Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of May 22, 2015 In News, Pop Culture History, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
The man charged with the killing of three members of a prominent Washington, D.C. family and their housekeeper did not act alone, prosecutors said they believe. Darron Dellon Dennis Wint made his first appearance before a District of Columbia judge Friday to face first-degree murder charges following the discovery last week of the victims in a scorched mansion.The arrest came a week after the grisly discovery of the bodies of Savvas and Amy Savopoulos, and their son, Philip. The fourth victim, housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa, was found alive at the home and taken to the hospital, where she died.
Passing - John Forbes Nash Jr., the Princeton University mathematician whose life story was the subject of the film "A Beautiful Mind," and his wife of nearly 60 years died Saturday in a taxi crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, police said. Nash was 86. Alicia Nash was 82. The couple lived in Princeton Junction.
An Oklahoma firefighter has died after delivering aid as heavy rain caused flooding throughout Oklahoma and Texas. The body of a Claremore firefighter was found inside a storm drain early Sunday morning, two hours after he was reported missing. The firefighter was standing in some water during the rescue, lost his footing and was swept away.
Texas's Caldwell County — already experiencing flash floods — was bracing for a deluge from the San Marcos River on Sunday morning. Officials declared a "state of disaster," saying that rescues were taking place across the county and warning people not ot travel on flooded roadways.
A mandatory evacuation order was issued for all low-lying rural areas near the river and city of Martindale, according the county's emergency management coordinator.
Martin Ritchey told NBC News that 1,000 homes were affected by the evacuation order, with local sheriffs called in to assist in enforcing it and ensure locals were heading to higher ground.
Twelve Dead From Flooding - Rescuers searched for 12 people, including at least three young children, on Monday after heavy floods swamped Texas and Oklahoma — and forecasters warned that more rain and damaging winds are on the way.
At least four people were killed, including a 14-year-old boy in Texas who was found inside a storm drain and was believed to have drowned.
Authorities in Hays County, Texas, increased the number of missing to 12 from eight. They included members of two families in the small town of Wimberley, three of whom are children under the age of 10.
President Obama marked Memorial Day by laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.
More Texas Flooding - As severe storms moved through Southeast Texas again late Monday into early Tuesday morning, high water and flooding made many of Houston's roads impassable, prompting officials to urge residents to stay home.
At least two people are dead after the heavy rain and flooding in the Houston area. One victim was found in a car in southwest Houston. Another victim was pulled from Brays Bayou, in southeast Houston. Brays Bayou is a watershed that is located in southwest Harris County and portions of Fort Bend County.
GiGi Gordon - A wealthy businesswoman who poisoned her son in a Manhattan hotel room was sentenced to 18 years in state prison for manslaughter on Thursday, ending a bizarre case that turned on her claim that she murdered her child to prevent him from being sexually tortured.
Federal officials have indicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert for lying to the FBI about $3.5 million he agreed to pay to an undisclosed subject to "cover up past misconduct."
The indictment was unsealed in the District Court of Northern Illinois on Thursday. The Justice Department alleges that Hastert made large withdrawals after agreeing to pay the money.
The Obama administration formally removed Cuba from a U.S. terrorism blacklist as part of the process of normalizing relations between the Cold War foes. Secretary of State John Kerry signed off on rescinding Cuba's "state sponsor of terrorism" designation exactly 45 days after the Obama administration informed Congress of its intent to do so on April 14. Lawmakers had that amount of time to weigh in and try to block the move, but did not do so.
Passing - Beau Biden, the oldest son of Vice President Biden and a former attorney general of Delaware, died Saturday.
He was 46.
Pop Culture - Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary added 1,700 new entries to their contents including WTF, clickbait, and photobomb. Last year Merriam-Webster added selfie and hashtag to their vocabulary index.
Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz was suspended for eight games by Major League Baseball on Monday for having a foreign substance on his arm during a game in Miami.
