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


Although arson is blamed for at least three fires over the past two weeks at several predominantly black churches in Southern states, a blaze that destroyed Mount ZionAfrican Methodist Episcopal church in South Carolina was not deliberately set, according to a federal source, the Associated Press reported Wednesday. Churchgoers had feared the worst because the church in Greeleyville, S.C., was burned to the ground by the KKK in 1995. The latest fire broke out Tuesday during a night of frequent storms and lightning strikes.

The White House says visitors can now take photos or use social media during public tours of the building. The announcement comes from Michelle Obama in a video posted on her Instagram account. She's seen ripping in half a sign that's been displayed during tour hours and says "no photos or social media allowed."

Captured prison escapee David Sweat is back in a maximum security prison for the first time in nearly a month, according to the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. Sweat, 35, was released from Albany Medical Center early Sunday morning and brought to Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus, New York.

South Carolina's Senate passed legislation Tuesday to remove the Confederate battle flag from the state house, where it has flown for five decades despite being viewed by many as a symbol of slavery. A bill to banish the flag from the Capitol grounds to a museum easily passed a third and final vote in the Senate by a 36-3 margin and is now headed for debate in the state's House of Representatives.

International negotiators have extended their deadline once again as they struggle to reach a nuclear deal with Iran. Negotiators had been running up against a Tuesday deadline, after initially extending a June 30 deadline amid lingering differences. On Tuesday morning, the State Department said the new deadline is now Friday, as talks continue.

Sports - NBA Draft - The Milwaukee Bucks got bigger Thursday, agreeing to terms with free-agent center Greg Monroe, league sources confirmed to ESPN. Monroe spurned the New York Knicks among other teams by agreeing to terms with the Bucks on a three-year maximum deal worth approximately $50 million with a player option for the final year, sources said.

Women's Soccer World Cup - USA Wins - Sunday’s final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup was the most watched soccer game — played by women or men — in U.S. history.
Around 25.4 million people watched the game on Fox, according to the New York Times, to go along with nearly 1.3 million people watching the Spanish-language telecast on Telemundo. The U.S. beat Japan handily.

Technology -

Facebook is to start paying some video creators for uploading their clips to the platform.
The company is launching a Suggested Videos feed that curates a sequence of clips, interspersed with adverts. Videos that keep people watching for longer will earn a greater share of the revenue from these ads, with Facebook keeping 45% for itself.
Facebook says its users clock up four billion video views daily. One expert said it posed a threat to YouTube.

A Swiss man attempting to circumnavigate the globe with an aircraft powered only by the sun's energy landed in Hawaii on Friday, after a record-breaking five-day nonstop solo flight across the Pacific Ocean from Japan.
The Solar Impulse 2 is the first aircraft to fly day and night without any fuel. Pilot Andre Borschberg's 120-hour voyage shattered the 76-hour record for nonstop flight by late American adventurer Steve Fossett in 2006 on the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer.
Borschberg, who took off from Nagoya, Japan, on Monday on the seventh leg of the journey, landed at 5:55 a.m.(1155 EDT) on Friday in Kalaeloa.

Intel’s Ubuntu Compute Stick is about to launch, finally going on sale from next week. The Ubuntu version (Intel product number STCK1A8LFC) will be up for purchase from retail and online stockists.
The Windows 8.1 version of Intel’s Compute Stick has been in the market for a while now. The new Compute Stick with pre-installed Ubuntu is much cheaper and will be available for $110 US Dollars. Although it is cheaper but on the downside, it will have less storage space.

Google’s Sidewalk Labs is leading a group of investors that will acquire the newly formed Intersection, a company working on a free city-wide Wi-Fi project in New York City.
Technology design company Control Group, and transit-advertising company Titan will merge to become Intersection. Both are part of a group of companies installing the free municipal Wi-Fi network LinkNYC within New York’s five boroughs.

Entertainment -

The Rolling Stones are set to become the subject of a career-spanning exhibition.ING
The show, titled Exhibitionism, will take over nine gallery spaces that span two floors of London’s Saatchi Gallery and will feature more than 500 items that band members have accrued over their 52-year history. Conceived as an interactive tour, the show will include rare audio tracks, personal diaries, original stage designs, backstage artefacts, never-before-seen video footage, childhood photos, as well as Jagger’s leotards and other costumes.

The U.S. Postal Service is offering an Elvis Presley greatest hits CD to go along with a new commemorative stamp. "ELVIS FOREVER" will be available online and in select post offices beginning Aug. 12 along with the stamp, which features a black-and-white image of the young "King of Rock 'n' Roll."

Marry - Billy Joel, 66, and Alexis Roderick, 34, have been dating since 2009 and are expecting their first child
Billy Joel married girlfriend Alexis Roderick in a surprise ceremony at the couple’s annual Fourth of July party.

Passing -
MICHAEL DOUGLAS' actress mother has died, aged 92. Diana Douglas, the first wife of the movie star's father Kirk, passed away at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills,

Passing - Jerry Weintraub ... the producer behind the "Ocean's 11" remakes, Frank Sinatra, and Elvis Presley died today at the age of 77 ... TMZ has learned.

Bill Cosby has admitted to getting prescription Quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with, newly released documents show. The documents, dating back to 2005, stem from a civil lawsuit filed by Andrea Constand -- one of the dozens of women who have publicly accused the comedian of sexual assault.

Rapper and business mogul 50 Cent has filed for bankruptcy, a stunning financial turn considering his estimated net worth had been pegged at $155 million as recently as May. He was recently sued after posting a sex tape online.

Elvis Coming Back - in 3D - The man who once ruled Las Vegas could be returning to the stage next year in a new way thanks to the wonders of modern technology. According to a recent interview with the managing editor of Pulse Evolution, the company is working on a hologram of Elvis Presley for use in a live concert setting. Pulse Evolution currently owns the rights to creating holograms of Presley, Marilyn Monroe, and Michael Jackson. The company was responsible for last year’s jaw-dropping Michael Jackson hologram performance at the Billboard Music Awards.

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