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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of May 22, 2016 In News, Pop Culture History, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

Headlines -
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi took to live television early Monday to announce the start of an operation to recapture the city of Falluja from ISIS.

Baltimore police Officer Edward Nero was found not guilty of all charges Monday in connection with the death of Freddie Gray, Judge Barry Williams ruled Monday after a bench trial.

Presidential race heating up - A Washington Post/ABC News poll Sunday found a statistical dead heat, with Trump leading Clinton 46% to 44% among registered voters, figures that represent an 11-point swing since March. The former secretary of state leads by six points among all adults -- down from an 18-point lead in March.

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday lifted a half-century-old ban on selling arms to Vietnam, looking to bolster a government seen as a crucial, though flawed partner in a region that he has tried to place at the center of his foreign policy legacy.

With a triumphant pile of delegates in hand, Republican Donald Trump on Thursday claimed support from "almost everybody" in his party and turned his attention to his likely Democratic presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton, who is still locked in a divisive primary contest.

The Cincinnati Zoo shot to death a more-than-420-pound gorilla that was manhandling a small boy who had fallen into its enclosure on Saturday afternoon. But soon supporters of animal rights were standing outside the zoo in remembrance of the gorilla named Harambe. Online petitions circulated blaming the mother of the child for negligence. By Monday the chorus of outrage had reached such an intense pitch that the zoo held a news conference to defend itself.

 

Sports -
The MLB competition committee redefines the bottom of the strike zone as the top of the hitter's knees and allow teams to forego throwing four pitches on intentional walks.

Derek Dietrich: Miami Marlins Infielder Struck in Head by Foul Ball While Sitting in Dugout.

He was cleared of any concussion symptoms, the Marlins said.

The NFL is moving the Holiday Bowl from Hawaii to Orlando.

 

Technology -
Twitter said it planned to introduce a series of changes in the coming months to make it easier for people to communicate with one another on the social media service. In particular, the modifications will loosen the 140-character limit of a Twitter post. Under the rule-bending, tagging users by their handles at the beginning of replies and adding photos, GIFs and videos will no longer count against the 140-character limit in tweets, Twitter said. This will enable users to post longer messages with more interactive content without running afoul of the character restriction.

Facebook responds to official queries regarding its Trending Topics feature, specifically allegations made over the last few weeks that the team responsible for it was deliberately suppressing conservative views and arbitrarily elevating stories with little oversight.

Google Releases Latest Version of Chrome Web Browser - 51.

If You Don’t Want Windows 10 - You’re Going To Get It Anyway - Users in the U.S.said that a change to an on-screen notification by Microsoft has resulted in them inadvertently updating to Windows 10.

 

Entertainment news -
Passing - Former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza passed away Saturday night (May 21) while performing with the band OHM: at The Baked Potato in Studio City, California. He was 51 years old.

Passing - Alan Young (96) - perhaps best known as Wilbur Post, from the Mister Ed TV show.

Less than 24 hours after he performed "Company" and "Sorry" during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Justin Bieber took toI nstagram to explain why he no longer finds joy in such high-profile events. “... "I try to think of it as a celebration but can't help feeling like people are rating and grading my performance. A lot of people in the audience there to be seem worried about how much camera time they will get or who they can network with."

Bill Cosby Will Go On Trial… And - Two days before Bill Cosby was ordered to trial on allegations he drugged and sexually assaulted a woman in 2004, a document re-surfaced in which he admitted having sexual contact with teens sent to him by a modeling agency.

Karen King: Reality TV Personality Arrested for Alleged Identity Fraud. King from "Love and Hip Hop" allegedly purchased nearly $5,000 worth of merchandise at Saks Fifth Avenue in Atlanta under someone else’s name in August last year.

Gunfire broke out at a concert by T.I. at IRVING PLAZA in NEW YORK CITY that left one person dead and three others wounded. THE NEW YORK POST reports, "The carnage began in the green room of the UNION SQUARE venue at about 10p while the opening act — MAINO and UNCLE MURDA — were performing, according to law-enforcement sources. The gunplay then spilled into the area near the stage, causing panic among more than 1,000 fans packed into the music hall."

Mark Salling, who played bad-boy Noah "Puck" Puckerman on the Fox musical dramedy "Glee," was charged Friday with receiving and possessing child pornography.
The 33-year-old actor was charged with two counts, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Gwen Stefani: Turns Down Blake Shelton's Marriage Proposal. Stefani turned down Shelton's proposal citing that she wanted it to "be right” for her three children with ex-husband Gavin Rossdale.

Amber Heard is granted a temporary restraining order against her husband of 15 months, Johnny Depp - alleging in court documents that the 52-year-old actor physically abused her throughout their four-year relationship.

Trinity Broadcasting Network Co-Founder Jan Crouch Suffers 'Significant' Stroke. She founded TBN in 1973 with her husband, Paul, who died in 2013.

 

Billboard Music Awards - some winners:
Top Artist: Adele
Top New Artist: Fetty Wap
Top Male Artist: Justin Bieber
Top Female Artist: Adele

 
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