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In The News –

More than 500 people were injured when a meteorite shot across the sky and exploded over central Russia on Friday, sending fireballs crashing to Earth, shattering windows and damaging buildings. People heading to work in Chelyabinsk heard what sounded like an explosion, saw a bright light and then felt a shockwave according to a Reuters correspondent in the industrial city 1,500 km (950 miles) east of Moscow. A fireball blazed across the horizon, leaving a long white trail in its wake which could be seen as far as 200 km (125 miles) away in Yekaterinburg. Car alarms went off, windows shattered and mobile phone networks were interrupted.

Newtown Medals - President Barack Obama on Friday praised the selflessness of six teachers and staff killed in the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., as he posthumously awarded each victim a 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal. When Rachel Davino, Anne Marie Murphy, Lauren Rousseau, Victoria Soto, Mary Sherlach and Dawn Hochsprung went to work at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, "they expected a day like any other," Obama said during the medal presentation ceremony in the White House East Room. "They had no idea evil was about to strike." "They gave their lives to protect the precious children in their care," Obama said.

russian asteroid injuries timeline february hits earth 2013 facts mrpopcultureAn asteroid half the size of a football field buzzed Earth in a historic flyby today (Feb. 15), barely missing our planet just hours after a much smaller object exploded above Russia, injuring perhaps 1,000 people. The 150-foot-wide (45 meters) near-Earth  cruised within 17,200 miles (27,000 kilometers) of Earth at 2:24 p.m. EST (1924 GMT) today, coming closer than many communications satellites circling our planet. The flyby marked the closest approach by such a large  that astronomers have ever known about in advance.

At a Friday afternoon press conference – it’s revealed that Autopsy results on former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner show he died from a single gunshot wound to the head that was likely self-inflicted. The renegade cop killed four people and wounded three others as part of a vendetta against his former comrades, before apparently taking his own life.

A day after a spectacular meteor blast shook Russia's Urals region, the clean-up operation got under way Saturday in the hard-hit Russian city of Chelyabinsk. Although some buildings were unscathed when the sonic waves from the Friday morning explosion reverberated through the region, others lost some or most windows or had walls come tumbling down. More than 1,000 people were injured, including more than 200 children, according to news reports. Many of them were hit by flying glass. Most of those hurt were in the Chelyabinsk region; the majority of injuries are not thought to be serious.

In Bryan, Texas - Two fire lieutenants died after suffering from burns sustained during a fire at a lodge.   The two were among a group of  firefighters who responded to the blaze Friday night. They entered the burning lodge hall, but they didn’t come out when they were ordered to evacuate.

Marine Gen. John Allen, former commander of allied forces in Afghanistan, will retire from the military to care for his ailing wife. President Barack Obama, who had nominated Allen to head NATO, met with the departing officer on Tuesday and accepted his request to leave the armed forces, the White House said.

 North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory on Tuesday signed into law a measure that will cut benefits for jobless workers by about one-third and reduce how long they can collect any aid in a state with the fifth-highest unemployment rate in the country.The Republican governor said the legislation, the second bill he has signed since taking office at the start of the year, marked an important step toward fixing the state's unemployment insurance system.

Bulgaria's government resigned on Wednesday after mass protests against high power prices and falling living standards, joining a long list of European administrations felled by austerity during four years of debt crisis.Prime Minister Boiko Borisov, an ex-bodyguard who took power in 2009 on pledges to root out graft and raise incomes in the European Union's poorest member, faces a tough task of propping up eroding support ahead of an expected early election.

New York passes tough gun control - "Called the New York Safe Act,” the law includes a tougher assault weapons ban that broadens the definition of what constitutes an assault weapon, and limits the capacity of magazines to seven bullets, down from 10. The law also requires background checks of ammunition and gun buyers, even in private sales, imposes tougher penalties for illegal gun use, a one-state check on all firearms purchases, and programs to cut gun violence in high-crime neighborhoods.

Three people were killed and at least four others were hurt in a car-to-car shooting and crash early on Thursday on the Las Vegas Strip. A person in a black Range Rover Sport opened fire on a Maserati at about 4:20 a.m. (1220 GMT) as the cars traveled north in front of the Strip's Bellagio and Bally's casinos, said Officer Jose Hernandez, a police spokesman. The Range Rover fled the scene. The driver of the Maserati lost control of the car and crashed into a taxi, which burst into flames. The Maserati, which had a passenger, struck another four cars, he said. The drivers of the Maserati and the taxi were killed, as was a passenger in the taxi. The Maserati passenger and three others were taken to a hospital. The SUV is being sought.

 A car bomb exploded Thursday near Syria's ruling party headquarters in Damascus, killing at least 90 people and scattering mangled bodies among the blazing wreckage in one of the bloodiest days in the capital since the uprising began almost two years ago.



