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China's economic growth slowed unexpectedly in the first three months of the year, fueling concern about the strength of its shaky recovery. he world's second-largest economy grew by 7.7 percent over a year earlier, down from the previous quarter's 7.9 percent, the government reported Monday. That fell short of many private sector forecasts that growth would accelerate slightly to 8 percent. The news sent gold and oil lower on spot markets.

A series of car bombings across Iraq on Monday killed at least 25 people and wounded more than 170 others, police said. The 24 attacks took place in Baghdad, Kirkuk, Baquba, Tuz Khurmato and Hilla. Two of the bombings pummeled a checkpoint near Baghdad's international airport. Most of the attacks in Baghdad targeted Shiite areas. Al Qaeda in Iraq, made up of Sunni extremists, has claimed responsibility for many attacks in recent months.

A powerful 7.8  earthquake in southeastern Iran on Tuesday killed several people across the border in Pakistan, Pakistani officials said, but conflicting reports on casualties emerged from Iran. So far, 35 are reported dead.


Two bombs detonate some 10 seconds apart at the end of the Boston Marathon – just 4 hours into the race. Three people died -- including an 8-year-old boy -- and more than 183 were injured when the twin blasts went off near the finish line Monday afternoon.

boston marathon bombing april 2013 facts history timeline"This was a heinous and cowardly act and given what we now know about what took place, the FBI is investigating it as an act of terrorism," President Barack Obama said Tuesday after a briefing with his national security team. "Anytime bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an act of terror.".

At least nine of the wounded were children. Some of the wounded kids have already left the hospital, Boston Children's Hospital spokeswoman Meghan Weber said.

Dr. Albert Pendleton, an orthopedic surgeon who was helping staff the race's medical tent,  said it was "basically like the bomb took out the legs of everybody."


An envelope that tested positive for the deadly poison ricin was intercepted Tuesday afternoon at the U.S. Capitol's off-site mail facility in Washington, congressional and law enforcement sources tell CNN. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he was told the letter was addressed to the office of Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi. A laboratory in Maryland confirmed the presence of ricin after initial field tests indicated the poison was present, according to Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terrance Gainer.

Explosion In Texas - Teams of first responders descended on the devastated town West, Texas, early Thursday where a massive explosion at a fertilizer plant left scores of casualties and turned homes to rubble. The number of dead remained unclear, with police saying it could be between five and 15. More than 160 people were injured and "three or four" firefighters were missing or unaccounted for, officials said.

Texas Explosion

Firefighters were battling the blaze that precipitated the explosion Wednesday night. And a storm system heading into the area brought helpful rain -- but also heavy winds that might make it much tougher to contain the fire.

Test results were expected Thursday on letters possibly contaminated with the deadly poison ricin that were sent to President Barack Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker this week.

The FBI arrested Paul Kevin Curtis in connection with the case at his home in Corinth, Mississippi, on Wednesday, the department said in a statement.

The letters, which were discovered on Tuesday, were addressed to Wicker, a Mississippi Republican, and to Obama. The justice department release said a third letter was sent to a Mississippi justice official.

Former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf and his security team pushed past policemen and sped away from a court in the country's capital on Thursday to avoid arrest after his bail was revoked in a case in which he is accused of treason. This week has gone from bad to worse for Musharraf, who seized power in a coup in 1999 when he was serving as army chief and spent nearly a decade in power before being forced to step down in 2008. 

The FBI intensified its manhunt in the Boston Marathon bombing case on Thursday by releasing images of two men they deem to be suspects. It asked that anyone with information about the men or who may have seen them in the vicinity of the marathon finish line on Monday to step forward with information as soon as possible.

