APTN National NewsRacism appears to be the new line of defense in the House of Commons.Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq accused Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett of crossing racial lines when Bennett asked the minister about cuts in this year’s budget.Aglukkaq said the line of questioning was unacceptable.APTN National News journalist Trish Allison has this story.
APTN National NewsOn the streets of Iqaluit, Nutrition North and the Rankin Inlet dump are the talk of the town.APTN’s Kent Driscoll on how the latest series of revelations and allegations involving Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq, the deputy mayor of Rankin Inlet and images of people in the community searching for food in the dump are playing out on the streets of Nunavut’s capital.
APTN National News WINNIPEG–The child welfare system is continuing the work of the Indian residential school system by alienating Indigenous children from their culture, says the chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.TRC Chair Murray Sinclair spoke to chiefs at the Assembly of First Nations annual meeting held in Winnipeg Tuesday. AFN chiefs are meeting to elect a new national chief.Sinclair delivered an update on the work of the commission, which has been delving into the dark history of residential schools by collecting survivor testimony and historical documents that chronicle the more than century-long existence of the schools.Sinclair said he saw many similarities between residential schools and the child welfare system in how they have treated Indigenous children.“The issue of child welfare is an important topic,” said Sinclair. “If you think about it, residential schools were really not about education, they were about taking children away from their family…they were a huge child welfare system and we see the ongoing impact on that role in the child welfare system. The child welfare system is perpetuating the work for residential schools in many ways.”Sinclair said the commission’s final report, expected to be released by July 1, 2015, will include a section on the child welfare system.He also mentioned the work of Cindy Blackstock, who heads the First Nation Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, and her human rights complaint against Ottawa.In the complaint Blackstock alleges the federal government has grossly underfunded First Nation child welfare systems.Blackstock also spoke to the AFN chiefs.Sinclair said the TRC’s final report would include a section on genocide. He added that a large section of the report will deal with the issue of reconciliation.“We want everyone to understand that reconciliation is not just an Aboriginal program,” said Sinclair. “All of Canada needs to accept responsibility for the reconciliation path we are on.”Sinclair said the final report would discuss those students who were excluded from the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement, which gave birth to the TRC. Students who attended day schools or sanitariums were not included in the settlement.Sinclair said the final report would also be touching on the issues of poverty, the legacy of residential schools and murdered and missing Indigenous women. He said the first two volumes of the report would focus on the history of residential schools.The TRC plans to celebrate the end of its mandate next year from May 31 to June 3. Sinclair said a walk for reconciliation is planned for Ottawa on May 31.“We would like you all to be there,” said Sinclair.email@example.com@APTNNews
APTN National NewsThousands of pieces of Inuit art are making their way from the Northwest Territories to Winnipeg to be on display for the first time in nearly two decades.APTN’s Iman Kassam has this story.
Tamara Pimentel APTN National NewsThis past weekend, people from all over Western Canada travelled to Saskatchewan to take part in the Back to Batoche Festival.Why is it important for Métis to gather in celebration, and why in Batoche?
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A billionaire doctor struck a $500 million deal Wednesday to buy the Los Angeles Times, ending the paper’s quarrelsome relationship with its Chicago-based corporate overseers and bringing it under local ownership for the first time in 18 years.The agreement between Los Angeles-based medical entrepreneur Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong (soon-shong) and Tronc Inc. marks the latest instance of a rich, civic-minded individual buying a newspaper from a big corporation.Soon-Shiong is a major shareholder of Chicago’s Tronc Inc., one of the richest men in Los Angeles and, according to Forbes, the nation’s wealthiest doctor, with a net worth of $7.8 billion.The deal includes The San Diego Union-Tribune, various titles in the California News Group and the assumption of $90 million in pension liabilities.Soon-Shiong takes over in a time of turmoil at the paper. The Times just replaced its top