Week Of April 15, 2012 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
The man accused of killing 77 people in a bomb-and-gun rampage in Norway last summer claimed as he went on trial for terrorism and murder Monday that self-defense justified his actions. "I acknowledge the acts but do not plead guilty, and I claim I was doing it in self-defense," Anders Behring Breivik told a court in Oslo. The court recorded a plea of not guilty for him.
The death toll from a weekend tornado in Woodward, Oklahoma rose to six Monday with the death of a critically injured man in the hospital, a city official said.The storm struck after midnight Sunday, taking aim at the Hidden Valley Mobile Home Park in Woodward, killing Frank Hobbie and his two young daughters, ages 5 and 7.
President Obama has firmly rejected a complaint by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Iran was given a "freebie" on its nuclear program.Netanyahu's complaint came Sunday, a day after key world powers met with Iran and announced that the next meeting would take place in late May."My initial impression is that Iran has been given a freebie," Netanyahu said. "It has got five weeks to continue enrichment without any limitation, any inhibition."
On Wednesday, the posing with what the paper said were bodies of insurgents in Afghanistan. The newspaper said a soldier came forward with the images to draw attention to the safety risk associated with a decline in leadership and discipline. In the Times story, editor Davan Maharaj said publishing the photos "would fulfill our obligation to readers to report vigorously and impartially on all aspects of the American mission in Afghanistan, including the allegation that the images reflect a breakdown in unit discipline that was endangering U.S. troops."
CIA Sex Scandal - The Secret Service announced late Wednesday that three of its personnel connected to the Colombia prostitute scandal--two supervisors and one agent--will leave the agency while eight more remain under investigation. The agency is carrying out a full probe into the incident, including lie detector tests and witness interviews in Colombia, the assistant director of the U.S. Secret Service Office of Government and Public Affairs, Paul Morrissey, said in a statement.
Japanese researchers have successfully grown hair on hairless mice by implanting follicles created from stem cells, they announced Wednesday, sparking new hopes of a cure for baldness.Led by professor Takashi Tsuji from Tokyo University of Science, the team bioengineered hair follicles and transplanted them into the skin of hairless mice.
Passing – American pop culture icon Dick Clark (82). Paul Shefrin, a rep for the entertainment legend, said his client suffered a "massive heart attack." According to TMZ, Clark was at St. John’s hospital in Los Angeles for an outpatient procedure when the heart attack occurred. Attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.
Mexico Volcano - The Popocatepetl volcano shot a heavy plume of ash into the sky southeast of Mexico's capital and spewed glowing rock from its crater at dawn on Friday. The coordinator general for civil protection, Laura Gurza, told Televisa that officials were not yet ready to order any evacuations, but urged people living near the mountain to be "very, very attentive" to action at the volcano, which is about 40 miles (65 kilometers) from Mexico City. She also urged them to gather important papers and to have their escape routes planned in case they have to leave.
Norwegians who lost loved ones on Utoya island gasped and sobbed Friday as far-right fanatic Anders Behring Breivik described in harrowing detail how he gunned down teenagers as they fled in panic or froze before him, paralyzed with fear. Survivors and victims' relatives hugged, cried and shook, trying to comfort each other during testimony that completed the first week of Breivik's trial for a bombing-and-shooting rampage that left 77 people dead on July 22.
The grisly search for remains at the scene of a commercial plane crash in Pakistan continued Saturday, with officials doubting anyone on board survived.The plane, carrying 127 people, crashed Friday in Islamabad just before it was to land at a nearby airport, according to Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority, which cited poor weather as a possible factor.
Fascinating Facts April 15, 2012
Partying Hilary Clinton Seen In Columbia - Over the weekend, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cut loose during her trip to the Summit of the Americas in Colombia, partying at a local club early Sunday morning. And while the outing may be fairly typical of visitors to Latin American countries, photos showing Clinton dancing and throwing back a bottle of beer proved too irresistible for the tabloid press.
NASA officially delivered the space shuttle Discovery, its longest serving crewed spacecraft, to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum on Thursday (April 19) during a public ceremony to hand over the iconic winged spacecraft.
Technology News April 12, 2012 -
Walmart launches a service that converts customers’ DVDs and Blu-Rays and upload them to itscloud storage, so the film can be viewed anywhere and on various devices from computers to iPads to mobile phones. Called Disc-to-Digital, it will will cost consumers $2 per DVD or Blu-Ray. The program began this week in 3,500 stores. Six of the major film studios are on board the program including Warner Bros., Paramount, Fox, Sony and Universal. DreamWorks Animation is now joining with films, such as Kung Fu Panda and Shrek.
Oracle and Google Now In Court - although both Java and Android are open-source platforms -- neither Google nor Oracle, generally charge for their use -- their licensing terms are complex and precise. When Java creator Sun Microsystems in 2010) set Java loose as open-source software, it left significant limits in place around the mobile version. Companies building on top of Java's mobile platform typically pay to license it. Google used an elaborate workaround and essentially built its own version of a key system to avoid those licensing fees and restrictions. Oracle cried foul and hauled Google off to court -- a move some expected from the moment it agreed to buy Sun.
Entertainment News April 15, 2012 –
Howard Stern's hopes for a $300-million payday from Sirius XM Radio Inc. have been dashed by a judge. His show's Twitter feed said the shock jock was "really bummed" by the decision and plans to appeal. Stern sued in March 2011, arguing that he was contractually entitled to a huge stock-based bonus because the number of Sirius subscribers exceeded the company's internal forecasts. But his initial job contract was signed in October 2004, well before Sirius acquired XM in July 2008. New York State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Kapnick ruled Monday that Stern couldn't count XM's nearly 10 million subscribers in calculating his bonus, saying that the language of his contract was clear and unambiguous.
