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Dateline: Week Of May 1, 2011 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts

In The News -

After two airstrikes in a week on targets close to Moammar Gadhafi, NATO was on the defensive Sunday over accusations that it was overstepping its mandate by trying to kill the Libyan leader. Russia said Sunday that the bombing of the home of Gadhafi's youngest son raised "serious doubts" about NATO's assertions that it is not targeting the Libyan strongman or his relatives.

Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John Paul II before 1.5 million faithful in St. Peter's Square and surrounding streets Sunday, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possible sainthood in one of the largest turnouts ever for a Vatican Mass. The crowd in Rome and in capitals around the world erupted in cheers, tears and applause as an enormous photo of a young, smiling John Paul was unveiled over the loggia of St. Peter's Basilica and a choir launched into hymn long associated with the Polish-born pope.

Space shuttle Endeavour's final launch is off until at least the end of the week because technicians need to replace a switch box in the engine compartment, NASA said Sunday. The six astronauts — led by commander Mark Kelly — wasted no time heading back to Houston. Kelly's wife, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, did not join the astronauts in flying back. The timing of her return to Houston, to resume rehab after being wounded in a shooting rampage four months ago, was uncertain.

Authorities say an 8-year-old girl apparently slept through the fatal shootings of four family members at a rural southern Ohio home, and the relative suspected of killing them later died in a shootout with police. Twenty-seven-year-old Randle Lee Roberts II died Saturday in the shootout in Columbus, about an hour after the girl alerted a neighbor that something had happened at her home about 95 miles away near West Union.

osama bin laden is dead may 1 2011(May1) Osama Bin Laden Is Finally Dead - Declaring the killing of Osama bin Laden "a good day for America," President Barack Obama said Monday the world was safer without the al-Qaida terrorist and mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. His administration used DNA testing to help confirm that American forces in Pakistan had in fact killed bin Laden, as U.S. officials sought to erase all doubt about the stunning news. A U.S. official says Osama bin Laden went down firing at the Navy SEALs who stormed his compound."Today we are reminded that as a nation there is nothing we can't do," Obama said of the news bound to lift his political standing and help define his presidency. He hailed the pride of those who broke out in overnight celebrations as word spread around the globe. Bin Laden was shot in the head during a firefight and then quickly buried at sea. White House officials were mulling the merits and appropriateness of releasing a photo.

Celebrating Bin Laden’s Death In America - Joyous at the release of a decade's frustration, Americans streamed to the site of the World Trade Center, the gates of the White House and smaller but no less jubilant gatherings across the nation to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden — cheering, waving flags and belting the national anthem. Ground zero, more familiar these past 10 years for bagpipes playing "Amazing Grace" and solemn speeches and arguments over what to build to honor the Sept. 11 dead, became, for the first time, a place of revelry. "We've been waiting a long time for this day," Lisa Ramaci, a New Yorker whose husband was a freelance journalist killed in the Iraq war, said early Monday. "I think it's a relief for New York tonight just in the sense that we had this 10 years of frustration just building and building, wanting this guy dead, and now he is, and you can see how happy people are."

A Dutch woman received a maximum 12-year prison sentence Tuesday for smothering her four newborns in an effort to conceal her pregnancies and keep up the appearance of being a perfect daughter. The woman, identified only as Sietske H. in line with Dutch privacy laws, was arrested last year after the babies' decomposed bodies were discovered in four suitcases in the attic of her house. They were born between 2003 and 2009. The District Court in the northern city of Leeuwarden convicted her of one count of manslaughter and three counts of murder.

A spokesman for George W. Bush says the former president has declined an invitation from President Barack Obama to attend an observance at New York's ground zero. Obama plans to visit the site of the destroyed World Trade Center towers Thursday in the aftermath of a Navy SEALs raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The al-Qaida attack, which killed about 3,000 people, occurred in the early months of Bush's presidency in 2001.The spokesman, David Sherzer, says the former president appreciated the offer to attend but has chosen to remain out of the spotlight during his post-presidency.

Saudi Arabia says an al-Qaida member on the kingdom's most wanted list called from abroad and turned himself in. Interior Ministry's spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki said in a statement Wednesday that Khaled Hathal Abdullah al-Atifi al-Qahtani contacted the security authorities from an undisclosed country and expressed his wish to come home.

