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Dateline: Week Of August 8, 2011 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts

In The News -

World stocks slid to their lowest level in nearly a year on Monday, overshadowing relief that the European Central Bank was buying Italian and Spanish government bonds in the latest move to staunch the euro zone debt crisis. U.S. stocks extended losses in early trading, falling more than 3.0 percent on the heels of its worst week in more than two years. MSCI's all-country world stock index <.MIWD00000PUS> dropped 3.8 percent. The index was at its lowest level since September 2010.

Police arrested 160 people during a weekend of riots and looting that erupted in a disadvantaged London neighborhood just five miles (eight kilometers) from the site of next year's Olympic Games. Groups of masked and hooded young people looted shops, attacked police officers and set fire to vehicles in violence that has raised questions about security ahead of the 2012 Olympics and revealed pent-up anger against the city's police. Around 35 police officers were injured, including three hit by a car while trying to make arrests in east London.

Passing – Nearly 30 years after he left office, former New York Governor Hugh Carey passed away at 92. (Sunday Aug7) He became the first Democrat elected Governor in 16 years and four years later, was the first to be re-elected in 40 years. Before heading to Albany, the Brooklyn native spent seven terms in Congress.He entrusted his friend and neighbor James Tully to run his campaign, and later appointed him State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance.

Passing - Texas billionaire and philanthropist Charles Wyly, whose family donated millions of dollars to Republican causes and Dallas arts projects, has died after a car accident in western Colorado, authorities said. He was 77. Wyly, who maintained a home near Aspen, Colo., was turning onto a highway near the local airport when his Porsche was hit by a sport utility vehicle Sunday, the Colorado State Patrol said in a statement. Wyly died at Aspen Valley Hospital.

After opening higher, stocks almost immediately lost gains, with the Dow briefly turning negative. However, they then bounced off those lows and returned solidly positive. Stocks rose more than 1 percent on Tuesday after the previous session's nosedive, but markets could reverse if investors are not convinced the Federal Reserve has a plan to combat the meltdown linked to fears of a new recession.

Wind conditions and "less than ideal currents" prompted marathon swimmer Diana Nyad to end her second bid to swim from Cuba to the Florida Keys about halfway through her journey early Tuesday. Elaine Lafferty, who was on the boat according to Nyad's blog, posted on Twitter: "It's over." Lafferty said "the combination of factors was too much to safely continue."

Assuming the grimmest role of his office, President Barack Obama on Tuesday(Aug9) privately honored fallen forces returning home from war, this time the troops killed in a helicopter attack that claimed more American lives than any other strike of the Afghanistan war. Obama's afternoon trip here was unannounced to ensure the security of his helicopter flight. Members of the media covering the trip agreed not to report on it until he had landed. After about a half-hour flight from Washington, Marine One touched down at the base. The president climbed into a limousine that took him to the two C-17 aircraft that arrived earlier in the day carrying the remains of the 30 Americans killed in Afghanistan. The president boarded each plane to pay his respects to the fallen soldiers.

Stocks rallied on Tuesday (Aug9) in a volatile session as investors struggled to decipher the Fed's signals on the economy after a dizzying two-week slide. Buying accelerated into the close and the S&P 500 posted its best day in more than two years, following a drop of nearly 17 percent over the past weeks.The market reversed direction six times after a Fed statement that pledged two more years of near-zero interest rates.

On Thursday (Aug11) Wall Street's wildest week since 2008 continued with another 400-plus point move for the Dow on Thursday. This time, stocks shot up after investors saw small signs that the economy might not be headed into another recession. Fewer Americans joined the unemployment line last week, and a technology bellwether said revenue could grow faster this quarter than analysts expected. The news pushed prices on long-term Treasurys down, and gold fell from its record high.

Aligning himself with a public fed up with economic uncertainty and Washington gridlock, President Obama declared Thursday: "There is nothing wrong with our country. There is something wrong with our politics." His toughly worded message — he said there was frustration in his voice, in case anyone missed the point — came amid a series of polls showing that people are disgusted with political dysfunction and are dispensing blame all around, including on Obama. Obama aired his frustration with the ways of Washington at an event in Michigan before pivoting to his re-election campaign and a pair of big-money fundraisers in New York City.

