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Dateline: Week Of June 1, 2012 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts

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The U.S economy looks weaker as U.S. employers created only 69,000 jobs in May, the fewest in a year, and the unemployment rate ticked up. The dismal jobs data will fan fears that the economy is sputtering. It could also damage President Barack Obama's re-election prospects. And it could lead the Federal Reserve to take further steps to help the economy.

New Mexico Wildfire Largest In Its History- A smoky haze hangs over the rugged canyons and tree-covered expanses of southwestern New Mexicoas the largest wildfire in the state's recorded history marches across more of the Gila Wilderness. The virtually unchecked wildfire is fueling experts' predictions that this is a preview of things to come as states across the West contend with a dangerous recipe of wind, low humidity and tinder-dry fuels.

The Whitewater-Baldy blaze has charred more than 190,000 acres, or nearly 300 square miles, in Gila National Forest and has become the largest wildfire burning in the country.

In nine long days of deliberations, tension occasionally escalated in a North Carolina jury room as eight men and four women debated the guilt of John Edwards, who was on trial for allegedly using money from wealthy donors to cover up an affair and love child. Together they acquitted Edwards, a two-time presidential candidate, of one count but found themselves hopelessly deadlocked on the other five campaign-finance charges.

Egypt's ex-President Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison Saturday for his role in the killing of protesters during last year's revolution that forced him from power, a verdict that caps a stunning fall from grace for a man who ruled the country as his personal fiefdom for nearly three decades. The 84-year-old Mubarak, the first Arab leader to be tried in his own country, was ferried by helicopter away from the police academy where the trial was held to the Torah prison in Cairo.

Queen Elizabeth 2012 facts history trivia mrpopculture Queen Elizabeth joined a spectacular armada of 1,000 vessels on Sunday for the most dazzling display of British pageantry seen on London's River Thames for 350 years, watched by cheering crowds celebrating her 60th year on the throne.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she's not drawing any conclusions about what effect the latest hash words from Iran might have on the potential success of upcoming nuclear talks in Moscow. Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Sunday that any Israeli attack against Tehran would be answered with a "lightning" response. He also suggested that Western penalties against Iran cannot curtail Iran's nuclear program.

A majority of Americans — 54% — say same-sex marriages should be legally recognized, while 42% are opposed.The poll showed a sharp partisan divide on the issue, with seven in 10 Democrats as well as six in 10 independent voters saying same-sex marriages should be legal, and 72% of Republicans opposed. in a News interview in early May, but Mitt Romney says he does not support gay marriage or civil unions.

Aaron Deveau, 18, was the first driver to be charged and convicted of motor vehicle homicide by texting under Massachusetts law. Prosecutors said Deveau, who pleaded not guilty, was texting on Feb. 20, 2011, when his vehicle swerved across the center line of a Haverhill street and crashed head on into Donald Bowley's truck, killing the 55-year-old father of three.

Sports News June 1, 2012 –

Tiger Woods spectacularly overhauled a fading Spencer Levin and a charging Rory Sabbatini with a few moments of magic to win his 73rd PGA Tour title at the Memorial tournament on Sunday. Woods birdied three of the last four holes for a five-under-par 67 and a nine-under total of 279, moving past tournament host Jack Nicklaus into outright second place in the all-time standings for career victories on the U.S. circuit.

Business News June 1, 2012

Facebook led U.S. initial public offerings to their worst monthly performance since Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. collapsed, as Europe's debt crisis scuttled IPO plans from New York to Hong Kong. The Bloomberg IPO Index (BIPO), which tracks U.S. equities in the first year after their IPOs, sank 15 percent last month, with Facebook posting the worst one-week performance among the 30 largest U.S. IPOs since 2011. The IPO index's decline is in line with the drop in October 2008, the month after Lehman's bankruptcy triggered the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

McDonald’s has a message for New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is trying to ban large soft drinks in the city: what’s wrong with a little individual responsibility? "We trust our customers to make the choices that are best for them,” the company said in a tweet this week.

Amazon is buying small publisher Avalon Books and its backlist of 3,000 titles. Avalon's books fall mainly in the romance, mystery and Western genres.

