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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of October 8, 2015 In News, Pop Culture History, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

Headlines -

Fox President Rupurt Murdoch gets into a little media trouble - when he tweeted this: “Ben and Candy Carson terrific,” Murdoch wrote. “What about a real black President who can properly address the racial divide? And much else.”

Gannett and Journal Media Group, Inc. announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Gannett will acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Journal Media Group for approximately $280 million, net of acquired cash.

South Carolina Emergency Management officials are warning residents in four coastal counties to stay alert for possible evacuation orders near two rising rivers. Floodwaters are rising near the Waccamaw and Edisto rivers as water from the massive rainstorms move from the middle section of South Carolina toward the coast.

A leading Republican congressman with allies on the right wing of the party, Paul Ryan, is weighing a bid to replace retiring U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, abruptly dropped out on Thursday.

President Barack Obama meets privately with grieving families whose loved ones were killed on a college campus in Roseburg, Oregon. During Obama's brief visit on Friday, many residents showed anger over the call he made soon after last week's shootings for more gun restrictions.

Turkey - Thousands of people gathered in the streets of Ankara on Sunday near the site of two deadly bomb blasts that tore through crowds taking part in a peace rally in the capital a day earlier. The attack, for which no group has so far claimed responsibility, killed at least 95 people, wounded nearly 250 others and threatened to deepen divisions and distrust in Turkey's polarized society.

Playboy magazine will stop featuring photos of nude women beginning in March, founder Hugh M. Hefner has decreed. The reason - all that stuff can be found on the Internet with one click. Playboy’s website did away with nudity entirely this summer.

Technology -
Dell's record-breaking $67 billion deal to buy EMC is part of a growing trend toward "mega-deals," or mergers over $10 billion by large companies seeking to join forces with other large companies to dominate their respective fields. Dell's deal, announced Monday, marks the largest price tag for a technology merger in history — beating out Avago Technologies' $36.5 billion offer to buy fellow chip-maker Broadcom, according to research firm Dealogic.

An update to Facebook’s iOS application, which rolled out earlier this morning, now allows iPhone 6s and 6s Plus owners running the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system to take advantage of the newly introduced “3D Touch” feature to more quickly interact with the social network. Following the update, a hard press on the Facebook’s app icon will offer you a handful of shortcuts, including the ability to take or upload photos and videos or the ability to write your status update.

Facebook Adds Shopping Section
- Facebook says that in coming weeks it will test a Shopping section that will act as a “single place for people to more easily discover, share, and purchase products.” You may also soon see ads that will allow you to browse products in a “fast-loading, full-screen experience” before going to the retailer’s website to buy.

AM radio stations are fewer - The FCC reports there were 4,692 licensed AM stations broadcasting at the end of September, continuing the slow-and-steady decline in stations on the band. That’s down from 4,705 at the end of 2014 and represents their lowest level in more than three decades.

Sports -
The Chicago Cubs move closer to the World Series, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates. It’s great news for the Cubs, who haven’t been contenders for years.

Former NBA star Lamar Odom, who won two championships and later married reality TV star Khloe Kardashian is hospitalized after being found unconscious at a brothel in Nevada.

Baseball - The Toronto Blue Jays go the next step into the finals. It’s shaping up to be an interesting post-season.

Entertainment news -
Nominees Announced for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Induction Ceremony on December 9. The public and the Rock Hall voting body will vote on nominees including Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A, the Smiths, Janet Jackson, Chic, Steve Miller, Chicago, Chaka Khan, Cheap Trick, the J.B.'s and Yes.

Walt Disney World guests were stranded on one of the monorails thanks to a mechanical problem.
According to AP reports, the train was stuck for 2 hours, although it was estimated to be closer to 4 hours by a passenger on the monorail:

On Saturday, Kanye West "auditioned" before Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urbanand Harry Connick Jr. in San Francisco, California on the set of the FOX show during its auditions for its 15th and final season, E! News has learned. Pregnant wife Kim Kardashianaccompanied the rapper and also hung out with host Ryan Seacrest. The final auditions were held in the city on Sunday and the show returns in January.

 
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