Obama and Bush rally for education


hObama and Bush rally for education

MIAMI

President Barack Obama says he won’t accept failure in the country’s education system, or listen to “naysayers” who argue that some schools are beyond repair.

Obama told high school students in Miami on Friday that companies hire where the talent is and that the single most important thing businesses are looking for are skilled, educated workers.

Giving a bipartisan boost to his education agenda, Obama appeared with Florida’s former GOP Gov. Jeb Bush at Miami Central Senior High School. The president said that the status quo on education is unacceptable. A good education equals a good job, Obama said, and warned his audience: “You can’t even think about dropping out.”

Ear infections in children decline

ATLANTA

Ear infections, a scourge that has left countless tots screaming through the night, have fallen dramatically, and some researchers suggest a decline in smoking by parents might be part of the reason.

Health officials report nearly a 30 percent drop over 15 years in young children’s doctor visits for ear infections. That’s half a million fewer trips to the doctor on average.

Why the numbers are declining is a bit of a mystery, but Harvard researchers think it’s partly because fewer people smoke, meaning less irritation of children’s airways. Many doctors credit growing use of a vaccine against bacteria that cause ear infections. And some think increased breast-feeding is protecting more children.

More charges filed against suspect

PHOENIX

Federal prosecutors on Friday announced new charges against the suspect in the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, accusing him of killing six people and wounding 13 others who were exercising the fundamental American “right to meet freely, openly and peaceably with their member of Congress.”

U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke called the 49-count indictment returned Thursday against Jared Lee Loughner “comprehensive and is solid, and covers all the murdered and injured victims” who were at the political event held by Giffords outside a Tucson grocery store.

NASA satellite rocket launch fails

WASHINGTON

A rocket carrying an Earth-observation satellite plummeted into the Pacific Ocean after a failed launch attempt Friday, the second-straight blow to NASA’s weakened environmental monitoring program.

The Taurus XL rocket carrying NASA’s Glory satellite lifted off early Friday morning from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, but fell to the sea several minutes later. The same thing happened to another climate-monitoring satellite two years ago with the same type of rocket.

“We failed to make orbit,” NASA launch director Omar Baez said at a press conference Friday.

Associated Press

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