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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of January 1, 2016 In News, Pop Culture History, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

Headlines -
President Obama will meet with Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch on Monday to finalize a set of executive actions on guns that he will unveil next week, according to several individuals briefed on the matter. During his time in office, there have been more domestic mass shootings - more than any other period.

A towering inferno that engulfed a 63-storey luxury hotel in Dubai on New Year’s Eve still smouldered through the first day of 2016 as firefighters worked to douse its embers on Friday.Authorities said they were still working to determine the cause of the fire that erupted before the city’s fireworks extravaganza and raced through the Address Downtown, one of the most upscale hotels and residences in Dubai. It came after a series of fires striking the towers that provide this megacity its futuristic skyline. 14 were injured.

Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Headquarters was occupied Saturday, Jan. 2, by a group of activists protesting the federal prosecution of two ranchers, slated to report to prison Monday on arson charges.

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said Sunday that his country is severing ties with Iran. Iranian diplomats in Saudi Arabia have 48 hours to leave the country, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told reporters. Later, Kuwait cuts or downgrade ties with Iran, saying Tuesday that it had recalled its ambassador to Tehran in solidarity with the kingdom.

Wiping back tears as he remembered children killed in a mass shooting, President Barack Obama on Tuesday ordered stricter gun rules that he can impose without Congress and urged American voters to reject pro-gun candidates.Obama made it clear he does not expect gun laws to change during his remaining year in office, but pledged to do what he can to make gun control a theme in the months leading up to the November election to replace him.

San Bernardino terror suspect Enrique Marquez Jr pleads not guilty to charges against him in federal court. He was indicted last week by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists, lying about the rifle purchases, marriage fraud and lying on a visa application.

Macy's plans to close 36 stores and lay off about 4,350 employees nationwide in an effort to cut costs by about $400 million,

Sports -
The Cleveland Browns have fired head coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer following a 3-13 season.

MLB - Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza will be Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Technology -
Broadband Triples In Three Years - According to the FCC’s fifth Measuring Broadband America report, the average download speed in the US hit 31 megabits per second (Mbps) in September 2014. That compares favorably to an average download speed of 10Mbps in March 2011 and 15Mbps in September 2012.
Cable Internet would seem to have fueled the overall speed increases in the US. The top advertised DSL speeds reached up to 40Mbps in 2014, according to the FCC, while the fastest cable tiers reached speeds advertised up to 105Mbps. In terms of broadband speeds, the United States has lagged behind other industrialized nations for some time now. The US ranked 16th globally in a 2007 study and 25th in the world in 2010. The comparatively slow connection speeds are due in large part to outdated infrastructure,

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Entertainment news - Passing - Natalie Cole (65) - daughter of Nat “King” Cole.
Los Angeles Institution - Bob Eubanks and Stephanie Edwards have hosted the annual Rose parade together for Los Angeles' KTLA since 1982, say goodbye. They are set to be replaced in 2017 by Leeza Gibbons and Mark Steines.

Country Singer Found Dead - Craig Strickland: Singer's Body Found After Weeklong Search. Police had been searching for Strickland, 29, near Kaw Lake in Oklahoma since he was reported missing on Dec. 27. The body of his friend Chase Morland, 22, was found last week.

Canceled - "The Meredith Vieira Show" is ending after two seasons.In a statement Monday, Vieira said she was sorry to see her daytime talk show wrap and thanked her viewers. Vieira's syndicated program failed to get ratings traction in the competitive daytime arena ruled by shows including "Dr. Phil," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and "Live With Kelly and Michael."

Passing - 1970’s music giant Robert Stigwood - who discovered/worked with the Bee Gees among others and founded the famed “RSO records” - a label associated with the disco craze of the era (along with Casablanca). He was 81.

Michael Weatherly is leaving NCIS after 13 years.

Passing - Nicholas Caldwell singer and founding member of The Whispers. He was 71.

Passing - Actor Pat Harrington - best known for his portrayal of janitor, “Schneider” on the 1970’s TV sitcom, “One Day At A Time.” He was 86.

American Idol-Related Singers - Forbes says that Adam Lambertt, who recently toured with Queen, earned $10 million in 2015. Carrie Underwood, who once held the top spot, dropped to second on the list with $8 million.

Top Video Games -
Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (PS4) (XOne)
Overwatch (XOne)
Star Ocean 5: Integrity and Faithlessness (PS4)
Zero Escame: Zero Time Dilemma (3DS)
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PS4)
Kirby: Planet Robobot (3DS)

 
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