Dateline: Week Of November 15, 2009 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Palestinian officials said they are preparing to ask the United Nations to endorse an independent state without Israel's consent because they are losing faith in the peace talks. The idea appeared to be largely symbolic. The U.S., Israel's closest ally, would likely veto any initiative at the United Nations, and Israel controls the areas where the Palestinians want to establish their homeland. Nonetheless, the move reflected growing Palestinian frustration with the deadlock in peace efforts.
President Obama arrives in Shanghai late at night, in a driving rain, hustling through a phalanx of umbrella-holding dignitaries to reach his limousine. On Monday, the president is holding talks with local politicians and, in one of the marquee events of his weeklong Asian trip, conducting an American-style town hall discussion with Chinese university students.
President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao promised a determined, joint effort to tackle climate change, nuclear disarmament and other global troubles yet emerged from their first full-blown summit Tuesday with scant progress beyond goodwill. After two hours of talks and a separate meeting over dinner the night before, the presidents spoke of moving beyond the divisiveness over human rights, trade and military tensions that have bedeviled relations in past decades.
A self-proclaimed pirate and a village elder in Somalia say that pirates holding a Spanish trawler and 36 hostages have been paid $3.3 million, and are freeing the ship and crew. A Somali villager named Ali Ahmed Salad says 12 armed pirates who have been holding the ship the last six weeks left it shortly after noon Tuesday and joined colleagues near the town of Haradhere.
U.S. President Barack Obama aims to bring the Afghan war to an end before he leaves office, he said on Wednesday, the eve of a swearing-in ceremony Western officials hope can help salvage Hamid Karzai's tattered reputation. Hillary Clinton arrived in Kabul to attend the re-elected Afghan president's inauguration, her first visit as U.S. secretary of state and the most senior visit by a member of Obama's administration, which has kept Karzai at arm's length.
World powers could have a package of measures against Iran "within weeks," U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday, warning Tehran of consequences for its failure to respond to an offer of a nuclear deal.However, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki dismissed talk of further punitive sanctions, saying the West had learnt from past failures.
The Procter & Gamble Co. has recalled some 120,000 bottles of Vicks Sinex nasal spray after the company found bacteria in samples during routine testing. Spokesman Tom Millikin described the voluntary recall as a precaution after small amounts of the B. cepacia bacteria were found in the over-the-counter product at the German plant where it's made.
President Barack Obama's eight-day trip to Asia produced no tangible wins for the United States, though he is citing talks with Asian allies that he says could help create thousands of jobs and open new markets for American goods in the future. Citing progress on a trip that took him from Tokyo to Seoul, Obama noted that "Asia is a region where we now buy more goods and do more trade with than any other place in the world — commerce that supports millions of jobs back home."
A gas explosion tore through a state-run coal mine in northern China on Saturday, killing 42 people and leaving 66 others trapped underground as rescuers worked hastily to save them. China's mines are the world's deadliest, and the blast shows the difficulties the government faces in trying to boost safety in an industry where large state-owned coal mines are considered safer than smaller, private ones. A total of 528 people were working in the Xinxing mine in Heilongjiang province at the time of the 2:30 a.m. explosion, the State Administration of Work Safety said in a statement. It said 389 escaped after the blast.
Technology News – November 15, 2009
Microsoft Corp. co-founder and billionaire investor Paul Allen has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and is undergoing chemotherapy. In a memo sent to employees, Jody Allen, Paul Allen's sister and the CEO of his investment firm Vulcan Inc., said the 56-year-old received the diagnosis early this month. According to the memo, Paul Allen has diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, a relatively common form of lymphoma.
Entertainment News – November 15, 2009 -
Johnny Depp gets People Magazine’s sexiest man alive. Depp is back for a new Pirates of the Caribbean movie. He previously earned the title in 2003. (He joins Brad Pitt and George Clooney in the two-timers club.) Depp, 46, has been in a relationship since 1998 with French singer Vanessa Paradis, 37, with whom he has two kids, Lily-Rose, 10, and Jack, 7.
A judge has granted a civil restraining order against a man accused of stalking Ryan Seacrest. The order issued Tuesday requires Chidi Benjamin Uzomah Jr. to stay 100 yards (100 meters) away from the radio and television personality. A criminal court judge granted a similar order against Uzomah earlier this month. The 25-year-old remains in a Los Angeles jail, charged with felony stalking. He was arrested outside Seacrest's workplace on Oct. 30, just weeks after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges stemming from an incident with Seacrest's bodyguard after an event.
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Big bout in Las Vegas - Manny Pacquiao admitted that he was pushed to the limit when he went against Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto in their “Firepower” bout Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena (Sunday in Manila). “It was a hard fight,” Pacquiao said in a televised ringside interview. “This is the last weight division for me. This is history for me and more importantly a Filipino did it.” Pacquiao became the first boxer to win seven world titles in seven different weight divisions after referee Kenny Bayless stopped the fight in the 12th round.
