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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of February 1,  2013 In News, Pop Culture History, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


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A suicide bomber detonated an explosive Friday in front of the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, killing himself and a guard at the entrance gate, officials said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Turkey's interior minister, Muammer Guler, said the bomber was likely connected to a domestic left-wing militant group. He did not explain why.

ed koch passing february 2013 news mrpopculture imagePassing - Former Mayor Edward Koch, who presided over New York City during the turbulent late 1970s and '80s and came to personify the city with his wry and outspoken style, died on Friday at the age of 88. As mayor from 1978 to 1989, the forceful, quick-witted Koch, with his trademark phrase "How'm I Doing?," was a polarizing figure and the city's constant promoter. He always described himself as, “A liberal with sanity.”


Indirect talks over Tehran's nuclear program will resume this month, Iran's foreign minister announced Sunday at a security conference in Germany. The announcement the talks would resume February 25 in Kazakhstan followed news that the United States is willing to hold bilateral discussions with Iran under the right conditions. Last month, the United States slapped new sanctions on the Islamic republic, targeting a handful of companies and individuals it says are providing materials and technology to Tehran's nuclear program.

A former Navy SEAL, author of the best-selling autobiography "American Sniper," was one of two people killed Saturday(Feb 2) at a gun range, authorities said. Chris Kyle, 38, who the "most lethal sniper in U.S. history," was killed along with 35-year-old Chad Littlefield on Saturday afternoon in Glen Rose, Texas, southwest of Fort Worth, the Texas Department of Public Safety said. Police arrested suspect Eddie Ray Routh, 25, after a brief pursuit. 

A gunman barricaded in an underground bunker with a 5-year-old hostage is making the boy "as comfortable as possible," authorities said, as the standoff in southeastern Alabama entered its sixth day Sunday(Feb 3).


A bus accident In Southern California has claimed the lives of at least 8 persons. The crash happened in a mountainous area of State Route 38, between Mentone and Forest Falls, San Bernardino Fire Department spokesman Eric Sherwin said.

A gunman who held a five-year-old boy hostage in anunderground bunker in rural Alabama for nearly a week was killed on Monday(Feb 4) and the child was plucked to safety without injury, law enforcement officials said. FBI agents entered the bunker to rescue the child after fearing that he was in "imminent danger," said Steve Richardson, special agent in charge in Mobile. Negotiations with the suspect, identified as 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, had deteriorated during the previous 24 hours, Richardson said during a televised news conference.

The FBI has been invited by Turkish authorities to assist as they try to find out what happened to Sarai Sierra, a 33-year-old mother of two who disappeared Jan. 21. Her body was found 12 days later, near the remnants of the city's ancient walls. Police said she had suffered a fatal blow to the head.

A powerful earthquake off the Solomon Islands on Wednesday generated a tsunami of up to 1.5 meters (about 5 feet) that damaged dozens of homes and left at least four people missing and presumed dead in the South Pacific island chain. Tje waves hit the western side of Santa Cruz Island, damaging between 70 and 80 homes and properties, said George Herming, a spokesman for the prime minister. Many villagers had headed to higher ground as a precaution, he said.

California  - One Riverside police officer is dead and another wounded after an ambush shooting Thursday, Feb. 7, that authorities have linked to a rogue former LAPD officer wanted in connection with two killings in nearby Irvine. Thousands of police officers throughout Southern California and Nevada hunted Thursday for the disgruntled former Los Angeles officer wanted for going on a deadly shooting rampage that he warned in an online posting would target those on the force who wronged him, authorities said. Police issued a statewide "officer safety warning" and police were sent to protect people named in the posting that was believed to be written by the fired officer, Christopher Dorner, who has military training. Among those mentioned were members of the Los Angeles Police Department. 


Fascinating facts – February 1, 2013

Passing - French electrician Andre Cassagnes who dreamed up a drawing toy that kids could shake up and start over a toy that became the Etch A Sketch. He the Etch A Sketch in his garage in 1950. The drawing toy was made up of a joystick, glass and aluminum powder.

