Dateline: Week Of January 1, 2012 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
An early morning New Year's shooting left four people dead at a condominium near San Diego, authorities said Sunday. Police responded to a 911 cellphone call of shots fired in Coronado, a wealthy seaside suburb of about 24,000 people on San Diego Bay. Officers found a man in the doorway of the condo. The bodies of two men and a woman were discovered inside the condo. San Diego County sheriff's Lt. Larry Nesbit said homicide investigators have not determined how any of the four died, though Coronado police officers who were first to arrive believe the man found in the doorway was shot.
About 125 people were evacuated overnight from the visitors center at Mount Rainier National Park as authorities searched the snowy terrain for an armed gunman suspected of killing a park ranger. About 150 officers converged on the mountain park after ranger Margaret Anderson was shot to death Sunday morning, and searchers used an aircraft with heat-sensing capabilities to hunt from the skies. Authorities believe the gunman was still in the woods, with weapons.
The arrest of a 24-year-old German man halted a series of overnight arson blazes that caused more than $3 million in damage and put Los Angeles residents on edge during the long holiday weekend. But police have said nothing about a possible motive in the fires set across Hollywood, neighboring West Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley. A neighbor said the suspect's mother was having legal problems, but authorities wouldn't confirm reports that she may have faced deportation. "We are very confident in this arrest, but we have a long way to go," said Police Chief Charlie Beck.
Iowa Caucus – It was state's closest caucus vote in history. With Mitt Romney's razor-thin, eight-vote victory over Rick Santorum, Iowa has created a new pecking order for the primaries to come in New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida and beyond. And, as is often the case, it will be a campaign for the soul of the party.
British oil giant BP is pushing US energy services firm Halliburton to pay for all the costs BP incurred in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the worst environmental disaster in US history. In a US federal court filing, BP said that it was seeking full repayment of damages from Halliburton, alleging it fraudulently putting a defective cement seal on a deepwater well, causing a deadly explosion and pollution of the Gulf and neighboring states.
Michele Bachmann announced her exit from the presidential race Wednesday morning following a sixth-place finish in the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa."Last night, the people of Iowa spoke with a very clear voice. And so I have decided to stand aside," the Republican representative from Minnesota told reporters during a morning media availability here at the Marriott hotel. Despite Bachmann's extensive, last-minute tour to visit all 99 of Iowa's counties, her first place finish in the Aug. 13 straw poll, and the state being her place of birth, Iowa Republican caucus voters rejected Bachmann's campaign, handing her 6,073 votes on caucus night--5 percent of the total votes cast in Tuesday night's caucuses.
A wave of bombings targeting Shiites in Iraqkilled 72 people on Thursday, deepening sectarian tensions that exploded just after the last American troops left the country in mid-December. The coordinated attacks targeting Shiites bore the hallmarks of Sunni insurgents linked to al-Qaida, although there was no immediate claim of responsibility.
A burst of hiring in December pushed the U.S. unemployment rate to its lowest level in nearly three years, giving the economy a boost at the end of 2011. The Labor Department said Friday that employers added a net 200,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate fell to 8.5 percent, the lowest since February 2009. The rate has dropped for four straight months. The hiring gains cap a six-month stretch in which the economy generated 100,000 jobs or more in each month. That hasn't happened since April 2006.
Authorities say a gunman opened fire in the intensive care unit of a northwest Georgia hospital, killing his wife and mother-in-law before turning himself in to police. Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman John Bankhead says the shooting happened around 6 p.m. Friday at Hutcheson Medical Center in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., which is located near the Tennessee line.
General Motors will strengthen the structure around the batteries in its Volt electric cars to keep them safe during crashes, a person briefed on the matter said Thursday. GM will ask Volt owners to return the cars to dealers for structural modifications, said the person, who did not want to be identified because GM executives plan to announce the repairs later Thursday.
Sports News January 1, 2012 -
Turner Sports says longtime broadcaster Jim Huber has died. He was 67. The cable network says Huber died Monday in Atlanta. A cause of death was not immediately released. A statement from Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., said Huber was an Emmy Award-winning essayist who joined Turner Sports full-time in 2000 and was an announcer for professional golf matches and NBA games.
Joe Torre resigned Wednesday as Major League Baseball's executive vice president for baseball operations to join a group trying to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers. Torre managed the Dodgers from 2008-10, then retired and joinedMLB last February as a top aide to Commissioner Bud Selig. He is part of a group headed by real estate developer Rick Caruso. "In Rick I found a partner who understands consumers and fully appreciates that the Dodgers are a treasured LA institution," Torre said in a statement. "Since moving to Los Angeles, I have seen firsthand Rick's dedication to business and the people of Los Angeles.'
