Week in review: Obama and Romney officially set as candidates
News of the week
Here are the top news stories from the past week:
- "I won't pretend the path I'm offering is quick or easy. I never have. You didn't elect me to tell you what you wanted to hear. You elected me to tell you the truth. And the truth is, it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over a decade." – President Barack Obama in his acceptance speech Thursday night.
- Prince Harry deployed to Afghanistan on Friday and will stay there four months, the British military said. Harry will serve as an Apache helicopter pilot.
- Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos showed off several new Kindles on Thursday. The new regular Kindle is the Kindle Paperwhite, which has a front-lit screen that is comparable with the Nook Glow Light. Also announced were several versions of the Fire tablet. The new edition of the basic Fire will now be $159 (down from $199), while an HD version will start at $199.
- "Using your office we were able to gain access to your network file servers and copy over the tax documents for one Willard M Romney and Ann D Romney." – Online statement from a group that claims to have stolen the tax records of the Romneys from PricewaterhouseCoopers in Franklin, Tenn. The group says it wants $1 million or it will release the records to the media. The Secret Service is investigating.
- "2012 is now officially our worst year ever for West Nile disease." - David Lakey of the Texas Department of State Health Services. Texas has been hit especially hard by West Nile disease this year, and the country as a whole has reported record numbers of the virus.
- The iPhone5 appears set to be introduced next Wednesday, according to an email Apple sent to the media. The email included an image that had 12 – next Wednesday’s date – and a shadow of the 12 that is a 5. It also said “It’s almost here.” Experts believe the new iPhone will be announced and possibly released then.
- “In the judgment of the Department of Defense, you are in material breach and violation of the nondisclosure agreements you signed. Further public dissemination of your book will aggravate your breach and violation of your agreements.” - General Counsel Jeh Charles Johnson, writing to author Mark Owen about his book "No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden." The book, which was released today, is said to include classified information and that the Navy SEAL author didn’t follow protocol. The Defense Department is weighing its options on how to proceed.
Video of the week: Massive dust storm blankets Phoenix
Cameras captured another huge dust storm in Phoenix.
GateHouse News Service