Looking back at the stories to remember from the past week:
1. OBAMA PROPOSES NEW LIMITS ON NSA PHONE COLLECTIONS
Tightening the reins on the nation’s sweeping surveillance operations, President Barack Obama on Friday limited access to phone records of hundreds of millions of Americans and moved to eventually strip the massive data collection out of the government’s hands. The president also pledged to curb spying on friendly allied leaders and extend some privacy protections to foreign citizens.
2. POPE DEFROCKED 400 PRIESTS IN 2 YEARS, DOCUMENT OBTAINED BY AP SHOWS
Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests over just two years for molesting children, a document obtained Friday by The Associated Press shows. The document, compiled to help the Vatican defend itself before a U.N. committee this week, was pulled from Vatican reports that show a remarkable evolution in the Holy See’s in-house procedures to discipline pedophiles.
3. SENATE REPORT BLAMES SYSTEMIC FAULTS IN SECURITY FOR BENGHAZI ATTACKS
A stinging report by the Senate intelligence committee released on Wednesday concluded that the deadly assault on the diplomatic compound that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, could have been prevented. The account spreads blame among the State Department, the military and U.S. intelligence for missing what now seem obvious warning signs.
4. OLDER ADULTS, MORE EXPENSIVE TO COVER, OUTNUMBER YOUNG PEOPLE IN HEALTH CARE SIGNUPS
It’s an older, costlier crowd that’s signing up so far for health insurance under Obama’s law, according to government figures released Monday. Halfway through the six-month enrollment period, just one in four new adult enrollees are between ages 18 and 34, the healthy, younger Americans who will be needed to keep premiums from rising.
5. OBAMA SIGNS $1.1 TRILLION GOVERNMENT SPENDING BILL
Obama signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill on Friday that funds the federal government through the end of September. The compromise package passed both houses of Congress overwhelmingly this week after tea party critics chastened by October’s partial shutdown mounted only a faint protest. The measure calls for less spending than Obama proposed but more than Republicans sought.
6. CONVICTED KILLER IN OHIO TAKES 26 MINUTES TO DIE FROM LETHAL INJECTION
A convicted killer took 26 minutes to die and gasped repeatedly during an execution carried out Thursday with a combination of drugs never before tried in the U.S. The longest execution in Ohio since the state resumed capital punishment 15 years ago, the case has led to cries of cruel and unusual punishment and demands for a moratorium on executions in Ohio.
7. OVERWHELMING MAJORITY VOTED ‘YES’ IN EGYPT’S CONSTITUTION REFEREDUM, OFFICAL SAYS
An overwhelming majority — more than 90 percent— of Egyptians who voted on the country’s new constitution backed the draft charter, unofficial results of the two-day balloting showed. Official results were to be released Saturday. The interim government is looking not only for a strong “yes” majority but also a large turnout to win undisputed legitimacy and perhaps a popular mandate for the military chief, Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, to run for president later this year.
8. IRAN AGREES TO OPEN NUCLEAR PROGRAM TO INSPECTION BEGINNING MONDAY
Iran agreed to limit uranium enrichment and open its nuclear program to daily inspection by international experts beginning Monday, starting the clock on a six-month deadline for a final nuclear agreement. Under the the plan, announced Sunday, Iran will get some relief on economic sanctions from the West.
9. “GRAVITY,” “AMERICAN HUSTLE” AND “THREE YEARS A SLAVE” LEAD OSCAR NOMINATIONS
The Academy Awards look to be a three-horse race following Thursday’s Oscar nominations. The 3-D space odyssey “Gravity” and the con-artist caper “American Hustle” led with 10 nominations each, followed by the harrowing historical epic “12 Years a Slave” with nine. The most notable omission was Tom Hanks, whose lead performance in “Captain Phillips” was widely considered a shoo-in.
10. YANKEES ALEX RODRIGUEZ SUES MLB, UNION TO TRY TO OVERTURN DRUG BAN
Alex Rodriguez sued Major League Baseball and its players’ union Monday, seeking to overturn a season-long suspension imposed by an arbitrator who ruled there was “clear and convincing evidence” the New York Yankees star used three banned substances and twice tried to obstruct the sport’s drug investigation.
Looking back at the stories to remember from the past week:
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Miranda Lambert ‘ready to rock’ as she preps album
The good news? Miranda Lambert has completed her much anticipated, though somewhat overdue, fifth album. The bad news? You have to wait until June 3 for “Platinum,” a full two years and eight months since her last LP.
25 injured as California school stage falls
Investigators combed through a collapsed theater stage at a Southern California high school Sunday, trying to determine why it buckled during a performance and sent 25 students to the hospital, some with broken bones but most with minor injuries like bruises and scrapes, authorities said Sunday.
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Shoe-bomb witness to speak from London at NY trial
The trial of Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law and al-Qaida spokesman after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is resuming Monday with the airing of testimony from a London resident who says he participated in a 2001 shoe-bomb plot.
Connecticut shooter’s dad: ’You can’t get any more evil’
In his most extensive comments about the 2012 Connecticut school massacre, the father of gunman Adam Lanza describes his struggle to comprehend what his son did — an act that “couldn’t get any more evil” — and how he now wishes that his son had never been born.
Jet may have turned; suspicious passengers checked
International intelligence agencies joined the investigation Sunday into two passengers who boarded the missing Boeing 777 jetliner with stolen passports, as Malaysian authorities said radar images showed the plane may have turned back before vanishing.
Putin defends separatist drive in Crimea as legal
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday defended the separatist drive in the disputed Crimean Peninsula as in keeping with international law, but Ukraine’s prime minister vowed not to relinquish “a single centimeter” of his country’s territory.
Stigma hinders efforts to combat leprosy in India
At first, Ashok Yadav ignored the patches of pink skin on his arm. But when pale sores erupted on his body and he lost sensation in his fingertips, a doctor issued the devastating diagnosis: Yadav had leprosy.
Pistorius trial: Stunning testimony in 1st week
The testimony in the first week of Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial was jaw dropping at times, and more riveting evidence is expected as the prosecution seeks to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the double-amputee athlete intentionally shot dead his girlfriend.
Gettysburg wax museum selling historical figures
A life-sized animatronic Abe Lincoln is among the historical figures and tableau scenes from a Gettysburg wax museum set to hit the auction block just months after the town celebrated the 150th anniversary of his “Gettysburg Address.”
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