By Brendan O'Brien and Ian Simpson MILWAUKEE/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A year after a gunman massacred 26 first-graders and adults in a Connecticut elementary school, educational officials across the United States continue to face the longstanding question of how to best protect their students. Bullet-proof glass didn't fit that criteria for us," Superintendent Jeff Weiss said in an interview. Schools are aiming to stop gun scares and killings, such as the shooting deaths of three students at an Ohio high school in February 2012, the wounding of two students at a California high school in January 2013 and a potential mass shooting at a Georgia elementary school in August that was averted when a school bookkeeper talked the gunman into laying down his AK-47 assault rifle. The number of school resource officers or law enforcement officers assigned to schools has risen to levels not seen since the aftermath of the 1999 Columbine High School "massacre" in Colorado, in which 13 people were shot to death, said Maurice Canady, executive director of the National Association of School Resource Officers.
By Dan Levine WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the cloistered federal appeals courts, where cameras are taboo and life-tenured judges toil in seclusion, Randall Rader relishes his persona as a hard-charging front man. While working a full case load as chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, Rader gives up to 100 speeches a year - frequently abroad - extolling the American patent system that his court oversees. "We want to project that energy." Rader's frenetic personality makes him an able ambassador for the Federal Circuit, created in 1982 to handle patent appeals from around the country in order to bring uniformity to a highly technical area of law. In the midst of a new tech boom, a recent University of Iowa study found the rate at which Federal Circuit judges unanimously agreed in its patent cases went from about 80 percent in 2005 down to 60 percent last year.
Pilots of an Asiana Airlines plane that crash-landed in San Francisco in July were aware that the plane was traveling too slowly and tried to correct it in the final seconds before impact, documents released on Wednesday by U.S. aviation safety investigators show. The crash on July 6 killed three people and injured more than 180, the first fatal commercial airplane crash in the U.S. since February 2009. The National Transportation Safety Board released dozens of detailed documents related to the crash as it opened an investigative hearing into its causes.
NEW YORK (AP) ? Time magazine selected Pope Francis as its Person of the Year on Wednesday, saying the Catholic Church's new leader has changed the perception of the 2,000-year-old institution in an extraordinary way in a short time.