Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of November 8, 2012 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Damage in New York State from Superstorm Sandy could total $33 billion when all is said and done, Gov Andrew Cuomo said Thursday as the state began cleaning up from a nor'easter that dumped snow, brought down power lines and left hundreds of thousands of new customers in darkness. A damage forecasting firm had previously estimated that Sandy might have caused $30 billion to $50 billion in economic losses from the Carolinas to Maine, including property damage, lost business and extra living expenses. Cuomo's estimate will likely push the bill even higher.
Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, partially blind, her right arm paralyzed and limp, came face to face with the man who tried to kill her last year, standing beside her husband as he spoke of her struggles to recover from being shot in the head. Jared Lee Loughner, 24, was then ordered to serve seven consecutive life sentences, plus 140 years in federal prison for the January 2011 shooting rampage that killed six people and wounded 13 others, including Giffords, outside a grocery store in Tucson, Ariz.
With drivers still struggling to find adequate fuel, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday(Nov.9) the city would begin an indefinite program of gas rationing early Friday. It is modeled on one New Jersey implemented last week - allowing drivers to fill up on alternating days depending on their license plate number - that has reduced lines dramatically. Bloomberg indicated that the city had little choice.
A video of President Barack Obama released by his campaign on Thursday shows him wiping away tears the day after his re-election as he thanks young members of his campaign staff and volunteers for their hard work. "I am absolutely confident that all of you are going to do just amazing things in your lives," Obama tells staff members at his Chicago headquarters on Wednesday following his victory over Republican Mitt Romney. Obama says the campaign team is "so much better than I was" at meeting goals and in effectiveness than he had been as a young community organizer in Chicago. Becoming emotional, Obama says his work in running for office has come "full circle." "Because what you guys have done means that the work I'm doing is important. And I'm really proud of that. I'm really proud of all of you," Obama says, wiping away tears.
Seven current members of the Navy's elite SEAL Team Six, including one involved in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, have received non-judicial punishments for having served as paid consultants for the video game "Medal of Honor: Warfighter." Four other SEALs who previously belonged to the unit remain under investigation. The newly released game by Electronic Arts features special operations forces, including SEALs, in combat situations. Promotional materials for the game mention the fact that, to make the game as realistic as possible, input came from special operators, including Navy SEALS.
CIA Director David Petraeus has submitted his resignation to President Obama, citing an extramarital affair. In a statement sent to the CIA workforce today, Petraeus said he went to the White House Thursday to ask the president to accept his resignation. The president accepted his resignation today. "After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair," Petraeus said in the letter to the CIA workforce.
Scandal Widening - The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is under investigation for thousands of alleged "inappropriate communications" with another woman involved in the case. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta revealed that the Pentagon had begun an internal investigation into emails from Gen. John Allen to a Florida woman involved in the case.Allen succeeded fallen Petraeus as the top American commander in Afghanistan in July 2011, and his nomination to become the next commander of U.S. European Command and the commander of NATO forces in Europe has now been put on hold, as the scandal seemed certain to ensnare another acclaimed military figure.
The Obama Administration is shedding some names come January. So far, gone will be - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and press secretary Jay Carney - all are preparing for departure.
Pentagon leaders knew of the September 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi an hour after it began, but were unable to mobilize reinforcements based in Europe in time to prevent the death of the U.S. ambassador, according to a timeline released this week. Senior defense officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, rejected criticism accusing the Pentagon of failing to move quickly to send reinforcements to relieve the consulate or using armed aerial drones to fire on the attackers."The Department of Defense acted quickly after learning of the incidents unfolding in Benghazi," said one official, adding that Marines, special forces and other military assets had either been employed or put in motion during the attack.
Israel's army fired tank shells into Syria on Monday and scored "direct hits" in response to a Syrian mortar shell that struck the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, the Israeli military said in a statement. It was the second time in as many days that Israel had fired across the disengagement line drawn at the end of a war in 1973, underscoring international fears that Syria's civil war could ignite a broader regional conflict.
In the wake of last week's presidential election, thousands of Americans have signed petitions seeking permission for their states to peacefully secede from the United States. The petitions were filed on We the People, a government website. States with citizens filing include Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Oddly, folks from Georgia have filed twice. Even stranger, several of the petitions come from states that went for President Barack Obama.
Nancy Pelosi told House of Representatives Democrats on Wednesday that she plans to stay on as minority leader, according to a source close to the San Francisco lawmaker.
President Barack Obama bluntly told Sen. John McCain and other Republicans to lay off their attacks against U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice over the Benghazi assault, telling lawmakers that if they go after her "then you have a problem with me.
Health/Medical news – November 8, 2012
An outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts. The medication was recalled in late September. Latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Illnesses: 438, including 10 joint infections. Deaths: 32.
