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Five things you might have missed this week


This week was filled with news, as there was a great loss in the Reagan family, a U.S. air strike demolishing a threat in Somalia and a Broncos quarterback leaving an 18-year legacy behind. But these are just a few moments you might have missed this week.

Nancy Reagan passes away at 94

Nancy Reagan, one of the most influential first ladies, died on Sunday due to congestive heart failure, according to her representative Joanne Drake, a spokeswoman with the Reagan Library.

“Mrs. Reagan will be buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, next to her husband, Ronald Wilson Reagan, who died on June 5, 2004,” the statement said.

Reagan’s step son Michael Reagan posted about his loss on Facebook.

“Nancy is where she has always wanted to be with her Ronnie…Now she is at peace…” he said.

Many of her accomplishments include starting the “Just Say No” program to fight against youth drug abuse and being the honorary president of the Girl Scouts.

Peyton Manning retires after 18 years in the NFL

The legendary quarterback retired from professional football on Monday with an emotional news conference at Broncos headquarters.

“There’s something about 18 years, 18 is a good number, and today I retire from professional football,” he said in an emotional speech on Monday.

Manning played with both the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos during his 18-year career and is a five-time MVP, as well as the only quarterback to win Super Bowls with two teams, among other major records.

General manager John Elway had nothing but kind words about the quarterback.

“Peyton Manning revolutionized the game,” Elway said.

“We always used to think that a no-huddle was a fast paced, get to the line of scrimmage and keep people off balance. Peyton revolutionized it in that, ‘You know, we’re going to get to the line of scrimmage, we’re going to take our time, I’m going to find out what you’re doing, and then I’m going to pick you apart.'”

Erin Andrews wins $55 million judgment

The sportscaster and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ co-host won a judgment on Monday, announced a state circuit court jury that same afternoon. The case was against an alleged stalker and the owner of a Nashville, Tennessee, hotel, where Andrews was secretly recorded during her stay.

The $55 million judgment was less than the $75 million Andrews had sought.

The jury deliberated for less than eight hours, according to NBC News, splitting the damages “equally between Barrett, who will have to pay about $28 million, and the two companies, which are on the hook for about $26 million.”

Andrews expressed her gratitude to the Nashville court and the jury in a tweet later that day.

US air strike kills more than 150 Shabab militants

According to the Pentagon, an American aircraft struck a training camp in Somalia belonging to the Islamist militant group the Shabab, killing about 150 Shabab fighters, the New York Times reported.

The strike, which is described as the deadliest one in the field in more than a decade, was carried out by drones and American aircraft, dropping bombs and missiles toward the field, where a graduation was reportedly taking place.

The terror group is widely known for their attacks cross East Africa, such as massacre that killed 147 students at a college in Kenya last April.

The U.S. military had been keeping an eye out at the group for weeks prior to the attack.

“We know they were going to be departing the camp and that they posed an imminent threat to US and to Amisom, African Union mission in Somalia forces, that are in Somalia,” said Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis.

Sony is silent on whether they would boot Dr. Luke

The Wrap reported that it appeared that Sony was ready to cut ties with Lukasz Gottwald, otherwise known as Dr. Luke, the producer whom pop star Kesha had accused of sexual and emotional abuse.

Gottwald’s label, Kemosabe Records, is housed within Sony Music, and had a reported $60 million deal with Sony, which wasn’t set to expire until early 2017. However, the producer’s attorneys are dismissing the report.

In a statement provided to Entertainment Weekly, the attorney said, “[Gottwald’s] representatives are in regular contact with executives at the highest levels at Sony and this has never come up.”

Sony has yet to comment.

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