The Grand Central Train Terminal In Midtown Manhattan turns 100 this month! The site (once) almost went away due to decay – but today - Of the 700,000 people who pass through Grand Central every day, an estimated 10,000 don't have a ticket. They're shoppers, who together shell out $150 million every year on lattes, oyster dinners, MacBooks and more. The terminal houses 50 shops, 20 casual eateries and five restaurants and cocktail lounges.

dr phil tuiasoscop girlfriend february 2013 celebrity news mrpopcultureFake Girlfriend Hoax – Dr Phil Has The Scoop - A California man who has admitted to fabricating Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend in an elaborate hoax told talk show host Phil McGraw he felt a deep romantic love for the football player. "Here we have a young man that fell deeply, romantically in love," McGraw told the television morning show "Today" to discuss  his two part interview with Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, which will air on "Dr. Phil" this week. The fake girlfriend hoax involving Te'o, who was a finalist for college football's highest individual honor the Heisman trophy, caused a sensation when it was revealed last month on news website Deadspin.com. Tuiasosopo says he played the part over the phone of (girlfriend) Lennay Kekua, the fictitious woman who was Te'o's girlfriend in the hoax. Te'o, 22, had spoken about the woman in media interviews, and reports described her surviving a car accident and then dying of leukemia in September. But, he had never met her. This was all done over the phone.

Scientists say they have found the skeleton of King Richard III  - unearthed under a drab municipal parking lot. He was a 15th-century king, the last English monarch to die in battle.


Fascinating Business news – February, 2013

The DOW hits 14,000 for the first time since 2007.  

It’s estimated that Americans spend $12 billion on Super Bowl parties, gatherings, celebrations. Lots of the spending is at sports bars and restaurants.

Scientists say they have found the skeleton of King Richard III  - unearthed under a drab municipal parking lot. He was a 15th-century king, the last English monarch to die in battle.

A Tennessee maintenance worker has quit his job after discovering the number "666" printed on his W-2 tax form. The man, Walter Slonopas, a 52-year-old born-again Christian, told  that God was worth more than money. 


Sports news - February 1, 2013

Super Bowl 47 – Ravens - 34 San Francisco 49ers - 31 as Joe Flacco of the Ravens received game MVP. Game featured Beyonce halftime show and a 34-minute power blackout in the third quarter. 

Another Super Bowl Media Incedent – F-Bomb - After another obscenity incident involving CBS and a Super Bowl broadcast, the Federal Communications Commission is under pressure to fine the TV network. A watchdog group says it wants the FCC to act after CBS aired audio of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco using the F-word and another player using a curse word. Both incidents happened right after the Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers in Sunday’s Super Bowl.

 NBA News – The Houston Rockets settled for tying an NBA record and set a franchise mark with 23 3-pointers in a 140-109 win over the Warriors. Houston matched the single-game record for 3s set by Orlando in a win over Sacramento on Jan. 13, 2009.


Technology news – February 1, 2013

IOS 6.1 Upgrades Fast & Furious - the adoption rate of iOS 6.1 had already hit over 22% just three days after its release. The iOS 6.1 adoption rate is on track to be the fastest ever and will likely surpass the .

netflix begins own programming house of cards spacy tv pay history mrpopculture imageNetFlix Begins To Produce Its Own Programming -  as the price for streaming content keeps going up and gets more competitive. Kevin Spacey vehicle "House of Cards" that went live just after midnight on Friday of this week.

And... - Amazon is continuing to beef up its original programming, ordering five potential children's series to pilot, including shows from the creators of "Blue Clues" and "Rugrats," the company announced. "Creative Galaxy," "Oz Adventures," "Teeny Tiny Dogs," "Tumbleaf" and an untitled J.J. Johnson project will join six other comedy pilots on Amazon Instant Video. Viewers can watch for free and give their feedback - after which Amazon will decide what shows get series orders. 

The New York Times says Chinese hackers have carried out sustained attacks on its computer systems, breaking in and stealing the passwords of high-profile reporters and other staff members. According to The Times, one of the biggest and most respected U.S. newspapers, the cyberassaults took place over the past four months, beginning during  into the wealth reportedly accumulated by relatives of the Chinese premier, Wen Jiabao.


Television news – February 1, 2013

Roseanne Barr Is Back – NBC signs Barr to an overall deal that calls for her to develop a show she will star in and produce for the network. She will executive produce the series with Steven Greener, with whom she collaborated on "Roseanne's Nuts" for Lifetime. As part of the deal, Barr also will guest star in a three-episode arc on NBC's "The Office" as talent agent Carla Fern. She will help Andy Bernard (Ed Helms) pursue the career in show business he has always dreamed about. That arc begins filming this week.

"The Office" as talent agent Carla Fern. She will help Andy Bernard (Ed Helms) pursue the career in show business he has always dreamed about. That arc begins filming this week.

Don’t Like Mike - NBC is sticking with its decision to cast Mike Tyson in an upcoming episode of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." In fact, it's moving the episode up a week from its original air date. Tyson's guest spot on "SVU" - which sparked outrage online, in light of Tyson's rape conviction - will air February 6. The episode was originally scheduled to air on February 13.

