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Gov. Snyder to
discuss Detroit
finances Thursday
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder
is planning to discuss Detroit's
financial situation on Thursday.
The governor is expected to
hold an afternoon round table
with the media in Detroit. Sny-
der's office says he isn't planning
to announce if he'll appoint an
emergency manager, but instead
to provide an update on where
things stand.
The Republican governor has
less than amonthto decide wheth-
er the state will take over the city's
broken finances and send in some-
one to oversee a recovery.
Facebook problem
causes elderly to
lie about age
Facebook is apologizing for a
problem that makes a 104-year-
old Michigan woman lie about her
age on the social media website.
Marguerite Joseph's grand-
daughter says Facebook won't let
Joseph list her real age.
inputting her grandmother's birth
year as 1908, Facebook changes it
to 1928. So for the past two years,
the Grosse Pointe Shores cente-
narian has remained 99 - online,
Joseph is legally blind and can't
hear well, but Marlow reads and
responds to all her Facebook mes-
Marlow tells WDIV-TV she'd
"love to see" Joseph's real age
posted and chalks it up to "a glitch
in the system."
Ariz. slaying
suspect can't recall
most of killing
A woman charged with killing
her lover testified Wednesday that
she has no recollection of stabbing
him, slitting his throat or even
whether she shot him during a
fight at his Arizona home nearly
five years ago.
Jodi Arias, 32, has spent eight
daysonthewitness stand recount-
ing in precise detail one life event
after another - from an abusive
childhood to dead-end jobs and
ex-boyfriends - but when pressed
Wednesday about how she killed
Travis Alexander, she drew a
blank, noting there was a "huge
gap" in her memory from that day
in June 2008.
Arias spent the rest of the day
explaining to jurors why she
repeatedly lied about her involve-
ment in the killing, first telling
authorities she knew nothing
about Alexander's death, then
later blamingit on masked intrud-
ers. She eventually settled on self-

Wrestlers to
protest Olympic
ruling to drop sport
Wrestlers from the world's top
wrestling nations plan to lie on
their mats Thursday in Tehran in
a unique show of unity to protest
a decision by the International
Olympic Committee to drop wres-
tling from the 2020 games.
Csaba Hegedus, a senior offi-
cial with the international wres-
tling federation, announced the
decision at a meeting attended
by officials from the world's top
wrestling countries late Wednes-
day in Tehran.
Iran's Wrestling Federation
says members of wrestling teams
attending the World Cup Tour-
nament in Iran also will observe
a minute of silence to demon-
strate their opposition to the
The fight to keep wrestling in
the Olympics has brought Iran
and the U.S. into a rare alliance,
a remarkable display of common
cause despite political hostility
between them.
-Compiled from
Daily wire reports

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, seen here giving a statement on a the state's lottery contracto "Fehro-
ary 14, has launched into state prosecutors' handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual-abuse case.
NCAA challenges rulingL
in Jerry Sandusky scandal


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over t
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for an
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ays keeping all Pennsylvania Commission on
nding in state is Crime and Delinquency.
Corbett believes the bill
eech of consent "makes sense and is the right
thing to do," spokeswoman
agreement Janet Kelley said. The lawsuit
is under review, she said.
Penn State signed a consent
RRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - decree last summer in which it
ICAA wasted no time in agreed to the fine, a four-year
nging a new Pennsylva- football bowl ban and other
w designed to keep the penalties shortly after a scath-
million Penn State fine ing report into how school
he Jerry Sandusky scan- officials handled reports that
the state, filing a federal Sandusky, a former assistant
nge to the legislation football coach, was behaving
after Gov. Tom Corbett inappropriately with children.
lit Wednesday. He was convicted of sexually
te and congressional law- abusing 10 boys and is serving
's have objected to use of a 30- to 60-year prison sen-
CAA fine to finance child tence.
prevention efforts in "By seizing the funds and
states. restricting eligibility to benefit
complaint asks a fed- from the funds only to Pennsyl-
udge to throw out the vania programs benefiting only
ylvania Institution of Pennsylvania residents, the act
r Education Monetary will defeat the consent decree's
ty Endowment Act, say- plain terms and frustrate the
violates provisions of the parties' intended purpose," the
-onstitution. It also asks NCAA's lawyers wrote.
injunction to prevent the The lawsuit claims the new
om being enforced. legislation is unconstitutional
'endants in the lawsuit because it directs state officials
orbett and three state to collect money to which the
is who would be involved state is not entitled. It argues
ndling or monitoring the the state has no legal right to
y: the auditor general, abridge the contract between
rer and chairman of the the NCAA and Penn State and

