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In The News –

chris dorner wanted most wanted week of Feb 8, 2013 news timeline mrpopcultureA massive manhunt touching three states and Mexico is underway for an heavily armed ex-Los Angeles police officer believed behind a shooting/murder rampage, who promised in his rambling writings to bring "warfare" to police and their families, remained free. "We don't know what he's going to do," said Cindy Bachman, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, one of many law enforcement agencies whose primary purpose has become finding Christopher Dorner, 33. "We know what he's capable of doing. And we need to find him."

The FBI arrested a San Jose man as he went through the motions of detonating what he believed to be a car bomb in front of a Northern California bank, federal authorities said Friday. FBI agents arrested Matthew Aaron Llaneza, 28, Thursday night near a Bank of America branch in Oakland as part of a sting operation. Llaneza had minutes earlier parked an SUV in front of the bank believing the vehicle contained an explosive rigged to detonate from a cellphone command, authorities said. Llaneza was arrested as he stood nearby and tried to detonate the device with a cellphone.

Winter Storm Nemo slams into the northeast – bringing blizzard conditions to the New York area and New England. The storm dumped as much as 3 feet of snow in parts of the Northeast, as workers across New York and New England struggle to get airports, trains and highways back online. The snowstorm, a product of two converging weather systems, knocked out power for more than 635,000 customers and prompted the U.S. Postal Service to suspend deliveries in seven states. About 4,800 flights were canceled as of Saturday, and at least four people died in traffic accidents related to the storm in New York, Connecticut and southern Ontario, authorities said. A 49-year-old man also died while shoveling out his car in Connecticut. Fire fighters were unable to resuscitate an 11-year-old boy in Boston amid freezing temperatures.

There's now a $1 million reward for information leading to the capture  Christopher Dorner. 

The spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, Pope Benedict XVI, surprised the world Monday by saying he will resign at the end of the month "because of advanced age." It's the first time a pope has stepped down in nearly 600 years. "Strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me," said Benedict, 85, according to the Vatican.

A federal judge has overturned an Arizona law that sought to block funding through the state for Planned Parenthood's healthcare clinics because the group also performs abortions. U.S. District Court Judge Neil Wake ruled that the controversial measure signed into law last May by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, a Republican, unlawfully robs individuals on Medicaid of the ability to choose healthcare services. 

Defying U.N. warnings, North Korea on Tuesday conducted its third nuclear test in the remote, snowy northeast, taking a crucial step toward its goal of building a bomb small enough to be fitted on a missile capable of striking the United States. North Korea said the atomic test was merely its "first response" to what it called U.S. threats, and said it will continue with unspecified "second and third measures of greater intensity" if Washington maintains its hostility.

Most Wanted Man In America Saga Ends - The search for Christopher Dorner ends Tuesday when he bolted from hiding, stole two cars, barricaded himself in a vacant cabin and mounted a last stand in a furious shootout in which he killed one sheriff's deputy and wounded another before the building erupted in flames. His body is in the cabinet ruins – waiting to be removed and autopsied. All of this occurred in the San Bernardino mountains, near Big Bear, California.

President Obama made guns a high point in the first State of the Union address of his second term: "Gabby Giffords deserves a vote. The families of Newtown deserve a vote. The families of Aurora deserve a vote," Obama thundered, referencing the countless individuals touched by gun violence. "They deserve a vote."

A fire on a Carnival float has killed four people and injured five in the Brazilian port city of Santos. three of the victims were pushing the float. A woman watching the parade was the fourth. The official says that witnesses reported the float caught fire after striking a power line.

Adding weight to its announcement of a nuclear upgrade, Tehran has shown high-level U.N. officials high-tech equipment positioned at its main uranium enrichment site meant to vastly accelerate output of material that can be used for both reactor fuel and atomic arms, a senior diplomat said Thursday. The diplomat spoke to The Associated Press shortly after the officials returned from Tehran, acknowledging that their latest in a series of trips to the Iranian capital that began over a year ago again failed to reach a deal to restart an investigation into suspicions thatIran is pursuing nuclear arms.

