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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of November 15, 2012 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

BP Plc is expected to pay a record U.S. criminal penalty and plead guilty to criminal misconduct in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster through a plea deal reached with the Department of Justice that may be announced as soon as Thursday, according to sources familiar with discussions. Three sources said BP would plead guilty in exchange for a waiver of future prosecution on the charges. 

Gaza Conflict -  Egypt tried to open a tiny window to emergency peace diplomacy in Gaza on Friday(November 16), but hopes for even a brief ceasefire while its prime minister was inside the bombarded enclave to talk to leaders of the Islamist Hamas movement were immediately dashed. Prime Minister Hisham Kandil visited the Gaza Strip officially to show solidarity with the Palestinian people after two days of relentless attacks by Israeli warplanes determined to end militant rocket fire at Israel.

Four people died and 17 others were taken to a hospital when a train crashed into a parade float honoring veterans in Midland, Texas.

The eruption of a fire on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico — left two workers missing and four others badly burned — is a vivid reminder of the dangers involved in offshore drilling and the risk it poses to the Gulf's ecosystem and shoreline. The blaze, which started while workers were using a torch to cut an oil line, critically injured at least four workers

Israeli aircraft bombed Hamas government buildings in Gaza on Saturday(Nov17), including the prime minister's office, after Israel's cabinet authorized the mobilization of up to 75,000 reservists in preparation for a possible ground invasion. Palestinian militants in Gaza kept up cross-border salvoes, firing a rocket at Israel's biggest city Tel Aviv for the third straight day. 

Israeli aircraft struck crowded areas in the Gaza Strip on Monday(Nov.19), driving up the Palestinian death toll to 94 and devastating several homes belonging to one clan — the fallout from a new tactic in Israel's 6-day-old offensive meant to quell Hamas rocket fire on Israel.

clinton in Jerusalem nov 2012 news history mrpopculture U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Jerusalem for talks on Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as expectations rose of a ceasefire soon to end a week of fighting around the Gaza Strip. However, Gaza's rulers, the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, revised a statement that a truce would start overnight, saying it was still waiting for an Israeli response to proposals and did not now expect an announcement until Wednesday.

Patraeus Update - Paula Broadwell reportedly vowed in an email to make Jill Kelley "go away" the New York Daily News reported Tuesday in a story offering new details about how the mistress of former CIA Director David Petraeus threatened Kelley. Kelley, a Florida socialite who sparked the Petraeus scandal, reportedly viewed the then-anonymous messages as "death threats" from someone "clearly unhinged," according to an unnamed friend who spoke to the newspaper. Broadwell wrote she would "make [Kelley] go away" in one message.

Gen. John Allen has returned to Kabul to resume his duties as the top U.S. and NATO commander of the war in Afghanistan, more than a week after the Pentagon announced it is investigating potentially "inappropriate" correspondence between the four-star general and a woman linked to the David Petraeus sex scandal.

A bomb struck an Israeli bus near the nation's military headquarters in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, wounding 10 people and complicating major diplomatic efforts to forge a truce between Israel and Gaza's militant Hamas rulers.

Mitt Ronmey is spotted with his wife, Ann, at a screening of the new "Twilight" movie, "Breaking Dawn — Part 2," in Del Mar, Calif. and the pair later "hit up a pizza place across the street." On Monday, a photograph of Romney filling up at a gas station in La Jolla, Calif., was posted to Reddit.com.

Back from a trip to Asia, President Barack Obama is taking care of some holiday business, pardoning the national Thanksgiving turkey.

The annual White House ceremony takes place Wednesday afternoon in the Rose Garden.


Technology news – November 15, 2012

Google is investing $75 million in an Iowa wind farm as part of its effort to encourage development of cleaner energy sources. The deal gives Google Inc. a stake in the Rippey Wind Farm in Greene County, Iowa. RPM Access LLC is the primary owner. The wind farm is located about 130 miles northeast of Council Bluffs, Iowa, which is home to one of the eight data centers that power Google's Internet search engine and other services.


Fascinating Business news – November 15, 2012

The struggling U.S. Postal Service on Thursday reported an annual loss of a record $15.9 billion and forecast more red ink in 2013, capping a tumultuous year in which it was forced to default on billions in payments to avert bankruptcy. The financial losses for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30 were more than triple the $5.1 billion loss in the previous year.