editor, the third switch at the position in the newsroom in six months. Publisher Ross Levinsohn had been on unpaid leave after revelations that he was a defendant in two sexual harassment lawsuits elsewhere. Tronc announced Wednesday that Levinsohn has been cleared of any wrongdoing and would be reinstated as CEO of its newly reorganized Tribune Interactive division.Journalists voted last month to unionize for the first time in the paper’s 136-year history.Clashes between the Los Angeles Times and Tribune Co., which changed its name to Tronc Inc., erupted not long after it acquired the West Coast paper in 2000. Staff at the Times bristled over what it considered a string of bad decisions made from hundreds of miles away in Chicago. Tronc owns the Chicago Tribune.The editor of the Los Angeles Times, John Carroll, who led the paper to 13 Pulitzer Prizes, resigned under heavy pressure to cut staff. Before he left, he asked an old friend and billionaire philanthropist if he would consider buying the paper.Publisher John Puerner stepped down at the Times, as did his successor, Jeffrey Johnson, shortly after.Dean Baquet, who took over for Carroll, left after 15 months. He is now the executive editor at The New York Times.The sale of the Los Angeles Times is in keeping with one of two trends in media ownership: big companies getting bigger and wealthy investors taking on newspapers as philanthropic endeavours, said Al Tompkins, a senior faculty member at the Poynter Institute.In 2013, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post for $250 million. Boston Red Sox owner John Henry bought The Boston Globe for $70 million.“We find ourselves returning to where we were a century ago when a handful of wealthy owners controlled big influential newspapers,” Tompkins said. “Here’s the difference: The ownership today does not promise lucrative returns. You take it over knowing it isn’t nearly as profitable as it might have been 20 or 50 years ago. Today it’s a thinner margin and it gets thinner every day.”Soon-Shiong also holds a minority interest in the Los Angeles Lakers, acquired in 2011 from Magic Johnson, the team’s former superstar and current president of basketball operations.In an interview with the Times last year, Soon-Shiong acknowledged that as a major stockholder, he was unhappy with the way the Los Angeles Times was being run and felt a need to ensure its survival.“I am concerned there are other agendas, independent of the newspaper’s needs or the fiduciary obligations to the viability of the organization,” he said at the time. “My goal is to try and preserve the integrity and the viability of the newspaper.”After The Washington Post first reported a potential sale Tuesday, cheers spread through the Times newsroom. After the deal was formalized, the union representing the newspaper’s journalists congratulated Soon-Shiong.“Our readers expect and deserve the high-quality, independent journalism that has defined The Times for decades,” a union statement said Wednesday. “The LA Times Guild looks forward to working with a local owner who can help us preserve The Times as a guardian of our community and as the voice of the American West.”Maya Lau, a Times law enforcement reporter, tweeted: “Congratulations to Patrick Soon-Shiong and hooray for a return to local ownership of the Los Angeles Times & San Diego Union Tribune.”Tronc said the deal will allow it to follow a more aggressive growth strategy focused on news and digital media. Acquisitions will continue to be a big part of its plan, Tronc said Wednesday, and the company announced that it’s buying a majority stake in online product review company BestReviews for an undisclosed amount.The sale comes about a week after veteran Chicago journalist Jim Kirk was named editor in chief to replace Lewis D’Vorkin, whose short tenure was marked by clashes with staff.Kirk, 52, had briefly served in the job during a management overhaul from August until November, when D’Vorkin joined the paper. D’Vorkin will stay on with Tronc as Chief Content Officer of Tribune Interactive, the company said Wednesday.Reporters at the Times were alarmed by recent hiring of several news executives who reported to business executives, and not to news editors. That sparked fears the business side would wield undue influence in editorial matters. Traditionally, the editorial and business sides of a paper work separately to maintain journalistic credibility.A return to local ownership would restore pride at the Times, said veteran media business analyst Ken Doctor.The question is whether a new owner will do more than halt cutbacks by reinvesting, as Bezos and Henry did at their newspapers, to set the Times on a new path.“Given the huge challenges still faced by news publishing in the age of Google/Facebook ad duopoly and still-onrushing digital disruption, even a billionaire has his work cut out for him,” Doctor said.___Christopher Weber and John Rogers contributed to this report.
