Week Of August 1, 2016 - Man From Yesterday
In The News -
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an unprecedented travel warning Monday, advising pregnant women and their partners not to travel to a small community just north of downtown Miami, where Zika is actively circulating. This is the first time the CDC has warned people not to travel to an American neighborhood for fear of catching an infectious disease, according to agency spokesman Tom Skinner.
President Barack Obama offered one of his sharpest denunciations of Donald Trump to date Tuesday, declaring the Republican nominee entirely unfit to serve as president and lambasting Republicans for sticking by their nominee.
The strong rebuke in the White House East Room came after Trump's criticism of the family of a slain Muslim US soldier, along with comments that displayed apparent confusion related to the Russian incursion into Ukraine.
At least five people were killed early Tuesday when a bus swerved and crashed into a sign pole in California’s Central Valley, local media reported. The impact sliced the bus in half almost to its middle.
The Obama administration secretly airlifted $400 million in cash to Iran in January to settle a decades-old legal dispute just as the Iranians were releasing four Americans detained byTehran, The Wall Street Journal reportedWednesday.
The Journal, citing U.S. and European officials and congressional staff briefed on the operation, said wooden pallets stacked with euros, Swiss francs and other currency were flown into Iran on an unmarked cargo plane.
The CEO of the Democratic National Committee and two other high-level staffers left the organization on Tuesday in the wake of the committee's hacked email controversy.
Amy Dacey is the highest-ranking official at the DNC to step aside due to the matter, a senior Democratic official said. The DNC also announced the departure of CFO Brad Marshall and and Communications Director Luis Miranda in a press release Tuesday afternoon.
Oil prices fell again on Tuesday, erasing early gains and dragging U.S. crude below $40 a barrel as persistent worries of a glut offset the boost from a weak dollar early in the session.
U.S. crude futures settled down more than 1 percent after initially rising over 2 percent, traders said. A slide in U.S. equities also weighed. "There is much talk about the product glut replacing the oil glut, and this is a worrisome indicator for crude demand," said Frank Klumpp, oil analyst at Stuttgart-based Landesbank Baden-Wuerttemberg.
Donald Trump endorsed House Speaker Paul Ryan and Arizona Sen. John McCain on Friday, moving to mend an intra-party rift that has put the Republican presidential nominee at odds with its highest-ranking elected official.
Virginia Mayor Arrested - Richard "Scott" Silverthorne is mayor of Fairfax, Virginia, a wealthy Washington suburb of 22,000 people. He's also a substitute teacher in the county public schools.
But, as police revealed Thursday, Silverthorne, 50, allegedly had a side gig: meth dealer.
Silverthorne was arrested and charged with felony distribution of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Sports News -
Unheard Of - Home plate umpire Bob Davidson ejects a heckling fan during a game between the Phillies and the Giants. The fan, who was sitting 14 rows back, got ejected during the sixth inning after he yelled, "You suck" at Davidson for three hitters straight, reports say.
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira said he was certain this was the right time, but that didn't make it any easier for him to say goodbye.
Teixeira fought back tears Friday as he announced that his 14th season in the major leagues will be his last. At 36, he has decided to retire at the end of the season.
Summer Olympic Games Begin in Rio.an hours-long opened the ceremony with Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil headlining a show that was heavy on samba drums and dancing, highlighting Brazil's history and heritage. And the Parade of Nations kicked off with 207 delegations following their flag-bearers into Rio's venerable Maracanã Stadium.
Shooter Ginny Thrasher won the USA's first gold medal of the Rio Olympics, pulling off an upset in the women's 10-meter air rifle event Saturday morning.
Paralympics chiefs took the step that the International Olympic Committee shied away from on Sunday — banning the entire Russian team from competing in Rio.
The International Paralympic Committee announced at a news conference that Russia would be kicked out of its Games, which will run after the conclusion of the Olympics, from Sept. 7-18.
Goodbye A-Rod - The New York Yankees called a press conference this morning to announce that Alex Rodriguez’s career as a Yankee will end next week. His final game will be on Friday against the Rays, after which the Yankees will release him, and he will retire and become a “special advisor and instructor” to the club.
Olympics - Michael Phelps gets another gold medal.
Technology News -
Pokemon Update - Pokemon Go, released July 6 in the US, encourages you to walk around in the real world with your phone and find mythical creatures called Pokemon. When you do, they leap onto your screen, where they appear to be sitting on a stoop or standing in the middle of the street in the real world. Just swipe on the screen to throw a ball to "catch" and collect them all. Now, with no warning, Pokemon Go developer Niantic removed a key feature that helps you track how close Pokemon are to your location. As if that wasn't enough of a burn to people who liked getting the help, Niantic reportedly told other app makers to shut down apps designed to help people identify Pokemon in their neighborhood. (Niantic was staying mum on whether it did this). That's apps like Poke Radar, which help you more easily find special monsters hanging out near you in your quest to "catch 'em all." To say people are ticked off is an understatement.
Torrentz.eu, one of the world's largest torrent sites, has announced "farewell" to its millions of users. The meta-search engine, which hosted no torrents of its own but linked to other sites including The Pirate Bay, has decided to cease its operation. The surprise shutdown marks the end of an era. Founded in 2003, Torrentz has been a stable factor in the torrent community for over 13 years. Two weeks ago, Artem Vaulin, the alleged 30-year-old Ukrainian owner of Kickass Torrents, was detained in Poland after being charged with a four-count US criminal indictment which was followed by shutdown of the search engine.
Google has revealed that it will be shutting down the Together watch face feature in Android Wear on September 30th. As first reported by Android Police, the latest version of the Android Wear app informs users of the coming shutdown when they attempt to configure Together. Google says that "many of the best features of Together will be integrated directly into" the forthcoming Android Wear 2.0 update, due to arrive sometime this fall.
Iran - The country's High Council of Virtual Spaces has officially banned the Pokemon Go app, making Iran the first country to do so.
A 20-year-old man was shot and killed while playing "Pokemon Go" at a San Francisco park Saturday night, according to authorities. Calvin Riley and a friend were playing the game in the Fisherman's Wharf area, along San Francisco's waterfront, when Riley was shot, AP reported.
According to family and friends, Riley was randomly targeted, and there was no confrontation before the attack.
Entertainment News -
The parents of the late “Star Trek” movie actor Anton Yelchin sued Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for negligence and product liability on Tuesday over the rollaway crash of a Jeep Grand Cherokee that killed their son.
The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, is believed to be the first wrongful death complaint linked to the Fiat Chrysler recall in April of more than 1.1 million cars and SUVs because of vehicles that roll away after drivers exit them.
Passing - Character actor David Huddleston: best known for playing the title role in the 1998 movie, The Big Lebowski.' He was 85.
Passing - Ricci Martin, a musician and youngest son of the legendary entertainer Dean Martin, has died. He was 62.
Martin was found dead Wednesday at his home in Utah, according to family members. An exact cause of death has yet to be determined. In the 1970s, Martin collaborated with Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys to produce the album “Beached.” Wilson would later become his brother-in-law.
Passing - Pete Fountain, New Orleans jazz clarinetist who appeared on “The Lawrence Welk Show” and “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” has died. He was 86.