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Dateline: Week Of July 22, 2011 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts

In The News –

Temperature records tumbled on the US East Coast Friday(July22), sending wilting Americans to swimming pools and air-conditioned malls to seek respite from the searing heat. Newark, New Jersey saw an air temperature of 108 degrees Fahrenheit, the highest ever recorded in the city since records began there in 1931, and the hottest reported by the National Weather Service on the East Coast. At Dulles Airport near Washington, temperatures hit 105 degrees Fahrenheit (41 Celsius), the highest since the facility opened in 1962. Two cities in Connecticut, Hartford and Bridgeport, also set all-time temperature records as the mercury touched the 103 Fahrenheit (39 Celsius) mark.

A homegrown terrorist set off an explosion that ripped open buildings in the heart of Norway's government Friday, then went to a summer camp dressed as a police officer and gunned down youths as they ran and even swam for their lives, police said Friday.The attacks killed at least 16 people in this peaceful nation's worst violence since World War II.

US authorities have arrested nearly 2,000 people on narcotics charges in a 20-month sting targeting Mexico's La Familia Michoacana drug cartel, the US Justice Department said. The ongoing multi-agency takedown saw 1,985 people arrested, along with the seizure of about $62 million in US dollars, and more than 12 tons of drugs. The arrests and charges were carried out in 12 states and the US capital Washington in a major operation dubbed "Project Delirium" and the announcement came just two months after Mexican law enforcement officials arrested La Familia leader Jose de Jesus Mendez-Vargas.

Three people were killed and one was critically wounded in an apparent murder-suicide shooting at a northern Arizona motorcycle rally, authorities said Saturday. The shooting occurred late Friday at a campground at Mormon Lake, about 35 miles southeast of Flagstaff. The victims were all participants in the annual "Too Broke for Sturgis" motorcycle rally, according to the Coconino County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff's spokesman Gerry Blair said two men and a woman were killed. Another woman from the same group was shot six times and was in critical condition at Flagstaff Medical Center following emergency surgery.

Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the Army's flagship hospital where privates to presidents have gone for care, is closing its doors after more than a century. Hundreds of thousands of the nation's war wounded from World War I to today have received treatment at Walter Reed, including 18,000 troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. President Dwight Eisenhower died there. So did Gens. John J. Pershing and Douglas MacArthur.

duane dog chapman trivia news    july 2011A Colorado sheriff has a bone to pick with Duane "Dog" Chapman, star of the A&E show "Dog the Bounty Hunter." Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey said on a blog that Chapman excessively pepper-sprayed a fugitive during a scuffle and then took him into the sheriff's office without decontaminating the man first. Sheriff's staffers and the public were in danger, while Chapman stayed outside "prancing back and forth waving his golden locks for the camera," Hilkey wrote on the blog. He likened the TV bounty hunter's work to "genuine profit-driven peacockery." Authorities aren't investigating why the suspect was pepper-sprayed, The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported. Chapman and his wife, Beth, said told The Associated Press on Thursday that they were puzzled by the sheriff’s reaction. "I don't know what his beef is. I don't understand his gripe," Beth Chapman said. "We caught a dangerous felon."

Andrew Grant DeYoung, condemned to death for the murder of his parents and sister, has been executed on camera, the first time in nearly two decades a US execution has been filmed. DeYoung was executed by a three-drug lethal injection using the anesthetic pentobarbital, which is also used to euthanize animals..

Gay couples have begun seeking marriage licenses in New York City on the first full day same-sex weddings are legal in the Empire State. NYC officials expect to host hundreds of same-sex weddings Sunday. Clerks in NYC and about a dozen other cities statewide are opening their doors Sunday to cater to same-sex couples. In Manhattan, a line of about 100 couples waiting to be wed at city offices stretched down the block on a sweltering morning. The first few couples entered the clerk's office early Sunday, some carrying bouquets. Once they get a license, a judge can waive a mandatory 24-hour waiting period and marry them.

More News - July 22, 2011 -

Norway mourned on Sunday(July24) 93 people killed in a shooting spree and car bombing by a Norwegian who saw his attacks as "atrocious, but necessary" to defeat liberal immigration policies and the spread of Islam. In his first comment via a lawyer since his arrest, Anders Behring Breivik, 32, said he wanted to explain himself at a court hearing Monday about extending his custody. "He has said that he believed the actions were atrocious, but that in his head they were necessary," lawyer Geir Lippestad told independent TV2 news, adding that Breivik had admitted to Friday's shootings at a Labor party youth camp and the bombing in Oslo’s government district earlier the same day.