Friday Morning - A massive manhunt is underway in Boston and several surrounding communities for one of the suspects in the Boston Marathon terror bombing attacks. A second suspect has died in a confrontation with police, while one police officer has been killed and another wounded. The search has led to the sudden shutdown of the MBTA’s entire network of commuter rail, bus, and subway services. State authorities asked people who live in the entire city of Boston, as well as the nearby communities of Watertown, Waltham, Newton, Belmont, Cambridge, to “shelter in place” — stay inside and not open their doors to anyone except police with proper ID.


Friday night - The alleged  bomber who hid from authorities for more than 20 hours was captured tonight by police, sending cheers up through the Watertown neighborhood where he was found.

, 19, was discovered by a homeowner lying in a boat in the man's backyard around 7 p.m. The man noticed blood on the boat, spotted a body inside the boat and called 911, according to Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis.

According to police, a helicopter with infrared technology then located Tsarnaev in the boat and noted that he was moving about within it. The helicopter directed officers on the ground to the boat, where they briefly exchanged gunfire shortly before 7 p.m. Police halted their gunfire and sent hostage negotiators to try and talk Tsarnaev out of the boat Davis said. But the suspect was not responsive, and after about an hour and 45 minutes, officers went to the boat and took Tsarnaev into custody.

Video - Second Boston Bombing Suspect Capture


Texas Update – Saturday - The bodies of 12 people have been recovered after an enormous Texas fertilizer plant explosion that demolished surrounding neighborhoods for blocks and left about 200 other people injured, authorities said Friday. Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Jason Reyes said it was "with a heavy heart" that he confirmed 12 bodies had been pulled from the area of the plant explosion in West, about 20 miles north of Waco.

Syrian troops backed by pro-government gunmen captured at least one village in heavy fighting Sunday in a strategic area near the Lebanese border, activists and state media reported. The fighting came as U.S. officials said the Obama administration was poised to send millions more in non-lethal military aid to rebels trying to oust President Bashar Assad.

The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings remained in serious condition in the hospital on Sunday, unable to speak due to injuries to his neck and tongue sustained while on the run from police, officials said.

In Colorado's deadliest avalanche accident in more than 50 years, five members of a backcountry snowboarder group were found dead Saturday after they were buried in snow on a high mountain pass in Colorado's White River National Forest A sixth member of the group survived by digging himself out of the snow. He hiked a few hundred yards to a road and flagged down workers with the Colorado Department of Transportation, Sheriff Don Kruger said. Search teams have recovered the five bodies from the scene.


Fascinating business news – April 15, 2013

South Korea said on Wednesday it would buy attack helicopters worth 1.8 billion won (1.0 billion pounds) from Boeing Co. to improve its ability to respond to threats from North Korea.The decision to buy the new helicopters was initiated before tension between North and South Korea rose sharply after North Korea's third nuclear test in February. Boeing's AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopters beat the AH-1Z Viper built by Bell Helicopter, a unit of Textron Inc and the T-129 of Turkish Aerospace Industries, an official at the Korea Defence Acquisition Programme Administration said.

Viacom's $1 billion lawsuit claiming that YouTube is legally liable for hosting copyright-infringing work was dealt a death blow, when a judge issued a summary judgment in favor of the online video portal. " This is a win not just for YouTube, but for the billions of people worldwide who depend on the web to freely exchange ideas and information. In enacting the Digital Millennium Copyright Act," Walker said, "Congress effectively balanced the public interest in free expression with the rights of copyright holders. The court today reaffirmed an established judicial consensus that the DMCA protects web platforms like YouTube that work with rightsholders and take appropriate steps to remove user-generated content that rightsholders notify them is infringing.

Passing -  Al Neuharth changed the look of American newspapers when he founded USA Today, filling the newspaper with breezy, easy-to-comprehend articles, attention-grabbing graphics and stories that often didn't require readers to jump to a different page. He was 89.

