s tennis players owed a debt of gratitude to stars of the men’s game... As part of his historic trip to Cuba, U.S. President Barack Obama attended a baseball game with Cuban President Raul Castro Tuesday between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuba National Team at Estadio Latinoamericano Stadium in Havana. The game marks the second time since 1959 that an American team has played in Cuba — the Baltimore Orioles defeated the national team, 3-2, in Havana in 1999... Darren Sharper: Former NFL Player Faces Up to 20 Years in Prison After Judge Accepts New Plea Deal A U.S. district judge rejected the initial plea agreement of a nine-year prison term, saying it was too lenient. Sharper is accused of raping women in four states, and sentencing is set for June 16... Colin Kaepernick: San Francisco 49ers Quarterback's $11.9 Million Contract for 2016 Becomes Guaranteed Kaepernick's 2016 salary became guaranteed at 4 p.m. EDT on Thursday. Trade talks involving the quarterback, who was benched last season, are expected to continue, multiple outlets report.

April 1 - 54 Home Game Winning Streak Snapped - The Golden State Warriors finally lost a regular-season game at home, their first since Jan. 27, 2015 as the Boston Celtics defeated them 109-106... NCAA Championships - Final Four - No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 2 Villanova: No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 10 Syracuse... The Villanova Wildcats Win - In a clutch throw! It had been 31 years since Villanova’s last national title, in 1985, but the Wildcats had delivered again, 77-74, over the Tar Heels, a No. 1 seed, at NRG Stadium in front of an announced 74,340 fans who exited in delirium or disbelief... Masters In Augusta - With Arnold Palmer a spectator on the first tee, Jack Nicklausteed off with a tear in his eye and Gary Player took great glee in knocking his drive past the Golden Bear as they kicked off the Masters on Thursday morning... Billy Hamilton: Cincinnati Reds Outfielder Breaks Record for Fastest Recorded Home Run Trot - rounding the bases in 16.2 seconds after hitting a home run off of Jon Lester of the Cubs on Monday.

April 8 - Boxing - Manny Pacquiao gets a decision victory over Timothy Bradley Jr. on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden - as Pacquiao is retiring... NASCAR - Kyle Busch used fresher tires to overwhelm race-leader Martin Truex Jr. on a Lap 301 restart and sweep both NASCAR races atTexas Motor Speedway, completing his record ninth weekend sweep in NASCAR touring series... Former Saints defensive end Will Smith left is dead after a “road rage” incident. Arrested is Cardell Hayes, a 28-year-old man known in the area as a former high school football star... Passing - Ed Snider, the Flyers founder whose "Broad Street Bullies" became the first expansion team to win the Stanley Cup, has died after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 83... NBA History - The Golden State Warriors beat the Memphis Grizzlies 125-104 to finish their regular season 73-9, breaking the Chicago Bulls' 20-year-old NBA record for most wins in a season... Farewell - Colby Bryant plays his final game scoring 60 points. The Lakers trailed Utah Jazz 96-84, at the three-minute, four-second mark, but Kobe’s last three minutes put the Lakers over the top. Kobe Bryant had a 60.5 percent usage rate, setting another record as the highest player usage rate in an NBA game. Then, yet another landmark as Kobe took 50 shots, the most in an NBA game in over 30 years. He even broke his own former record. The final score was 101-96. Fans were going wild. He’s been with the Lakers all his NBA career - 20 years!

April 15 - ESPN has fired baseball analyst Curt Schilling after he posted, and later defended, an anti-transgender meme and opined about laws covering gender-specific restrooms... Passing - WWE legend Chyna, whose real name was Joanie Laurer, was found dead Wednesday afternoon in her Redondo Beach apartment. She was 45.

April 22 - The Lakers fire coach Byron Scott. Scott, who was 38-126 in two years as the Lakers' head coach, is out. As for who will be in? The usual suspects of coaching candidates will likely all receive consideration... A Grand Jury Indicts Former Cleveland Browns Quarterback Johnny Manzie on Assault Charges. A Dallas County grand jury indicted Manziel on a charge of misdemeanor assault with bodily injury in relation to an alleged altercation with his ex-girlfriend.

May 1 - Sporting Goods Retailer “Sports Authority” will Close All 450 US Stores After Filing Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. Sports Authority told the U.S. Bankruptcy Court it was unable to reorganize its $1.1 billion debt. The company previously planned to close only one-third of its stores. A closing date is not set... NASCAR - Danica Patrick Crashes Into Paul Menard During Pit Stop in GEICO 500. Patrick slammed her car into the side of Menard's car while trying to reach her crew during the 40th lap of the race at Talladega Superspeedway. The crash cost her significant ground in the race.

