Listed below are some of the headlines that made news this past week.
The RealClearPolitics average of polls found Governor Mitt Romney just leading President Barack Obama 47.8 percent to 47.1percent as the two men prepared for their final debate Monday evening. –RealClearPolitics
A U.S. appeals court in New York last Thursday ruled that a U.S. law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman unconstitutionally denies federal benefits to lawfully married same-sex couples. –CNBC
The Israeli navy boarded a Gaza-bound ship, the Estelle, which was carrying pro-Palestinian activists and seeking to break Israel’s naval blockade on Gaza, an army spokesperson confirmed at 11:40 a.m. last Saturday. –The Jerusalem Post
Weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits jumped 46,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 388,000, the highest in four months. The increase represents a rebound from the previous week’s sharp drop. Both swings were largely due to technical factors. –CNBC
Tens of thousands of faithful, some wearing feathered headdresses and beads, others in colorful Hawaiian shirts and leis, turned out Sunday as Pope Benedict XVI canonized seven saints, including Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American saint, and Mother Marianne Cope, a 19th-century nun who tended to lepers in Hawaii. –The New York Times