Three groomsmen celebrating a weekend wedding were among four people killed in a boat collision on a Wisconsin river that also left the groom-to-be hospitalized, officials said Sunday. Six people — including groom-to-be Leo Pohl of Buffalo, Minn., and his groomsmen — were on a pontoon-like Princecraft boat when it collided with a speedboat carrying two people about 9:45 p.m. Friday, Gutsch said. Pohl, who was to have been married Saturday, remained hospitalized Sunday. One of those killed was believed to be his brother.

California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill allowing illegal immigrants to receive privately funded scholarships to attend the state's public colleges and universities. The bill, dubbed the California Dream Act, passed the state Legislature earlier this month and aims at helping illegal immigrants who earned a diploma after attending at least three years of high school in the state. Enactment of the California measure came three days after opponents of a similar law in Maryland collected enough signatures to force a state referendum seeking its repeal.

Top Republicans and Democrats worked behind the scenes on Wednesday(July27) on a compromise to avert a crippling U.S. default even as they publicly pressed ahead with rival debt plans that have little chance of winning broad congressional approval. With global financial markets increasingly on edge, the U.S. Treasury warned it could not guarantee the government of the world's biggest economy could keep paying all of its bills if Congress fails to raise its borrowing limit by August 2.

An intense endgame at hand, House Republican leaders put off a vote Thursday night on legislation to avert a threatened government default and slice federal spending by nearly $1 trillion. GOP leaders announced their decision after abruptly halting debate on the legislation and plunging into an intensive round of meetings with rebellious conservatives. The decision created fresh turmoil as a divided government struggled to head off a default threatened after next Tuesday that would leave the Treasury without the funds needed to pay all its bills.

Several major automakers on Friday(July29) embraced the Obama administration's proposal to push the industry further away from once-dominant gas guzzlers to more lean and efficient vehicles. The proposal, which is the result of months of negotiations between the Obama administration and automakers, would require automakers to reach an average fuel efficiency across their fleets of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. "This agreement on fuel standards represents the single most important step we've ever taken as a nation to reduce our dependence on foreign oil," Obama said at an event announcing the new standards.

Norway began burying the dead on Friday, a week after an anti-Muslim extremist killed 77 people in a bombing and shooting rampage. Mourners of all ages vowed they would not let the massacre threaten their nation's openness and democracy. An 18-year-old Muslim girl was the first victim to be laid to rest since the gunman opened fire at a political youth camp and bombed the government headquarters in Oslo. After a funeral service in the Nesodden church outside the capital, Bano Rashid, a Kurdish immigrant from Iraq, was buried in a Muslim rite. Sobbing youth accompanied her coffin, which was draped in a Kurdish flag.

The Republican-led House has rejected a Senate Democratic bill that would slash spending and avert a federal government default. The vote was 246-173. It was a pre-emptive vote in the high-stakes political fight as the Senate still hasn't voted on the measure from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The measure would raise the debt limit by $2.4 trillion while cutting spending by $2.2 trillion. The vote could set the stage for negotiations on a compromise just three days before the Treasury says it will be unable to pay all the nation's bills.

President Obama’s job approval rating slumped to a personal low of 40 percent in a public opinion survey out Friday, a possible reflection of the political war over US debt. The respected Gallup polling organization said Obama had previously slipped to 41 percent several times since taking office in January 2009, but noted his approval rating was 50 percent as recently as June 7. The president's new 40 percent figure closely tracked the 41 percent who approved his handling of the angry stalemate in the US Congress over raising the country's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling to avert a disastrous default.

A Caribbean Airlines jet from New York touched down on rainy runway, then slid through a chain-link fence and broke apart just short of a ravine on Saturday in Guyana. Miraculously there were no immediate reports of death among the 163 people aboard, despite several dozen of injuries. Passengers aboard Flight 523 said they had begun to applaud the pilot's landing in the South American country when suddenly things went wrong.

Four Vietnamese-American siblings killed in a shooting rampage at a Texas roller rink were remembered Saturday as a part of a tight-knit family, even as the hundreds gathered in an Arkansas church to mourn them tried to make sense of the tragedy. More than 400 people attended a service for Trini Do, 29, her sisters, Lynn Ta, 16, and Michelle Ta, 28, and her brother, Hien Ta, 21. Trini Do's estranged husband, Tan Do, 35, shot her and her siblings during a birthday party for their 11-year-old son and then killed himself.

