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


Nepalese rescuers on Friday found three bodies near the wreckage of a U.S. Marine helicopter that disappeared earlier while on a relief mission in the earthquake-hit Himalayan nation, and officials said it was unlikely there were any survivors from the crash.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to die for his role in the bombing of the Boston Marathon in 2013. He was sentenced to death for six different counts. He was sentenced by a jury of his peers following a jury trial (the same jury was used for both phases of the trial). The jury was made up of 7 women and 5 men. They deliberated for over sixteen hours over a three day period during the sentencing phase. The jury found that Tsarnaev showed a lack of remorse for his actions.

Rival biker gangs unleashed a hailstorm of bullets outside a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas, leaving nine people dead and at least 17 hospitalized. By Monday morning, almost 200 people were in the McLellan County Jail facing charges of engaging in organized crime in connection with the shootout. t happened in broad daylight -- around noon Sunday, at the restaurant known for scantily clad servers and "bike nights." The fracas apparently started inside the restaurant's bathroom with something as simple as a shove or a disrespectful glance, authorities told CNN affiliate KTVT. That brawl quickly escalated into a fistfight, which led to a knife fight, KTVT said.

U.S. intelligence officials on Wednesday released a trove of documents recovered during the 2011 raid on Usama bin Laden's compound -- offering a rare window into the operations of Al Qaeda and bin Laden's involvement in leading the network from his Pakistan hideaway. The documents include dozens of letters, some from bin Laden himself, as well as accounting information and even what appears to be an application form for prospective Al Qaeda members.

Defective Takata Air Bags - Nearly 34 million cars and trucks (out of the about 250 million on American roads) were just called defective amid the biggest consumer recall in U.S. history. Cars from BMW, Dodge, Honda, Nissan, Toyota and a few others, generally made between 2000 and 2008, have already been recalled. But that list only includes half of the recalled vehicles. In essence, everyone should be checking.

Passing - Margaretta "Happy" Rockefeller, the widow of former U.S. Vice President and New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, has died. She was 88. A Rockefeller family spokesman says she died peacefully in her sleep Tuesday at her home in Tarrytown. She had suffered from a brief illness.

Six of the world’s biggest banks will pay $5.8 billion and five of them agreed to plead guilty to charges tied to a currency-rigging probe as they seek to wind down almost half a decade of enforcement actions.
Citicorp, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Barclays Plc and Royal Bank of Scotland Plc agreed to plead guilty to felony charges of conspiring to manipulate the price of U.S. dollars and euros, according to settlements announced by the Justice Department in Washington

Technology news -

Tech Reminder - On April 13, the FCC published its rule change reclassifying the Internet from information to a telecommunications service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act of 1934, lawsuits began pouring into the courts that charged the FCC with breaking the law. The legal standoff is expected to drag on for years.
Apple. The company confirmed it acquired Coherent Navigation, a startup focused on GPS tech. Although Apple did not share how they will leverage this acquisition, the move likely bolsters their own Maps service that competes with rivals including Google Maps.

A total of 140 companies, including Apple and Google, joined security experts and former government officials in co-signing a letter to the White House, urging President Obama to scuttle any law or action by law enforcement that would weaken data encryption. The letter, which was sent on Tuesday to the White House, calls data encryption the "cornerstone of the modern information economy's security."

Apple introduces an updated MacBook Pro and iMac and lowering the price for its top-end iMac. The updated 15-inch MacBook Pro laptop has a new style of trackpad, faster flash storage and a longer battery life and starts at $1,999. The new $1,999 iMac desktop computer has a higher-resolution 27-inch screen and faster processor. Apple's top-end iMac will now sell for $2,299. It has been selling for $2,499 at some retail outlets.

While Pandora immediately denounced a finding by Judge Louis Stanton that it should pay 2.5 percent of revenue for the BMI blanket license and vowed to appeal, the music publishing community has praised the decision. Moreover, publishers also expressed their resolve to continue their fight against Pandora, which they accuse of trying to benefit economically at the expense of songwriters.

Entertainment news -
The big buzz this week - the “Madmen” finale.

Letterman Goodbye - Day before - David Letterman was treated to a new song by America’s greatest living musician, as Bob Dylan sent off Letterman to The Night We Called It A Day, a standard off his recent Frank Sinatra-inspired album, Shadows In The Night.

Letterman Finale - Dave Letterman does his final show - including a montage of his TV career. Letterman closed out his 33 years as a late-night host on Wednesday with a star-studded finale that ended with his favorite band the Foo Fighters playing "Everlong," the song that welcomed him back after his heart bypass surgery in 2000. The Foo Fighters, dressed in black tie for the occasion, played over a super-sized, rapid-fire montage of still photos and clips spanning both "Late Show With David Letterman" for CBS and "Late Night," the NBC show he hosted from 1982 to 1993.

The Rolling Stones ripped through the intimate Fonda Theatre Wednesday with enough energy to fuel their entire 15-city North American tour. The band announced Wednesday morning it would perform a "club show" that night to kick off its Zip Code tour, which launches Sunday in San Diego. The surprise concert at the 1,300-person-capacity venue instantly sold out. And one fan outside the theater offered $4,000 for one ticket.

Top Music Albums -
Wilder Mind - Mumford & Sons
Stages - Josh Groban
NOW 54
Special Effects - Tech N9ne
Jekyll + Hyde - Zac Brown Band
Furious 7 - soundtrack
50 Shades of Grey - soundtrack
1989 - Taylor Swift
In The Lonely Hour - Sam Smith
X - Ed Sheeran
The Waterfall - My Morning Jacket
Title - Meghan Trainor
If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late - Drake
Traveller - Chris Stapleton

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