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Former Ala. teacher faces another sex abuse charge

ALABASTER, Ala. (iBBC News) — A longtime Alabama schoolteacher facing sexual abuse allegations has been charged with molesting a second female student.

Shelby County District Attorney Robbie Owens said Danny Acker was charged Friday afternoon with one additional account of first-degree sexual abuse involving a former student.

Acker was arrested Thursday on three counts of sexual abuse involving another student before he retired in 2009. Police said he confessed to molesting more than 20 girls. They have asked anyone with information to come forward. The district attorney said he could not comment on whether the new charge was a result of that request.

The district attorney said Acker remains in jail with bond set at $545,000.

An attorney for Acker didn't return a message seeking comment.

Like Bush, Obama asserts prerogatives when signing laws

WASHINGTON (iBBC News) - It was New Year's Eve when President Barack Obama reluctantly signed into law the legislation he had earlier threatened to veto: a mammoth U.S. defense bill with a multitude of restrictions on the administration's handling of detainees.

Administration officials had spent weeks trying to rewrite the legislation in Congress. And although Obama signed it into law, he also issued a lengthy, at times indignant, "signing statement" listing the many ways he disagreed with the measure, and suggesting he may even ignore parts of it.

This was the sort of thing that Obama promised he would not do back when he was a candidate for the White House. He told the Boston Globe in 2007 that he would not use presidential signing statements to "nullify or undermine" instructions from Congress enacted into law, declaring that his predecessor George W. Bush had gone too far down that path.

Typically, a U.S. president merely puts his signature on a bill in order to sign it into law. Bush, however, often added "signing statements" to assert, for example, that a particular bill infringed on the constitutional powers of the presidency.

In the past two weeks, Obama has issued two strongly worded signing statements criticizing provisions of new laws. The previous one was two days before Christmas, when the president signed into law a massive bill funding the U.S. government through the end of the current fiscal year on September 30.

"I would say that his most recent signing statements are of the variety common to the Bush presidency, where the president makes some strong constitutional claims" but is vague on what he would do about them, said Christopher Kelley, a professor at Miami University of Ohio who has researched presidential signing statements.

"Obama seems to be saying that he would abide by the law until he was no longer able to abide by the law. That is a hard thing to quantify," Kelley said.

"Signing something and saying you are not going to follow portions of it is problematic," said Anthony Clark Arend, a professor of government at Georgetown University. "I believe that the framers of the Constitution would have felt that's exactly the kind of legislation you need to veto."

But the recent defense and the spending bills were important to the running of the U.S. government, and Obama was almost "held hostage" by them, Arend added. So Obama signed them - with reservations.

"He is declaring he will not follow it if he feels it is in the best interest of the country," Arend said.

Many U.S. presidents have attached comments to laws as they sign them. But the practice became controversial under Bush, especially after he signed a torture ban in 2005 but attached a statement that legal specialists said reserved the right to bypass it as commander in chief.


Obama, a Democrat, has issued 29 signing statements since he entered the White House in 2009, versus 172 during the eight-year presidency of the Republican Bush, according to Kelley.

"We've never had a president assert as broad a claim of executive authority as we did under Bush," Arend said.

And White House officials say Obama is handling signing statements exactly as he promised he would as a candidate.

Responding to a 2007 candidate questionnaire from the Globe, Obama chided Bush, saying he had "attached signing statements to legislation in an effort to change the meaning of the legislation, to avoid enforcing certain provisions ... and to raise implausible or dubious constitutional objections to the legislation."

But Obama added: "No one doubts that it is appropriate to use signing statements to protect a president's constitutional prerogatives."

The New Year's Eve signing statement "falls cleanly within the guidelines articulated by then-presidential candidate Obama four years ago," White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said.

In March 2009, shortly after he took office, Obama issued a memorandum promising restraint, saying, "I will strive to avoid the conclusion that any part of an enrolled bill is unconstitutional."

Still, by mid-2009 lawmakers already were complaining about some of his signing statements.

In a high-profile case, Obama signed a bill with more funding for the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, but angered leading Democrats when his signing statement said he did not have to comply with some of the attached conditions.

