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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of November 22, 2012 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

One of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives was arrested in Mexico and returned to Los Angeles to face charges of murder, kidnapping and rape, U.S. officials said. Reputed Los Angeles gang member Joe Luis Saenz was taken into custody in Guadalajara late Thursday following a joint operation with the Mexican government, said Bill Lewis, assistant director in charge of the FBI's Los Angeles office.

walmart man dead november 2012 mrpopculture news imageA man suspected of shoplifting two DVD players from a Lithonia, Ga., Walmart died after an altercation with two store employees and a contract security guard, prompting a police investigation.

Egypt's benchmark stock index plunged by nearly 10 percent Sunday in the first trading session since the country's Islamist president issued decrees to assume sweeping new powers, while police in central Cairo fired tear gas at protesters who accuse the Egyptian leader of a blatant power grab.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Monday(Nov 26) abruptly announced he was quitting politics, injecting new turmoil into the Israeli political system weeks ahead of general elections. Barak, Israel's most-decorated soldier and one-time prime minister, said he would stay on in his current post until a new government is formed following the Jan. 22 balloting.

Thousands of Bangladeshi workers blocked the streets of a Dhaka suburb Monday(Nov. 26), throwing stones at factories and smashing vehicles, as they demanded justice for 112 people killed in a garment-factory fire that highlighted unsafe conditions in an industry rushing to produce for major retailers around the world.

Syrian aircraft attacked towns in the country's north and east and killed at least five people in a strike on an olive oil press as fighting raged in the capital Damascus on Tuesday, opposition activists said. Rebels battled government forces in the Damascus suburb of Kfar Souseh, on the edge of the center of the capital housing the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

 Toronto's Rob Ford, a magnet for controversy during two years as mayor of Canada's largest city, was ordered out of office on Monday(Nov 26) after a judge found him guilty of breaking conflict-of-interest laws.

New York state and New Jersey need at least $71.3 billion to recover from the devastation wrought by Superstorm Sandy and prevent similar damage from future storms, according to their latest estimates.

michael bloomberg sandy news mrpopculture 2012 imageNew York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Monday he will ask Congress for $9.8 billion to pay for superstorm Sandy costs not covered by insurance or other federal funds. In a letter to New York's congressional delegation, Bloomberg said public, private and indirect losses to the city from the devastating late-October storm totaled an estimated $19 billion.

One of the Israeli military's most visible spokesmen is under fire for a photo he posted on hisFacebook page captioned "Obama style" in which his face is smeared with mud. Sacha Dratwa posted the photo in late September, but since the furor he has restricted access to his account. A screengrab of the original post circulating online showed that it drew mixed reactions, with one commenter saying, "You know this is racist, yeah?"

Fiscal Cliff - Obama planned to deliver a speech to press Congress to extend Bush-era tax cuts only for individuals with income up to $200,000 and families up to $250,000. He'll be surrounded by Americans who stand to be affected if those tax cuts are allowed to expire on January. 

powerball winner november 2012 news mrpopcultureWinning tickets for the record  worth more than $587 million were purchased in Arizona and Missouri.

Afghanistan's top diplomat will press Pakistan Friday to free more Taliban detainees to help coax the militant group into peace negotiations to end the 11-year-old war, an official said. Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmay Rasoul will make the request during a one-day visit to Islamabad, according to an Afghan official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss Rasoul's agenda ahead of the minister's talks with high-ranking Pakistani officials.

President Barack Obama, reapplying his re-election campaign theme of protecting the middle class, heads to Pennsylvania on Friday suggesting that Republicans could spoil Christmas by driving the country over the "fiscal cliff." The president's road trip, visiting a factory that makes Tinkertoys, is infuriating Republicans, with House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner calling it a "victory lap" Thursday as he rejected Obama's proposals to avoid the cliff, which is a combination of tax increases and spending cuts set to start taking effect in January.


Fascinating Business News – November 22, 2012

Black Friday retail sales online this year topped $1 billion for the first time ever as more consumers used the Internet do their early holiday shopping.Online sales jumped 26 percent on Black Friday to $1.04 billion from sales of $816 million on the corresponding day last year, according to comScore data. Amazon.com was the most-visited retail website on Black Friday, and it also posted the highest year-over-year visitor growth rate among the top five retailers. Wal-Mart Stores Inc's website was second, followed by sites run by Best Buy Co., Target Corp. and Apple Inc, comScore noted.

Online sales jumped on Cyber Monday, sending e-commerce retailers' shares higher and suggesting strong growth from earlier in the holiday shopping season is continuing for now.

ebay cyber monday november 2012 mrpopcultureSales on eBay Inc's online marketplace were particularly strong and Amazon.com Inc continued its rapid holiday shopping season growth, according to early Cyber Monday data released by e-commerce firm ChannelAdvisor. EBay's shares climbed 4.9 percent to close at $51.40. The stock hit an intra-day high of $51.78, the highest level since early 2005. Amazon's shares gained 1.6 percent to $243.62.

