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Malaysian credibility in jet hunt challenged again PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by CHRIS BRUMMITT, Associated Press GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 08:55

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — It may mean little to investigators that the last words air traffic controllers heard from the lost jetliner were "Good night, Malaysian three-seven-zero," rather than "All right, good night." But to Malaysian officials whose credibility has been questioned almost from the beginning, it means a great deal.

Malaysian officials said more than two weeks ago that "All right, good night," were the last words, and that the co-pilot uttered them. They changed the account late Monday and said they are still investigating who it was that spoke. The discrepancy added to the confusion and frustration families of the missing already felt more than three weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared.

"This sort of mistake hits at the heart of trust in their communications. If Malaysia is changing what the pilot said, people start thinking, 'What are they going to change next?" said Hamish McLean, an expert in risk and crisis communication at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia.

"Information is in a crisis is absolutely critical. When we are dealing with such a small amount of information its needs to be handled very carefully," he said.

Atlanta archbishop apologizes over $2.2M mansion PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by RAY HENRY, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 06:14

ATLANTA (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Atlanta apologized Monday for building a $2.2 million mansion for himself, a decision criticized by local Catholics who cited the example of austerity set by the new pope.

Archbishop Wilton Gregory recently moved into a nearly 6,400-square-foot residence. Its construction was made possible by a large donation from the estate of Joseph Mitchell, nephew of Margaret Mitchell, author of "Gone With The Wind," a Civil War epic that made his family wealthy. When Mitchell died in 2011, he left an estate worth more than $15 million to the archdiocese on the condition it be used for "general religious and charitable purposes."

Gregory said that he has received criticism over the spending in letters, emails and telephone messages.

"I am disappointed that, while my advisors (sic) and I were able to justify this project fiscally, logistically and practically, I personally failed to project the cost in terms of my own integrity and pastoral credibility with the people of God of north and central Georgia," Gregory said in a column posted on the website of the archdiocesan newspaper, The Georgia Bulletin.

Oregon drops proposed ban on pot-laced munchies PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by CHAD GARLAND, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 06:12

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon officials are backing off their proposal to prohibit sales of pot-infused treats at Oregon medical marijuana stores after receiving hundreds of emailed comments opposing the ban.

In a new set of rules released Monday, the Oregon Health Authority seeks only to ban marijuana-laced products that are made or packaged in ways that might appeal to children. They prohibit drug-infused goods that are brightly colored or formed in the shape of animals, toys or candies.

They also require marijuana products to be sold in child-proof containers free of cartoons or bright colors.

"Medicine isn't candy, and it shouldn't look like candy," said Tom Burns, Director of Pharmacy Programs for the Oregon Health Authority, in a release announcing the new rules.

The rules were required under SB 1531, which the Legislature passed and Gov. John Kitzhaber signed into law earlier this month. The bill allows cities and counties to ban medical marijuana facilities within their borders until May 2015. It also requires the Oregon Health Authority to implement rules designed to keep the drugs away from children.

New report details racial gap among U.S. children PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 06:08

NEW YORK (AP) — In every region of America, white and Asian children are far better positioned for success than black, Latino and American Indian children, according to a new report appealing for urgent action to bridge this racial gap.

Titled "Race for Results," the report is being released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which for decades has worked to improve child well-being in the United States.

The foundation also produces annual "Kids Count" reports, with reams of state-specific data, but these generally have not focused on race. The new report tackles the topic head-on, with charts and ratings that convey dramatic racial discrepancies.

At the core of the report is a newly devised index based on 12 indicators measuring a child's success from birth to adulthood. The indicators include reading and math proficiency, high school graduation data, teen birthrates, employment prospects, family income and education levels, and neighborhood poverty levels.

Using a single composite score with a scale of one to 1,000, Asian children have the highest index score at 776, followed by white children at 704.

Global warming dials up our risks, UN report says PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer   
Monday, 31 March 2014 10:49
FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2014 file photo, children walk back home after school on a severely polluted day in Shijiazhuang, in northern China's Hebei province. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan, File)
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — If the world doesn't cut pollution of heat-trapping gases, the already noticeable harms of global warming could spiral "out of control," the head of a United Nations scientific panel warned Monday.

And he's not alone. The Obama White House says it is taking this new report as a call for action, with Secretary of State John Kerry saying "the costs of inaction are catastrophic."

Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that issued the 32-volume, 2,610-page report here early Monday, told The Associated Press: "It is a call for action." Without reductions in emissions, he said, impacts from warming "could get out of control."

One of the study's authors, Maarten van Aalst, a top official at the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said, "If we don't reduce greenhouse gases soon, risks will get out of hand. And the risks have already risen."

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