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:


- On Tuesday, the World Health Organization released a report that said cellphone radiationmight lead to cancer. The WHO said cellphones were a “hazard” along the lines of lead and engine exhaust. The organization studied numerous reports on cellphones and their effects before releasing their report.


- Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards was indictedFriday on charges that he gave campaign money to his mistress to cover up the affair. An attorney for Edwards – whose wife died last year of cancer – said Edwards will fight the charges. If he is convicted, Edwards faces 30 years in prison and a fine of $1.5 million.


- Space Shuttle Endeavourtouched down Wednesday, bringing to an end its service. Endeavour had been on a mission to the International Space Station, and its return to Earth means there is only one more shuttle flight left – Atlantis will blast off on July 8 and bring to a close NASA’s space shuttle program.


- The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday released the food plate, which is an update to the traditional food pyramid. The plate is designed to be more “user-friendly” and breaks down portions into fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein, with dairy on the side. Officials hope the simple design will help combat obesity, which affects two-thirds of adults in the U.S.


Video of the week


Would you know how to spell cymotrichous if you only heard it? Probably not, but 14-year-old Sukanya Roy did, and it won her the Scripps National Spelling Beetitle. Watch the report below.



 


GateHouse News Service