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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of November 22, 2015 In News, Pop Culture History, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

Headlines -
New polls released Sunday show Donald Trump leading the Republican presidential pack, with significant leads over fellow first-time candidate Ben Carson in the immediate wake of the terror attacks in Paris. Among Democrats, majorities continue to favor former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Three Indiana men have been arrested in the rape and murder of a pastor's pregnant wife during a home invasion, and authorities say they are suspects in other brutal crimes as well.
Larry Taylor, 18, was hit with a murder charge for the death of 28-year-old Amanda Blackburn, and Jalen Watson and Diano Gordan are being held on parole violations, Fox 59 reported.

A manhunt was underway across New Orleans on Monday after 16 people were shot during a gunfight at an impromptu music video recording at in a city park, authorities said.
The victims were all in stable condition.

Pharmaceutical giants Pfizer Inc. and Allergan announce a $160-billion merger that would create the world’s largest drugmaker with high-profile products such as Botox, Lipitor and Viagra, while increasing pressure on Washington policymakers to address corporate tax policy because the deal would shelter the new firm's global earnings.

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.

Eleven people were killed Tuesday when a bus carrying members of Tunisia's presidential guard exploded in Tunis, an official told CNN.
The blast happened when the vehicle was parked near a main artery in the Tunisian capital where guard members are typically picked up and dropped off, according to the official in the Tunisian Prime Minister's office.

Demonstrators filled the streets of this city’s premier shopping district on Friday, demanding justice in the shooting death of a black teenager by a white Chicago police officer. “Sixteen shots! Thirteen months!” they chanted on North Michigan Avenue, referring to the number of bullet wounds the teenager, Laquan McDonald, sustained and the length of time it took to bring charges against the officer who shot him.

A Connecticut man who police say draped himself in an American flag and scaled the White House fence on Thanksgiving Day was ordered on Friday to undergo an emergency psychiatric evaluation. Joseph Caputo of Connecticut made an initial appearance in D.C. Superior Court. His case will be transferred to U.S. District Court on Monday, and it will be handled by federal authorities.

Donald Trump says he doesn't remember the reporter whose disability he is accused of mocking, but the reporter says that they had been "on a first-name basis for years."
Trump has come under fire for what many believe was his public lampooning of the physical appearance of New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski.

The day after a gunman stormed a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, investigators were working to determine what prompted the shooting that resulted in the death of three people, including a police officer. Police identified the shooting suspect as 57-year-old Robert Lewis Dear but released no other information about him. He is accused of killing two civilians in addition to University of Colorado police officer Garrett Swasey, as well as injuring at least four other officers and five more civilians.

Paris Summit - President Obama laid out his case once again for his Syria strategy built around a combination of military air power to degrade the Islamic State and diplomatic pressure to push out Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Sports -
College Football - Mark Richt will be out as Georgia's football coach after the Bulldogs' bowl game in a mutually agreed parting of ways, athletics director Greg McGarity announced Sunday.

USC Wins - Cody Kessler threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score, and Southern California clinched the Pac-12 South title with a 40-21 victory over No. 22 UCLA on Saturday in the 85th edition of their crosstown showdown. USC will face Stanford next Saturday in the Trojans' first trip to the Pac-12 title game.

Los Angeles Dodgers name Dave Rogers as their new manager.

Laker’s Kobe Bryant announces he will retire after this season Bryant spent his entire NBA career with the team.

Technology -
PepsiCo is crowdfunding its branded smartphone and has 10 more days to raise ¥3 million (about $470,000). Chinese consumers can reserve the Pepsi Phone P1s for ¥999. via the jd.com crowdfunding site. The soft drink manufacturer first confirmed plans for its own phone in October. "Pepsi has always moved at the speed of culture, and today technology is a key cultural pillar at the heart of consumer interaction," it said at the time.

Amazon announces the arrival of a new service called EC2 Dedicated Hosts.
The new feature will allow companies to run the software they pay for on multiple virtual machines using a single server, giving more granular management to finding what applications are working on what virtual machine.

Raspberry PI's newest computer, the Zero: a pint-sized module that costs just $5. But according to a new interview, that $5 computer was originally supposed to cost around $60 -- and you have partly have Google's Eric Schmidt to thank for that reduced price.

Record Cyber Monday - Sales are up 12% from last year - with about $3 billion in sales.

Entertainment news -
2015 American Music Awards - Some Winners:
Artist of the Year - One Direction
New Artist of the Year - Sam Hunt
Single Of The Year - “Blank Space” - Taylor Swift
Rap/Hip - Hop Artist - Nicki Minaj
Favorite Latin Artist - Enrique Iglesias

Breaks Beatles Record - Justin Bieber has 17 songs on the December 5 Hot 100 chart, beating The Beatles's 14, which has been teh most by any one artist since April 11, 1964. The Beatles’ record had been equalled by rapper Drake in March and again in October, but Bieber is the first artist to topple the legendary band as record holders.
The Beatles aren’t the only British supergroup to have been overtaken by Bieber this week. One Direction's fifth, an dpotentially final, album,Made in the AM, was beaten to the top spot by Bieber's new record, Purpose, which debuted at number on eon the Billboard 200.

British singer Adele's new album sold a record 3.38 million U.S. copies in its first full week, Nielsen Music said, becoming the biggest-selling album of 2015 in an astonishing feat for an era when artists rarely top 1 million. In just seven days on sale, "25", the first album in four years by the Grammy-winning singer, easily outsold the entire year's figures for country-pop superstar Taylor Swift's hit album "1989", according to official figures released by Nielsen on Saturday. Swift's album has sold some 1.76 million U.S. copies in 2015.

Spotify names Drake the most downloaded - Overall, Drizzy was streamed more than 1.8 billion times by around 46 million listeners in 2015.

 
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