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

 

Headlines -
Another Republican debate - this one in Las Vegas. It drew 18 million viewers to CNN.

The Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the first time in almost a decade in a widely telegraphed move while signaling that the pace of subsequent increases will be “gradual” and in line with previous projections. The Federal Open Market Committee unanimously voted to set the new target range for the federal funds rate at 0.25 percent to 0.5 percent, up from zero to 0.25 percent.

Enrique Marquez, who bought the assault rifles used in the massacre in San Bernardino, Calif., that left 14 people dead, was charged Thursday with several terrorism-related charges, including conspiring to conduct attacks in 2011 and 2012.

An airstrike that mistakenly killed Iraqi troops on Friday was carried out by an American plane, United States officials said on Saturday. Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said he had expressed his condolences to the Iraqi prime minister, Haider al-Abadi.

President Obama met privately with the families of terror victims in San Bernardino Friday night.
"Despite the pain and the heartache that they're feeling, they could not have been more inspiring," Obama said after meeting with the families for three hours. "It was a reminder of what's good in this country." He told reporters that the 14 victims of the attack came from every background and faith. "They're all representative of the strength and the unity and the love in this community."

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in San Bernardino County Friday evening to help the community recover from the Dec. 2 terror attack.
The declaration orders the California Department of Public Health to assist the county's health services division until it can resume normal staffing on its own.

Lakeisha Holloway (24) veered onto a crowded sidewalk several times on the Las Vegas Strip, injuring more than 30 people in what authorities described as an "intentional" act. At least one person was killed and 37 others injured near the Paris Las Vegas Hotel on Sunday night, authorities said.

In one of the deadliest attacks against American forces in Afghanistan this year, a Talibansuicide bomber on a motorcycle drove into a military convoy near Bagram Air Base on Monday, killing six American soldiers, United States officials said.

Radio news -
Radio host Art Bell suddenly ended his long-running program this weekend, citing alleged threats made against him and his family. The Pahrump Valley Times reports the 70 year old radio personality called it quits after months of what he has described as "never-ending terrorism."

Sports news -
Lebron James runs into Ellie Day, wife of golfer Jason Day , while chasing a loose ball during Thursday's game. Brought out in a stretcher - she was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center where she was treated and released.

The NFL has suspended New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.for one game in response to his alleged “unnecessary roughness” during the Giants’ loss on Sunday to the Carolina Panthers

Technology news -
Apple Inc has shut down its Topsy Labs unit, which specialized in analyzing Twitter data and providing insights into current sentiment on a variety of topics, and the move prompted an outcry from many of its users.

Google's self-driving car chief is adamant that the California Department of Motor Vehicles' draft proposal on autonomous vehicle rules is misguided and threatens to rob key constituents of the benefits of driverless vehicles, including the blind and infirm - new DMV rules, which will be debated twice in 2016 before being voted on, specifically note that such vehicles must have a licensed driver in the car at all times in order to be able to take control in the case of an emergency. Google's prototype two-person car would in finished form have neither a steering wheel or pedals, thereby not allowing an occupant to take control.

Entertainment news -
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces 2016 Inductees and they include
Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple, N.W.A and Steve Miller.

Tickets for Adele’s North American sell out in minutes. General sale tickets went on sale Thursday for Adele's North American tour supporting her album, "25." Tickets sold out quickly, reports said, causing fans to air their frustration on social media.

Dustin Diamond: Former 'Saved by the Bell' Actor to Begin Serving Jail Sentence in January. He’ll begin a four-month jail sentence on Jan. 15 after withdrawing the appeal of his May conviction in a Wisconsin bar stabbing.

Beatles Music to be streamed - While Apple had allegedly tried to sew the Beatles up for an exclusive six-month streaming window, it looks like instead of going with one streaming source, the Beatles may go with many, including Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal. Moreover, it’s rumored that all the studio albums will come online next week. The Beatles were the largest hold-out in the streaming world. Now Garth Brooksbecomes the biggest artist to keep his music from streaming services.’’

Miley Topless - Miley Cyrus: Singer Appears Topless on Front and Back Covers of Latest Plastik Magazine. She’s seen putting her mouth on plastic wrap. The second cover shows her wearing a strawberry and chocolate swirled eyepatch and heart-shaped sprinkle pasties.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - grosses about $238 million domestic by Sunday, with a $120 million opening day total that broke the $91.1 million record set by "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."

Wrong Miss Universe - Miss Colombia was wrongly named Miss Universe in a dramatic mix-up in front of a global television audience of millions Sunday, before the rightful winner Miss Philippines was finally handed the glittering crown. The pageant's host, US comedian Steve Harvey, misread his cue card and initially announced Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, had triumphed.

 
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