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

Authorities’ refusal to provide more than a few sketchy details about the Freddie Gray investigation is fueling suspicion and mistrust as a weekend of protest rallies looms. The secrecy may be legally appropriate, but many in Baltimore were finding it hard to be patient Thursday when police took no questions at a news conference about the criminal investigation findings they turned over to the state’s attorney’s office.

Britain's Duchess of Cambridge, the wife of Prince William, gave birth to a girl on Saturday, the couple's second child and a sister to one-year-old Prince George. The royal family's newest member was born at 8:34 a.m. (3.34 a.m. ET), some 2-1/2 hours after Kate Middleton was admitted in the early stages of labor to St Mary's Hospital, West London, the couple's Kensington Palace residence said in a statement.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Sunday that she was lifting the six-day curfew imposed after riots ensued over the death of a black man who sustained a spinal injury while in police custody.

Nearly 4,100 migrants were rescued from boats near the coast of Libya on Saturday and Sunday and rescue operations continued as people smugglers took advantage of calm seas, Italy's coast guard and navy said. All of those rescued were being brought to Italian shores, with some already arriving at Lampedusa, Italy's southernmost island, and Trapani, Sicily. More were to be brought ashore overnight and on Monday.

Police killed two gunmen who tried to ambush a Garland, Texas, event featuring controversial cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed, details began to emerge about the shooters. One suspect, identified as Elton Simpson by a federal law enforcement source, linked himself to ISIS in a tweet posted just before the attack.

Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz rehearsed putting his aircraft into a controlled descent on the flight that preceded the crash of his jetliner into the French Alps on March 24, according to an interim report Wednesday by French air accident investigators. The report by the French air accident investigation agency, the BEA, is based on analysis of the aircraft's flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder.

The GAMEOVER Task Force has arrested a fugitive who escaped from an Ohio prison in 1959. 79-year-old Frank Freshwater was arrested yesterday at 1200 Jones Road, Melbourne, after information was received from the Cold Case Unit of the U.S. Marshal’s Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force in Ohio that Freshwater might be in the Brevard County area.

Technology news - Jeff Bezos, the billionaire CEO of Amazon, is one step closer to conquering space. Blue Origin, the commercial space travel company Bezos founded, launched a surprise test flight of its New Shepard space vehicle Wednesday.
Bezos said in a statement that the rocket's engine "worked flawlessly."

In a bid to change the way the world uses energy, Telsa Motors has come up with a new invention.
Currently, Tesla Motors is expanding its business beyond electric vehicles with the launch of Tesla energy, and a new line of batteries that store energy for homes, businesses and utilities.
The home battery is called the Powerwall.
The battery is a rechargeable, wall-mounted, seven to ten kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery.

Sports -
Fight of the Century - a snooze fest - Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: the uber-bout that wasn’t. The so-called fight of the century was pay-per-snooze, a complete waste of everyone’s time and money — except in a boxing community now rolling in obscene amounts of cash, surely in disbelief they fooled us rubes again. Mayweather defeated sentimental favorite Pacquiao by unanimous decision. The fight - 36 minutes in length - was pretty much - a bore fest to many.

Game 7 - San Antonio Spurs vs. The Los Angeles Clippers - The Clippers win and a great game 111-109.

Deflategate closed - An investigation into the so-called Deflategatescandal concluded it is more likely than not that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady "was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities" by two team employees that resulted in balls being deflated in January's AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts.
The report, released Wednesday by attorney Ted Wells, found "it is more probable than not that Jim McNally and John Jastremski participated in a deliberate plan to circumvent the rules by releasing air from Patriots game balls," but found no wrongdoing by Patriots ownership, coach Bill Belichick and his assistants, or equipment manager Dave Schoenfeld.

Entertainment news -
Passing - Soul singer Ben E. King, best known for his 1961 hit ‘Stand By Me,’ has died. He was 76 years old. King rose to fame in the 1950s as a member of the Drifters. The soul group produced hits such as “There Goes My Baby” and “Save The Last Dance For Me.”

NBC has removed a picture of Brian Williams and the “Nightly News with Brian Williams” branding from its podcast of the prime-time news program, further fueling speculation that the embattled journalist won’t return to the anchor’s chair.

Michelle Rounds - the estranged wife of Rosie O'Donnell, 53, wants the comedienne to submit to random drug testing until their custody war is resolved. The site claims that Michelle Rounds, 43, who is divorcing Rosie after announcing their split in February - believes Rosie is an unfit parent to their daughter daughter Dakota because of her 'excessive use of booze and weed'.

Miley Cyrus has a message: Be yourself. And she wants to help you do that.
The singer announced the official launch of The Happy Hippie Foundation, an organization devoted to fighting for homeless youth, LGBT youth, and other vulnerable populations.

The impact of hip-hop's arrival on the pop music scene eclipsed that of the Beatles-led British invasion of 1964, a computer analysis of 17,000 songs has found. The unusual study found three revolutions on the charts: the 1991 emergence of rap and hip-hop on mainstream charts; the synth-led new wave movement of 1983, and the advent of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who and other British rockers in the early 1960s.

Top pop hit music singles -
Sugar - Maroon 5
Uptonw Funk! Mark Ronson fea. Bruno Mars
Trap Queen - Fetty Wap
Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey) - The Weeknd
See You Again - Wiz Khalifa fea. Charlie
G.D.F.R. - Flo Rida fea. Sage The Gemini & Lookas
Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding
Shut Up and Dance - Walk the Moon
Want to Want Me - Jason Derulo
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Style - Taylor Swift
Somebody - Natalie La Rose fea. Jeremih
Post To Be - Omarion fea. Chris Brown and Jhene Aiko
Chains - Nick Jonas
One Last Time - Ariana Grande
Talking Body - Tove Lo

Top Movies -
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Furious 7
The Age of Adaline
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
Home (2015)
Cinderella (2015)
Ex Machina
Unfriended
THe Longest Ride
Woman in Gold
Monkey Kingdom
Get Hard

 
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