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News of the week
Here are the top news stories from the past week:
- At least 12 people were killed and about 50 wounded in an early Friday screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colo., near Denver. The suspected shooter, James Holmes, 24, was arrested outside the theater. Witnesses said the shooter barged into the theater shortly after the movie started, threw a canister of tear gas and then opened fire, only stopping to reload. Holmes was a neuroscience graduate student studying at the University of Colorado-Denver.
- DirecTV and Viacom announced Friday that they have reached a deal, which will mean that popular channels like Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and MTV will be returning to the satellite TV provider. The companies initially couldn't come to a deal on pricing, but terms were worked out Friday, though no number was announced.
- A 12-year-old boy died after a sand tunnel he was building on a New Jersey beach collapsed on him. The boy and his brother were building the tunnel. Lifeguards got the boy out of the sand and performed CPR, but the boy died after he was taken to a hospital.
- "Our intensive investigation and testing has identified the area of concern, and we are moving as quickly as possible to repair vehicles for our customers. In the meantime, it is extremely important that affected customers not ignore this recall and immediately contact their dealer." – Statement from Ford’s Ray Nevi after the automaker recalled 11,500 1.6-liter 2013 Escape SUVs. The company said people who own the vehicle should stop driving it immediately, because a fuel line problem could cause a fire.
- "Do you think that it is accidental, that the name of the really vicious, fire-breathing, four-eyed, whatever-it-is villain in this movie is named Bane?" - Rush Limbaugh, talking Tuesday about the movie “The Dark Knight Rises” and its main villain, Bane. Limbaugh said it’s not coincidence that the character is called that seeing as how Mitt Romney’s associations with Bain Capital have been called into question recently. The Bane character has been around since 1993, and the script for “The Dark Knight Rises” was written in 2010.
- A giant piece of ice broke off a glacier in Greenland, the University of Delaware reported. The ice chunk is 59 square miles, about twice the size of Manhattan. This is the second major loss for the glacier: An ever larger piece broke off in 2010.
Page 2 of 2 - - The Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday announced it will be upholding its ban on gays. The ruling came after a two-year review by an 11-member committee. “This policy is absolutely the best policy for the Boy Scouts," Boy Scout spokesman Deron Smith told The Associated Press.
- "The animals usually migrate from Argentina around this time of year in search of food and warmer weather, and each year, some do wash up. But over 500 is a very, very high number, and right now, I simply do not have an explanation.” - Mauricio Tazeres, a biologist at the Center of Coastal and Marine Studies, talking about the discovery of more than 500 dead penguins in Brazil.
- According to ESPN.go.com, the Knicks are deliberating whether they can pay Jeremy Lin more than $25 million over three years. The ESPN post says it is "unlikely the Knicks would match" the offer. Click the link above to read the full story.
- "When a parent loses a child, there is no greater pain. Therefore I am imploring people to respect my talented son's memory and feel compassion for his loving mother Sasha." -- Sylvester Stallone's statement to the media and the public. His 36-year-old son, Sage, was found dead in Los Angeles last week. Click on the link above to read the full story.
Video of the week: First amputee athlete in the Olympics
Twenty-five-year-old Oscar Pistorius, whose legs were amputated below the knee when he was a baby, is soon to make history by running in the London Olympics. He will be the first amputee athlete to compete in the games.
GateHouse News Service