Fascinating Business news – November 8, 2012
Shares of Groupon lost nearly a third of their value this week, bringing the stock well below $3. That brings Groupon's stock decline to an eye-popping 89% since its public debut one year ago.
The United States will overtake Saudi Arabia and Russia as the world's top oil producer by 2017, the West's energy agency said on Monday, predicting Washington will come very close to achieving a previously unthinkable energy self-sufficiency. The forecasts by the International Energy Agency (IEA), which advises large industrialized nations on energy policy, were in sharp contrast to previous IEA reports, which saw Saudi Arabia remaining the top producer until 2035.
The millionaire software genius behind the McAfee antivirus programs is wanted for murder in Belize -- this according to reports. According to Gizmodo.com, Belize police claim John McAfee is the prime suspect in the shooting death of an American expatriate named Gregory Faull. Faull was reportedly gunned down at his home in San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye on Saturday -- after an argument with McAfee had turned deadly. McAfee -- whose software company sold to Intel in 2010 for $7 billion -- has been living in Belize for a while now.
Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 2.77 million vehicles around the world for a water pump problem and a steering shaft defect that may result in faulty steering — the latest in a spate of quality woes for Japan's top automaker. No accidents have been reported related to these two problems announced Wednesday, according toToyota.
Pepsi Japan launched a new line of soda on Tuesday that it claims blocks the body's absorption of fat. Pepsi Special is infused with indigestible dextrin, a synthetic dietary fiber. Even though dextrin has not been proven to have dietary benefits for humans, it has been successfully tested on rats. Which, apparently, is good enough for Pepsi and the Japanese government, which has formally backed the soda manufacturer's claims.
Sports news – November 8, 2012
Mike Brown was fired by the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday in the wake of a 1-4 start with the N.B.A.’s glitziest lineup.
NASCAR - Jeff Gordon was fed up with Clint Bowyer and decided the final laps of Sunday's race at Phoenix International Raceway was a good time to take out his frustration. Gordon intentionally wrecked Bowyer's No. 15 Toyota late in the AdvoCare 500, a move that ruined both cars and led to a melee between the teams in the garage and Bowyer to say that Gordon's action "makes us look like a bunch of (idiots)."
Technology news – November 8, 2012
Google Inc said several of its online services have been blocked inChina.
Traffic to Google's services in China dropped sharply beginning Friday evening there, according to an online "Transparency Report" website operated by Google, which provides updates about access to its services in different parts of the world.
Among the sites affected were Google's search engine and its Gmail web email.
Two weeks after Apple's stunning management shakeup, Microsoft has announced a shocker of its own: Windows chief Steven Sinofsky, heir apparent to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, left the company Monday. Sinofsky had been at Microsoft, trusted with overseeing many of the company's core products, including Office and, most recently, Windows. At one point, he served as former CEO Bill Gates' technical adviser.
Entertainment news – November 8, 2012
Singer Miley Cyrus will reportedly be a June bride! According to X17online, the former “Hannah Montana” star will tie the knot with fiancé Liam Hemsworth on June 11 in Palm Springs.
Lindsay Lohan has bailed on a much-anticipated interview with Barbara Walters as prosecutors mull a new criminal case against her related to her June car crash. The interview was set to air on ABC News’ 20/20 next Friday as promotion for her portrayal of Elizabeth Taylor in Lifetime’s “Liz & Dick” telepic premiering Nov. 25.
Macy’s Parade For Thanksgiving - Hello, Kitty! Macy's is about to introduce the newest balloons for its annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, and the popular Japanese cat character is among them. Also making an entrance this year are Papa Smurf and Elf on the Shelf. Macy's is giving all three giant balloons a test drive Saturday morning in New Jersey. The event is closed to the public. This year will mark the 86th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Performers at the parade will include Carly Rae Jepsen, Flo Rida, Karmin, Don McLean and Jimmy Fallon and The Roots.
Nicki Minaj wasn't too happy with Barbara Walters for seemingly defending Mariah Carey recently after a video of the two pop stars arguing at the "American Idol" judges' table leaked onto the Internet in late September. "Am I not good enough for you to get my side, 'cause I'm a little black girl that raps?" - said Nicki during part two of her three-part E! special, "Nicki Minaj: My Truth."
The puppeteer who performs as Elmo on "Sesame Street" is taking a leave of absence from the popular kids' show in the wake of allegations that he had a relationship with a 16-year-old boy. Sesame Workshop said puppeteer Kevin Clash denies the charges, which were first made in June by the alleged partner, who by then was 23.
Farewell Twilight - Thousands of screaming fans lined the black carpet late on Monday(Nov. 12) for the final "Twilight" film premiere as the cast of "Breaking Dawn - Part 2" bid farewell to the franchise and its loyal followers. Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and other cast members greeted fans known as "Twi-hards," many of whom had camped out for days in downtown Los Angeles to catch a glimpse of their favorite actors and see the film before it is released in theaters on Friday.
