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  • Week in review: iPhone 5 sells out in an hour

  • Here are the top news stories from the past week:

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  • News of the week
    Here are the top news stories from the past week:
    - The iPhone 5 went on sale Friday at 12:01 a.m. PDT, and the smartphones were sold out within an hour. So many people were trying to buy the new iPhone that servers kept giving “busy” messages. Those who were lucky to get one of the preorders will have their phones shipped in two weeks.  
    - "The United States of America will never retreat from the world. We will never stop working for the dignity and freedom that every (person) deserves. ... That’s the essence of American leadership. ... That was their work in Benghazi, and that is the work we will carry on." – President Barack Obama, speaking Friday at a ceremony for the Americans killed in Benghazi, Libya. Protests and violence over the anti-Islam film that an American created spread Friday, and three people were killed at the U.S. Embassy in Tunis.
    - Libyan authorities said Thursday that several arrests have been made in connection with the murder of a U.S. ambassador and three others. Officials did not reveal the names of those arrested but said they have been detained and are being investigated. Meanwhile, violence continued Thursday in Africa and the Middle East because of an anti-Muslim video posted on YouTube.
    - "The entire cast and crew are extremely upset and feel taken advantage of by the producer. … (We are) shocked by the drastic rewrites of the script and lies that were told to all involved. We are deeply saddened by the tragedies that have occurred." – Statement from the actors who appeared in the anti-Muslim video. Several have come forward to say the dialogue was dubbed over to make a one-time innocuous film become anti-Muslim.
    - "We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done." – President Barack Obama, talking about the murder of U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens on Tuesday night. Stevens was killed in Benghazi, Libya, a city he helped save during the revolution last year. U.S. officials believe the killing was planned and the protests taking place at the embassy were used as a diversion.
    - The government released information Wednesday that showed the poverty rate dipped only slightly in 2011. It was 15 percent, down from 2010’s 15.1 percent. Also reported was that the median household income declined by 1.5 percent in 2011 from 2010.
    - The U.S. National Climate Data Center reported Monday that 2012 so far is the hottest year the U.S. has ever seen since records began being kept in 1895. The three seasons this year has seen have all been among the hottest ever, and combined, the temperatures are a record. Climate scientist Jake Crouch said, "We're now, in terms of statistics, in unprecedented territory for how long this warm spell has continued in the contiguous U.S."
    Page 2 of 2 - - "This is in my view a strike of choice, and it's the wrong choice for our children. Stay at the table. Finish it for our children." – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, talking Monday after Chicago teachers went on strike. Chicago Public Schools is the third largest system in the U.S., and about 350,000 students weren’t in school all week because of the dispute.
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