Major banks have announced some 160,000 job cuts since early last year and with more layoffs to come as the industry restructures, many will leave the shrinking sector for good as redundancies outpace new hires by roughly two-to-one.

hostess out of business news update history nov 2012 mrpopcultureAfter 82 Years – Hostess – is going out of business. It was best known for Twinkies and Hostess cup cakes – but its desert products were part of growing up in America. Hostess filed for bankruptcy in January, its second trip to bankruptcy court since 2004. It's now owned by a group of investment firms including hedge funds Silver Point Capital and Monarch Alternative Capital. It was the last straw after Bakers began striking in protest against a new contract imposed in bankruptcy court.

Cisco Systems said Sunday that it had agreed to buy Meraki for about $1.2 billion, as the networking titan continues to bolster its cloud computing services. By buying Meraki, a privately held company backed by the likes of Google and Sequoia Partners, Cisco will add products that allow networks to be controlled through the Internet.

Hewlett-Packard Co. said on Tuesday that it's the victim of a $5-billion-plus fraud, claiming a British company it bought last year lied about its finances. HP CEO Meg Whitman said executives at Autonomy Corporation PLC "willfully" boosted the company's figures through various accounting tricks, which convinced HP to pay $9.7 billion for the company in October 2011.


Health news – November 15, 2012

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it has approved a heart pump made byHeartWare International Inc's that supports blood flow in people with failing hearts who are awaiting a transplant.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday it approved a seasonal flu vaccine produced by Novartis using animal cell culture rather than the traditional manufacturing using chicken eggs - a speedier process that could help build stockpiles in the event of a pandemic. The vaccine is to be sold by the Swiss drugmaker under the brand name Flucelvax.


Sports news – November 15, 2012

Leading In Their Division - The Baltimore Ravens (8-2) took a significant step in that direction by shutting down the Steelers (6-4) and backup quarterback Byron Leftwich.

news corp yes yankee tv network news history sports mrpopcultureNews Corp. said Tuesday it was acquiring a 49 percent stake in the YES Network, the New York Yankees' regional cable sports channel. Yankee Global Enterprises, Goldman Sachs and other investors will reduce their ownership as part of the transaction, and the team will receive a payment of $500 million for agreeing to the transaction.

College Basketball Record – Grinnell College -  Jack Taylor -  a 5-foot-10 sophomore, set a single-game scoring record for any level of college basketball Tuesday night when he erupted for an unimaginable 138 points in Grinnell's 179-104 rout of Faith Baptist BibleGrin.

Hector “Macho” Camacho, a former three-division champion, was shot and seriously injured in his native Puerto Rico on Tuesday, leaving the boxing showman fighting for his life, according to police and reports. Reports from the scene said Camacho was in critical condition late Tuesday after being shot in the neck and face while seated in a Ford Mustang outside a bar in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.


AP Top College Football Rankings This Week

Notre Dame



Ohio State



Kansas State


Texas A&M

Florida State


Television news – November 15, 2012

hank azaria suing voices simpsons photo history mrpopculture Hank Azaria, who provides the voices for a host of characters on "The Simpsons," including Moe Szyslak and Chief Wiggum, is suing over the rights to one of his characters. Azaria and his How to Pictures, Inc. filed suit Wednesday against "Leap Year" actor Craig Bierko inU.S. District Court in Central California on Wednesday, saying that Bierko is jeopardizing a potential movie deal by falsely laying claim to a voice that Azaria claims he created nearly 30 years ago.

 NBC has appointed two executives to take charge of the "Today" show, a day after the television network announced that longtime producer Jim Bell would be leaving to take a larger role in the sports division. Don Nash, a broadcast producer who has worked on NBC's morning show for 23 years, will become the executive producer, reporting to Alexandra Wallace, who has been named executive in charge of the show.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie makes a cameo appearance on “Saturday Night Live.”


Entertainment news – November 15, 2012

Comedian Katt Williams has been arrested after a man told Oakland police that the entertainer hit him over the head with a bottle. Authorities say the 41-year-old Williams was briefly taken into custody on suspicion of assault Wednesday night after the apparent victim said he was attacked aboard a tour bus that was parked outside a downtown hotel.

Kevin Clash, the actor who created the voice and persona of Elmo on Sesame Street, resigned from the children's show in the wake of a new allegation that he had a sexual relationship with an underage boy. A federal lawsuit was filed this morning in New York, said Jeff Herman, the attorney for the second accuser, who he identified as Cecil Singleton. It was not yet known how much money Singleton sought in the suit.


