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Dateline: Week Of November 1, 2010 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts

In The News -

Iraq's dwindling Christian community was grieving and afraid on Monday after militants seized a Baghdad church during evening Mass, held the congregation hostage and triggered a raid by Iraqi security forces. The bloodbath left at least 52 people killed and 67 wounded — nearly everyone inside.

BP lifted its estimate of the likely cost of its Gulf of Mexico oil spill to $40 billion on Tuesday, denting profits, but its underlying performance beat all expectations on higher refining margins and a lower tax rate. BP, the world's biggest non-government controlled oil company by production last year, said delays in capping its blown-out well prompted the increased charge for ending the leak, cleaning up the damage and compensating those affected.

Bombs exploded at the Swiss and Russian embassies in Athens on Tuesday and police found suspect packages at two other embassies in a wave of parcel bomb attacks in the Greek capital. Police linked the attacks to Greek leftist guerrillas. Small bomb and gas canister attacks have been frequent in Greece since 2008 when the police killing of a teenager sparked the country's worst riots in decades.

South Korea said Tuesday (Nov. 2) it would build a massive offshore wind farm off the west coast by 2019 to develop new sources of renewable energy and help wind turbine exporters. Under the 9.2 trillion won (8.2 billion dollars) project, companies such as Hyundai Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering plan to build 500 turbines, the Knowledge Economy Ministry said in a statement. The wind farm, to be built near the southwestern counties of Buan and Yeonggwang, will generate about 2,500 megawatts of electricity, it said.

Elections November 2010 -

The Republicans retake the house 240-185 as the Democrats retain the senate at 51-46. Republicans picked up at least 60 House seats, far more than the 39 they needed for a majority that would elevate John Boehner to House speaker and put Republicans in charge of House committees. It is the biggest shift in power since Democrats lost 75 House seats in 1948. Conservative grass roots activists associated with the Tea Party movement shook up the Republican Party earlier this year when they toppled some incumbents deemed not conservative enough and replaced them with less experienced, more ideological candidates. Tea Party favorites won in Florida, Utah and Kentucky, ensuring an influx of conservative views in the staid chamber. But the movement may have prevented Republicans from winning the Senate, as voters rejected Tea Party-backed candidates in Nevada, Delaware and West Virginia. The Dems had a few bright spots - Joe Manchin winning the Senate race in West Virginia, Barbara Boxer and Jerry Brown prevailing in California, Harry Reid hanging on in Nevada. Election stats were amazing. Some 50 Democrat incumbents are gone! John Boehner in Picture.

A chastened President Barack Obama signaled a willingness to compromise with Republicans on tax cuts and energy policy Wednesday, one day after his party lost control of the House and suffered deep Senate losses in midterm elections. Obama ruefully called the Republican victories "a shellacking" and acknowledged that his own connection with the public had frayed.

Emboldened by a commanding House majority and Senate gains, Republican leaders vowed Wednesday to roll back the size of government and, in time, the nation's sweeping health care law. President Barack Obama, reflective after his party's drubbing, accepted blame for failing to deliver the economic security Americans demand while saying of his health overhaul: "This was the right thing to do." He called the election a "shellacking." After two years with fellow Democrats leading Congress, Obama now must deal for the rest of his term with the jarring reality of Republican control of the House, a diminished Democratic majority in the Senate and a new flock of lawmakers sworn to downsize government at every chance.

Rebuked by voters, President Obama is turning overseas, heading to Asia for 10 days of diplomacy, tourism and dealmaking that could boost the battered chief executive and highlight his political skills on the world stage. First stop – India, then a sojourn through India, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan aimed at highlighting America's increasing engagement with Asia.

More News - November 1, 2010 -

A Yemen-based al-Qaida group is claiming responsibility for the international mail bomb plot uncovered late last week as well as the crash of a United Parcel Service cargo plane in September. A week after authorities intercepted packages in Dubai and England that were bound for the U.S., Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula issued a message Friday saying it will continue to strike American and Western interests. They specifically said they would target civilian and cargo aircraft.

Hurricane Tomas flooded the earthquake-shattered remains of a Haitian town on Friday, forcing families who had already lost their homes in one disaster to flee another. In the country's capital, quake refugees resisted calls to abandon flimsy tarp and tent camps.

Indonesia – A surge of searing gas raced down the sides of Mount Merapi on Friday, smothering houses, cattle and villagers in its path. The death toll after the volcano's largest eruption in a century soared to 122. The worst hit village of Bronggang lay nine miles (15 kilometers) from the fiery crater, just on the perimeter of the government-delineated "danger zone." Crumpled roofs, charred carcasses of cattle and broken chairs — all layered in white ash and soot — dotted the smoldering landscape.