Iowa Republican Debate - Usually on a fight card, the main event is held last, but Rep. Michele Bachmann and Gov. Tim Pawlenty reversed that order. The Minnesota Melee was biggest and came first. Pawlenty argued that Bachmann boasts about leading fights in Washington but never wins those fights. "Leading and failing is not the objective," he said. "If that's your view of effective results, please stop. … You're killing us."

Police in London said Friday they have charged almost 600 people with violence, disorder and looting over deadly riots in Britain's capital, as the city's mayor said Londoners wanted to see "significant sentences" handed out to the guilty. Across the country, more than 1,700 people have been arrested. Courts in London, Birmingham and Manchester stayed open through a second night to deal with hundreds of alleged offenders, and hundreds of extra police remained on the streets to deter violence as the weekend approached.

perry kicks off presidential campaign photo augustRick Perry officially kicked off his long-expected bid for the 2012 GOP nomination Saturday, insisting the country's standing in the world is "in peril" because of President Obama's "rudderless leadership."

CNN anchor Don Lemon reports that members of the campaign team for Michele Bachmann -- including her husband Marcus Bachmann -- shoved him after an event for the candidate in Des Moines on Friday. It's hard to tell exactly what happened, as both sides have a different account, but Lemon is sticking to his story, so here goes: “She came out, after speaking for just a couple minutes,” Lemon said. “There were other reporters and cameras there. And I asked her very respectful questions: ‘How do you think you did in the debate last night?’ and ‘How do you think you’re going to end up in the Ames Straw Poll?’ And her two campaign aides started elbowing me.”

A fifth person has died from the collapse of an outdoor concert stage in heavy wind just before a weekend show at the Indiana State Fair, which was shut down on Sunday, authorities said. More than 40 people were injured in the collapse on Saturday night, just minutes before the country duo Sugarland was set to begin performing, Indiana State Police said. Some of the injuries were extremely serious, and more people could die, said State Police Sgt. Dave Bursten at a news conference. "That possibility is there," he said.

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty dropped out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination on Sunday, hours after finishing a disappointing third in the Iowa straw poll. "I wish it would have been different. But obviously the pathway forward for me doesn't really exist so we are going to end the campaign," Pawlenty said on ABC's "This Week" from Iowa shortly after disclosing his plans in a private conference call with supporters.

A team of six suicide bombers — some wearing explosive vests — stormed a provincial governor's compound in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing 22 people in the latest high-profile attack to target prominent Afghan government officials, authorities said.

Technology News - August 8, 2011

Google has accused Microsoft in court of revealing its proprietary source code. That's some rich irony given that the court case involves Android -- an open-source operating system that Google touts as being free to modify and use. As PaidContent reports, Google made the claim in an International Trade Court case between Microsoft and Motorola. Microsoft has repeatedly claimed that Android infringes upon some of its patents, and is suing Motorola in hopes of extracting licensing fees for every Android device that Motorola sells.

According to Futuresource Consulting, five million 3-D TVs will be sold in the United States this year, with 15 million expected to be in homes nationwide by the end of 2012. That sounds promising for the format's future. But as a study by Deloitte reveals, 83% of shoppers don't believe 3-D is enough to make them buy a new set, and 60% said they wouldn't pay more for these capabilities. Market researcher NPD Group has found the two biggest barriers to adoption are the need to wear goofy glasses and the heightened price that 3-D sets command. Most sell for double to triple that of comparable 2-D plasma or LCD models, respectively.

After eight years in business, the Walmart Music Downloads Store located at mp3walmartdotcom will close on August 28, 2011. All content in the Store will be disabled and no longer available for download from the store."

Cable and Internet provider Comcast is launching a new program to offer discounted Internet service and computers to low-income families. The program, called Internet Essentials, will "provide low-cost access to the Internet and affordable computers as well as digital literacy training to families with children who are eligible to receive free lunches under the National School Lunch Program.

Sports News August 8, 2011 –

tiger woods returns august 2011Tiger Woods returned to the major scene with a major thud. Seemingly spending as much time in water and sand as he did on the exquisite grass at Atlanta Athletic Club, Woods staggered to a 7-over 77 Thursday — his worst round ever at the PGA Championship. A 15th major title? Forget about it.

Entertainment News - August 8, 2011

Details of exactly how Charlie Sheen's character, Charlie Harper, will be dumped from the show. Apparently Harper married "Rose" -- the "neighbor/stalker" he flew to Paris with last season -- but things went downhill quickly when she found him in the shower with another woman. Rose (as she reveals at his funeral) then says at Paris's Metro network, Sheen slipped and fell while both were waiting for the subway, the implication being that Rose pushed him. Rose colorfully describes the accident as a "meat explosion."

