Dateline: Week Of November 15, 2011 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Hundreds of police officers in riot gear raided the Occupy Wall Street encampment in New York City in the pre-dawn darkness Tuesday, evicting hundreds of demonstrators and demolishing the tent city that was the epicenter of a movement protesting what participants call corporate greed and economic inequality.
The U.S. Postal Service said Tuesday it has lost $5.1 billion in the past year, pushing it closer to imminent default on a multibillion-dollar payment and to future bankruptcy as the weak economy and increased Internet use drive down mail volume. The financial losses for the year ended Sept. 30 came despite deep cuts of more than 130,000 jobs in recent years and the closing of some smaller local post offices.
U.S. manufacturing is recovering from a slump, and inflation may be peaking. Data issued Wednesday point to an economy growing slowly but steadily. Still, surging oil prices and a possible European recession threaten to drain the economy's momentum. "The continued resilience of manufacturing is encouraging, since this should be the sector most exposed to the global economic slowdown," said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist with Capital Economics.
Citigroup Inc. is considering plans to cut 3,000 or more workers as part of an ongoing effort to control expenses. That would amount to about 1 percent of the New York-based bank's work force. A person with knowledge of the situation says decisions haven't been finalized, but that the job cuts could exceed 3,000 in the next year or so.
France recalled its ambassador to Damascus on Wednesday as Syrian President Bashar Assad came under increasing pressure from home and abroad, with army defectors killing at least eight soldiers in a daring attack on the military. French Ambassador Eric Chevallier was ordered home in the wake of recent attacks against diplomatic missions and increasing violence stemming from Syria's 8-month-old uprising.
A University of California, Berkeley student who was shot in a campus computer lab not far from the scene of anti-Wall Street protests has died of his injuries, the university said on Wednesday. Christopher Nathen Elliot Travis, 32, died late on Tuesday afternoon, hours after the shooting at the Haas School of Business, university spokesman Dan Mogulof said. University police say there is no indication that the incident was related to a day of rallies Berkeley linked to anti-Wall Street protests.
Tightening ties with Asian nations as China's might rises, President Barack Obama prepared Thursday to be the first U.S. president to take part in a summit of East Asian nations. Ahead of his diplomatic efforts here, the White House announced trade deals to show progress on the jobs front back home.
A congressional official says Democrats on the deficit-cutting supercommittee have rejected a last-ditch offer from the Republicans that would curb deficits by $545 billion over the next decade. The latest development raised serious doubts about the 12-memberbipartisan panel reaching an agreement by Wednesday's deadline. Democrats called it a "halfway" proposal and said it was unbalanced because it included just $3 billion in tax revenue.
The government delivered a blow to some desperate patients Friday as it ruled the blockbuster drug Avastin should no longer be used to treat advanced breast cancer.Avastin is hailed for treating colon cancer and certain other malignancies. But the Food and Drug Administration said it appeared to be a false hope for breast cancer: Studies haven't found that it helps those patients live longer or brings enough other benefit to outweigh its dangerous side effects.
President Barack Obama will showcase a $21.7 billion deal Boeing has struck with Indonesia's largest domestic airline, Lion Air, the White House said. Obama will attend a signing ceremony on Friday for the order for 230 aircraft, which the White House said would support more than 110,000 jobs across the United States, on the sidelines of an East Asia Summit he is attending on the Indonesian island of Bali.
Moammar Gadhafi's son Seif al-Islam — the only wanted member of the ousted ruling family to remain at large — was captured as he traveled with aides in a convoy in Libya's southern desert, Libyan officials said Saturday. Thunderous celebratory gunfire shook the Libyan capital as the news spread. A spokesman for the Libyan fighters who captured him said Seif al-Islam, who has been charged by the International Criminal Courtfor crimes against humanity, was detained about 30 miles (50 kilometers) west of the town of Obari with two aides as he was trying to flee to neighboring Niger. But the country's acting justice minister later said the convoy's destination was not confirmed.
