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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of February 22, 2015 In News, Pop Culture History, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

Bangladesh rescuers have retrieved 37 bodies from a ferry that sank Sunday afternoon in the middle of a river in the country's northwestern Manikganj district, 40 km northwest of Dhaka, Rashida Ferdaus, the district's administration chief, told Xinhua on Sunday night.
The ferry -- MV Mostafa -- capsized in Padma, one of the three rivers that form the Ganges Delta, at around 12:00 p.m. local time after it was hit by a goods laden cargo tanker.

Islamic State militants have abducted as many as 90 Assyrian Christians after overrunning several small villages in northeast Syria, an activist group said Tuesday. Around dawn Monday, the extremist fighters swept through the Assyrian villages nestled along the banks of the Khabur River near the town of Tal Tamr in Hassakeh province. Sky News reported that control of the region is split between ISIS and opposing Kurdish fighters.

Eddie Ray Routh, the mentally disturbed veteran who killed Chris Kyle, the former Navy SEAL marksman who inspired the movie “American Sniper,” was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison after a jury here found him guilty of murder, rejecting his claims that he was legally insane at the time.

The masked "Jihadi John" killer who fronted Islamic State beheading videos has been identified as Mohammed Emwazi, a British computer programming graduate from a well-to-do London family.

Nine people were found shot to death early Friday in at least four crime scenes in a small community in south central Missouri, according to local media reports. Texas County Sheriff James Sigman said that as many as six crime scenes may be involved in the shootings in an area around the unincorporated community of Tyrone, but would not elaborate.

Thousands of stunned Russians laid flowers and lit candles on Saturday on the bridge where opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was shot dead near the Kremlin, a murder that showed the risks of speaking out against President Vladimir Putin.
Nemtsov, 55, was shot four times in the back by assailants in a white car as he walked across the bridge over the Moskva River in central Moscow with a Ukrainian woman, who was unhurt, just before midnight on Friday, police said.

Technology -
Google's Chrome Web browser will now warn you before you visit a site that encourages you to download nefarious programs that make undesirable changes to your computer or interfere with your online experience.
When you're about to visit one of these questionable sites, you'll see a red warning that "The site ahead contains harmful programs."

With some consumers still reeling for the revelation that Lenovo pre-loaded an adware program called Superfish on their laptops, the Chinese company is working to regain customers' trust by promising a "cleaner PC image." Lenovo has apologized and said it removed Superfish, a visual shopping tool, in January from devices it planned to ship. The reported issue with the program came to light after users said antivirus protection systems had deemed it a "potentially unwanted program."

The Federal Communications Commission approved the policy known as net neutrality by a 3-2 vote at its Thursday meeting, with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler saying the policy will ensure "that no one — whether government or corporate — should control free open access to the Internet."

Some Apple products may be banned from sale in the U.S. if Ericsson gets its way after filing a barrage of patent lawsuits.
The Swedish telecommunications equipment vendor filed nine lawsuits against Apple on Thursday, seven in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas and two in the U.S. International Trade Commission, alleging infringement of a total of 41 of its patents.

Facebook has rolled out suicide prevention and support tools for vulnerable users and their concerned family and friends. Suicide prevention organisations in Australia have applauded the move, and say it could help save lives.

Sports -
NASCAR - Joey Logano became the second youngest driver to win the Daytona 500 after a caution came out on the final lap.

The Boston Red Sox sign Yoan Moncada, a 19-year-old Cuban infielder with a powerful swing and pianist-quick hands, with a signing bonus worth $31.5 million.

After more than 40 years with the plainest logo in professional sports, the Cleveland Browns took a bold step to the future on Tuesday by unveiling a new logo.

Keith Olbermann has been suspended from his ESPN show for the remainder of the week, after calling Penn State students "pitiful" in a series of brash tweets.

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been reinstated after U.S. District Court Judge David Doty ruled Thursday in the NFL Players Association's lawsuit against the NFL on Peterson's behalf.

Entertainment news -

Former pop star Gary Glitter has been jailed for a total of 16 years for sexually abusing three young girls between 1975 and 1980. Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was sentenced for attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one of having sex with a girl under 13.
Passing - Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83.
Kelly Osbourne is leaving Fashion Police, days after a racism row.It started when her co-host Giuliana Rancic commented on Disney star Zendaya's dreadlocks at the Oscars. She said the hairstyle made her think of the smell of "patchouli" or "weed".

87th Academy Awards - some winners:
Best Picture
"Birdman" "Whiplash"
Best Director
Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Birdman" (Richard
Best Actress
Julianne Moore, "Still Alice"
Best Actor
Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything"
Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood"
Best Supporting Actor
J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash"

 
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