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

 

Headlines -
She’s Out - Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis entered the Carter County Detention Center under cover of night five days ago, in contempt over her refusal to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. On Tuesday, she emerged to a rally of more than a thousand cheering Christians, Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” pounding and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee pulling her to a microphone. The gathering to support Davis — part block party, part Old Testament revival and part presidential campaign rally — clogged traffic in this small town.

An early morning fire has destroyed a popular Sturgis saloon that billed itself as the "world's largest biker bar." Crews from the Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department responded to the Full Throttle Saloon on South Dakota Highway 34 about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday and found heavy smoke coming from the building.

Macy's will close 35 to 40 underperforming stores, around 5% of its total locations, the department store chain announced Tuesday. The stores, slated to be shuttered in early 2016, will be identified at a later date, said the company with corporate offices in Cincinnati and New York.

A British Airways jet catches fire at Las Vegas airport, sending smoke billowing into the air, after suffering what the pilot described as a “catastrophic failure” of the left engine. The plane – a Boeing 777 heading from the US city’s McCarran airport to London Gatwick – could be seen with flames around its fuselage.

A Michigan firefighter was killed in what police believe was a deliberate hit-and-run, which occurred when he was participating in a charity fundraiser on the streets of Lansing. Dennis Rodeman, 35, was working on a Wednesday fundraising effort when he was killed in the fatal collision, according to a news release.

Rick Perry withdraws from the 2016 presidential race. He says he has no regrets.

The American flag flew at half-staff over the White House on Friday, as President Obama and the first lady held a moment of silence on the South Lawn to mark the 14th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

New Delhi - At least 89 people were killed and scores injured when a building that housed mining explosives blew up in central India on Saturday, a state office reported.
Some of the injured are in critical condition, according to the chief minister's office in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The building in Madhya Pradesh's Jhabua district was part commercial and part residential, police superintendent G.G. Pandey said.

Germany introduced temporary border controls Sunday to stem the tide of thousands of refugees streaming across its frontier, sending a clear message to its European partners that it needs more help with an influx that is straining its ability to cope.

Three teenagers were arrested in Arizona for allegedly using a slingshot and rocks to attack pedestrians and cars, in an incident officials described as a "copycat" to a string of shootings along a nearby freeway. The teenagers allegedly shot at several cars and pedestrians on Arizona State Route 24 Saturday afternoon and evening. Among the victims was a couple whose car window shattered from the projectile. The couple noted the license plate of the suspects' car, leading to their arrests, the officials said.

Wildfire In California - The Valley fire is one of 12 currently burning in California. Though it’s not the largest or the deadliest, it has engulfed more homes than any other blaze this year. As of late Sunday night, fire officials said that 400 homes, two apartment complexes, 10 businesses and more than 1,000 structures, such as barns and sheds, had fallen to the flames.

Sports -
NFL is back - and first game - The New England Pats defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers - 28-21. Oops - there was a little problem though. Steelers head coach Mike Timlin said his Pittsburgh coaches were hearing the home team’s radio broadcast of the game in their headsets, instead of their fellow coaches’ voices. Apparently this happened through the majority of the first half.

U.S. Open - women's semifinals take place on Friday at the US Open, hours before the men's semifinals after a weather delay forced play to cease on Thursday. That means No. 2 Simona Halep and No. 26 Flavia Pennetta will get the day started on Arthur Ashe Stadium, but the main event is of course top seed Serena Williams and her ongoing bid for a 22nd Grand Slam title.

Passing - Three-time NBA MVP and Pro Basketball Hall of Famer Moses Malone died Sunday at the age of 60.Malone, named one of the NBA's 50 greatest players, was the Finals MVP in 1983, as he led the Philadelphia 76ers to the title.

49th Consecutive Win - (Las Vegas) Floyd Mayweather gets 12-round decision over Andre Berto and - it’ll be his last as Mayweather announces his retirement.

Technology news -
Verizon will soon begin lab tests of elements that might go into 5G, the next generation of cellular technology, and plans to start field trials next year. A 5G standard is not expected until 2020, but mobile operators in some countries, including Japan and South Korea, have already started trials of technologies that might go into it.
Verizon sees some of the same kinds of goodness coming from 5G as others do: 50 times the network throughput of 4G LTE, lower latency, and the capability to handle more devices, including the so-called "Internet of Things." Very high "millimeter-wave"frequencies are expected to help make those breakthroughs possible.

Apple introduced a new touch-sensitive technology called 3D Touch to its next generation smartphones. On the outside, there’s little difference between Apple’s current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and its next generation replacement. Both sets of iPhones are the same size and weight, and even feature the same bulging camera lens on the back.

Apple’s new TV box turns content providers into apps, and allows users to search across all sources, which could change viewers’ habits. But - the new Apple TV adds a whole OS layer and app-store metaphor to the TV experience, which more or less duplicates the experience that millions of users have already become accustomed to on the iPhone and iPad. The operating system is called tvOS, and providers like Netflix now become apps that exist on top of that layer.

Apple introduces a bigger iPad - The iPad Pro has a 12.9-inch screen, significantly larger than the 9.7-inch screen on the iPad Air 2.

Entertainment news -
Stephen Colbert makes his “Late Show” debut on CBS-TV.

Billboard says “Cheerleader” by OMI is the song of the summer.

Tops on Instagram - Earlier this year it was Kim Kardashian, then Beyonce. Now Taylor Swift is on top with 45.5 million followers as of this week.

Brian Williams will reenter the headquarters of NBC News as an anchor for cable channel MSNBC on Sept. 22. Williams will handle MSNBC's live coverage of Pope Francis' visit to the U.S.

A former Denver radio personality has filed a lawsuit against singer Taylor Swift, saying he lost his job after being accused of inappropriately touching Swift during a photo session. The lawsuit says Mueller was falsely accused by one of Swift's security team of grabbing the singer's buttocks backstage at the Pepsi Center on June 2, 2013. It says Mueller was fired two days later from his job at KYGO radio.

Miss Georgia, Betty Cantrell, was crowned Miss America on Sunday evening.

Passing - REO Speedwagon's former lead guitarist and songwriter Gary Richrath has died at the age of 65.

 
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