The U.S. Senate plunged on Sunday into what many lawmakers and the White House — and millions of Americans coast to coast — hoped would be an all-but-decisive last-minute effort to raise the nation's debt ceiling and defuse a crisis that still could lead to an unprecedented government default. As senators began debate in a rare Sunday session — just hours after Saturday night's concluded — Democratic leader Harry Reid said he was "cautiously optimistic" agreement could be reached. Republican leader Mitch McConnell said earlier that negotiators were "very close."

Tech News July 22, 2011 -

Apple Stores Cloned In China - An American who lives in Kunming in southern Yunnan province said that she and her husband stumbled on three shops masquerading as bona fide Apple stores in the city a few days ago. She took photos and posted them on her BirdAbroad blog. The 27-year-old blogger, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the setup of the stores was so convincing that the employees themselves seemed to believe they worked for Apple.

Trend – PC Sales Going Down - Sales of Microsoft Corp's flagship Windows software disappointed for the third straight quarter, taking the gloss off better-than-expected earnings that were aided by an unusually low tax rate. The results failed to excite a market already wary about growth prospects for the company and PC industry as netbook sales give way to tablets. The stock was flat in after-hours trading. "All eyes are on Windows and how they are ultimately going to extend this franchise in the future, as the PC business continues to lose share to the tablets," said Josh Olson, technology analyst at money manager Edward Jones. "Microsoft is really a show-me story in terms of its ability to extend its core flagship products to these new growth platforms." On Wednesday, chipmaker Intel Corp warned that PC sales will not be as strong as it had expected this year.

Amazon temporarily suspended sales of the Nintendo 3DS, the 3-D handheld video game console, on its popular marketplace website. A note said the item was under review and not currently offered by Amazon. It could have been be ordered at any time from third-party sellers who use the site. An Amazon spokeswoman said the company received customer feedback that "there may be an inventory issue" with the Cosmo Black Nintendo 3DS.

Sen. Al Franken is urging regulators to pull the plug on a proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile. The Minnesota Democrat says a marriage of the two companies would mean that only three national wireless carriers would remain. The deal would leave AT&T in control of 43 percent of the market, with Verizon overseeing 39 percent of the industry. To the left-leaning legislator, that's a dangerous recipe. "The merger of AT&T and T-Mobile would be a major step toward the creation of an entrenched duopoly in the wireless industry," Franken wrote in a 24-page letter to the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission.

iPod sales down   July 2011Apple sold just 7.5 million iPods its most recent quarter. It was the lowest since the fall of 2005, when the iPod was just 4 years old. Unit sales fell 20% from a year ago and revenue from those sales dropped 15%. It's still a lucrative business for Steve Jobs & Co., bringing in $1.3 billion in sales over the past three months. But sales have been in a free-fall for the past three years. For a product line that once delivered more revenue than the Mac line (in 2006) and reached more than $9 billion in sales (in 2008), the iPod's glory days have passed Apple by. There are several reasons for the iPod's decline. The transition away from traditional hard drives to solid-state memory means the devices have no moving parts and break far less frequently. And the iPhone has cannibalized sales of the iPod. Other smartphones -- like Google's Android devices -- may also be stealing sales from the iPod.

HD Radio – Not Good News - Radio Shack has every one of its house-brand HD Radio units on clearance, if they are still in stock. This includes iPod Touch/iPhone dongles and the Auvio tuner (which, if you can still find one at the clearance price of $30, is a steal). This means Radio Shack is essentially out of the HD Radio business. A shame, since the Shack was one of the early supporters. It doesn't mean that the technology is dead, but it certainly isn't flourishing. You can still buy car stereos with HD Radio at various retail stores and at online stores Best Buy still carries a few portable products in its stores and online as well. What went wrong? Two things: content and marketing. HD Radio -- a system of sending digital audio via traditional airwaves that promises improved fidelity and more listening choices -- still rarely offers much in the way of content.

New data from Nielsen shows that slightly more U.S. consumers are buying Android phones than any other type of smartphone. Currently Android holds 29% of the US smartphone market; while the iPhone and BlackBerry hold 27% each.

Sports News - July 22, 2011 -

There Will Be NFL Football - NFL players voted to OK a final deal Monday(July25), days after the owners approved a tentative agreement, and the sides finally managed to put an end to the 4½-month lockout, the longest work stoppage in league history.