Warren Buffett, the legendary investor who changed the debate about U.S. tax reform in 2011 with a call for the rich to pay more, is now calling for minimum tax rates for millionaires. Buffett suggested Congress move immediately to implement minimum taxes of 30 percent on incomes of $1 million to $10 million and 35 percent above that.

The price of oil fell below $87 a barrel Wednesday after the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development cut its growth outlook for the U.S. and the 17 European Union countries that use the euro currency. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil for January delivery was down 73 cents to $86.45 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 56 cents to finish at $87.18 a barrel on the Nymex on Tuesday.

A record $500 million Powerball jackpot has led to long lines across the nation at local mini-marts and gas stations, with Americans hoping their champagne and caviar dreams become a reality when the numbers are drawn. The jackpot was boosted Tuesday(Nov 27) from $425 million to the now historic $500 million sum, which is expected to get sweeter as millions of Americans rush to the store for their last chance to purchase a ticket and become a multi-millionaire overnight.

Inspired by the dress she wore on election night - British retailer Asda unveiled their new line of George brand holiday dresses and "The Michelle"—a $32 metallic red-and-black floral number inspired by the Michelle Obama’s —sold out within 48 hours.

zig ziglar passing november 2012 image photo mrpopculturePassing - Zig Ziglar died Wednesday(Nov 28) at age 86, a deep-throated motivational speaker whose clever way with words inspired millions to stop looking for shortcuts to success -- and instead earn it the old-fashioned way by rolling up their sleeves and getting to work.


Health news – November 22, 2012

A sample of raw pork products from supermarkets around the United States found that yersinia enterocolitica, a lesser-known food-borne pathogen, was present in 69 percent of the products tested, according to a study released by Consumer Reports. The bacteria infects more than 100,000 Americans a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but for every case that is confirmed with a laboratory test, about 120 more cases escape diagnosis. Symptoms can include fever, cramps and bloody diarrhea.


Sports news – November 22, 2012

Former championship boxer Hector ''Macho'' Camacho died Saturday(Nov 24) at the hospital in Puerto Rico where he has been unconscious since he was shot in the face in an attack in his hometown.

With 1:53 left in the third quarter of the Miami Dolphins' game against the Seattle Seahawks at Miami's Sun Life Stadium, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill ran for a 19-yard gain, taking the ball from the Miami 33-yard line to the Seattle 48. THEN… The sprinklers went off on the Sun Life field, dousing everybody with water. One side judge ran away like the sprinklers were full of hot lava, while some players seemed to enjoy cooling off in the Miami heat. Someone found the off switch a few seconds later, and play resumed.

Over the next 25 years, Fox is going to pay the Los Angeles Dodgers somewhere between $6 billion and $7 billion to televise its regular-season games, barring a last-minute snafu in negotiations, according to Deadline.com. That's twice the previous record for local TV rights. That's at least a quarter-billion dollars a year for the Dodgers and Dodgers alone. That's maxing out at $1.73 million a game for each of the 4,050 scheduled. That's the final tummy tuck on a body's worth of cosmetic surgery that could happen only in Los Angeles.   

 was wooed by the Chiefs early in the offseason, after the four-time MVP had been cut loose by Indianapolis and before he signed a five-year deal with Denver. On Sunday , he showed exactly why Kansas City was after him. Manning threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns, and led the Broncos down the field in the final minutes when the Chiefs were frantically trying to get a stop, setting up a field goal that sealed a 17-9 victory and their sixth consecutive win.

More NFL News - Jared Allen said he didn't mean any harm when he blocked Chicago Bears guard Lance Louis and knocked him out of the game last Sunday, but the league took issue with the hit anyway, fining the Minnesota Vikings defensive end $21,000. A league source confirmed Allen was fined for the block, which occurred early in the third quarter of Minnesota's 28-10 loss at Chicago. Following an interception, Allen hit an unsuspecting Louis hard, leaving his feet and burying his shoulder into Louis' shoulder and head, knocking Louis to the ground.


Technology news – November 22, 2012 

Apple Not Happy - because they were ordered to tell Samsung a bunch of secrets that could potentially help Samsung keep their products on the shelves. This week, a judge  about their patent deal with HTC to Samsung. Samsung wants to see the patent agreement between HTC and Apple because it could potentially help their defense in Apple's crusade to get most of Samsung's biggest products taken off store shelves.

Microsoft is trying to skewer Google as a lousy holiday shopping guide in its latest attempt to divert more traffic to its Bing search engine. The attack began this week with a marketing campaign focused on a recent change in how Google runs the part of its iphone 5 china tech news history mrpopculturesearch engine devoted to shopping results. The revisions require merchants to pay Google to have their products listed in the shopping section. In its new ads, Microsoft Corp. contends the new approach betrays Google Inc.'s longstanding commitment to provide the most trustworthy results on the Web, even if it means foregoing revenue. To punctuate its point, Microsoft is warning consumers that they risk getting "scroogled" if they rely on Google's shopping search service.

