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‘World’s biggest cocaine dealer’ deported to Italy

An Italian mafia capo alleged to be the biggest cocaine trafficker in the world will be deported to Italy on Saturday, a day after being arrested in a Colombian shopping mall, prosecutors said. Roberto Pannunzi was detained in Bogota with a fake Venezuelan identity card in a joint operation by…

American CEOs make 273 times more than the average worker

If you’re the CEO of a major company today, you make, on average, about 273 times more than the average worker. That’s according to a recent analysis by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) of the CEO-to-worker pay ratio at top 350 firms. The average…   [Image credit: Euro Crisis Concept:…

Nonprofit launches survey to analyze online harassment

Online harassment is not a new problem, but how much is it growing? And what kinds of harassment persist in this day and age? Nonprofit organization WithoutMyConsent is trying to answer these questions based…  …

Mentorship for new teachers helps combat burnout and improve retention

EmbedVideo(’6880′, ’514′, ’320′); JUDY WOODRUFF: Now a coming crisis in the classroom, as more teachers exit the profession. A nonprofit organization is combating the high turnover rates by mentoring new teachers. Our story comes from Ash-har Quraishi…  …

Boston University accuses Apple of stealing professor’s idea for iPhone

Boston University claims Apple stole professor's idea (via The Christian Science Monitor) Patent wars are all the rage in the tech community, and Apple is often viewed as the most aggressive patent warrior in Silicon Valley. Now, in an odd turn around, Boston University has decided to take Apple to…

U.S. missile defense system test sputters out

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A test of the only U.S. defense against long-range ballistic missiles failed on Friday, the third consecutive failure involving the interceptor system managed by Boeing Co, the Defense Department said. “Program officials will conduct an extensive review to determine the cause or causes of any anomalies which…

BART service resumes in San Francisco with 30-day stopgap agreement

By Jim Christie Commuter rail service in the San Francisco area resumed on Friday after striking employees of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system agreed to extend current contracts by 30 days. The strike, the first since 1997 by BART’s workers, began on Monday after talks broke down just hours…

Detroit accuses bond insurer of stifling agreement with creditors

By Karen Pierog and Steve Neavling (Reuters) – The city of Detroit filed a lawsuit against bond insurer Syncora Guarantee Inc claiming the company blocked an agreement the city hopes to conclude with major creditors involving revenue from the city’s three casinos. The suit filed on Friday by Detroit’s state-appointed…

New Mexico on alert for wildfires amid dryest conditions on record

Amid driest conditions on record, New Mexico sweats every spark (via The Christian Science Monitor) New Mexico is a tinderbox ready to spark. In its third consecutive year of drought, the state is currently experiencing the warmest, driest conditions on record. According to New Mexico state climatologist David DuBois, the…

Researchers: Cockatoo species shows problem-solving ability

Da Vinci-code, bird-style: Cockatoos can solve complex puzzles (via The Christian Science Monitor) These are birds with intellects to rival even those of Alfred Hitchock. Researchers have found that Goffin’s cockatoos can complete a complicated sequence of tasks in pursuit of a reward, suggesting that species’ cognitive ability to innovate…

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