Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of October 15, 2012 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
War Crimes Trial - Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, on trial accused of some of the worst atrocities in Europe since World War Two, said he should be praised for promoting peace rather than charged with war crimes, an assertion hotly denied by some victims. Karadzic is one of three Serb leaders brought to trial in The Hague for war crimes during the violent break-up of multi-ethnic Yugoslavia between 1991 and 1999, in which more than 100,000 people were killed and millions were displaced.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told CNN in an interview Monday that she—not the White House—takes responsibility for the security situation in Benghazi, Libya, ahead of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack there that claimed the lives of four Americans, including the ambassador. "I take responsibility," Clinton told CNN in one of a series of television interviews she gave after arriving in Peru.
Politics 2012 – Presidential Debate #2 – This one held at Hofstra University. Moderator Candy Crowley of CNN came under fire for siding with Obama during one of his sharpest exchanges with Romney. Polls say this one – Obama was favored.
Police say three people are dead — including a 3-year-old child — after a shooting at an apartment complex in northwest Ohio.
Mark Hummer, the police chief in Lake Township near Toledo, said a man shot five people in two apartments Tuesday night before coming outside and firing on officers. Two officers returned fire and killed him. Besides the child, a 26-year-old woman — believed to be the estranged girlfriend of the gunman — was killed. Three other people shot in the apartments were hospitalized.
Groundbreaking on new U.S. homes surged in September to its fastest pace in more than four years, a sign the housing sector's budding recovery is gaining traction. The Commerce Department said on Wednesday housing starts increased 15 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 872,000 units. That was the quickest pace since July 2008, though data on housing starts is volatile and subject to substantial revisions.
A Bangladeshi man accused of trying to bomb the Federal Reserve building in New York City is a banker's son from a middle class neighborhood whose family members said Thursday that they were stunned by his arrest. The FBI arrested 21-year-old Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis on Wednesday after he tried to detonate a fake 1,000-pound (454-kilogram) car bomb, according to a criminal complaint. Prosecutors said Nafis traveled to the U.S. on a student visa in January to carry out an attack.
A new CNN/ORC poll of likely voters in Florida shows President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney statistically tied in this battleground state. The state survey, which was conducted after the second presidential debate and has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points, showed 49 percent of likely voters supporting Romney here, compared with 48 percent for Obama.
A shooting at a spa near a Brookfield, Wis., mall on Sunday left three dead and four others wounded, police said, and authorities are searching for the suspected gunman.
Passing - George S. McGovern, a proud liberal who argued fervently against the Vietnam War as a senator from South Dakota and suffered one of the most crushing defeats in presidential election history against Richard Nixon in 1972, died before dawn Sunday. He was 90.
Fascinating Business news – October 15, 2012
General Motors says production is set to begin late next year on a luxury version of its Chevrolet Volt hybrid. The automaker said Tuesday the Cadillac ELR will be assembled at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant. That plant makes the Chevrolet Volt, Opel Ampera and Holden Volt. The Cadillac will run on electricity and carry a four-cylinder gasoline engine to generate power when the batteries run out of juice. It's based on the Cadillac Converj, a concept car unveiled in 2009 at the Detroit auto show.
After years of losing money, Newsweek announced that it will stop printing its magazine and become a digital-only publication. "Newsweek will transition to an all-digital format in early 2013," editor Tina Brown wrote in an email to employees early Thursday. "As part of this transition, the last print edition in the U.S. will be our December 31st issue." The new all-digital publication, called Newsweek Global, "will be a single, worldwide edition," Brown continued. The e-magazine will be supported by paid subscriptions and made available for e-readers for both tablet and the Web, with select content available on The Daily Beast.
The average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in the United States fell more than 8 cents during the past two weeks, weighed down by the drop in crude oil prices and low seasonal demand, according to a widely followed survey released on Sunday(Oct.21). Gasoline prices averaged $3.7529 per gallon on October 19, down from $3.8375 on October 5.
Fashion news – October 15, 2012
A new exhibition is hailing the fashion sense of Katharine Hepburn, whose trademark khakis and open-collar shirts were decidedly unconventional in the 1930s and 40s, when girdles and stockings were the order of the day. The fiercely independent Hepburn famously once said: "Anytime I hear a man say he prefers a woman in a skirt, I say, 'Try one. Try a skirt.'" But skirts and dresses abound in "Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen" at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, which opens Thursday.
Health/Medical news – October 15, 2012
The U.S. death toll from fungal meningitis linked to potentially contaminated steroid injections has risen by two to 23, with North Carolina reporting its first death, health officials said on Saturday. Tennessee's death total in the outbreak rose to eight, the highest state total, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on its website. States reported 13 new cases of fungal meningitis, raising the total to 281.
