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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of May 1, 2016 In News, Pop Culture History, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


Headlines -
A pair of suicide bombings in southern Iraq killed at least 11 people and wounded 13 others, including children, state-run Al-Iraqiya TV said. ISIS released a statement on Twitter claiming responsibility for the attack Sunday in Samawa, about 155 miles (250 km) south of Baghdad.

A new federal lawsuit against Starbucks claims the company is deceiving its customers when it comes to their iced beverages. Chicago resident Stacy Pincus filed the proposed class action suit on Wednesday in Illinois, according to court documents. The suit alleges the brand "unlawfully underfills iced coffee, iced tea, and iced-blended specialty drinks crafted by Starbucks employees." The lawsuit alleges the drinks are underfilled "compared to how they are advertised, misleading and injuring consumers in the process.”

Donald Trump wins in Indiana.

Ted Cruz dumps his campaign. Also - John Kasich is dropping out of the Republican presidential race. This will leave Trump as the sole frontrunner.

A recently fired employee opened fire at a transportation company near Houston on Wednesday, killing one employee and injuring another before fatally shooting himself. The gunman was fired earlier in the day and then returned with a shotgun to the Knight Transportation office in Katy, about 20 miles west of Houston.

A major brush fire rages in Alberta, Canada - where 1,600 structures have been destroyed.


Sports -
Sporting Goods Retailer “Sports Authority” will Close All 450 US Stores After Filing Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. Sports Authority told the U.S. Bankruptcy Court it was unable to reorganize its $1.1 billion debt. The company previously planned to close only one-third of its stores. A closing date is not set.

NASCAR - Danica Patrick Crashes Into Paul Menard During Pit Stop in GEICO 500. Patrick slammed her car into the side of Menard's car while trying to reach her crew during the 40th lap of the race at Talladega Superspeedway. The crash cost her significant ground in the race.


Technology news -
Microsoft will make SQL Server 2016 generally available on June 1, 2016, company officials announced today.
That June 1 date is when the product will be available to all users, including brand new ones, MSDN subscribers, and existing customers, officials said. All four versions of SQL Server 2016 will be available on that date.

Google Chrome Overtakes Internet Explorer as Most Used Web Browser. Chrome was used by 41.7 percent of users, edging out Explorer's 41.4 percent of Internet users in April, NetMarketShare reported. It is the first time Chrome topped Explorer, according to the site.


Entertainment news -
Despite the massive success of Adele's album 25, which sold a whopping 7.4 million copies in only six weeks, 2015 marked the first time in U.S. history that new releases were outsold by catalogue albums. Seems like everyone's been feeling extra nostalgic lately. The term "catalogue" refers to albums released more than 18 months ago. According to Nielsen's annual year end music report, catalogue albums outsold current releases by 4.3 million copies, something never before seen in the industry.Just 10 years ago, current music sales outpaced catalogue music by over 150 million albums. Keep in mind that these stats don't include album streams, but regardless, it's a significant turning point.

Passing - Peter Thomas - voiceover artist heard for decades on commercials, PBS (Nature) and many other projects. He was 91.

Re-sked - Beyoncé: Singer Cancels Upcoming 'Formation Tour' Concert in Nashville, Tenn. A show was postponed due to stadium construction.

Coachella Festival promoter Goldenvoice officially announced Desert Trip, a three day rock festival featuring The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, The Who, Roger Waters and Neil Young.

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