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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of April 1, 2016 In News, Pop Culture History, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

Headlines -
More than 15 people were stung by bees in an attack outside a Phoenix mosque Friday afternoon, fire officials confirmed. Phoenix Fire Department officials say more than 20 people complained of getting stung by multiple bees at the Muslim Community Mosque near 32nd Street and McDowell Road.

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that states may satisfy “one person, one vote” rules by drawing legislative districts based on total population of a place, a defeat for conservative interests who wanted the districts based only on voting-age populations.
The case was considered one of the court’s major voting rights cases of the term, and a decision the other way would have shifted political power away from urban areas, where Democrats usually dominate, and toward more Republican-friendly rural areas.

Alaska Air Group Inc said on Monday that it would buy Virgin America Inc) for $2.6 billion to become the top carrier on the U.S. West Coast and compete more effectively with larger airlines.
The deal appears to end what Alaska Air Chief Executive Officer Brad Tilden called a "hard-fought competition" to purchase Virgin America.

Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders win in Wisconsin.

A Democratic primary in which both candidates prided themselves on civility and debating the issues, rather than stooping to rancorous personal attacks, took a fractious turn on Thursday. After Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont called Hillary Clinton unqualified to be president, Democrats faced the prospect of an increasingly contentious nominating process hurting the party’s ability to unite against Republicans in the fall.

 

Technology -
April Fools Prank - Google appeared to troll Gmail users yesterday, by adding a childish GIF to their sent email and making their replies disappear. If that sounds stupid and asinine to you, then you'd be right.[Google] inserted a prominent orange button in...Gmail. When pressed, [it] sent a GIF of a Minion dropping a mic and mute the email thread. Complaints quickly started pouring in. ... Users said they had...accidentally sent the GIF in a work or sensitive email. ... Within a few hours, Gmail removed [it].

Tesla Motors Inc.'s Elon Musk said worldwide pre-orders for the newly announced Model 3 electric car hit 276,000 during the weekend.The chief executive posted the number Sunday on his Twitter feed. He said that if the trend continues, orders will hit 500,000. First cars won’t be had until next year or beyond.
Twitter To Stream Live NFL On Thursday Nights - Twitter won the bidding for the digital streaming rights to the NFL's Thursday night games. It all begins this NFL season!

New Facebook Technology For Blind - Facebook has launched technology that is intended to dramatically improve the way blind and visually impaired people use the social network. It's called automatic alternative text, and it is able to recognize the content of certain images and create subtitles for them. Those who use screen-reader software, which reads aloud the text displayed on a screen, in English will then be able to hear a description of a photo's content. (Click on the video below to see some examples.)

The backlash against a North Carolina law that bars local governments from extending civil rights protections to gay and transgender people continued Tuesday, with PayPal saying it is abandoning plans to expand into Charlotte in response to the legislation.

 

Sports -
54 Home Game Winning Streak Snapped - The Golden State Warriors finally lost a regular-season game at home, their first since Jan. 27, 2015 as the Boston Celtics defeated them 109-106.

NCAA Championships - Final Four - No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 2 Villanova: No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 10 Syracuse.

The Villanova Wildcats Win - In a clutch throw! It had been 31 years since Villanova’s last national title, in 1985, but the Wildcats had delivered again, 77-74, over the Tar Heels, a No. 1 seed, at NRG Stadium in front of an announced 74,340 fans who exited in delirium or disbelief.

Masters In Augusta - With Arnold Palmer a spectator on the first tee, Jack Nicklausteed off with a tear in his eye and Gary Player took great glee in knocking his drive past the Golden Bear as they kicked off the Masters on Thursday morning.

Billy Hamilton: Cincinnati Reds Outfielder Breaks Record for Fastest Recorded Home Run Trot - rounding the bases in 16.2 seconds after hitting a home run off of Jon Lester of the Cubs on Monday.

 

Entertainment news -
Guns N' Roses: Axl Rose and Slash Perform Together in Los Angeles
The show, held at the Troubadour, will be the first concert in the Guns N' Roses reunion tour. Axl Rose and Slash had not performed together since July 17, 1993.

Engaged - Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna.

Due to doctor’s orders - Janet Jackson has postponed the remainder of her concert tour. She’s going to have a baby.

Passing - Radio psychologist” Dr. Toni Grant who began her long-running radio show in 1975

on L.A.’s talk KABC/790. She was 73.

Passing - Country legend Merle Haggard - on his 79th birthday.

Passing - Leon Heywood - Rhythm and Blues producer/artist. He was 74.

American Idol Finale - Trent Harmon wins. Both he and runner-up, La'Porsha Renae - have been signed to record deals with Universal.

Passing - R&B DJ/Talent Doug Banks (57).

Bryan Adams and Bruce Springsteen have shut down shows in Mississippi and North Carolina, respectively, citing new laws regarding LGBT rights in those states. In North Carolina, a new law requires transgender people to use bathrooms based on their biological sex and bans state lawsuits for any type of workplace discrimination. Mississippi’s new law allows religious groups and some private businesses to refuse service to gay couples.

 
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