Timeline Date – This Week In News, Entertainment, Sports, Latest Music, TV Ratings, Technology – January 8-15, 2012

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This Week In The News/News World – January 8-15, 2012


Romney Wins In New Hampshire - Republican front-runnerMitt Romney emerged on Sunday from back-to-back debates inNew Hampshire a bit dinged but not seriously dented as rivals stepped up attacks to slow his march toward the presidential nomination. Two days before voters in the small New England state head to the polls for the first 2012 primary election, Romney took heat on a number of topics: his record as governor of neighboring Massachusetts, the attack ads run by an outside group on his behalf and a suggestion he would wither in the face of attacks fromDemocratic President Barack Obama.

An Iranian court has convicted an American man of working for the CIA and sentenced him to death, state radio reported Monday, in a case adding to the accelerating tension between the United States and Iran. Iran charges that as a former U.S. Marine, Amir Mirzaei Hekmati received special training and served at U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan before heading to Iran for his alleged intelligence mission. The radio report did not say when the verdict was issued. Under Iranian law, he has 20 days to appeal.

Outgoing Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has pardoned at least four convicted killers who worked as inmate trusties at the Governor’s Mansion, including a man who was denied parole less than two weeks ago. Relatives of three victims told The Associated Press on Monday that state corrections officials notified them over the weekend that the men convicted in the crimes were to be released this past Sunday. Barbour’s office hasn’t responded to numerous messages. Barbour, a Republican, leaves office on Tuesday.

American sailors have come to the rescue of distressed Iranian mariners for the second time in less than a week, the Pentagon said Tuesday. The United States Coast Guard cutter Monomoy “picked up six Iranian mariners after their vessel broke down” in the Persian Gulf Tuesday, the . At about 3 a.m. local time, the Coast Guard vessel “was hailed by flares and flashlights from the Iranian cargo dhow, Ya-Hussayn,” the U.S. Navy Central Command/Fifth Fleet . The Iranian mariners asked for assistance from the Monomoy because the cargo dhow’s engine room was flooding. The latest American rescue comes just five days after a U.S.Navy Ship freed 13 Iranian fishermen from Somali pirates  in the Arabian sea. The American sailors gave clothes, food and water to the freed Iranian fishermen, who had been held hostage by their Somali captors for six weeks.

Joran van der Sloot, the prime suspect in the disappearance of American teen Natalee Holloway, pleaded guilty today to the 2010 murder of Stephany Flores in Peru. “Yes, I want to plead guilty. I wanted from the first moment to confess sincerely,” he said today in court, according to The Associated Press. “I truly am sorry for this act. I feel very bad.” Van der Sloot faced up to 30 years in jail if convicted at a trial. It’s not clear how much time he will get as a result of his confession. His hearing was suspended until Friday when he will be sentenced.

Hostess/Wonder Bread files for Chapter 11 BK Protection. – Concurrent with the filing, the company said that, subject to Court approval, it has received a commitment for $75 million in debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing from a group of its existing first-lien lenders, led by Silver Point Capital, L.P. The financing will enable the company to continue routine operations while undertaking a comprehensive financial and operational restructuring to transform it into a strong, competitive company.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday harshly condemned the alleged desecration by U.S. Marines of the corpses of Taliban fighters, after a video showing the actions went viral on a number of Internet sites this week. The Pentagon chief said he’d ordered a full investigation into the alleged incident, which comes amid sensitive diplomatic initiatives to try to advance reconciliation efforts with the Taliban. “I have seen the footage, and I find the behavior depicted in it utterly deplorable,” Panetta said in a press statement sent to Yahoo News Thursday. “I condemn it in the strongest possible terms.” The video-which Pentagon officials had not yet definitively authenticated–appears to show four American Marines urinating on the corpses of three Taliban fighters. (Due to its graphic content, Yahoo has posted an edited version of the posted video from ABC News, which you can see above.)”Have a nice day, buddy,’ one of the alleged U.S. Marines said on the video.

The assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist sparked deep fury in Tehran on Thursday against prime suspect Israel and against the United States, which said it had nothing to do with the murder. The 32-year-old deputy director of Iran’s Natanz uranium enrichment facility died when two riders on a motorbike drove by his car trapped in Tehran’s rush-hour and slapped onto it a magnetic bomb that directed a deadly blast inside the vehicle.The explosion also killed Ahmadi Roshan’s driver/bodyguard and wounded a third occupant of the Peugeot 405.

After launching full-throated attacks against Mitt Romney’s business record earlier this week, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich are now backing off the Bain bashing. Reports from South Carolina say that Perry debuted the term “vulture capitalism” on Tuesday, but by Wednesday afternoon, the line of attack was removed from his speech.

France was stripped Friday of its top-notch credit rating and rumors swirled in financial markets that its debt-burdened neighbors would be next, complicating Europe’s efforts to solve its financial crisis. Finance Minister Francois Baroin told a French TV station that France had been downgraded by one notch by credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s. That would mean a rating of AA+, the same as the United States since it was downgraded last summer.

Passengers leapt into the sea and fought over lifejackets in panic when an Italian cruise ship ran aground and keeled over, killing at least three and leaving dozens missing. In the chaotic aftermath of the Friday evening accident near the island of Giglio off the coast of Tuscany, Italian officials could still not say how many of the 4,229 passengers and crew on board the 114,500-tonne Costa Concordia were missing. “I was sure I was going to die. We were in the lifeboats for two hours, crying and holding on to each other,” said Antonietta Sintolli, 65, breaking down in tears as she recounted the event. “People were trying to steal lifejackets from each other. We could only gets ones for children.”

Health News – Swiss pharmaceutical firm Novartis said Sunday it was recalling four different products sold over the counter in the United States over reports of a malfunction at one of its plants. The affected drugs are Excedrin, NoDoz, Bufferin and Gas-X Prevention, Novartis Consumer Health (NCH) said in a statement. “NCH is taking this action as a precautionary measure, because the products may contain stray tablets, capsules, or caplets from other Novartis products, or contain broken or chipped tablets,” it said. “Mixing of different products in the same bottle could result in consumers taking the incorrect product and receiving a higher or lower strength than intended or receiving an unintended ingredient.

Michelle Obama shot down any notion of infighting between her and the president’s top aides in a television interview on Wednesday, downplaying her role and influence in the White House. Michelle Obama defended her role as one of dozens of advisers to President Barack Obama after the publication of “The Obamas,” a new book by New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor that paints the popular first lady as a tough political player. “That’s been an image that people have tried to paint of me since, you know, the day Barack announced (he was running for president in 2008), that I’m some angry black woman,” Obama told CBS’s “This Morning,” adding that she hasn’t read the book.

 Sports News Week Of January 8-15, 2012

Major NFL Upset as the Denver Broncos defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers – 29-23. Pittsburgh lead most of the first half of the game.

University of Alabama Crimson Tide – Are the BCS National Champions!

Confirmed – A Green Bay report that a body found in the Fox River has been identified as that of Michael Philbin’s. Michael was the 21-year-old son of Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin.

Jim Rome, the notorious radio and TV talker – he of the acerbic rants and intentional provocation – has switched networks again, going from ESPN to CBS Sports per an announcement by the network Wednesday. Rome will participate across the CBS networks, contributing to CBS Sports and hosting a show on the CBS-owned Showtime. But his first show to launch — and the real experiment in all of this — is his daily show with the CBS Sports Network, “Rome.” The show will debut on April 3.

NFL Action – San Francisco – an incredible win over the Saints – To review, there was  Alex Smith’s run in for a touchdown to give San Francisco the lead, ‘s 66-yard touchdown to take the lead back, and then ‘ two catches to get San Francisco its first playoff win since 2002. The game was a nail biter – a total of 4 lead score changes!  Vernon Davis’ heroics helped lead the San Francisco 49ers past the New Orleans Saints, 36-32, in the NFC divisional round of the 2012 NFL Playoffs on Saturday afternoon at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, CA.Davis racked up 180 yards and two touchdowns — including the game-winning 14-yard touchdown reception with 14 seconds left in the fourth quarter — on seven catches. As a result, the 49ers are going to the NFC Championship Game


Technology News Week Of January 8-15, 2012

Mobile app users are generally pretty cool with ads, as long as those ads help to ensure that the content they’re consuming with those apps is free. The data comes from market research firm Nielsen’s  , which examined what kind of apps smartphone and tablet users had downloaded and what the paid/free breakdown was for each category. Unsurprisingly, only a small percentage of users only downloaded paid apps, with the majority of consumers preferring to go with either the cheap route or a mixture of the two.