Jon Bon Jovi's 19-year-old daughter was hospitalized and facing drug charges Wednesday after overdosing on heroin in a dorm at her college in upstate New York, authorities said. Stephanie Bongiovi was found unresponsive by an ambulance crew sent to Hamilton College early Wednesday after a report that a female had apparently overdosed in Dunham Hall, the school's largest dorm. Town of Kirkland police investigator Peter Cania said Bongiovi, of Red Bank, N.J., was recovering at a hospital he declined to name.
Television news – November 8, 2012
"Dancing with the Stars" co-host Brooke Burke says she has thyroid cancer. Burke posted a video message Thursday on YouTube disclosing her condition and her plans for surgery to remove her thyroid.The 41-year-old mother of four says a lump on her thyroid was found during a biopsy.
V/P Joe Biden will make his TV acting debut with a cameo on NBC's comedy "Parks and Recreation" as the celebrity crush of actress Amy Poehler's ditzy local councilwoman Leslie Knope, NBC said on Thursday. Biden, 69, will play himself in the episode "Leslie vs. April," airing November 15.
Country-pop star Taylor Swift will ring in the New Year as the headline act on TV special "New Year's Rockin' Eve," which will feature a two-hour tribute to late host Dick Clark. Swift, whose new album "Red" racked up more than 1 million copies in first week U.S. sales, will perform live in New York's Times Square on December 31, just before the ball drops to bring in 2013. Ryan Seacrest hosts.
Liza Minnelli will guest star on an episode of TV musical drama "Smash,"NBC said on Tuesday. The singer and actress will play herself and sing a number in one episode of the show when it returns in February 2013. The series, starring Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston and Katharine McPhee, dramatizes the backstage life of writers, producers and actors working to create a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe.
Music news – November 8, 2012
Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Diamond, Kenny Chesney, Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen and Lady Antebellum were among the big winners at the annual Billboard Touring Awards at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. The awards, hosted by actress and comedienne Sandra Bernhard, honor the concert industry's top artists, venues and professionals for the year.
Biggest Rock Album Since 2008 - Mumford & Sons showed when the indie folk-rock quartet stormed the Billboard 200 last month with "Babel," which arrived with 600,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan (the largest sum for a rock release since AC/DC's "Black Ice" bowed at No. 1 with 784,000 units the week of Nov. 8, 2008).
One woman died and 19 other fans were injured outside a Linkin Park concert in Cape Town, South Africa on Wednesday after scaffolding collapsed during high winds. The accident occurred in the parking area outside Cape Town Stadium before the band's performance, which went on as scheduled. Photos in South African media show a toppled advertising tower for the energy drink company Lucozade
Justin and Selena Are No More - after nearly two years together, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have gone their separate ways.
One Direction - Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson – perform a concert on the "Today" show.
Dave Matthews is turning his band's tour opener in New Jersey at the end of the month into a benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy victims, pledging $1 million to regional recovery efforts. According to a statement, all proceeds from the Nov. 30 show at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford will be donated to Bama Works Sandy Relief Fund.
Top Music Albums/CD’s – November 8, 2012
Red – Taylor Swift
Dreams and Nightmares – Meek Mill
Night Train – Jason Aldean
Merry Christmas, Baby – Rod Stewart
Good kid, m.A.A.d city – Kendrick Lamar
Bable – Mumford & Sons
Hope On The Rocks – Toby Keith
Psychedelic Pill – Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Dreams of Fireflies – Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Tornado – Little Big Town
Chief – Eric Church
Tailgages & Tanlines – Luke Bryan
Blown Away – Carrie Underwood
The Truth About Love – P!nk
On This Winter’s Night – Lady Antebellum
New Horizons – Flyleaf
21 – Adles
Viva Duets – Tony Bennett
18 Months – Calvin Harris
Overexposed – Maroon 5
Christmas With Scotty McCreery – Scotty McCreery
Up All Night – One Direction
Some Nights - .fun
Top Ringtones – November 8, 2012
Whistle – Flo Rida
Pontoon – Little Big Town
Gangnam Style – PSY
Wanted – Hunter Hayes
Cruise – Florida Georgia Line
One More Night – Maroon 5
No Lie – 2 Chaniz fea. Drake
Top Video Games – November 8, 2012
Assassin’s Creed III (X360, PS3)
WWE ’13 (X360,PS3)
Pokemon Black/White Version 2 (DS)
Need For Speed: Most Wanted (X360,PS3)
Forza: Horizon (X360)
Just Dance 4 (Wii)
Assassin’s Creed (PSV)
Top movies – November 8, 2012
Skyfall (1st week $90.1 million)
Here Comes the Boom
The Man With The Iron Fists