Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of March 8, 2013 In News, Pop Culture History, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
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Colonel General Kang Pyo-yong – a general in North Korea claims the country has a long-range missile armed with nuclear warheads on standby. Pyongyang repeated its Thursday vow to ditch all nonaggression pacts with South Korea and again threatened a "preemptive nuclear attack" on the United States as well.
Dianna Hanson, the intern killed by a lion inside an enclosure at a big-cat sanctuary in California, died of a broken neck, a Fresno County coroner said , although it's still unclear why the lion attacked her. A gate or door was left partially open when the 4-year-old male African lion named Cous Cous attacked Hanson last week.
Two people were killed and at least 15 injured Saturday in Cairo, officials said, as Egyptians in two rival cities took to the streets to vent their anger over court verdicts in a controversial case involving deadly riots at a soccer game. The two protesters had been killed in violence outside the Semiramis Intercontinental hotel in downtown Cairo.
About 20 people were killed in two suicide bombings in Afghanistan Saturday. A Taliban spokesman said the attacks were a message for Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, who is in Afghanistan for his first official visit.
Highway Patrol officials say speed was a factor in the violent early morning crash of a sports utility vehicle that killed six teenagers in the northeast Ohio. Ohio Highway Patrol Lt. Brian Holt says at a Sunday night news conference that he wouldn't estimate the speed the Honda Passport was traveling when it crashed into a guardrail and flipped over into a swampy pond at about 7 a.m. Sunday. He says that speed was an issue with the SUV that was carrying eight teenagers.
A state judge on Monday stopped Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration from banning the sale of large sugary drinks at New York City restaurants and other venues, a major defeat for a mayor who has made public-health initiatives a cornerstone of his tenure.
The city is "enjoined and permanently restrained from implementing or enforcing the new regulations," New York Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling decided Monday.
Just days ahead of his Mideast trip, President Barack Obama on Monday met with about 10 leaders of Arab American groups who encouraged him to deliver a message of hope to the Palestinian people even if he is unable to immediately deliver a peace plan with Israel. Obama met with the officials Monday, four days after meeting with Jewish leaders as part of his preparation for the visit. The White House has not publicly announced the dates for the trip. Israeli news media have reportedObama will arrive on March 20. Obama will also make stops in Ramallah and Jordan.
A 10-year, $4.6 trillion balanced budget proposal unveiled by Republicans on Tuesday could either be shelved within weeks or help jump-start negotiations with President Barack Obama toward a major deficit-reduction deal.House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's plan - his latest version of the "Path to Prosperity" measure that has been rejected by Democrats previously - likely will be approved this month by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.
New Pope Is Elected - Pope Francis, the first non-European pontiff of the modern era, revealed himself to the world from a balcony at the Vatican on Wednesday. Jorge Bergoglio, who served as archbishop of Buenos Aires, took the name Francis shortly after being elected by cardinals in what was apparently the fifth round of voting on the second day of the conclave. Bergoglio, 76, is the first pope to take the name in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, revered among Catholics for his work with the poor.
A man shot four people to death and wounded at least two others in Herkimer County, New York, on Wednesday, state police said.
The upstate New York man also is believed to have blown up his house, according to a federal law enforcement source briefed on the investigation. Schools and a hospital went into lockdown while police searched for the man in the Mohawk Valley area, about 70 miles west-northwest of Albany.
Authorities on Thursday killed a man suspected of shooting dead four people a day earlier in separate incidents at a barbershop and a car wash in neighboring upstate New York towns, Governor Andrew Cuomo said.The suspected gunman, identified as Kurt Myers, 64, was killed in a shootout with law enforcement officials at an abandoned building inHerkimer, New York, where he had barricaded himself the previous day.
Iran has significantly stepped up military support to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in recent months, solidifying its position alongside Russia as the government's lifeline in an increasingly sectarian civil war, Western diplomats said.Iranian weapons continue to pour into Syria from Iraq but also increasingly along other routes, including via Turkey and Lebanon, in violation of a U.N. arms embargo on Iran, Western officials told Reuters on condition of anonymity. Iraqi and Turkish officials denied the allegations.