With five wins each, Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift received more trophies than any other individuals at the Teen Choice Awards. Gomez was named Choice TV Actress (for Wizards of Waverly Place) and Choice Female Hottie. With her band, the Scene, Gomez also picked up the Choice Music: Group, Choice Music: Single (for "Who Says") and Choice Music: Love Song (for "Love You Like a Love Song") plaudits. Swift, meanwhile, was named Choice Music: Female Artist, Choice Music: Female Country Artist, Choice Red Carpet Fashion Icon: Female, in addition to picking up awards for Choice Music: Country Single ("Mean") and Choice Break-Up Song ("Back to December"). Gomez's boyfriend Justin Bieber was (where else?) right on her heels with four honors: Choice Music: Male Artist, Choice Male Hottie, Choice Twit and Choice TV: Villain for his guest stint on CSI.

Passing - Jani Lane, the former lead singer of the metal rock band Warrant, has died in Los Angeles. He was 47. Officer Sara Faden says Lane's body was found Thursday in a Woodland Hills hotel. She had no immediate information on the cause or circumstances of his death. With his long blond hair and tight leather outfits, Lane embodied the excess of 1980s "hair metal" rock bands. He joined Warrant in 1984 and wrote such hits as "Heaven," ''Down Boys" and "Cherry Pie."

Heather Locklear is engaged to fellow "Melrose Place" actor Jack Wagner. Locklear spokeswoman Sarah Fuller confirmed the engagement on Friday but offered no other details. The actress' divorce from Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora was finalized in April 2007. She had been dating Wagner since at least 2008.

joy behar gets married august 2011After 29 years, Joy Behar and her "spousal equivalent" Steve Janowitz finally walked down the aisle. "She was married in New York City last night in a private ceremony," a rep said. "She will discuss it on Sept. 6 on The View when the show returns for the 15th season."

Los Angeles County police have opened a criminal investigation to track the source of a tweet sent from rapper the Game's Twitter account that resulted in two hours of jammed emergency phone lines Friday night, the Los Angeles Times reports. The tweet shared the number of the Compton sheriff's station, telling the Game's 580,000 followers to call the number to learn more about an internship he is offering. The sheriff's department told the Times Friday that calls began pouring in after 5:20 p.m., clogging phone lines and requiring extra deputies on duty to handle the steep increase in calls. If the tweet is traced to him, the rapper could face charges for obstruction.

Hilary Duff and her husband, Mike Comrie, are celebrating more than their one-year anniversary this weekend -- they have a baby on the way.

Top Music Albums August 8, 2011 –

Chief – Eric Church

Young Love – Mat Kearney

Proud To Be Here – Trace Adkins

Victorious – soundtrack

jason aldean facts news august 2011My Kinda Party – Jason Aldean

21 – Adele

Kidz Bop 20 – Kidz Bop Kids

Slow Grind – Various Artists

Red River Blue – Blake Shelton

King – O.A.R.

Born This Way – Lady Gaga

Here I Am – Kelly Rowland

4 – Beyonce

Hell: The Sequel

Back to Black – Amy Winehouse

NOW 38

Sigh No More – Mumford & Sons

Teenage Dream – Katy Perry

Torches – Foster The People

American Idol Season 10

All Of You – Colbie Caillat

This Is Country Music – Brad Paisley

Neon – Chris Young

Dream With Me – Jackie Evancho

Top Movies August 8, 2011 -

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Help! (1st week $25 million)

Final Destination 5 (1st week $18.4 million)

The Smurfs

30 Minutes Or Less (1st week $13 million)

Cowboys & Aliens

Captain America: The First Avenger

Crazy, Stupid Love

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

The Change-Up

Glee: The 3D Concert Movie

Horrible Bosses

Top TV Shows/listings/TV Guide - August 8, 2011 –


America's Got Talent" (Tuesday)



America's Got Talent" (Wednesday)



The Bachelorette






Bachelorette: After the Final Rose



60 Minutes



NCIS: Los Angeles



Big Brother 13" (Sunday)



Big Brother 13" (Thursday)



Big Brother 13" (Wednesday)



Wipeout" (Thursday)



Wipeout" (Tuesday)






Hell's Kitchen" (Tuesday)



The Big Bang Theory



Criminal Minds



Blue Bloods






The Mentalist





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