Matusz immediately appealed and was in uniform for Baltimore's game against the Houston Astros on Monday afternoon. He will continue to pitch until his appeal is heard.
Troubled Chicago Bears defensive end Ray McDonald was arrested Monday on charges of domestic violence and child endangerment after an incident in Santa Clara, Calif., where he previously played for the San Francisco 49ers.
McDonald was arrested at approximately 7 a.m. PT in San Jose, said Santa Clara police spokesman Kurt Clarke. The incident happened earlier in Santa Clara.
The Justice Department unsealed a 47-count indictment early Wednesday charging 14 world soccer figures, including officials of FIFA, with racketeering, bribery, money laundering and fraud. Four of those accused, including two sports marketing companies, have already pleaded guilty and are likely to be cooperating.
Among the “alleged schemes,” said the Justice Department, were kickbacks to FIFA officials by executives and companies involved in soccer marketing and “bribes and kickbacks in connection” with “the selection of the host country for the 2010 World Cup and the 2011 FIFA presidential election.”
Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard has been suspended for the 2015-16 season opener because he collected his fourth flagrant foul point during the 2015 postseason, the NBA announced Friday.
Heartbreaker for Ducks - Stanley Cup Finals - Chicago Blackhawks defeat Anaheim 5-3 in game 7.
Technology news -
Internet of Things - Google is working on an operating system called "Brillo" that would be a platform for Internet-of-things devices. It's supposedly a lightweight version of Android, capable of running on devices with extremely limited hardware — as little as 32 MB of RAM, for example. The company is expected to launch the code for Brillo at its I/O event next week.
Charter Communications Inc, controlled by cable industry pioneer John Malone, offered to buy Time Warner Cable Inc for $56 billion, seeking to combine the No. 3 and No. 2 U.S. cable operators to compete against market leader Comcast Corp.
The partners, who said on Tuesday the deal would mean better access to broadband Internet for many consumers, immediately faced questions about likely regulatory obstacles that helped sink Comcast's earlier bid for Time Warner Cable
Apple has found a bug which can cause iPhones to crash when a message containing a specific string of text is received. The bug, which includes symbols and Arabic characters, was first reported by Apple news blog MacRumors on Tuesday night, adding that it was noticed on social news hub Reddit earlier in the day. (bit.ly/1ExFAPr)
Sending a reply message or having someone send you a message can solve the problem, MacRumors added.
Google fired the latest salvos Thursday in an escalating arms race among tech's Big 5 for the hearts, minds and coding of developers.
At the eighth annual I/O conference here, Google laid out a futuristic road map to throngs of 5,000 software developers, its infantry in the war against Apple, Amazon.com, Facebook and Microsoft.
The tech titans are locked in a worldwide skirmish to make devices of all kinds smarter -- whether smartphones and tablets, wearable devices, Internet-connected televisions, cars or virtual reality.
Facebook has finally adopted GIFs into the news feed so now you can share your moving image files directly into your timeline - no longer do you have to use Giphy's workaround.
Entertainment news -
Reality TV star Josh Duggar issued an apology Thursday after reports surfaced that he allegedly molested girls as a teenager, saying: "I acted inexcusably." Duggar, 27, is the oldest of the children who appear on TLC's hit show "19 Kids and Counting." The Duggars are known for being devout Christians who don't believe in practicing birth control and whose children follow strict courtship rules.
Passing - Anne Meara - of the famed “Stiller & Miller” comedy team of the 1960’s and 1970’s (and Mom of Ben Stiller) dies at died at 85
Passing - Reynaldo Rey, the actor-comedian who appeared in such films as “Friday” and “White Men Can’t Jump,” has died. He was 75.
Michael Jackson's former California ranch "Neverland" is hitting the market for $100 million.
Now called "Sycamore Valley Ranch," you won't find the carnival rides and Bubbles the chimpanzee that the late performer had on the 2,700-acre property.