Rihanna's fans were surprised to see her upload Instagram photos that feature her sitting on top of a bald bodyguard's head, rolling what appears to be a cigar leaf full of marijuana.
Culver City police say they have recovered five stolen guitars belonging to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and have made an arrest in the case. Police say they've recovered the guitars and arrested the alleged thief, identified as 51-year-old Daryl Washington. He was arrested after authorities say one of Petty's guitars sold at a Hollywood pawn shop was recognized. According to authorities, Washington works as a security guard at Culver Studios where Petty and The Heartbreakers had been rehearsing for their upcoming U.S. tour.
Ryan Seacrest pays tribute to Dick Clark on “American Idol” on Thursday. During Wednesday night's "Idol," Seacrest paid further tribute to Clark, starting the episode by noting, "Without Dick, a show like this would not exist. He will be missed greatly and our thoughts and our prayers go out to his family... I know that he's in a better place, saying, ‘Hey, let's get on with the show, OK?' You got it, boss."
Passing - Levon Helm, the drummer, multi-instrumentalist and singer for The Band who kept the band's heart for more than three decades, died "peacefully" Thursday afternoon, according to his record label, Vanguard Records. He was 71.
Record Store Day - Katy Perry - The 27-year-old pop artist is among musicians going old school — releasing music on pressed vinyl records to help celebrate Record Store Day. Perry, who's too young to have thumbed through 45-rpm singles when she was a girl, joins an eclectic mix that includes David Bowie, Paul McCartney, the Misfits, White Stripes, the late James Brown and The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends with special vinyl releases to celebrate the hometown record store on Saturday. All of that vinyl — more than 300 offerings — represents a bright spot for the roughly 2,000 indie music retailers facing stiff competition from online music sales and streaming music services.
Passing - Dark Shadows star Jonathan Frid has died in Canada.
The 87-year-old actor reportedly died of natural causes at Juravinski Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario. Frid was best known for playing vampire Barnabas Collins on gothic television soap opera Dark Shadows. The series originally aired on ABC in the US between June 1966 and April 2, 1971. Frid also starred in 1973 television movie The Devil's Daughter and 1974 film horror Seizure.
Rock n Roller Ted Nugent met with the U.S. Secret Service in Oklahoma on Thursday to discuss his controversial comments about President Barack Obama--and the agency says the issue has been "resolved." During a National Rifle Association convention last weekend, Nugent said, "If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year."
Rocker and wildlife hunter Ted Nugent has agreed to plead guilty to transporting a black bear he illegally killed in southeast Alaska. Nugent made the admission in signing a plea agreement with federal prosecutors that was filed Friday in U.S. District Court.
Rich Ross resigned under pressure as chairman of Walt Disney Co's movie studio after a less than three-year run that included the release of "John Carter," one of the biggest flops in recent Hollywood history.
Phil Spector - The former super-producer - who's currently serving 19 years to life for the 2003 murder of actress/hostess Lana Clarkson - filed suit against the city of Alhambra on Thursday, claiming that the city's construction work is threatening and devaluing his Alhambra, Calif. home. In the suit, filed by Spector and his wife Rachelle in Los Angeles Superior Court, the couple claims that their home "has been destabilized and damaged by deep-seated landsliding caused by road cuts constructed, maintained , operated, owned or controlled by the City of Alhambra and its various departments."
Country music legend Willie Nelson helped unveil a statue honoring him in downtown Austin by singing his new song "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die" on Friday, a date long reserved to celebrate marijuana use.
President Obama is set to appear on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" next week.
Dick Clark will be cremated and his ashes will be scattered over the Pacific Ocean. There will be no funeral for Clark.
SundanceNow, an online destination for independent film watchers, has launched the "Doc Club," a subscriber-based video-on-demand program for documentaries that will be curated by Thom Powers. Powers, documentary programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival among his many other doc-related gigs, will select a new group of titles each month.
Top Movies April 15, 2012 -
Three Stooges (1st week $17 million)
The Cabin in the Woods – (1st week - $14.7 million)
Wrath of the Titans
21 Jump Street
Lockout (1st week $6.2 million)
Dr Seuss’ The Lorax
The Raid: Redemption
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Top Pop Songs April 15, 2012 –
Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye fea. Kimbra
Glad You Came – The Wanted
We Are Young – fun. Fea. Janelle Monae
What makes You Beautiful – One Direction
Boyfriend – Justin Bieber
Call Me Maybe – Carly rae Jepsen
Wild Ones – Flo Rida fea. Sia
Part of Me – Katy Perry
Stronger – Kelly Clarkson
Starships – Nicki Minaj
Take Care – Drake fea. Rihanna
Drive By – Train
Feel So Close – Calvin Harris
The Motto – Drake fea. Lil Wayne
Turn Me On – David Gueatta fea. Nicki Minaj
Ass Back Home – Gym Class Heroes fea. Neon Hitch
Set Fire To The Rain – Adele
So Good – B.o.B.
Rumor Has It – Adele
Young, Wild & Free – Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa fea. Bruno Mars
We Found Love – Rhihanna fea. Calvin Harris
Mercy – Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T. 2 Chainz
Eyes Open – Taylor Swift
Rack City - Tyga.