Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of May 15, 2013 In News, Pop Culture History, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
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Six Dead - Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. Emergency responders were still searching for seven people.The National Weather Service gave a preliminary estimate of Wednesday night's violent system, saying a tornado in Granbury had wind speeds between 166 mph and 200 mph. Other tornadoes damaged nearby Cleburne and Millsap. Granbury, about 40 miles southwest of Fort Worth, saw the worst of the damage, as the exceptionally powerful tornado tore through two neighborhoods around 8 p.m. Wednesday.
A plane crashed while trying to land at a mountain airstrip in northern Nepal early Thursday, and all 21 people on board, including eight Japanese tourists, survived with injuries, police said. Four of the injured were in critical condition, police officer Bhim Bahadur Chand said.
Authorities have arrested the man wanted in a Mother's Day parade shooting that wounded 19 people in New Orleans after he was identified in surveillance video that showed him running from the scene as the crowd scattered in all directions, police said. Akein Scott, 19, was arrested Wednesday night in the Little Woods section of eastern New Orleans.
The U.S. military has updated plans to "capture or kill" alleged perpetrators of the deadly terror attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, CNN has learned. The development comes amid growing pressure on the White House to show progress in the effort to catch those who killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans last September 11.
Train service in the busy New York-to-New Haven corridor may be restricted for days as officials investigate Friday's rush-hour collision of two trains in Connecticut -- an incident that sent dozens to hospitals. The two Metro-North passenger trains, heading in opposite directions, collided Friday evening in southwestern Connecticut, damaging both trains and leaving some people critically injured. The accident occurred when a train heading from New York City to New Haven derailed around 6:10 p.m. That train struck the other train in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
North Korea launched three short-range guided missiles into the sea off the Korean Peninsula's east coast Saturday, South Korea's semi-official news agency Yonhap cited the South Korean Defense Ministry as saying. The missiles were fired in a northeasterly direction, away from South Korean waters, the ministry said.
More tornadoes – A rash of tornadoes destroyed homes and tossed trees around like toothpicks as it ripped through Oklahoma and the Midwest on Sunday and Monday.
And the destructive weather isn't over. Baseball-sized hail, wind gusts and tornadoes could pummel parts of the central Plains and Midwest through Monday.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency after tornadoes tore through 16 counties in her state Sunday. Twenty-three people were injured, she told CNN.
The Associated Press' president and chief executive says the government's secret seizure of two months of reporters' phone records has already had a chilling effect on newsgathering, a week after the subpoenas were revealed publicly.Gary Pruitt on Sunday called the Justice Department's actions "unconstitutional" and said the AP hasn't ruled out legal action.
Dies - Richard "Dick" Trickle -- who parlayed a legendary reputation as a short-track driver into a full-time career on stock car racing's biggest stages in the 1990s -- died Thursday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, a North Carolina sheriff's office said. He was 71.
Rexbox Instant -- the streaming and kiosk rental service – is offering a free 30-day trial for its streaming services. It’s an instant competitor to Netflix.
Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system has overtaken BlackBerry for the first time, according to researcher IDC. The firm released its on the smartphone market, showing that during the first quarter of 2013, Windows devices made up 3.2% of all smartphones shipped. BlackBerry devices accounted for 2.9% of the market.
Google Glass, a cross between a mobile computer and eyeglasses that can both record video and surf the Internet, is now available to a select few but is already among the year's most buzz-worthy new gadgets. The device has geeks all aflutter but is unnerving everyone from lawmakers to casino operators worried about the potential for hitherto unimagined privacy and policy violations.
Yahoo is investing in the social media. The company announced that it has purchased Tumblr, the popular blogging and social media network, for $1.1 billion.
