Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of February 15, 2015 In News, Pop Culture History, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
Police shot dead a gunman on Sunday (2/15) whose attacks on a Copenhagen synagogue and an event promoting free speech may have been inspired an attack on French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo last month, authorities said. Denmark's spy chief Jens Madsen said the gunman was known to the intelligence services prior to the shooting and probably acted alone. Two civilians were killed and five police were wounded in the two separate attacks in the Danish capital on Saturday (2/14).
The Federal Aviation Administration released Sunday its long-awaited proposal for governing small commercial drones, setting a plan for remote-controlled aircraft to share the skies with passenger planes. The FAA proposal would allow drones weighing up to 55 pounds to fly within sight of their remote pilots during daylight hours. The aircraft must stay below 500 feet in the air and fly less than 100 mph. People flying drones would need to be at least 17 years old, pass an aeronautics test and be vetted by the Transportation Security Administration, but a certificate wouldn't require the flight hours or medical rating of a private pilot's license.
After yet another blizzard last week, Boston marked its snowiest month since record-keeping started in 1872 - beating a record 43.3 inches set in 2005. "It's official, Boston has reached its snowiest month on record with 45.5 total inches," the National Weather Service tweeted early Sunday.
Italy warned that ISIS is at Europe's doorstep as France and Egypt called for the United Nations Security Council to meet over the spiraling crisis in Libya.
The growing alarm came as Egyptian jets bombed ISIS targets in the North African nation as revenge for the beheadings — documented in an ISIS propaganda video — of 21 Coptic Christian Egyptian nationals in Libya.
A federal judge has granted a request by 26 states to temporarily block President Obama's executive action on illegal immigration, allowing a lawsuit aimed at permanently stopping the orders to make its way through the courts.
U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen granted the preliminary injunction Monday after hearing arguments in Brownsville, Texas last month.
At least 20 people were killed in Haiti’s capital Tuesday when they were electrocuted by a power line that fell on a music group's packed Carnival float, officials say. The accident occurred as thousands of people filled the streets of downtown Port-au-Prince for the raucous annual celebration. People at the scene said someone on the float used a pole or stick to move a power line so the float could pass under it.
Rebel fighters, many of them Cossacks, roamed the streets of Debaltseve on Thursday, a day after Ukrainian forces began withdrawing from the besieged town. The mood was celebratory, with fighters laughing, hugging each other and posing for photos.
Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell faces sentencing on Friday for taking bribes from a businessman, with federal prosecutors seeking 18 months in prison and defense lawyers asking for a community service sentence.
A blast of frigid air sweeping through the Northeast is sending temperatures plummeting to lows not seen in years. In New York, bitter temperatures have frozen over chunks of the Hudson River. Ferry teams have been using tugboats to clear out some of the ice, but they will have their work cut out for them Friday morning. Wind chills will make it feel like it's well below zero as millions are feeling the full force of this bone-shattering cold.
Technology news -
The fiber wars — competition that could make Kansas City a rare American market offering home customers mega-fast broadband sold by dueling companies — are fully underway.
AT&T announced at midnight Sunday that it’s ready to sell Internet service over skinny fiberoptic wires with a hefty capacity to move data directly to homes and small businesses in parts of Kansas City, Leawood, Lenexa, Olathe and Overland Park. The company said it plans to expand later to Independence and Shawnee.
Sony has launched a pair of smart glasses, just as Google is deciding what to do with its own connected eyewear. Sony’s launch comes weeks after Google halted sales of Glass,taking the product out of its experimental stage but making no clear commitment to start re-selling it.
Computer maker Lenovo has been forced to remove hidden adware that it was shipping on its laptops and PCs after users expressed anger. The adware - dubbed Superfish - was potentially compromising their security, said experts. The hidden software was also injecting adverts on to browsers using techniques more akin to malware, they added.
CBS Sports and their sister network SHOWTIME Sports have agreed to a multi-year joint venture with Premier Boxing Champions to air up to eight live boxing events in 2015. The new Premier Boxing Champions series will air in conjunction with SHOWTIME Championship Boxing events “as a part of a partnership that will cross-promote the live programs across multiple platforms,” according to the press release.
Portland Trail Blazers great Jerome Kersey died Wednesday at the age of 52. The cause of death is not known.
Entertainment news -
Saturday Night Live celebrates 40 years in a prime-time special - bringing back old cast members, characters, music and memories. Over 23 million watched.
This was the big debut week for the movie, “50 Shades of Grey” and it did not
disappoint at the box office - over $81 million in gross.
One month before headlining Madison Square Garden for the first time, Ariana Grande took the stage at New York's famed arena during the NBA All-Star Game halftime show - and, she brought out (surprize) pal Nicki Minaj.
Passing - The French actor Louis Jourdan, best known for his role in the multi-Oscar winning 1958 musical Gigi, has died in California aged 93.
Passing - Singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, who topped the charts in 1963 with her epic song of teenage angst, "It's My Party," and followed it up with the hits "Judy's Turn to Cry," ''You Don't Own Me" died Monday. She was 68.
Lady Gaga is getting married to her boyfriend Taylor Kinney, after the actor popped the question on Valentine's Day.
The rapper known as Vanilla Ice was arrested in connection with a Florida residential burglary, Lantana Police said. Robert Van Winkle, 47, is facing burglary and grand theft charges related to a burglary that happened sometime between December 2014 and February 2015, Lantana Police said.
Philadelphia Police are investigating a fatal early morning stabbing involving staff members of rapper Nicki Minaj in the West Oak Lane Section of Philadelphia. A 29-year-old victim - who happened to be Minaj’s tour manager - De'Von “Day Day” Picket, succumbed to his injuries at the hospital, and the 27-year-old victim, Eric Parker, remains in critical condition.
Top Music albums -
1989 - Taylor Swift
X - Ed Sheeran
Reflection - Fifth Harmony
In The Lonely HOur - Sam Smith
Title - Meghan Trainor
The Pinkprint - Nicki Minaj
V - Maroon 5
Shadows In The Night - Bob Dylan
Wallflower - Diana Krall
Uptown Special - Mark Ronson
Hozier - Hozier
Non-Fiction - Ne-Yo
Full Speed - Kid INk
American Beauty/American Psycho - Fall Out Boy
Grammy 2015 Nominees
At the movies -
50 Shades of Grey
Kingsman: The Secret Service
The SpngeBb Movie: Sponge Out of Water
The Imitation Game
The Wedding Ringer