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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of April 22, 2013 In News, Pop Culture History, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

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In The News –

It was a tough start to the week for many air travelers. Flight delays piled up all along the East Coast Monday as thousands of air traffic controllers were forced to take an unpaid day off because of federal budget cuts. Some flights into New York, Baltimore and Washington were delayed by more than two hours as the Federal Aviation Administration kept planes on the ground because there weren't enough controllers to monitor busy air corridors. One out of every five flights at New York's LaGuardia International scheduled to take off before noon on Monday was delayed 15 minutes or more, according to flight tracking service FlightAware. 

Mississippi Flooding  - A powerful spring cold snap is bringing more rain and snow to a soggy U.S. heartland Wednesday, putting more pressure on riverside communities from the upper Midwest to the Deep South. The additional precipitation will further delay flooding recovery. The residents of Grafton, Illinois, north of St. Louis, will see the worst of the floodwater through Friday as the Mississippi River peaks at more than 11 feet above flood stage.

5.6 Quake - At least nine people were killed and more than 100 injured in an earthquake on Wednesday in eastern Afghanistan, officials said.

Tourists checking out the breathtaking views from the top of New York's Empire State Building got a shock when a man fell from the observation deck, only to have his drop stopped a floor below. Nathaniel Fimone fell from the observation deck of the 102-story Manhattan skyscraper on Wednesday night. He jumped from the 86 th floor and landed on a catwalk just below it, between the 86th and 85 th floors," Nell said.

A 6-year-old girl is fighting for her life after being shot multiple times and then taken to a neighbor by the man who shot her and killed five other people.Among the shooter's victims were two children and a pregnant woman.Police were called to an apartment complex in Manchester, Ill., at 4:48 a.m. on Wednesday. They found five victims dead -- one male adult, two female adults and two boys.A third child, a 6-year-old girl, suffered gunshot wounds but was spared by alleged killer Rick Odell Smith, 43, who took her outside of the house and put her in the care of a neighbor before taking off, police said. The gunman was killed a few hours later in a shootout with police.

A row of 12 coffins, each draped with a flag, symbolizes the human cost of an explosion that destroyed much of a small Texas town and left the residents of that town searching for answers. Hundreds of firefighters from across the nation and other first-responders joined grieving families and President Barack Obama and the first lady at the Ferrell Center in Waco, site of a memorial service Thursday for the people killed in a fertilizer plant explosion last week in the nearby town of West. The president told the crowd that no words adequately describe the courage displayed by those who died.

boston marathon bombing update facts april 2013 new york timeline historyArmed with a pressure-cooker explosive and five pipe bombs, the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing made a spur-of-the-moment decision last week to give the Big Apple a taste of their mayhem, New York officials say.  The potentially deadly scheme fell apart when the brothers realized the car they had hijacked was low on gas. "We don't know if we would have been able to stop the terrorists had they arrived here from Boston," Mayor Michael Bloombergsaid Thursday. "We're just thankful that we didn't have to find out that answer."

Syrian government troops pushed into two northern Damascus neighborhoods on Friday, triggering heavy fighting with rebels as they tried to advance under air and artillery support, activists said. The drive was the latest in a days-long offensive by government forces in and around the capital, an apparent bid to securePresident Bashar Assad's main stronghold against rebel challenges.

The Taliban have announced they will launch their spring offensive on Sunday, signaling plans to step up attacks as the weather warms across Afghanistan, making both travel and fighting easier. The statement comes toward the end of a month that already has been the deadliest of the year.

 Iraqi authorities suspended the operating licenses of pan-Arab broadcaster Al-Jazeera and nine Iraqi TV channels on Sunday after accusing them of escalating sectarian tension. The suspensions, which took effect immediately, appeared to target mainly Sunni channels known for criticizing Prime Minister Nouri al-Malik's government.

 A wave of car bomb blasts tore through Shiite areas south of Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 36 and deepening fears that Iraq is rapidly spiraling back out of control. The attacks capped a week of turmoil that is posing the greatest test of Iraq's stability since U.S. troops left the country in late 2011. At least 218 people have been killed in attacks and battles between gunmen and security forces that began with clashes at a Sunni protest camp in northern Iraq last Tuesday.

