Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of April 8, 2013 In News, Pop Culture History, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
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Passing Margret Thatcher - Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher,a towering figure in postwar British and world politics and the only woman to become British prime minister, has died at the age of 87. She suffered a stroke Monday, her spokeswoman said. A British government source said she died at the Ritz Hotel in London. Thatcher's funeral will be at St. Paul's Cathedral, with full military honors, followed by a private cremation, the British prime minister's office announced.
The top U.S. commander in the Pacific called repeated North Korean violations of U.N. Security Council resolutions forbidding the "building and testing" of long-range ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons "a clear and direct threat to U.S. national security and regional peace and stability." Adm. Samuel J. Locklear -- commander of the U.S. Pacific Command -- spoke at a Senate Armed Services hearing on Tuesday. His comments are part of testimony submitted to the committee. He spoke as North Korea issued its latest dispatch of ominous rhetoric Tuesday, telling foreigners in South Korea they should take steps to protect themselves in the event of a conflict on the Korean Peninsula.
Two people were in critical condition Tuesday after a stabbing incident at a Texas college, a sheriff said. Authorities have detained the suspect, an approximately 21-year-old male enrolled at the school, Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia told reporters. Garcia said a call came in to 911 Tuesday morning describing a "male on the loose stabbing people" at the Lone Star College's CyFair campus. Fourteen people were injured in the incident, Garcia said.
Tens of thousands of immigrants and activists rallied nationwide Wednesday in a coordinated set of protests aimed at pressing Congress to approve immigration measures that would grant 11 million immigrants living here illegally a path toward citizenship. Organizers said demonstrations were taking place in at least 18 states and in Washington, D.C., where a large, festive crowd gathered on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday afternoon. Many carried hand-lettered signs and chanted "Si, se puede," Spanish for "Yes, we can."
Tornadoes spread mayhem in parts of Missouri and Arkansas, and now, the Southeast is bracing itself for possible severe weather. A potential for twisters, damaging winds and large hail on Thursday threatened portions of Alabama, Georgia and the Florida Panhandle, the National Weather Service said.
The financially beleaguered Postal Service backpedaled on its plan to end Saturday mail delivery, conceding Wednesday that its gamble to compel congressional approval had failed. With limited options for saving money, the governing board said the agency should reopen negotiations with unions to lower labor costs and consider raising mail prices.
Syrian forces battled rebels in the central province of Homs near the border with Lebanon on Friday as part of a counteroffensive aimed at regaining control of territory around the country and along strategic border areas. With a fresh influx of weapons, opposition fighters have made significant gains in the past weeks, particularly in the southern province of Daraa, where rebels have been advancing in the region between the Jordanian border and the capital, Damascus.
All 108 passengers and crew survived after a new Lion Air jet crashed into the ocean and snapped into two while attempting to land Saturday on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, injuring up to 45 people.
A packed passenger bus tumbled into a river near the Peruvian city of Trujillo early Saturday, killing at least 33 people, state media reported, citing regional authorities. The bus was carrying 43 seated passengers, but there were many others standing in the aisle, leading authorities to believe the death toll might rise, according to ANDINA, the state-run news agency.
Among the dead were many doctors and nurses, the agency reported.
NCAA Champs - Luke Hancock produced another huge game off the bench, scoring 22 points, and Rick Pitino became the first coach to win national titles at two schools when relentless Louisville rallied from another 12-point deficit to beat Michigan 82-76 in the NCAA championship game Monday night.
The Brooklyn Nets are losing one of their biggest names as they prepare for the playoffs. Jay-Z owned just a little piece of the team, but was a large presence when the franchise changed homes and identities this season. The rap mogul is selling his stake in the Nets so he can become certified as a player agent, possibly before the end of the season.
NASCAR - Kyle Busch continued to make history in his return to Joe Gibbs Racing's NASCAR Nationwide Series program on Friday night, winning the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.
John Buck kept up his powerful start with a grand slam, his fourth home run in the last four games, and the New York Mets beat the Minnesota Twins 16-5 as snowflakes fell at Target Field on Friday night.
Bob Costas has slammed CBS Sports' television coverage of the Masters golf tournament, saying the network has never acknowledged the "history of racism and sexism" by the Augusta National Golf Club, the private club that runs the historic tournament. Augusta National, which was established in 1933, did not admit its first black member until 1990, and it did not invite a woman to join until 2012, despite organized protests from the National Council of Women's Organizations and pickets outside the grounds of the event.
