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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of March 15, 2016 In News, Pop Culture History, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

Headlines -
Mother Teresa will be made a saint on Sept. 4. Pope Francis set the canonization date Tuesday, paving the way for the nun who cared for the poorest of the poor to become the centerpiece of his yearlong focus on the Catholic Church's merciful side.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a surprise announcement, said he has ordered his country’s forces to withdraw from Syria starting Tuesday, declaring that the five-month aerial bombardment campaign against Syrian rebels has largely achieved its objectives.

Tuesday Primaries - Hillary and Trump win big including Florida, Missouri North Carolina and Illinois. Ohio went to Kashich on the Republican side.

Marc Rubio drops out of the race after losing his home state of Florida.

Washington D.C. subway shutdown for 24 hours - Commuters in Washington, D.C., packed the roads in cars and on bicycles and crowded buses to cope with a last-minute shutdown of the second-busiest U.S. subway system for emergency safety checks.The estimated 700,000 people who ride the Washington-area Metro system every weekday, including about a third of the region's federal workforce, were scrambling to get to work and around town on Wednesday while 600 underground cables are inspected.

President Obama on Wednesday nominated Merrick Garland to serve on the Supreme Court, setting up a protracted political fight with Republicans who have vowed to block any candidate picked by Obama in his final year in office.

Korea - American college student sentenced to 15 years prison - Otto Warmbier, the 21-year-old University of Virginia economics student to 15 years of hard labor for “acts against the state,” North Korean state media reported. Warmbier, a Cincinnati native, was arrested in early January as he prepared to board a flight out of North Korea after traveling to the country as a tourist. He was later accused of trying to remove a banner.

Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that ISIS has been committing genocide against Yazidis, Christians and Shiite Muslims.The designation marked just the second time a U.S. executive branch has used the term "genocide" during an ongoing conflict.

SeaWorld is ending its controversial killer whale breeding programs, the theme park operator said in a statement today. Its treatment of the orcas has come under fierce criticism since the release of the 2013 documentary “Blackfish.”

President Obama arrived in Cuba on Sunday afternoon, a journey of only 90 miles from U.S. shores that took more than half a century to complete. Stepping off Air Force One under drizzling skies, the president held an umbrella over his wife, Michelle, as he was greeted by senior Cuban officials.

 

Sports -
Jason Day shot a two-under 70 and finished 17-under overall to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday in Orlando. Day edged Kevin Chappell by one to win for the eighth time in his career.

 

Technology news -
General Motors Co. and ride-hailing service Lyft are launching a short-term car rental program that is expected to eventually evolve into an autonomous vehicle network. The companies said Tuesday that the Express Drive program, aimed at prospective Lyft drivers who don’t have qualifying cars, will start in Chicago this month. The program will roll out to Boston, Baltimore and Washington later this year

Apple is expected to unveil a new 9.7-inch iPad just three months later at its March 21 event. The new iPad is expected to add a connector for a keyboard like the larger iPad Pro, and will likely feature other upgrades such as compatibility with its stylus, the Apple Pencil. All of a sudden, I've got iPad envy again.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to jump into the ongoing patent fight between Apple and Samsung over smartphone technology, raising the stakes in a case that has centered on claims the South Korean tech giant copied the iPhone to build its own smartphone empire. In a brief order, the justices announced they will consider a key part of Samsung's appeal of its loss to Apple in their first federal court trial showdown that eventually forced the South Korean tech giant to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. The Supreme Court is likely to hear arguments in the case during the next term that starts in October.

Apple on Monday introduced the iPhone SE, which features a 4-inch screen and components similar to those featured in the iPhone 6s. The new model will be available starting on March 31.

 

Entertainment news -
Passing - It’s revealed that Keith Emerson (71) - part of the 1970’s rock trio, “Emerson, Lake & Palmer” died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound last week.

The debt-ridden estate of Michael Jackson will enjoy a £526m windfall after selling the stake it held in the music publishing business which owns The Beatles’ classics to Sony. Sony Corp has agreed to buy out the Jackson estate’s 50 per cent interest in Sony/ATV Music Publishing for $750m, giving the entertainment giant complete control of the company.

Passing - Frank Sinatra Jr. (72) - of a cardiac arrest after performing at Daytona Beach, Fl.

Passing - Actor Larry Drake (66) - best-known for “L.A. Law.”

Hulk Hogan is awarded $115 million plus another $25 million. Hogan had sued Gawker, founder Nick Denton and former editor A.J. Daulerio for violating his privacy by posting a snippet of a sex tape. The six jurors said that Gawker was liable for $15 million in punitive damages and Denton was liable for $10 million. Daulerio was found liable for an additional $100,000.
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