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Week Of August 15, 2016 Man From Yesterday

 

In The News -
Historic flooding that killed seven people and forced more than 20,000 sometimes harrowing rescues continued to sweep across southern Louisiana on Monday as the region braced for ever higher waters. More than 12,000 people spent the night in shelters and 40,000 homes and businesses were without power.

Donald Trump gives a speech on his foreign policy.

Obamacare pullback - Aetna has becomes the latest health insurer to retreat from the Affordable Care Act’s public exchanges by announcing a pullback that will further deplete customer choices in many pockets of the country. The nation’s third largest insurer says it plans to leave nearly 70 percent of the counties in which it currently sells coverage as it trims exchange participation to four states in 2017, down from 15 this year. The insurer’s late Monday announcement comes after UnitedHealth and Humana detailed their own exchange pull backs for 2017 and after more than a dozen nonprofit insurance co-ops have shut down in the past couple years.

Passing - Joao Havelange, a Brazilian businessman and former Olympic athlete, was one of the most influential figures in sports from the 1970s through the 1990s as president of FIFA, the international governing body of soccer. He was 100.

Passing - John McLaughlin, the stalwart political commentator who created television’s “McLaughlin Group,” died Tuesday at his home in Virginia. He was 89. His death came less than two days after he missed the first episode of his show in 34 years.


Donald Trump names Steve Bannon, the executive chairman of Breitbart News and a former investment banker, to the post of chief executive and promoted Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser and pollster to his campaign.

More than 500 passengers and crew were evacuated on Wednesday from a burning ship about a mile off Puerto Rico’s north coast, and many required medical care, though there were no reported fatalities.
The fire continued to burn aboard the Caribbean Fantasy, a combination cruise and ferry ship, as the U.S. Coast Guard brought passengers into San Juan’s harbor while helicopters whirred overhead.
The wedding had ended and the guests had started walking home when a suspected suicide bombing tore through the site of the ceremony in southeastern Turkey late Saturday, killing more than 50 people and wounding scores more, the latest in a string of attacks in the restive region in the past week.

 

Sports News -

Summer Olympics - Jamaica’s Usain Bolt is still the fastest man on earth. After a (relatively) slow start, Bolt charged past American Justin Gatlin for his third consecutive gold medal in the 100 meters…. Simone Biles took her third gold of the Olympics, This time it was on the vault, where she earned bronze at last year’s world championships and then made it her mission to improve… Simone Biles capped her remarkable Rio Games with one final gold medal in Tuesday's floor exercise, while teammate Aly Raisman hauled in silver. Biles joins an exclusive group as only the fourth gymnast to win four gold medals at one Olympic games.

The three American swimmers still in Brazil are cooperating with authorities and plan to meet with them Thursday, the U.S. Olympic Committee said. Jimmy Feigen, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger are in the process of scheduling a time to meet with authorities, USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said. A Brazilian judge ordered Feigen and Ryan Lochte not to leave the country, writing in her filing Wednesday that there were inconsistencies in the testimony of the two swimmers, who said they were robbed at gunpoint early Sunday morning after a late night out. Lochte is home in the United States.
Darren Sharper: Former NFL Player Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison for Rape
Sharper was convicted of drugging and raping up to 16 women in Louisiana, Arizona, California and Nevada, multiple outlets reported. He must also pay a $20,000 fine.

As if winning five Olympic medals and meeting Zac Efron didn’t do enough to make a memorable Games for Simone Biles, she adds one more experience to her time in Rio. Biles was chosen as the Team USA flag bearer for closing ceremony on Sunday.

 

Technology News -

 Google Duo, a new video chat app that works exclusively on phones, is released. You tap on the face of the person you want to call, they answer, and you have a one-on-one video chat going. Nobody who uses this app can say that Google didn't achieve its goal of creating a video chat app that's relentlessly, explicitly designed solely for phones

Cisco says it’s going to lay off some 14,000 employees - some 20% of its workforce.

AT&T is phasing out its data overage charges. Starting Aug. 21, customers who exceed their data plan will see their connection speed drop to 128kbps instead of being charged automatically for another gigabyte of data.

Driverless Cars Reality - Uber Technologies Inc. will enable customers in Pittsburgh later this month to summon rides from autonomous vehicles, a bid to be the first in a race among automobile and technology companies to make driverless cars widely available. On Thursday, Uber said it would soon put 100 Volvo Car Corp. XC90 sport-utility vehicles on the road in Pittsburgh, where some customers will be able to summon them for short trips within the city. The SUVs will have a human helper in the driver seat in the event a trip goes awry.

T-Mobile US and Sprint: T-Mobile and Sprint announce unlimited data plans. T-Mobile announced Thursday it would offer unlimited talk, text and data under its T-Mobile One plan instead of monthly caps. Sprint announced a similar program called the Unlimited Freedom Plan.

Goodbye gawker.com - the site says it is shutting down next week.

Facing increasing pressure from rival social networking service Snapchat, Facebook has launched yet another app in order to convince youngsters that its products are where it's at. The new app in question is Lifestage, which is essentially a video diary where users answer biographical questions about themselves. Rather than filling in answers with text, users record a small video snippet that others can view on the uploader's profile. 

 

Entertainment news -
Passing - James Woolley - former Nine Inch Nails Keyboardist. He was 50.

Gotta Love Her - Singer Adele posts a video of her sans makeup and all - to explain why a cold prevented from doing a concert. First class gal. Here’s the link

Passing - Matt Roberts - 3 Doors Down Guitarist. He was 38.

Passing - Character actor and voiceover artist Jack Riley. He was 80.

Passing - Controversial NSYNC and Backstreet Boys Record Producer Lou Pearlman, who was serving a 25-year sentence for his involvement in a Ponzi scheme, died in prison Friday, according to a Federal Bureau of Prisons record. He was 62.

Top Music Albums -
Suicide Squad: The Album
Unleashed - Skillet
Views - Drake
If I’m Honest - Blake Shelton
Blurryface - twenty one pilots
NOW 59
Encore - DJ Snake
Major Key - DJ Khaled
ANTI - Rihanna
25 - Adele
Hamilton: An American Musical - Broadway Cast
Gotta Be Me - Cody Johnson
Thank You - Meghan Trainor
Dangerous Woman - Ariana Grande

Top movies
Suicide Squad
Sausage Party
War Dogs
Kubo and the Two Strings
Ben-Hur (2016)
Pete’s Dragon
Bad Moms
Jason Bourne
The Secret Life of Pets
Florence Foster Jenkins

 
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