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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of August 8, 2015 In News, Pop Culture History, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


Headlines -
Delta Airlines Plane Pelted By Hail - The passengers and the photos of cracked windshields and a damaged nose cone tell the same story: Last friday evening's Delta Flight 1889 (From Boston) was intense. Hail pelted the plane as it flew through a thunderstorm, damaging part of the aircraft and forcing the pilots to make an emergency landing in Denver, officials said.

Five children and three adults were found dead in a Texas home on Saturday night after a police stand-off, authorities said. A 49-year-old male suspect surrendered to police after earlier firing a gun when officers entered the house in suburban Houston, police said.

Two assailants opened fire at the heavily protected U.S. Consulate building in Istanbul on Monday, touching off a gunfight with police before fleeing the scene, Turkish media reports said.
One of the assailants, a woman, was later captured at a nearby building and hospitalized.

A day of peaceful vigils to mark the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown's shooting death turned ugly late Sunday when protesters threw rocks and bottles at officers, and police critically injured a man who they say fired at them. So far, 20 people have been arrested.

Business mogul Donald Trump went on a media blitz Tuesday morning, making back-to-back appearances on Fox and CNN as he sought to tamper down the controversy over his spat with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly. He and Fox News are friends again. But that’s all he’s saying.

Hillary Clinton instructs her attorney to give the US Justice Department her private email server and a thumb drive of work-related emails from her tenure as secretary of state

Former President Jimmy Carter, who at age 90 still travels the world supporting the humanitarian endeavors that have consumed his time in the decades since he left office, announced Wednesday he has cancer that has spread to other parts of his body.

Asian shares and the dollar crept higher in early trade on Thursday, with investors cautiously watching China's next move after it allowed the yuan to decline for two straight sessions.

Warehouse Explosions - China has ordered a nationwide check on dangerous chemicals and explosives following explosions in Tianjin that left 56 dead and 721 injured. The operators of the Tianjin site have been accused of "clearly violating" safety rules. Fires are still burning 36 hours after the blasts, and chemical experts are testing for toxic gases. Officials have confirmed that calcium carbide, potassium nitrate, ammonium nitrate and sodium nitrate were at the warehouse.

Cold War Ends In Havana - The American flag is raised over the U.S. embassy in Havana as John Kerry becomes the first U.S. secretary of state to visit in 70 years.

Sports -
Passing - Frank Gifford, who converted a Hall of Fame playing career during the New York Giants’ glory years into a successful broadcasting career with ABC and “Monday Night Football,” has died at the age of 84.

Geno Smith: Jets Quarterback Injured After Being Punched in Face by Teammate. Geno was “sucker punched” in the jaw Tuesday by linebacker IK Enemkpali, coach Todd Bowles told reporters. The quarterback will likely miss 6-10 weeks due to jaw fractures, according to ESPN.

No Hitter - Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma of the Seattle Mariners no-hit the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday afternoon in a 3-0 victory, finishing off the fourth no-hitter of the 2015 major-league season and the 291st in the league's history.

Technology -
Apple will unveil its new generations of iPhone and iPad on September 9, sources have claimed.
The date of the reveal comes as Apple's usually high-fly tech stock struggles with the burden of raised expectations.

Upfront Payments For Smartphones (Trend) - After promoting discounted phones for years, wireless service providers are phasing out subsidized two-year binding contracts and Verizon is the latest telecom company do announce the end of discounted phones. Verizon Wireless, the largest wireless operator in the country, has announced the end of subsidized mobile handsets with two-year contracts for new customers. New consumers will no longer be able to get cheaper phones starting August 13 as Verizon and will have to pay upfront for the phone.

Text Speak - If you still "lol" at jokes online then you might be in the minority. A new report from Facebook into how users express laughter shows that "haha" and its variants are by far the most common terms used on the social network. They accounted for 51.4 percent of mirth in the anonymized comments and posts looked at by Facebook's data team, with laughter emoji claiming 33.7 percent, and "hehe" and its cognates 13.1 percent. The once-mighty "lol" only appeared in 1.9 percent of the text sampled by Facebook .

Entertainment news -
A 13-year-old boy at a Taylor Swift concert was hurt when he fell from an upper level of Seattle's CenturyLink Field. He fell from the stadium's 300 level to the 200 level, but fire spokesman Kyle Moore says he was stable, alert and conscious when medics took him to Harborview Medical Center.

Passing -Tony Lara, known for appearing on the Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch, died Saturday morning in Sturgis, South Dakota. Lara, 50, died early Saturday morning at a private residence in Sturgis.

Former "Little House on the Prairie" star Melissa Gilbert announced her candidacy for a Michigan congressional seat on Monday, saying "fresh voices" are needed to help improve the economy for people who have fallen behind

Top pop singles
Cheerleader - OMI
See You Again - Wiz Khalifa fea. Charlie Path
Bad Blood - Taylor Swift fea. Kendrick Lamar
Watch Me - Silento
Can’t Feel My Face - The Weeknd
Trap Queen - Fetty Wap
Lean On - Major Lazer & DJ Snake fea. M0
Fight Song - Rachel Platten
My Way - Fetty Wap fea. Monty
Shut Up And Dance - Walk The Moon
Good For You - Selena Gomez fea. A$ap Rocky
Where Are U Now - Skrillex & Diplo w/Justin Bieber
Honey, I’m Good. - Andy Grammer

Top movies -
Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation
Fantastic Four (2015)
The Gift (2015)
Minions (2015)
Ricki and the Flash
South Paw

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