The National Park Service has proclaimed Anacapa Island (In S. California) thriving, a decade after a controversial rat-extermination effort. Officials say the numbers of some rare birds are soaring. And deer mice, the island's only native mammal, are bouncing back. Nonnative rats had lived on the island for more than a century, devouring native species. Beginning in 2001, authorities began dropping poison pellets to eradicate them. The $3 million effort was condemned by some environmentalists and sparked a lawsuit that was later dismissed.
A television consultant claims that former Vice President Al Gore and others at Current TV stole his idea to sell the struggling network to Al-Jazeera. Los Angeles resident John Terenzio is demanding more than $5 million in a lawsuit quietly filed in San Francisco Superior Court Tuesday. Al-Jazerra announced Jan. 3 that it would pay $500 million for San Francisco-based Current TV.
The 80-meter (262 feet) wide asteroid makes its closest approach to Earth on Saturday afternoon in the United States. It will be about 975,000 kilometers (604,500 miles) away, said Don Yeomans, a planetary scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. That's about 2 1/2 times the distance from the Earth to the moon.
A man shot and killed the host of a TV program about shooting - while the host was visiting his wife. Wayne Bengston, 41, then beat his wife, took his two-year-old son to a relative's house and drove to his home about 40 kilometres away, where he apparently killed himself, police say. The victim was Gregory G. Rodriguez, 43, host of the Sportsman Channel show "A Rifleman's Journal".
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned on Tuesday that the popular antibiotic azithromycin, sold as Zithromax, can cause a potentially fatal irregular heart rhythm in some patients. The agency said the move follows its review of a study by medical researchers as well as a company study assessing the drug's potential for causing abnormal changes in the electrical activity of the heart.
Tiger Woods wins the Cadillac Championship golf tournament on Sunday, March 10, 2013, in Doral, Fla.
The San Francisco 49ers acquired Anquan Boldin from theBaltimore Ravens for a sixth-round pick in the 2013 draft, and theMinnesota Vikings sent Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks. ESPN reported the Vikings will receive a first-round pick in this year's draft.
The hot buzz at the South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin was Marketbot’s newest prototype of its first desktop 3-D printer, which spit out plastic replicas of small objects. MakerBot unveiled a desktop device that can scan small three-dimensional objects. Called a MakerBot Digitizer, it's meant to complement the company's Replicator printer by letting customers scan objects, then feed the resulting digital files to the Replicator to be printed.
Sports fans who want to put themselves deeper into the game - and who own 3D glasses and a 3D-capable television - might want to check out Google's Fiber TV. Fiber has launched two new 3D channels, including ESPN3D, which will deliver sports programming in three dimensions to customers. Google is also offering a second 3D channel to customers who subscribe to Fiber's Gigabit + TV Plan. That channel, 3net, features "an extensive library of original 3D programming, including natural history, documentary, action/adventure, kids and family, lifestyle and cuisine, concerts, movies, scripted series," Google said on its blog Thursday.
Google Inc will pay $7 million to 38 states and the District of Columbia to settle an investigation into a controversial incident in which its Street View mapping cars collected passwords and other personal data from home wireless networks between 2008 and 2010. The deal, details of which were reported last week, ends a nearly three-year investigation.
Joy Behar is leaving, “The View” after 16 years. “I am graciously exiting stage left.”
Fashion Trend - wedge sneakers! Britney Spears – was recently seen waring a pair of tan Monica Corte sneakers, and the fancy footwear are a definite thang. Fellow pop stars Rihanna and Beyoncé have been running around town in their sneaks and even “The Client List” actress Jennifer Love Hewitt has been spotted wearing a pair.
Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour, Cirque du Soleil's touring production that has been playing arenas in North America and Europe since October 2011, owns the No. 1 ranking on this week's Hot Tours tally.
Elizabeth Hasselbeck - 35-year-old mother of three will not be returning for another season of the ABC daytime talk show. Hasselbeck, who joined the show in November 2003. A poll indicated, "People did not watch the show because of Elisabeth. So they told her her contract would not be renewed."