Fascinating Business news – February 15, 2013

Best Buy is confident that its latest policy change will kill "showrooming" in its stores for good. Starting on March 3, the retailer will price match all local retail competitors, along with 19 "major online competitors" in all product categories, whenever a customer asks for it,  .

Comcast finds itself listed along with BP and AIG as one of the 10 least reputable companies in the United States.  released last week showed that  ranked as the 10th least reputable company in the U.S. with an overall reputation score of 61 out of 100, which Harris says .

Office Depot Inc will acquire smaller rival OfficeMax Inc in a $1.2 billion all-stock deal, the companies said on Wednesday, confirming an agreement inadvertently announced earlier in the day, before it was completed.


Fascinating Facts – February 15, 2013

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced Saturday that 68 Burmese pythons were killed during the January 12-February 10 competition that drew 1,600 registrants lured by prizes of up to $1,500. Though the take was small, wildlife officials said their main aim was heightening public awareness of the invasive species. The pythons began turning up in the Everglades in 1979, most likely abandoned by pet owners when the snakes got too big to handle. They have no natural predators. Rabbits and foxes have disappeared, while raccoon, opossum and bobcat populations have dropped as much as 99%, researchers at Virginia Tech University, Davidson College and the U.S. Geological Survey reported in 2012.

The bestselling author of self-help book "The Dark Side of the Light Chasers" has died in San Diego. Debbie Ford was 57. A family spokeswoman says Ford died Sunday in her home after a long battle with cancer. 

A (pro-gay) national advertising campaign of print, television and online ads launched this week. It features a quote from an appearance by Laura Bush on CNN in which she says: 'When couples are committed to each other and love each other then they ought to have the same sort of rights that everyone has.' Laura Bush says she doesn’t want to be included in the ad and is asking to be taken out.

Sports news – February 15, 2013

 The   eight-time Pro Bowl defensive back , Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports. Woodson, 36, has been with the Packers since the 2006 season, was named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and appeared in four straight Pro Bowls (2008-11) before missing out during an injury-plagued 2012 season.

Lakers owner Jerry Buss has been hospitalized with cancer. The 79-year-old Buss has spent time in the intensive care unit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.' Several current and former Lakers players, including  and Magic Johnson, have visited Buss... Later in the week, Jerry Buss dies... 

Basketball All-Star Game - Chris Paul got  on Sunday evening after earning 20 points and a game-high 15 assists in the West's .

Oscar Pistorius denied that he "committed murder in the strongest point" after the track star was charged Tuesday with premeditated murder that could lead to him serving a life sentence in prison. Pistorius is the first double amputee to compete in the Olympics and Paralympics.

Utah Jazz coach Sidney Lowe is arrested on income tax charges in North Carolina.


Technology news – February 15, 2013

HBO on Tuesday updated its HBO GO and MAX GO applications for the  and , adding long-awaited AirPlay support. The new update will allow cable and satellite TV customers who subscribe to either HBO or Cinemax to stream on-demand content via their iOS devices to any  set-top box.

Wii U suffered low sales throughout January, lagging far behind the month’s leading console, the Xbox 360, which ruled the hardware chart for the 25th consecutive week with 281,000 units sold.  that cumulative three-month Wii U sales are 38% lower than the original Wii’s first three months on the market. Sony has yet to release numbers for the PS3.

facebook hacked tech history february 2013 timeline mrpopculture  Facebook said on Friday that it been the target of a series of attacks by an unidentified hacker group, but it had found no evidence that user data was compromised. "Last month, Facebook security discovered that our systems had been targeted in a sophisticated attack," the company said in a blog post. "The attack occurred when a handful of employees visited a mobile developer website that was compromised." The social network, which says it has more than one billion active users worldwide, added: "Facebook was not alone in this attack. It is clear that others were attacked and infiltrated recently as well.

U.S. Cellular (), the eighth largest wireless provider in the U.S., on Thursday announced additional markets to its 4G LTE portfolio. The company plans expands its LTE coverage to more than 3,800 new cities and towns in 2013.  currently covers 61% of its user base with its high-speed network and hopes to increase that number to 87% by the end of the year.

Google Shares hit $800!

More than 800,000 people are waiting to access a new iPhone app that aims to transform their email experience by helping them achieve the elusive "inbox zero" -- a fully processed and empty inbox. "The big shift is away from a mobile email client that is a shrunken version of a desktop email clienttowards a mobile email client focused primarily around processing and triage," said Gentry Underwood, the CEO and co-founder of Palo-Alto-based company Orchestra, which created the app. The ability to "snooze" an email, which is to defer it to another time, whether later in the day, on the weekend, or until the following week, is one of the main features of the app. "We want to decide ‘do I need to reply now', ‘can I deal with this later', or ‘should I get it out of the way and never deal with it again?'" he said.

