NUMBER 5 - ROCKET HEADS FOR INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
We have liftoff! A Russian rocket successfully launched from Kazakhstan Wednesday, carrying three new crew members to the International Space Station. The group is made up of astronauts from the U.S., Russian and European space agencies. They are scheduled to spend five-and-a-half months on the ISS. The new group will join American Steve Swanson and two others who have been on the ISS since March 27th.
NUMBER 4 - APPLE BUYS BEATS COMPANIES
Apple announced Wednesday it will acquire the subscription streaming music service Beats Music, and Beats Electronics. Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will join Apple and bring along their headphones, speakers and audio software. Apple CEO Tim Cook said bringing the two companies together will "create the most innovative must have products and services in the world." Apple will pay $3 billion for the two companies.
NUMBER 3 - BRAD PITT ATTACKED ON RED CARPET
Actor Brad Pitt was attacked on the red carpet Wednesday night during the premiere of Angelina Jolie's new movie, "Maleficent." Sources say 25-year-old Vitalii Sediuk, who is known for pulling pranks on Hollywood stars, jumped a barrier and punched Pitt in the face. Pitt was reportedly okay after the attack, Jolie appeared to be shocked. Sediuk was hauled away in handcuffs and booked on suspicion of misdemeanor battery.
NUMBER 2 - MAYA ANGELOU DIES
Well known poet and author, Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86. She had been battling health problems recently. She wrote a number of critically-acclaimed books, including "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." Angelou served on two presidential committees, was awarded the Presidential Medal for the Arts in 2000 and the Lincoln Medal in 2008. She also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S.
NUMBER 1 - EDWARD SNOWDEN INTERVIEW
In a revealing interview, NBC News Anchor Brian Williams talked with former NSA contractor Edward Snowden in his first American television appearance. "I think the most important idea is to remember that there have been times throughout American history where what is right is not the same as what is legal. Sometimes to do the right thing you have to break a law," Snowden told Williams. Snowden is now living in exile in Moscow while facing federal charges in the U.S. He walked out of the NSA with tens of thousands of documents disclosing intelligence secrets. Snowden signaled that he wouldn't accept a deal that included a long prison sentence.
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