Tehran plans to sue Hollywood filmmakers who contribute to the production of such "anti-Iran" propaganda films. State-run Press TV reports that Iranian officials have talked to an "internationally-renowned" French lawyer about filing such a suit. "I will defend Iran against the films like 'Argo,' which are produced in Hollywood to distort the country's image," said Isabelle Coutant-Peyre. "Argo," directed by Ben Affleck, who also played the lead role, is about the rescue of U.S. diplomats during the Iran hostage crisis. The film, released in 2012, garnered Affleck a Golden Globe as director and also took the prize for best drama movie.
Comedian Jon Stewart will take a break as host of satirical television news show "The Daily Show" beginning in June to direct a serious film about a journalist's imprisonment in Iran, network Comedy Central said on Tuesday.
The microphone that singers on Fox television's "American Idol" will use for a live broadcast on Wednesday has traveled to Hollywood after an Olympic torch-style journey through 13 cities. Producers hope the "Idol Across America" relay helps build enthusiasm for the rest of the 12th season of the long-time TV ratings champ, which has seen viewership fall over the past six years. This season's finale is scheduled for May.
NBC Slips In The Ratings - Latest returns for the week ending March 10 show an official shift in the broadcast network rankings for the 2012-13 TV season. Fox has usurped NBC's second-place status, now averaging a 2.6 rating and 7 share with adults 18-49 over NBC's 2.5 rating and 7 share. ABC is 7 percent shy of last year's demo average. That drop, however unfortunate, has not been as steep as ABC's (8 percent), The CW's (13 percent) or Fox's (21 percent). CBS remains the lone broadcast network even with its showing last year, thanks in part to the Super Bowl. It's currently averaging a 3.1 rating with adults 18-49 and 9 share. This time last year, Fox was on top with a 3.3 rating in the demo.
Nicki Late For “Idol” - On the Wednesday, March 13 episode of the FOX series, judge Nicki Minaj appeared 13 minutes into the broadcast. Host Ryan Seacrest opened the show, explaining (dubiously) that the rapper's tardiness was caused by "some congestion on the 405. She should be here momentarily."
Passing - Country singer-songwriter Claude King, an original member of the Louisiana Hayride who was best known for the 1962 hit "Wolverton Mountain," has died. He was 90. He had just celebrated his 67th wedding anniversary last month.
Leave It To Bieber - The 19-year-old pop star took the stage for his final concert in London on Friday, March 8, despite still feeling "a little short of breath.""U just gotta smile sometimes," the "Boyfriend" singer wrote on Twitter, pointing out that he's trying to stay positive amid his dramatic week . Bieber gave his fans quite a scare during his concert on Thursday, March 7, after the singer fainted midway through the show and had to leave the stage for 20 minutes.
Rock legend Jimi Hendrix's new archival album, "People, Hell and Angels," is set to debut at No. 2 – first time Hendrix will be in the top-5 since the early 1970’s. The new album contains 12 previously unreleased studio recordings completed by Hendrix between 1968 and 1970. The singer/songwriter/guitarist died on Sept. 18, 1970
Unorthdodox Jukebox – Bruno Mars
Babel – Mumford & Sons
The Heist – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Zion – Hillsong United
Amok – Atoms For Peace
All That Echoes – Josh Groban
21 – Adele
Unapologetic – Rihanna
Joel Whitburn Presents: Billboard #1’s The ‘70’s
The 2nd Law – Juse
Some Nights – fun.
Night Visions – Imagine Dragons
Red – Taylor Swift
Here’s To The Good Times – Florida Georgia Line
Pitch Perfect – Soundtrack
Les Miserables: Highlights Soundtrack
Heartthrob – Tegan and Sara
The Truth About Love – P!nk
Two Lanes Of Freedom – Tim McGraw
Crysis 3 (X360) (PS3)
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (360) (PS3)
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (PS3)
Fire Emblem: Kakusei (3DS)
NBA 2K13 (X360)
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (X360)
Far Cry 3 (X360)
New Uper Mario Bros. 2 (3DS)
Pokemon Black/White Version 2 (DS)
Oz: The Great And Powerful (1st week $80.3 million)
Jack The Giant Slayer
Dead Man Down (1st week $5.4 million)
21 and Over
Silver Linings Playbook
Escape From Planet Earth