Headline News

  • Mentoring groups help minority companies accelerate growth, create jobs in local communities


    Mel Gravely, president of TriVersity Construction, poses in his office in front of some paintings of work his company has done, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Cincinnati. Gravely’s company joined a program called a minority business accelerator even before he bought a controlling interest in the Cincinnati-based company in 2006. It helped the company get started and win contracts that have helped Triversity’s revenue double. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)The Associated Press NEW YORK –  Mel Gravely says his construction company might not exist today if he didn’t have mentors to guide it. Gravely’s company, TriVersity, joined a program called a minority business accelerator even before he bought a controlling interest in the Cincinnati-based company in 2006. It helped the company get started and win contracts that have helped Triversity’s revenue double. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “I don’t make any move at all without getting the input of the accelerator,” Gravely says. Minority business accelerators have launched in a …

    April 16, 2014 10:32 am
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Politics

  • Obama to announce $600 million U.S. job-training initiative


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will announce an initiative on Wednesday to devote $600 million to address a central challenge of today’s economy: How to train workers for skills they need for jobs that are open but hard to fill. American companies will need 522,000 software developers and computer programmers over the next 10 years as well as nearly 110,000 pharmacists, 224,000 electricians and 941,000 customer service representatives, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. To try to fill the void, Obama will announce during a visit to Oakdale, Pennsylvania, a plan to use $500 million in existing Labor Department funds to pay for a competition. The goal of the competition is to spur employers and community colleges to work together and develop training programs that are designed to get workers prepared for specific jobs that already exist. Another $100 million will be drawn from a Labor Department fund to support programs aimed at …

    April 16, 2014 5:30 am
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Stocks

  • Detroit reaches deal limiting pension cuts


    Under deals reached Tuesday, Detroit retirees won’t suffer as deep a cut in their pensions as had been proposed. Detroit’s emergency manager and pension funds for 23,000 workers and retirees hammered out tentative deals on Tuesday, marking a major step forward in the city’s efforts to exit bankruptcy. If approved, the deals would significantly limit proposed cuts in pension benefits compared to what had previously been proposed. The first deal was reached with the Retired Detroit Police and Fire Fighters Association, which represents more than 80% of Detroit’s retired public safety workers. Retirees would suffer no cuts to their current pension benefits and would receive nearly half of their annual cost of living increases moving forward. Later Tuesday, the city struck a tentative agreement with the General Retirement System, an even larger fund that covers civilian workers for most city departments. The general fund was in worst financial shape than the one that covered police …

    April 16, 2014 9:52 am
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Sports

  • Diyas reaches 1st WTA quarterfinals since 2012, top seed Cibulkova opens with win in Malaysia


    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia –  Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan reached her first WTA quarterfinals in two years by defeating Italian qualifier Giulia Gatto-Monticone 6-1, 6-4 in the second round of the Malaysian Open on Wednesday. No. 6-seeded Diyas broke the Italian’s serve five times and saved four breakpoints to qualify for her first quarterfinals since 2012 in Taiwan. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Also through to the last eight were No. 4 Patricia Mayr-Achleitner of Austria, and Magda Linette of Poland. Top-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia, ranked 10th, defeated Turkish qualifier Pemra Ozgen 6-1, 6-3 to open her tournament account, and will face Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan in the second round on Thursday, with Diyas waiting in the quarterfinals.

    April 16, 2014 10:32 am
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World News

  • Classes resume at Pittsburgh-area high school where student stabbed 22


    Classes resumed Wednesday at a Pittsburgh-area high school where authorities said a student stabbed or slashed 21 others and a security guard a week ago while rampaging through a hallway with two kitchen knives. Before school began, some students gathered at 6.30am Wednesday on the football field behind Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, about 18 miles from Pittsburgh, to pray and to support one another. After that, as day broke and other students drove to school — or were driven on buses or by their parents — they were greeted by well-wishers from a nearby church who were holding signs of support saying things like “Courage” and “It’s a new day.” Karen Ingersoll said she has two children who graduated from the school and two daughters still attend it. “I think they were ready to go back,” Ingersoll said, though she acknowledged there’s more healing to come. “My youngest can’t sleep alone yet, she’s …

    April 16, 2014 10:52 am
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Technology

  • FBI May Pick Out Your Face in a Crowd


    The FBI is planning to have a fully operational facial recognition system in place by this summer and may be well on its way to reaching that goal. The system will be able to query a database of photos to identify individuals based on their appearance even if they do not have a criminal record, reported Jennifer Lynch, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The EFF received documents related to the system following a Freedom of Information Act request for details on the FBI’s Next Generation Identification project, which may hold data on as many as a third of all Americans. The NGI database contains around 100 million total records, including fingerprints, retinal scans and palm prints. The planned expansion will add people’s faces to the system, along with information including name, age, race and address. Other federal agencies have access to the database, as well as some 18,000 local, tribal, and …

    April 16, 2014 9:12 am
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Science

  • The Lancet: Functional brain imaging reliably predicts which vegetative patients have potential to recover consciousness


    A functional brain imaging technique known as positron emission tomography (PET) is a promising tool for determining which severely brain damaged individuals in vegetative states have the potential to recover consciousness, according to new research published in The Lancet. It is the first time that researchers have tested the diagnostic accuracy of functional brain imaging techniques in clinical practice. “Our findings suggest that PET imaging can reveal cognitive processes that aren’t visible through traditional bedside tests, and could substantially complement standard behavioural assessments to identify unresponsive or “vegetative” patients who have the potential for long-term recovery,” says study leader Professor Steven Laureys from the University of Liége in Belgium. In severely brain-damaged individuals, judging the level of consciousness has proved challenging. Traditionally, bedside clinical examinations have been used to decide whether patients are in a minimally conscious state (MCS), in which there is some evidence of awareness and response to stimuli, or are in a …

    April 16, 2014 9:12 am
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Health

  • Bleeding Irregularities Common in Menopause, Study Finds


    WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Extended and heavy menstrual bleeding during menopause is common, according to a new study. “For most women in their 30s, menstrual periods are highly predictable. With the onset of the menopausal transition in their 40s, women’s menstrual periods can change dramatically,” study author Sioban Harlow, a University of Michigan professor of epidemiology, said in a university news release. “These dramatic changes can be disconcerting, and often provoke questions about whether something is wrong,” she added. The findings should reassure women who worry about what is and isn’t normal, she said. When a woman’s ovaries stop producing the hormones estrogen and progesterone, she enters menopause. This life stage can last anywhere from two to 10 years, the researchers said. Menopause usually occurs after age 45. “Women need more descriptive information about the bleeding changes they can expect. We need clear guidance to help women understand what changes in bleeding …

    April 16, 2014 9:32 am
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Entertainment

  • Katy Perry fuels rumors she’s got a new beau & it’s Diplo


    Katy Perry has waved goodbye to John Mayer and their 18-month relationship, and she’s moved on to bigger and better things. So could one of the things that she’s moved on to be world-renowned DJ Diplo? Robert Pattinson, Katy Perry rock out at Coachella together The “Roar” hit maker and Diplo (whose real name is Thomas Wesley Pentz) have been friends for a long time. But according to onlookers, the pair appeared to be much more than good friends when they were spotted flirting and really enjoying each other’s company at the Jeremy Scott and Adidas party during the Coachella music festival on Saturday. According to Radar Online, Diplo “was hanging out with Katy pretty much the whole night.” Of course, the pair have been really good friends, and they also collaborate on music together, but an eyewitness revealed to the site that, “It definitely looked like more than than that! At one point he …

    April 16, 2014 7:51 am
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Editorial

  • Sebelius quits: How do you spell ‘scapegoat’?


      Dictionary.com offers two definitions for scapegoat: “1. A person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place; 2. Chiefly biblical. A goat let loose in the wilderness on Yom Kippur after the high priest symbolically laid the sins of the people on its head. Lev. 16:8,10,26.” Both definitions seem to fit last week’s announcement of the “resignation” of Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services, who presided over the disastrous rollout of the government’s website, healthcare.gov, which was supposed to provide easy access for people who wished to sign up for ObamaCare. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The question remains: Why do so many people put their faith in government, when it does so few things well and with efficiency and reasonable cost? It wasn’t entirely Sebelius’ fault, though her experience with a website when she was governor of Kansas should have sounded alarm bells.  As The Daily Caller …

    April 16, 2014 9:32 am
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Odd News

  • Teenager uses Facebook to save Romania’s stray dogs


    BUCHAREST (Reuters) – When French film actress Brigitte Bardot began a campaign to spare the thousands of stray dogs in Romania’s capital from being put down, she did it with a $150,000 donation scheme. A similar campaign is being waged by Ana-Maria Ciulcu, a 13-year-old schoolgirl with braces on her teeth who uses Facebook to appeal to dog lovers all over Europe – and to make sure the dogs go to the right homes. “I like to know that my dogs will be spoiled, and will be allowed to sit on the sofa … so one of my first questions would be: ‘Are you going to chain him?’,” Ciulcu told Reuters. Ciulcu was a baby when Bardot started her sterilization campaign in 2001. Now she speaks fluent German and has a grasp of the Internet, and she’s used both to rescue 150 strays and ship them to Germany, Austria and Belgium since September. But Bucharest’s …

    April 16, 2014 9:12 am
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