President Obama announced a host of new trade deals with India supporting tens of thousands of U.S. jobs Saturday as he began a 10-day trip through Asia on a determinedly domestic note. Intent on demonstrating his attention to the sluggish U.S. economy even while overseas, Obama, also told a meeting of U.S. and Indian executives that the U.S. would relax some export regulations that have complicated trade between America and this fast-growing country of 1.2 billion people.

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Congress should act quickly, before new members take their seats, to repeal the miltary’s plan on gays serving openly in the military.

Iraq's political rivals reached a breakthrough power-sharing deal in which Nuri al-Maliki, a Shiite, retains the premiership, a spokesman said on Sunday, exactly eight months after inconclusive elections. The deal was between the National Alliance, which represents the main Shiite parties, and the Kurdish coalition, while Iraqiya's support hinged on its agreement over the posts of speaker and president.

A French nun who was considered the world's oldest person died Thursday on the Caribbean island of St. Barthelemy at the age of 114, the French government said. Eugenie Blanchard, who friends called "Sweets" because of her kindness, died at around 3 a.m. at Bruyn Hospital, where she had lived in the geriatric ward since 1980, said hospital director Pierre Nuty.

After 14 years of serving the Big Island, financially strapped Japan Airlines has ended flights between Tokyo and Kona International Airport. The last passengers arriving from Narita International Airport to Kona Friday were greeted with lei and live Hawaiian music, the Big Island Visitors Bureau said.

Sports News November 1, 2010 -

Cowboys sucking eggs this season - After the Cowboys' 35-17 home loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, owner Jerry Jones spoke to the media in a state of confusion. "I'm embarrassed," Jones said. "Of course I am. And to every fan, I should have and do take the ultimate, ultimate responsibility. I do. That's the way we're structured. That's the way I run it. There's no question that I have the plan and executing it to have the best players and the best coaching that we can have. I'm dumbfounded that we are 1-7."

The San Francisco Giants win the World Series in a 4-0 sweep against the Texas Rangers.

Passing - Former Reds and Tiger Manager: Sparky Anderson passes away at the age of 76 due to complications of dementia.

Passing – Three time world surfing champ Andy Irons (32).

Technology News November 1, 2010 -

Priceline.com has introduced a new feature that makes it easier to find the hotel freebie of your dreams. "Increasingly freebies are becoming a staple for hotels of almost any star level to differentiate themselves, especially in this economy," said Priceline spokesman Brian Ek. "What we're finding is that consumers are looking for freebies and they value them, in some cases as much or more than a really good rate." Priceline has listed hotels with freebies before, but until now, "there wasn't a way to conveniently see who was offering what in a macro sense. You could not easily compare," Ek said. The new feature assembles freebies "in a searchable way, so that a visitor to the site could mine our hotel database to see what's available."

Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. announced today that PAC-MAN Party has gone gold for Wii. Set in a birthday party theme, PAC-MAN stars in this new venture packed with dozens of mini-games, challenges and surprises. Utilizing the Wii Remote, the game’s easy to pick-up-and-play controls will have players using their skills and reflexes to compete against one another as they move about unique virtual game boards. With something for everyone in the family, PAC-MAN Party will be packed with non-stop action when it is available throughout North America on November 16, 2010.

Known as three-dimensional telepresence, executives may not be able to beam a full three-dimensional image of themselves across the world just yet but researchers are a step closer to 3-D real-time images, an advance in holographic technology that could make video conferencing far more lifelike. Nasser Peyghambarian of the University of Arizona and colleagues said on Wednesday their new holographic technology can project a near 360-degree image to another location that updates every two seconds. The earliest use of the technology could be in movies, given the popularity of 3-D films such as "Avatar."

Android smartphone market share trails iPhone market share by a scant 9 percentage points in a recent study from analysis giant Nielsen. According to statistics on overall U.S. market share, Android is the single fastest-growing mobile platform. By contrast, Apple's iOS shows an ever-so-slight decline. Other operating systems, including BlackBerry and Windows Mobile, show sharp declines over the past quarter. Still, BlackBerry is the top mobile OS by the numbers, with around 30 percent of the total market share.

