Week Of September 1, 2016 Man From Yesterday
In The News -
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and its commercial satellite payload were destroyed by an explosion at their launchpad in Florida early Thursday (Sept. 1) during a typically routine test. The explosion occurred at 9:07 a.m. EDT (1307 GMT), as SpaceX was preparing to launch the Amos-6 communications satellite for the Israeli company Spacecom from a pad at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Saturday, Sept. 3. At the time, SpaceX was conducting a static-fire engine test on the Falcon 9. Such tests, which typically precede each SpaceX launch, involve firing the Falcon 9 rocket's first-stage engines while the booster remains secured to the launchpad.
The FBI on Friday released a detailed report on its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, as well as what appears to be a summary of her interview with agents, providing the most thorough look yet at the probe that has dogged the campaign of the Democratic presidential nominee. The documents, which total 58 pages, do not seem to provide any major revelations about Clinton’s actions — though they paint her and her staff as either unaware of or unconcerned with State Department policies on email use. The materials also show that the FBI was unable to track down all of Clinton’s devices, including phones, it sought, and that made it impossible for agents to definitively answer every question they had, including whether Clinton’s emails were hacked.
Herrmine, the first hurricane to strike Florida in more than a decade, made landfall on the Florida Gulf Coast early Friday morning, pummeling small seaside towns with powerful 80 mph winds and heavy rain. The Category 1 hurricane crashed ashore early Friday near St. Marks, a tiny town with a population of less than 300, in the low-lying, marshy Big Bend area, where the state's peninsula meets the Panhandle.
A magnitude-5.6 earthquake – matching the strongest temblor to ever hit the state – struck north central Oklahoma on Saturday morning and could be felt over a seven-state area, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
The jolt rattled a wide area of the Great Plains, including Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Arkansas, Nebraska and Iowa.
Zika - Singapore reported another big batch of Zika virus cases Friday, bringing its total count in just a week to 189, and World Health Organization officials said the spread of the virus definitely still constitutes a global health emergency.
Zika's apparent quick spread out of Latin America back to Asia and Africa has WHO officials worried. They have no idea if the virus will spread as explosively as it has in the Americas, and they cannot predict if it will cause a fresh wave of birth defects and side-effects such as the paralyzing Guillain-Barré syndrome.
Elevating the "saint of the gutters" to one of the Catholic Church's highest honors, Pope Francis on Sunday praised Mother Teresa for her radical dedication to society's outcasts and her courage in shaming world leaders for the "crimes of poverty they themselves created." An estimated 120,000 people filled St. Peter's Square for the canonization ceremony, less than half the number who turned out for her 2003 beatification.
President Obama visits Laos - the first sitting president to visit that country.
Brock Turner, the former Stanford University swimmer convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman outside a campus party, registered as a sex offender on Tuesday morning in his native Ohio. Turner, 21, was accompanied by his parents as he entered the Greene County sheriff's office to sign paperwork.
The for-profit college chain ITT Educational Services Inc. is shutting down its schools nationwide, shortly after the U.S. Department of Education banned it from enrolling new students who use federal financial aid.
ITT said Tuesday that it has canceled the academic quarter that was supposed to begin this month and laid off most of its 8,000 employees.
Bad year for violence in Chicago - with over 900 murders - 13 just in the past week.
Fresh airstrikes rained down Wednesday on a rebel-held neighborhood in Syria's east Aleppo, killing two people at a market where an alleged chlorine gas attack injured more than 100 people a day earlier.
Technology News -
Apple unveils iPhone 7. There’s no real headphone jack, it’s done wirelessly, although Apple says you can still plug headphones in, but only on the recharge jack. That means you can’t recharge your phone and listen to your headphones, if you want to plug them in.
Intel is selling off a majority stake in its McAfee unit and turning it back into an independent security company.
Intel made the deal with investment firm TPG, which will own a 51 percent stake in the new McAfee company. Intel will own the remainder. As part of the deal, Intel is receiving $3.1 billion in cash. It originally bought McAfee back in 2011 for $7.7 billion -- a deal that caused some industry watchers to scratch their heads.
Apple Music has recruited another 2 million subscribers, hitting 17 million people, the gadget giant said Wednesday. Spotify said last month it has 39 million subscribers, and it had more than 100 million total listeners as of June.
Competition between streaming music services has grown bitter this year. Services like Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal are battling for supremacy in the fast-growing subscription market, even as the music industry has largely insisted all services offer the same overall catalog for the same general price.
Sports News -
Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout's Mercedes plowed into a stopped car after a game Wednesday, a collision that left one person with significant injuries. Trout was uninjured in the three-car crash on the 55 freeway in Santa Ana., Calif., that occurred at 7:48 p.m. PT, according to information provided by the California Highway Patrol in a statement to USA TODAY Sports. The woman in a Chevrolet Sonic suffered "major injuries" and was transported to Orange County Global Medical Center in Tustin.
Six regular-season games to close Vin Scully's six-plus decades of Dodgers calls will be heard across Southern California. Home games Sept. 23-25 against the Rockies and the regular season's final three games Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at San Francisco will be carried on KTLA (Channel 5), the channel's parent companies announced Friday. The games ordinarily would've been seen only on the Dodgers-owned' SportsNet LA, which isn't widely available in Southern California because of an ongoing standoff between the team and pay-TV carriers in the area.
Entertainment News -
Two months after former Fox & Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson accused Fox News' then-Chairman Roger Ailes of sexual harassment, the network has agreed to pay Carlson $20 million and make a "highly unusual public apology.”
Beyonce says she is going to take some time off to rest her vocal cords.
Greta Van Susteren, host of Fox News' On the Record since 2002, is leaving the network.
The longtime host of the nightly news show will be replaced, starting Tuesday, by senior political analyst Brit Hume, the network said. No reason for Van Susteren's departure were given. However, Politico reported that a financial disagreement led to her leaving.
The Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe aired Monday night of this week. The special, which was taped Aug. 27 in Los Angeles, rounded up a slew of celebrities to rip on 52-year-old Lowe, including Peyton Manning, Jewel,Karate Kid actor Ralph Macchio, Pete Davidson, Nikki Glaser, Rob Riggle, Jimmy Carr, Jeff Ross, Ann Coulter and roastmaster David Spade.