Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of April 1, 2015 In News, Pop Culture History, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
Arkansas Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday urged state lawmakers to change a controversial religious freedom bill sent to his desk a day earlier, in the face of criticism that it could allow businesses and others to discriminate based on sexual orientation. Hutchinson had initially said he planned to sign the bill but backed off as his state, overnight, became the new focal point of a nationwide backlash over such legislation. Indiana for days has faced similar criticism for a related religious freedom bill.
Passing - Televangelist and founder of Crystal Cathedral Ministries Robert Schuller - - also known for his, “Hour of Power” TV sermon.
Iran and the United States, along with five other world powers, announced on Thursday a surprisingly specific and comprehensive understanding on limiting Tehran’s nuclear program for the next 15 years, though they left several specific issues to a final agreement in June.
Gov. Jerry Brown ordered mandatory water use reductions for the first time in California’s history, saying the state’s four-year drought had reached near-crisis proportions after a winter of record-low snowfalls. Mr. Brown, in an executive order, directed the State Water Resources Control Board to impose a 25 percent reduction on the state’s 400 local water supply agencies, which serve 90 percent of California residents, over the coming year.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning - Family members, comprising Rodney Eric Todd and his seven children aged 6 to 16, were found dead on Monday in their home in Princess Anne, local police said in a statement.
President Barack Obama said the framework nuclear agreement reached last week with Iran represents a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity to bring some stability to the Middle East - stability which would be good for Israel as well as other nations. However, some members of the U.S. Congress remain unconvinced and a key U.S. lawmaker plans to go ahead with legislation requiring Obama to submit any final agreement to Congress for debate and a vote.
Sen. Rand Paul kicked off his presidential campaign in his home state of Kentucky Tuesday, pitching himself as a candidate ready to confront the "Washington machine."
"Today, I announce with God’s help, with the help of liberty lovers everywhere, that I am putting myself forward as a candidate for the United States of America," Paul said at an event in Louisville, Kentucky.
Technology news -
Facebook began rolling out a new feature on Tuesday called Scrapbook, which essentially allows parents to create shared photo albums of their children. Scrapbook is a little different from standard photo albums in that multiple Facebook users can contribute to them. Parents are also able to tightly control who is able to see the scrapbooks and even how their children are tagged.
President Barack Obama authorized the first sanctions program directed at individual or group cyberattackers that constitute "significant threats" to the interests of the United States in an executive order issued on Wednesday. Here they are:
damaging America's critical infrastructure,
disrupting or hijacking American computer networks,
or stealing the trade secrets of American companies or the personal information of American citizens for profit.
Facebook and its founder must release documents and electronic correspondence to a defense lawyer whose client has fled from criminal charges that he falsely claimed a majority ownership in the social media giant, a federal judge said Friday.
U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick ordered Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg to relinquish documents by Monday that were requested by Paul Ceglia's lawyer, Robert Ross Fogg.
Intel’s Compute Stick PC is up for pre-order through some online stores.
The stick-sized computer is available from Newegg with Windows 8.1 on board. If you’re the type that always spells “Microsoft” with a dollar sign, Newegg is also selling the Linux version for $110. Liliputing reports that it comes with Ubuntu 14.04. The price for the Linux Compute Stick was supposed to be $89, but we’ve yet to see it anywhere for that cheap.
Regardless of operating system, the Compute Stick comes with an Intel Atom quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. It plugs directly into a monitor or TV via HDMI, and is powered through a Micro USB jack on the side of the stick. There’s also a full-sized USB port, and Bluetooth 4.0 for connecting a mouse and keyboard.
A team of researchers at Stanford University has built an aluminum-ion battery prototype which offers several improvements over today's ubiquitous lithium-ion batteries, including super-fast charging times. The battery can recharge in one minute, it's flexible (meaning it can be bent to fit more snugly into various gadgets), and it's potentially inexpensive, since aluminum is cheaper than lithium.
Sports - NCAA - It’s down to the final four: Duke vs. Michigan State and Kentuck vs. Wisconsin.
Duke and Wisconsin are set to face off for the 2015 NCAA tournament championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on Monday night (9:18 p.m. ET on CBS). Notably absent is Kentucky after its bid for a perfect season ended at the hands of the Badgers in the semifinals. Lexington descended into chaos with riots after Kentucky lost to Wisconsin in the Final Four, 71-64.
Passing - Hall of Fame Giants broadcaster Lon Simmons at 91.
NCAA Championship - Duke defeats Wisconsin 68-63 - Duke’s 5th NCAA win.
A small plane returning from the NCAA basketball tournament in Indianapolis crashed Tuesday near the city of Bloomington in central Illinois, killing all seven people on board.
Entertainment news -
Folk singer Joni Mitchell - The "Big Yellow Taxi" performer, 71, was found unconscious in her Los Angeles home on Tuesday, March 31, and rushed to a local hospital by ambulance. According to a statement on her personal website, Mitchell has regained consciousness and is "awake and in good spirits" as she undergoes tests.
Passing - Cynthia Lennon, first wife of The Beatles' John Lennon, has died at her home in Spain, her family has announced. A message on her son Julian's website said she died "following a short but brave battle with cancer". It said: "Her son Julian Lennon was at her bedside throughout. The family are thankful for your prayers."
An ecstatic contestant on "The Price is Right" was awarded a free car when a blundering game show model mistakenly exposed the winning selection, leaving the horrified beauty in near tears.
The astonishing gaffe saw six-year game show veteran Manuela Arbelaez select the winning price for a brand-new sedan before the contestant even had a chance to guess.
Challenge to social media - Madonna - the 56-year-old Queen of Pop recently took a stand by posting a topless black-and-white photo of herself on Instagram that covered her breasts. The racy pic is from her 1992 book, Sex. She captioned it, "Why is it ok to show ass but not breasts? Drowning in the hypocrisy of social media." The singer also used the hashtags #artforfreedom, #UnapologeticbItch and #rebelheart.
Universal's "Furious 7" crossed the finish line this weekend with a record $143 million opening at the domestic box office. Not only is a $143 million opening completely unheard of for April (easily zooming by last April's record $95 million by "Captain America: The Winter Soldier"), but it's the biggest opening weekend so far this year.
Elvis Presley impersonators will be banned at the pop-up Elvis-themed wedding chapel in Las Vegas, the late singer's ex-wife Priscilla Presley has confirmed. A a new Elvis Presley exhibition will open in Las Vegas later this month (April 23). The city's Westgate Resort & Casino (where Presley performed over 600 shows) will host the permanent exhibit, which will be known as 'Graceland Presents Elvis: The Exhibition – The Show – The Experience'.
Passing - The one, the only Stan Freeberg (89) - multi-dimensional and creative genius of comedy, radio-TV ads and much more.
Top Music Albums -
To Pimp A Butterfly Kindrick Lamar
IN The Lonely Hour - Sam Smith
Fifty Shades of Grey - Soundtrack
Empire: Original Soundtrack From Season 1
X - Ed Sheeran
1989 - Taylor Swift
Kidz Bop 28 - Kidz Bop Kids
V - Maroon 5
If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late - Drake
Mr Wonderful - Action Bronson
I Don’t Like Shit, I don’t Go Outside: An Album By Earl Sweatshirt
Title - Meghan Trainor
Dark Sky Paradise - Big Sean
Furious 7 - soundtrack
The Pinkprint - Nicki Minaj
Chaos and the Calm - James Bay
Hozier - Hozier
At the movies -
The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Woman in ln God
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Do You Believe?
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel