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News of the week
Here are the top news stories from the past week:
- Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the iPad 3 on Wednesday, saying the popular tablet will have a high-definition screen that will blow the iPad 2 out of the water. The iPad 3’s screen will be 9.7 inches, and the device will run on 4G networks.
- Just before the anniversary of the famous “Phoenix Lights” UFO incident (which happened March 13, 1997), another mysterious light was caught on tape in Phoenix. A live broadcast captured a bright light – what appears to be an explosion – flashing momentarily. Power companies said that no transformers blew, and the cause of the light is unknown.
- "What that tells us is, the demand for workers has increased to a significant degree, but the employers who want the additional workers are not yet confident in the sustainability of the recovery." - Patrick O'Keefe of J.H. Cohn, talking about the Labor Department’s job report, which said that employers added 227,000 jobs in February. The unemployment rate remained the same, however.
- A 30-minute documentary by nonprofit group Invisible Children went viral today, logging more than 32 million views on YouTube. The video is about Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, who is known for his ruthless and sadistic acts against his victims.
- "I thought that they would cut me off, but since they didn't, I thought maybe it was OK because I'm not working." – Amanda Clayton, talking to a news channel in Detroit when it was found that despite winning $1 million in a lottery, she was still collecting food stamps. After the report aired, Michigan legislatures stopped her payments.
- "This is difficult because of the things Peyton has done for our city, our state and our franchise. There will be no other Peyton Manning." – Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, talking Wednesday after it was announced that Manning is being released by the team. Manning has had injury issues of late, but he’s also won four MVPs.
- "I remember the whole thing. I stayed conscious the whole time. I couldn't afford (to pass out). They needed me. They had to have me, so I had to figure out what to do. And my son is a hero. He went to get help." - Stephanie Decker, who lost her legs in a tornado that struck Henryville, Ind., last week. Decker and her kids were in the basement, and Decker shielded her children, ages 8 and 5, as the tornado bore down. When the house was destroyed, Decker was hit by debris.
- The United States, France, Britain, China, Russia and Germany decided Tuesday to restart talks with Iran about its nuclear program, and Iran offered an inspection of a military base. The decision to resume talks comes as tensions between Israel and Iran ramp up.
- A Humboldt penguin escaped from a zoo in Japan, and people were reporting sightings Monday in a river in Tokyo. The 1-year-old penguin managed to climb over a rock wall that is twice its size. Zoo officials don’t believe they can recapture the penguin if it’s swimming, but if it rests somewhere, they believe they can grab it.
- "At AOL one of our core values is that we act with integrity. We have monitored the unfolding events and have determined that Mr. Limbaugh's comments are not in line with our values. As a result we have made the decision to suspend advertising on The Rush Limbaugh Radio show." – AOL statement on its Facebook page Monday. The company became the eighth sponsor to drop advertising on Limbaugh’s show after he called a law student a “slut” and “prostitute” because she was going to testify in Congress about birth control.
Video of the week
Afraid of spiders? Good thing you don’t live in this Australian town:
GateHouse News Service