Technology News June 1, 2012 -

Netflix said it has created its own content delivery network called Open Connect. It's a series of servers, routers and fiber that can send Netflix video from the source to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like Comcast, Time Warner Cable) amd Verizon Wireless. About 5% of Netflix content is now being served up by Open Connect, and Netflix said that it expects Open Connect to eventually become its primary delivery tool. It will make the shift gradually, as its multi-year agreements with the third parties come to an end. This makes sense because Netflix serves up just under 1 billion hours of streaming video per month, second only to Google's) YouTube. That amounts to millions of gigabytes (petabytes of data) each month -- sent over borrowed networks.

Should Have Sold To Google - Groupon's stock fell as much as 10% Friday morning to a new low of below $10 per share. The stock closed the day about 9% lower at $9.69. Shares are down about 19% for the past week and about 52% since it went public in November. Friday's decline brings Groupon's market capitalization to about $6.3 billion. That's not much higher than the $ 6 billion that Google reportedly offered to buy Groupon in December 2010. Groupon chose instead to go public, and navigating life on Wall Street has proven difficult.

Former Napster founders Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning are teaming up again on a new venture: social video-sharing platform Airtime. The concept -- real-time live video -- is similar to Chatroulette, a site that made waves by connecting strangers around the world for video chatting. At its 2010 peak, Chatroulette was one of the Internet's white-hot startup stars, but it quickly became a hotbed for indecent behavior. Airtime will have the same problem. Parker bounced back from Napster's meltdown with a string of new ventures. He played an integral role in Facebook's early days, serving as the company's president and helping CEO Mark Zuckerberg secure funding and structure the company.

Mark Zuckerberg and mega-social media site Facebook have both been in the news quite a bit recently, between the company’s disastrous IPO and the many, many people who are unhappy with it. Now, a class-action lawsuit is being brought against Zuckerberg by some of those unhappy investors, who claim the mogul unloaded a huge amount of stock on inside information that it wasn’t worth its estimated value.

Kicking off the annual E3 video games trade show — by far the biggest week in the video games calendar -- market leader Microsoft took the stage at a Los Angeles press conference and unveiled, "Xbox SmartGlass," a new system that promises to integrate your big-screen TV with your console, your tablet, your cellphone, and your PC to provide a seamless way to watch movies, play games, and access related, customized content without interruption. According to the demo, this is a system that'll let you watch a show on a mobile device, pause it, and resume it on your TV right where you left off. Mid-show, you'll be able to look up details on cast, setting, and characters on their tablets.

Entertainment News June 1, 2012 -

Dick Beals facts trivia news mrpopculturePassing - Dick Beals, the man who provided the voice for the commercial character Speedy Alka-Seltzer and originated the voice of Gumby and the first Davey from the TV series “Davey and Goliath,” died Tuesday in Vista, Calif. He was 85. Beals began his voice-over career in the 1940s with such radio shows as “The Lone Ranger,” “The Green Hornet” and “Dragnet.” His Speedy Alka-Seltzer character was featured in more than 200 TV and radio commercials that aired from 1954 to 1964. His stop-motion animation voice-over roles included the original Gumby from “The Gumby Show” in the 1950s and the voice of the first Davey from the 1960s TV series, “Davey and Goliath.” Because of a glandular condition, Beals stood just four-feet, six inches tall, weighed less than 70 pounds, and had a voice that never changed from grade school.

Passing - Eduard Khil the Soviet crooner who won sudden international stardom two years ago when a 1976 video of him singing "trololo" instead of the song's censored words became a global Internet hit. He was 77.

Passing- Emmy winner Kathryn Joosten, whose emotional death scene as Karen McCluskey gave Desperate Housewives‘ recent series finaleits biggest emotional punch, died on Friday of lung cancer inWestlake Village, CA. She was 72.

