Weekly News Roundup (1/7-1/15)


-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said Tuesday that North Korea is becoming a direct threat to the United States.
-Recent heavy rains across Sri Lanka caused flooding and landslides that left thousands homeless, killed 13 people and injured 44 others.
-Thousands of families living on mountain slopes or on river banks in Brazil face “extreme risk” of being washed away in heavy rains and flooding that have killed more than 400 people.


-Jared Lee Loughner is the suspect in the Tucson, Arizona, shootings that left six people dead and U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords critically wounded; President Obama responds.
-Verizon Wireless said Tuesday it will begin selling Apple’s iPhone early next month, ending AT&T’s four-year run as the phone’s exclusive carrier.
-Madoff victims win $7.2 billion from Picower estate.


-Teenagers with a sunny outlook on life may be less likely than their more pessimistic peers to develop depression symptoms, a new study suggests.


-After months of radiation and chemotherapy for late-stage throat cancer, actor Michael Douglas is tumor-free, he told NBC’s Today Show viewers this morning.
-Supermodel Miranda Kerr gave birth to a super-baby: nearly 10 pounds!
-Tony Parker talks about his “difficult” split with Eva Longoria.
-Ginnifer Goodwin engaged and debuts her engagement ring.

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