Facebook begins offering coupons from various retailers, including a promotion from Gap which will give away 10,000 pairs of jeans. Mobile users can access the partner deals on their smartphones, go to the store and show the virtual coupon to the clerk. Facebook said it is launching a test version of the feature, called Deals, with more than 20 companies, including the Gap, McDonalds, 24 Hour Fitness, American Eagle Outfitters and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, a chain of movie theaters that serves food and drinks.

Jammie Thomas-Rasset, the Minnesota woman who has been fighting the recording industry over 24 songs she illegally downloaded and shared online four years ago, has lost another round in court. A jury in Minneapolis decided today that she was liable for $1.5 million in copyright infringement damages to Capitol Records, or $62,500 for each song she illegally shared in April 2006. The Recording Industry Association of America--the trade group that represents the four major music labels--applauded the verdict.

Entertainment News - November 1, 2010 -

Story photo: Taylor Swift to Create Her Own Fragrance taylor swift signs perfume deal   nov 2010Taylor Swift, 20, signed a deal to create her very own signature scent with Elizabeth Arden, the company behind the fragrances of Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Elizabeth Taylor and Usher "I have always loved how fragrance can shape a memory the way certain scents remind you of events and people that are imprinted in your thoughts," Swift said in a statement.

A U.S. teen was crowned Miss World 2010. Alexandria Mills was named the winner in this year's competition. The 18-year-old from Lexington, Ky., became the third ever U.S. contestant to take the title in the pageant's history. Second place went to Emma Wareus of Botswana. Adriana Vasini of Venezuela came in third.

Director Ron Howard says he will not cut a joke using the word "gay" from his new film, The Dilemma. The joke was deemed insensitive by GLAAD and subsequently removed from the film's trailer two weeks ago. In the clip, Vince Vaughn, who plays an automotive consultant, says, "Ladies and gentleman, electric cars are gay." "I believe in sensitivity but not censorship. I feel that our film is taking additional heat as an emblem for many movies and TV shows that preceded it that have even more provocative characterizations and language," said Howard.

Filmmaker George Hickenlooper has died at age 47, just before the premiere of his new film "Casino Jack" at the Starz Denver Film Festival, the Denver Post newspaper reported on Saturday.

Fergie has been named a Woman of the Year by Glamour magazine. As a result of the honor, the triple threat is being featured on three different covers for the mag's 20th anniversary of its Women of the Year Awards.

justin bieber new book   nov 2010Jusin Bieber has written his first book. "So, the reason I decided to write this book at such a young age is because there is so much stuff on the Internet that is misconstrued and a lot of people have [written] stuff about me and it's just not right," It’s called “First Step 2 Forever: My Story."

Charlie Sheen has filed for divorce from his third wife, Brooke Mueller Sheen. He is seeking joint custody of the former couples' twins while Brooke Sheen filed her own petition for divorce, seeking sole custody and spousal support.

Randy Travis and his wife divorce after 19 years of marriage.

Passing – Charlie O’ Donnell – heard as the announcer on “Wheel of Fortune” and other game shows of the past. He began his career as a top-40 DJ when AM radio was king. He was 78. His other gameshow announcing credits include: "The Dating Game," "Everybody's Talking," "The Gong Show," "The Guinness Game," "Hot Potato," "The Joker's Wild," "Let's Go Back," "Monopoly," "The Newlywed Game," "The Parent Game," "Stompers," "Tic Tac Dough," "To Tell The Truth," "Trivia Trap," "Wedding Party," "The Wizard of Odds" and "Wordplay." Do you remember half of those?

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday, marking a climax to a drawn-out restructuring for the storied Hollywood studio that controls the James Bond films and made "The Wizard of Oz." The Chapter 11 filing follows last week's vote by creditors to support a "prepackaged" bankruptcy in which MGM will shed more than $4 billion of debt and hand control to its secured lenders. Management would be assumed by Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, who run the Spyglass Entertainment film company. MGM filed for protection from creditors after striking an agreement with Carl Icahn, one of its largest debtholders, to win the billionaire's support for a restructuring.

Update - The reason Miley Cyrus’' parents are splitting after 17 years of marriage: Mom Tish had an affair with rocker Bret Michaels. When Billy Ray learned of it - as well as at least one other fling - he filed for divorce Oct. 27.

Passing - Jill Clayburgh, the sophisticated Hollywood and Broadway actress known for portrayals of empowered women in a career spanning five decades, highlighted by her Oscar-nominated role of a divorcee exploring life after marriage in the 1978 film "An Unmarried Woman," has died. She was 66.

