U.S. schools look to guards, technology a year after Sandy Hook
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 07:02:44 -0500
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.
After long fight, new bridge for Detroit may be in sight
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 02:55:58 -0500
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.
Union machinists say they held talks with Boeing on 777X
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 07:35:18 -0500
(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.
Pope Francis is Time's Person of the Year
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 08:12:08 -0500
NEW YORK (AP) â Pope Francis has been selected by Time magazine as the Person of the Year.
Sebelius asks for investigation of flawed website
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 07:46:28 -0500
WASHINGTON (AP) â 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.
Pay gains for young women; inequality still seen
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 07:39:09 -0500
WASHINGTON (AP) â 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.
Alan Alda's science contest asks: What is color?
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 06:54:34 -0500
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) â Alan Alda, the actor-turned-part-time professor, has a new question for scientists to consider: How do you explain color to an 11-year-old?
10 Things to Know for Today
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 06:04:19 -0500
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
Plodding storm moves out of US at last
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 04:16:04 -0500
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) â The storm that iced over Dallas, buried Philadelphia in snow and stranded drivers and air travelers everywhere in between at last plodded out of New England, exiting in muted fashion after days of foul weather.
Detroit's water drains away from ravaged pipes
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 03:39:53 -0500
DETROIT (AP) â Torrents of water spew from broken pipes in Detroit's Crosman School, cascading down stairs before pooling on the warped tile of what was once a basketball court.