NUMBER 5 - TIME'S 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE LIST
Time Magazine has released the 2014 list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. This year's list includes a record 41 women, including Beyoncé, who is featured on the cover. Robert Redford, openly gay NBA player Jason Collins and General Motors CEO Mary Barra are featured on three additional covers inside the magazine. President Barack Obama appears for the ninth time, more than any other person on the list. The magazine goes on sale today.
NUMBER 4 - PHELPS LOSES TO LOCHTE IN COMPETITION
Michael Phelps continued his comeback to competitive swimming Thursday night in Arizona. Competing at the Mesa Grand Prix, Phelps had the best semi-final time in the Men's 100 Meter Butterfly. That put him in lane four for last night's 100 Meter Fly Final, right next to his good friend and long-time rival, Ryan Lochte. Phelps could not close the gap over the final 50 meters and got out-touched at the wall by Lochte.
NUMBER 3 - HIGH COFFEE PRICES
Caffeine may not be the only jolt you get from your morning cup of joe. Prices have doubled since last year because of a drought in Brazil, the origin of roughly a third of the world's coffee. The dry spell has ruined this year's harvest of arabica beans, which are used for the majority of global coffee production. However, if you get coffee from the big chains, like Starbucks, you may not see a price hike. The company buys its beans at locked in prices, way in advance.
NUMBER 2 - FIRST LADY CANCELS GRADUATION SPEECH
First Lady Michelle Obama will no longer speak at the Topeka, Kansas high school graduation ceremony. She changed her plans after protesters complained her appearance would mean fewer family members could attend the ceremony, because seating would be more limited. The White House says the first lady will now speak a day before the official graduation at a senior recognition day.
NUMBER 1 - TWO POPES TO BECOME SAINTS
The vatican will declare Pope John the 23rd and Pope John Paul the 2nd saints on Sunday. They're being canonized, in part, because of what are judged to be miracles performed for two women. Italian nun, Sister Caterina Capitani was not expected to live after cancer surgery, but apparently recovered after praying to Pope John the 23rd. Floribeth Mora of Costa Rica prayed to Pope John Paul the 2nd and had what is said to be an unexplained recovery from a brain aneurysm.
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