The Week That Was: Angie on Top; Obama in Egypt

Angelina Jolie was named most powerful by Forbes, President Obama made a historic speech to the Muslim world, and GM filed for bankruptcy. Angelina Jolie nabbed Oprah's crown at the top of Forbes' 2009 Celebrity 100 list, naming her the most powerful celebrity in the world. While she doesn't make as much money as the Harpo head, the magazine said that Jolie's celeb status was enough to dethrone Winfrey. Speaking for nearly an hour at Cairo University Thursday, President Barack Obama talked of the deep-rooted tension between Muslims and the United States in a 6,000-word speech -- and said he sought an era of tolerance and understanding to help reshape relations after the Sept. 11 attacks and the war in Iraq. Six Americans are among the 228 passengers and crew on board an Air France flight that disappeared from radar early Monday morning after running into lightning and strong thunderstorms over the Atlantic in what officials are calling a major catastrophe. General Motors, once a leading symbol of American business and manufacturing might, capped a stunning and painful collapse Monday morning by filing for bankruptcy, but President Obama predicted the company will emerge lean and profitable. "Kung Fu" and "Kill Bill" star David Carradine was found dead Thursday in Thailand. The 72-year-old actor appeared to have hanged himself in a suite at the luxury Swissotel Nai Lert Park Hotel, said Lt. Teerapop Luanseng, the officer responsible for investigating the death. Radio host Rush Limbaugh flip-flopped on his opinion of Judge Sonia Sotomayor Wednesday, saying that he could support the Supreme Court nominee if it turned out she would support overturning Roe v. Wade. This statement comes a week after the talkmeister called Sotomayor a "reverse racist." The iPhone, rumored to be announced next week, could have a built in video camera. The ability to take, not only watch, videos on cell phones is becoming more important as a YouTube generation uses their mobiles to either send short video clips as a multimedia message, or to post them to video-sharing sites. Air France's CEO Pierre-Henri Gourgeon told family members at a private meeting this week that Air France Flight 447 disintegrated, either in the air or when it slammed into the ocean, and there were no survivors, according to a grief counselor who was asked by Paris prosecutors to help counsel relatives. Officials say no wreckage has yet been recovered. Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden lashed out at President Obama's trip to the Middle East Thursday, saying in a new tape that the commander in chief is planting seeds of "revenge and hatred" in the Muslim world -- and that the United States should be prepared for "consequences" after the visit. Opening a mission to write a new chapter on Islam and the West, President Barack Obama consulted Wednesday with the Saudi king "in the place where Islam began," prelude to a high-stakes speech in Egypt meant to ease long-held Muslim grievances against the United States. Steroid-aided Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez and actress Kate Hudson are officially a couple, a source close to the two dished Wednesday. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor spent Tuesday shmoozing with nine influential senators in the hopes of winning them over before her upcoming senate confirmation hearings. These traditional 45 minute meetings (and one double whammy with the two New York senators for an hour and fifteen minutes) are a chance for lawmakers to form an opinion about the nominee. With the stroke of a pen Tuesday, President Obama created the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission, which will honor the former president -- and dodged the accusations that he was snubbing former First Lady Nancy Reagan. Airplane seats, a life jacket and signs of fuel were spotted floating in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean Tuesday and are believed to be from the doomed Air France jetliner that vanished earlier this week. “Renegade, The Making Of A President,” one of the first books published about President Obama's campaign, was released Tuesday and provided some interesting insights, including the former senator saying that President Clinton told "bald-faced lies." Conan O’Brien officially took over the “Tonight Show” Monday, ushering in a new era for the longest-running entertainment program on television and becoming the fifth host in the show's 55 year history. The comedian brought Max Weinberg and Andy Richter with him, but left some of his "Late Night" staples like Triumph the Insult Comic Dog behind. Popular vampire drama "Twilight" snagged golden popcorn trophies for best movie, fight, kiss, breakthrough male performance and female performance at Sunday's MTV Movie Awards.