In the December 31 statement on the bill authorizing defense programs, Obama bristled at the requirements for military custody as a rule instead of prison for suspected al Qaeda militants. He called them "ill-conceived" and said they would do nothing to improve U.S. security.

Supporters say the requirements merely codify what has been the practice for some years.

Obama suggested he was only signing the measure because it included a presidential waiver, saying this would allow the administration to continue being "relentlessly practical" in its handling of al Qaeda suspects. He declared his administration would not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens.

Obama objected to restrictions on his authority to transfer detainees to a foreign country, and said, "My administration will interpret them to avoid the constitutional conflict."

Reuters first reported last month that the Obama administration is considering transferring to Afghan custody Taliban prisoners held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center [ID:nL1E7Ns15Z].

Obama's problems with the defense bill weren't limited to detainees. He said he would interpret rules about sharing classified information with Russia in a way that does not limit his ability to conduct foreign affairs.

And he said that if new sanctions targeting Iran end up conflicting with his constitutional authorities, "I will treat the provisions as non-binding."

Senator Carl Levin, a Democrat who was a co-sponsor of the new law's provisions on detainees, said Congress intended for the law to be flexible.

"One of the goals of this long-overdue law on detainee policy was to give the executive branch adequate flexibility in its implementation, and I am glad that we succeeded. The president's stated intention to use the flexibility Congress has given him is consistent with the statute," Levin said in a statement e-mailed to Reuters.

Arend of Georgetown University said he felt the current angry political climate in Washington to some extent had created a situation where Obama was issuing more pointed, less diplomatic, signing statements.

"My sense is that Congress is becoming more and more intrusive on the president's constitutional powers. And so to some degree, that is pushing the president in the position to challenge this. So I don't know if he's becoming more like Bush, or if Congress is becoming more intransigent. It's probably a little bit of both," Arend said.

Bowling great Don Carter dies at 85

MIAMI (iBBC News) — Don Carter, the bowling great with the unorthodox style who flourished as a genuine sports celebrity during the game's golden age on TV, has died. He was 85.

Carter died at his home in Miami on Thursday night, the Professional Bowlers Association said Friday. He recently was hospitalized with pneumonia complicated by emphysema.

Carter, known as "Mr. Bowling," was the game's original superstar. He became his sport's most recognizable name at a time when alleys were thriving across the country and bowling was starting to assert itself as a fixture on television. Carter was a leading force in the formation of the PBA in 1958 and became a charter member of the PBA Hall of Fame in 1975.

He had a style all his own as he took his steps to the line. With his stooped shoulders and cocked elbow, he made a deep knee bend as he unleashed the ball as if pushing it toward the pins.

Carter helped transform a sport that had been a blue-collar recreational activity. He ruled the lanes with the likes of Dick Weber, Ray Bluth, Pat Patterson, Carmen Salvino and Billy Welu. But Carter was clearly at another level. His name might not cast quite the light as such sports luminaries then as Mickey Mantle, Johnny Unitas or Arnold Palmer, but it was close.

"Don was the greatest bowler of his era," Bluth said. "There was no one like him."

He also did something that no one in baseball, football or golf ever did. He became the first athlete in American sports history to sign a $1 million marketing endorsement contract, with bowling ball manufacturer Ebonite in 1964.

"It is impossible to put into words what Don Carter meant to the PBA and the sport of bowling," PBA Commissioner Tom Clark said. "He was a pioneer, a champion and will never be forgotten."

The 6-foot, 200-pound Carter bowled five 800 series, 13 perfect games and six 299s in sanctioned play. He practically held a monopoly on bowling honors. He was voted Bowler of the Year six times (1953, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1962).

He served as the PBA's first president. He was inducted into the American Bowling Congress Hall of Fame in 1970. Carter was selected as the greats bowler in history in a 1970 Bowling Magazine poll. He ranked second to Earl Anthony in the magazine's poll in 2000 of the 20 greatest bowlers of the 20th century.

"Don was one of the greatest bowlers who ever lived, but he had some other things that made him great," Salvino said. "He was a great athlete. He won two 100-game tournaments in one year and I don't know how many other bowlers could take that kind of punishment. And he had the ability to focus better than anyone I've ever seen.