Verizon Wireless was the highest-rated major carrier in Consumer Reports’ annual cell-phone service ratings, based on a survey of 63,253 subscribers by the Consumer Reports National Research Center.

iPhone 5 ready to launch in China -  Apple has now been awarded a “network access license” that allows it to flip the switch on the iPhone 5 on China Telecom, the country’s third-largest wireless carrier.


Television news – November 22, 2012

larry hagman passing november 2012 tv history timeline mrpopculturePassing - Larry Hagman, who created one of American television's most supreme villains in the conniving, amoral oilman J.R. Ewing of "Dallas," died on Friday, the Dallas Morning News reported. He was 81. Also known as Major Anthony Nelson In the 1960's NBC-TV sitcom, "I Dream I Jeannie."

Actor Angus T. Jones, star of CBS's raunchy television comedy "Two and a Half Men", has urged viewers to change the channel, saying his new-found religious beliefs are at odds with his job playing a fun-loving teen on the popular show. Jones, 19, who has played Jake Harper - the son of Jon Cryer's character Alan - for nine years, appealed to fans to stop watching the show "and filling your head with filth."

A Fox News Channel interview ended abruptly Monday(Nov 26) after an author accused the network of hyping the killing of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, and "operating as a wing of the Republican Party." The charges were made by Thomas Ricks, a veteran newspaper reporter and author of "The Generals," who was brought on for an interview with anchor Jon Scott about GOP criticism of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice's comments about the attacks. Ricks said he thought the story of the Benghazi attacks was "hyped, by this network especially."

Bad reviews for Lifetime’s “Liz and Dick” starring Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor. The two-hour TV movie also stars (Grant Bowler) as Richard Burton.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – November 22, 2012 

miley cyrus new hair november 2012 celebrity news mrpopcultureMiley Cyrus has a new hair look – short and chopped and – still blonde. This is the second hair make-over for Miley this year, when in August – she went to a short – pixie-style look complete with bangs. 

Lindsay Lohan is arrested and charged with third-degree assault after a fight at a nightclub in the Chelsea section of New York City, police said. The 26-year-old actress was arrested on the misdemeanor charge after she allegedly struck a woman at Club Avenue on 10th Avenue and 17th street at around 4 a.m. She was taken to New York's 10th precinct and received a desk appearance ticket.

Stanley Marsh 3, the eccentric millionaire artist best known for his "Cadillac Ranch" art display along an interstate in the Texas Panhandle, was charged  with 11 felony counts of molesting children. The 74-year-old turned himself in at a county jail after an arrest warrant was issued, accusing him of molesting two teenagers in 2010. His arrest follows the filing of several lawsuits against him for allegedly paying 10 teens for sex acts.

Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson plans to take his one-man theater show on the road across the United States early next year. Tyson, 45, made the announcement on ABC's late-night show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on Tuesday. "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth" is an autobiographical monologue performed by Tyson in which he reflects upon his tough childhood in Brooklyn, the absence of his father and his self-described "reckless and destructive" behavior. It premiered in Las Vegas in April and had a run on Broadway.


Top Music Albums/CDs – November 22, 2012

Take Me Home – One Direction

Red – Taylor Swift

King Animal – Soundgarden

Merry Christmas Baby – Rod Stewart

The Twilight Saga – Breaking Dawn Part 2

Trilogy – The Weekend

christina aguilera billboard top 200 album cd music mrpopculture imageLotus – Christina Aguilera

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Koi No Yokan – Deftones

Paradise – Lana Del Rey

Dos! – Green Day

Standing Ovation – Susan Boyle

Night Train – Jason Aldean

Best of Whitney Houston

Bable – Mumford & Sons

On This Winter’s Night – Lady Antebellum

good kid, m.A.A..d city – Kendrick Lamar

GRRR! – Rolling Stones

Christmas – Michael Buble

The Truth About Love – P!nk

Cheers, It’s Christmas – Blake Shelton

R.E.D. – Ne-Yo


Top Ringtones – November 22, 2012

Gangnan Style – PSY

flo rida top ringtone music nov 2012 billboard mrpopcultureWhistle – Flo Rida

Cruise – Florida Georiga Line

Pontoon – Little Big Town

Diamonds - Rihanna

One More Night – Maroon 5

Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen

No Lie – 2 Chainz fea. Drake


Top movies – November 22, 2012

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part Two




Rise of the Guardians (1st week - $32.2 million)

Life of Pi (1st week - $30.6 million)

Wreck-It Ralph

Red Dawn (1st week - $21.7 million)


Silver Linings Playbook




Nielsen Top TV Shows – November 22, 2012






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