President Obama honored 16 people in a lovely ceremony today as recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor a civilian can attain. Those honored were: Nancy Goodman Brinker, Pedro Jose Greer, Jr., Stephen Hawking, Jack Kemp, Sen. Ted Kennedy, Billie Jean King, Rev. Joseph Lowery, Joe Medicine Crow-High Bird, Harvey Milk, Sandra Day O’Connor, Sidney Poitier, Chita Rivera, Mary Robinson, Janet Davison Rowley, Desmond Tutu, and Muhammad Yunas. You can find their bios at the link, CNN.
The man convicted for killing 270 people in 1988 by planting a bomb on board Pan Am Flight 103, known as the Lockerbie bombing, is set to be released. Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi has terminal prostate cancer and will be allowed to return to his native Libya in time for Ramadan. The flight was leaving London for JFK airport and exploded over the town of Lockerbie, where 11 people on the ground were killed. 180 killed were Americans and many were students who were returning home from studying abroad, BBC News.
A judge has ruled Microsoft “infringed a patent belonging to i4i LP, gave the software giant 60 days to comply with the injunction and awarded the Canadian company about $290-million.” Microsoft will also have to immediately stop selling most versions of the Word program, Globe and Mail.
Brazil reports that 274 people have died in the country from A/H1N1 flu. They plan to import 18 million vaccines in the next two years, China View.