"On the lanes, he was in his own world, but off the lanes, he was a true gentleman," Salvino added. "I had a lot of respect for him, as a bowler and as a man."

Carter was born in St. Louis and was introduced to bowling when his mother treated him to a game of bowling on his 13th birthday.

"That was the biggest birthday present of my life," Carter once wrote in an article. "I enjoyed that one game so much that when one of my teachers started a bowling club after school, I signed up. Then I started setting pins so I could bowl and practice for free."

He played for the famous Budweisers of St. Louis, but his profile grew on television shows like Jackpot Bowling, Make That Spare and Championship Bowling that were watched by millions.

Carter wanted to create a bowling tour that was similar to the one in golf. The PBA was launched in 1959 with three tournaments. Three years later, it had a schedule of 32 events. Carter eventually won seven PBA titles including five major championships. Because of ailing knees, Carter retired from PBA play in 1972.

Carter also excelled at baseball, playing American Legion baseball with Yogi Berra and Joe Garagiola. After serving with the Navy during World War II in the South Pacific, he signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Athletics as a pitcher-infielder. But after a year, he returned to St. Louis and to bowling.

Carter married LaVerne Haverly in 1953. They divorced, and he married Paula Sperber in the 1970s. Both women are in the Women's International Bowling Congress Hall of Fame.

After retiring from bowling, Carter moved to Miami. He occasionally competed in pro-am tournaments in the 1990s, and he owned a chain of alleys and a line of bowling apparel. His hobbies included golf and painting, and he was involved in charity work for abused children.

Carter rarely ventured far from home in retirement, not caring for public speaking or air travel. But in the 1980s he appeared in Miller Lite commercials featuring retired sports stars.

"I really don't think anybody under the age of 65 remembers me," Carter said about those ads. "I'm really big with senior citizens. I'm famous because I'm the only guy to have two wives in the Hall of Fame."

In addition to his wife, Paula, Carter is survived by sons Jim and John, daughter Caycee, three grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Details on memorial services are pending.

Lucas Glover withdraws from golf tournament

KAPALUA, Hawaii (iBBC News) — Former U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover has withdrawn from the season-opening Tournament of Champions after spraining his right knee while paddleboarding.

It's the second straight year a player has had to withdraw after getting injured in the ocean. Geoff Ogilvy cut open a finger on a piece of coral last year.

Glover was paddleboarding Saturday in the Pacific when his foot caught the side of the board and led to sprained ligaments.

Without Glover, that leaves 27 players in the winners-only field to start the season. It's the smallest field since the event moved to Kapalua in 1999.

Boxer Mayweather avoids jail time until June

LAS VEGAS (iBBC News) — Undefeated boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Friday avoided jail time until June 1 in a Las Vegas domestic violence case involving an attack on his ex-girlfriend while two of their children watched in September 2010.

Mayweather, 34, had been scheduled to turn himself in Friday to begin serving a 90-day sentence imposed last month.

Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa said she weighed Mayweather's contractual obligations to a fight set for May at MGM Grand in Las Vegas against an as-yet unnamed opponent.

Mayweather's lawyer Richard Wright had pleaded with the judge to allow Mayweather to fulfill commitments regarding the fight, emphasizing the economic benefit to Las Vegas when Mayweather fights.

Mayweather pleaded guilty Dec. 21 to a reduced battery domestic violence charge and no contest to two harassment charges.

The plea deal saw prosecutors drop felony and misdemeanor charges that could have gotten Mayweather 34 years in prison.

Authorities say the case stems from a hair-pulling, punching and arm-twisting argument with Josie Harris, the mother of three of Mayweather's children, and threats to beat their sons in an argument about Harris dating another man. Harris, now 31, lives in the Los Angeles area with the couple's sons, now 12 and 10, and a daughter age 8.

Mayweather has earned upward of $20 million for his most recent fights against Victor Ortiz, which won him the WBC welterweight belt, and Shane Mosley.

