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

 

The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France agreed to meet in Belarus on Wednesday to try to broker a peace deal for Ukraine amid escalating violence there and signs of cracks in the transatlantic consensus on confronting Vladimir Putin.

United States President Barack Obama urged artists and musicians to work together in positively influencing the public perspective to put an end to sexual violence once and for all. The message is part of a public service announcement aired halfway through the 57th annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on Sunday.
The family of Kayla Mueller, an American woman held captive by the Islamist terror group ISIS, said Tuesday it has received confirmation that she is dead.
"We are heartbroken to share that we've received confirmation that Kayla Jean Mueller has lost her life," a statement from the family reads.

NBC suspended Brian Williams as its lead anchor for six months late Tuesday as a result of a burgeoning scandal involving exaggerated statements he has made about his reporting.
The network said the suspension would be immediate and without pay, and that Lester Holt would substitute for Williams while he is out.

The mayor of Chapel Hill, N.C., said Wednesday that the college town has been "rocked" by the shooting deaths of three Muslim students that the father of two of the victims calls a "hate crime."
The victims, all shot in the head, were identified about 2 a.m. Wednesday as Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, and his wife, Yusor Mohammad, 21, of Chapel Hill, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, of Raleigh, police said. All were U.S.-born and grew up in the area.

“60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon was killed in a car crash on the West Side Highway in Manhattan on Wednesday night, sources said.
The 73-year-old reporter was a passenger in a livery cab traveling south on 12th Ave. at W. 30 St. when it rear-ended a Mercedes-Benz driven by a 23-year-old man and then slammed into a median around 6:45 p.m., a police source said.

David Carr - The highly popular New York Times media critic, David Carr, dies after collapsing in the newsroom. He was 58.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a cease-fire agreement for eastern Ukraine had been reached Thursday, bringing an end to marathon talks between the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France.

Four-term Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat, announced his resignation, ending one of the strangest political scandals the state has seen. Shortly after his most recent inauguration, it was discovered Kitzhaber's fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, was allegedly using government contacts to enrich her private business.

Technology -
Researchers have developed a robot that could help the US Navy battle shipboard fires
The robot has been designed in a humanoid shape to negotiate complex environments
Not only would the robot, called SAFFiR, throw fire retarding grenades but glean information.

The Android smart watch’s time may not yet have come: Despite heavy promotion of Android Wear, Google’s hardware partners, including LG Electronics, Motorola Mobility and Samsung Electronics, only shipped 720,000 of the devices last year.
With the arrival of products such as Motorola’s hotly anticipated Moto 360, the smartwatch market was expected to take off. But the data from market research company Canalys shows that consumers are still far from convinced that they need buy one.

A new feature from massive free-content ad platform Facebook allows users to bequeath control of their accounts to loved ones when they die. It tries to tread the line between handing over full control and helping those who have lost someone use their memories and contacts to grieve.
For some time Facebook has had a “Memorialization” option which locks the account of a deceased person and stops the person from popping up in others' timelines.

Sports - Passing - Basketball Hall of Famer, Jerry Tarkanian, "Tark the Shark" passed away at 84-yrs.

Another Kanye West rant - Rapper Kanye West reprised his infamous stunt at Sunday night's Grammy awards, unexpectedly taking the Staples Center stage as Beck was accepting the Album of the Year award. Beck, who also won Best Rock Album, seemed as surprised as the rest of the audience when he won the award and appeared to be looking around for help. That's when West popped up on stage and moved toward Beck as if he was about to take the trophy. Instead, West turned away and quickly jumped down, but not before getting laughs from Beyoncé and her husband, Jay-Z.

Grammy Winners -
Album of the Year Beck, “Morning Phase”
Song of the Year Sam Smith, "Stay With Me"
Record of the Year Sam Smith, "Stay With Me (Darkchild Version"
Best New Artist - Sam SmithBest Music Video
Pharrell Williams, "Happy"

Best Rock Album
Beck, Morning Phase

Entertainment news -
Bobbi Kristina Brown’s anguished relatives take her off life support -- on the same date as her tragic mom, Whitney Houston.

Goodbye Jon Stewart - Jon Stewart ended his Daily Show with the big announcement of his impending departure from the late night program after 16 years on the air. Stewart thanked Comedy Central for giving him an “incredible opportunity 17 years ago to pilot this wonderful franchise.”

Passing - Stan Chambers, the veteran local TV news reporter whose career at KTLA spanned more than six decades, died Friday, according to his family. He was 91.

Passing - Legendary DJ and voiceover talent - Gary Owens. He was 80.

Top movies -
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water
American Sniper
Jupiter Ascending
Seventh Son
Project Almanac
Passington
The Wedding Ringer
The Imitation Game
Black Or White
The Boy Next Door

 
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