After five days without power in the Gulf of Mexico, the more than 4,200 people aboard the Carnival Triumph returned home to the U.S., with many of them telling their horror stories for the first time. Passengers began to disembark the damaged ship around 10:15 p.m. CT Thursday in Mobile, Ala. The last passenger disembarked the ship at 1 a.m. local time, according to Carnival's Twitter handle. The Carnival Triumph departed Galveston, Texas, last Thursday and lost power Sunday after a fire in the engine room disabled the vessel's propulsion system and knocked out most of its power. After power went out, passengers texted ABC News that sewage was seeping down the walls from burst plumbing pipes, carpets were wet with urine, and food was in short supply. Reports surfaced of elderly passengers running out of critical heart medicine and others on board squabbling over scarce food.


Thousands of people, including some first-time activists moved by the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, rallied at Connecticut's state Capitol on Thursday demanding lawmakers toughen gun laws.Holding signs that read: "We are Sandy Hook. We deserve change" and "Let's get this done," many in crowd — estimated by the state Capitol Police at 5,500 — said they wanted to make sure their opinions were heard. They said they did not want them overshadowed by vocal gun rights advocates who've successfully defeated gun control measures in Connecticut in the past, such as limits on the size of ammunition magazines.


Sports news – February 8, 2013

Felix Hernandez of Seattle – is now baseball’s highest-paid – at $175 million for two years.

Passing - Jim Sweeney, who christened Fresno State a "sleeping giant" when he arrived in 1976 and then awakened not only the school but a region with 19 years of charismatic, firm and witty leadership as a football coach, died Friday. He was 83.

Sports Illustrated has , which features 20-year-old model and  Kate Upton () braving the harsh Antarctic tundra in an open white parka and hopefully fleece-lined bikini bottoms.

IOC leaders dropped wrestling from the Olympic program on Tuesday, a surprise decision that removes one of the oldest Olympic sports from the 2020 Games. The IOC executive board decided to retain modern pentathlon — the event considered most at risk — and remove wrestling instead from its list of 25 "core sports."


Technology news - February 8, 2013

The Federal Reserve has acknowledged that an outside party gained access to its website and a limited amount of data, raising questions about the central bank's cyber-security measures."The Federal Reserve System is aware that information was obtained by exploiting a temporary vulnerability in a website vendor product," a Federal Reserve spokesman said in a statement. "The exposure was fixed shortly after discovery and is no longer an issue," the spokesman said. "This incident did not affect critical operations of the Federal Reserve System."

NBC News has shuttered EveryBlock, a hyperlocal news site that pulled in and mapped useful information from a variety of rich sources, including Craigslist posts, police reports, restaurant inspections and Yelp reviews. 

A Montana television station's regular programming was interrupted by news of a zombie apocalypse. The Montana Television Network says hackers broke into the Emergency Alert System of Great Falls affiliate KRTV and its CW station Monday. KRTV says on its website the hackers broadcast that "dead bodies are rising from their graves" in several Montana counties. The alert claimed the bodies were "attacking the living" and warned people not to "approach or apprehend these bodies as they are extremely dangerous."

Did You Know? – Samsung - The South Korean manufacturer’s Galaxy S III smartphone is the first device to run  in sales?  Armed with other Galaxy phones and tablets, Samsung has emerged as a potent challenger to Apple, the top consumer electronics maker. The two companies are the  in the highly competitive mobile phone industry, with Apple taking 72 percent of the earnings and Samsung the rest.

Montana TV Station Hacked - Over The Air Video


Fascinating Facts – February 8, 2013

A rare 1865 photograph of the Brooklyn Atlantics baseball team, discovered at a Maine yard sale and considered one of the first baseball cards ever, sold for $92,000 (58,733 pounds) at an auction. The photograph mounted on a card, known as a carte de viste, is the only one of its kind known to exist, though the Library of Congress has a similar image made from a different negative...