South Korean flat-screen maker LG Display said on Monday it would invest 706 billion won ($654.8 million) to manufacture next-generation displays used in televisions. LG Display, currently the sole manufacturer of organic light emitting diode (OLED) panels used in TVs, said mass production from its new production line will begin in the first half of next year.


Television news – February 15, 2013

 Don Johnson has ended his lawsuit against the company that co-produced his series "Nash Bridges" after it paid him $19 million. In 2010, Rysher Productions was ordered to pay Johnson $23 million in profits for the show and interest. Rysher was also ordered to pay an additional $28.5 million in interest. But Rysher appealed, alleging jury misconduct and that the amount of interest to which Johnson was entitled was calculated incorrectly. Jurors had initially decided to award Johnson $15 million before deciding, through their calculations, that he was entitled to far more.

Fox News Channel has Scott Brown -  another former politician to join its ranks of contributors. The recently ousted Republican Massachusetts senator - who paid his way through law school with modeling gigs - has signed on as a contributor. Brown, who will offer political commentary on several programs, will make his debut Wednesday night on "Hannity.” 

Rob Morrison – a WCBS-TV news anchor is arrested after fighting with his wife. He choked her at their home and threatened her even after he was arrested, police said. The arresting officers said they heard Rob Morrison threaten to do his wife more harm while they were processing him. They said his wife didn't seek medical attention.

CBS cancels The Job. The midseason reality competition, which counted Mark Burnettamong its executive producers, has been pulled from the schedule after just two episodes.

David Axelrod, former strategist and aide to President Obama, has landed a new job at NBC News. The network said Tuesday that Axelrod is joining as a senior political analyst. He'll contribute to broadcasts on both NBC News and the cable network MSNBC.


Radio news – February 15, 2013 

Rush Limbaugh opened his February 21 radio show – saying he was ashamed of this country – first time ever. Why? Limbaugh explained that both political parties in Washington refused to stop spending and used alarmist scare tactics every time anyone proposed cuts to government programs. "To be watching all of this, to have my intelligence – all of us – to have our common sense and intelligence insulted the way it is….it just makes me ashamed," Limbaugh explained, "Seriously man, here we get worked up over 44 billion dollars – that’s the total amount of money that will not be spent that was scheduled to be spent this year." Limbaugh added that the government would continue to spend more money this year than last year in spite of the sequester cuts.


Entertainment news – February 15, 2013

Manilow Is Loving Broadway -  His two-hour show — "Manilow on Broadway" the show into early March — includes all the hits, including "Could It Be Magic," ''Mandy," ''Copacabana" and "Can't Smile Without You." At the 1,710-seat St. James Theatre, one of the smaller theaters on the Great White Way…

pinksy celebrity rehab criticism backlash mcready music february 2013 tv history mrpopculture timelineThe criticism of Dr. Drew Pinsky spread on the Internet almost as quickly as news of Mindy McCready's death. The country singer with the tumultuous personal life became the fifth cast member of his "Celebrity Rehab" series to die since appearing on the show and the third from Season 3. The previous deaths stirred up rumors of a curse and a debate about the show's helpfulness. McCready's apparent suicide upped the pitch of the reaction, however. Singer Richard Marx on Twitter compared Pinsky to Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the so-called suicide doctor: "Same results." Marx backed off later Monday, saying the crack went too far. But he restated his thoughts in a way that summed up much of the reaction in the first 24 hours since the 37-year-old McCready's death Sunday afternoon in Heber Springs, Ark. "It is, however, my opinion that what Dr. D does is exploitation and his TV track record is not good," Marx wrote. 

VH1's "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew" is not currently on the air. Pinsky switched his focus to non-celebrities in Season 6 last fall and changed the title to "Rehab." The show spawned two spinoffs, "Sober House" and "Sex Rehab."

Justin Timberlake The 32-year-old star -- whose new album, "The 20/20 Experience," hits stores on March 19 -- will pull double duty on “Saturday Night Live,”  also serving as the show's musical guest  - On May 9…


Rachael Ray - author and Emmy-winning chef, is getting ready for next month's South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, where she again will be hosting all-day music performances, with more than a dozen bands. One of those bands, The Cringe, is led by her husband, John Cusimano.


Music news – February 15, 2013

Rapper 2Chainz has been arrested on drug charges in Maryland where he was to perform at a college event. Maryland State Police spokesman Sgt. Marc Black says troopers stopped a van Thursday night for speeding near Easton, Md., and smelled marijuana in the van. A backpack in the van was found to have a marijuana grinder and trace amounts of marijuana. The rapper, whose real name is Tauheed Epps, claimed possession of the backpack and was arrested. 


lady gaga cancels born this way tour february 2013 timeline music history mrpopculture image

Lady Gaga canceled the remainder of her "Born This Way Ball" concert tour to undergo hip surgery, promoters Live Nation said on Wednesday. The 26-year-old singer announced she was suffering from an inflammation of the joints on Tuesday, but the tour operator said Gaga's injuries were more serious than she realized.