Tiger Woods Trouble At Masters - Masters - Tiger Woods was penalized two strokes Saturday after a rules committee deemed he violated one of golf's ball-drop rules during Friday's play, an official with the Masters Tournament said. "I didn't know I had taken an incorrect drop prior to signing my scorecard," Woods said in a four-part tweet on Saturday. "I understand and accept the penalty and respect the Committees' decision." On Friday, Woods, a four-time tournament champion, hit a shot on the 15th hole that ricocheted off the flagstick and bounced into a pond. Woods took a drop then bogeyed the hole.
Kobe Bryant had surgery Saturday on his torn Achilles tendon, ending his season with two games left in the Los Angeles Lakers' playoff chase. Lakers trainer Gary Vitti thinks Bryant will need at least six to nine months for recovery from the most serious injury of his 17-year NBA career. Given Bryant's history of swift recovery from countless minor injuries, Vitti and Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak both believe the 34-year-old guard could be back for their season opener in the fall...
Broadcasters for a year, are suing to put the service out of business. But a federal appeals court last week upheld a ruling that said the startup can legally allow subscribers to stream or record live broadcast TV. Networks think Aereo should have to pay them to retransmit their programming, just like its affiliates, cable companies and satellite providers do. These range from less than $1 per subscriber for some broadcast channels, to $55 for premium content like Disney's ESPN. Aereo's defense is its technical setup: The company houses thousands of tiny antennas in its data centers, and it assigns each customer a unique antenna. People who get broadcast TV over the airwaves (which Aereo users technically do) are legally allowed to record and stream that signal digitally. Broadcasters say the antenna setup is an unfair dodge that allows Aereo to commit piracy.
Facebook Pay-To-Message Tryout - Facebook is giving select users in nearly 40 countries around the world access to a trial service that will charge them a fee for sending direct, personal messages to people outside their network. That means that if you've been trying to get in touch with your favorite celebrity or a secret crush in the office who doesn't know your name, Facebook may be able to help you out.
Now In Kansas City - The next city to get Google's ultra-high-speed Fiber network is Austin, Texas. Google Fiber offers Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, which Google says is 100 times faster than the average American Internet user's service. Google offers a Fiber TV service that lets customers watch all shows in HD, record up to eight shows at once and store up to 500 hours of HD video in the cloud. Customers can watch across several devices, including cell phones and PCs.
PC Sales Slumping - First-quarter shipments of PCs fell 14 percent worldwide from the same time last year, according to International Data Corp. That's the deepest quarterly drop since the firm started tracking the industry in 1994. Another research firm, Gartner Inc., pegged the first-quarter decline at 11 percent. PC sales have now fallen from their year-ago levels in four consecutive quarters, a slide that has been accelerating even amid signs that the overall economy is getting healthier.
Royal Philips NV, the Dutch consumer appliances giant, said Thursday that it has developed an LED light that will soon be far more efficient than the best fluorescents on the market. That should make it cheaper and greener, as well. It's a combination that will inevitably help the LED dominate the market for illuminating the world's workplaces, according to the global leader in lighting sales.
An app that helps users find other apps for free has been banned from Apple's mobile store in a move some say heralds a new round of blacklisting for content the company doesn't like. AppGratis, which partners with app developers as a sort of clearinghouse to help them get noticed, was first informed Friday that it was being pulled, according to CEO Simon Dawlat. The app disappeared from the App Store on Sunday.
Twitter is introducing a music feature that is expected to use the listening habits of users’ friends and contacts to recommend music for them to listen to, giving its more than 200 million users more to send tweets about and another reason to stay logged in. But exactly what form the music service will take is unclear.
Passing - Annette Funicello, beloved Disney star of the fifties and sixties, died Monday from complications stemming from multiple sclerosis. She was 70. “She’s on her toes dancing in heaven,” her daughter Gina Gilardi said in a statement. “My brothers and I were there, holding her sweet hands when she left us.” Originally hailing from Utica, N.Y., Funicello and her family moved to Los Angeles when she was 4. Nine years later, in 1955, she was discovered by Walt Disney himself while dancing the lead in a production of Swan Lake, and he invited her to audition for his new series, “The Mickey Mouse Club.” She was hired on the spot and quickly became a fan favorite, going on to star in a bevy of Disney movies.
