Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of September 15, 2012 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
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The Yemen-based branch of al Qaeda urged Muslims to step up protests and kill more U.S. diplomats in Muslim countries after a U.S.-made film mocking the Prophet Mohammad which it said was another chapter in the "crusader wars" against Islam."Whoever comes across America's ambassadors or emissaries should follow the example of Omar al-Mukhtar's descendants (Libyans), who killed the American ambassador," the group said, referring to Tuesday's attack on the U.S. consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi.
"Let the step of kicking out the embassies be a step towards liberating Muslim countries from the American hegemony," a statement posted on an Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) website on Saturday said.
President Barack Obama on Saturday rejected any denigration of Islam but said there is no excuse for attacks on U.S. embassies, insisting he will never tolerate efforts to harm Americans."I have made it clear that the United States has a profound respect for people of all faiths," Obama said in his weekly radio address. "Yet there is never any justification for violence .... There is no excuse for attacks on our embassies and consulates."Angry anti-American protests have swept the Muslim world in response to a film that insults the Prophet Mohammad. An attack on the U.S. consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others this week.
The U.S. is sending more spies, Marines and drones to Libya, trying to speed the search for those who killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, but the investigation is complicated by a chaotic security picture in the post-revolutionary country, and limited American and Libyan intelligence resources.
A senior Israeli official said on Sunday the United States should not wait for Iran to decide on building a nuclear weapon before it considers military action against the Islamic Republic. "When is the point at which it should be stopped? Just when the bomb is assembled on the tip of the missile and is ready for launch?" Dan Meridor, deputy Israeli prime minister with responsibility for nuclear and intelligence affairs, said in a radio interview. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who sees a mortal threat to Israel from Tehran, has hinted he could resort to war unless Washington and other world powers give Iran an ultimatum on curbing itsuranium enrichment programme.
Afghan militants claimed responsibility on Tuesday(Sept18) for a suicide bomb attack on a minivan carrying foreign workers that killed 12 people saying it was retaliation for a film mocking the Prophet Mohammad.
Mitt Romney stood by his comments captured on a hidden camera at a closed-door fundraiser earlier this year in which he called supporters of President Barack Obama "victims" and said they are reliant on government handouts. In a hastily arranged news conference Monday night, he called his words "off the cuff" and "not elegantly stated," but given several opportunities to back off the comments, he did not.
Protesters enraged by a film mocking the Prophet Mohammad battled with police in several Asian cities on Monday(Sept17) and vented their fury against the United States, blaming it for what they see as an attack on the Muslim religion. Police fired in the air to break up a crowd marching on the U.S. consulate in the Pakistani city of Karachi while in Afghanistan and Indonesia people burnt U.S. flags and chanted "Death to America".
More News - September 15, 2012
Arizona police can begin enforcing a controversial "show-your-papers" provision of a state law aimed at cracking on illegal immigration, which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, after a federal judge lifted an injunction against the law on Tuesday(Sept18). U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton, in a written order, lifted an injunction blocking the measure, which requires police to check the immigration status of people they stop and suspect are in the country illegally. The measure is part of a broad clamp-down on illegal immigration in the state signed into law in 2010 by Arizona's Republican Governor Jan Brewer, an outspoken critic of President Barack Obama's administration over federal policies on the issue.
Authorities have launched a massive manhunt for more than 130 inmates who made a daring daylight escape from a Mexican prison using a tunnel equipped with ropes and electric cables.More than half of those who escaped from the prison in Piedras Negras, just across the border from Eagle Rock Texas, were serving time for federal crimes, including drug trafficking. Though drug gangs are often tied to prison escapes in Mexico, authorities have not yet linked the escape to a specific gang.
