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

 

Headlines -
Police raided homes of suspected Islamist militants across France overnight arresting 23 people, and investigators identified a Belgian national living in Syria as the possible mastermind behind Friday's attacks in Paris. Much of France came to a standstill at midday for a minute's silence to remember the 129 killed in the co-ordinated suicide bombings and shootings. Metro trains stopped, pedestrians paused on pavements and office workers stood at their desks.

The French authorities have concluded that Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a 27-year-old Belgian man who has fought in Syria for the Islamic State, was the mastermind of the Paris terrorist attacks.

Marriott International, the Bethesda-based hotel behemoth, said Monday it has agreed to buy Starwood Hotels & Resorts in a $12.2 billion cash and stock deal. The combined company, which will continue to be based in Bethesda, will own or franchise 5,500 hotels with 1.1 million rooms. It will include 30 hotel brands.

Police in Paris say 16 people have been arrested in the region and detained since Sunday in relation to last week's terror attacks that killed at least 129. A Paris police statement said there have also been 104 police raids, and six firearms have been seized since a state of emergency was declared on Saturday. The arrests and raids are targeting "people, arms and objects likely to be linked to activities of a terrorist nature," police said.

Hours after confirming for the first time on Tuesday that a bomb brought down a Russian charter jet over the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt more than two weeks ago, killing all 224 people aboard, Russia joined France in bombing Islamic State targets in Syria.

For a second straight day French warplanes hit a command post and a recruitment center for jihadists in an Islamic State stronghold, Raqqa, theFrench Ministry of Defense announced on its website, while Russian news reports said a Russian submarine had fired cruise missiles at Islamic State targets in the same area.

A new video released by ISIS warns of an impending attack on New York City.
The video mentions Times Square and purports to show an explosive device being put together and a bomber zipping his jacket over a suicide belt. The New York City Police Department said it was aware of the video and was deploying additional members of its new anti-terrorism squad out of an abundance of caution

Gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Mali’s capital on Friday with 170 guests and staff, killing at least three people and taking hostages in a city that serves as a logistics hub for French and American forces helping fight Islamist insurgents.

Belgium widened its search on Sunday for armed Islamist extremists whose presence has put Brussels on maximum alert, with officials saying more than one militant was at large in the city.
The alert has closed the capital's metro system, although a senior minister said it was likely to reopen on Monday. Belgium has been at the heart of investigations into the Paris attacks on Nov. 13 that left 130 people dead after links emerged to Brussels, and the poor district of Molenbeek in particular.

The Turkish military shot down a Russian SU-24 warplane near the Syrian border early Tuesday after saying it had repeatedly violated Turkish air space and been warned to leave.
Both Russian pilots were seen parachuting from the plane after it was hit by an air-to-air missile and fell from the sky in flames. Syrian rebel forces operating near the Turkish border said both men were dead, at least one of them shot as he descended.

Sports -
Undefeated Ronda Rousey Is Now Defeated - Boxer loses to Holly Holm in UFC 193. "I appreciate the concerns about my health, but I'll be fine. As I had mentioned before, I'm going to take a little bit of time, but I'll be back," Rousey said on Instagram about her plans.

More - Boxing - Mexico's most popular redhead Saul “Canelo” Alvarez delivered the win against Puerto Rican rival Miguel Cotto.

Technology news -
Facebook this weekend defended its decision to activate Safety Check following Friday's horrific attacks in Paris, but said it will do the same for more "human disasters" going forward. Safety Check, which emerged following the Japan earthquake and tsunami in 2011 but formally launched last fall, was conceived as a way for people to communicate after natural disasters. Until this weekend, it was only used for emergencies like earthquakes or hurricanes. But the social network decided to activate it on Friday following the attacks in the French capital.

Microsoft Shuts Down Zune - On November 15, the company shut down all Zune-related services. That includes the Zune Music Pass subscription program, and the Zune marketplace for buying MP3s. Microsoft announced the termination date a couple months ago.
Anyone still subscribing to Zune Music Pass should be automatically switched to Microsoft’s new Groove Music service by now. Annual and three-month subscribers also had the option to cancel the service and get pro-rated refunds.

Entertainment news -
Nick Alexander, who worked Eagles of Death Metal's merchandise table during the group's European tour, was among the more than 120 people killed in the terror attack at Paris' Bataclan, Alexander's family confirmed in a statement. He was 36.

Passing - P.F. Sloan, a songwriter known for penning tracks like Johnny Rivers’ “Secret Agent Man” and Barry McGuire’s “Eve of Destruction,” died Sunday evening after receiving a pancreatic cancer diagnosis just weeks ago. He was 70.

Charlie Sheen, said he was diagnosed HIV positive some four years ago and had been extorted for more than $10 million to keep the information quiet.
Sheen, 50, told NBC's "Today" TV show he was speaking out because he was being blackmailed, and to refute tabloid reports that he has AIDS and was spreading it to other people.

Soccer icon David Beckham - the humble British heartthrob is this year's Sexiest Man Alive.

In "You're So Vain," Carly Simon sings, "You're so vain, you probably think this song is about you."
Now, she's revealing who she's referring to -- at least in one part.
"I have confirmed that the second verse is Warren [Beatty]," Simon told People magazine. "Warren thinks the whole thing is about him!"

Jared Fogle the former Subway Pitchman is sentenced to 15 years and 8 months in prison for child xex crimes
Fogle was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to charges involving sex with a minor and child pornography. "I so regret that I let so many of you down," Fogle said in a statement.

 
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