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:
- Congress approved a last-minute deal to raise the debt ceiling Tuesday, and President Barack Obama signed the bill hours later. The plan wasn’t ideal for either side, but a compromise was reached in order to avoid a federal default. The plan was approved by the Senate 74-26 and by the House 269-161.
- NASA scientists announced Thursday that there is evidence of saltwater on Mars. NASA has been studying images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and say there is compelling evidence in slopes near the planet’s equator.
- "They talk a lot about jobs. They give good speeches about it. I want them to walk the walk. Put hard-working Americans to work so they can get a paycheck just like Congress is receiving on their vacations." -- Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, talking Thursday morning about the FAA funding problem, which was the result of more partisan squabbling in Congress. President Obama signed a temporary funding extension on Friday to end the partial shutdown of the FAA until Sept. 16. The measure allows 4,000 FAA employees to return to work on Monday and 70,000 construction workers to continue working on stalled airports projects.
- "In order to become part of the Dreamboard community, prospective members were required to upload pornography portraying children under 12 years of age or younger. Once given access, the participants had to continually upload images of child sexual abuse in order to maintain membership. The more content they provided, the more content they were allowed to access. Members who created and shared images and videos of themselves molesting children received elevated status and greater access.” - Attorney General Eric Holder talking about how a worldwide online child pornography ring worked. The “horrific” ring was busted by officials, Holder announced Wednesday.
Video of the week
Happy Feet, the penguin who wound up on a New Zealand beach and was injured after eating sand, is making good progress under the care of veterinarians at the Wellington Zoo. Watch the report on the cute little fella below.
GateHouse News Service