Passing - Richard Dawson, the actor and the Emmy-winning host of Family Feud, one of television's most popular game shows, died Saturday night from complications related to esophageal cancer at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, his son Gary said. He was 79. Dawson played cockney Brit Peter Newkirk on the classic CBS sitcom Hogan's Heroes from 1965 to 1971 (of the series, set in a German POW camp, he once quipped, "We ran six years, a year longer than Hitler) and parodied his TV persona as the snarky bad guy in Stephen King's 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger action film The Running Man. He also was a regular on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In in the early 1970s.

Olivia Culpo of Rhode Island was crowned the new Miss USA Sunday night.

Passing - Herb Reed, the last surviving original member of 1950s vocal group the Platters who sang on hits like "Only You" and "The Great Pretender," has died. He was 83.

Police say Guns N' Roses front man Axl Rose was robbed of three gold-and-diamond necklaces worth some $200,000 after the hard rock band's concert in Paris. A Paris police spokesman said Wednesday that the lead singer of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band was fuming after the theft during a private gathering after the band's show at Bercy stadium the previous night.

Miley Cyrus Liam trivia facts news mrpopcultureMiley Engaged - After three years of dating, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are ready to say “I do.” “I’m so happy to be engaged and look forward to a life of happiness with Liam,” Miley told People magazine. Liam reportedly proposed to Miley on May 31 with 3.5-carat cushion-cut diamond ring from jeweler Neil Lane. Miley, 19, met Liam, 22, when they co-starred in The Last Song together in 2009.

Passing – Ray Bradbury, the science fiction-fantasy master who transformed his childhood dreams and Cold War fears into telepathic Martians, lovesick sea monsters, and, in uncanny detail, the high-tech, book-burning future of "Fahrenheit 451," has died. He was 91.

Sheryl Crow, a breast cancer survivor, is dealing with another health issue, but this one doesn't appear to be as serious. “I found out I have a brain tumor. But it's benign, so I don't have to worry about it. But it gives me a fit," she told a Las Vegas newspaper. Crow said she feels the tumor is affecting her memory - in fact, her memory problems are what sent her to the doctor in the first place. "I worried about my memory so much that I went and got an MRI," she said. "And I found out I have a brain tumor. And I was, like, 'See? I knew there was something wrong.'?"

Passing - Bob Welch, a guitarist who played with Fleetwood Mac before launching a solo career, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his chest, Nashville, Tennessee, police said Thursday. He was 66. Welch played guitar with Fleetwood Mac starting in 1971. He left the group in late 1974, just before Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined the group. His biggest hits, "Sentimental Lady" and "Ebony Eyes," came from his debut solo album "French Kiss," released in November 1977.

Top Pop Music June 1, 2012 -

Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen

Payphne – Maroon 5 fea. Wiz Khalifa

Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye fea. Kimbra

Starships – Nicki Minaj

Wild Ones – Flo Rida – fea. Sia

We Are Young – fun. Fea. Janelle Monae

Glad You Came – The Wanted

What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction

Boyfriend – Justin Bieber

Home – Phillip Phillips

Where Have You Been – Rihanna

Scream – Usher

Drive By – Train

Stronger – Kelly Clarkson

Brokenhearted – Karmin

Back In Time – Pitbull

Feel So Close – Calvin Harris

Springsteen – Eric Church

Lights – Ellie Goulding

Part of Me – Katy Perry

Drunk On You – Luke Bryan

Take Care – Drake fea. Rihanna

The Motto – Drake fea. Lil Wayne

Top Movies June 1, 2012 –

Snow White & The Huntsmen (1st week $56 million)

Marvel’s The Avengers

Men in Black 3


The Dictator

The Best Exoctic Marigold Hotel

What To Expect When You’re Expecting

Dark Shadows

Chernolbyl Diaries

For Greater Glory

The Hunger Games

Most Popular TV Shows June 1, 2012 -


America's Got Talent" (Tuesday






America's Got Talent" (Monday)



60 Minutes



The Big Bang Theory



America's Got Talent" (Tuesday



Person of Interest



The Mentalist



So You Think You Can Dance



CSI: Crime Scene Investigation



20/20" (Tuesday



NCIS: Los Angeles



Dogs in the City



Rules of Engagement



Miss USA 2012



Dateline NBC" (Friday)



48 Hours Mystery" (Tuesday)






Two and a Half Men



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