NUMBER 5 - DIAGON ALLEY OPENING AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS
Universal Studios announced Wednesday that their new Harry Potter attraction will open in July. "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley" will let guests experience things found in the Harry Potter books and films, including a fire-breathing dragon, the Hogwarts Express, and many magical shops. "Diagon Alley" will officially open to the public on July 8th.
NUMBER 4 - PIPPA MIDDLETON CYCLING FOR CHARITY
Pippa Middleton is biking across the United States! The sister of the Duchess of Cambridge is part of an eight-person team, riding the 3,000 miles from Oceanside, California, to Annapolis, Maryland. They started on Saturday, and so far, they've made it to Missouri. The ride is part of Race Across America, raising money for the Michael Matthews Foundation, which helps provide education opportunities to children.
NUMBER 3 - AMAZON REVEALS NEW SMARTPHONE
Amazon has entered the world of smartphones. At an event Wednesday in Seattle, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos introduced the Fire Phone, which he says will serve as your eyes and ears. The new Amazon Fire Phone will have a 4.7 inch screen with an ultra-bright display, and what Bezos calls the "best" camera of any phone. The Fire Phone will be available starting July 25th, exclusively through AT&T.
NUMBER 2 - REDSKINS TRADEMARK CANCELED
In a possible game-changer for the Washington Redskins, the U.S. Patent Office has canceled the NFL team's trademark registration, saying it is disparaging to Native Americans. The move can't stop the team from using its Redskin logo, but now you can use it too, for free. Oneida Indian Nation and the National Congress of American Indians are praising the move. Both groups have rallied to get the football team to change its name.
NUMBER 1 - OBAMA MEETS WITH CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS ABOUT IRAQ CRISIS
President Obama met with congressional leaders Wednesday over what to do about the attempted terrorist take-over of Iraq. Vice President Joe Biden also spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki and other leaders by phone. A White House statement says Biden emphasized the need for national unity. The president has ruled out sending ground troops to Iraq, but airstrikes remain under consideration.
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