CALGARY – Suncor Energy Inc. says an eight-week maintenance project at Syncrude that had been scheduled to begin in April will start Thursday.The company says advancing the turnaround will permit Syncrude to deal with an unrelated issue which has been constraining capacity on a line that feeds bitumen from the mine to the upgrader.Suncor says the change in timing means Syncrude production for the first quarter is expected to be reduced to about 140,000 barrels of oil per day, net to Suncor. However, Syncrude’s forecasted production for the full year remains within the annual guidance range.The company also says oilsands operations production has benefited from reliable operations at its Firebag and MacKay River plants, but base plant operations dealt with a significant, weather-related outage in January that will cut first quarter production to approximately 400,000 bbls/d.First quarter production at Fort Hills is expected to average approximately 25,000 bbls/d, net to Suncor, while production from exploration and production for the first quarter is estimated at about 120,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.Suncor says total upstream production for the first quarter is expected to be approximately 685,000 boe/d.Companies in this story: (TSX:SU)
NEW YORK — Big problem or a fraction of the world’s plastic consumption? You decide, but know that single-use plastic straws are a recent target of environmental activists.As restaurants debate whether to voluntarily dole them out and lawmakers feverishly write bans against them to protect the ocean and sea life and to reduce stress on landfills, alternatives to plastic straws are plentiful. Some are downright gifty.If you want to feel better about yourself and your holiday gift choices, and to urge someone on your list to give up plastic because they seem not ready for the #NoStrawChallenge, look for these options:YES, TIFFANY & CO.Let your loved one sip in style with a selection of reusable, luxury straws from Tiffany, because who doesn’t love to see a blue box with their name on it come gift time?One, in sterling silver covered in rose gold vermeil, comes as a crazy straw with a twist at the bend at the top. The straw comes with a tiny band of the Tiffany blue in enamel, just to make sure people know its origins. $375.Another lets the sterling silver shine with a little monkey crawling up a vine. $425.PAPER CAN BE COOLThe disposable paper varieties of straws are enjoying a rebirth.Some are more festive than others. Amazon has an ample assortment in party-worthy metallics, colorful dots and chevrons, and special-occasion themes like black-and-white patterns or baby blue dots.Lots of brick-and-mortar stores are into paper straws, too. Prices vary.BAMBOO & GLASSIn addition to metals, from Tiffany level to more affordable in stainless steel, some materials not routinely associated with straws have become more widespread amid the plastic-straw debate.Bamboo is having a moment all over the place, in utensils, plates — even toothbrushes. If you think bamboo straws would go unused by your giftee, paper varieties in bamboo prints are available by the box.Prices vary for bamboo straws. One company, Brush with Bamboo, sells a cute bundle of 12 tied with string, for $20. They are grown organically and artisan-made in northeast India, where bamboo straws are traditionally used to drink beer.As for glass, well, some companies insist their offerings are shatter free. A box of four , with a little cleaning brush, goes for $7.99 on Amazon. Two are bent. Ecostraw.com sells a nice variety for all types of drinks.PASTA & WHEATThey may not be the longest lasting but many are no-GMO, fully biodegradable and come in wide sizes worthy of bubble tea.One version is called Hay! Straws and comes tall at 7.75 inches, in a cute box of 100, for $8. Shorter ones are also available. They’re made from wheat stems and are sold with a warning to sip through them, not ingest them.Another company calls itself, yes, Pasta Straw. It says it’s working on a gluten-free version.So what’s the draw? Well, Pasta Straws says on its website that paper straws biodegrade in 30 to 60 days. Pasta Straws do it overnight and are edible, the company said. A sample pack wrapped in paper with a company sticker includes 24 and goes for $7.99.The problem: Generally, pasta straws don’t last as long as, say, glass or metal. Upside, they don’t get soggy like paper straws.Leanne Italie, The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Monday:Molina Healthcare Inc., down $11.72 to $120Insurers, hospitals and other health care companies fell after a Texas judge ruled that the 2010 Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional.PG&E Corp., down $1.57 to $24.44California regulators said they opened an investigation into whether the utility falsified gas pipeline safety records.ABB Ltd., down 30 cents to $19.10The industrial automation company agreed to sell its power grid business to Hitachi of Japan.Goldman Sachs Group Inc., down $4.76 to $168.01Malaysia filed criminal charges against Goldman and two former executives for their role in the alleged multibillion-dollar ransacking of a state investment fund.Fidelity Southern Corp., up $3.40 to $24.82The bank agreed to combine with Ameris Bancorp, another financial company headquartered in Georgia.Jack in the Box Inc., up $1.70 to $82.03The fast food chain said it is exploring strategic as well as financial options to improve value for shareholders.Deutsche Bank AG, down 20 cents to $8.60European stocks sank Monday and Germany’s main stock index entered a “bear market.”State Street Corp., up 36 cents to $63.89Bank stocks performed better than the rest of the U.S. market Monday.The Associated Press
