Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of May 8, 2015 In News, Pop Culture History, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
Elections - Prime Minister David Cameron sealed a surprise election win by persuading Britons to choose the security of modestly rising living standards over an implausible pretender many feared could become the puppet of Scottish nationalists.
Blending the promise of "the good life" fueled by a strong economic recovery with fear of resurgent Scottish separatists calling the shots in a country they want to break up, Cameron steamrolled the opposition Labour Party and won his party's first outright majority in 23 years.
Atlanta - Three men and one woman aboard a small plane have died after it crashed Friday morning on I-285 at Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. The passengers on the plane were headed to Oxford, Miss., for a graduation ceremony Saturday at the University of Mississippi, according to the owner of a plane that took off from the airport just before the flight.
The US justice department has launched an investigation into the Baltimore police department's use of force and whether there are patterns of discriminatory policing.
The investigation, announced by attorney general Loretta Lynch on Friday, was requested by Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore's mayor, in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who sustained fatal injuries while in police custody, and the outrage it sparked in Maryland's largest city.
Two police officers wereshot and killed during a traffic stop, and three suspects were arrested hours later, authorities said Sunday.
Two of the suspects were charged Sunday with capital murder in the death of officers Benjamin Deen, 34, and Liquori Tate, 25.
Emergency responders searched through wreckage in parts of Texas and Arkansas early Monday after a line of tornadoes battered several small communities, killing at least two people and injuring dozens of others.
As many as 10 people were still missing at daybreak, raising the possibility that the number of dead could climb.
A second powerful earthquake in less than three weeks spread panic in Nepal on Tuesday, bringing down buildings weakened by the first disaster and killing at least 96 people, including 17 in neighbouring India and one in Chinese Tibet.
A Texas man who killed his 15-year-old ex-girlfriend, her mother and her grandfather was executed Tuesday evening, after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to rule that he was mentally incompetent.
Derrick Charles was the seventh person put to death in Texas this year, at a time when lethal injections are on hold in several states around the nation.
An Amtrak train was doing more than double the 50 mph limit before it derailed on a sharp curve of Philadelphia track, killing eight people and injuring more than 200 others. The Wall Street Journal reported that Northeast Regional Train 188 was zipping toward New York at more than 100 mph when the engine and its seven passenger cars skidded off the rails.
In what is probably a first for sports media, the job status of a writer counted as breaking news today. Bill Simmons is leaving ESPN. The network's president, John Skipper, announced on Friday morning that it would not renew Simmons's contract, which expires in the fall. Simmons, who got his start as the "Boston Sports Guy" writing for an AOL regional blog in 1997 and joined ESPN in 2001 as a columnist, quickly became his own franchise within the parent company.
The NFL announced Monday that Tom Brady has been suspended without pay for four games for violating the NFL policy on the integrity of the game. The team will also be fined $1 million and will forfeit a 2016 first-rounder and 2017 fourth-round selection in the NFL Draft. (You can read the full NFL statement here.) The massive punishment comes less than a week after independent investigator Ted Wells found that it was "more probable than not" that Brady was "at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities" regarding the deflation of Patriots game balls used in the AFC Championship Game against the Colts.
Aaron Hernandez has been indicted on a witness intimidation charge in relation to 2012 double homicide. What the DA's office said he did in Florida that impeded the investigation.
Fans Arrested - Patriots fans gathered at NFL headquarters in Manhattan to protest the league’s punishment of quarterback Tom Brady and the organization. Protesters staged a sit-in inside 345 Park Avenue, handcuffed themselves and others circled in front of the building with pro-Patriots signs. During a live stream of the action on the Periscope app, the protesters could be heard saying they were prepared to be arrested. Some where after police showed-up.
LA Clippers Melt-Down - Playoffs - Game 6 - Houston Rockets rally from 19 points down and the brink of road elimination to secure a 119-107 win and send the series to a Game 7. The Rockets rolled up 40 points on the Clippers in the fourth quarter without even using James Harden, and it left Clippers guard Chris Paul to conclude: "Our defense was the biggest factor in the game."
Apple has quietly removed the eBay app from the list offeatured Apple Watch apps on its website in the United States, exactly two weeks after the launch of the Apple Watch. While eBay was the only app listed on Apple's page that has yet to be updated with Apple Watch support, it's unclear whether the removal is simply to avoid confusion by limiting mentions to apps that are available or if issues have arisen recently that will significantly delay eBay's Apple Watch support.
Cheapest computer - challenges the $35.00 Raseberry Pi. It’s “The Registar” - A new chip for just $9.00! The Chip comes with an Allwinner A13 ARM-based 1GHz processor, 512MB of DDR3 RAM and 4GB of storage, all on a circuit board that's smaller than a packet of cigarettes. Connectivity comes from 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth, and you can buy a VGA or HDMI port adapter for an additional $10 and $15 respectively.
Verizon will acquire AOL for $4.4 billion, the phone giant will enter the ad tech wars with Silicon Valley’s heavyweights
Samsung Electronics Co. unveiled a set of technologies to spur more companies to add computing power to everyday devices such as fitness trackers, light bulbs, security cameras and drones. The effort, called Artik, centers on tiny circuit boards that come packed with new processors, communication chips, sensors and other components. Samsung is also offering software and related services to help configure new devices and connect them to the Internet.
Facebook announces “Instant Articles.” Facebook has begun to host stories and other types of content from a series of publishers: theNew York Times, BuzzFeed, National Geographic, NBC, The Atlantic, the Guardian, BBC News, Spiegel and Bild. Content that would have otherwise appeared on the websites of these companies will appear as part of Facebook's iPhone app instead.
The company believes native content will make the experience of reading articles on the platform faster, and is rolling out a suite of interactive features that publishers can use within their content. These include zoom and tilt functionality, auto-play videos, audio captions and the ability to like and comment on individual parts of an article.
Entertainment news -
FOX says next season - season 16 will be the last for “American Idol.”
Actor Morgan Freeman, told the Daily Beast Wednesday that only cannabis can manage his painful fibromyalgia. Freeman also doubled down on his support for legalizing the botanical for adults 21 and over. He pauses, and points to the glove-aid jutting out from his left suit sleeve. “Marijuana has many useful uses,” he says. “I have fibromyalgia pain in this arm, and the only thing that offers any relief is marijuana. They’re talking about kids who have grand mal seizures, and they’ve discovered that marijuana eases that down to where these children can have a life. That right there, to me, says, ‘Legalize it across the board!’”
Saying Goodbye To Dave Letterman (continues) - On CBS' Late Show Thursday, George Clooney - the 54-year-old Oscar winner handcuffed himself to the soon-to-be-retiring star—and threw away the key! It began when Letterman, 68, tried to get Clooney to open up about the many "wonderful things [that] have happened" since the two men last saw each other.
Passing - Blues great B.B. King at 89. “The Thrill Is Gone” from 1970 is his biggest hit - and a great one at that!