May 8 - Invictus Games begin - a competition of wounded service men and women from around the world. Prince Harry launched the games from London in 2014. This week - in begins in Florida. From May 8 - May 12... Monday Night Football: Sean McDonough to Take Over Play-by-Play Position on ESPN NFL Broadcasts. McDonough will be the fifth person to call play-by-play on "Monday Night Football" starting next season. He replaces Mike Tirico, who is leaving ESPN for NBC... Golden State Warriors’ Steve Curry is the league's MVP. He averaged 50.4 points per 48 minutes in fourth quarters in 2015-16 - an amazing fete... Fan hit with parts of broken bat - Fenway Park’s newly installed safety netting wasn’t enough to prevent a shard of a broken bat from flying five rows into the stands and hitting a fan in the face, forcing the man to leave the game early with a bloody gash above his eye. Fans sitting along the third-base line near the visitors dugout, including Peabody police Sgt. Eric Zawacki, rushed to the aid of the man, who was seated with a woman in Field Box Section 59 and had a stream of blood running down his face, they said. Houston Astros batter George Springer said he had a signed bat sent to the man.

May 15 - Passing - Dick McAuliffe: Former Detroit Tigers Infielder Dies at Age 76, He was famous for his unique batting style where he faced the pitcher until the ball was delivered.

May 22 - The MLB competition committee redefines the bottom of the strike zone as the top of the hitter's knees and allow teams to forego throwing four pitches on intentional walks... Derek Dietrich: Miami Marlins Infielder Struck in Head by Foul Ball While Sitting in Dugout... He was cleared of any concussion symptoms, the Marlins said... The NFL is moving the Holiday Bowl from Hawaii to Orlando.

June 1 - Baseball Brawl - A brawl started when Royals starter Yordano Ventura hit Orioles third baseman Manny Machado with a 99-mph fastball. Machado jawed at Ventura in his previous at-bat, and the right-hander nailed him around the left hip/lower back with the first pitch when the shortstop came up in the fifth. Machado then threw off his helmet, raced to the mound and fired a hard right that appeared to hit Ventura's face.

June 8 - Tennis - Maria Sharapova Is Given 2-Year Doping Suspension. Tennis Federation banned her after she tested positive for the performance-enhancing drug Meldonium... The Detroit Red Wings confirmed that Motown’s legendary “Mr. Hockey,” Gordie Howe, passed away at the age of 88... Miami Marlins Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton breaks own record for hardest-hit ball - hitting a double play ball against the Twins on Thursday that traveled 123.9 mph, breaking his own record for hardest-hit ball recorded since the MLB started tracking the stat last year... Magic Johnson’s request of the Los Angeles Lakers to remove his honorary title of vice president has been granted, and he didn’t need to tweet to get what he wanted. The Lakers said Saturday that Johnson’s name was removed from the staff directory in order to clear up confusion about his involvement with the team, which has come into conflict thanks to his social media habits... Stanley Cup - Pittsburgh wins over San Jose.

June 15 - San Francisco Giants Pitcher Madison Bumgarner Matches Team's Pitching Record Set in 1966. For 11 games in a row, Bumgarner has given up two earned runs or fewer, matching a streak by former Giants pitcher Juan Marichal in 1966. Bumgarner started in Tuesday's win over the Milwaukee Brewers... Ex-NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace said his brother Mike and his daughter Lindsey were attacked after a concert Friday. Three people have been arrested, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said... After months of speculation that ESPN would let the Big Ten slip away amid cost-cutting at the network, Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand reportedMonday morning that the two sides had agreed to continue their decades-long relationship, with ESPN paying an average of $190 million per year over six seasons for 25 football games and 50 basketball games. That represents the second half of the conference’s television package. Fox won the rights to broadcast the other half — featuring a similar 25/50 split — by agreeing earlier this year to pay an average of $240 million annually... Sergio García: Pro Golfer Sinks 51-Foot Putt to Close U.S. Open Round García finished the final hole of Friday's round with a 51-foot putt to finish at two under overall. The U.S. Open continues in Oakmont, Penn., through Sunday... Champs - (Game 7) The Cleveland Cavaliers do the impossible - come back three games to win the NBA championship over the Warriors.

June 22 - Justin Verlander: Detroit Tigers Pitcher Ties Career Record for Most Runs Allowed in a Start. He becomes the first Tigers player to allow four home runs in an inning. Verlander allowed eight earned runs on nine hits in Sunday's loss... Passing - Jim Hickman (79) - An All-Star in 1970 and played for the New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals.