Fascinating Business news – February 8, 2013

 McDonald's Corp () said on Friday that January sales at established restaurants around the world fell 1.9 percent, a steeper decline than expected as fast-food chains fight for diners.

Boeing Co completed what it called an uneventful flight on Saturday of a test 787 Dreamliner, its first since the airplanes were grounded more than three weeks ago after a series of battery-related problems. The 50 Dreamliners in commercial service were grounded worldwide on January 16 after a series of battery-related incidents including a fire on board a parked 787 at Boston's Logan International Airport and an in-flight problem on another airplane in Japan.

Comcast said Tuesday that it's buying General Electric's 49 percent stake in the NBCUniversal joint venture for $16.7 billion several years early, as the company takes advantage of low borrowing costs and what CEO Brian Roberts called a "very attractive price." The company is also buying from GE such assets as NBC's headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York and CNBC's headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., for about $1.4 billion.


Medical/Health – February 8, 2013

A push for the legalization of physician-assisted suicide is under way in a half-dozen states where proponents say they see strong support for allowing doctors to prescribe mentally competent, dying individuals with the medications needed to end their own lives. The large number of baby boomers facing end-of-life issues themselves has made the issue more prominent in recent years. Groups such as Compassion & Choices, a national end-of-life advocacy organization, have been working to advance the cause.


Television news – February 8, 2013

After just two airings, NBC has canceled Do No Harm,.No more episodes of the series will air. It premiered to a very low 0.9 adults 18-49  then fell even further to an 0.7 in its second week. For the next two weeks, NBCwill air repeats of Law & Order: SVU on Thursday at 10PM.

robin robbins returning gma tv history news timeline february 2013 mrpopcultureGood Morning America" host Robin Roberts will rejoin the ABC morning television show on February 20 after treatment for a rare blood disorder, the show said on Thursday.

Justin Bieber made the day of dozens of fans lined up outside NBC's30 Rock Center in hopes of winning standby tickets to see the teen host "Saturday Night Live." On Friday, the superstar bought a warm snack for the group of devoted Beliebers, who have been braving wind, rain and freezing temperatures for the chance to see him perform.

AMC's hit "The Walking Dead" set a series record Sunday night with 12.3 million viewers. The show was returning from a hiatus, and the  said it beats the series' previous record of 10.9 million for its third season debut last October. More than half of Sunday's viewers, or 7.7 million, were in the youthful demographic of people ages 18 to 49. Nielsen says a cable series has never reached that big an audience in that age group.

Suicide - Mark Balelo, an auction house owner on “Storage Wars,” has died. He was 40. Sometimes referred to “Rico Suave” on the show because of his eye-catching outfits, Balelo was found dead Monday at his Simi Valley, California. He was found dead in his car, which had been left running, and died from carbon monoxide poisoning. His death came on the heels of a drug arrest. On Saturday, he was picked up at his place of business for alleged possession of a controlled substance.

Howie Mandel has signed on to return as a judge for the upcoming season of "America's Got Talent." 


Entertainment news – February 8, 2013

Music teachers are now eligible for a Grammy honor of their own. Recording Academy president Neil Portnow says the group has established a music educator award that will be presented for the first time next year. 

Christina Applegate is calling it quits early as she exits her NBC comedy, "Up All Night."The sophomore sitcom, which also stars Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph, is undergoing another major revamp, moving from a single-camera to multicamera setup.  

Police in Beverly Hills say Chris Brown escaped injury after crashing his Porsche into a wall while being chased by paparazzi. Brown told police that he lost control of his black Porsche during the chase.

charlie sheen chris dorner offer celebrity february 2013 facts timeline mrpopcultureAs the  for Christopher Dorner, the , actor Charlie Sheen--who was mentioned in --released a video on Saturday pleading with the accused killer to call him."You mentioned me in your manifesto, so thank you for your kind words," Sheen . "I am urging you to call me. Let's figure out together how to end this thing."In the manifesto posted to his Facebook page, Dorner promised "unconventional and asymmetrical warfare" against the LAPD, which fired him in 2008. He also praised a number of celebrities, including Anthony Bourdain, Michelle Obama and the former "Two and a Half Men" star. "Charlie Sheen, you’re effin awesome," Dorner wrote.


