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

 

Headlines -
San Bernardino - Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik were radicalized, with the latter pledging allegiance to ISIS while the pair killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California.

Trump Calls For Ban On Muslims - Donald Trump call for an outright ban on Muslims entering the United States. The billionaire businessman stood defiantly by his statement on Tuesday morning, when he warned that failing to follow his plans would lead to another September 11-style terror attack on U.S. soil.

The United States is prepared to deploy advisers and attack helicopters if requested by Iraq to help it "finish the job" of retaking the city of Ramadi from Islamic State, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Wednesday.

Another Chipotle Outbreak - So far - about 120 people had been sickened by norovirus linked to a Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc restaurant in Boston, in the latest wave of patrons who have fallen ill on the heels of another outbreak in the Northwestern United States.

It’s reported that the “middle class” in the USA is down to 49% - as it use to be 61% in 1971.

Volkswagen said that only a small group of employees were responsible for cheating U.S. diesel emissions tests and there was no indication that board members were involved in the biggest business crisis in the firm's history. Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch said investigations into the affair were going well, but the scandal was the result of a "chain of errors" and it would take months to say which individuals were to blame.

More San Bernardino - authorities check a nearby pond visited by the husband and wife terrorists just after their deed. Apparently, they’re looking for a disc drive.

Negotiators from 196 countries approved a landmark climate accord on Saturday that seeks to dramatically reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases blamed for a dangerous warming of the planet.

Nearly 90 people were killed during Friday's clashes in the Burundian capital, the army said on Saturday, the worst outbreak of violence in Burundi since a failed coup in May.

The Northeast is getting much warmer temperatures this weekend. New York City should be at 65 degrees.

A 23 year-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of a hate crime and arson related to a fire Friday afternoon at a Coachella Valley mosque.
Carl Dial was arrested about 9 p.m. Friday and booked on five felony charges, including commission of a hate crime, arson, maliciously setting a fire and second-degree burglary, according to law enforcement sources and Riverside County Sheriff’s Department booking records.

Sports -
Sports Illustrated names tennis champion Serena Williams as its 2015 Sportsperson of the Year, but conservatives and others are incensed that the publication chose to honor Williams rather than horse-racing triple crown winner American Pharoah.

Passing - Phil Pepe, a longtime Daily News Yankee beat writer whose career covering New York sports spanned 50 years, died Sunday at the age of 80 at his home in Englewood, N.J., a family member told The News.

Rob Manfred, the commissioner of Major League Baseball, has decided not to lift the permanent ban imposed on Pete Rose more than a quarter-century ago, meaning that Rose, the player with more hits than anyone else in the sport’s history, will continue in an exile that has long kept him out of the Hall of Fame.

Technology news -
Los Angeles is going to get Google’s 1gig Internet service, as announced by that city this week.

Overstock.com, Inc. will no longer sell hoverboards on its website. According to a release on the website, the decision came because of the growing safety concerns. There have been several incidents of batteries overheating with resulting fires - most recently in a store.

Seattle became the first city in the nation to allow drivers of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft to unionize over pay and working conditions. Supporters erupted into cheers after the City Council voted 8-0 in favor of the legislation, which is seen as a test case for the changing 21st century workforce. The companies strongly oppose it, and several council members acknowledged there would be legal challenges ahead but said it was worth doing.

Entertainment news -
Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, 68, is to become a father again as his wife is expecting twins. Wood's wife is 37-year-old wife Sally Humphries, who owns a theatre production company.

Apple has won an exclusive streaming deal with Taylor Swift to show a concert film from her world tour.
On Sunday, Apple and Ms. Swift announced that subscribers of the company’s new streaming service, Apple Music, will have access to a film directed by Jonas Akerlund that was taped two weeks ago at Ms. Swift’s show at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Bill Cosby has struck back against some of the dozens of women who've accused him of sexual assault. The world-famous comedian countersued seven women who'd sued him for defamation, saying they actually defamed him.
By saying he sexually assaulted them, the women hurt his reputation so much that plans for a new family comedy on NBC were derailed, the counterclaim said.

Howard Stern re-signs with Sirius/XM for another five years.

“Star Wars” debuts on Hollywood Blvd in Disney fashion - in three theatres. Revues are not allowed - at least for another day! This weekend - it opens nationally.

 
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