TORONTO — A panel at the Ontario Securities Commission has approved a $30-million settlement with Katanga Mining over the company’s misleading statements and its failure to properly disclose the risks of operating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.Katanga, majority owned by Swiss mining giant Glencore Plc, says as part of the settlement it will make a $28.5-million payment, reimburse the commission $1.5 million for costs and submit to an independent consultant review of its reporting procedures.The company agreed in the settlement that it misstated its financial position and the results of its operations, failed to maintain adequate disclosure controls and failed to disclose material weaknesses in internal controls.The settlement also states that some current and former Katanga directors and officers allowed the conduct and acted in a manner contrary to the public interest.Company chief executive Johnny Blizzard, who has served in the role since 2015, has agreed to resign as part of the settlement.Katanga also agreed that it failed to describe the heightened public sector corruption risk in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the risks associated with its reliance on associates of Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler, who had close connections with the country’s regime.The Canadian Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The fundraising ball for a local 4-year-old with neuroblastoma has been pushed back to October 6th.The Happily Ever After Ball was originally scheduled for August 25th but had to be pushed back due to the fact Natalie Small has a bone marrow transplant too close to the date.“We have had to postpone our fundraiser as it was cutting too close to Natalie’s second bone marrow transplant,” said event co-organizer Kate Hadland. “We have moved the date of the ball to October 6th 2018. We have been able to make some changes to the event as we have received a huge outpouring of support from our community and some amazing people have stepped in to help volunteer with this event. This will give us more time to make the night magical for Natalie.” With more time to organize Hadland explained that there will be more silent auctions at the event as well as live music. Door prizes will be handed out to residents who wear full formal attire.Tickets for the ball cost $65 for the full evening, $40 for late night, $25 for kids aged 6-10 while children under six get in free. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. for the full evening while the dance doesn’t start until 8:00 p.m.Organizers Hadland and Janna Gerber have also created a foundation inspired by Smalls. The Happily Ever After Foundation was designed to help families in the Peace Region when the unexpected happens.For more information on the ball, foundation and how to purchase tickets contact Kate Hadland at (250) 263-4988 or Janna Gerber at (250) 264-7864.
New Delhi: To ‘support’ the automobile industry, the government has come out with a policy where organisations and researchers can buy bulk data pertaining to vehicle registrations on an annual basis. Eligible bodies can purchase the data for Rs 3 crore from the next fiscal and would be required to ensure strict security steps to prevent its theft or transfer, according to the policy approved by the government. Violation of data, the policy warns, will result in action under the IT Act and other applicable laws besides debarring the agency from access to this data for a period of three years. As per the ‘Bulk Data Sharing Policy & Procedure’ issued earlier this month, sharing of vehicle registration data in a “controlled manner, can support the transport and automobile industry”. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”The sharing of data will also help in service improvements and wider benefits to citizens & Government,” the policy said. The prime focus is on delivering simpler, better and safer services to citizens and sharing of data “will also benefit the country economy”, the policy said. “There have been continuous advances in technology and the range of purposes for which individuals and organizations want access to the DL&RC data. There has been growing demand to share the data for wider benefits.” The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways collects and holds data as part of issuance of Vehicle Registration Certificates (RC) and Driver Licence (DL). Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThe ministry currently shares complete data with specified agencies such as enforcement agencies. The data is also shared with automobile industries, banks, finance companies etc at specified rates for each data set. Earlier this month, the Road Transport and Highways Ministry has also announced going paperless and said driving licences and vehicle registration certificates will now be issued as plastic cards in a standard format across the country. Under the new norms notified by the ministry, states would have an option to issue the two documents in the form of cards, which would be either made of PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) or of Poly Carbonate. “A QR code has been prescribed on the cards. This would enable easy linking and access and validation of the information on the cards with the SARATHI or VAHAN database,” the Ministry has said. Recently, the ministry amended the Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989, enabling issuance and use of transport-related documents in an electronic form. In the bulk data sharing policy the government has said that “Capture of old data on RC&DL (registration certificate & driving license) before the implementation of SARATHI and VAHAN has still not taken place. The possibility of a number of Vehicles having been transferred from one person to another or one location to another and the Driving License holders having relocated themselves without updating the database cannot be ruled out.” The policy makes it clear that under the circumstance, the Ministry is not in a position to ensure the sanctity of the data, which would be made available on “as-is-where-is” basis.