A French magazine ridiculed the Prophet Mohammad on Wednesday(Sept19) by portraying him naked in cartoons, threatening to fuel the anger of Muslims around the world who are already incensed by a film depiction of him as a womanizing buffoon. The French government, which had urged the magazine not to print the images, said it was temporarily shutting down premises including embassies and schools in 20 countries on Friday, when protests sometimes break out after Muslim prayers. Riot police were deployed to protect the Paris offices of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo after it hit the news stands with a cover showing an Orthodox Jew pushing the turbaned figure of Mohammad in a wheelchair.
An actress who appears in the anti-Muslim film trailer that has sparked riots in the Middle East is suing the filmmaker for fraud and slander, and is asking a judge to order YouTube to take down the clip.Cindy Lee Garcia's lawsuit claims the actress was duped by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the man behind "Innocence of Muslims" who has been forced into hiding since its 14-minute trailer rose to prominence last week. She was unaware of the film's anti-Muslim content and the pages of the script she received had no mention of the prophet Muhammad, religion or sexual content, according to her complaint. The lawsuit states Garcia responded to an ad and thought she was appearing in an ancient Egyptian adventure film called "Desert Warriors." Dialogue in the amateurish film was later dubbed to include anti-Islamic messages and to portray Muhammad as a fraud, a womanizer and a child molester, and it was also translated into Arabic.
Nearly 6 million Americans — significantly more than first estimated— will face a tax penalty under President Barack Obama's health overhaul for not getting insurance, congressional analysts said Wednesday. Most would be in the middle class.The new estimate amounts to an inconvenient fact for the administration, a reminder of what critics see as broken promises.The numbers from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office are 50 percent higher than a previous projection by the same office in 2010, shortly after the law passed. The earlier estimate found 4 million people would be affected in 2016, when the penalty is fully in effect.
Rioting At Folsom - A California prison inmate was shot and wounded and 12 others were sent to the hospital with stab and slash wounds and head trauma on Wednesday after a riot at theCalifornia State Prison-Sacramento in the city of Folsom, prison officials said. Rioting involving 60 inmates broke out in the late morning, prompting prison officers to fire six shots with a rifle, wounding one of the inmates, officials said.
President Obama today said his failure to push comprehensive immigration reform as promised was the biggest failure of his first term but blamed Republicans in Congress for the lack of progress. Seeking to appeal to Latino voters at a Univision News forum, the president explained "when we talked about immigration reform in the first year, that's before the economy was on the verge of collapse, Lehman Brothers had collapsed, the stock market was collapsing, and so my first priority was making sure that we prevented us from going into a Great Depression."
The dispute between China and Japan over a desolate jumble of rocky islets in the East China Sea has taken a familiar turn with Beijing deploying a fleet of paramilitary patrol ships while similar Japanese vessels steam out in response. As in earlier disputes over rocks and shoals in the South China Sea, Beijing is relying on these vessels rather than more menacing warships to assert its sovereignty over the disputed islands known as Diaoyu in China and Senkaku in Japan.
Fascinating Facts – Complaints About Phone Telemarketers/Robocalls - Up - September 15, 2012
Complaints to the government are up sharply about unwanted phone solicitations, raising questions about how well the federal "do-not-call" registry is working. The biggest category of complaint: those annoying prerecorded pitches called robocalls that hawk everything from lower credit card interest rates to new windows for your home. Telemarketers are supposed to check the list every 31 days for numbers they can't call. But some are calling anyway, and complaints about phone pitches are climbing even as the number of telemarketers checking the registry has dropped dramatically.
Health/Medical News – September 15, 2012
The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use an over-the-counter drug called Intestinomicina because the anti-diarrhea treatment contains a drug linked to life-threatening injuries.
The El Salvador-manufactured drug comes in pills and liquid forms and is sold as a treatment for infectious diarrhea at international grocery stores and specialty stores in the U.S.Regulators say Intestinomicina contains the drug chloramphenicol, which can interfere with the production of red and white blood cells.
