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


A fire in Edgewater, NJ displaces over 500 people. The apartment building burned hot and quick and got away from firefighters. It could be days before it’s all put out. Another 500 nearby were displaced - but unlike the fire building, they will have something to go back to. Flames and smoke could be seen from across the Hudson, in Manhattan.

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, one of the state's most powerful Democrats for more than two decades, was charged on Thursday with fraud and other criminal counts after a lengthy corruption investigation, federal authorities said.

Disneyland is also now the source of a measles outbreak that has spread beyond California as health experts express alarm about the impact of the anti-childhood vaccination movement.
At least 59 cases have been diagnosed in California, with eight related infections in other western US states and Mexico as people infected at the theme park have passed the disease to others far from the park.

Passing - King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who came to the throne in old age and earned a reputation as a cautious reformer even as the Arab Spring revolts toppled heads of state and Islamic State militants threatened the Muslim establishment that he represented. He was 90.

A video released Saturday on social media linked to Islamic State appears to show the militant group has killed one of two Japanese hostages. The video features a voice claiming to be Japanese journalist Kenji Goto announcing that his fellow captive, security company owner Haruna Yukawa, was beheaded. The voice also states that the militants are now demanding the release of a prisoner held in Jordan rather than money for the safe release of Mr. Goto.
In a glow of bonhomie, U.S. President Barack Obamaand Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a breakthrough on nuclear trade on Sunday, a step that both sides hope will help establish an enduring strategic partnership.
Obama said the two countries had made progress on two issues holding up commercial civil nuclear cooperation, one of the major irritants in bilateral ties.

A small aerial drone was found on the grounds of the White House but poses no threat, a spokesman for President Obama said on Monday.
Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, said he did not have details about the size or type of the drone, but he said the Secret Service was investigating.

Millions across the Northeast were told Tuesday to stay home from work and school, even as forecasters revised predictions that had originally called for record-breaking amounts of snow in some of America's biggest cities.
The blizzard had originally been predicted to bring between 2 and 3 feet of snow to an area stretching from northern New Jersey to southern Maine, along with hurricane-force winds. However, by early Tuesday, most forecasters said that only New England would bear the brunt of the storm, and even then the snowfall would not be as bad as expected.

President Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, after defending the U.S. government's willingness to cooperate closely with the country on national security despite deep concerns over human rights abuses.

Politically Correct - The White House is drawing a sharp distinction between Afghanistan’s Taliban and the Islamic State — describing the Taliban as an “armed insurgency.” Asked directly if the White House considered the Taliban a terrorist group, Mr. Schultz repeated the line that they are an armed insurgency and said that the swap for Mr. Bergdahl was part of the “winding down of the war in Afghanistan.”

The Malaysian government has officially declared the March, 2014 disappearance of Malaysian Airline flight MH370 an accident and says there were no survivors. The declaration should allow compensation payments to relatives of the victims.

Mitt Romney says he won’t run for President - leaving the Republican spotlight on Jebb Bush and Chris Christie.

Pop Culture -
Sky Mall - the ubiquitous airline magazine - has filed for chapter 11 BK - and could go under. The company has laid-off 15 employees - and is looking for a buyer.

Technology -
Google Google. plans on launching a wireless cellular network in an effort to get more people on the Web. It's a move that could, in turn, force existing providers to offer better plan pricing and better data speeds.

Facebook and Instagram are down for 40 minutes. The glitch caused by the company.

Twitter is rolling out two new features designed to make the service easier to use and more appealing: private group messaging and the ability to shoot, edit and post videos directly through the Twitter app.
The company is adding the new features as it attempts to reassure investors about its growth prospects following a turbulent first year as a publicly traded company.

Sports -
Deflate Gate - New England Quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick mounted the same defenses, each flatly maintaining they had no role in illegally deflating footballs used by the New England Patriots in their AFC title game victory against the Indianapolis Colts -- and having no idea how that might have occurred.

NASCAR - Jeff Gordon says 2015 will be his final racing year.

Passing - Baseball’s Ernie Banks, one of baseball’s most ebullient and optimistic ambassadors, died Friday, his wife, Liz, confirmed. Known worldwide as “Mr. Cub,” Banks became the Cubs' first African-American player on Sept. 17, 1953, and went on to become an 11-time All-Star and two-time National League Most Valuable Player (1958-59). His boundless enthusiasm and optimism personified what it meant to be a Cubs fan.

More Deflate Gate - The NFL finally chimes in - The NFL stated Friday it has interviewed dozens of folks and collected physical evidence but has no conclusions but on how the New England Patriots applied underinflated balls in their final game, providing no timetable for resolving…

Prosecutors unveiled video from Aaron Hernandez's own home surveillance system during opening arguments at his murder trial to help support their claim that the former New England Patriots tight end killed semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. The video, previously disclosed in court documents but only shown as a series of still images, showed Hernandez, now 25, and two associates returning to his North Attleboro, Massachusetts, house in the early morning hours of June 17, 2013 without Lloyd, prosecutors said. Other evidence showed Lloyd had been with them earlier, prosecutors alleged.

Entertainment -

Passing - Legendary, iconic TV talkshow host Joe Franklin - who over his career - interviewed over 300,000 guests. Mostly known in New York - but Franklin is down in Guinness as the longest continuously running TV talk show. He was 88.

Blake Shelton guest hosts on “Saturday Night Live.”

SAG Awards - Birdman" took flight at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, winning the night's top prize for outstanding ensemble in a motion picture -- even though its star, Micheal Keaton, was upset by Eddie Redmayne in the outstanding lead actor category. Also winning - Julianne Moore, Patricia Arquette and J.K. Simmons cemented their front-runner status in a ceremony that often serves as a kind of preview to the Academy Awards.

Taylor Swift has addressed the internet hackers who claim to have nude pictures of her by telling them they "have nothing" and to "have fun photoshopping" The singer made the comments after it emerged that her Twitter and Instagram accounts had been hacked.

Joel Gray - who reached the heights of stage and screen, was married for 24 years and proudly raised two children. But for decades, Joel Grey kept one aspect of himself decidedly out of the spotlight. He now admits he’s gay.

Justin Bieber makes a surprize appearance on “Ellen” for her birthday. Ellen DeGeneres had a surprise guest for the taping of her birthday show.

Bruce Jenner Changing Gender - Bruce Jenner (65) will star in a documentary style series for E! that will follow the former Olympian’s personal life. Jenner has recently made headlines because of his changing appearance including his manicured nails and long hair.

Passing - Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced "King of Kitsch" whose music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and '70s won him Oscar nominations and made him one of the best-selling poets in history, has died. He was 81.

Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight has been arrested on a murder charge in a fatal hit-and-run in Los Angeles. Knight turned himself in to authorities after his attorney said the rap mogul accidentally ran over and killed a friend and injured another man as he fled attackers.

Top Movies -
American Sniper
The Boy Next Door
The Wedding Ringer
The Imitation Game
Strange Magic
Into The Woods

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