Top 10 Current and World Events

10. RESTON, Virginia (CNN) — William Kim still calls the cell phone of his son, a 21-year-old senior at Virginia Tech, just to hear his voice. He feels cheated out of a chance to save his only boy.

21- year-old senior Daniel Kim, committed suicide only eight months after the tragic massacre at Virginia Tech. Kim had fallen into deep depression after the shootings because he feared his life at Tech. He had often been compared to the shooter Seung- Hui Cho. Kim had been acting suicidal lately when recently he purchased a $200 pistol claming he would go through with it.

9. WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal jury convicted a woman Tuesday of running a prostitution service that catered to members of Washington’s political elite.

“D.C. Madam.” Deborah Jeane Palfery was charged for running prostitution, but she still denies all charges. She was convicted on all counts she faced which were: money laundering, using the mail for illegal purposes and racketeering.

8. BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — A wave of bombings blamed on al Qaeda jihadists shook Baghdad and three provincial capitals Tuesday, killing at least 60 people and wounding more than 100 across northern Iraq.

The bomb had wounded 12 and it was known as a double car bombing in Mosul. There was another bomb that hit a local restaurant killing 15 in Anbar province and killed 40 near government offices in Baquba. There was a roadside bomb that killed five in Baghdad.

7. KAMPALA, Uganda (CNN) — At least 19 schoolgirls died when fire erupted in their dormitory west of the capital, Kampala, late Monday, say police and school officials.

Two adults were also found in the primary school dormitory fire. The school denies the clams students made when saying that the door was locked from the outside making it hard for anyone to escape the flames. Police say the investigation will continue until finding the reasons.

6. LOS ANGELES, California (AP) — Walt Disney Studios says legendary animator Ollie Johnston has died at age 95.

The animator of Disney worked on “Fantasia,” “Pinocchio,” “Song of the South,” “Cinderella” and “Alice in Wonderland.” Johnston was one of Disney’s “Nine Old Men” who created famous works.

5. (CNN) — Last year Sen. Barack Obama, submitted a laundry list of federal funding requests, known as earmarks, to the Senate Appropriations Committee: 112 earmarks totaling more than $330 million in taxpayer funds.

Sen. Obama’s staff says he won’t ask for any federal funding requests in ’09. He submitted a laundry list of funding requests in his first year in office. Obama states that, “the entire earmark process need to be re-examined and reformed.”

4. ANGOLA, Louisiana (CNN) — He is not a killer, but the state of Louisiana is determined to execute Patrick Kennedy for his crime.

The New Orleans native faces that reality as he sits on death row at Louisiana’s maximum-security prison, the largest prison in the nation. The Louisiana State Penitentiary, or Angola Prison, is the size of Manhattan and surrounded on three sides by the Mississippi River. Unlike the 3,300 inmates awaiting execution nationwide — including the 94 other men at Angola — Kennedy, 43, is a convicted rapist. The victim was his 8-year-old stepdaughter. For the first time in 44 years, a state is preparing to execute a man for a felony other than murder. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday on whether Louisiana can use capital punishment in child rape cases.

3. WASHINGTON (CNN) — A smiling Pope Benedict XVI arrived in the United States on Tuesday afternoon to start the six-day, two-city journey that will take him from the White House to the halls of the United Nations.President Bush, first lady Laura Bush and daughter Jenna greeted Benedict after his long journey to the White House. Benedict will also be visiting New York to celebrate Mass in both cities.

2. NEW YORK (AP) — Divorce and out-of-wedlock childbearing cost U.S. taxpayers more than $112 billion a year, according to a study commissioned by four groups advocating more government action to bolster marriages.

1. WASHINGTON (CNN) — Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said Sunday he appreciates “what the United States is contributing to help Iraq” but said his country is “shouldering the main burden” of its reconstruction projects.Levin, a key congressional Democrat, made the comment during a series of hearings last week in the House and Senate on the status of the war. With the 5-year-old war’s cost to U.S. taxpayers now estimated at more than $600 billion, the Iraqi windfall provoked sharp questions from lawmakers to the top U.S. general in Iraq Gen. David Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker, who were among those who testified.