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



United Airlines grounded its flights for two hours on Wednesday, but service has resumed. Flight delays, however, persist. This is the second time that technical issues have grounded United flights in just over a month.

South Carolinians awoke Thursday to learn that their legislature had voted in the dead hours of the morning to do what was once considered unthinkable: remove the Confederate battle flag.

Donald Trump holds a rally on Saturday in Phoenix, Arizona where he expects 9,000 people to show up. He's focusing on immigration and crime — which has gone from an offhand comment during his presidential campaign launch last month to the central theme of his run.

After arduous talks that spanned 20 months, negotiators reach a landmark deal aimed at reining in Iran's nuclear program. The agreement, a focal point of U.S. President Barack Obama's foreign policy, appears set to reshape relations between Iran and the West, with its effects likely to ripple across the volatile Middle East.

After Mexico's most notorious drug lord stepped into a shower and slipped into a tunnel to escape from a maximum-security prison, authorities vowed it wouldn't be long before the Sinaloa cartel chief was behind bars again. Prison security cameras last recorded images of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman on Saturday night, just before he apparently crawled through a hole in the shower area of his cell block at the Altiplano Federal Prison.

Sports -
LeBron James has agreed to sign a two-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers worth the maximum of $46.9 million. The second year of the contract is a player option.

Passing - Ken Stabler: Former Alabama and Oakland Raiders Quarterback Dies at 69.

Twelve years after doing it the first time around, Serena Williams has made history again by winning four consecutive Grand Slam titles – better known as the "Serena Slam."
It's another mark in the history books for the player who many already consider the greatest woman to have ever played the game.

All-Star Game - Dodger Pitchers Greinke and Kershaw were charged with a total of three runs over three innings, and the latter took the loss as the American League prevailed over the National League 6-3 in Tuesday's 86th edition of the Midsummer Classic. Mike Trout receives another MVP award, becoming the first player to win back-to-back All-Star Most Valuable Player Awards.

Technology -
A year after announcing a massive round of job cuts impacting 18,000 employees, Microsoft is wielding the axe again. In a statement released Wednesday, Microsoft said it will slash up to 7,800 additional jobs. Most of the cuts are connected to the company's phone business.

Teen “Sexting” - watch those photos you text or send out! - The growth in sexually explicit photos in text messages has set off wide-ranging responses from families, educators, legislators and law enforcement. More than 20 states have enacted legislation regarding it since 2009 — some to strengthen penalties, others to lower them — although efforts to do so in California have failed.

IBM unveils a powerful new chip which the company says could boost computing power of "everything from smartphones to spacecraft." The company unveiled the industry's first seven-nanometer chip that could hold more than 20 billion tiny switches or transistors for improved computing power.

Mess At Reddit - Just days after interim chief executive Ellen Pao left the company, Reddit chief engineer Bethanye Blount quit, telling technology site Re/Code that she didn't believe she "could deliver on promises being made to the community." She added that she believed Pao had been placed on a "glass cliff," a term that's used to describe when women are given leadership roles during times of crisis, which heightens the likelihood of failure.

Entertainment -

Restaurant chain Subway announced Tuesday it suspended its relationship with spokesman Jared Fogle after state and federal authorities descended on the pitchman's home, just two months after the former director of his charitable foundation was arrested on child pornography charges.

Walt Disney World officials say a bronze statue of Bill Cosby is being removed from the Hollywood Studios theme park. Local news outlets report the statue was being removed after the park closed Tuesday night. Disney offered no other comment.

Beatle Ringo Starr, who turned 75 this week, said he would keep on playing the drums as he celebrated his birthday with his traditional "peace and love" salute.

San Diego Comic-Con International: Annual 4-Day Comic Book and Pop Culture Convention Begins. The event, held from July 9-12, features guests including David Aja, Raina Telgemeier, Sergio Aragonés, Franco Aureliani, Peter Bagge, Mariko Tamaki, Art Baltazar and Jill Thompson.

A New Zealand judge has sentenced AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd to eight months of home detention after the musician pleaded guilty to threatening to kill a man who used to work for him, along with possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.

Regis and Kathie Lee. Also, Hoda. And there’s plenty of wine for everyone. NBC’s Today has named Regis Philbina contributor to the program’s fourth hour, alongside Kathie Lee Giffordand Hoda Kotb.

Passing - Actor Omar Sharif Dies From Heart Attack at the Age of 83. Best-known for starring in the 1967 classic, “Dr Zhivago” and 1965’s, “Lawrence of Arabia.”

Ariana Grande: Singer Apologizes After Video Shows Her Licking Doughnut and Saying, “I Hate America.”' Grande's statement said that she is "extremely proud to be an American" and that her comment in the doughnut shop was about childhood obesity and the importance of healthy eating.

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