In Sarah Palin’s new memoir, "Going Rogue," the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate weighs in on a number of subjects, from her appearance on "Saturday Night Live" to divorce rumors that dogged her and husband Todd Palin on the campaign trail in 2008. "That day in sunny Texas when the divorce rumors were rampant in the tabloids, I watched Todd, tanned and shirtless, take the baby from my arms and walk him back to the ranch house so Trig could nap while I made calls," she wrote, in excerpts from the book (due out on Tuesday, November 17) obtained by NBC News. "Seeing Todd's blue eyes smiling, I chuckled. 'Dang,' I thought. 'Divorce Todd? Have you seen Todd?'"
Oprah Winfrey says she is shutting down her popular TV talkshow in 2011. The final show will air on September 9, 20011.
GQ’s “Badass” men of the year include Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman.
A tour bus carrying the concert production crew of singer Miley Cyrus overturned in Virginia -- killing driver Bill Douglas. Nine others suffered minor injuries. Cyrus, 16, was not on board the bus when it flipped on Interstate 85, about 40 miles south of Richmond.
Britney Spears’ ex-boyfriend Adnan Ghalib is being sent to jail for 45 days for leaving the scene of an accident. Los Angeles District Attorney's spokeswoman Jane Robison says Ghalib was taken into custody immediately after being sentenced Friday. He pleaded no contest last month to leaving the scene of an accident that injured a man who was trying to serve him with a restraining order. The order was sought by Spears' father and was eventually granted. The process server has sued Ghalib, a paparazzo. That case is still pending.
Passing – Ken Ober – hosted MTV’s “Remove Control” during the 1980’s. He was 52.
Passing – Edward Woodward (79) – stared in TV’s “Equalizer.”
TV listings/TV Guide – November 15, 2009 -
Monday Night TV
At 8, ABC has a new, two-hour Dancing with the Stars, then a new Castle.
CBS has a new How I Met Your Mother, followed by new episodes of Accidentally on Purpose, Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, and CSI: Miami.
NBC has new episodes of Heroes, Trauma, and The Jay Leno Show.
FOX has a new House at 8, then a new Lie to Me.
The CW has a new One Tree Hill at 8, followed by a new Gossip Girl.
AMC has Part 2 of The Prisoner at 8.
Food Network has Dear Food Network: Thanksgiving Turkey at 8, followed by a new Dear Food Network: Top 10 Thanksgiving Problems Solved and a new Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.
TLC has two new episodes of Little People, Big World at 8, then two new episodes of Jon & Kate Plus 8 and a new Cake Boss.
At 9, USA has a new Monday Night RAW.
Cartoon Network has a new Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack at 9.
At 10, Lifetime has two new episodes of Rita Rocks.
E! has a new The Soup Presents at 10.
Also at 10: Bravo has a new Million Dollar Listing, followed by the series premiere of Chef Academy.
Friday Night TV -
At 8, CBS has a new Ghost Whisperer, followed by new episodes of Medium and Numb3rs.
NBC has a new Law and Order at 8, then new episodes of Dateline and The Jay Leno Show.
The CW has a new Smallville at 8.
PBS has a new Washington Week at 8, followed by new episodes of NOW and Bill Moyers Journal.
MyNetwork TV has a new Smackdown! at 8.
The season finale of DietTribe airs on Lifetime at 8.
Nickelodeon has a new episode of The Troop at 8:
Also at 8: Disney has a new Wizards of Waverly Place, then a new Suite Life on Deck.
At 8:30, Cartoon Network has a new Ben 10: Alien Force, followed by a new episode of The Clone Wars.
At 9, USA has a new Monk, then a new White Collar.
Syfy has a new Stargate Universe at 9, followed by a new Sanctuary.
Food Network has Dear Food Network: Thanksgiving Disasters at 9.
Travel Channel has two new episodes of Ghost Adventures at 9.
BBC America has a new Friday Night with Jonathan Ross at 9.
At 10, ABC has a new 20/20.
STARZ has a new Crash at 10.
E! has a new episode of The Soup at 10.
Top Pop Hits – November 15, 2009 –
Empire of the State – Jay-Z and Alicia Keys
Fireflies – Owl City
Replay – Iyaz
Watcha Say – Jason DeRulo
Paparazzi – Lady Gaga
Party in the U.S.A. – Miley Cyrus
Down – Jay Sean fea. Lil’ Wayne
Sweet Dreams – Beyonce
Russian Roulette - Rihanna
3 – Britney Spears
Sexy Chick – David Guetta fea. Akon
You Belong With Me – Taylor Swift
Run This Town – Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye West
Tik Tok - Ke$ha
Meet Me Halfway – Black Eyed Peas
Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
Forever – Drake fea. Kanye West, Lil’ Wayne, Eminem
Use Somebody – Kings of Leon
Already Gone – Kelly Clarkson
Cowboy Casanova – Carrie Underwood
Top Movies – November 15, 2009
Disney’s A Christmas Carol
Michael Jackson’s This Is It
The Fourth Kind
The Men Who Stare At Goats
Law Abiding Citizen
Where The Wild Things Are