Marking Osama bin Laden's death where the terrorist inflicted his greatest damage, President Barack Obama soberly laid a wreath Thursday at New York's ground zero and declared to the city and the world, "When we say we will never forget, we mean what we say." The president closed his eyes and clasped his hands at the outdoor memorial where the twin towers of the World Trade Center once dominated the Manhattan skyline. He shook hands with 9/11 family members and others dressed in black at the site where the skyscrapers were brought down by planes commandeered by bin Laden's followers. Nearly 3,000 people were killed.

Interest in a new book about Navy SEAL Team Six is sky-rocketing in the wake of the killing of Osama bin Laden by members of the elite U.S. special force."SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper" is being rushed into U.S. stores this week ahead of its originally scheduled May 24 publication date. A representative for publisher St. Martin's Press said it has almost quadrupled the print run to 70,000 copies to meet the demand. On Amazon.com the book has moved from ranking No. 20,000 to the No. 5 bestselling book for the web retailer. Hollywood talent agency CAA was brought in last week to handle movie rights. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the co-authors Howard Wasdin, a member of SEAL Team Six in the 1990s, and Stephen Templin, a Navy veteran and professor at Meio University in Japan, are now at work on a series of "SEAL Team Six" novels.

Pakistan's army on Thursday(May5) called for cuts in the number of U.S. military personnel inside the country to protest the American commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden, and threatened to cut cooperation with Washington if it stages more unilateral raids on its territory. The statement, the first since Monday's raid, signaled the army's anger at the unilateral operation, but was also aimed at pacifying domestic critics who have accused it of failing to protect the country's sovereignty — potent charges in a country where anti-Americanism runs deep.

Al-Qaida on Friday confirmed the killing of Osama bin Laden and warned of retaliation, saying Americans' "happiness will turn to sadness." The confirmation came in an Internet statement posted on militant websites, signed by "the general leadership" of al-Qaida. The announcement opens the way for the group to name a successor to bin Laden. His deputy Ayman al-Zawahri is now the most prominent figure in the group and is a very likely contender to take his place.

Oil plunged nearly 9 percent to settle below $100 per barrel. Investors who had ridden a months-long rally fled the market Thursday because of concerns about weakening demand for fuel in the U.S. The decline of $9.44 per barrel, or 8.6 percent, brings the week's loss for oil to $14.13, or 12.4 percent. Other commodities like silver and cotton have plunged as well.

Employers added more than 200,000 jobs in April for the third straight month, the biggest hiring spree in five years. The Labor Department reported Friday that the economy added 244,000 jobs last month. Private employers shrugged off high gas prices and created 268,000 jobs — the most since February 2006. The job gains were widespread. Retailers, factories, financial companies, education and health care and even construction companies all added jobs. Federal, state and local governments cut jobs. But the unemployment rate ticked up to 9 percent from 8.8 percent in March, the first increase since November.

Federal authorities on Friday(May6) opened seven new inspection booths for commercial traffic heading north to the U.S. from Mexico, nearly doubling capacity at the bridge that's the busiest commercial port on America's southwestern border — and a prime smuggling corridor for drug gangs. U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the new posts will ease wait times on Laredo's World Trade International Bridge, where more than 4,800 18-wheelers rumble into American territory daily, or one about every 18 seconds.

Tech News May 1, 2011 -

Google has unveiled Google Business Photos for Maps, a new product that allows users to check out the inside of local businesses. Marissa Mayer, Google's vice president of location and maps, made the announcement Thursday at the Social-Loco conference in San Francisco. During a demo on stage, Mayer and a co-worker showed off the ability to "enter" local businesses and see the inside of a building. Businesses can provide photos to Google, which can then be compiled into a 360-degree view of a building's interior

The Coast Guard closed a stretch of the swollen Mississippi to barge traffic Friday in a move that could cause a backup along the mighty river, while police farther south in Memphis went door to door, warning thousands of people to leave before they get swamped. Emergency workers in Memphis handed out bright yellow fliers in English and Spanish that read, "Evacuate!!! Your property is in danger right now."

