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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of March 22, 2015 In News, Pop Culture History, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

Sen. Ted Cruz kicked off the first major Republican presidential campaign of the 2016 election, vowing Monday to "reignite the promise of America" while making an overt play for evangelical voters. The Texas senator urged a near-capacity audience at Liberty University to "imagine a president" who would abolish the IRS, secure the borders, grow the economy and protect religious liberty in a speech that also highlighted his immigrant father and the faith journey of his family.

Workers dismantling a scaffold at a high-rise construction project on Monday when a piece of it fell to the ground in downtown Raleigh, killing three men and sending another to a hospital.
All four men were involved in the construction of Charter Square, a glass and steel building in downtown Raleigh.

A Germanwings Airbus A320 plane from Barcelona, Spain to Desseldorf, Germany crashed in the foothills of the Alps in southeastern France, There were no survivors of 144 passengers and six crew members. Later - it’s learned The co-pilot of Germanwings flight 9525 deliberately crashed the aircraft, French officials said, pointing to voice recorder evidence that he had locked the captain out of the cockpit, ignored his pleas for re-entry and steered down into the French Alps as passengers were heard screaming.

A tornado ripped through parts of Oklahoma, destroying homes and leaving at least one person dead.
Gas Explosion Levels NY Apartment Building - More than seven months before an explosion and fire leveled three apartment buildings in Manhattan's East Village, utility workers discovered that the gas line to a restaurant in one of them had been illegally tapped, creating a hazardous situation, according to the company. Meanwhile, emergency workers painstakingly looked for signs of two missing people, scooping through piles of loose brick, wood and debris with their hands and using dogs to search the rubble. Authorities acknowledged the chances of finding either person alive were slim.

Senator Harry Reid, the tough tactician who has led Senate Democrats since 2005, will not seek re-election next year, bringing an end to a three-decade congressional career that culminated with his push of President Obama’s ambitious agenda against fierce Republican resistance.

Two people tried to ram the main gate to enter the headquarters of the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, Maryland on Monday, according to a federal law enforcement official briefed on the investigation. An NSA police officer shot one of the people dead dead and seriously injured the second.

At least eight people died and 10 others were injured early Monday when a church van from Fort Pierce ran through a stop sign, crossed all lanes of U.S. 27 and landed in a canal in southwest Florida, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
There were 18 people in the van, Lt. Gregory S. Bueno said. The driver and seven passengers are confirmed dead. Bueno said it was not foggy in the area when the crash occurred.

Technology -
Google Fiber is heading to Salt Lake City, Utah.
Google made the announcement in a blog post Tuesday. The city joins several others where Google is laying down cable to provide incredibly fast Internet access. Atlanta, Georgia; Nashville, Tennessee; and both Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham in North Carolina are getting Fiber soon. The service delivers speeds to 1 gig/second - much faster than what’s out there.

Sports -
March Madness - Notre Dame hasn't lost since February 24. Over the past month, they've taken down three teams that are joining them in the Sweet 16: Louisville, Duke and North Carolina. The fighting Irish were pushed to the brink in their first two NCAA Tournament games, but have done what they've had to do to survive and advance.

NBA All-Star game - Russell Westbrook scored 41 points, one shy of the All-Star game record, and the Western Conference beat the East 163-158 on Sunday night. James Harden added 29 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the West, which built a 20-point lead in the first half and then pulled away after it was tied at 148 with a little more than 4 minutes remaining. LeBron James finished with 30 points, but couldn't lead the East to the victory in his favorite NBA arena.

SCAR driver Kyle Larson, who fainted during an autograph session Saturday, will not compete in Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway. Larson's team announced Sunday that he was undergoing testing at Carolina's Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C., and that he had not been medically cleared to drive.

Entertainment news -
A California jogger was struck and injured by a car driven by rocker David Crosby at significant speed, according to multiple reports.
Local TV station KEYT near Santa Inez, Calif., where Crosby lives, reported that Jose Jimenez, 46, was jogging when he was struck by a 2015 Black Tesla driven by Crosby on Sunday, according to theCalifornia Highway Patrol.

Oscar winning actress Angelina Jolie revealed Tuesday that she has undergone more preventive surgery, having her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed in hopes of reducing her risk of cancer.

A week and a half into all the One Direction drama, Zayn Malik, who took himself off the road last week and then took himself out of the band completely on Wednesday. Accusations that he cheated on fiancee Perrie Edwards -- she's a member of the girl group Little Mix, which was on Season 8 of "The X Factor" in the United Kingdom -- seem to have been the tipping point last week. After being photographed holding hands and embracing another woman outside of a nightclub in Phuket, Thailand, Malik tweeted his love for Edwards and that he was "sorry for what it looks like."

Taylor Swift gets artist of the year, song of the year at the second annual iHeartRadio Music Awards. It also featured featured Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown and Iggy Azalea.

The Rolling Stones back on tour - 15-city “Zip Code” tour starts May 24 with San Diego.

 
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