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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of April 15, 2016 In News, Pop Culture History, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

Headlines -
The number of people killed in a powerful earthquake that struck Ecuador over the weekend has risen to about 350, the government has said. There have been desperate scenes as rescuers and family members searched for survivors, often with bare hands. Teams from Switzerland, Spain and several Latin American countries have arrived to join the search effort.

Ted Cruz sweeps in Wyoming. Cruz won 14 of 14 Republican National Convention delegates up for grabs at the Wyoming state convention here Saturday.

More than a foot of rain in some places flooded low-lying areas across the Houston region on Monday, forcing officials to suspend bus and rail service, close schools and government offices and urge residents to stay home amid what officials said were extremely dangerous conditions.

Donald Trump and Hillary win in New York.

President Obama and King Salman of Saudi Arabia met in Riyadh on Wednesday amid deepening tensions between their two governments over Iran, the fight against terrorism and the potential release of long-delayed documents said to implicate Saudi officials in the Sept. 11 attacks.

Suicide rates in the United States are climbing, despite efforts by health experts to shift the trend.
The latest findings from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Vital Statistics Report show that from 1999 to 2014, the suicide rate in the U.S. increased 24 percent.

 

Sports -
ESPN has fired baseball analyst Curt Schilling after he posted, and later defended, an anti-transgender meme and opined about laws covering gender-specific restrooms.

Passing - WWE legend Chyna, whose real name was Joanie Laurer, was found dead Wednesday afternoon in her Redondo Beach apartment. She was 45.

 

Technology -
Apple has revealed that it will be ending iTunes Allowances on May 25, which is a feature that allows parents to set aside a certain amount in their credit cards per month that can be used by their children to purchase items on iTunes or the App Store.

European officials charged Google on Wednesday with breaking the region’s competition rules by favoring some of its services on the popular Android mobile software over those of its rivals. The charges are the latest chapter in Europe’s continuing battle with technology companies that have come to dominate how the region’s 500 million people use digital services including social media, like Facebook, and e-commerce, like Amazon. Google has already been the subject of a series of antitrust and privacy investigations across the 28-member bloc.

Entertainment -
Coachella Music Festival -
Rihanna was greeted with roars of cheers when she came out and surprised everyone during Calvin Harris' set at the 2016 Coachella Music Festival on Sunday night...but one superfan really stood out from the rest: Taylor Swift .

Passing - Doris Roberts, who delighted audiences as the meddling mother next door on Everybody Loves Raymond, has died, her representative confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. She was 90.

Michael Strahan will be leaving Disney/ABC's "Live with Kelly and Michael" to join the company's network morning program "Good Morning America" as a full-time co-anchor. The corporate decision to break up the popular co-host team for the syndicated program demonstrates how desperately ABC wants to stop the ratings hemorrhage at "GMA.”

Rihanna overtakes The Beatles record for the total number of weeks spent at number one in the US. The singer’s latest hit, “Work: has scored a ninth week at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, giving her an overall tally of 60 weeks at number one with 14 songs. That’s one more week at number one than The Beatles’ overall total. She is now second on the list of all-time chart toppers, behind Mariah Carey, whose record is 79 weeks.

Jennifer Aniston is named People magazine's most beautiful woman of 2016 on Wednesday, 12 years after she first won the honor. Aniston, 47, said she was "very, very flattered" to be named again, telling the magazine she had a "sort of very excited, teenage-y kind of moment" when she heard the news.

Passing - 1980’s music superstar “Prince.” He was only 57.

 
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