This week in “American Idol” – the judges and the audience it seemed, were blown away by contestant Candice Glover's moving performance of The Cure's "Lovesong" on Wednesday night's show. Randy Jackson dubbed it one of the greatest performances in "Idol" history - a comment that sent Candice over the edge. Mariah Carey was so moved by Candice's performance that she made her way to the stage to toss glitter on her.
"Django Unchained" became "Django Unscreened" on Thursday as Quentin Tarantino's violent slave-revenge saga was pulled from Chinese theaters on its opening day, with the importer blaming an unspecified technical problem. The rare suspension order by China Film Group Corp. was confirmed by theater employees throughout China, and has led to speculation that the Hollywood film could have run afoul of Chinese censors despite weeks of promotion in the country.
Passing - Jonathan Winters – an improvisational genius and the comedic spiritual godfather to a generation of younger comics, including Robin Williams, Jim Carrey and the late Andy Kaufman – died of natural causes. He was 87.
CNN cancels "(Get to) The Point" - a one-week experiment in the 10 p.m. EDT time slot. It featured Donny Deutsch and panelists chewing over the day's news. But the Nielsen Company said it averaged 268,000 viewers last week, or fewer than the 446,000 the network reached in March with a rerun of Anderson Cooper's newscast from two hours earlier.
David Letterman interviews Lindsay Lohan on "The Late Show" Tuesday night – for two segments. Lindsay laughed off Dave's blunt line of comedic questioning, which included barbs about her upcoming trip to rehab and theft allegations - topics which were not broached during the pre-interview, according to mother Dina.
NBC renewed Last Call with Carson Daly for a 13th season. The news comes as NBC has been examining its late-night lineup, bringing in Jimmy Fallon to replace Jay Leno at The Tonight Show.
Passing - Frank Bank - "Lumpy" on the original "Leave It To Beaver." He was 71.
The Academy of Country Music Awards last week (Sunday) were seen by an estimated 15.5 million people, the Nielsen company said. It is believed to be the first time the ACM awards outdrew the more established Country Music Association awards, which took place in November. A much-anticipated musical pairing of George Strait and Garth Brooks, performing in a tribute to the late Dick Clark, was a highlight of Sunday's show. Luke Bryan was paired with Blake Shelton of "The Voice" as co-host, then beat him for entertainer of the year in what was considered an upset.
Justin Bieber is launching a new prepaid debit card aimed at teens with a social media splash planned for Thursday night of this week. The centerpiece will be a YouTube video featuring the teen heartthrob suggesting his fans should learn about responsible spending by using the new SpendSmart card. Bieber's vast social media empire has a wider reach than some television networks. He has 37.7 million Twitter followers, 2 million subscribers to his YouTube channel and more than 52 million Facebook followers -- and many of them are about to learn about SpendSmart.
Snoop Lion Penning Theme Song For Soap - When One Life to Live returns, it'll come with a new feel to say the least.
Prospect Park and The Online Network, which are resurrecting both One Life to Live and All My Children online, have partnered with Snoop Lion (formerly know as Snoop Dogg) for a new theme song for One Life to Live. Snoop, who previously appeared on the soap when it was on ABC, will write and produce the new theme song, titled "Brand New Start," and will appear on the track alongside Iza Lach. Additionally, Snoop will actually appear as himself on several episodes of the revamped series when he visits Llanview to promote his new Indie film, "Reincarnated," which documents his journey from Snoop Dogg to Snoop Lion.
The 20/20 Experience – Justin Timberlake
Pioneer – Band Perry
Based On A True Story… – Blake Shelton
I Am Not A Human Being II – Lil Wayne
Wolf – Tyler, The Creator
10 – New Kids On The Block
Night Visions – Imagine Dragons
Unorthodox Jukebox – Bruno Mars
Disarm The Descent – Killswitch Engage
The Truth About Love – P!nk
Sempiternal – Bring Me The Horizon
The Heist – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Babel – Mumford & Sons
Here’s To The Good Times – Florida Georgia Line
Spring Break… Here To Party – Luke Bryan
Precious Memories: Volume II – Alan Jackson
Unapologetic – Rihanna
Some Nights – fun.
Native – One Republic
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