First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Jill Biden were booed at the Homestead-Miami Speedway Sunday, where they were present to Grand Marshal the final races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup. They were also visiting to raise support for a White House initiative that encourages businesses to hire veterans.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Sunday an "al-Qaida sympathizer" who plotted to bomb police and post offices inNew York City and U.S. troops returning home has been arrested on numerous terrorism-related charges. Bloomberg announced the Saturday arrest of 27-year-old Jose Pimentel of Manhattan, a U.S. citizen originally from the Dominican Republic. The mayor said Pimentel was "plotting to bomb police patrol cars and also postal facilities as well as targeted members of our armed services returning from abroad." But there was no evidence that he was working with anyone else, the mayor said.
Monday - Stocks capped off a brutal day on Wall Street down 2%, as investors remained on edge about the lack of progress leaders have made solving U.S. and European debt problems. "This lack of trust continues to build on both sides of the Atlantic," said Ryan Detrick, senior technical strategist at Schaeffer's Investment Research. "Global leaders don't appear able to do much to fix continuing debt issues."
Technology News November 15, 2011 -
Google opened an online music store and a free Web storage locker on Wednesday for listening to tracks from computers, tablets and phones, the company announced at a news conference in Los Angeles. The music store sells songs and albums for prices comparable to iTunes and Amazon MP3, but Google's catalog is smaller. The storefront can be found in the Android Market, an application and website where Google smartphone users can download apps. Songs purchased from the store are automatically uploaded to Google Music, a locker that can be accessed from an app coming to recent Android phones and tablets in the next few days, or from a website. They allow users to stream songs from their various devices.
Sports News November 15, 2011 –
A Major League Baseball player was stabbed to death Monday in the Netherlands, police said. Greg Halman, 24, was found dead just after 5 a.m. Monday in Rotterdam, a police spokeswoman said. Investigators arrested his 22-year-old brother, she said.
Halman played center field for the Seattle Mariners. Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig issued a statement expressing his condolences to the team.
Entertainment News November 15, 2011 -
CBS is rebuilding its morning franchise in another attempt to escape the ratings cellar, betting on a sober-minded news broadcast behind hosts Charlie Rose, Erica Hill and Gayle King. The new program, which doesn't have a name yet, will replace "The Early Show" from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and will debut on Jan. 9. Its new Manhattan studio and newsroom were a dusty construction zone on Tuesday, symbolizing CBS' efforts to start an entirely new show instead of make cosmetic changes on the old one. CBS has been third in the ratings behind NBC's "Today" show and ABC's "Good Morning America" for decades. CBS News chairman Jeff Fager said the new show will be "hard news but not all serious."
For 70 raw, revealing minutes -- a year before his comeback at Apple -- Steve Jobs was captured on tape ... wry, emotional and bitter. The subjects: everything from early pranks with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, to matters of his taste in research and development, to John Sculley, the one-time protege who ousted him from the company he created. The wide-ranging 1995 talk with Jobs led by Silicon Valley historian Robert Cringlely, edited into the film, "Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview," plays Wednesday and Thursday in limited release. It's must viewing -- especially for readers of Walter Isaacson's hit biography. Initially, the interview was for Cringely's three-part PBS TV documentary "Triumph of the Nerds." Only 10 minutes of it were actually used, and the master copies were lost in shipping.
The woman who claimed teen singer Justin Bieber fathered a baby with her has dropped her paternity lawsuit, but Mariah Yeater's lawyer said on Wednesday she is pursuing her claim out of court. Yeater, 20, of southern California, had claimed in her lawsuit that she had sex backstage with the 17-year-old Canadian singer last year and that he was the father of her baby who was born in July. She was demanding child support.
Passing- Karl Slover, one of the last surviving actors who played Munchkins in the 1939 classic film "The Wizard of Oz" has died. He was 93.
