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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of February 1, 2015 In News, Pop Culture History, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

President Obama is sending Congress an ambitious budget plan Monday that includes a half-trillion-dollar public works program and an array of tax increases meant to fund a host of other agenda items -- in what Republicans are ripping as a tax-and-spend document that does little to restrain the soaring $18 trillion debt.

The United Nations' top court ruled Tuesday that Serbia and Croatia did not commit genocide against each other's people during the bloody 1990s wars sparked by the breakup of Yugoslavia.
The ruling could help put to rest lingering animosities between the Balkan neighbors.

Clint Eastwood's much-talked-about Iraq war drama American Sniper has been pulled from Baghdad's only theater after complaints from locals and the government. Despite packing in the crowds at home, Sniper met with hostility with Iraqis who feel the movie glorifies American actions in the country, as well as "insults" the people by painting them as "terrorists."

At least seven people were killed when a crowded Metro-North commuter train hit a vehicle on the tracks north of White Plains, New York, Tuesday night, sparking a fire that gutted the lead car of the train, officials said.

Dramatic dashcam footage in Taiwan shows a TransAsia Airways plane scraping past a major highway moments before it careened into a shallow river, killing at least 26 people. The plane, which was carrying 58 people, clipped a bridge shortly after Wednesday’s takeoff from Taipei's downtown Sungshan Airport, state media said.
Jordan's King Abdullah vowed a "relentless" war against Islamic State on their own territory on Wednesday in response to a video published by the hard-line group showing a captured Jordanian pilot being burned alive in a cage.
Jordan hanged two Iraqi jihadists, one a woman, on Wednesday and vowed to intensify military action against Islamic State.

RadioShack, a long-ailing 94-year-old electronics chain, filed for bankruptcy protection on Thursday after striking a deal to sell up to 2,400 of its stores to the wireless service provider Sprint and a hedge fund that is its biggest shareholder.

Technology -
Notorious file-sharing website The Pirate Bay is back online more than seven weeks after Swedish police Comment in Stockholm and seized servers and computers, causing it to go dark.

In an op-ed piece, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission laid out his proposal to treat both wired and wireless data services as public utilities under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. If Wheeler's rules pass, broadband providers -- like Verizon and AT&T -- will have to deal with greater regulatory oversight compared with the "light touch" they get now as information services.

Another Major Cyber Attack - Health insurer Anthem Inc. revealed it was the recent victim of a "very sophisticated external cyber attack" and that hackers broke into a database containing personal information for several million customers and employees. While investigators are still working to determine just how many people were affected, the attack, which was discovered sometime last week, likely resulted in more than 80 million records being stolen.
Following more than two years of hiatus, Twitter and Google have renewed their relationship with one another as Google will again include real-time tweets in search results as they are posted. Citing people with knowledge of the matter, Bloomberg reports that tweets will start appearing in the search results sometime in the first half of the year after Twitter has reached a new agreement with Google to give it access to the Twitter firehose, or the stream of content generated in real-time by Twitter's more than 284 million users.

Twitter is fighting hard to maintain a healthy growth rate, and Apple apparently hasn’t been doing much to help. Twitter lost four million users last quarter because of Apple’s roll-out of iOS 8, Twitter executives said Thursday. Some three million of those users were lost because of a change to the Shared Links feature in the mobile Safari browser, which displays links from people’s Twitter followers. The other million were “Twitter-owned,” CFO Anthony Noto said during Twitter’s earnings call, without explaining further.

As the telecom industry marches forward, Frontier Communications Corp. is growing quickly by snapping up the unloved telephone lines its bigger competitors are leaving behind.
Its latest deal is to pay $10.54 billion for millions of Verizon Communications Inc. ’s landline customers in Florida, California and Texas—a big one for a company with a market capitalization of just under $8 billion.

Sports - Super Bowl 49 - Incredible ending as the Patriots get a last intercept - as Seattle should have scored. Final score - 28-24.

Police in Washington, D.C., have arrested Indianapolis Colts linebacker D'Qwell Jackson and charged him with assault after an argument over a parking space.

Passing - Former UNC head coach Dean Smith at age 83. The iconic Smith, a Hall of Famer who won two national championships and coached the Tar Heels to 11 Final Fours and 13 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament titles in 36 seasons. With 879 career coaching victories, Smith ranks fourth all-time behind longtime rival Mike Krzyzewski (1,003), Jim Boeheim (963) and Bob Knight (902).

Passing - Billy Casper, one of the most prolific winners on the PGA Tour who was overshadowed at the height of his career by the "Big Three," died Saturday at his home in Utah. He was 83.

Entertainment news -
Tragedy - Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of the late Whitney Houston, remains hospitalized and is still unresponsive after being found face down in a filled bathtub at her Georgia home and is breathing with the help of a ventilator.

Justin Timberlake is going to be a dad! The singer just confirmed Jessica Biel's pregnancy news with an adorable picture on Instagram. In the photo, Timberlake is kissing Biel's baby bump!

NBC News anchor Brian Williams is eating his words after recanting a claim that he was in a helicopter shot down during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Williams has told the story of being shot down in a Chinook helicopter by RPG and AK-47 fire on at least two occasions, including on the Late Show with David Letterman. However, in an article published Wednesday by Stars and Stripes, members of the 159th Aviation Regiment are quoted as saying Williams was nowhere near the aircraft that took fire and instead arrived on the scene in a different aircraft about an hour later.
Rapper The Jacka -- born Dominic Newton -- is killed in a shooting in East Oakland, Calif. There have been no suspects identified.

Suge Knight who has plead not guilty to murder and attempted murder charges - is released from the hospital and is back in prison. He reportedly had a reaction to a potentially fatal blood clot.

NBC Nightly News Managing Editor and anchorman Brian Williams said Saturday that he is temporarily removing himself from the network’s nightly broadcasts following revelations he made false statements about his experience reporting in Iraq in 2003.

Police are still investigating the fatal car crash that involved Bruce Jenner and several other vehicles, one of which a driver was left dead. The L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. will get a search warrant to determine if Bruce was texting at the time he slammed into a car.

Top Pop Hit Music Singles -
Uptown Funk! - Mark Ronson fea. Bruno Mars
Take Me To Church - Hozier
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Blank Space - Taylor Swift
LIps Are Ovin - Meghan Trainor
Sugar - Maroon 5
Jealous - Nick Jonas
I’m Not The Only One - Sam Smith
Centuries - Fall Out Boy
Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding
I Don’t Mind - Usher
All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor
FourFiveSeconds - Rihanna, Kanye West, Paul McCartney
Love Me Harder - Ariana Grande

Top Movies -
American Sniper
Project Almanac
Paddington
Black Or White
The Boy Next Door
The Wedding Ringer
The Imitation Game
Taken 3
Strange Magic
The Loft

 
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