Dozens of air shows that draw tens of thousands of people and generate millions of dollars for local economies have been cancelled this year after the military grounded its jet and demonstration teams because of automatic federal budget cuts. For years, the biggest draws at air shows have been the military's two elite jet teams, the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels and the U.S. Air Force's Thunderbirds, and their intricate stunts. The armed services also have provided F-16, F-18 and F-22 fighter jets and the U.S. Army Parachute Team, known as the Golden Knights. All the teams were grounded as of April 1 to save money.

 

Fascinating Facts – April 22, 2013

More than three months after safety issues grounded the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Ethiopian Airlines became the first to resume service with a commercial flight Saturday.

Nearly 50 Dreamliners around the world had been out of commission after two incidents on jets operated by Japanese airlines called the battery systems into question.

Boeing last week began installing a redesigned battery system in the aircraft.

 

Sports news – April 22, 2013

The Justice Department late Tuesday formally filed its case against Lance Armstrong and his company Tailwind Sports for millions of dollars that the U.S. Postal Service spent to sponsor the cycling team. "The USPS paid approximately $40 million to sponsor the USPS cycling team from 1998 to 2004," the court document says. The government said it was intervening to recover triple the amount of the sponsorship funds under the False Claims Act, which could bring a total of more than $100 million in damages.

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook will reportedly undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. The injury occurred in the second quarter of Oklahoma City's playoff matchup with the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. Rockets rookie Patrick Beverly attempted to steal the ball from Westbrook as a timeout was being called, and ended up colliding with the Thunder star's knee. 

michael jordan gets married april 2013 timelineNBA legend and current Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan tied the knot with longtime girlfriend Yvette Prieto on Saturday in Palm Beach, Fla. Then, they got married.

 Jason Collins, who played with the NBA's Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards this season, has disclosed that he is gay. This makes him the first active openly gay male athlete in the four major American pro team sports. The center, who said he is now a free agent, made the disclosure in a column appearing in the upcoming issue of Sports Illustrated.

 

Technology news – April 22, 2013

Netflix Inc reported on Monday a first-quarter profit that beat Wall Street expectations as the dominant video rental service added 2 million new U.S. streaming subscribers, and its shares soared 24 percent. Netflix shares rose to $216.62 in after-hours trading, after closing at $174.37 on Nasdaq.

On Tuesday, hackers took over the Associated Press Twitteraccount and falsely claimed that there had been explosions at the White House and that the president was hurt. The tweet was up for a few minutes and retweeted more than 3,000 times before Twitter took the account offline.

The AP immediately confirmed the news was not true, but the tweet was up long enough to send a shudder through the stock market, which plunged 143 points before recovering.

Senators are wrapping up discussions about the Marketplace Fairness Act, better known by its nickname, the Internet Sales Tax. A vote to advance the bill is expected Friday morning.The proposed legislation would force many online retailers to begin collecting taxes on their wares in all states, not just where they have offices.

AOL has shuttered its AOL Music division and laid off its staff, according to pink-slipped employees on Twitter. Spinner.com, a rock-music news site under the AOL Music banner, announced suddenly on Thursday afternoon that it was shutting down. Minutes later, it said in a tweet that the entire music editorial division of the media giant, which owns The Huffington Post, was closing, too.

 

Music news – April 22, 2013

Passing - Richie Havens, the folk singer and guitarist who was the first performer at Woodstock, died Monday, his family said. He was 72. Havens died of a heart attack, the family said it a statement. Further details on his death were not immediately disclosed.

justin bieber news april timeline 2013 facts history music e list of troubles linked to Justin Bieber's tour of Europe grew again after Swedish police said Thursday they had found drugs and a stun gun on the pop singer's bus.Police said they decided to act after smelling marijuana coming from inside the bus while it was parked outside the hotel where Bieber was staying in the capital. Drug officers searched the bus during the concert while Bieber was on stage, Bystrom said. No arrests have been made.

 

Entertainment news – April 22, 2013

A news anchor for KFYR-TV - a Bismarck television station -  announced he was fired today after making his premiere with a string of obscenities. A.J. Clemente was so excited for his first broadcast that he let loose some extreme words right as the show was coming back from a commercial break on Sunday night. His co-worker, Van Tieu, apologized for the outburst during the evening show, and the station issued an apology to viewers saying Clemente had been suspended. 

 Comedy Central is partnering with Twitter for a comedy festival played out in 140 characters and 6-second videos. The Viacom Inc.-owned network said Sunday that the festival with the hashtag "ComedyFest" will debut April 29. Over five days, comedians will tweet jokes and post videos with the recently launched video app Vine, which limits footage to 6 seconds.