Goodbye 30 Rock -  NBC’s Emmy-winning TV comedy "30 Rock" bowed out after seven seasons on Thursday with bittersweet farewells but giving all its zany characters a happy ending. In the show's prime in 2008-2009, an average of 7.5 million viewers tuned in each week, but the final season has garnered an average of 4 million viewers per episode.

Returns To General Hospital - Jack Wagner, who recently began filming his triumphant return to the role he originated in the 1980s, and left 18 years ago - sexy secret agent Frisco Jones. It all starts Monday (Feb 4).  


Entertainment news - February 1, 2013 


Movie Tough Guy Sylvester Stallone says that despite his "Rambo" image and new shoot-em-up film "Bullet to the Head," he's in favor of new national gun control legislation. Stallone supported the 1994 "Brady bill" that included a now-expired ban on assault weapons, and hopes that ban can be reinstated.

This should be some Oscar show this month. First – all the James Bond actors will appear – now – another announcement – as actress, singer and director Barbra Streisand will perform again at the Academy Awards on February 24.  Streisand, 70, has won two Oscars, one for best actress in "Funny Girl" and another for best original song, "Evergreen" from her 1976 vehicle "A Star Is Born." Her performance of the song at the 1977 Oscars show was her only previous onstage stint at Hollywood's biggest night.


Passing - Stuart Freeborn, a pioneering movie makeup artist behind creatures such as Yoda and Chewbacca in the "" films, has died. He was 98.


Music news – February 1, 2013 

beyonce admits lip synching music news february 2013 mrpopculture photo

Ke$ha New MTV Reality Series - Singer Ke$ha is coming to cable television with a new reality series that promises to document the "drama, madness and euphoria" of her professional and personal life. "Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life," will premiere on MTV in April, the network said. 

Beyonce Admits Lip Synching At The Inaugural - Beyoncé Knowles held a press conference where  she talked about her highly anticipated Super Bowl half-time performance. But first, the singer addressed the elephant in the room. When  walked on stage she asked the audience to rise, then proceeding to give an impeccable, LIVE acapella performance of the National Anthem. After she finished she asked the audience, simply, “Any questions?” She explained the incident by saying,  “I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra, it was a live television show," Knowles explained. "Due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper sound check I did not feel comfortable taking the risk"

Passing – Reg Presley – lead singer of the 1960’s English band, “The Troggs,” Remembered best for, “Wild Thing






Top Pop Hit Music Singles/Downloads – February 1, 2013

Locked Out Of Heaven – Bruno Mars

Thrift Shop – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis fea. Wanz The Heist

I Knew You Were In Trouble – Taylor Swift

Ho Hey – The Lumineers

Scream & Shout – will.i.am & Britney Spears

Beauty & A Beat – Justin Bieber fea. Nicki Minaj

Don’t You Worry Child – Swedith House Mafia fea. John Martin

Diamonds – Rihanna

alicia keys billboard hot 100 february 2013 music news facts mrpopcultureGirl On Fire – Alicia Keys fea. Nicki Minaj

Try – P!nk

Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake fea. Jay Z

F**kin Problems – A$ap Rocky fea. Drake, 2 Chaniz & Kendrick Lamar   

Sweet Nothing – Calvin Harris fea. Florence Welch

Love Me – Lil Wayne fea. Drake & Future

It’s Time – Imagine Dragons

Daylight – Maroon 5

Sone Nights – fun.

I Cry – Flo Rida

One More Night – Moron 5


Popular Smartphone Hot Ringtones - February 1, 2013

Girl On Fire – Alicia Keys fea. Nick Minaj

Gangnam Style – PSY

florida georgia line top smartphone ringtone music february 1 2013 mrpopculture imageCruise – Florida Georgia Line

I’m Different – 2 Chainz

I Knew You Were In Trouble – Taylor Swift

Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain) – Gary Allan

Diamonds – Rhianna

Sexy And I Know It – LMFAO

Pontoon – Little Big Town



Top movies – February 1, 2013

Warm Bodies (1st week - $20 million)

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

Silver Linings Playbook


Zero Dark Thirty

Bullet TO The Head (1st week $4.5 million)


Django Unchained

Les Miserables



Nielsen Top TV Shows - February 1, 2013



Prime Broadcast Network TV - United States

Rank Program Network Rating Viewers (000)
1 SUPER BOWL XLVII(S) CBS 46.4 108,693
4 NCIS CBS 13.7 22,066
5 BIG BANG THEORY, THE CBS 10.9 17,761
6 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS 10.6 17,297
9 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS 8.4 13,699


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