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News of the week
Here are the top news stories from the past week:
- The violent protests that have taken place since NATO troops accidentally burned Qurans in Afghanistan continued Friday, when eight people were killed and almost 30 were injured. Protests are taking place at a military base, outside a U.S. consulate and in other areas.
- "You know, once you tell one lie, you gotta keep up that lie. I got all caught up in the whole 9/11 anniversary and just lied. I was not a member of the FDNY, was not a captain in Ladder 133." – Joseph Lifander, talking to CBSNewYork.com. Lifander lied for years about being involved in 9/11 rescue efforts and even spoke at 10th-anniversary ceremonies last year.
- J.K. Rowling, author of the wildly popular Harry Potter books, announced Thursday that she has a new book deal. The novel, of which details were not announced, will be a book for adults, and will not be about anything Potter related.
- "We won't know exactly what happened until the investigation is complete, and we can't make any assumptions right now." - Marine Corps spokesman Maureen Dooley, talking about the Wednesday night crash between two U.S. military helicopters that killed seven Marines. The helicopters crashed along the Arizona-California border.
- “If we legislate women’s bodies, it’s only fair that we legislate men’s." – Georgia Rep. Yasmin Neal, a Democrat, on introducing a bill that would ban men from having vasectomies unless their lives were threatened. The bill is real, but it is satirical, meant to highlight women’s rights, Neal said. The bill says, "It is patently unfair that men avoid the rewards of unwanted fatherhood by presuming that their judgment over such matters is more valid than the judgment of the General Assembly. ... It is the purpose of the General Assembly to assert an invasive state interest in the reproductive habits of men in this state and substitute the will of the government over the will of adult men."
- At least 49 people were killed and 600 injured when a train crashed into barriers at a train station in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Wednesday. Officials believe their were problems with the train’s brakes, causing it to slam into the barriers at 16 mph.
- "They're watering down the term of what a true hero is these days. I thought it was offensive to every family's fallen solider out there, and it cheapens the meaning of lowering the flag." - John Burri, talking to ABC News about New Jersey lowering flags to half-staff for Whitney Houston. Burri’s son died in the Iraq war, and in protest of the Houston issue, he burned a New Jersey flag. Burri said he believes only those who have served their country should be honored with the half-staff flags. Houston was born in New Jersey.
- Greece received a second bailout from the Eurogroup as the country tries to stave off an economic collapse. The $173 billion bailout will provide short-term help for Greece.
- Elizabeth Smart got married on Saturday, according to a family spokesman. Smart, who was kidnapped and tortured for nine months about 10 years ago, moved up the wedding and married secretly because of the media attention her ceremony was attracting. Smart, 24, married a man she met in Scotland while on a Mormon mission trip.
Video of the week
A cop is facing theft charges for raiding a refrigerator. Watch the report below.
GateHouse News Service