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Dateline: Week Of November 8, 2009 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts

In The News -

Congress passed health care bill - President Barack Obama said it's now up to the Senate to take the baton from the House and pass a bill aimed at overhauling the nation's health care system. The House narrowly passed a health care bill Saturday night. The Senate has yet to schedule a debate on its version of health care legislation, and Republicans are pledging to stop the Democratic measure from passing Congress.

The Dow hits over 10,200 – an all-time high for this year. Stocks jumped to new highs for the year Monday as the dollar extended its slide, boosting prices for commodities including gold and oil. Energy and materials stocks led the market higher. Investors were also buying stocks on growing confidence about the global economic recovery, getting a shot of optimism from news this weekend that the Group of 20 countries will keep stimulus measures in place. Investors saw the agreement as a signal that interest rates would remain low. Major stock indexes rose more than 1 percent, including the Dow Jones industrial average, which rose 150 points.

Somali pirates have seized a United Arab Emirates-flagged cargo ship loaded with weapons bound for the anarchic Horn of Africa nation in contravention of a U.N. arms embargo, maritime experts said Monday. Also Monday, the gunmen launched their longest range hijack attempt yet -- opening fire on a giant Hong Kong-flagged crude oil tanker 1,000 nautical miles east of Mogadishu. Andrew Mwangura of the East African Seafarers' Assistance Program told Reuters he believed the weapons ship was using a fake name. He said it had been hijacked Sunday and was now held near the northern Somali town of Garacad.

Nearly a year before Maj. Nidal Hasan allegedly went on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, terrorism investigators conducted an "assessment" of him before deciding he did not pose a threat. After the shooting, the FBI is doing a new assessment — of its own conduct. The Army psychiatrist is believed to have acted alone despite repeated communications — intercepted by authorities — with a radical imam overseas, U.S. officials said Monday. The FBI will conduct an internal review to see whether it mishandled early information about the man accused in the bloody rampage that killed 13 people and wounded 29.

Justice fell short with the execution of Washington-area sniper John Allen Muhammad, one of his victims' survivors said after witnessing his death by lethal injection.

Sniper executed – John Allen Muhammad died silently in a Virginia prison death chamber filled with lawyers, lawmen and his victims' survivors. After the execution, Steven Moore said he thought about Muhammad's accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, who received a life sentence for their crimes. "Well, myself, I wish Malvo was right there beside Muhammad," said Moore, whose sister, FBI analyst Linda Franklin, was gunned down in Virginia. "They both committed the same crimes. No, I don't feel any closure. I mean, it's ... it ... nothing changes."

New claims for unemployment insurance fell more than expected last week, evidence the job market is slowly healing as the economy recovers. Still, many analysts worry the nation could be in for a "jobless recovery" as the unemployment rate rises despite some overall economic growth. The Labor Department said Thursday that first-time claims for jobless benefits dropped to a seasonally adjusted 502,000 from an upwardly revised 514,000 the previous week. That's the fewest claims since the week ending Jan. 3, and below economists' estimates.

CNN anchor Lou Dobbs announced his resignation from the news network, effective immediately. The long-time anchor did not disclose specific plans for departing to another network. Dobbs has been in the headlines recently for his conservative views on illegal immigration. He recently complained publicly that his New Jersey home had been targeted by gunfire as a result of those views.

Swine flu has sickened about 22 million Americans since April and killed nearly 4,000, including 540 children, say startling federal estimates. The figures — a quadrupling of previous death estimates — don't mean swine flu suddenly has worsened, and most cases still don't require a doctor's care. Instead, the numbers are a long-awaited better attempt to quantify the new flu's true toll.

Federal prosecutors took steps to seize four U.S. mosques and a Fifth Avenue skyscraper owned by a nonprofit Muslim organization long suspected of being secretly controlled by the Iranian government.

In what could prove to be one of the biggest counterterrorism seizures in U.S. history, prosecutors filed a civil complaint in federal court seeking the forfeiture of more than $500 million in assets of the Alavi Foundation and an alleged front company. The assets include Islamic centers in New York City, Maryland, California and Houston, more than 100 acres in Virginia, and a 36-story office tower in New York.