CES Las Vegas – The Kinect technology that was on display at Microsoft’s opening presentation on Monday night, introducing the first truly interactive television show, can be a game-changer for the content industry. Microsoft has paired with the classic children’s show, “Sesame Street,” to create what they called the first “two-way” television experience. It worked like this: a child watches the show, and is prompted by characters like Grover, Elmo and Cookie Monster to take an action.In the demonstration, a little girl threw coconuts into a box. Grover caught them, and counted each one.

Religion – Quote This Week From Popular Minister Joel Oelsteen:

“Will a gay person be accepted into heaven, as you see it?,” Oprah Winfrey asked the famed pastor. “I believe they will,” he responded. ”Sometimes we look at gay being a bigger sin than being proud or not telling the truth. I don’t think God categorizes sins.”

Entertainment News Week Of January 8-14, 2012

Kristy McNichol – has come out publicly as a lesbian in hopes of helping others who have been bullied because of their sexual orientation. McNichol, best-known for starring in the ABC drama  and NBC’s, revealed that she has been living with her partner, Martie Allen, for the last two decades. Why now? The 49-year-old actress is “approaching 50″ and wants to “be open about who I am.”

Justin Bieber fans might not be able to expect sex, drugs or very much rock-and-roll from the Canadian teen pop star, but if he has his way they can at least looking forward to seeing their idol around for a while. “It’s not a fluke that I’m here,” the 17-year-old said in an interview with V Magazine.  “I’m here for a reason, and I’m here for a lifetime.”That bold prediction is just one of several revealing statements Bieber gave to the magazine as the cover boy on its newest issue. “I know a lot of people say they hate Justin Bieber,” he says.  “They just hate me because they hate the idea of me.” “I’m young, I’m handsome…but they just think I got here because of that,” he tells the mag. Even with millions of fans, more than $14 million in album sales and 58 awards to his name, the “Baby, Baby, Baby” singer has his fair share of critics who aren’t afraid to rib the singer for his goody-two-shoes image.

Passing – Denise Darcel, the French-born actress known for vampy roles in such films as “Vera Cruz” and “Thunder in the Pines,” has died. She was 87. Darcel’s son, Craig, said Monday that she died Dec. 23 at a Los Angeles hospital from complications from an emergency surgery to repair a ruptured aneurysm.

Jay-Z released his latest collaboration “Glory feat. B.I.C.” on his website on Monday. The new track commemorates the birth of Jay-Z and Beyonce’s newborn baby girl, Blue Ivy, just two days earlier on January 7.

People’s Choice Awards For 2012 – The Winners:

Favorite Movie: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″

Favorite Comedy Movie: “Bridesmaids”
Favorite Drama Movie: “Water for Elephants”
Favorite Action Movie: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″
Favorite Book Adaptation: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″

Favorite Movie Actress: Emma Stone, “The Help”
Favorite Movie Actor: Hugh Jackman, “Real Steel”
Favorite Comedic Movie Actress: Emma Stone, “Crazy, Stupid, Love”
Favorite Comedic Movie Actor: Adam Sandler, “Just Go With It”
Favorite Movie Icon: Morgan Freeman

Favorite Movie Star Under 25: Chloe Grace Moretz

Favorite Movie Superhero: Ryan Reynolds, “Green Lantern”
Favorite Action Movie Star: Hugh Jackman, “Real Steel”

Favorite Ensemble Movie Cast: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″
Favorite Animated Movie Voice: Johnny Depp, “Rango”

Kim Kardashion To Guest Host With Kelly  – With the “Live!” producers still looking for a permanent replacement for departed co-host Regis Philbin, the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star will climb into the guest-host seat on January 23, kicking off a week of all-female guest hosts.