Technology news – September 15, 2012
Website looks at twitter to gather information about pop music...Over six months, Serendip aggregated its information to give insight to the music sharers. The numbers are based on almost 114 million music-related tweets from about 2 million unique users. After collecting tweeted links fromYouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud and other music hosts, the information is stored in the Serendip database, along with the tweeter who shared it. Serendip analyzed those links, learned about locations of listeners and investigated the correlation of specific events to music share . The findings show that pop culture events can change the popularity and publicity of an artist's music. For instance, the day after Whitney Houston died, the number of links to her music skyrocketed, which meant she became the most-shared artist in the U.S. But the momentum wasn't enough to surpass One Direction as the most-shared music on Twitter — and the group only reached number-three on the U.S.'s list.
Google announced it is discontinuing support for Internet Explorer 8 in Google Apps, including its Business, Education, and Government editions. The kill date is November 15, 2012. After that, IE8 users accessing Google Apps will see a message recommending that they upgrade their browser."
Google Inc rejected a request by the White House on Friday to reconsider its decision to keep online a controversial YouTube movie clip that has ignited anti-American protests in the Middle East. The Internet company said it was censoring the video in India and Indonesia after blocking it on Wednesday in Egypt and Libya, where U.S. embassies have been stormed by protestors enraged over depiction of the Prophet Mohammad as a fraud and philanderer.
In Tokyo – Sony unveiled a redesigned PlayStation 3 at its pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference Wednesday. The new 'Super Slim' model is roughly the size of a laptop computer and about half as thick as the original PlayStation 3 that hit stores in 2006. Sony says the redesign is 20 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter than the existing model. It also uses a sliding door panel to top load discs, rather than the slot-loading disc drive previous models have used. Functionally, however, it's identical to the current PS3.
Salesforce.com Inc unveiled a new software suite that reflects the company's aggressive push into fields like marketing and human resources as it battles heightened competition from rivals.CEO and founder Marc Benioff announced the new products at the company's Dreamforce conference in San Francisco, promising to bring about a "social revolution" to how large companies use software to manage their business. One of Salesforce's new offerings, dubbed Marketing Cloud, helps businesses keep track of Facebook and Twitter chatter about their brand, and also manages social media posts and calculates the reach of that content.
Sports news – September 15, 2012
Boxing - Sergio Martinez put on a masterclass on Saturday(Sept16), using a blistering jab and blazing speed to easily handle Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. before an enthusiastic sell-out crowd at the Thomas & Mack Center.
College Football Rankings – Top Teams
Passing - NFL Films President Steve Sabol, half of the father-son team that revolutionized sports broadcasting and mythologized pro football into the country's favorite sport, died Tuesday from brain cancer. He was 69. He started working with his father, Ed — NFL Films' founder — in 1964, and they introduced a series of innovations now taken for granted today, from slow-motion replays to sticking microphones on coaches and players. "Steve Sabol was the creative genius behind the remarkable work of NFL Films," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement from the league confirming Sabol's death. "Steve's passion for football was matched by his incredible talent and energy. Steve's legacy will be part of the NFL forever. He was a major contributor to the success of the NFL, a man who changed the way we look at football and sports, and a great friend."
A California man accused of posting comments on ESPN's website saying he was watching kids and wouldn't mind killing them was in jail Tuesday on $1 million bail after he was arrested for investigation of making terrorist threats, authorities said. Yee was arrested after the sports network ESPN reported threatening posts were made in a reader response section to an online ESPN story on Thursday about new Nike sneakers named after LeBron James that cost $270 a pair. Some of the nearly 3,000 reader comments on the story talked about children possibly getting killed over the sneakers because of how expensive they are, said ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys.
The T20 Cricket World Cup began this week and over the course of the next 16 days will be watched by an estimated 1.5 billion people, or around a quarter of the global population. The tournament will captivate the top 12 nations in cricket, of which the United States is not one.
Thursday night NFL - Eli Manning - The two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback, running back Andrew Brown and the rest of the New York Giants finished off the Carolina Panthers as Brown ran for a career-high 113 yards and two touchdowns in his first NFL start to help the Giants rout the Panthers 36-7.
