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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of August 22, 2015 In News, Pop Culture History, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

Headlines -
Francois Hollande presents three young Americans and a British man with the country's top Legion d'Honneur medal at a ceremony on Monday in recognition of their bravery after they overpowered a gunman on a packed Thalys train. More than 550 people were aboard the train, and authorities fear the attacker, thought to have a terror watch list dossier and Islamic State sympathies, planned to move from the back of the train to the front.

Stock markets take a plunge due to uncertainty in China. The DOW was down over 1,000 points - but recovered the following day. Meanwhile - China’s central bank on Tuesday cut its benchmark interest rate and freed banks to lend more, the latest signs of the government’s growing distress over slumping stocks and slowing economic growth.

Ashley Madison: In Toronto - 2 Suicides Reported After Dating Site Hacking Controversy, Last week, hackers exposed about 37 million users of the extramarital affair site. Avid Life Media, Ashley Madison's owner, faces a class-action lawsuit seeking $760 million in damages.

More Ashley Madison - Ashley Madison has about 31 million male accounts and 5.5 million female accounts. But the overwhelming majority of those female accounts appear to be bots, fakes, or inactive accounts that were hardly used in the first place, a Gizmodo report says.

Two television journalists were shot and killed in Virginia on Wednesday in an attack during a live early-morning broadcast, and authorities said the suspected gunman was a former employee of the TV station. The suspect, 41-year-old Vester Flanagan, shot and wounded himself several hours later as police pursued him on a Virginia highway, police said. The two journalists who were killed were reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman, Adam Ward, 27, who worked for CBS affiliate WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Virginia. The woman they were interviewing was wounded in the shooting.

An intense manhunt gets underway in the Houston area for a man in a white T-shirt and red shorts and driving a pickup who is suspected of the execution-style killing of a deputy sheriff who was filling up his patrol car at a gasoline station Friday night.

Seattle windstorm kills two - Two people have died after an unusually strong storm system moved through the Northwest, bringing down trees and causing power outages.

Passing - Oliver Sacks, the world-renowned neurologist and author who chronicled maladies and ennobled the afflicted in books that were regarded as masterpieces of medical literature. He was 82.

Pop Culture - Manspreading is so widespread it's now a word. The term, coined by commuters, refers to men on public transport who splay their legs wide apart and encroach on neighboring seats. It's now been added to OxfordDictionaries.com.

Sports - Mets vs. Phillies - crazy game as The Mets hit eight home runs and had 15 extra-base hits, both franchise records. — Ten different players homered in the game, a new major league record. The previous high of nine was set 24 times, most recently in 2010.

Fans of the Boston Red Sox are not happy that the team's NESN network has decided to part ways with longtime play-by-play voice Don Orsillo after 15 seasons.

Chicago Bulls Point Guard Derrick Rose Accused of Drugging and Gang Raping Woman. The report indicates a woman who says she dated Rose from 2011-2013 is seeking unspecified damages in a lawsuit alleging he drugged and gang raped her with two of his friends in August 2013.

Fan Dies Falling In Stadium - A 60-year-old man who died after falling from the upper deck into the lower-level stands at Turner Field during a game between the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees has been identified.

Great News For Dodger and Baseball Fans - Vin Scully will go at it for one more season - but the legendary announcer says, it’ll probably be his last. Next year - marks his 67th season with the Dodgers.

Chicago Cubs Pitcher Jake Arrieta gets a no-hitter - in a game with the LA Dodgers. Cubs won - 2-0.

Technology -
Now you can see Tweets in the Google search results as Google has added Tweets to their real-time search results on the desktop. Google’s results will now show Tweets along with standard search results on your desktop, especially when search terms have to do with keywords that are trending on Twitter at the time the search is made.

Mozilla announced that it will be making changes to how Internet browser Firefox will be handling add-ons in the future, with the most important change being Firefox's adoption of the WebExtensions API. With the new API, which has compatibility with the ones used by other Internet browsers such as Google Chrome and Opera, it will be easier for developers to adjust add-ons made for other browsers to work with Firefox as they would only need to make a few changes.

Google continues to experiment with in-search features that provide informative content more directly to those carrying out online searches. Now the San Francisco-based company is providing information about professional home service providers like plumbers and house cleaners directly in search results.

Entertainment news -

Wiz Khalifa: Rapper Arrested at Los Angeles International Airport for Riding Hoverboard. The rapper, 27, posted a video to social media in which policemen appear to confront him. "All because I wouldn't ditch the technology everyone will be using in the next 6 months," Khalifa said.

Disgraced celebrity chef Paul Deen will be one of the contestants on the upcoming season of "Dancing with the Stars." The 68-year-old savant of saturated fat had previously been asked to join the ABC dance competition in 2010, but turned down the offer.

Justin Bieber Look-Alike: Man Who Underwent Surgery to Look Like Singer Found Dead. Tobias Strebel, who is known for spending $100,000 on plastic surgery to look like Bieber, was found dead in a Motel 6 in Los Angeles Aug. 21 after being reported missing.

Taylor Swift Los Angeles Concert - Singer Performs 'Smelly Cat' With Lisa Kudrow in Final Los Angeles Show of World Tour. Swift also shared the stage Wednesday with Justin Timberlake for a performance of his song "Mirrors" and with Selena Gomez for her new single "Good for You" at the Staples Center.

Broadway actor Kyle Jean-Baptiste dies at the age of 21 after falling from a fire escape at his mother's home on Friday. The actor made Broadway history earlier this month after becoming the first black star - and the youngest actor - to play lead role Jean Valjean in Les Miserables.

Christina Aguilera is set to give teaching lessons online - in a trend that includes Dustin Hofma for acting and Usher for performance. You’ll have to pay $90 for each lesson.

MTV Video Music Awards - Some Winners:
Best Rock - “Uma Thurman” - Fall Out Boy
Best Pop - “Blank Space” - Taylor Swift
Best Hip Hop - “Anaconda” - Nicki Minaj
Video of the Year - “Bad Blood” - Taylor Swift fea. Kendrick Lamar

Top Music Albums -
X - Ed Sheeran
Kill The Lights - Luke Bryan
Compton - Dr. Dre
Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A.
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Cry Baby - Melanie Martinez
Venom - Bullet For My Valentine
DS2 - Future
Montevallo - Sam Hunt
1989 - Taylor Swift
Elvis Presley Forever - Elvis Presley
Descendants - soundtrack
In The Lonely Hour Sam Smith
If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late - Drake
Title - Meghan Trainor
Life’s Not Out To Get You - Neck Deep

Top movies -
Straight Outta Compton
War Room
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
No Escape
Sinister 2
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Hitman: Agent 47
The Gift (2015)
Jurassic World
Ant-Man

 
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