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


Headlines -
Scott Walker drops out of the Republican presidential race.

A deadly crush kills 769 people during the Hajj in Saudi Arabia. Among the suggested causes: pilgrims rushing to complete the rituals, heat, masses of faithful pushing against each other in opposite directions, even confusion.

Pope Francis visits the U.S. - first and foremost - a visit to the White House south lawn. “What a beautiful day the Lord has made,” the president began, in welcoming the pope, as the pontiff sat beside the lectern on the south lawn.

President Obama rolled out an elaborate White House welcome for President Xi Jinping of China, projecting a strong partnership between the world’s two largest economies even as the leaders prepared to hash out a range of contentious disputes.

A fun day designed to introduce new international college students to Seattle turned into a nightmare when a "duck boat" tour vehicle collided into their charter bus on a busy bridge, killing four students and injuring dozens.

Pope Francis speaks at the United Nations - in the largest gathering of presidents and prime ministers ever - there.

Resigning - Speaker John A. Boehner, an Ohio barkeeper’s son who rode a conservative wave to one of the highest positions in government, said Friday he would relinquish his gavel and resign from Congress, undone by the very Republicans who swept him into power.

Pope Francis met with five survivors of sex abuse in Philadelphia on Sunday morning.
The half-hour meeting took place at the St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, on the very last day of Francis' six-day trip to the United States.

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal national poll finds businessman Donald Trump and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson are running neck-and-neck in the race for the GOP presidential nomination, while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to lose ground to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders,

Cecile Richards - the head of Planned Parenthood clashed with congressional Republicans on Capitol Hill Tuesday over the group's taxpayer funding, while using her appearance to attack the group behind a series of disturbing videos showing her organization's workers discussing fetal tissue harvesting.

President Obama and President Putin make appearances at the United Nations.

The only woman on Georgia’s death row is scheduled to die by lethal injection Tuesday night after a state parole board rejected her last-ditch request for clemency and the U.S. Supreme Court denied her request for a stay.
Kelly Gissendaner, who was convicted of convincing her boyfriend to murder her husband, would be the first woman executed in Georgia since World War II.

Russian warplanes began airstrikes in Syria on Wednesday, adding an unpredictable new element to a multi-layered war that has already drawn in the United States and allies, created millions of refugees and expanded the reach of the Islamic State.
Washington quickly criticized the airstrikes — warning that they bring added risks to Syria — but said Moscow’s moves would not change a U.S.-led air campaign targeting Islamic State strongholds in Syria.

Business -
Groupon Downsizing - The company will be cutting 1,100 jobs — mostly in its sales (aka “deal factory”) and customer service operations — taking a pre-tax charge of $35 million in the process. As part of the restructure, Groupon is also ceasing operations in several markets internationally: Morocco, Panama, The Philippines, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, Thailand and Uruguay will all be closing.

Sports -
Passing - Yogi Berra, the New York Yankees All-Star catcher who became as famed for his humorous adages as his athletic prowess. He was 90.

Tech news -
Microsoft releases Office 2016, the latest version of what is perhaps the most broadly adopted software suite globally. Alongside the core Office suite, Microsoft is beefing up a bunch of team productivity services around Office 365. The entire Office Online suite now includes Skype in-app integration, allowing instant messaging, screen sharing, talk or video chat to be started directly within documents.

Apple iPhone 6S debuts - as geeks line-up at Apple stores.

Interesting - Disney is investigating websites selling Walt Disney World dining reservations to guests. They aren’t just investigating — they’ve already started cracking down on these sites and also the sites that don’t sell reservations but help others find them.
A number of different websites are out there that will help guests get alerts, for a fee, for open Disney dining reservations. The Orlando Sentinel reported that Disney would start going after the sites that actually mass-booked dining reservations and would then sell them off to guests for fees.

YouTube has been planning to launch a completely ad-free subscription. In a report by Recode that points to October 22nd as a probable launch date. The subscription is expected to run for $10 / month and would completely remove all paid advertising from YouTube and include the current benefits of Google Play Music Unlimited.

Google unveiled two new Nexus smartphones running the latest Android mobile operating system and the next generation of its Chromecast streaming device — including an audio device — at a splashy event here on Tuesday as the Internet giant makes a play for the screens and the wallets of consumers.

Entertainment news - Sam Smith released the new James Bond theme song to Spectre, titled "Writing's on the Wall," Friday and, from his “Today” show interview - he’s pretty excited.

Aretha Franklin, opera star Andrea Bocelli and actor Mark Wahlberg were among the stars performing at the Philadelphia concert for the Pope on Saturday. Wahlberg, who hosted the event in Philadelphia - dubbed the Festival of Families - said he owed all his success to "my Catholic faith"..

The ex-girlfriend of Jim Carrey, Cathriona White, has reportedly committed suicide. White, 28, was found dead by the LAPD Monday night, and that a suicide note was found at the scene. She last posted on Twitter on September 24: "Signing off Twitter, I hope I have been a light to my nearest and dearest."

Downtown Disney has become Disney Springs and the popular Walt Disney World complex is also getting a new look. The name change was made officials during a ceremony on Tuesday at Waterview Park next door to Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar, which has an Indiana Jones-theme. On Wednesday, a new restaurant, Morimoto Asia, opens to the public.

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