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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of October 1, 2015 In News, Pop Culture History, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

Headlines -
A shooter who opened fire at at Umpqua Community College Thursday in southern Oregon killing 9 people before he was downed, a Douglas County official said. The gunman - Chris Harper Mercer — strode through a school building armed with three pistols and a semiautomatic rifle. Clad in a dark shirt and jeans, driven by a motive that’s still unknown, he methodically spewed bullets into classrooms full of students, who hid behind desks and desperately tried to block doors that didn’t lock. He was killed by police. Seven were injured.

Barack Obama calls for Gun Safety Laws in Speech About Oregon College Shooting.

A powerful hurricane is lashing the Bahamas. The whole system is threatening to head straight north to the United States. The powerful tropical system became a major hurricane overnight. On Thursday afternoon, it intensified to a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.

Walmart laid off 450 employees at its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., Friday as part of a plan to increase its competitive edge. The cuts were announced in an internal memo sent to both Walmart and Sam's Club employees by Walmart CEO Doug McMillon. The cuts apply across the organization, to people in salaried, management positions, said Walmart spokesman Greg Hitt. Walmart has more than 18,000 employees at its headquarters.

Aerial bombardments hit a Doctors Without Borders hospital in the battleground Afghan city of Kunduz early Saturday, killing 22 people, including nine staffers and seven patients. Doctors Without Borders withdrew Sunday from the northern Afghan city of Kunduz. U.S. and NATO officials promised a swift investigation into the strike, and controversy quickly swirled.

Historic flooding in S. Carolina - Certain areas of South Carolina had never before been deluged with such eye-popping rainfall tallies: more than 24 inches in Mount Pleasant, nearly 20 inches in areas around Charleston and more than 18 inches in the Gills Creek area of Columbia. 13 are dead.

American Airlines: Phoenix-Bound Plane Makes Emergency Landing After Pilot Dies Mid-Flight. The plane, which was carrying 147 passengers, was flying from Boston to Phoenix when it was forced to land in Syracuse, N.Y.

Cargo Ship Goes Down In Bermuda Triangle - 33 Dead - The owners of a cargo ship that disappeared Thursday with 33 people on board as Hurricane Joaquin raged said the ship's captain had planned to skirt the storm, but was prevented from doing so by a mechanical failure that left the boat adrift in the path of the power storm.

Sports - With mounting reports of erratic behavior by its football coach, USC fires the troubled Steve Sarkisian. The announcement capped a string of incidents that included Sarkisian appearing intoxicated at a football booster event in August and seeming not himself during a recent game. The final straw came Sunday when he acted strangely at a team meeting, then left campus before practice began. Athletic Director Pat Haden immediately put him on indefinite leave before following up with Monday’s decision...Cubs win Over St. Louis... The LA Dodgers win 3-1 - sending the Mets back to Los Angeles for game 5.

Technology news -
A data breach at credit bureau Experian may have exposed data from T-Mobile USA on about 15 million U.S. consumers. The data includes names, birth dates, addresses and Social Security numbers or other forms of identification like drivers’ license numbers, the companies said Thursday. The people affected may not be current T-Mobile subscribers but applied for T-Mobile postpaid services or device financing from Sept. 1, 2013 to Sept. 16, 2015.

Skype Translator, Microsoft's real-time voice translation technology, is being integrated into the Skype for Windows client, the software giant announced today.
First unveiled last year during a technology demo and released in December as a preview app, Skype Translator enables users to participate in voice-, video- or text-based conversations with speakers of other languages. Skype Translator is powered by Microsoft's cloud and machine-learning technology based on the software giant's neural net research.

This is the last day that Google is operating without a parent company.
After the close of markets Friday, the company officially will become Alphabet and will trade as such on Monday. Google will become a business unit running under the Alphabet umbrella and will focus on core Internet-related businesses, including search, YouTube and Android.

Another Data Breach - Online stock brokerage company Scottrade said that the names and addresses of about 4.6 million of its customers may have been stolen by hackers.
The company said Friday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation recently informed it of the hack, which occurred between the end of 2013 and early 2014.

Microsoft’s Windows 10 event unveils new hardware, with the top-notch Surface Pro 4 tablet and the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL flagship smartphones as the stars of the show.

Entertainment news -
Erik Roner, an extreme athlete whose feats were seen regularly on MTV and Outside Television, died Monday in a parachuting accident, California authorities said.

"Saturday Night Live" kicked off its 41st season strong, with help from host Miley Cyrus and a special guest: presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton.
The season premiere scored a 4.5 household rating and 11 share in metered market households, up 13% versus last year's premiere, according to Nielsen. The Cyrus-Clinton episode earned a 2.0/10 in the desired 18- to 49-year-old demographic.

Model Chloe Goins who has accused Bill Cosby of drugging her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008 sued the comedian on Tuesday for sexual assault. This suite does fall within the statute of limitations and could be significant. "Bill Cosby touched an intimate part of Chloe Goins' body while she was seriously disabled and/or unconscious," the lawsuit states.

Passing - Billy Joe Royal - known for his big 1965 hit, “Down in the Boondocks.” He was 73.

Top Pop Hit Music Singles -
The Hills - The Weeknd
Hotline Bling - Drake
Can’t Feel My Face - The Weeknd
What Do You Mean? - Justin Bieber
Watch Me - Silento
Good For You - Selena Gomez fea. A$ap Rocky
Locked Away - R. City fea. Adam Levine
Cheerleader - OMI
8/9 - Fetty Wap fea. Remy Boyz
Wildest Dreams - Taylor Swift
Stiches - Shawn Medes
Lean On - Major Lazer & DJ Snake fea. M0

Top movies -
The Martian
Hotel Transylvania 2
Sicario
The Intern
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
Black Mass
Everest (2015)
The Visit
War Room
The Perfect Guy
The Walk

 
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