NEW DELHI: The Delhi Police has arrested three robbers and snatchers from Kalkaji involved in multiple cases of robbery and snatching incidents. The three have been identified as Sonu, Akshay and Akash. From the possession of accused persons robbed purse and 06 snatched & stolen mobile phones have been recovered and 08 cases have been solved. On March 16 at about 5 pm, 2 scooty borne riders robbed a purse of a pedestrian on the knife point at L-Block, Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderKalkaji. The victim raised alarm and the police team who was present nearby chased them. After a hot chase, police team successfully apprehended the scooty rider who was identified as Sonu. “Sonu is a notorious criminal and was previously arrested in 30 cases.” “From the possession of the accused robbed purse and scooty has been recovered & seized,” aid DCP South east Chinmoy Biswal. In another incident, on March 16 at about 8 PM, 2 persons on a motorcycle snatched a mobile phone of a person standing near Nehru Place bus terminal. The victim raised alarm and nearby patrolling police party intercepted the bike. However, the pillon rider managed to escape. The motorcycle rider was identified as Akshay, 24 years. In another incident, on March 16, team of Kalkaji police station arrested accused Akasah. He came to Nehru Place market to sell stolen and snatched mobile phones.
Chennai: Chennai Super Kings batsman Sam Billings on Tuesday said collective effort was behind the team’s triumph in the 2018 edition of IPL as different players stepped up at various occasions. “What stood out for me was that ours was a collective effort,” the England cricketer, who made his debut for CSK last season, was quoted as saying on chennaisuperkings.com. “Of course, there were a couple of standout performances like (Ambati) Rayudu’s consistency and (Shane) Watson’s brilliance. Although, actually, if you look at the different games that we won, it was different players at different times stepping up,” Billings said. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhHe said it was phenomenal team effort last year and hoped for more of the same this year. “It was phenomenal how much of a team effort it was. Hopefully, more of the same this year,” he added. Billings is training with the rest of the squad at the M A Chidambaram stadium here ahead of the IPL-12 opener between CSK and Royal Challengers Bangalore on March 23. The dashing England batsman said continuity helped, adding one grows in confidence knowing that people back you, referring to the CSK’s decision to retain 23 members from the pervious season. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”Continuity helps immensely, certainly as individual players, but also as a group, you grow in confidence knowing that people ultimately back you. It allows you to play with freedom and enjoy it,” he added. Billings also spoke about captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s calming influence on the team and said his clarity of thought the whole time is astonishing. “His clarity of thought the whole time is astonishing, knowing what you need to do at that very moment and not get ahead of yourself. It feeds off to other players,” he said. Meanwhile, CSK players sweated it out at training on Tuesday. Dhoni batted at the nets and went for big shots while coach Stephen Fleming kept a watch on proceedings. Australia all-rounder Shane Watson, who shone in the recently concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL) and West Indies veteran Dwayne Bravo, who linked up with the squad on Monday, took part in the training session.
Marrakech- King Mohammed VI received, on Saturday at the Marrakech royal palace, Indian foreign minister Salman Khurshid who is on an official visit to Morocco. On this occasion, the King commended the fact that India and Morocco are coming closer over the past years as shows this first visit by an Indian foreign minister to Morocco, said a statement by the royal office. The sovereign expressed Morocco’s resolve to foster friendship and cooperation ties with India, it said. Khurshid hailed the positive evolution of bilateral ties economically and regarding investment thanks to the bold and successful reforms by the Kingdom under the leadership of HM the King. The Indian official highlighted the promising prospects for reinforcing ties mainly in the field of political consultations, multilateral coordination and human development, it said. Several international and regional issues of shared interest were discussed during this meeting as the reform of the UN system and the situation in the Maghreb, the Middle-East and sub-Saharan Africa, the source said. The royal audience was attended mainly by foreign minister Salaheddine Mezouar, and India’s ambassador in Rabat Krishan Kumar.