Goodbye Al Neuharth


Sports news – April 15, 2013

Passing - Pat Summerall, the football player turned legendary play-by-play announcer, died Tuesday. He was 82. He was best known as a broadcaster for teaming with former NFL coach John Madden for 22 years. Summerall also worked for years alongside former player Tom Brookshier and became the voice of the NFL in the 1970s and 1980s, calling most of the league's signature games. Summerall called games for CBS, Fox and ESPN and worked more than 10 Super Bowls. As a player, he was a placekicker and played 10 seasons for the Chicago Cardinals and New York Giants from 1952 to 1961. He scored more than 500 points as an NFL player.

Goodbye Pat Summerall

Byron Scott was fired Thursday by the Cavaliers following three losing seasons in which the team did not play well defensively or make satisfactory progress for owner Dan Gilbert. Scott was dismissed one day after the Cavs finished an 82-game rollercoaster of a season that included injuries, blown leads, far too many uninspired performances and a dismal final month.

Boston Teams Back - The Red Sox postponed Friday night's game against the ; it will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on Sunday. The , who played on Thursday night, pushed back Friday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins to Saturday afternoon.


Technology news – April 15, 2013

 General Motors and Ford are putting aside their longstanding rivalry to work together to develop a new generation of fuel-efficient automatic transmissions. The companies said  that their engineers will jointly design nine- and 10-speed transmissionsthat will go into many of their new cars and trucks. When transmissions have more gears, engines don't have to work as hard. That saves fuel. As long as the shifting is smooth, most customers don't give much thought to their transmissions.

google tech update april 2013 facts history timelineGoogle Inc. will pay $1 for a municipal fiber-optic system that cost $39 million to build, according to terms of the Internet company's agreement with Provo. The deal is widely expected to be approved Tuesday by the City Council, making Provo the third city selected by Google for high-speed Internet and television service. Google is already operating a fiber-optic system in Kansas City, Mo., and earlier this month it selected Austin, Texas, as a second candidate. In Provo, a city of 115,000 about 45 miles south of Salt Lake City, Google is making its first plans to take over an existing fiber system and will start operating it long before it can build the service for Austin.

Google posts revenue of $14 billion!

Tiring of Smartphone?  Verizon's iPhone activations fell 33% in the first quarter, . Though the first quarter can serve as a tough comparison to the prior three months -- the stretch each year during which Apple typically releases its new smartphones -- the drop is considerably steeper this time than it was last year.


Entertainment news – April 15, 2013

 MTV Movie Awards - "The Avengers" won three awards, including the top prize, movie of the year. "Silver Linings Playbook" also collected three awards. Several stars, including show host Rebel Wilson, won a pair of prizes.


American Hindu leaders are demanding an apology from  for wearing a bindi symbol on her forehead during her "insensitive" performance at Sunday's MTV Movie Awards.

News Corp said  it will call its newly independent entertainment company 21st Century Fox after the media conglomerate splits later this year. The name 21st Century Fox - playing off the company's film studio 20th Century Fox - replaces the previously announced name, Fox Group.

Legendary sports broadcaster Al Michaels was  in Santa Monica, California, CNN reports. According to the report, Michaels was arrested shortly after 10 p.m. PST and spent five hours in Santa Monica city jail before he was released on his own recognizance. Sgt. Ryan Gradle of the Santa Monica police told CNN that Michaels was "extremely cooperative" with authorities


Music news – April 15, 2013

rihanna cancels concert date april 2013 music history timelineRihanna has canceled another date on her latest tour because she is ill. Live Nation says the Grammy-winning singer is unable to perform at Monday's concert in Houston "as a result of illness." The concert promoter says fans should retain their tickets to use at a rescheduled show. Rihanna canceled shows in Baltimore and Boston on her "Diamonds World Tour" last month because she was sick.

Rolf Harris, the celebrated Australian-born, British-based entertainer who sang such memorable pop songs as “Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport,” has been arrested by police on allegations of sexual offences.The 83-year old was interviewed by officers from “Operation Yewtree” set up to investigate the Jimmy Saville sex scandal, . The questioning last November was followed by Harris' arrest on March 28. He’s been bailed until May, according to the BBC. It’s understood Harris’ arrest is unrelated to Savile, 

“Rush” and “Public Enemy” get inducted into the R&R Hall of Fame at Los Angeles ceremonies.