Reality television and movies sparked a surge in the popularity of Maci, Bentley and Kellan as baby names last year, a report from the Social Security Administration on Thursday suggests. Maci and Bentley were the names with the greatest increases in popularity. Maci Bookout is a personality from MTV show "16 and Pregnant" and "Teen Mom." Bentley is the name of her son. Kellan is the second fastest-growing boy's name, from "Twilight" star Kellan Lutz, while Tiana, the name of Disney's first African-American princess in "The Princess and the Frog" is increasingly popular for girls. Knox, the moniker for one of Brad Pitt’s's and Angelina Jolie’s's twins, was third on the boys. However, the most popular baby names were a bit more classic. For the twelfth year in a row, Jacob was the favorite boys name. Isabella, for the second year, won out for the girls.

The Wall Street Journal quietly launched a WikiLeaks competitor yesterday, SafeHouse, a data dump and tip site for government and corporate wrongdoing. The attention-capturing power of WikiLeaks has often compelled reluctant partnerships with legacy media outlets. Founder Julian Assange's personal life and insistence on selectively handing out evidence to multiple outlets puts publishers in the awkward position of negotiating with a liable upstart muscling in on their territory.

Entertainment News May 1, 2011 -

mariah carey has twinsMariah Carey gives birth to twins. The singer, 42, and her husband Nick Cannon welcomed their twin son and daughter on Saturday (Apr30) -- their fourth wedding anniversary! The baby girl was born first, weighing 5 pounds, 3 ounces, measuring 18 inches long; her brother followed, weighing 5 pounds 6 ounces, and was 19 inches.Carey and Cannon, 30, have not yet named their kids. Cannon rushed his wife to the hospital in their Rolls-Royce Phantom; the Grammy-winning singer was calm, assuming it was another false labor incident. When they arrived, Berger told the Associated Press, the first-time Dad was so nervous that he went to the wrong unit in the hospital, and had to be guided to the maternity ward by a nurse.

Almost 23 million American TV viewers tuned in to watch live coverage of Prince William's marriage to Kate Middleton despite the wedding taking place before dawn in much of the United States.

A former porn star from Fort Wayne who recently has become known as one of actor Charlie Sheen's "goddesses" has had her driver's license suspended for 90 days after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge in her hometown. A judge on Tuesday also sentenced 24-year-old Rachel Oberlin to a year on probation. She was arrested Feb. 3 after police say she crashed into a light pole and didn't adequately participate in a breath test.

Actor Charlie Sheen toured an Alabama neighborhood leveled by tornadoes and said Monday he wants to organize a relief event for victims in the state. After going through the decimated Alberta neighborhood in Tuscaloosa, Sheen told The Associated Press he was working with local officials to organize a benefit. He said a date has not been set. "I want some money, hope, faith and healing to the area," said Sheen, the former star of the sitcom "Two and a Half Men."

Police in Las Vegas say rapper and reality television star Flavor Flav was arrested on four outstanding misdemeanor warrants for driving offenses. Las Vegas police Officer Marcus Martin said Monday the entertainer whose real name is William Jonathan Drayton was arrested Friday night after a traffic stop east of the Las Vegas Strip.

Scott Pelley will be the new anchor for the "CBS Evening News," CBS said on Tuesday. Pelley, a Texas native who most recently has been part of the CBS "60 Minutes" team, replaces Katie Couric, who confirmed last month that she was stepping down as the anchor. Pelley's appointment as anchor and managing editor will take effect June 6, CBS said in a statement.

Pop star Rick Springfield was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk through Malibu in his vintage Corvette over the weekend, police said on Monday. Springfield, 61, was taken into custody on Sunday night after failing a field sobriety test, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's spokesman said in a statement. The singer, best known for his 1981 hit "Jessie's Girl," was stopped by sheriff's deputies after rapidly accelerating his 1963 Corvette along Pacific Coast Highway in the celebrity enclave of Malibu. He "exhibited signs of alcohol intoxication," the statement said.

President Obama will guest on “60 Minutes” this Sunday. He’ll sit down with Steve Kroft for his first and only interview since the death of Osama bin Laden. The interview, which will be filmed Wednesday at the White House, will air Sunday, May 8 at 7/6c. This will be the president's first sit-down following the death of bin Laden, although he did an interview alongside First Lady Michelle with Oprah that aired Monday, but it was pre-taped and had no discussion of the Al Qaeda leader.

Gleeks, get your popcorn ready. The Glee concert tour is becoming a 3D movie to hit theaters this August, Fox announced Wednesday. Glee Live! 3D! will be released on Aug. 12 for a limited two-week run. The film will be produced by series co-creator Ryan Murphy and directed by Kevin Tancharoen.