Paris – The 12th French-Moroccan High Level Meeting opened, on Thursday morning in Paris, under the co-chairmanship of Head of the government Abdelilah Benkirane and his French peer Manuel Valls.The meeting aims at adding fresh momentum to bilateral French-Moroccan relations with several key political, security, economic and social issues on the agenda.Benkirane is leading a ministerial delegation consisting of the Ministers of the Interior, Justice and Liberties, Youth and Sports, Housing, National Education and Vocational Training, Higher Education, Industry and Trade, Investment and Digital Economy, Solidarity and Women and Culture, the Head of the Government’s office said in a statement. The 12th high level meeting will culminate with the signing of several bilateral cooperation agreements.On the sidelines of the event, a high level French and Moroccan business leaders is held to explore partnership prospects.
Madrid – Some 35 Moroccan nationals were injured in a bus accident that occurred Sunday on a highway close to the town of Montoro in the province of Córdoba (Southern Spain), Morocco’s Consulate General in Seville said.A Moroccan national is seriously injured, while the others suffer minor injuries, the consulate pointed out.Two people were killed and 49 others were injured in this accident which occurred when a bus, linking between Algeciras and Madrid, collided with a disabled truck parked on the highway. The killed people, including the bus driver, are of Spanish nationality.
Rabat – Following his latest meeting with both Aziz Akhannouch, Secretary General of the National Rally of Independents Party (RNI) and Mohand Laenser, Secretary-General of the Popular Movement (MP), Morocco’s appointed Head of Government, Abdelilah Benkirane, stated he is awaiting the answer of both party leaders to form the coalition government.During the opening session of the Justice and Development party’s National Union of Labor, Benkirane asserted his decision to rule outthe Social Union of Popular Forces Party (USFP) from parties, which will lead the second coalition government since the reform of Morocco’s constitution in 2011.Benkirane went on to say, “We flexibly ran and participated in the government for five years and people said that we missed our constitutional validities.” While talking about the King’s next tour in Africa, Benkirane also commented on “the governmental blockage,” saying that the delay in forming the government does serve the interest of Morocco.”Commenting on his meeting with Akhannouch to solve the standstill in negotiations between them, Benkirane said that he is hopeful that their latest talks will pave the way for the formation of the government.Benkirane also expressed his readiness to include the Constitutional Union (CU) among the parties that will lead the government over the next five years, following the coalition of the CU and RNI of parliament into a unified group.The new government could be announced following King Mohammed VI’s current tour of the African continent.
Toronto – The body of Sheila Abdus-Salaam, 65, was pulled from the Hudson river after police found her floating, fully clothed Wednesday afternoon.Abdus-Salaam was the first female African-American Muslim to be appointed to New York’s Court of Appeals. She was appointed to the post in 2013 by Governor Mario Cuomo, according to the Huffington Post.In a statement to the press, Cuomo referred to Abdus-Salaam as a “trailblazing jurist.” He added that, “As the first African-American woman to be appointed to the state’s court of appeal, she was a pioneer. Through her writings, her wisdom and her unshakable moral compass, she was a force for good whose legacy will be felt for years to come.” Police recovered her body at approximately 1:45 in the afternoon on Wednesday. She had been reported missing earlier in the day when family members were unable to locate her. She was found floating in the Hudson River, fully clothed and was pronounced dead on the scene. Police reported they found no visible signs of trauma and have so far refused to speculate on the cause of death. They are currently awaiting the results of an autopsy.A native of Washington DC, Abdus-Salaam began her career with East Brooklyn Legal Services before taking on the mantle of New York State’s assistant attorney general. According to the Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History, Abdus-Salaam was the first Muslim woman to have served as a US judge. Following her election to judgeship in 1991, she held a variety of judicial posts and left a tangible impression on everyone she worked with.Chief Judge Janet DiFiore said of Abdus-Salaam, “Her personal warmth, uncompromising sense of fairness and bright legal mind were an inspiration to all of us who had the good fortune to know her.”Former Chief Judge, Jonathan Lippman, said “The court has suffered a terrible blow.”
CHICAGO — Grain futures were mostly higher Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Mar. delivery was up 2 cents at $5.16 a bushel; Mar. corn rose 2.60 cents at $3.8060 a bushel; Mar. oats fell 2.80 cents at $2.8040 a bushel; while Mar. soybeans gained 2.20 cents at 9.2140 a bushel.Beef and pork were lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Feb. live cattle was off .10 cent at $1.2635 a pound; Feb. feeder cattle fell 1.03 cents at $1.4232 a pound; Mar. lean hogs dropped .04 cent at .5738 a pound.The Associated Press