 Since appearing on season 13 of "Dancing With the Stars," fans have seen less of Chaz Bono -- and he plans on keeping it that way. Bono has lost 60 pounds and is still losing. The weight loss has been the result of better eating habits and exercise, he said. "Diets don't work," he told the magazine. "You just have to change what you eat, and I have." That includes incorporating more meat, fruits and veggies, the son of megastar Cher said, as well as cutting back on grains and starches.

 

Television news – April 22, 2013

khloe kardashian facts history april 2013 tv history timelineKhloe Kardashian is left out following the latest game of musical chairs on "The X Factor."

Fox said Monday that while Mario Lopez is returning this fall as host of Simon Cowell's music competition series, Kardashian will not be joining him. Cowell's series, which has never quite met ratings expectations, is in the midst of turnover with its judging panel, too. Cowell and Demi Lovato will be returning, but Britney Spears and record producer Antonio "L.A." Reid left and have not been replaced yet.

“American Idol” does something different this week. It was down to 4 contestants. It’s still four as nobody was eliminated.

 

Music news – April 22, 2013

Christina "Chrissy" Amphlett--frontwoman for the Australian rock band the Divinyls, whose "I Touch Myself" went to number four on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1991--died Sunday at her home in New York. Amphlett was 53 years old.

Amphlett's husband of 14 years, former Divinyls drummer and multi-instrumentalist/producer Charley Drayton, confirmed in a statement that the charismatic singer died after battling multiple sclerosis since 2007 and breast cancer since 2010.

Passing – Country great George Jones – the #2 Country artist of all time – in terms of sales. He was 81. “The greatest voice to ever grace country music will never die,” Garth Brooks said in an email to The Associated Press. “Jones has a place in every heart that ever loved any kind of music.”

Charlotte Motor Speedway has replaced country singer Billy Currington as the pre-race act before next month's NASCAR All-Star race. Currington was charged Thursday with making terroristic threats and abuse of an elderly person. He was released from a Georgia jail after posting a $27,700 bond. Each of the charges is a felony punishable by one to five years in prison.

kanye west saturday night live 2013 timeline historyKanye West will be the musical guest on the season finale of "Saturday NIght Live." The finale of season 38 of SNL will air on May 18.

Gaga's a godmother -- again! Sir Elton John and husband David Furnish were so impressed with Lady Gaga's guidance as a godmother to their son Zachary, 2, that they asked for an encore performance when theywelcomed son Elijah, 3 months, in January. 

 

Top albums/downloads – April 22, 2013

Save Rock and Roll – Fallout Boy

Indicud  Kid Cudi

20/20 Experience – Justin Timberlake

Based On A True Story – Blake Shelton

Pioneer – The Band Perry

Mosquito – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

I’m Not A Human Being II – Lil Wayne

Wheelhouse – Brad Paisley

The Truth About Love – P!nk

The Heist – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Paramore – Paramore

Heroes For Sale – Andy Mineo

Unorthodox Jukebox – Bruno Mars

Cought In The Act: Live – Eric Church

Here’s To The Good Times – Florida Georgia Line

Dreamchase – Sarah Brightman

Night Visions – Imagine Dragons

Right Place Right Time – Olly Murs

Hotel California – Tyga

Babel – Mumford & Sons

 

Top movies – April 22, 2013

Pain and Gain (1st week $20 million)

Oblivion

42

The Big Wedding (1st week #7.5 million)

The Croods

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Scary Movie 5

Olympus Has Fallen

The Place Beyond the Pines

Jurassic Park 3D

Mud

Evil Dead (2013)

Oz The Great and Powerful

 

Nielsen Top TV Shows – April 22, 2013

1

NCIS

CBS

11.0

17,332

2

THE BIG BANG THEORY

CBS

9.3

15,050

3

NCIS: LOS ANGELES

CBS

8.9

14,216

4

DANCING WITH THE STARS

ABC

8.9

13,765

5

THE VOICE

NBC

8.4

14,152

6

PERSON OF INTEREST

CBS

8.3

13,217

7

DANCING WITH THE STARS RESULTS

ABC

8.3

12,648

8

VOICE-TUE

NBC

8.2

12,777

9

AMERICAN IDOL-WEDNESDAY

FOX

7.6

12,457

10

CASTLE

ABC

7.6

11,761

 

 
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