People magazine has bestowed the title of “Sexiest Man Alive” this year to the actor Bradley Cooper. And the Web response has been, well, less than turned on. Comments on blogs across the Web have been pouring in, many of them favoring a different man for the title.The arguments for Cooper include the 36-year-old's "tousled hair," "blue eyes," and fluent French. But those assets don't do it for many a disappointed lady…and man. A very unscientific poll on Yahoo! asked: "Is Bradley Cooper the sexiest man alive?" It received an overwhelming "no" vote.
Demi Moore is ending her marriage to fellow actor Ashton Kutcher, she told The Associated Press on Thursday. Moore, 49, and Kutcher, 33, were wed in September 2005, but the couple's relationship became tabloid fodder in recent months as rumors swirled about Kutcher's alleged infidelity. "It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have decided to end my six-year marriage to Ashton. As a woman, a mother and a wife there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life. This is a trying time for me and my family, and so I would ask for the same compassion and privacy that you would give to anyone going through a similar situation," she said in her statement to the AP.
Natalie Wood Drowning Case Re-opened by LA Police - Natalie Wood, who had a notorious fear of water, was found dead in the waters off Catalina Island following a booze-filled night spent on a yacht with only Wagner, family friend Christopher Walken, and Dennis Davern, the boat’s captain. Los Angeles police said Wagner is not a suspect, however several sources with new information have spurred them to reopen the 30-year-old case. Lana Wood told TMZ she has had many discussions over the years with Davern, which have led her to believe there is more to the story of her sister’s death. “He said everybody was quite drunk and that a fight, or an argument, I should say, did break out and that Natalie was in the water and that he and [Robert] did nothing to pull her out,” she told the entertainment website.
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez aren't letting that pesky paternity scandal come between them. The 17-year-old singer "was in great spirits when he came for a couple hours to rehearse" for the American Music Awards on Saturday. The singer's 19-year-old girlfriend was in the front row.
American Music Awards – Winners:
— Adult Contemporary Artist: Adele
— Alternative Rock Artist: Foo Fighters
— Contemporary Inspirational Artist: Casting Crowns
— Country Female Artist: Taylor Swift
— Country Male Artist: Blake Shelton
— Country Band, Duo or Group: Lady Antebellum
— Country Album: Taylor Swift, "Speak Now"
— Latin Music Artist: Jennifer Lopez
— Pop/Rock Female Artist: Adele
— Pop/Rock Male Artist: Bruno Mars
— Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group: Maroon 5
— Pop/Rock Album: Adele, "21"
— Rap/Hip-Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj
— Rap/Hip-Hop Album: Nicki Minaj, "Pink Friday"
— Soul/R&B Female Artist: Beyonce
— Soul/R&B Male Artist: Usher
Top Movies - November 15, 2011 -
The Twilight saga: Breaking Down – Part 1 (1st week $138.1 million)
Happy Feet Two (1st week $21.2 million)
Jack and Jill
Puss in Boots
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
The Descendants (1st week $1.2 million)
Top Pop Hits November 15, 2011 –
Sexy and I Know It – LMFAO
Someone Like You – Adele
Without You – David Guetta fea. Usher
We Found Love – Rihanna fea. Calvin Harris
Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 fea. Christina Aguilera
Stereo Hearts – Gym Class Heroes fea. Adam Levine
Good Feeling – Flo Rida
Pumped Up Kicks – Foster The People
It This Was A Movie – Taylor Swift
It Will Rain – Bruno Mars
You make Me Feel… Cobra Starship fea. Sabi
5 O’Clock – T-Pain fea. Wiz Khalifa & Lily Allen
Ours Taylor Swift
The One That Got Away – Katy Perry
Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO fea. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock
Headlines – Drake
Ni**as in Paris – Jay Z Kanye West
In The Dark – Dev
Mr. Know It All – Kelly Clarkson
Dance (A$$) – Big Sean fea. Nicki Minaj
It Girl – Jason Derulo
Work Out – J. Cole
Super Bass – Nicki Minaj
Fly – Nicki Minaj fea. Rihanna.