On the final track of their new album — their first together in 30 years — Donny and Marie Osmond give a nod to difficult times. "Sun follows rain, strength follows pain," the duo sings before echoing the song's title. "We will find a way." Also this week, she and her brother Donny released "Donny & Marie," which has them revisiting their country roots. Marie Osmond rose to her own fame as a country artist in the 1970s, with her hit "Paper Roses" reaching No. 1 on the country charts in 1973.

marie osmond remarries may 2011Marie Osmond remarries first husband – Stephan Craig.

British singer Cheryl Cole will join Simon Cowell as a judge on the U.S. version of his upcoming "The X Factor" talent show, broadcaster Fox television said on Thursday, leaving one more space to be filled on the panel. Cole, 27, a member of the British pop group "Girls Aloud", and a judge on the U.K. version of the show, is a household name in Britain, but virtually unknown in the United States. But Cowell has long championed Cole for his U.S. project, which is due to start airing in September. Cole will join record executive Antonio "L.A." Reid as an "X Factor" judge.

Passing – Actor Jackie Cooper. He was 88.

Passing – Aurthur Laurents - the Tony-winning playwright of Broadway's West Side Story and Gypsy, has died. He was 93.

Lady Gaga will mentor the remaining four American Idol finalists next week, Fox announced Friday. Gaga will join Jimmy Lovine in the studio to help Lauren Alaina, James Durbin, Scotty McCreery and Haley Reinheart and prepare to sing songs by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and. Reinhart performed the singer's unreleased track "You and Me" on Wednesday.

Paul McCartney and his girlfriend Nancy Shevell are engaged, his publicist said Friday, nearly four years after they were first spotted together. McCartney, 68, started dating the 51-year-old New York socialite and businesswoman following his bitter split from second wife Heather Mills. McCartney publicist Stuart Bell confirmed recent media speculation over a proposal as true, but declined to give further details on when and how the former Beatle asked Shevell to marry him, saying only "we're all thrilled for him."

jerry seinfeld news trivia may 2011 Jerry Seinfeld has launched a website as JerrySeinfelddotcom went live Friday morning with three short comedy clips -- "The Fattest Man in the World" from The Tonight Show in 1981, "Do the Horses Know They're Racing?" from a 1988 HBO special and "No Room in the Newspaper" from "The Tonight Show" in 1990. The site is taking an unusual approach to offering the content by running just three new clips per day. The clips, which range from 30 seconds to two minutes, will be available for only 24 hours and then will be replaced with three new ones.

Top TV Ratings/listings/TV guide May 1, 2011 –


Dancing With the Stars" (Monday)



American Idol" (Wednesday)



American Idol" (Thursday)



Dancing With the Stars" (Tuesday)



The Mentalist



Dancing With the Stars" (Special _ Tuesday)



Body of Proof



The Voice



Survivor: Redemption Island



Better With You






CSI: Crime Scene Investigation



60 Minutes" (7-7:46 p.m. Eastern)



The Big Bang Theory



Grey's Anatomy



NCIS: Los Angeles



Blue Bloods






60 Minutes" (7:46-8 p.m. Eastern)



Desperate Housewives


Top Pop Hits - May 1, 2011 –

E.T. – Katy Perry fea. Kanye West

Till The World Ends – Britney Spears fea. Nick Minaj & Ke$ha

Rolling In The Deep – Adele

The Lazy Song – Bruno Mars

Just Can’t Get Enough – The Black Eyed Peas

S&M – Rihanna

On The Floor – Jennifer Lopez fea. Pitbull

Ke$ha hits, news, photo may 2011Blow – Ke$ha

Look At Me Now – Chris Brown fea. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes

Down On Me – Jeremih fea. 50 Cent

Written In The Stars – Tinie Tempah fea. Eric Turner

F**k You (Forget You) – Cee Lo Green

The Show Goes On – Lupe Fiasco

Roll Up – Wiz Khalifia

Give Me Everything – Pitbull fea. Ne-Yo, AfroJack & Nayer

I Need A Doctor – Dr. Dre fea. Eminem & Skylar Grey

F**kin’ Perfect – P!nk

All Of The Lights – Kanye West

Born This Way – Lady Gaga

Judas – Lady Gaga

Moment 4 Life – Nicki Minaj fea. Drake

For the First Time – The Script

I Feel Pretty/Unpretty – Glee Cast

Firework – Katy Perry

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