U.S. schools look to guards, technology a year after Sandy Hook
By Brendan O'Brien and Ian Simpson MILWAUKEE/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A year after a gunman massacred 26 first-graders and adults in a Connecticut elementary school, educational officials across the United States continue to face the longstanding question of how to best protect their students. Bullet-proof glass didn't fit that criteria for us," Superintendent Jeff Weiss said in an interview. Schools are aiming to stop gun scares and killings, such as the shooting deaths of three students at an Ohio high school in February 2012, the wounding of two students at a California high school in January 2013 and a potential mass shooting at a Georgia elementary school in August that was averted when a school bookkeeper talked the gunman into laying down his AK-47 assault rifle. The number of school resource officers or law enforcement officers assigned to schools has risen to levels not seen since the aftermath of the 1999 Columbine High School "massacre" in Colorado, in which 13 people were shot to death, said Maurice Canady, executive director of the National Association of School Resource Officers.
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 07:02:44 -0500
After long fight, new bridge for Detroit may be in sight
By Nick Carey DETROIT (Reuters) - A decade ago Les Cadman stopped making improvements to his small house in Detroit's declining Delray district because it stood in the path of a proposed bridge to Windsor, Ontario, the bustling Canadian city just across the Detroit River. Ten years on and his house no longer directly in the bridge's path, Cadman and other residents of this forgotten neighborhood near the Detroit River are still waiting to see what a new bridge and a proposed 170-acre (70-hectare) U.S. customs plaza would mean for their community. Years of opposition to the project, led by the billionaire private owner of the lone existing bridge from Detroit to Windsor, have helped keep plans for the new bridge on hold. This has left residents and community groups preparing for an eventual construction boom - but without knowing when it might start.
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 02:55:58 -0500
Union machinists say they held talks with Boeing on 777X
(Reuters) - The union representing Boeing Co's Seattle area machinists said its leaders had met with top executives of the airplane maker on Tuesday about restarting talks that could see the new 777X jetliner built in Washington state, where the current 777 is built. The meeting came after union members last month roundly rejected a labor contract offer by Boeing that would have ensured the new jet was built in the Seattle area. On its website, the International Association of Machinists District 751 said its president, Tom Wroblewski, and other union representatives had met on Tuesday with Boeing Commercial Airplanes Chief Executive Ray Conner and other executives from the company. "No proposals were exchanged." Boeing officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 07:35:18 -0500
Pope Francis is Time's Person of the Year
NEW YORK (AP) Time magazine selected Pope Francis as its Person of the Year on Wednesday, saying the Roman Catholic church's new leader has changed the perception of the church in an extraordinary way in a short time.
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 08:48:38 -0500
Bipartisan budget deal sets off some grumbling
WASHINGTON (AP) Backers of a narrowly drawn budget deal are selling it as a way to stabilize Congress' shaky fiscal practices and mute some of the partisan rancor that has helped send lawmakers' public approval ratings plummeting. But the bipartisan pact doesn't solve long-term tax and spending issues, leaving liberals and conservatives alike grumbling.
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 08:47:38 -0500
NTSB: Asiana captain worried about visual landing
WASHINGTON (AP) The Asiana Airlines captain who crashed a Boeing 777 at San Francisco International Airport in July told investigators he was stressed out and "very concerned" about attempting a visual approach because the runway's automatic warning systems were out of service due to construction, according to an investigative report released Wednesday.
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 08:43:50 -0500
NTSB to review Asiana crash at hearing Wednesday
WASHINGTON (AP) The Asiana Airlines captain who crashed a Boeing 777 at San Francisco International Airport in July told investigators he was stressed out and "very concerned" about attempting a visual approach because the runway's automatic warning systems were out of service due to construction.
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 08:34:47 -0500
Sebelius asks for investigation of flawed website
WASHINGTON (AP) Recognizing that deeper problems may lurk behind the botched rollout of the health care website, President Barack Obama's top health official Wednesday called for an investigation into management and contracting decisions.
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 07:46:28 -0500
Pay gains for young women; inequality still seen
WASHINGTON (AP) About 75 percent of young women believe the U.S. needs to do more to bring about equality in the workplace, a new study finds, despite a narrowing pay gap and steady employment gains for women at higher levels of business and government.
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 07:39:09 -0500
CIA papers show Panetta spoke on bin Laden raid
Newly declassified documents show Tuesday that former CIA Director Leon Panetta revealed secret information to "Zero Dark Thirty" scriptwriter Mark Boal when Panetta gave a speech at CIA headquarters ...
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 07:28:15 -0500
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