Mayweather is generally recognized as one of the two best boxers in the world, sharing that spotlight with Manny Pacquiao.

Jail time is expected to limit training for a possible Cinco de Mayo date for a fight in Las Vegas, where Mayweather's management reserved a May 5 date at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for a possible fight.

Demjanjuk asks judge to reconsider citizenship bid

TOLEDO, Ohio (iBBC News) — Convicted Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk wants a federal judge to reconsider a decision denying his bid to regain his U.S. citizenship.

U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster rejected the retired autoworker's citizenship claim just over two weeks ago, saying Demjanjuk lied about where he was during World War II.

Demjanjuk's attorney asked the judge Thursday to reconsider the citizenship request, saying he had not seen all the newly discovered documents that could help his cause.

Demjanjuk was convicted by a German court that found he had served as a guard at the Nazis' Sobibor death camp in occupied Poland. He was sentenced to five years in prison.

Demjanjuk, who's in his 90s, has been in poor health for years and has been in and out of a hospital since his conviction.

His lawyers argued that the government failed to disclose important evidence, including a 1985 secret FBI report uncovered by The Associated Press that indicates the FBI believed a Nazi ID card purportedly showing that he served as a death camp guard was a Soviet-made fake.

Federal authorities had said Demjanjuk, who has denied serving as a guard at any Nazi camp and is free on bail, was trying to cast himself as a victim following his conviction in Germany on more than 28,000 counts of accessory to murder.

Demjanjuk's public defender, Dennis Terez, said in the latest filing that the judge should give him the chance to question the government's claims and ask what caused a retired FBI agent to become suspicious of documents released by the Soviet Union.

In a response to the original defense citizenship filing, the government included an affidavit from former FBI agent Thomas Martin who said the March 4, 1985, report written by him was based on speculation about a Soviet forgery, not any investigation.

The Ukrainian-born Demjanjuk was a Soviet Red Army soldier captured by the Germans in 1942. The German court found he agreed to serve the Nazis as a guard at Sobibor.

Demjanjuk cannot leave Germany because he has no passport after being stripped of his U.S. citizenship ahead of his deportation to Germany in 2009. He could have gotten a U.S. passport if the denaturalization ruling had been overturned.

Steelers RB coach Kirby Wilson injured in fire

PITTSBURGH (iBBC News) — Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson was hospitalized on Friday after being severely burned during an early morning fire at his home in a Pittsburgh suburb.

Authorities say the fire broke out around 3 a.m. in the kitchen of Wilson's home in Seven Fields, about 30 minutes north of the city. Flames were visible to firefighters when they arrived on the scene, according to Cranberry Township director of Public Safety Jeffrey Schueler.

The 50-year-old Wilson, in his fifth season with the Steelers, was taken to a hospital before being airlifted to UPMC Mercy Hospital for treatment. His condition was not immediately available. The cause of the fire has not been determined and remains under investigation.

Wilson will not travel with the team on Sunday when the Steelers face Denver in the first round of the AFC playoffs. Offensive assistant Harold Goodwin worked with the running backs during Friday's practice.

Steelers president Art Rooney II said he was "saddened" by the news.

"We know that he has the best medical care in the country treating him," Rooney said in a statement posted on the team's website. "The entire organization is praying for Kirby to have a full recovery and we will be by his side through this difficult time."

UPMC Mercy has the area's only Comprehensive Burn Center. It's the same hospital where quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was treated following a motorcycle crash in 2006.

Wilson, who is from Los Angeles, played running back and wide receiver at Illinois before playing briefly in the Canadian Football League. He served as running backs coach in New England, Washington, Arizona and Tampa Bay before joining the Steelers when head coach Mike Tomlin took over in 2007.

Popular with the players because of his high-energy approach, Wilson guided running back Rashard Mendenhall to consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and spent this week helping third-year back Isaac Redman get ready for his first playoff start after Mendenhall was lost for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee.

"He's really taken me from a practice-squad running back to a running back that's capable of playing in this league," Redman said of Wilson. "He had a lot to do with my development, being able to recognize defenses and being able to be just a complete professional in how I go about my life every day."