Music News - November 1, 2010 -

Taylor Swift fans have spoken — more than a million times. The country-pop superstar sold more than 1 million copies of her new album "Speak Now" to debut at the top of the Billboard album chart this week. Billboard.com said Wednesday that it's the biggest debut since 50 Cent’s "The Massacre" five years ago.

On the heels of the news that Miley Cyrus’' parents - Billy Ray and Tish - were divorcing, Miley also finds herself a single gal, again. Miley and her on-again/off-again beau, Liam Hemsworth, have split again.

Lady Gaga took home three prizes at the MTV Europe Music Awards for best pop artist, best female singer and best song for her single "Bad Romance."

lil wayne news   nov 2010Lil Wayne checks in with the officials in Yuma County, Ariz., to begin a three-year stint of unsupervised probation for a drug conviction. Yuma County chief probation officer Steve Hardy says the 28-year-old rapper's case is being transferred to his home state of Florida. For the next three years, he must avoid drugs and alcohol and not commit any new crimes, among other conditions. Real name is Dwayne Carter Jr., he was released from a New York jail Thursday after serving eight months in a gun case.

Television News - November 1, 2010

The Oprah Winfrey Network announces three shows – starring Ryan and Tatum O’Neal, Naomi and Wynonna Judd and Carson Kressley. The three shows —Ryan and Tatum: The O'Neals, The Judds and Carson-Nation — will premiere in 2011. The O'Neals will focus on the father and daughter actors as they try to reconcile after a 25-year estrangement. The Judds will follow the Grammy-winning country music duo as they prepare for their first tour together in 10 years. Carson-Nation centers on the former Queer Eye for the Straight Guy fashion and design expert as he travels through the country to give makeovers to residents of small towns.

AMC's new zombie drama The Walking Dead debuted to 5.3 million viewers, the largest audience for any original series on the network.

For the second year in a row, ABC will air a Thanksgiving special with Beyonce. Beyonce's I Am... World Tour will feature a compilation of performances, backstage moments and life on her tour. Jay-Z, the 29-year-old Grammy winner's husband, and Kanye West are slated to make guest appearances.

bill o'reilly  news trends   nov 2010Fox News host Bill O'Reilly and conservative media critic Bernie Goldberg slammed MSNBC on Wednesday for having the network's top liberal hosts and commentators lead election night coverage. Goldberg praised CNN and Fox News for having nonpartisan anchors give results, with commentators on the right and left providing analysis. But he said MSNBC "jumped the shark" with its team, which included Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, Lawrence O'Donnell and Eugene Robinson in the studio, along with Ed Schultz in Las Vegas.

Passing - Storm Chaser Matt Hughs. Storm chasing is now an extreme sport!

MSNBC has suspended "Countdown" host Keith Olbermann Friday after the it was learned he donated to three Democratic candidates. He had given the maximum individual donation of $2,400 to three candidates in this week’s elections. Olbermann, in a statement to Politico, said that he "did not privately or publicly encourage anyone else to donate to these campaigns nor to any others in this election or any previous ones." Also, Olbermann said he had not "previously donated to any political campaign at any level."


TV listings/TV Guide - November 1, 2010

Wednesday night television

8:00 to 9:00
ABC: 'The Middle' and 'Better With You'
CBS: 'Survivor: Nicaragua'
CW: 'America's Next Top Model'
NBC: 'Undercovers'
PBS: 'Secrets of the Dead'* -- Season 10
Cartoon Network: 'Dude, What Would Happen?' and 'Destroy Build Destroy'
DisneyXD: 'The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes'
G4: 'Campus PD' and 'That's Tough'
Logo: 'Bump!'

9:00 to 10:00
ABC: 'Modern Family' and 'Cougar Town'
CBS: 'Criminal Minds'
CW: 'Hellcats'
NBC: 'Law & Order: SVU'
PBS: 'Circus'* -- (120 minutes)
A&E: 'Dog the Bounty Hunter' -- 9:30 start
BBC America: 'I'd Do Anything'* -- (120 minutes)
Bio: 'Biography' -- Focus on all of the 'Star Trek' captains
DIRECTV The 101 Network: 'Friday Night Lights'
Discovery: 'MythBusters'
DisneyXD: 'Naruto: Shippuden'
DIY: '10 Grand in Your Hand'
History: 'Marijuana: A Chronic History' -- (120 minutes)
ID: 'The Will: Family Secrets Revealed'*
NatGeo: 'Border Wars'
NatGeo WILD: 'My Dog Ate What?'*
Showtime: 'Inside the NFL'
SyFy: 'Ghost Hunters'
Travel: 'Man v. Food Presents Carnivore Chronicles'
truTV: 'Most Shocking'

