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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of January 8, 2016 In News, Pop Culture History, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

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El Chapo Caught - Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said the recapture of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman ought to restore Mexicans' faith in their government and justice system.

Four teens who forced a father to leave his daughter so they could take turns raping her at a park have been arrested, New York police say -- but a fifth suspect is still at large.
The 18-year-old daughter was with her father at the Osborn Playground in Brooklyn around 9 p.m. Thursday when they were approached by five males, the New York Police Department said.

President Obama gives his seventh and final “State of the Union” address. “America has been through big changes before,” Obama said. “Each time, there have been those who told us to fear the future — promising to restore past glory if we just got some group or idea that was threatening America under control. And each time, we overcame those fears. … Will we respond to the changes of our time with fear, turning inward as a nation, and turning against each other as a people?”

Iran frees sailors from two small American naval vessels that strayed into Iranian waters, prompting their seizure and detention by Iranian coastal forces.
“Ten U.S. Navy Sailors safely returned to U.S. custody today, after departing Iran,” said a statement early Wednesday from U.S. Naval Forces Central Command. “There are no indications that the Sailors were harmed during their brief detention.”

Sports -
The Brooklyn Nets reassigned their general manager and fired coach Lionel Hollins on Sunday in the midst of their worst season since moving from New Jersey.

College Championship - No. 2 Alabama knock off No. 1 Clemson 45-40 to win the college football playoff championship, the Crimson Tide's fourth national title in the past seven seasons.

It’s official - the Rams are moving back to Los Angeles - a market with no NFL team for some 20 years.

Passing - Hall of Famer Monte Irvin, a power-hitting outfielder who starred for the New York Giants in the 1950s during a career abbreviated by major league baseball's exclusion of black players, has died. He was 96.

Suicide - Lawrence Phillips, the former football star facing murder charges was found dead, of an apparent suicide.

Ben McAdoo, one of the internal favorites to replace Tom Coughlin, was hired as the 17th head coach in New York Giants history, the team announced Thursday.

Technology -

Consumer Electronics Show Las Vegas - Big news came from Facebook’s Oculus, which is going to market with its Rift headgear at $600 a pair… Also - electric cars. Ford, General Motors and Volkswagen have made it clear they are betting on electric vehicles for the future, even though the segment is only a small sliver of the global industry. Some of the vehicles unveiled at the Consumers Electronics Show have been concepts or prototypes, but GM displayed the final version of its Chevrolet Bolt, which aims to capture buyers who are interested in electric propulsion without the price tag of a Tesla. Volkswagen used CES to unveil its BUDD-e—a version of its hippie favorite Kombi minivan transformed into an electric, connected vehicle of the future. Also - this year’s show saw a record number of exhibitors at the Unmanned Systems (drones) marketplace. Even a small handheld drone.

According to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, more than 181,000 drones have been registered with the federal government since a database began on Dec. 21st.

Goodbye Al - Al Jazeera America Cable News Network will shut down operations on April 30.

The Obama administration is proposing to spend nearly $4 billion over a decade to accelerate the acceptance of driverless cars on U.S. roads and curb traffic fatalities and travel delays.
The proposal, which would require congressional approval, aims to have federal regulators work with auto makers and others to craft policies and rules for vehicles that can move without a driver at the wheel. It also would set up pilot programs for testing “connected vehicles” that talk to one another to avoid crashes under the $3.9 billion budget proposal.

Entertainment -
Beyonce is set to (return) and perform at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show. She did it back in 2004. Coldplay is also part of this year’s music.

Justin Bieber was booted Thursday from one of Mexico's premier archaeological sites, the ancient city of Tulum on the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. His mistake: He was climbing around in the architectural ruins, despite signs forbidding it and despite warnings from security guards.

Sean Penn had a top-secret meeting and interview with Mexican drug lord El Chapo back in October 2015, when the marked man was on the run, a newly released Rolling Stone interview reveals.
According to the interview, Penn, 55, sat down to chat with Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman last fall after he made contact with the drug kingpin through Mexican actress Kate del Castillo.

Passing - Hall of fame rhythm and blues artist Otis Clay, known as much for his big heart and charitable work in Chicago as for his singing internationally.

Passing - Rock ‘n Roll legend David Bowie. He was 69 and had been battling cancer for 18 months.

Lady Gaga Wins Golden Globe - as best actress in a Limited-Series or TV Movie: American Horror Story: Hotel

Golden Globes - Some Winners
Best Motion Picture, Drama: The Revenant
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama: Brie Larson, Room
Best Motion Picture, Comedy: The Martian
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

Alaskan Bush People: Father and Son From Alaskan Bush People
Reality TV Series Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail for Fraud. Billy and Joshua Brown pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges after applying for state oil dividends to which they were not entitled. The two also received community service, probation and fines.

Actor Charlie Carver announces on social media that he is gay.

Passing - Actor Alan Rickman Alan Rickman: Actor Dies at 69 After Battle With Cancer. He was known for his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company and for his roles in "Die Hard" and the "Harry Potter" film franchise.

Passing - Celine Dion's husband Rene Angelil has died at 73 (of cancer).

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