Entertainment News July 22, 2011 -

katie couric guest-hosts view    july 2011Katy Couric who starts at ABC on Aug. 1, will serve as a guest co-host on ABC's The View on Aug. 3, the network announced Wednesday. Couric's appearance coincides with the last week of the daytime talk show's 14th season. Couric's stop by The View precedes her upcoming gig as the host and producer of her own syndicated daytime show, set to launch in 2012. She signed with ABC News last month after five years as anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News.

Kim Kardashianwants Old Navy to stop using a lookalike to advertise its clothing. The reality show starlet and model on Wednesday sued the clothing store and its parent company, The Gap Inc., in a Los Angeles federal court alleging their ads violated her publicity rights with ads that feature a woman who looks like her. A video of a broadcast ad featuring a smiling, dark-haired woman who bears a resemblance to the real Kardashian has been viewed more than two million times on Old Navy's YouTube channel.

Shannen Doherty TV Show - The former "Charmed" and "Beverly Hills 90210" actress will star in a new, one-hour original series tentatively titled, "The Shannen Doherty Project Project." The eight-part WE tv series will showcase Shannen's relationship with photographer Kurt Iswarienko as they meld and intertwine their lives filled with challenging, comical, and dramatic moments.

gwen stefani fashion trends news   july 2011Trends in Women’s Looks – Beings that Gwen Stefani herself is always fashion-forward, it's no wonder that her signature red lip isn't going out of style. In fact, the number of users searching for how to get her crimson lips topped fans looking fo Katy Perry’s hot-pink pout. In terms of celebrity hair, 2011 has definitely been the year of the redhead with a slew of stars making the switch to ginger locks. And when natural blonde Blake Lively turned heads in a vibrant strawberry hue, she also blew up search engines. And lastly, it should come as no surprise that Kim Kardashian’s come-hither gaze makes men go weak in the knees -- and as a result, has a ton of women seeking her sultry makeup look. That's why Kardashian's smoky eye makeup topped search results for most-searched celeb makeup how-to.

The second half of the Season 2 premiere of A&E's Storage Wars snagged a whopping 5.1 million viewers, according to a news release from the network. That's the biggest group of people to ever turn up for a single A&E telecast.

Ryan Seacrest Productions announces yet another new project. Seacrest's production company is teaming with Bravo to make Shahs of Sunset, a show about Los Angeles' thriving Persian community. Word of the show, which is being called a cross between Jersey Shore and Bravo's Real Housewives franchise, comes just days after Seacrest announced plans to host the two-day iHeartRadio music festival in Las Vegas. The concert will feature such major acts as Lady Gaga, Coldplay and the Black Eyed Peas.

amy winehouse dead   photo july 2011Amy Winehouse Found Dead - Amy Winehouse, the beehived soul-jazz diva whose self-destructive habits overshadowed a distinctive musical talent, was found dead Saturday in her London home, police said. She was 27. Winehouse shot to fame in 2006 with the album "Back to Black," whose blend of jazz, soul, rock and classic pop was a global hit. It won five Grammys and made Winehouse - with her black beehive hairdoand old-fashioned sailor tattoos - one of music's most recognizable stars. But her personal life, with its drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders and destructive relationships, soon took over her career. Police confirmed that a 27-year-old female was pronounced dead at the home in Camden Square northern London; the cause of death was not immediately known. London Ambulance Services said Winehouse had died before the two ambulance crews it sent arrived at the scene.

Comic-Con 2011 wrapped up Sunday(July24) after four days of comic books, costumes, celebrity appearances and TV and movie previews. A new look at the latest "Twilight" film, HBO's "Game of Thrones," the stars of "Cowboys & Aliens," and Peter Jackson's surprise appearance alongside Steven Spielberg were among the highlights of the 42nd annual pop-culture festival. More than 120,000 people attended the sold-out event at the San Diego Convention Center, which spilled over into downtown San Diego. Inside the convention center, comic books, toys and splashy displays touting upcoming games, movies and TV shows packed the exhibition floor while panels for various artists, programs and films continued nonstop in dozens of ballrooms and meeting halls. "This is a place for people who aren't embarrassed to celebrate all this nerdy stuff," Blair Herter, a host of the G4 Network's pop-culture program, "Attack of the Show!." ''These people have a harder time being this excited about this stuff in their everyday lives, so this is just a giant well of acceptance we're bathing in."

