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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of March 15, 2015 In News, Pop Culture History, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

Murder Warrant - Robert Durst, a wealthy real estate heir and the subject of the HBO series “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” has been arrested in New Orleans. His latest arrest comes after the Los Angeles Police Department renewed its investigation into the 15-year-old murder of Durst’s former friend Susan Berman, the daughter of a Las Vegas casino owner

Boston set an all-time snowfall record and flirted with another mark: most snark in a single winter. The latest storm in an epic winter edged the total just over the 9-foot mark. Sunday's storm dropped 2.9 inches at Logan International Airport, pushing the seasonal accumulation to 108.6 inches and surpassing the previous record of 107.6 set in 1995-96.

Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock resigned Tuesday, less than 12 hours after questions about tens of thousands of dollars in mileage reimbursements he received for his personal vehicle. Schock billed the federal government and his campaign for logging roughly 170,000 miles on his personal car from January 2010 through July 2014. But when he sold that Chevrolet Tahoe in July 2014, it had roughly 80,000 miles on the odometer.

After a bruising campaign focused on his failings, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel won a clear victory in Tuesday’s elections and seemed all but certain to form a new government and serve a fourth term, though he offended many voters and alienated allies in the process.

Police in northern California are searching for at least one suspect who gunned down three people and wounded four others Tuesday night in an apparent drive-by shooting outside of a convenience store.
When officers arrived outside the Madison Market in Stockton just before 8:30 p.m. PT one of the seven victims — a 27-year-old woman — was pronounced dead at the scene, police said in a release early Wednesday.

Gunmen in military uniforms attacked an art museum in downtown Tunis around noon on Wednesday, killing 19 people, officials said. Security forces later advanced into the museum and killed two gunmen in a firefight, state television reported.
The CEO of Starbucks defended the coffee chain's new campaign to address race relations by asking employees to write "Race Together" on the side of customers' cups to start a dialogue with customers.
Howard Schultz told ABC News today that he wasn't surprised by the backlash aimed at the campaign, calling race relations a "highly emotional issue that divides many people across the country." "I’m not a black person, but I am deeply affected by what’s going on, and so will our general society if the American promise, the American dream, the aspiration of the country is only available to a select few," he said.
Islamic State (IS) say its militants carried out suicide bombings on two mosques in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, which killed at least 137 people.
The attacks are the first claimed by IS - a Sunni group - since it set up a branch in Yemen in November.

The machete-wielding man who attacked officers at a security checkpoint at the New Orleans airport on Friday night and was shot by a sheriff’s deputy has died. Authorities said Richard White had dropped a shopping bag he was carrying when he began spraying insecticide on the first T.S.A. officer he encountered at the security gate. After arriving at the scene, investigators smelled gas, and they discovered inside the bag six half-pint jars filled with gasoline with cloth wicks stuffed into the tops. A gas lighter was also found in the bag

Seven siblings from an Orthodox Jewish family were killed early Saturday when a fire tore through their Brooklyn home after they had gone to bed, a tragedy that authorities believe was caused by a malfunctioning hot plate left on for the Sabbath. The blaze took the lives of three girls and three boys - ages 5 to 16 - and left their mother and another child in critical condition. Fire officials said the flames would have prevented the mother, who escaped out a window, from trying to rescue her children.

Sports -
On the day Greg Hardy became a Dallas Cowboy, the NFL made it clear that the league – and Hardy – have unfinished business in Charlotte.
The NFL filed suit Wednesday, seeking the evidence gathered against the former Carolina Panther defensive end in a domestic-abuse case involving his former girlfriend. Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray was named as the defendant.

Technology news -
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has fined Verizon US$3.4 million over its failure to notify police and fire departments during a 911 service outage last year.

Under the commission’s rules, Verizon and other carriers were required to notify emergency call centers of a six-hour outage that occurred in April. The outage involved multiple carriers and affected over 11 million people in seven states.

Sony has launched cheaper alternatives to cable with its PlayStation Vue Web video service. Presently the packages start at $50 and to be made available in three cities. The Web and cloud-based television service, which allows users to access live TV and on-demand video, has been in test mode since November. Sony joins several new competitors in online video services with one of the largest packages of channels. Vue will be available initially on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 video game consoles in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia starting Wednesday, then expand to other cities and for iPad users shortly.

Entertainment news -
Passing - Toto bassist Mike Porcaro died early this morning after a long battle with ALS. He was 59.

In a letter to fans Sinead O’Connor says she no longer has an emotional connection to her most famous song, “Nothing Compares 2 U” and will no longer be performing it.

Celine Dion - The 46-year-old singer announced today that she will be resuming her residency at the Caesars Palace Colosseum in late August with a whole new act.

Passing - Michael Brown, a keyboardist and songwriter who at 16 was a writer of the 1966 hit “Walk Away Renee” for his band the Left Banke and composed “Pretty Ballerina” for it as well, died on Thursday at his home in Englewood, N.J. He was 65.

Top Pop Hit Singles
Untown Funk! - Mark Ronson fea. Bruno Mars
Lay Me Down - Sam Smith
Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding
Believe - Mumford and Sons
FourFiveSeconds - Rihanna & Kanye West & Paul McCartney
Sugar - Maroon 5
Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey) - The Weeknd
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Style - Taylor Swift
Time Of Our Lives - Pitbull & Ne-Yo
Take Me To Church - Hozier
Trap Queen - Fetty Wap
BlanK Space - Taylor Swift
G.D.F.R. - Flo Rida fea. Sage The Gemini & Lookas

Top movies -
Cinderella
Run All Night
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Focus (2015)
Chappie
THe Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
THe SpongeBob Movie
McFarland, USA
Fifty Shades of Grey
The Duff

 
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