The Senate passed President Obama’s proposed economic stimulus package on Feb. 10. The stimulus bill costs $838 billion, and the House and Senate will next move into negotiations in order to transfer the bill to the president’s desk.
Raq the vote
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s party swept provincial elections on Jan. 31, beating out Shiite religious parties during Iraq’s first nationwide election since December 2005. Al-Maliki’s victory may boost United States military confidence for troop reductions.
SMOKING THE COMPETITION
Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, the winner of a record eight gold medals at last summer’s Beijing Olympics, was suspended from competition for three months by USA Swimming. The suspension comes after a photo of Phelps inhaling from a bong that appeared in a British tabloid on Monday, Feb. 2.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates released a jar of mosquitoes during his presentation at a Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) Conference in Long Beach, Calif. Gates released the insects to increase malaria awareness and promote malaria research.
Teen pop star Miley Cyrus defended a photo in which she is shown pulling her eyes into a slanted position by claiming that she was making a goofy face. The photo was first obtained by TMZ, an entertainment news Web site, and was considered offensive by some Asian American groups.
Magic goat theory
In Nigeria, a goat was held on suspicion of armed robbery. Vigilantes claimed a robber used black magic to transform himself into the goat in an attempt to escape arrest.