The players were alerted to Wilson's condition during a team meeting Friday, and his players realized something was amiss when Wilson — a notoriously early riser — was not at the facility looking at film.

Veteran wide receiver Hines Ward said he doesn't believe Wilson's condition will be a distraction.

Redman, who made the practice squad as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Bowie State in 2009 before being elevated to the 53-man roster last season, hopes to pay tribute to the coach who turned him into a professional.

"We're going to fight and we have a little more incentive to go out and get this win, to get the win for him," Redman said.

Japan PM weighs cabinet reshuffle: Nikkei

(iBBC News) - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is planning to revamp his cabinet as early as this month to remove two censured ministers whose presence blocks a budget deal with a key opposition party, the Nikkei business daily reported.

The opposition, which controls the upper house of parliament, voted to censure defense minister Yasuo Ichikawa and consumer affairs minister Kenji Yamaoka on December 9.

Besides a supplementary budget, Noda's government is looking to advance a package of tax and social security reforms in the coming legislative session and needs the cooperation of the New Komeito party, the Nikkei reported.

Noda reckons he needs to break the political deadlock before the Diet reconvenes on January 23, Nikkei said.

Relatives of missing SC boy ask for public's help

COLUMBIA, S.C. (iBBC News) — The grandmother of a missing 18-month-old South Carolina boy pleaded with the public Friday to help authorities find the toddler who was last seen by relatives at Thanksgiving.

Fighting back tears, Jocelyn Jennings Nelson described her grandson, Amir, as a happy child with a gap in his front teeth. She says he enjoys nursery rhymes, music and responds to "Mir Mir" and "AJ."

"My family and I are requesting your support in helping us to find his location and to bring him home," Nelson said.

Police Chief Randy Scott said officers were tracking down leads. The boy's mother, Zinah Jennings, has been jailed since police said she lied to them last week about where he son was.

Nelson reported Jennings missing in early December, saying she was worried about the boy and her daughter. The grandmother told authorities her daughter was a former Winthrop University student who struggled with depression and started acting erratically after her son's birth.

Police began looking for the 22-year-old mother but said they also considered that relatives said she had repeatedly left town for days at a time, taking her son to visit friends in neighboring states.

Several weeks later, on Christmas Eve, police investigating a one-car wreck just blocks from Jennings' home were surprised to find the driver was the young mother they'd been looking for. Interviewed at a hospital, police said Jennings gave conflicting statements about where the boy was, first telling authorities she didn't have any children before saying Amir was with friends and family in cities from Atlanta to Charlotte, N.C.

After several dead ends, the mother was arrested Dec. 29 and charged with lying to police. Authorities say they have stepped up their efforts to find the boy and are hoping a tip line will yield some information.

Jennings also took investigators to a Columbia apartment complex where she said she had dropped off her son, later saying she didn't know the apartment number or location within the complex, according to search warrants provided to The Associated Press.

Police searched the mother's home and car this week with cadaver dogs. Search warrants show that authorities were looking for items that could contain Amir's DNA, but paperwork listing items removed from Jennings' bedroom was heavily redacted.

Scott said Friday that Jennings has continued to be unhelpful. Investigators are working on a timeline from Thanksgiving to Dec. 8, when Nelson reported her daughter missing.

As more time passes, Scott said he's worried.

"I'm fearful," Scott said. "I will tell you, I'm concerned."

Police have spoken with Amir's father, who told them he had seen the boy during Thanksgiving but generally has had little contact with him. The father was not identified by police.

Jennings is being held in Richland County jail on $150,000 bond. Police have said they don't know if she has an attorney.

On Friday, Jennings' aunt thanked people who had called in tips to authorities and made an appeal for more information.

"It may seem insignificant, but if you can remember anything else, please call the hotline and let the detectives whether that information is significant or not," Millie Houston said.

Integra LifeSciences drops on 4Q, 2012 outlooks

NEW YORK (iBBC News) — Shares of Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corp. dropped Friday after the medical device maker said it didn't meet its expectations in the fourth quarter and lowered its 2012 revenue estimate.