Music news – November 15, 2012

paul mccartney 12-12-12 music news history mrpopculture photoPaul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band and Kanye West will hit the stage at a Superstorm Sandy benefit concert next month in New York City. Madison Square Garden announced Thursday that Billy Joel, The Who, Alicia Keys and Jon Bon Joviwill also perform at the Dec. 12 show, dubbed "12-12-12." More performers will be announced later. Proceeds from the concert will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund to benefit those affected by Sandy in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

The Beatles' Apple Corps has authorized a production company, OVOW, to scour the globe for material captured by amateurs and professionals during the group's concert tours in the 1960s for a major film project called "The Beatles Live!.”

3th Annual Latin Grammy Awards - Mexican pop/rock duo Jesse & Joy ran away with the night as four-time winners of the Latin Grammy Awards, taking home trophies for best record, song and contemporary pop vocal album.

Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs' supergroup the Dukes of September will film a concert Friday night for PBS's "Great Performances." 429 Records will release a DVD of the concert at a later date.

Scott Weiland has one more reason to be thankful this week – the Stone Temple Pilots frontman is newly engaged to his girlfriend of one year, photographer Jamie Wachtel, he reveals exclusively to Rolling Stone. It will be the rocker's third marriage.

2012 American Music Awards - Brandy, Paula Abdul and a fully re-formed Backstreet Boys are just three of the newly announced presenters at the 40th annual American Music Awards, airing Sunday, on ABC-TV..  

The roster includes 50 Cent, Ashley Benson, Backstreet Boys, Colbie Caillat, Cyndi Lauper, Elisha Cuthbert, Florida Georgia Line, Gavin DeGraw, Ginnifer Goodwin, Hayden Panettiere, Heidi Klum, Jennifer Morrison, Jenny McCarthy, Karmin, Kerry Washington, Lady Antebellum, Lucy Hale, Luke Bryan, Neon Trees, Ne-Yo, Phillip Phillips, Ryan Seacrest, Stacy Keibler and will.i.am.


Sunday night – Justin Bieber  dominated the American Music Awards. Bieber's wins included the show's top award, artist of the year:

Artist of the year: Justin Bieber

New artist of the year: Carly Rae Jepsen

Pop/rock female artist: Katy Perry

Pop/rock male artist: Justin Bieber

Pop/rock band, duo or group: Maroon 5

Pop/rock album: Justin Bieber, “Believe”

Country female artist: Taylor Swift

Country male artist: Luke Bryan

lady antebellum ama award winner 2012 country music history mrpopculture photoCountry band, duo or group: Lady Antebellum

Country album: Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away”

Rap/hip-hop artist: Nicki Minaj

Rap/hip-hop album: Nicki Minaj, “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded”

Soul/R&B female artist: Beyonce

Soul/R&B male artist: Usher


Top Hit Music Singles/Downloads/Videos – November 15, 2012

One More Night – Maroon 5

Some Nights - .fun

Die Young Ke$ha

Gangnam Style – PSY

Diamonds – Rihanna

We Are Never Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift

bruno mars billboard hot 100 november 2012 music history trivia photo mrpopcultureLocked Out Of Heaven – Bruno Mars

Let Me Love You – Ne-Yo

Too Close  Alex Clare

Cry – Flo Rida

As Long As You Love Me – Justin Bieber fea. Big Sean

Don’t Wake Me Up – Chris Brown

Ho Hey – The Lumineers

Clique – Kanye West, Jay-Z, Big Sean

Home – Phillip Phillips

Blow Me (One Last Kiss) – P!nk

Cruise – Florida Georgia Line

Good Time – Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen

Adorn – Miguel

Swimming Pools (Drank) – Kendrick Lamar


Top Video Games – November 15, 2012

Halo 4 (X360

Assasin’s Creed III (X360, PS3)

Just Dance 4 (Wii)

Pokemon Black/Wite Version 2 (DS)

Kinect Adventues! (X360)

LittleBigPlanet Karting (PS3)

Wii Sports

Wii Sports Resort

New Super Mario Bros 2 (3DS)

Madden NFL 13 (X360)


Top Youtube Videos – November 15, 2012

Grand Theft Auto V Trailer #2

Big Bang Theory Flash Mob

Zlatan Lbrahimovic Amazing Goal


Top movies – November 15, 2012

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part Two (1st week $141.3 million)



Wreck-It Ralph



Taken 2

Perfect Pitch

Here Comes the Boom

Cloud Atlas


Nielsen Top TV Shows – November 15, 2012


























































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