Sports news – October 15, 2012
Eddie Yost, nicknamed ''The Walking Man'' because of his penchant for drawing bases on balls during an 18-year major league career, has died. He was 86. The Boston Red Sox say Yost died Tuesday morning in Weston, Mass., but did not announce a cause. After his playing days, Yost was a third base coach for the Red Sox, New York Mets and Washington Senators.
Follows Nike - Anheuser-Busch, the brewer of Budweiser, said it would not renew its relationship with cyclist Lance Armstrong at the end of 2012, but will continue to support the embattled former professional cycling racer's cancer charity. Anheuser-Busch, the U.S. unit of Belgian brewing conglomerate Anheuser-Busch Imbev, became the second major Armstrong sponsor to drop the cyclist on Wednesday, one week after U.S. anti-doping authorities released a scathing report accusing the seven-time Tour de France winner of an elaborate cheating scheme using performance-enhancing drugs.
World of Cycling - Olympian Kyle Bennett has died in a single-car wreck in Conroe, Texas, near Houston.Bennett, who was 33 at the time of his death, was a three-time BMX world champion and part of the first-ever U.S. BMX Olympic team in 2008. Nicknamed "Butter" for his smooth style, Bennett did not reach the medal round of the Beijing Olympics.
AP - Alabama still #1 after eight weeks - the longest stay atop the rankings by the Crimson Tide. Alabama received 59 of 60 first-place votes from the media panel. The Tide has twice previously been No. 1 for seven consecutive weeks - in 1979 when Bear Bryant coached 'Bama to a national title and in 1980 when the Tide finished sixth.Oregon is No. 2 for the fifth consecutive week, though the gap between the Ducks and No. 3 Florida, which received the other first-place vote, narrowed after the Gators beat South Carolina 44-11 on Saturday. Alabama had gone three straight weeks as unanimous No. 1.
Technology news – October 15, 2012
Get Ready For Windows 8 - On October 26th, Microsoft will launch its most radical PC operating system in the last 25 years: Windows 8. Backed by a $1.5 billion and $1.8 billion marketing blitz, the company is leaving no room for failure. Windows 8 isn’t just a tweaked version of Windows 7; it’s a complete re-thinking of what Windows should be with a live tiles user interface inspired by Windows Phone. Windows 8 represents Microsoft pressing the reset button in a world increasingly filled with mobile and touchscreen-based devices.
Buyers of tablets that run Microsoft's newest operating system, Windows 8, are in for a pleasant musical surprise: They'll be able to handpick from a selection of millions of songs and stream them for free as long as they put up with an audio ad every 15 minutes. The new service, called Xbox Music, is not on offer anywhere else at the moment.
Bahraini authorities have detained four men on charges of defaming the Gulf Arab country's king on Twitter, according to the state news agency BNA. The four men in their 20s were arrested on Wednesday morning after security forces confiscated their computers and other electronic equipment, Mohammed al-Maskati, head of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights said. Criticizing King Hamad and other members of the Al Khalifa ruling family is a red line in the Gulf island kingdom.
Best Buy Co Inc is planning to sell its own tablet, the Android-based "Insignia Flex," for $239 to $259, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters, pitting the world's largest consumer electronics chain against the likes of Apple and Amazon.com Inc. The Insignia Flex is intended to go toe-to-toe with Amazon's Kindle Fire HD tablet, Google's Nexus 7, and a slew of other Android tablets from Google and Samsung. A smaller and less expensive version of Apple's popular iPad tablet is expected to be unveiled next week.
Apple has lost its appeal against a ruling that cleared rival Samsung of copying its registered designs for tablet computers, in a decision which could end the two firms' legal dispute on the subject across Europe. The world's two leading smartphone makers are fighting over patents, both for smartphones and for tablets like Apple's iPad, in courts around the world.Britain's Court of Appeal on Thursday upheld the country's High Court judgment that, despite some similarities, Samsung's Galaxy tablet did not infringe Apple's designs, in part because its products were "not as cool".
Fascinating Facts – Record-Breaking Jump On Internet(Oct.14, 2012)
Felix Baumgartner's record-setting jump from the edge of space captivated millions watching the Red Bull-sponsored event live online via YouTube. And the 43-year-old Austrian skydiver's two-hour, 24-plus-mile balloon ascent and harrowing four-minute freefall in a pressurized spacesuit provided plenty of fodder for those on Twitter.
Fascinating Business news – October 15, 2012
Citigroup Inc Chief Executive Vikram Pandit resigned abruptly on Tuesday, effective immediately, a shock change at the top of the No. 3 U.S. bank just one day after a surprisingly strong quarterly earnings report.
Analysts and investors quickly raised red flags about the timing, saying it did not appear to be a natural transition and rather suggested some sort of dispute at the bank.
Poor earnings reports from three companies in the Dow Jones industrial average — Microsoft, General Electric and McDonalds — sent indexes down sharply Friday, marking a sour end to an otherwise strong week in the stock market. McDonald's led a broad drop in the Dow, falling 3 percent. The Dow was down 151 points at 13,397 shortly after noon.
