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:
- Saturday was the nationwide effort to get customers of big banks to move to community banks or credit unions. The day is part of the Move Your Money and Bank Transfer Day movements, which arose in protest of bank fees such as Bank of America’s debit-fee plan (which has since been toned down). According to reports, at least 650,000 people already moved their accounts by Friday.
- "This idea of freedom and dignity is spreading like wildfire, and at a gathering like the Hajj it's conceivable that the electricity coming from these ideas will be picked up. This is what scares the Saudi bureaucracy." - Akbar Ahmed of Islamic Studies at American University, talking about tensions around the annual Hajj to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, because of the Arab Spring. The pilgrimage, which began Friday, is the largest gathering of people on the planet.
- "The theory that Jackson died after self-administering propofol died is 'junk science.'" - Deputy District Attorney David Walgren in his closing argument of thetrial of Dr. Conrad Murray, accused of manslaughter in the 2009 death of pop singer Michael Jackson. The case went to the jury today after closing arguments.
- YouTube viewers were outraged as the victim of a 2004 beating by her father, a Texas judge, put video of the attack online. The video soon became viral, and radio and TV news shows were abuzz with talk about punishment vs. child abuse.
- "Without objects of this type, we probably wouldn't be here" - Don Yeomans, manager of NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, Calif., on an asteroid the size of an aircraft carrier scheduled to come close to Earth Nov. 8. Asteroids like this one likely delivered organic, carbon-based materials to Earth, enabling life.
- "I have never sexually harassed anyone. While at the restaurant association I was accused of sexual harassment - falsely accused. … It was concluded after thorough investigation that it had no basis." – Presidential candidate Herman Cain, talking at the National Press Club on Monday about a Politico story that said Cain had acted inappropriately toward several women while he was head of the National Restaurant Association.
Video of the week
Did you see this? A surfer was almost swallowed by a whale:
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