Author Archives: Jacob B.

  • Boy, 11, signs 1-day deal with pro hockey team

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan boy who said he didn't want an 11th birthday party because he had no friends is getting a new gig.

    Colin and his family were surprised by players, coaches and representatives of the Kalamazoo Wings at a restaurant Tuesday. The team presented the Richland boy with a one-day contract that will allow him to join the Wings for their home game Sunday.

    Colin has a condition similar to Asperger's syndrome that makes it difficult to relate to peers. His mother created a "Happy Birthday Colin" Facebook page that drew more than 2 million "lik... Continue Reading →

  • Australia checking 2 objects in search for Malaysian plane

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — An air search in the southern Indian Ocean for possible objects from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane described as the "best lead" so far ended for the day without success Thursday but will resume in the morning, Australian rescue officials said.

    The four planes were checking to see if two large objects spotted in satellite imagery bobbing in the remote ocean were debris from Flight 370 that disappeared March 8 with 239 people on board.

    One of the objects was 24 meters (almost 80 feet) in length and the other was 5 meters (15 feet). There cou... Continue Reading →

  • You Won't Believe What A Scrap dealer's 'Bargain' Turned Out To Be

    LONDON (AP) — There is good luck, outrageous good fortune — and now there is the case of the scrap metal dealer who found one of the eight missing Faberge imperial eggs at a flea market in the American Midwest.

    A London antique dealer said Wednesday that that the scrap metal entrepreneur bought the egg for about $14,000, thinking he could make a small profit by reselling the piece for its gold content.

    It turned out the jewel-encrusted piece was worth millions.

    ... Continue Reading →

  • Toyota Charged $1.2B Penalty. Does This Change Your Brand Loyalty?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government announced a $1.2 billion settlement with Toyota Motor Corp. on Wednesday and filed a criminal charge alleging the company defrauded consumers by issuing misleading statements about safety issues in Toyota and Lexus vehicles.

    Attorney General Eric Holder said it is the largest financial penalty of its kind ever imposed on an auto company. Under a deferred prosecution agreement, an i... Continue Reading →

  • Paris takes drastic measures to fight toxic smog

    PARIS (AP) — Paris imposed drastic measures Monday to combat its worst air pollution in years, banning around half of the city's cars and trucks from its streets for a day in an attempt to reduce the toxic smog that's shrouded the City of Light for more than a week.

    Cars with even-numbered license plates were prohibited from driving in Paris and its suburbs. Around 700 police manned 179 control points around the region, handi... Continue Reading →

  • Free Community College Tuition? See What States and Why

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Nothing sparks consumer demand like the word "free," and politicians in some states have proposed the idea of providing that incentive to get young people to attend community college.

    Amid worries that U.S. youth are losing a global skills race, supporters of a no-tuition policy see expanding access to community college as way to boost educational attainment so the emerging workforces in their states look good to employers.

    Of course, such ... Continue Reading →

  • Mumps outbreak at Ohio State grows to 23 cases

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Health officials say 23 cases of mumps are confirmed in an outbreak at Ohio State University. Eighteen students and a staff member are among those infected.

    University and public health officials warned Ohio State students, faculty and staff to take precautions to keep themselves healthy as they headed back to class Monday after spring break.

    A Columbus Public Health spokesman says authoriti... Continue Reading →

  • Amsterdam canal house built with 3-D printer

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — Hundreds of years after wealthy merchants began building the tall, narrow brick houses that have come to define Amsterdam's skyline, Dutch architects are updating the process for the 21st century: fabricating pieces of a canal house out of plastic with a giant 3-D printer and slotting them together like oversized Lego blocks.

    Hedwig Heinsman of architect bureau Dus says the goal of the demonstration project launched this month is not so much to print a functioning house — in fact, parts of the house will likely be built and re-built several times over the course ... Continue Reading →

  • New uncertainty about missing Malaysian plane

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Officials revealed a new timeline Monday suggesting the final voice transmission from the cockpit of the missing Malaysian plane may have occurred before any of its communications systems were disabled, adding more uncertainty about who aboard might have been to blame.

    The search for Flight 370, which vanished early March 8 while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board, has now been expanded deep into the northern and southern ... Continue Reading →

  • "Worker Pay" Hit's McDonald's With A Lawsuit

    NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's workers in three states filed lawsuits against the fast-food chain this week, saying the company engages in a variety of practices to avoid paying them what they're owed.

    The suits in California, Michigan and New York against McDonald's Corp. and its franchisees come amid growing attention on the country's widening wealth gap and pay practices in low-wage sectors. While the labor violations outlined in the suit aren't specific to McDonald's, law... Continue Reading →

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