CNN Anchor anchor Piers Morgan was pulled into the Rupert Murdoch phone-hacking scandal Wednesday after an interview surfaced in which the ex-tabloid editor acknowledged some shady practices. The revelation came after a week of Morgan vehemently denying he ever printed material derived from phone hacking while helming the Mirror and defunct News of the World. In the June 2009 BBC interview Morgan was asked how he felt about "people who tap people's phones, people who take secret photographs, who do all that nasty down-in-the-gutter stuff." Morgan, who worked at Murdoch's News of the World from 1994 to 1995 and then went to the non-Murdoch Mirror from 1995 to 2004, told the host "not a lot of that went on." But, he added, "A lot of it was done by third parties rather than the staff themselves. That's not to defend it, because obviously you were running the results of their work.

Music News July 22, 2011 –

Passing - Dan Peek, a co-founder and musician for the folk rock band America, famous for the No. 1 hit "A Horse with No Name," has died. He was 60. Peek, who died on Sunday, founded the band in the late 1960s with bandmates Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell while they attended high school together in London, where their fathers were stationed with the United States Air Force. America's self-titled debut album, which featured "A Horse with No Name," shot to the top of the charts in 1972. The group won a Grammy for best new artist that year, and enjoyed a string of other popular hits including "Ventura Highway" and "Lonely People."

Alex Trebek Chases Burglar - Trebek, 71, said he snapped the Achilles tendon while running after the woman around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. He is scheduled to have surgery Friday and is expected to be in a cast for six weeks. Trebek, who has hosted "Jeopardy!" since 1984, told KNTV he was sleeping at the Marriott Marquis Hotel when he realized someone was inside his room looking through his belongings. "I woke up and saw a figure in our hotel bedroom and I thought I was dreaming," he said. "A moment later, I got up and saw that the door was being held open by a wad of tissue. I opened the door and saw a woman walking away, and I realized immediately that someone had been in the room." Trebek said he ran down the hall and confronted her. "She came out of the little room where the ice machine is and I said, 'What were you doing in our room?'" Trebek said. "She said, 'I wasn't in your room!' I said, 'What are you doing up here?' She said, 'I was visiting friends.' I said, 'No, you weren't. Let's see what security has to say about that.""As I reached for the phone to call security, she bolted. She ran down the hall. I chased her. And I didn't get more than 25 feet before my right Achilles tendon ruptured and I crashed to the ground."


Top Music Albums July 22, 2011 -

If Not Now, When? – Incubus

blake shelton music trivia    july 2011Red River Blue – Blake Shelton

Neon – Chris Young

21 – Adele

4 – Beyonce

All of You – Colbie Caillat

The Truth Is – Theory Of A Deadman

My Kinda Party – Jason Aldean

When The Sun Goes Down – Selena Gomez & The Scene

Yours Truly – Sublime With Rome

Dream With Me – Jackie Evancho

Hell: The Sequel – Bad Meets Evil

The Light Of The Sun – Jill Scott

Outlaws Like Me – Justin Moore

Born This Way – Lady Gaga

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This Is Country Music – Brad Paisley

Finally Famous – Big Sean

Sigh No More – Mumford & Sons

American Idol Season 10 – Scotty McCreery

Shake It Up: Break It – Soundtrack

Teenage Dream – Katy Perry

Bon Iver – Bon Iver

You Get What You Give – Zac Brown Band

Top TV Shows/listings/Tv guide/July 22, 2011 -

1.

America's Got Talent" (Tuesday)

NBC

2.

America's Got Talent" (Wednesday)

NBC

2.

NCIS

CBS

4.

60 Minutes

CBS

5.

NCIS: Los Angeles

CBS

6.

The Bachelorette

ABC

7.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

CBS

8.

Big Brother 13" (Wednesday)

CBS

9.

Big Brother 13" (Sunday)

CBS

10.

Big Brother 13" (Thursday)

CBS

11.

It's Worth What?" NBC

NBC

12.

Wipeout" (Thursday)

ABC

13.

Flashpoint

CBS

14.

The Mentalist

CBS

15.

The Big Bang Theory

CBS

16.

Criminal Minds

CBS

17.

Blue Bloods

CBS

18.

Crimetime Saturday

CBS

19.

CSI: N.Y.

CBS

20.

Two and a Half Men

CBS

Top Movies July 22, 2011 -

Cowboys & Aliens (1st week)

The Smurfs (1st week $36.2 million)

Captain America: The First Avenger (1st week)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

Crazy, Stupid Love

Friends With Benefits

Horrible Bosses

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Zookeeper

Cars 2

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