FOX-TV renews “Glee” for two more years. Glee has been renewed for a fifth and sixth season, the network announced Friday. "Glee debuted as the first and only successful musical comedy series on television, and more than four years later, it continues to defy genres, break new ground and have a significant impact on popular culture,” Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly said in a statement announcing the news.“

Police have charged the bassist of the rock band 3 Doors Down with vehicular homicide after they said his speeding car clipped a pickup truck, sending it down an embankment and killing the driver. The incident took place Friday night in Nashville.

Police said Robert Todd Harrell, 41, showed signs of impairment and acknowledged he had consumed hard cider and taken the prescription pills Lortab and Xanax.

Neil Diamond Leads Crowd In Boston - On Saturday, April 20, Diamond himself helped honor that tradition with a live performance of “Sweet Caroline” during the Red Sox home game against the Kansas City Royals. Diamond's 1969 hit has been played during the eighth inning at every Red Sox home game for more than a decade. In the wake of the bombings, Major League Baseball parks all around the country temporarily adopted the anthem in a show of support for Boston.

Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond

The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.



1. (1) Bon Jovi; $1,741,784; $96.53.

Check Out Bon Jovi In Concert in 2011:

george straight top concert gross april 2013 music country trivia timeline2. (2) George Strait; $1,406,334; $84.11.

3. (4) Justin Bieber; $1,092,004; $71.92.

4. (3) Pink; $1,087,880; $76.84.

5. (5) Maroon 5; $906,465; $67.20.

6. (7) The Who; $846,331; $95.72.

7. (8) Ricardo Arjona; $840,988; $84.16.

8. (6) Cirque du Soleil - "Quidam"; $819,362; $59.03.

9. (9) Muse; $599,815; $57.23.

10. (10) Zac Brown Band; $564,008; $49.30.

11. (12) Luke Bryan; $461,951; $45.47.

12. (11) Carrie Underwood; $455,037; $59.00.

13. (13) Eric Church; $395,690; $49.26.

14. (14) Kid Rock; $379,616; $52.19.

15. (15) Jeff Dunham; $298,267; $45.65.

16. (16) matchbox twenty; $196,765; $64.53.

17. (17) Morrissey; $188,751; $66.02.

18. (18) Tiësto; $188,483; $41.72.

19. (19) Shinedown / Three Days Grace; $187,870; $39.00.

20. (20) Chris Tomlin; $171,547; $27.83.


Top Pop Hit Music Singles/Downloads – April 15, 2013

Thrift Shop – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis fea. Wanz

Just Give Me A Reason – P!nk fea. Nate Ruess

When I Was Your Man – Bruno Mars

Stay – Rihanna fea. Miky Ekko


Suite & Tie – Justin Timberlake fea. Jay Z

Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis fea. Ray Dalton

Feel This Moment – Pitbull fea. Christina Aguilera

Mirrors – Justin Timberlake

drake billboard hot 100 music april 2013 facts history timelineStarted From The Bottom – Drake

Heart Attack - Demi Lovato

Cruise – Florida Georgia Line fea. Nelly

Gentleman – PSY

Radioactive – Imagine Dragons

Harlem Shake – Baauer

“Love Me – Lil Wayne fea. Drake & Future

I Love It – Icona Pop fea. Charli XCX

Crash My Party – Luke Bryan

Daylight – Maroon 5


At the movies – April 15, 2013

Oblivion (1st week $37 million)


The Croods

Scary Movie 5

G.T. Joe: Retaliation

The Place Beyond the Pines

Olympus Has Fallen

Evil Dead

Jurassic Park 3D

Oz The Great and Powerful

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