Entertainment/Celebrity news – September 15, 2012
Lindsay Lohan was arrested in New York early Wednesday on charges that she clipped a pedestrian with her car and did not stop, police said. The 26-year-old actress was arrested at 2:25 a.m. as she left a nightclub at the Dream Hotel on 16th Street in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, police said. They said no alcohol was involved. Lohan was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and causing injury. She was given a ticket and will have to appear in court at a later date.
Tori Spelling has been hospitalized following complications from the recent birth of her fourth child."Tori underwent emergency surgery over the weekend due to complications from her c-section," a rep for the actress said. "She remains in the hospital and is resting comfortably."
Three of America's leading stage performers - Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli and Aretha Franklin - paid tribute to Marvin Hamlisch, honoring the late composer for his contributions to Broadway and movies, as well as their personal lives.The invitation-only tribute for the composer of numerous hit records, movies and musicals such as "A Chorus Line" was held at the New York's Juilliard School for the Arts where Hamlisch studied as a boy after three years earlier displaying at the age of 4 a gift for mimicking music.
Music news – September 15, 2012
P!ink On “Today” show concert - Rain or shine, Pink was going to perform on "Today"— and unfortunately for her and her fans, it was raining. The "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" singer rocked out in front of soggy New Yorkers on Tuesday morning, the same day her sixth album, The Truth About Love, was released (and went straight to No. 1 on iTunes).
Singer-songwriter Fiona Apple was arrested for hashish possession at a West Texas Border Patrol checkpoint after a drug-sniffing dog detected marijuana in her tour bus. Hudspeth County sheriff's office spokesman Rusty Fleming told the Associated Press on Thursday that Apple spent Wednesday night in the county jail in Sierra Blanca. Apple was released Thursday after posting bail.
Top pop hit singles music(top-40) – September 15, 2012
Are We Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift
Whistle – Fl Rida
Some Nights - .fun
Titanium – David Guetta fea Sia
More More Night Maroon 5
Blow Me (Lone Last Kiss) – P!nk
Lights – Ellie Goulding
As Long As You Love Me – Justin Bieber fea. Big Sean
Good Time – Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen
Everybody Talks – Neon Trees
Too Close – Alex Clare
Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
Wide Awake – Katy Perry
Payphone - Maroon 5 fea. Wiz Khalifa
Somebody That I Used To Know – Goytye fea. Kimbra
Titanium – David Guetta fea. Sia
Ronan – Taylor Swift
Mercy – Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz
Too Close – Alex Clare
Don’t Wake Me Up – Chris Brown
Give Your Heart A Break – Demi Lovato
Pound The Alarm – Nick Minaj
Want U Back – Cher Lloyd
Where Have You Been – Rihanna
Home – Phillip Phillips
Wanter – Hunter Hayes
I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz
Most popular/active music artists on social networks Twitter/Facebook - September 15, 2012
Top Videogames – September 15, 2012
Madden NFL 13 (X360) (PS3)
New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS)
NHL 13 (X360)
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (PS3)
Guild Wars 2
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (X360)
Wii Sports (Wii)
Top TV shows/ranked according to Nielsen ratings - September 15, 2012
1.Sunday Night Football: Detroit at San FranciscoNBC
2."Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick"NBC
4."The Voice" (Monday)NBC
5."Football Night in America" Part 3NBC
6."The Voice" (Tuesday)NBC
7."America's Got Talent" (Wednesday)NBC
8."The Voice" (Wednesday)NBC
9."America's Got Talent" (Thursday)NBC
12."The X Factor" (Wednesday)Fox
13."The X Factor" (Thursday)Fox
15."Big Brother" (Sunday)CBS
16."Football Night in America" Part 2NBC
17."The New Normal"NBC
18."The Big Bang Theory"CBS
20."The New Normal" (Special)NBC
Top movies – September 15, 2012
Resident Evil: Retribution (1st week $21.1 million)
Finding Nemo (1st week $16.7 million)
The Expendables 2
The Bourne Legacy
The Odd Life of Timothy Green