The Obama administration has alerted domestic agencies to plan for a freeze or even a 5 percent cut in their budgets, part of an election-year push to rein in record deficits that threaten the economy and Democrats' political prospects next fall. China, the largest foreign holder of U.S. Treasury securities, has expressed concern about the size of U.S. deficits. U.S. policymakers worry that alarm over deficits could push foreigners into cutting back on their purchases of Treasury debt. President Barack Obama will visit China as part of his current tour of Asia.

A former Louisiana congressman who famously hid $90,000 cash in his freezer was sentenced Friday to 13 years in prison for taking bribes, the longest term ever imposed on a congressman for bribery charges. William Jefferson, a Democrat who represented parts of New Orleans for nearly 20 years, was convicted in August of taking roughly $500,000 in bribes and seeking millions more in exchange for using his influence to broker business deals in Africa.

Technology News – November 8, 2009 -

intel pays amd antitrust nov 2009Intel says it is paying AMD, its largest rival in the market for computer processors, $1.25 billion to settle all antitrust and patent suits. Intel Corp. says it has agreed to abide by a set of "business practice provisions." In return, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is dropping suits in the U.S. and Japan, and withdrawing complaints to antitrust regulators worldwide.

Entertainment News – November 8, 2009 -

jennifer lopez suing ex november 2009Jennifer Lopez is suing her ex-husband Ojani Noa for $10 million. He is trying to produce a feature film called How I Married Jennifer Lopez and she claims it violates a settlement agreement.

Britney Spears doesn't like what's being said about her in the Australian press -- and it has nothing to do with her once-tumultuous personal life. Currently touring in Australia, Spears, 27, has taken a beating by that country's media, who have lashed out at lip-synched portions, and her "boring," "stiff" and detached performances, reports Reuters. This has even provoked some audiences members to allegedly walk out just a few songs in, despite paying $200 to $1500 per ticket.

CMA Awards – Taylor Swift - picked up a slew of awards including Best Album (for "Fearless"), Female Vocalist, Music Video (for "Love Story") and Entertainer of the Year. Also picking up awards – Lady Antebellum and Brad Paisley.

Jon Gosselin has filed a $5 million law suit against TLC, claiming that the network has damaged his reputation and career by discouraging other media outlets from working with him. In addition, the former " Jon & Kate Plus 8" star claims the network is in breach-of-contract for shows that already aired for which he has not been paid.

It’s announced that The Who – the legendary British rock band, will perform on this season’s Super Bowl half-time show.

TV Ratings/TV Listings – November 8, 2009 -

World Series Game 4



World Series Game 1



World Series Game 2



World Series Pre-Game



Dancing With the Stars






The OT



The Mentalist



World Series Game 3



CSI: Crime Scene Investigation



Dancing With the Stars Results



Desperate Housewives



Grey's Anatomy



60 Minutes



Survivor: Samoa



CSI: Miami



Two and a Half Men



Amazing Race 15



NCIS: Los Angeles



The Big Bang Theory


Top Music Albums – November 8, 2009 –

This Is It – Michael Jackson

Fearless – Taylor Swift

rod stewart music november 2009 Soulbook – Rod Stewart

Full Circle – Creed

Night Castle – Trans-Siberian Orchestra

If On A Winter’s Night… Sting

Southern Voice – Tim McGraw

Crazy Love – Michael Buble

En Concert – Jack Johnson

The Twilight Saga: New Moon soundtrack

The Time Of Our Lives (EP) – Miley Cyrus

Strict Joy – Swell Season

The E.N.D. – Black Eyed Peas

Cosmic-Egg – Wolfmother

Save Me, San Francisco – Train

K.O.D. – Tech9ne

Congregation of the Danmed – Altreyu

Evolution of a Man – Brian McNight

Ocean Eyes – Owl City

Top Movies – November 8, 2009 –

Disney’s A Christmas Carol

Michael Jackson’s “This Is It”

The Fourth Kind

Men Who Stare At Goats

Paranormal Activity

The Box

Couples Retreat

Law Abiding Citizen

Where the Wild Things Are

Astro Boy

Saw VI

The Stepfather

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