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:
- "There were some people crying during the movie, and there was a big applause in the theater at the end of the movie." – Moviegoer Megan Lipscomb, 18, who saw “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” and gave it a thumbs up. Crowds across the U.S. have flocked to see the final “Potter” film, and the studio said $25 million in ticket sales were registered before the movie opened.
- Rupert Murdoch paid a visit to the family of a murdered girl whose voice mail was hacked by his tabloid and apologized “many times.” The tabloid, News of the World, was shut down by Murdoch last week in the wake of the hacking scandal, and also on Friday, the editor of the paper resigned as CEO of News International.
- Former baseball star Roger Clemens - who is accused of perjury and false statements made during steroid hearings before Congress – is out of the courtroom after a mistrial was declared by the judge. The judge made the decision after a video was shown by the prosecution that contained evidence the judge had previously ruled inadmissible until later in the trial. A decision on whether to retry the case will be made Sept. 2.
- The U.S. women’s soccer team beat France 3-1 on Wednesday and will play in the World Cup final on Sunday. The U.S. team captured the hearts of sports fan last Sunday when they pulled out a “miracle on grass” and beat Brazil. This will be the first time in the final for the U.S. since 1999.
- Three first ladies were on hand Tuesday in California to pay tribute to former first lady Betty Ford, who died Friday at the age of 93. Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and Nancy Reagan were among the dignitaries to celebrate the life of Ford, who became famous for her Betty Ford Center. Former first lady Laura Bush could not attend, but President George W. Bush was there. Another funeral for Ford will be held Thursday in Michigan, where President Gerald Ford is buried.
Video of the week
Check out this cute video of polar bears playing in ice at the San Diego Zoo:
GateHouse News Service