With Madonna performing the half-time show – it’s announced that Kelly Clarkson will perform the national anthem at Super Bowl XLVI.

CBS’s new sitcom “Rob!,” starring Rob Schneider as a man who marries into a large Mexican family, had a big debut Thursday, scoring the network’s best numbers for a regularly scheduled program in its time slot since May 2010.

Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network announced three new series Friday about female firefighters, matchmakers unleashed on a small town, and what constitutes normalcy. “Lives on Fire” follows female firefighters in California who battle fires even as they keep the home fires burning. “Lovetown, U.S.A.” features matchmakers who visit Kingstown, Ga., to try to match up singles. “Are You Normal, America?” is a game show in which contestants try to guess what their fellow Americans do, and how common different behaviors are.

Yahoo Sports, Electus and Collegehumor have partnered on “Blindsided,” a new original series that will prank athletes and fans, much like MTV’s “Punk’d” did with celebrities.The pranking will go both ways, with athletes pranking fans and teammates and vice versa. Among the athletes participating are Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, New York Knicks shooting guard Landry Fields and Ravens’ offensive tackle Bryant Mckinnie.The show, which debuts January 19, is part of Yahoo’s continued push into original content. Yahoo held a private event in Las Vegas Tuesday during the Consumer Electronics Show to promote its upcoming “Electric City,” an animated web series made in conjunction with Tom Hanks and Reliance Entertainment.

Richard Threlkeld, a far-ranging and award-winning correspondent who worked for both CBS and ABC News during a long career, has been killed in a car crash on New York’s Long Island. The 74-year-old Threlkeld died Friday morning in Amagansett, N.Y., when his car collided with a propane tanker. He was pronounced dead at Southampton Hospital, according to the East Hampton, N.Y., Police Department. He lived in nearby East Hampton.

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony are together again — at least to promote their new project.The stars, who split up last summer, appeared on a stage Saturday to promote a new music series they are doing together. “Q’Viva! The Chosen” premieres on Univision later this month.

Top Video Games week of January 8-14, 2012

Kinect Adventures X360

Just Dance 3 Wii

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 X360

Mario Kart 7 3DS

Super Mario 3D Land 3DS

Zumba Fitness Wii

Call of Duty: Modern warfare 3 PS3

NBA 2K12 X360

The Elder scrolls V: Skyrim X360

Kinect Sports: Season Two X360

Top albums the week of January 8-14, 2012

Take  Care – Drake

21 – Adele

TM:103 – Hustlerz Ambition – Young Jeezy

El Camino – The Black Keys

Talk That Talk – Rihanna

These Times – Safety Suit

Mylo Xyloto – Coldplay

Sorry For Party Rocking – LMFAO

Now 40

Ceremonials – Florence + The Machine

Own the Night – Lady Antebellum

Here And Now – Nickelback

19 – Adele

Clancy’s Tavern – Toby Keith

Stronger – Kelly Clarkson

Bangarang – Skrillex

Kioness: Hidden Treasures – Amy Winehouse

Tailgates & Tanlines – Luke Bryan

Tha Carter IV – Lil Wayne

Watch The Throne – Jay Z Kanye West

Torches  – Foster The People

My Kinda Party – Jason Aldean

Sigh No More – Mumford & Sons


Top movies week of January 8-14, 2012

Contraband (1st week $24 million)

Beauty and the Beast (1st week (18.49 million)

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

Joyful Noice (1st week $11.5 million)

Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows

The Devil Inside

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked!

War Horse

The Iron lady


 Top In TV Listings Ratings – Week of January 8-14, 2012

1. NFL Football: Detroit at New Orleans NBC
2. Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick NBC
4. 60 Minutes CBS
5. NCIS: Los Angeles CBS
6. Modern Family ABC
7. Two and a Half Men CBS
8. Grey’s Anatomy ABC
9. 2 Broke Girls CBS
10. Mike & Molly CBS
11. Hawaii Five-O CBS
12. Unforgettable CBS
13. The Big Bang Theory CBS
14. The Good Wife CBS
15. Blue Bloods CBS
17. CSI: Miami CBS
18. Once Upon a Time ABC
19. How I Met Your Mother CBS
20. The Middle ABC