This week, Philips introduced an intelligent LED light bulb that could transform the lighting and electronics industry. The company calls its smart bulbs the Hue 1.1 which features several hi-tech features. The geofencing feature enables users to program Hue to change colors, as well as, turn on or off when the user arrives. As stated on the Philips website, Hue users “don’t ever worry if [they’ve] switched [their] lights off or not. Just walk out the front door and they’ll switch themselves off”. There’s also an alarm function. The Hue can act as a light-based alarm, gradually turning itself on when it’s time for a person – or his kids – to wake up. The innovation means users now have the option not to be jarred by the blaring of sound-based, traditional alarms. With the timer feature, the Hue LED light bulb can turn the lights off, flash, or change color after a set amount of time.
Passing - Ken Venturi, the principled and plainspoken CBS Sports golf analyst who commented on the game for a broadcast-record 35 years until his retirement in 2002, has died. He was 82.
Singer Miley Cyrus was not home when Los Angeles police arrived, guns drawn, after getting a 911 call of a non-existent crime underway. The latest "swatting" caper was called in to a 911 operator at 8:40 p.m. Friday, said a Los Angeles police officer at the North Hollywood station.Swatting is the tricking of an emergency service response based on the false report of an on-going critical incident.
Wins American Idol - Candice Glover, covering "Lovesong" (the Adele version of The Cure tune) wins the "American Idol" title. Candice beat out Kree Harrison, who became the Season 12 runner-up. As the credits rolled, Candice performed her new single, "I Am Beautiful."
Ratings for the "American Idol" finale plunged to a record low for the 12-year-old show. According to preliminary Nielsen Co. figures, Candice Glover's victory over Kree Harrison was watched by 14.2 million viewers. That's a 34 percent drop from the year before, when nearly 22 million viewers saw Phillip Phillips claim the "Idol" crown. That represented the show's previous record low finale audience.
President Barack Obama is putting on a show at the White House next week for singer-songwriter Carole King. She's the first woman to receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress. The White House says Obama will present the award to King during a concert Wednesday. The program will include performances by King, Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel, Jesse McCartney, Emeli Sande, James Taylor and Trisha Yearwood.
Kanye West has launched his highly anticipated sixth studio album by unveiling a new song and visual from the full-length via images being projected on 66 buildings scattered around the globe.
Rihanna is suing the British fashion label Topshop for $5 million after they refused to stop selling a T-shirt with her face printed on it. This news comes as a surprise seeing as she was once a fan of the brand.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z are reported to be expecting their second baby.
Stone Temple Pilots made a surprise appearance Saturday night at KROQ's 21st Annual Weenie Roast at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, taking the stage between sets by Vampire Weekend and Thirty Seconds To Mars. Making the appearance even more shocking was the fact that the singer may have looked a bit like now-former STP frontman Scott Weiland, but it was actually the band's new singer, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park. Making the appearance even more shocking was the fact that the singer may have looked a bit like now-former STP frontman Scott Weiland, but it was actually the band's new singer, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park.
Madonna was honored with the Top Touring Artist award at the Billboard Music Awards, an achievement earned by the worldwide success of her MDNA tour. The sold out 88-date run was 2012's top-grossing tour with $305 million.
At the 2013 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Taylor Swift led all artists at the Sunday night ceremony with eight wins, including top artist and top Billboard 200 album, for "Red."
Passing – Alan O’Day – who had a huge late 1970’s hit, “Undercover Angel.” He was 72.
Passing - Doors keyboard player Ray Manzarek has died at age 74 of bile duct cancer.
Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore & Ryan
Just Give Me A Reason – P!nk
Mirrors – Justin Timberlake
When I Was Your Man – Bruno Mars
Come & Get It – Selena Gomez
Stay – Rihanna
Thrift Shop – Macklemore & Ryan
Cruise – Florida Georgia Line
Heart Attack – Demi Lovato
I Love It – Icona Pop fea. Chrlie XCX
The Way – Riana Grande fea. Mac Miller
Feel This Moment – Pitbull fea. Christina Aguilera
Started From The Bottom – Drake
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