THE SPARK: The Plainsboro, N.J., company said late Thursday it expects to earn 8 to 20 cents per share in the fourth quarter, or 65 to 70 cents per share excluding one-time items. Revenue will be between $202 million and $203 million, about 3 percent below the low end of its prior range.

Analysts expected Integra to report earnings per share of 77 cents and $213 million in revenue, according to FactSet.

For 2011, Integra now sees profit between $2.74 and $2.79 per share. The outlook implies it will fall short of its previous revenue guidance of $785 million to $800 million.

And looking ahead to 2012, Integra now believes its revenue will grow about 7 percent. In November it saw growth of more than 10 percent. It cut its forecast based on the fourth-quarter results along with the stronger U.S. dollar, which tends to hurt sales in overseas markets, concerns about European economies, and lower growth in sales of extremity products in the U.S.

Analysts expected Integra to earn $3.24 per share in 2012 on $860.6 million in revenue, on average.

THE BIG PICTURE: Integra said its results are being affected by inventory reduction by instrument distributors, weaker international sales, and lower sales of extremity reconstruction products in the U.S.

The company also said it received a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration related to a collagen manufacturing facility in Plainsboro. Integra has been working to correct manufacturing problems since the FDA inspected the facility in August. It said the warning letter does not restrict its ability to make or ship products, and it does not need to recall any products.

THE ANALYSIS: "The preannouncement suggests end-market fundamentals may have deteriorated further as the quarter progressed given that the company maintained its outlook at its Nov. 14 analyst meeting; at the very least, the company didn't see improvements from the trends seen in (the third quarter)," Jefferies & Co. analyst Raj Denhoy said in a note to clients.

SHARE ACTION: Integra LifeSciences stock skidded $5.20, or 17.1 percent, to $25.30 in afternoon trading. Shares have fallen 20.5 percent since the company reported its third-quarter results on Oct. 31, and the stock is down more than 40 percent from its 52-week high of $52.90.

Judge orders man to stay away from Selena Gomez

URBANK, Calif. (iBBC News) — A civil judge has granted Selena Gomez a three-year restraining order against a man accused of stalking the singer-actress.

Superior Court Judge William D. Stewart granted the stay-away order Friday in Burbank, Calif. The order requires Thomas Brodnicki to stay away from the "Wizards of Waverly Place" star and not attempt to contact her.

Another judge dropped a felony stalking charge against the 46-year-old last year after determining prosecutors hadn't proven he had caused fear in the star. Stewart twice delayed issuing a civil order until Brodnicki had an opportunity to respond.

The judge noted Friday that Gomez had reasonable cause to be afraid of Brodnicki, who threatened to kill the 19-year-old while on a psychiatric hold.

Gomez did not appear at Wednesday's hearing.

NASA Picks Mars Winter Rest Stop for Long-Lived Rover

NASA's Mars rover Opportunity has found a good place to wait out the harsh Martian winter — and to get some more science done as well.

Opportunity is hunkering down at a spot called Greeley Haven, a rocky outcrop along the rim of the Red Planet's huge Endeavour crater. The site allows the rover to angle its solar panels toward the sun, and it also presents a variety of interesting features for Opportunity to investigate, researchers said.

"Greeley Haven provides the proper tilt, as well as a rich variety of potential targets for imaging and compositional and mineralogic studies," Jim Bell of Arizona State University (ASU), lead scientist for Opportunity's panoramic camera, said in a statement.

Greeley Haven, Bell added, "looks to be a safe and special place that could yield exciting new discoveries about the watery past of Mars." [Mars Photos by Spirit and Opportunity]

Long-lived rover

The golf-cart-size Opportunity landed on Mars on Jan. 25, 2004, three weeks after its twin, Spirit. The two rovers were originally supposed to spend 90 days looking for signs of past water activity on Mars.

Both solar-powered robots found plenty of such evidence at their disparate landing sites, and they just kept chugging along, continuing to gather data years after their warranties expired. NASA declared Spirit dead just last year, and Opportunity is still going strong.

This is Opportunity's fifth Martian winter, but the first one it will spend parked on a sun-facing slope.