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Angelina Jolie nabbed Oprah's crown at the top of Forbes' 2009 Celebrity 100 list, naming her the most powerful celebrity in the world. While she doesn't make as much money as the Harpo head, the magazine said that Jolie's celeb status was enough to dethrone Winfrey.
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Speaking for nearly an hour at Cairo University Thursday, President Barack Obama talked of the deep-rooted tension between Muslims and the United States in a 6,000-word speech -- and said he sought an era of tolerance and understanding to help reshape relations after the Sept. 11 attacks and the war in Iraq.
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Six Americans are among the 228 passengers and crew on board an Air France flight that disappeared from radar early Monday morning after running into lightning and strong thunderstorms over the Atlantic in what officials are calling a major catastrophe.
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General Motors, once a leading symbol of American business and manufacturing might, capped a stunning and painful collapse Monday morning by filing for bankruptcy, but President Obama predicted the company will emerge lean and profitable.
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"Kung Fu" and "Kill Bill" star David Carradine was found dead Thursday in Thailand. The 72-year-old actor appeared to have hanged himself in a suite at the luxury Swissotel Nai Lert Park Hotel, said Lt. Teerapop Luanseng, the officer responsible for investigating the death.
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Radio host Rush Limbaugh flip-flopped on his opinion of Judge Sonia Sotomayor Wednesday, saying that he could support the Supreme Court nominee if it turned out she would support overturning Roe v. Wade. This statement comes a week after the talkmeister called Sotomayor a "reverse racist."
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The iPhone, rumored to be announced next week, could have a built in video camera. The ability to take, not only watch, videos on cell phones is becoming more important as a YouTube generation uses their mobiles to either send short video clips as a multimedia message, or to post them to video-sharing sites.
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Air France's CEO Pierre-Henri Gourgeon told family members at a private meeting this week that Air France Flight 447 disintegrated, either in the air or when it slammed into the ocean, and there were no survivors, according to a grief counselor who was asked by Paris prosecutors to help counsel relatives. Officials say no wreckage has yet been recovered.
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Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden lashed out at President Obama's trip to the Middle East Thursday, saying in a new tape that the commander in chief is planting seeds of "revenge and hatred" in the Muslim world -- and that the United States should be prepared for "consequences" after the visit.
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Opening a mission to write a new chapter on Islam and the West, President Barack Obama consulted Wednesday with the Saudi king "in the place where Islam began," prelude to a high-stakes speech in Egypt meant to ease long-held Muslim grievances against the United States.
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Steroid-aided Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez and actress Kate Hudson are officially a couple, a source close to the two dished Wednesday.
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Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor spent Tuesday shmoozing with nine influential senators in the hopes of winning them over before her upcoming senate confirmation hearings. These traditional 45 minute meetings (and one double whammy with the two New York senators for an hour and fifteen minutes) are a chance for lawmakers to form an opinion about the nominee.
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With the stroke of a pen Tuesday, President Obama created the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission, which will honor the former president -- and dodged the accusations that he was snubbing former First Lady Nancy Reagan.
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AP
Airplane seats, a life jacket and signs of fuel were spotted floating in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean Tuesday and are believed to be from the doomed Air France jetliner that vanished earlier this week.
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“Renegade, The Making Of A President,” one of the first books published about President Obama's campaign, was released Tuesday and provided some interesting insights, including the former senator saying that President Clinton told "bald-faced lies."
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Conan O’Brien officially took over the “Tonight Show” Monday, ushering in a new era for the longest-running entertainment program on television and becoming the fifth host in the show's 55 year history. The comedian brought Max Weinberg and Andy Richter with him, but left some of his "Late Night" staples like Triumph the Insult Comic Dog behind.
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Popular vampire drama "Twilight" snagged golden popcorn trophies for best movie, fight, kiss, breakthrough male performance and female performance at Sunday's MTV Movie Awards.
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