 July 1 -Baseball - The Mets win four straight from the Cubs... NBA - Kevin Durant moves from Oklahoma City to the Warriors.

July 8 - UFC Sold - UFC has been sold for $4 billion in a deal announced Monday. Talent agency WME-IMG revealed that it is partnering with its owner Silver Lake Partners, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and MSD Capital, the investment firm of Michael Dell, to take over the mixed martial arts company... MLB All-Star - American League 4, National League 2. Eric Hosmer is presented with the Ted Williams All-Star Game MVP after delivering two big hits for the AL, including a homer.

ESPY Awards - Some Winners:
Best Game: NBA Finals Game 7
Best NBA Player: LeBron James
Best MLB Player: Bryce Harper
Best Fighter: Conor McGregor
Best NFL Player: Cam Newton
Best NHL Player: Sidney Crosby
Best WNBA Player: Maya Moore
Best Male College Athlete: Buddy Hield
Best Driver: Kyle Busch
Best Male Golfer: Jordan Spieth
Best Female Golfer: Lydia Ko
Best Male Tennis Player: Novak Djokovic
Best Female Tennis Player: Serena Williams

July 15 - It was down to two - Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson - but Henrik wins the British Open! ...Tom Brady announces that he will not appeal his four-game Deflategate suspension to the U.S. Supreme Court, saying in a message on his Facebook page that he will "no longer proceed with the legal process." ... Jeff Gordon is returning to Sprint Cup racing, as he replaces Dale Earnhardt Jr.for the next two races. Earnhardt will sit out this Sunday's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the following race at Pocono on July 31, with concussion-type symptoms... Pitcher Clayton Kershaw experienced a setback in his recovery from a lower back injury, and the return of the Los Angeles Dodgers' ace pitcher remains uncertain. Kershaw, on the disabled list with a mild disk herniation, has not pitched since June 26 at Pittsburgh. He suffered his second loss of the season in that outing, when he gave up four runs on nine hits in six innings... Passing - Dennis Green, who coached the Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals over 13 NFL seasons, died Thursday night at the age of 67.

July 22 - Baseball Hall of Fame - For Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza, the culmination of their long journeys was tinged with tears all around. They’re inducted into the Hall... Brickyard 400 - Kyle Busch swept the weekend for the second year in a row Sunday, winning the Brickyard 400 by 2.1 seconds over Matt Kenseth. Busch won the Xfinity Series race Saturday, and he won both races last year...  The Cleveland Indians acquired reliever Andrew Miller, one of the game's most dominant relievers, from the New York Yankees. In exchange, the Yankees received minor league outfielder Clint Frazier, left-handed pitcher Justus Sheffield and right-handed pitchers J.P. Feyereisen and Ben Heller. MLB.com ranked Frazier (No. 24) and Sheffield (No. 95) among the game's top 100 prospects in their midseason update. 

August 1 - Summer Olympic Games Begin in Rio in an hours-long opened the ceremony with Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil headlining a show that was heavy on samba drums and dancing, highlighting Brazil's history and heritage. And the Parade of Nations kicked off with 207 delegations following their flag-bearers into Rio's venerable Maracanã Stadium... Shooter Ginny Thrasher won the USA's first gold medal of the Rio Olympics, pulling off an upset in the women's 10-meter air rifle event Saturday morning... Paralympics chiefs took the step that the International Olympic Committee shied away from on Sunday — banning the entire Russian team from competing in Rio... The International Paralympic Committee announced at a news conference that Russia would be kicked out of its Games, which will run after the conclusion of the Olympics, from Sept. 7-18... Goodbye A-Rod - The New York Yankees called a press conference to announce that Alex Rodriguez’s career as a Yankee will end next week. His final game will be on Friday against the Rays, after which the Yankees will release him, and he will retire and become a “special advisor and instructor” to the club.

August 8 - Summer Olympics in Rio - On Tuesday night, led by Michael Phelps as the anchor, the U.S. men won the 4x200 freestyle relay — their fourth consecutive gold medal in the event. As of Tuesday, The U.S. leads in medals won with 24... Passing - ESPN commentator John Saunders (61). .. Simone Manuel won a gold medal in the women's 100 freestyle final. She becomes the first African-American female to win an Olympic individual swimming event...