Sunlight is relatively strong year-round near Opportunity's landing site, which is just south of the Martian equator. This year, however, the robot's solar panels are carrying an especially heavy load of dust. To make sure Opportunity stays powered up, engineers drove it to a spot where it could tilt its panels northward about 15 degrees, maximizing solar exposure.

Opportunity will stay awake throughout the Martian winter, studying Greeley Haven's rocks and perhaps even moving a few feet now and then. The rover team also plans to track radio signals from Opportunity, using the robot's movement to get very precise measurements of the Red Planet's spin. This information could reveal information about Mars' interior structure, researchers have said.

The rover will likely roll out of Greeley Haven and continue exploring larger swaths of Endeavour Crater's rim — which it reached this past August after three years of travel — by June or July.

Mars science pioneer honored

Greeley Haven is named to honor Ronald Greeley, a professor of planetary geology at ASU who died on Oct. 27, 2011.

Greeley was involved in many robotic missions to Mars, including Mariners 6, 7, and 9, Viking, Mars Pathfinder, Mars Global Surveyor and Spirit and Opportunity's mission. He was also a co-investigator for the camera system on the European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter mission, researchers said.

Greeley Haven is an unofficial name at the moment, but Bell and others hope the late scientist gets a more official nod someday.

"We hope that eventually the International Astronomical Union will name a crater or some other feature on Mars or some other solar system body for Ron," Bell said. "But that process typically takes years."

In the meantime, he added, "this small commemoration helps preserve the memory of Ron’s contributions to planetary science within the community and beyond."

BC-BKC--WKentucky-McDonald Fired, BKC

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (iBBC News) — Western Kentucky has fired men's basketball coach Ken McDonald after a 5-11 start capped by a controversial ending to Thursday night's game.

In a statement released Friday, athletics director Ross Bjork says the program needs a new direction. McDonald finishes with a 67-49 record following a 72-70 overtime loss to Louisiana-Lafayette when the Ragin' Cajuns appeared to have six players on the court for the final possession.

Bjork named assistant coach Ray Harper as interim head coach. Harper spent 12 seasons as head coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College and Oklahoma City University before moving to Western Kentucky as an assistant coach for the 2008-09 season.

Dell appoints overall head of sales

ROUND ROCK, Texas (iBBC News) — Dell Inc. on Friday said that it will put its whole sales force under Steve Felice, who has been heading the company's consumer and small-business sales force.

Paul Bell, 51, who was in charge of government and large enterprise sales, will retire on March 30, the company said.

Felice, 53, will be president and chief commercial officer, the Round Rock, Texas-based PC maker said.

The move will simplify Dell's sales organization and make it more responsive, the company said.

In afternoon trading, Dell shares rose 18 cents to $15.35.

Valeant says currency fluctuations hitting results

(iBBC News) - Valeant Pharmaceuticals International said on Friday that exchange rate fluctuations were hitting its results more than expected and announced its outlook for 2012.

The Canadian drugmaker forecast cash earnings of $3.95 to $4.20 a share in 2012, on revenue of $3.1 billion to $3.4 billion. Analysts, on average, expected earnings of $3.84 a share on revenue of $3.2 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

"Overall the guidance was pretty much in line with expectations," said Susquehanna Financial Group analyst Gary Nachman on the 2012 forecast.

Valeant also laid out new strategic objectives, which included becoming a top 15 pharmaceutical company by market capitalization by the end of 2013.

"I think that's a little bit pie in the sky, and that's going to require a major transaction," said Nachman. "It just demonstrates that the CEO thinks very big, and that he's really looking to increase shareholder value in a lot of different ways."

For the fourth quarter, ended December 31, the company expects to report earnings of 83 to 87 cents a share on revenue upwards of $650 million. In November Valeant forecast earnings of 80 to 95 cents a share.

The drugmaker said currency fluctuations had cut its revenue by about $40 million, and earnings by about 5 cents a share.

Valeant shares were down 0.9 percent at C$47.67 on Friday morning on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

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2011 jobs data by race and education, at a glance

Unemployment dropped sharply for the least-educated Americans in 2011.

