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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of April 15, 2015 In News, Pop Culture History, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

The Pentagon released a map this week showing coalition forces have taken back 25-30% of Iraqi territory seized by ISIS.

Survivors of a capsized migrant boat off Libya have told the aid group Save the Children an estimated 400 people are believed to have drowned. The UN refugee agency says the shipwreck is among the deadliest single incidents in the last decade.

Police arrested Florida mailman Doug Hughes after he landed his gyrocopter on the West Lawn of the Capitol on Wednesday. Hughes said he performed the stunt in an effort to change campaign finance laws.

Another Minumum Wage Rally - About 300 people participated in a march and rally in Cleveland Wednesday calling for a $15 minimum wage. The Cleveland rally was among more than 200 that took place nationally, as part of the Fight for 15 campaign.

More than a dozen people were injured, including three who are in critical condition, when a California road worker ruptured a gas line on the Fresno County side of the San Joaquin River and Highway 99.
Fresno County Emergency Medical Services officials confirm 14 or 15 people have burn injuries.

Senators announced a bipartisan agreement Tuesday that will break a logjam over an anti-trafficking bill and pave the way for a vote on Loretta Lynch, President Obama's long-stalled nominee for attorney general.

An Egyptian criminal court on Tuesday sentenced ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in prison on charges linked to the killing of protesters in 2012.

Technology - Mark Zuckerberg has revealed he will bring Facebook's free internet project to
Europe, saying that the service will be made available to anyone "who needs to be connected" to the web. In a wide-ranging Q&A session on his social network, Mr Zuckerberg admitted his initiative to connect the two-thirds of the world without internet access, which has provided free web access across India, Zambia and Colombia, will be rolled out further.

Twitter introduced a feature Monday enabling people to send direct, private messages to any user, as long as that user has opted into the feature.
Previously, users could send private messages (also known as direct messages, or “DM”) only to people who followed them on the platform. That meant both users had to follow each other to have a private exchange. Now people can send and respond to direct messages without having to follow anyone.

Sports - Aaron Hernandez - former New England Patriots player has been sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for his conviction of first-degree murder.

The Boston Bruins fired general manager Peter Chiarelli Wednesday, four days after the team missed the playoffs.

Adrian Lewis Peterson is now reinstated - and will begin playing for the Minnesota Vikings.

A video has been released showing bimbo ESPN reporter Britt McHenry viciously berating a parking lot attendant. In it, she’s extremely rude. Not good for her. ESPN has suspended her - for now.

Todd McLellan is out after seven years as coach of the San Jose Sharks.
The team announced Monday that McLellan and the Sharks agreed to part ways after the team missed the playoffs for the first time since 2003. McLellan had one year remaining on his contract.

Entertainment news -
Director J.J. Abrams set off pandemonium Thursday morning when he unleashed a new Star Wars: The Force Awakensteaser trailer onstage at the Anaheim Convention Center.
New cast members Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaacs — as well as veterans of the original saga Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher,Anthony Daniels, and Peter Mayhew — were on hand to usher in the new look.
While fans were able to view the event live-streamed online, the Star Wars faithful at the three day "Star Wars Celebration" (April 16-19) were in the white, hot center of the franchise universe.

"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Kim Richards was arrested early on Thursday on public intoxication and other charges after she refused to leave an upscale hotel in the city and later kicked an officer in the leg, police said.

After 53 years on the air, Spanish-language television’s best-known and most watched show Sábado Gigante is saying bye-bye. The show, hosted from the onset by Mario Kreutzberger, better known as Don Francisco, will air its final episode on Sept. 19, 2015, coinciding with the end of the 2014-2015 broadcast television season.
Justin Timberlake and wife Jessica Beil have welcomed their first child, a baby boy names Silas Randall Timberlake.

The Academy of Country Music Awards celebrated its 50th anniversary on Sunday night at the Dallas Cowboys stadium, Hosts Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan were quick to point out, everything is bigger in Texas. Not only was this the ACMs biggest audience ever, but the 2015 ACM Awards brought in the biggest audience for a live TV awards show ever. George Strait was among the performers - and, he’s still sounding great.

Music icon Patti LaBelle and her professional partner Artem Chigvintsev were the latest to be booted from Season 20 of Dancing with the Stars .

Roseanne Barr offered a frank assessment of how she was coping with her deteriorating eyesight, saying in an interview on Monday that she expected to go blind as a result of macular degeneration and glaucoma.

 
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