Passing - Rick Huxley, the bassist for the 1960s British Invasion pop-rock group the Dave Clark Five, has died, the band's leader said on Tuesday. He was 72. Huxley died unexpectedly at his home in the English countryside.

Passing – Tony Sheridan – recorded/played with  the Beatles back in their Germany days. He was 72.

Guitarist and songwriter Johnny Marr who made his name with cult British rock band The Smiths in the 1980s was named on Tuesday as the winner of this year's NME Godlike Genius Award. Marr, 49, founded The Smiths with Morrissey in 1983 and the two musicians co-wrote the band's songs for four albums before going their separate ways in 1987. The guitarist has also played with Billy Bragg, The Pretenders, The The, Modest House and The Cribs, and has led his own band, Johnny Marr and The Healers, for over a decade.

Found Dead - Troubled country singer Mindy McCready, age 37, has died of an apparent suicide, the result of a single self-inflicted gunshot wound. Her death comes just a little more than a month after the death of her boyfriend, songwriter David Wilson, age 34. Wilson's death is still under investigation. McCready leaves behind two children, 6-year-old Zander and 9-month-old Zayne. 


 Clive Davis says that he is bisexual and has had two serious relationships with men over the past 20 years. The legendary music producer's admission comes in his new memoir, "The Sound Track of My Life," which also documents his decades as a top music hit-maker and collaborator with everyone from Bob Dylan to Kelly Clarkson. In it, the 80-year old Davis, currently ensconced as chief creative officer at Sony Music, also discusses his efforts to convince his protégé , Whitney Houston, to get help to deal with her drug addiction.

One Direction, Justin Timberlake and Mumford & Sons are getting ready to perform Wednesday at Britain's leading music awards, where nominees include the late soul diva Amy Winehouse. Mumford & Sons, Emeli Sande and Alt-J lead the nominations for the Brit Awards, with three each.

Passing - Kevin Ayers, an influential singer-songwriter who co-founded the band Soft Machine, has died in France, his record label said Thursday. He was 68. Ayers was an important figure in the British psychedelic movement spearheaded by the Beatles in the late 1960s. He did not achieve sustained commercial success, but his work is treasured by musicians and many fans.

1960's Hit Making Band - The Rascals - Headed To Broadway - With hits such as, "Good Lovin,'" "People Got To Be Free" and "I've Been Lonely Too Long"  - the original members of the 1960s-era blue-eyed soul quartet — singer Eddie Brigati, keyboardist Felix Cavaliere, guitarist Gene Cornish and drummer Dino Danelli — will reunite for what producers call "a hybrid of a rock 'n' roll concert and a Broadway show."Performances of "The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream" will begin April 15 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre and will last only 15 performances, ending May 5. The show made its debut in late 2012 in Port Chester, N.Y.

Platinum-selling rapper Ja Rule left an upstate New York prison Thursday morning after serving most of his two-year sentence for illegal gun possession and headed straight into federal custody in a tax case.


Top Hit Music Singles/Downloads – February 15, 2013

Locked Out Of Heaven – Bruno Mars

Ho Hey – The Lumineers

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

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

taylor swift billboard hot 100 hits february 2013 music history i knew you mrpopculture imageI Knew You Were In Trouble – Taylor Swift

Daylight – Maroon 5

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

When I Was Your Man – Bruno Mars

Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake fea. Jay Z

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

Girl On Fire – Alicia Keys fea. Nicki Minaj

Beauty And A Beat – Justin Bieber fea. Nicki Minaj  

Try – P!nk

Sweet Nothing – Calvin Harris fea. Florence Welch

I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons

Home – Phillip Phillips

It’s Time – Imagine Dragons

Catch My Breath – Kelly Clarkson

Diamonds – Rihanna 



Top movies – February 15, 2013

A Good Day To Die Hard (1st week $37.5 million)

Identity Thief

Safe Have (1st week $34.0 million)

Escape From Planet Earth (1st week $21 million)

Warm Bodies

Beautiful Creatures (1st $11.5 million)

Side Effects

Silver Linings Playbook

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

Zero Dark Thirty  


Top Video Games – February 15, 2013


Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Activision Blizzard


Far Cry 3



Just Dance 4



NBA 2K13

Take 2 Interactive


Madden NFL 13

Electronic Arts


DMC: Devil May Cry

Capcom USA


Halo 4



Assassin's Creed III



Skylander Giants

Activision Blizzard


FIFA Soccer 13

Electronic Arts


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