Your daily news briefing, with a look at the top news of the past week.
News of the week
Here are the top news stories from the past week:
- Four high school students in Long Island, N.Y., were suspended after “Tebowing” in the hallway of their school. Tebowing is a move done by Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow that involves taking a knee to pray. The high schoolers received the suspension for blocking the hallway, the school said.
- "I looked in the mirror and shockingly and surprisingly saw Jerry with a boy in the shower." - Former Penn State star quarterback Mike McQueary, testifying Friday in the case against Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky, a former Penn State coach, has been charged with more than 50 counts of molestation.
- A 41-year-old woman was killed Wednesday when she got caught in an elevator of a New York building and it started to move. The woman caught her shoe or leg, and even though the doors weren’t closed, the elevator started to move and the woman was crushed.
- "This is a time for Iraq to look forward. This is an opportunity for Iraq to forge ahead on a path to security and prosperity. We owe it to all of the lives that were sacrificed in this war not to fail." - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, talking Thursday in Baghdad to mark the official end of the war in Iraq. The war, which started in 2003, resulted in the deaths of 4,500 U.S. troops.
- Time magazine named its Person of the Year on Wednesday, and “the protester” was chosen. The move came after a year of protests around the world, which started with the Arab Spring and continues with Occupy Wall Street protests.
- "While we don't know the details of the acts which the authorities accused Amina of committing, the charge of sorcery has often been used in Saudi Arabia to punish people, generally after unfair trials, for exercising their right to freedom of speech or religion." - Philip Luther of Amnesty International, talking after it was reported that a woman had been beheaded for “practicing sorcery.”
- The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday recommended that the use of cellphones while driving be banned nationwide. The NTSB ban would include phone calls, text messaging and any cellphone-related distracted driving.
- A 66-year-old woman fired a handgun at her son-in-law and shot him several times – all while the man’s iPhone video was recording. The Florida man is going through a “horrible” divorce with his wife, and as he was picking up his son for a scheduled visit, the mother-in-law shot him, police said.
Video of the week
A baby seal wandered into a New Zealand house to take a nap on the sofa. Watch the cuteness below.
GateHouse News Service