Entertainment/Celebrity news – October 15, 2012
Brad Pitt Pitchman - Brad Pitt officially makes his debut as the first male spokesman for the iconic female perfume Chanel No. 5 in a new ad campaign. In the 30-second commercial spot, which airs globally – has the 48-year-old actor stands with his hands in his pockets and recites a poem to a mystery woman.
Hulk Hogan Is Mad - Hogan announced that he is suing his longtime pal, radio disc jockey Bubba the Love Sponge, for secretly videotaping him having sex with Bubba’s wife Heather Clem in 2006 while he was still married to Linda Hogan. A copy of the 30-minute intimate act was sent to Gawker.com, which published an edited 90-second snippet on its site October 4. Although it’s unclear how much the pro wrestler (real name: Terry Bollea) wants from Bubba, he is also suing Gawker for $100 million.
Police in Las Vegas say entertainer Flavor Flav is jailed on felony charges stemming from a domestic argument with his fiancee and threats to attack her teenage son with a knife. The 53-year-old former rapper and reality television star, whose legal name is William Jonathan Drayton Jr., was being held on $23,000 bail at the Clark County jail, with an initial court appearance scheduled Thursday.
Get Married/Wed - Justin Timberlake and actress fiancee Jessica Biel wed in southern Italy. They've been engaged since December 2011.
Television news – It’s the talk of reality shows. So, who is she? Anderson Cooper talked with the star of TLC's, "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" , which wrapped up season production Sept. 26. Her real name is Alana Thompson – but she’s known as, "Honey Boo Boo." She told Cooper, the name out of nowhere. "It just came out of the blue. ... Other people call me Honey Boo Boo child, not just me."
Music news – October 15, 2012
Led Zeppelin Back In Theatres and DVD - But now you can see them in the 2007 concert, along with Jason Bonham, the son of original Zeppelin drummer John Bonham (who died in 1980).This week, theaters around the U.S. will be showing the recorded 2007 concert in an event called Celebration Day, in advance of a November 19 DVD/Blu-ray release.
The owner of Marlon Brando's trademark rights say that Madonna made them an offer that they refused - and now they're suing the "Hard Candy" singer for ignoring their refusal. Brando Enterprises filed suit in U.S. District Court in Central California against Madonna, along with Bhakti Touring, Inc., on Thursday, alleging that the Material Mom has been using the "Apocalypse Now" actor's image on tour without permission - in fact, according to Brando Enterprises, their representatives "expressly refused to grant such rights to the Defendants" when they were approached.
Adele has become a mother, giving birth to a baby boy. The 24-year-old singer and her boyfriend, 38 year-old charity CEO Simon Konecki, are said to have welcomed a son on Friday.
Bruno Mars hosts and sings on "Saturday Night Live" and unannounced guest star Tom Hanks stopped by to mock the presidential debates.
Top pop hit music downloads/singles – October 15, 2012
One More Night – Maroon 5
I Knew You Were In Trouble – Taylor Swift
Gangnam Style – PSY
Some Nights - .fun
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift
As Long As You Love Me – Justin Bieber fea. Big Sean
Too Close – Alex Clare
Blow Me (One Lass Kiss) – P!nk
Good Time – Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen
Die Young – K$sha
Diamonds – Rihanna
Let Me Love You Ne-Yo
Skyfall – Adele
Everybody Talks – Neo Trees
Lights Ellie Goulding
Don’t Wake Me Up – Chris Brown
Whistle – Flo Rida
Home – Phillip Phillips
Clique – Kanye West, Jay-Z, Big Sean
Blown Away – Carrie Underwood
Live While We’re Young – One Direction
Top R&B/Hip Hop Hit Music/downloads Singles – October 15, 2012
Clique – Kanye West, Jay-Z, Big Sean
Diamonds – Rihanna
Adorn – Miguel
Pop That – French Montana fea. Rick Ross, Drake, Lil Wayne
Mercy – Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T,2 Chainz
Top TV shows – October 15, 2012
1.NFL Football: Green Bay at HoustonNBC
3."Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick"NBC
4."NCIS: Los Angeles"CBS
5."The Big Bang Theory"CBS
6."Dancing With the Stars"ABC
7."Dancing With the Stars Results"ABC
8."The Voice" (Monday)NBC
9."Modern Family" (Wednesday, 9:30 p.m.)ABC
10."The Voice" (Tuesday)NBC
11."Modern Family" (Wednesday, 9 p.m.)ABC
12."Football Night in America"NBC
16."Two and a Half Men"CBS
19."CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"CBS
Top movies – October 15, 2012
Paranormal Activity 4 (1st week $30.2 million)
Alex Cross (1st week $11.8 million)
Here Comes The Boom