Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of May 1, 2013 In News, Pop Culture History, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
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Boston Marathon Bombings Update - Three friends of Boston Marathon bomb suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have been jailed on charges they tried to throw investigators off Tsarnaev's trail, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday. Two of them, Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, were already in federal custody on immigration charges, their lawyers told CNN. Both are from Kazakhstan and had student visas. The third, Robel Phillipos, is a U.S. citizen. All three are accused of removing items from Tsarnaev's dorm room after the April 15 bombings, which killed three people and wounded more than 260.
A man was shot and killed Thursday in a pre-screening area at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, authorities said. Houston Police Department spokesman Kese Smith told reporters that the man had just come through the doors in Terminal B when he fired at least one shot into the ceiling. A Homeland Security Investigations agent was working in an office near the scene, came out and told the man to drop his weapon. The agent fired once at the suspect, who appeared to try to shoot himself at the same time.
Just a few months after his daughter survived a drug overdose, Jon Bon Jovi joined New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Thursday for the signing of a law to encourage reporting of overdoses so victims don't end up dead. Bon Jovi called the law a lifesaver and encouraged other states to do the same.
Early Brush Fire Season In S. California - A massive fire in Ventura County, Calif., that started early Thursday (May 2) has gobbled up thousands of acres of brush and is headed toward the ocean near Malibu. So far, the flames had consumed 10,000 acres of brush and was 10 percent contained as of early Friday morning, NBC News reported.
The last two sections of the 408-foot spire on One World Trade Center were finally hoisted on top of a temporary platform on the structure Thursday morning, putting it firmly on its way to becoming the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
Thousands of Sunni Muslims fled a Syrian coastal town Saturday, a day after reports circulated that dozens of people, including children, had been killed by pro-government gunmen in the area, activists said.
Nobody Wants To Bury The Body Of Marathon Terrorist - There may not be a single cemetery in Massachusetts or in the entire country that is willing to be Tamerlan Tsarnaev's final resting place, said funeral director Peter Stefan, who is in a difficult spot."I think they (the cemeteries that have been asked) probably fear reprisals from people who have loved ones being buried there, people who may potentially buy lots there," the funeral director said. Tsarnaev and his younger brother, Dzhokhar, are accused of setting off two deadly explosions at the Boston Marathon in April.
Freak Limo Fire Kills Five – Investigators are trying to determine why the back of a stretch limousine burst into flames on the San Mateo-Hayward bridge, trapping and killing five women inside. The vehicle went up in flames on Saturday night on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge during a girls’ night out. The driver and four of the women were able to escape.
Three women freed from a decade of captivity inside a Cleveland home celebrated in the arms of their families Tuesday, as police and the FBI worked to unravel the details of their abductions. Amanda Berry, Georgina "Gina" DeJesus and Michele Knight were freed Monday night after Berry attracted the attention of a neighbor who helped her escape. A 6-year-old girl that police said is believed to be Berry's daughter was also freed. "Help me, I am Amanda Berry," the young woman told police in a frantic 911 call from the neighbor's house. "I've been kidnapped, and I've been missing for 10 years. And I'm here, I'm free now."
Facebook's sales jumped 38% in the first quarter, boosted by its growing mobile ad business. Investors are laser-focused on mobile, which Facebook has said is the key to its future success. Mobile ad sales accounted for 30% of Facebook's total ad revenue in the first quarter of the year -- up sharply from the previous two quarters and from essentially zero just a year ago.
Warren Buffett accumulates Twitter followers even faster than he makes money. The 82-year-old "Oracle of Omaha" joined the service and sent his first tweet on Thursday, picking up more than 45,000 followers in just under 45 minutes. "Warren is in the house," Buffett said under the handle "@WarrenBuffett."
A solar-powered airplane that developers hope to eventually pilot around the world took off early on Friday from San Francisco Bay on the first leg of an attempt to fly across the United States with no fuel but the sun's energy. The plane, dubbed the Solar Impulse, departed shortly after 6 a.m. local time from Moffett Field, a joint civil-military airport near the south end of San Francisco, heading first to Phoenix on a slow-speed flight expected to take 15 to 20 hours.
Jordany Valdespin hit a three-run, pinch-hit homer to help the New York Mets rally past the Miami Marlins, 7-6, Wednesday afternoon before 16,188 fans at Marlins Park.
David Wright had three hits, including a solo homerun, John Buck had three hits and two RBI and Bobby Parnell got the save to lead New York.
The Mets (11-15) snapped a six-game losing streak by salvaging the last of a three-game series against Miami.
Floyd Mayweather's contract for his May 4 bout against Robert Guerrero, which was filed with the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Friday, promises a guaranteed purse of $32 million for Money May. That mark ties the single-highest guarantee for a boxer in history (which Mayweather set last year in his bout against Miguel Cotto).