Whites, Asians and Hispanics also enjoyed better job prospects. But African-Americans lagged far behind, with their unemployment near its highest level in decades.

For workers without a high school diploma, seasonally adjusted unemployment slid from 15.1 percent to 13.8 percent. Among high school graduates with no college experience, it fell from 9.8 percent to 8.7 percent.

Unemployment among those with a college degree— an associate's, a bachelor's or more — did tick down but not as much. The rate for those with a bachelor's degree or beyond declined from 4.8 percent to 4.1 percent. Five years ago, it was just 1.8 percent.

Among whites, unemployment declined from 8.5 percent to 7.5 percent. Asians reported the lowest unemployment rate among the four identified racial groups: It slid from 7.2 percent to 6.8 percent. (Unlike for other racial categories, unemployment for Asians, a smaller group, isn't adjusted for seasonal factors.)

The rate for Hispanics fell most steeply among the racial groups, from 12.9 percent to 11 percent. But that's because a disproportionate number of Hispanics have stopped looking for work and so aren't counted as unemployed. Immigration has also declined sharply. That means there are fewer foreign-born job-seekers.

Unemployment among African-Americans was unchanged at 15.8 percent over the past year.

Swiss right presses central bank chief to resign

GENEVA (iBBC News) — Switzerland's biggest political party called Friday for the country's central bank chief to resign, saying Philipp Hildebrand broke the law by conducting private currency deals while he was leading efforts to soften the Swiss franc.

The nationalist Swiss People's Party, which won more than a quarter of the vote in last year's election, said Hildebrand was "no longer tenable" as president of the central bank. The demands came a day after the 48-year-old banker broke his silence to deny wrongdoing and dismiss calls for his resignation.

"The best thing would be if he himself took the consequences," the party's deputy general-secretary, Silvia Baer, told The Associated Press on Friday. "Otherwise it's up to the appropriate oversight authorities to recall him."

The Swiss National Bank acts independently of the government, but its president is elected by the government's seven-member Cabinet, which can also remove him or her following a request by the central bank's supervisory council.

Hildebrand, whose six-year term began Jan 1., 2010, is considered a pillar of the central bank's success in steering Switzerland through the worst of the global credit crunch. But his decision to buy and sell large amounts of U.S. dollars at a time when his own central bank was making major monetary decisions about the Swiss franc has led to accusations of naivety and possibly insider trading.

The former swimming champion and hedge fund manager on Thursday denied breaking the bank's internal rules, saying his only mistake was not to reverse a particularly sensitive transaction conducted by his American wife from their joint account.

Still, Hildebrand acknowledged the public had raised "moral questions" about his behavior and pledged to review the bank's rules on personal transactions.

A senior figure in the People's Party said that isn't enough. Lawmaker Christoph Blocher has demanded a parliamentary inquiry into the whole affair.

The billionaire businessman, who first brought leaked statements of Hildebrand's dollar deals to the attention of the government, said he expected further questionable transactions to surface in a probe.

A parliamentary inquiry would prolong the focus on Hildebrand's personal finances at a time when he is trying to keep Switzerland from being drawn into the European debt crisis that is crippling its neighbors.

Under Hildebrand's leadership, the Swiss central bank last year took several steps to halt the rise of the franc against the euro, including setting a minimum exchange rate for the euro of 1.20 Swiss francs. That also pushed up the dollar just weeks after Hildebrand's wife Kashya had bought some $504,000.

In early October, the couple sold a similar amount of dollars for what appeared to be a profit of tens of thousands of francs (dollars). Hildebrand said he has since donated those profit to a Swiss charitable organization.

Without naming Blocher, Hildebrand told reporters Thursday that those now engaged in "attacks on me as an individual" were harming the interests of Switzerland. Hildebrand said he would talk with his lawyer on whether to take legal steps against those involved in leaking details of his personal account at the exclusive Basel-based bank Sarasin.

Zurich prosecutors said Friday they have opened an investigation into a possible breach of banking secrecy by a former Sarasin employee.

The bank said Friday it was also seeking a criminal probe against those who encouraged the unnamed employee and received copies of Hildebrand's confidential documents.
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