NUMBER 5 - BEYONCE NAMED FORBES' MOST POWERFUL CELEB
Queen B is music royalty for a reason. Beyoncé has been named Forbes' Most Powerful Celebrity of the Year, knocking Oprah from the top spot. Forbes' Celebrity 100 list ranks stars based on money and fame. LeBron James landed in second place. Dr. Dre comes in at number three, thanks to Apple's purchase of his Beats headphones. Oprah dropped to fourth, and Ellen Degeneres was fifth.
NUMBER 4 - TEAM USA TAKES ON BELGIUM
The countdown to kick-off is on, as Team USA gets ready to take on Belgium in the knock-out-round of the World Cup today. The U.S. has already held its own against two other European teams, Germany and Portugal. But today, against the 11th ranked team, the Belgium Red Devils, the U.S. will attempt to reach quarterfinals for only the second time in history. The match will air today at 3:00 P.M. central time.
NUMBER 3 - GM COMPENSATION PLAN
General Motors is trying to compensate the victims of accidents caused by the company's faulty ignition switches. GM is offering at least $1 million to the families of those who died. Each surviving spouse and dependent is entitled to at least another $300,000. Injured people will also be compensated, the amount depends on the severity of injuries. Back-seat deaths and deaths from side-impact crashes will also count.
NUMBER 2 - MORE TROOPS SENT TO IRAQ
The U.S. military is sending more troops to Iraq for security. The Pentagon says 200 military personnel will be in the country to secure the U.S. Embassy, its support facilities, and Baghdad International Airport. This is in addition to the 100 personnel already in the region. The Pentagon says the president authorized this increase in troops to protect U.S. citizens and property.
NUMBER 1 - SCOTUS RULES ON HOBBY LOBBY CASE
A big day at the U.S. Supreme Court, on the last day of its term. Among the decisions, the court handed a major victory to Hobby Lobby, ruling that it can refuse, on religious grounds, to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives. The company's supporters cheered after the ruling. Dissenters said the ruling will allow companies to opt out of any law they judge incompatible with their own religious beliefs.
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