Orb wins the Kentucky Derby.
Radio news – May 1, 2013
Clear Channel/Premiere talent - Rush Limbaugh insists it’s not his fault that ad revenue has dropped at his flagship WABC radio station — and if his boss keeps saying it is, Rush just may pack up his megadittoes and leave. His contract is up at the end of the year. But, WABC has been an underperformer for years – and this may be a set-up for Limbaugh to crossover to Clear-Channel-owned WOR – which probably would have happened anyway.
Lindsay Lohan checked into a California rehab center early Friday, ending -- at least for now -- a drama that has had more twists and turns than a high-speed car chase. Shawn Holley, the lawyer who guided Lohan through years of legal turmoil until the actress abruptly fired her in January, helped her avoid jail once again by brokering a deal, her father told CNN Friday. "I am so thankful to Shawn Holley and Evan Haney, her manager, for doing this," Michael Lohan said.
KSL TV has had its fill of NBC's new serial-killer drama "Hannibal." The Salt Lake City-based station has yanked the ratings-challenged freshman series from its programming slate due to the program's graphic content. KSL spokesperson Tami Ostmark said the station had decided to pull the series after reviewing the past few episodes, and receiving numerous complaints.
As the ratings for "American Idol" fall, it seems, the animosity between "Idol" judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey increases. Minaj ripped open the scab on her feud with Carey on Thursday, referring to her television cohort as "insecure" and "bitter," after Carey tweaked Minaj over her lack of No. 1 singles on Wednesday night's "Idol." The spat was also revived, coincidentally or not, after hitting a Wednesday night low in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic.
After 25 years, “Cops” is being dropped by Fox-TV, and the show will move over the Spike-TV.
Steve Harvey Top In Daytime Talk – as his program drew an average of 2.1 million viewers during the February sweep, improving upon the shows he replaced by 42 percent. He has also recently started to out-rate Katie Couric's freshman talk show among the women aged 25 to 54 that advertisers want to reach during the day. NBC, which produces the show with Endemol USA, is expected to soon announce a deal to renew Harvey on its owned television stations through 2016.
Keith Richards says - "I don't have an iPod. ... I still use CDs or records actually. Sometimes cassettes. It has much better sound; a much better sound than digital," he said in a recent interview. The 69-year-old believes music lovers are "all being shortchanged" with the sound that comes out of an iPod, launched in 2001. "My old lady's got one. My kids have got them. I say, 'Look me up this.' Or, 'Oh I like that. Check me that,'" he said. "I know what these things can do. I'm not totally anti-them."
Atlanta-area authorities are investigating Wednesday's death of Chris Kelly, half of the 1990s rap duo Kris Kross, as a possible drug overdose, Fulton County Police Cpl. Kay Lester said Thursday morning. Kelly, 34, died Wednesday at an Atlanta hospital after he was found unresponsive at his home, police said.
PepsiCo Inc severed ties with rapper Lil Wayne on Friday over a graphic reference to slain U.S. civil rights figure Emmett Till in a song.
Lil Wayne, 30, had been the face of the PepsiCo drink Mountain Dew's "Deweezy" campaign, a play on the rapper's "Weezy" nickname. "We do not plan any additional work with Lil Wayne moving forward," a Mountain Dew representative said in a statement. "His offensive reference to a revered civil rights icon does not reflect the values of our brand."
Passing- Reggae great Cedric Brooks (70).
Justin Timberlake will embark on an international tour in October - his first in six years - and will release 10 new songs at the end of September, concert promoter Live Nation said on Monday. "The 20/20 Experience," the singer's first album in seven years, was released in March and topped the U.S. album charts for three consecutive weeks.
Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis fea. Ray Dalton
Just Give Me A Reason – P!nk fea. Nate Ruess
Thrift Shop – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis fea. Wanz
Stay – Rihanna fea. Miky Ekko
When I Was Your Man – Bruno Mars
Mirrors – Justin Timberlake
Feel This Moment – Pitbull fea. Christina Aguilera
Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake fea. Jay Z
Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
I Love It – Icona Pop fea. Charli XCX
Started From The Bottom – Drake
Heart Attack – Demi Lovato
Get Lucky – Daft Punk fea. Pharrell Williams
Cruise – Florida Georgia Line fea. Nelly
Love Me – Lil Wayne fea. Drake & Future
My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up) – Fall Out Boy
Dead Island: Riptide (X360/PS3)
Lego City Undercover (3DS)
Injustice: Gods Among Us (X360/PS3)
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
Star Trek: The Game (X360/PS3)
Dragon’s Dogma (X360)
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Iron Man 3 – (1st week $174 million)
Pain & Gain
The Big Wedding
Oz: The Great and Powerful
Scary Movie 5
The Place Beyond The Pines