10:00 to 11:00
ABC: 'In the Spotlight With Robin Roberts: All Access Nashville'
CBS: 'The Defenders'
NBC: 'Law & Order: Los Angeles'
A&E: 'Steven Seagal Lawman' -- Two episodes
Animal Planet: 'I Shouldn't Be Alive'
Bravo: 'Top Chef: Just Desserts'
Cooking Channel: 'Bitchin Kitchen' -- 10:30 start
Comedy Central: 'South Park' and 'Ugly Americans'
DIRECTV: 'Mutual Friends'*
Discovery: 'Storm Chasers'
Discovery Health: 'My Deadly Appetite'
DIY: 'Disaster House' -- 10:30 start
E!: 'What's Eating You'
Food Network: 'Tailgate Warriors With Guy Fieri'
FX: 'Terriers'
ID: 'Who the Bleep Did I Marry'**
MTV: 'The Challenge: Cutthroat'
Science Channel: 'Sci Fi Science'
Showtime: 'Inside NASCAR'
Spike: 'The Ultimate Fighter' and 'Blue Mountain State' -- 'Blue Mountain' starts at 10:55
SyFy: 'Hollywood Treasure' -- Two episodes
TBS: 'Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns'
TLC: 'LA Ink'**
Travel: 'Food Wars'
truTV: 'Black Gold'
TV Land: 'Harry Loves Lisa'
VH1: 'I Love Money'

11:00 to Midnight
Style: 'Clean House Comes Clean' -- Two episodes
VH1: 'Real and Chance: The Legend Hunters'

11:00
'Charlie Rose' (PBS): TBA
'The Mo'Nique Show' (BET): Beverly Bond; Iyanla Vanzant; performance by Chrisette Michele
'The Daily Show' (Comedy Central): Chris Wallace
'Chelsea Lately' (E!): Emily Procter (PHOTO)
'Lopez Tonight' (TBS): William Shatner; Atticus Shaffer; performance by Soulja Boy

11:30
'Late Show With David Letterman' (CBS): Tina Fey; performance by Brad Paisley

'The Tonight Show' (NBC): James Franco; Meghan McCain; performance by Far East Movement
'The Colbert Report' (Comedy Central): Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin

Midnight
'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (ABC): Danny McBride; performance by Huey Lewis
'Tavis Smiley' (PBS): Recap of the midterm elections

12:30
'The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson' (CBS): Louis Black; Jayma Mays; performance by Dr. Dog
'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' (NBC): Zach Galifianakis; director Danny Boyle; performance by Kid Cudi

1:30
'Last Call With Carson Daly' (NBC): Craig Robinson; performance by Built to Spill

Hot Top Hits November 1, 2010

We R Who We R – Ke$ha

Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars

Like a G6 – Far East Movement fea. Cataracs & Dev

Only Girl (In The World) – Rihanna

DJ Got us Fallin’ In Love – Usher fea. Pitbull

Just A Dream – Nelly

Bottoms Up – Trey Songz fea. Nicki Minaj

Raise Your Glass – P!nk

Dynamite – Taio Cruz

Teenage Dream – Katy Perry

Whip My Hair – Willow

Animal – Neo Trees

flo rida news music  nov 1  2010Club Can’t Handle Me – Flo Rida fea. David Guetta

Deuces – Chris Brown fea. Tyga & Kevin McCall

Love The Way You Lie – Eminem fea. Rihanna

Sparks Fly – Taylor Swift

Monster – Kanye West fea. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Bon Iver & Nicki Minaj

Please Don’t Go – Mike Posner

Mine – Taylor Swift

Right Above It – Lil Wayne fea. Drake

F**k You (Forget You) – Cee Lo Green

If I Die Young – The Band Perry

No Hands – Waks Flocka Flame fea. Roscoe Dash & Wal

Check it Out – will.i.am & Nick Minaj

Top Video Games November 1, 2010 -

Fable III (X360)

Fallout: New Vegas (X360) (PS2)

Star Wars: The Force Unleased… (X360 PS3)

Just Dance 2 (Wii)

Medal of Honor (X360)

Wii Sports Resort

Wii Sports

Rock Band 3 (X360)

Top Movies - November 1, 2010 -

Megamind (1st week $47.65 million)

Due Date (1st week $33.5 million)

For Colored Girls (1st week $20 million)

Red

Saw3D

Paranormal Activity 2

Jackass 3D

Hereafter

Secretariat

The Social Network

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