August 15 - Summer Olympics - Jamaica’s Usain Bolt is still the fastest man on earth. After a (relatively) slow start, Bolt charged past American Justin Gatlin for his third consecutive gold medal in the 100 meters…. Simone Biles took her third gold of the Olympics, this time it was on the vault, where she earned bronze at last year’s world championships and then made it her mission to improve… Simone Biles capped her remarkable Rio Games with one final gold medal in Tuesday's floor exercise, while teammate Aly Raisman hauled in silver. Biles joins an exclusive group as only the fourth gymnast to win four gold medals at one Olympic games... The three American swimmers still in Brazil are cooperating with authorities and plan to meet with them Thursday, the U.S. Olympic Committee said. Jimmy Feigen, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger are in the process of scheduling a time to meet with authorities, USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said. A Brazilian judge ordered Feigen and Ryan Lochte not to leave the country, writing in her filing Wednesday that there were inconsistencies in the testimony of the two swimmers, who said they were robbed at gunpoint early Sunday morning after a late night out. Lochte is home in the United States... Darren Sharper: Former NFL Player Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison for Rape. Sharper was convicted of drugging and raping up to 16 women in Louisiana, Arizona, California and Nevada, multiple outlets reported. He must also pay a $20,000 fine... As if winning five Olympic medals and meeting Zac Efron didn’t do enough to make a memorable Games for Simone Biles, she adds one more experience to her time in Rio. Biles was chosen as the Team USA flag bearer for closing ceremony on Sunday.

August 22 - His Sponsors Are Gone - Four Companies End Sponsorship of US Swimmer Ryan Lochte following incident in Rio de Janeiro. Speedo said Monday it will donate $50,000 from Lochte's fee to a children's charity in Brazil. Ralph Lauren and Syneron-Candela, the parent company of Gentle Hair Removal, also dropped Lochte Monday... Announces retirement - Steve Kinser who won 20 championships in the World of Outlaws series and raced in NASCAR in 1995. He is 62... Ryan Lochte is charged by Brazilian police with filing a false report over an incident during the Olympics in Rio de Janerio, according to the Associated Press.Lochte will be informed of the charges in the United States so he can decide whether to introduce a defense in Brazil, according to AP, which also reported the indictment will be sent to the International Olympic Committee's ethics commission... Chicago police have arrested two brothers in connection with the death of NBA star Dwyane Wade's cousin Nykea Aldridge. Darwin Sorrells Jr., 26, and Derren Sorrells, 22, have each been charged with first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder... San Francisco Giants Quarterback Colin Kaepernick plans to sit through the national anthem for as long as he feels is appropriate and until he sees significant progress - specifically when it comes to race relations in the United States. He knows he could be cut by San Francisco for this stand. Criticized and ostracized, he'll go it alone if need be. The quarterback realizes he might be treated poorly in some road cities, and he's ready for that, too, saying he's not overly concerned about his safety, but ''if something happens that's only proving my point.'' ... Another Olympic Fallout - Soccer’s Hope Solo - suspended from competition because of inappropriate Tweets.

September 1 - Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout's Mercedes plowed into a stopped car after a game Wednesday, a collision that left one person with significant injuries. Trout was uninjured in the three-car crash on the 55 freeway in Santa Ana., Calif., that occurred at 7:48 p.m. PT, according to information provided by the California Highway Patrol in a statement to USA TODAY Sports. The woman in a Chevrolet Sonic suffered "major injuries" and was transported to Orange County Global Medical Center in Tustin... Six regular-season games to close Vin Scully's six-plus decades of Dodgers calls will be heard across Southern California. Home games Sept. 23-25 against the Rockies and the regular season's final three games Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at San Francisco will be carried on KTLA (Channel 5), the channel's parent companies announced Friday. The games ordinarily would've been seen only on the Dodgers-owned' SportsNet LA, which isn't widely available in Southern California because of an ongoing standoff between the team and pay-TV carriers in the area.

 September 8 - The NFL Season is back. Interesting wins - Giants over Cowboys - 20-19… The Pats win over the Cardinals without QB Tom Brady (who is out for three more games) 32-21 and the Raiders win 35-34 over the Saints... Dustin Johnson held off the challenge of England's Paul Casey to win the BMW Championship in Carmel, Indiana... American Johnson recovered from letting slip his three-shot overnight lead to card a five-under-par 67 and finish on 23 under... The ACC announced that it is moving all neutral-site conference championship games out of North Carolina as a result of the state's controversial House Bill 2 law that limits the legal protection of the LGBT community. The ACC council of presidents issued a statement saying its decision "reaffirmed our collective commitment to uphold the values of equality, diversity, inclusion and non-discrimination."

 
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