Music news – February 8, 2013

Bruce Springsteen  is honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Prior to his five-song set, 15 of his songs were performed, ranging from a banjo-driven, campfire performance of "I'm on Fire" from Mumford and Sons to an exhilarating guitar exercise on "Ghost of Tom Joad" by Jim James of My Morning Jacket and Tom Morello, the Rage Against the Machine guitarist who has been touring with Springsteen for the last several years. "John Legend made me sound like Gershwin," Springsteen noted. "Neil Young made me sound like the Sex Pistols. Tonight made me proud to be a musician."


Confirmed - Caesars Entertainment is indeed trying to coax Britney Spears into a residency in Las Vegas. Following , spokeswoman Emily Wofford confirmed that the organization is trying to agree to terms of a recurring performance with the pop singer.

Whitney Houston honored at Clive Davis gala this week. Davis' gala will take place Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton, where Houston died on Feb. 11, 2012, at age 48. The annual event is where Davis introduced a young Houston to the music world more than two decades ago. Davis —Houston's mentor, producer, champion and longtime friend — memorialized her at last year's gala, held downstairs from the hotel where she died and where her body was being examined by coroner's officials.

elton john rehearsing for grammys los angeles music news february 2013 timeline mrpopcultureMore Grammy Warm-Up – Elton John rehearsed Saturday at Staples Center alongside young Grammy nominees Mumford & Sons, Zac Brown, Ed Sheeran and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes. John prepared for two performances: a rousing rendition of the Band's "The Weight" that also featured T. Bone Burnett and Mavis Staples, and a duet of Sheeran's single "The A Team." "The fun of it for me is playing with other people," said John, wearing a navy Adidas tracksuit and his trademark red shades. He also loves the Band's classic American sound. "You've got a lot of British people up there playing American music, because that's what we love," he said of the Levon Helm tribute, which John dedicated to "the teachers and students of Sandy Hook Elementary School, whose songs ended too soon."

More Music News - Passing - Jazz musician Donald Byrd, a leading hard-bop trumpeter of the 1950s who collaborated on dozens of albums with the leading artists of his time and later enjoyed commercial success with hit jazz-funk fusion records such as ‘‘Black Byrd,’’ has died. He was 80.


Top music albums/downloads – February 8, 2013

Passione – Andrea Bocelli

Believe: Acoustic – Justin Bieber

charlie wilson billboard music 200 top pop history facts mrpopculture timelineLove, Charlie – Charlie Wilson

Heartthrob – Tegan and Sara

Unorthodox Jukebox – Bruno Mars

Pitch Perfect – Soundtrack

Babel – Mumford & Sons

Set You Free – Gary Allan

The Lumineers – The Lumineers

Red – Taylor Swift

Hummingbird – Local Natives

Kidz Bop 23 – Kidz Bop Kids

Long. Live. A$ap – A$ap Rocky

2013 Grammy Nominees

The Heist – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

A Messenger – Colton Dixon

Les Meserables; Highlights From Motion Picture Soundtrack

21 – Adele

The Divinity Of Purpose – Hatebreed

Unapologetic – Rihanna


Top Video Games – February 8, 2013

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (PS3)

Call of Duty: Black Ops II (X360, PS3)

Halo 4 (X360)

Far Cry 3 (X360)

NBA 2K13 (X360)

Just Dance 4 (Wii)

Far Cry 3 (PS3)

Assasin’s Creed III (x360)




Top Movies – February 8, 2013

Identify Thief (1st week - $34.6 million)

Warm Bodies

Side Effects (1st week $9.3 million)

Silver Linings Playbook

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters


Zero Dark Thirty


Django Unchained

Bullet To The Head

Top Gun (re-release) (1st week $2.0 million)


Nielsen TV Show Ratings - February 8, 2013






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