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News of the week


Here are the top news stories from the past week:


- "It's no fun to order online. There's some excitement waiting in line." - Chan Park, 48, of Fairfax, Va., talking to USA Today. Park and thousands of others waited in lines across the world to be among the first to buy the new iPad, which went on sale Friday.


- The American soldier who is accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians is back in the U.S. to face charges. The soldier’s attorney said the man had been deployed to Afghanistan after three tours of duty in Iraq, and he had suffered a concussion and a leg injury.


- "Saying goodbye is the hardest thing I've ever had to do. I'm leaving with a heavy heart, a clear conscience and I have high, high hopes for the future." – Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who reported to prison in Englewood, Colo., on Thursday. Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison for corruption – including trying to sell the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama - but he could be released in 12 years for good behavior.


- HBO cancelled the David Milch TV show “Luck” on Thursday after the horse-racing show experienced its third horse death. The network defended its use of horses and said they were not mistreated or mishandled. The show – which starred Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte - received positive reviews but didn’t have a big audience.


- After 244 years of providing volumes (literally) of information, Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. announced that is will stop publishing print editions and, instead, rely on its digital sales of the books. There are 4,000 sets of its 2010 edition left, and they are selling for around $1,400.


- "Our initial observations show a difference of around 2 millimeters at several of the survey markers in the vicinity of the monument," Chief Geodetic Surveyor Dave Doyle told CNN after the National Geodetic Survey released data that shows the Washington Monument may be sinking.


- According to several news reports, thieves have recently been stealing Tide detergent. Police say there is a black market for the detergent (which runs about $15 for 100 fluid ounces), and drug users are even using Tide as a form of payment. Officials say Tide isn’t the only item thieves target, but it’s the new “hot” item.


- The famous Crystal Cathedral in southern California has some big changes coming: Its founding family is leaving the church, and the stately building has been sold. During the Sunday service, senior pastor Sheila Schuller Coleman said she was leaving. This came a day after her parents, Robert H. Schuller and his wife, Arvella, resigned from the church’s board of directors.


- "We strongly request the government of America to punish this wild act and have a public trial in front of the people of Afghanistan." – A statement from Afghanistan lawmakers on Monday after a U.S. Army sergeant went on a rampage over the weekend and killed 16 Afghan civilians. The motives of the shooter are unknown at this point. The Taliban also vowed revenge for the killings, and U.S. citizens in the country are on high alert.


GateHouse News Service