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

Passing - Mario Cuomo, a son of Italian immigrants who became an eloquent spokesman for a generation of liberal Democrats during his three terms as governor of New York but couldn't quite bring himself to run for president, has died. He was 82. Cuomo died Thursday of natural causes due to heart failure at his home, the same day his son Andrew started his second term as governor.

Flu Season Up - A deadly influenza strain has the U.S. in the grip of what could develop into a "severe" flu season, with widespread cases already reported in 36 states, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expert said Tuesday.
The H3N2 strain, the most common flu virus this season, began mutating shortly after U.S. health experts created this year's vaccine -- rendering it less effective compared to past flu vaccines, Dr. Michael Jhung, a medical officer with the CDC's influenza division, told FoxNews.com.

Sole Survivor - Shaking and upset, a 7-year-old girl who survived a plane crash in southwestern Kentucky that killed her parents, sister, and cousin found herself on the doorstep of Larry Wilkins's home.
"When I answered the door, there was a bloody girl," Wilkins said. "She told me that her parents were dead, and she had been in a plane crash, and the plane was upside down."
The crash in Kuttawa, Kentucky, killed the girl's parents, Marty and Kimberly Gutzler, her 9-year-old sister Piper, and her 14-year-old cousin Sierra Wilder, according to police.

Passing - Former U.S. Sen. Edward W. Brooke, a liberal Republican who became the first black in U.S. history to win popular election to the Senate, died Saturday. He was 95.

As accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev goes on trial and - few doubt the outcome of the first phase of the two-phase trial.

An apparent terrorist-related shooting at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo left at least 12 people dead and wounded 10 more in Paris on Wednesday, police said.
French media reported that armed men wearing black hoods stormed the offices of the publication in a suburb of the city before firing automatic weapons in a scene that police described as "carnage."

More than 200 years after Samuel Adams and Paul Revere first buried it in Boston, it took an hour to remove all the objects crammed inside a tiny time capsule. Among the stash Hatchfield removed from the 1795 time capsule: Five folded newspapers, a Massachusetts commonwealth seal, a title page from Massachusetts colony records and at least 24 coins.

Technology news –
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Monday, Dish Network announced what is probably the first credible attempt to solve that problem. Its new, Web-based Sling TV service will offer live, streaming cable TV for $20 a month—significantly less than a standard cable subscription.
To start with, Sling TV will come with 12 major channels, including, crucially, ESPN. Here’s the full list:
Food Network
Travel Channel
Cartoon Network
Adult Swim
Disney Channel
ABC Family

Sports – College Football Down To The Wire - Cardale Jones turned in another savvy performance in his second college start and Ezekiel Elliott ran for a Sugar Bowl-record 230 yards Thursday night, leading Ohio State to a 42-35 upset of top-ranked Alabama in the second semifinal of the College Football Playoff.

Rose Bowl – Oregon Ducks dusted Florida State 59-20 and now it's on to Texas to try to win their first national championship. "It's incredible. I'm so proud of these guys right here," Mariota said. "We've got one more to take care of." Pac-12 champion Oregon (13-1) will play Ohio State in the title game Jan. 12 in Arlington, Texas.
The owner of the St. Louis Rams plans to build an NFL stadium in Inglewood, which could pave the way for the league's return to Los Angeles.

Rams owner Stan Kroenke, who bought 60 acres adjacent to the Forum a year ago, has joined forces with the owners of the 238-acre Hollywood Park site, Stockbridge Capital Group. They plan to add an 80,000-seat NFL stadium and 6,000-seat performance venue to the already-massive development of retail, office, hotel and residential space

Passing - Stuart Scott, a longtime anchor at ESPN, died Sunday morning at the age of 49. Of cancer.

Craig Biggio, John Smoltz, Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame.

Entertainment news –
Passing - Donna Douglas, who came to fame playing tomboy Elly May Clampett on the Beverly Hillbillies television show from 1962-1971, has died. She was 81.

Music news –
Bono says he now has a titanium elbow and may never play guitar again due to injuries suffered in a New York City cycling accident. The 54-year-old U2 frontman suffered multiple injuries, including fractures to his left eye socket, shoulder blade and left elbow, when he crashed his bike in Central Park in November. He required hours of surgery after what doctors called a "high-energy bicycle accident."

The first of Kanye West's musical collaborations with Paul McCartneyhas reached number three in the US charts. An ode to West's daughter, North, Only One is the first single from West's as-yet unnamed album and was a surprise release on iTunesand West's website on New Year's Day. West, Whose name Kanye means 'only one', said that the song was the result of a jam session with McCartney in Los Angeles in early 2014. While McCartney played keyboards, West improvised lyrics, which he claimed came from his mother, Donda, who died in 2007.

Top pop hit music singles –
Uptown Funk! – Mark Ronson fea. Bruno Mars
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
Blank Space – Taylor Swift
Take Me TO Church – Hozier
Shake It Off – Taylor Swit
Lips Are Movin – Meghan Trainor
I’m Not The Only One – Sam Smith
Animals – Maroon 5
Jealous – Nick Jonas
Love Me Harder – Ariana Grande & The Weekend
Centuries – Fall Out Boy
I Don’t F**k With You – Big Sean fea. E-40
The Heart Wants What It Wants – Selena Gomez
Only – Nick Minaj fea. Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown
Bang Bang – Jessie J. Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
Stay With Me – Sam Smith
Tuesday - I Love Makonnen – fea. Drake
The Hanging Tree – James Newton Howard fea. Jennifer Lawrence
Habits (Stay High) – Tove Lo

Top Movies –
The Hobbit: The Battle fo the Five Armies
Into the Woods
The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Annie (2014)
The Imitation Game
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
The Gambler
Big Hero 6

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