Technology News January 1, 2012 -
Yahoo Inc. is reportedly considering naming Scott Thompson, the president ofeBay Inc.'s PayPal division, as its new CEO. The struggling Internet company has been without a permanent CEO since early September, when it fired Carol Bartz after losing patience with her attempts to turn around the company during her 2½ years on the job. Tim Morse, Yahoo's chief financial officer, has been interim CEO since Bartz's ouster.
PayPal Point Of Sale Test - Online payment provider Paypal and home improvement chain Home Depot are teaming up to bring a pilot test program of in-store Paypal paymentsat select Home Depot locations. In order to pay with Paypal at the register, shoppers will be asked to type the phone number tied to their Paypal account as well as a personal-identification number into the payment terminal.
Entertainment News January 1, 2012 -
Trump’s New Celebrity Apprentice Line-up - Mob boss widow Victoria Gotti, singer Clay Aiken and IndyCar champ Michael Andretti are on tap for the next edition of NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice." Host Donald Trump announced the new batch of contenders on Wednesday's "Today" show. They also include "Real Housewives of New Jersey" cast member Teresa Guidice, comedian Lisa Lampanelli, former Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza, rock star Dee Snider and "America Chopper" star Paul Teutul Sr.
Teen star Miranda Cosgrove says she usually doesn't get nervous about taping episodes of her Nickelodeon comedy "iCarly," but that changed when first lady Michelle Obama taped a recent guest appearance. The 18-year-old Cosgrove says the idea of having Obama on the set made her "nervous," but the first lady was approachable and is a "nice, pretty normal person." Nickelodeon and the White House are joining forces to bring awareness to the ways kids can support U.S. military families. "iCarly" is a good fit because Cosgrove's character is the daughter of an Air Force colonel who is serving overseas.
“The Martha Stewart Show” ends production in April.
Nick Cannon is spending the first week of the new year in the hospital, with wife Mariah Carey by his side. Carey tweeted that Cannon is suffering from "mild kidney failure." His representative confirmed Cannon's hospitalization. He is in Aspen, Colo., where he and Carey were vacationing.
Top Pop Hits January 1, 2012 –
We Found Love – Rihanna fea. Calvin Harris
Sexy And I Know It – LMFAO
The One that Got Away – Katy Perry
It Will Rain – Bruno Mars
Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO fea. Lauren Bennet & Goonrock
NI**as In Paris – Jay Z Kanye West
Good Feeling – Flo Rida
Set Fire To The Rain – Adele
Someone Like You – Adele
Stereo Hearts – Gym Class Heroes fea. Adam Levine
Dance (A$$) – Big Sean fea. Nicki Minaj
Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 fea. Christina Aguilera
Without You – David Guetta fea. Usher
Young, Wild & Free – Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa fea. Bruno Mars
5 O’Clock – T-Pain fea. Wiz Khalifa & Lily Allen
Red Solo Cup – Toby Keith
Work Out – J. Cole
Headlines – Drake
Mr. Know It All – Kelly Clarkson
Pumped Up Kicks – Foster the People
Domino – Jessie J
You Da One Rihanna
The Motto – Drake fea. Lil Wayne
Not Over You – Gavin DeGraw
Top Movies January 1, 2012 –
The Devil Inside (1st week $34.5 million)
Mision: Impossible –Ghost Protocol
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
A Girl With The dragon Tattoo-
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
We Bought A Zoo
The Adventures of Tintin
Tinker, Tailor Soldier,Spy
New Year’s Eve
Top TV Shows/Listings/TV Guide January 1, 2012 -
1.NFL Football: Dallas at New York GiantsNBC2.Sunday Night NFL Pre-KickNBC3.60 MinutesCBS4.Football Night in AmericaNBC5.Dick Clark's Prime-time New Year's Rockin' EveABC6.NCISCBS7.Criminal MindsCBS8.The Big Bang TheoryCBS9.CSICBS10.NCIS: Los Angeles" (Wednesday)CBS11.The MentalistCBS12.Person of InterestCBS13.Kennedy Center HonorsCBS14.New Year's Rockin' EveABC15.Two and a Half MenCBS16.Rules of EngagementCBS17.Mike & MollyCBS18.CSI: NYCBS19.Football Night in America (Part 2)NBC20.UnforgettableCBS