says the new law tries to regu-
late transactions by out-of-
state entities in violation of the
Commerce Clause.
NCAA President Mark
Emmert released a statement
saying that it was important
that the organization's mem-
bers abide by its rules and that
college sports would be "dra-
matically altered" if others are
responsible for deciding what
penalties are appropriate.
NCAA lawyer Donald Remy
said the lawsuit concerned
legal issues of importance to
anyone who does business with
state-related or private entities.
"The state has attempted
to grant itself the ability to do
whatever it wants to whom-
ever it wants," Remy said. "The
United States Constitution
does not permit this kind of
legislative overreach."
Joe Metz, a Harrisburg
lawyer with federal litigation
experience, said the NCAA's
lawsuit had promise, par-
ticularly because the law was
passed after the consent agree-
ment was signed.
"It's impossible to predict
how somethinglike this will go,
but it's definitely something I'd
read carefully and think about,
that's for sure," said Metz, who
is not involved in the case.

NYPD partners
with Microsoft
New technology the information and pulled up
cameras within 500 feet of the
could supply crime reported shots to determine
there was only one shooter.
information 0to Analysts are cautious about
officers in real-time the potential profits, saying
that largely depends on Micro-
soft's sales efforts and whether
(AP) - A 911 call comes in any major competition arises.
about a possible bomb in lower While there other data-drilling
Manhattan and an alert pops products made by other com-
up on computer screens at the panies, they say the NYPD's
New York Police Department, involvement could set the dash-
instantly showing officers an board apart.
interactive map of the neigh- "This is the kind of stuff
borhood, footage from nearby you used to only see in mov-
security cameras, whether ies," said analyst Rob Enderle
there are high radiation levels of Enderle Group, a technol-
and whether any other threats ogy analysis firm. "Getting it
have been made against the to work in a way that police
city, departments can use in real
In a click, police know exact- time is huge."
ly what they're getting into. The venture began in 2009
Such a hypothetical scenario when the NYPD approached
may seem like something out Microsoft about building soft-
of a futuristic crime drama, ware to help mine data for the
but the technology is real, Lower Manhattan Security Ini-
developed in a partnership tiative, a network of private and
between the nation's largest public cameras and other tools
police department and Micro- monitored by the department's
soft Corp., and the latest ver- counterterrorism bureau.
sion has been quietly in use for Development cost the depart-
about a year. ment between $30 million and
The project could pay off in $40 million, officials said.
more ways than one: The NYPD "Usually, you purchase soft-
could make tens of millions of ware that you try to work with,
dollars under an unprecedent- but we wanted this to be some-
ed marketing deal that allows thing that really worked well
Microsoft to sell the system to for us, so we set about creat-
other law enforcement agencies ing it with them," said Richard
and civilian companies around Daddario, the NYPD's deputy
the world. The city will get a 30 commissioner for counterter-
percent cut. rorism.
The Domain Awareness Sys- Officers were involved
tem, known as the dashboard, throughout the process with
gives easy access to the police the programmers, offering
department's voluminous advice on what they need dur-
arrest records, 911 calls, more ing an emergency.
than 3,000 security cameras "It was created by cops for
citywide, license plate readers cops," Tisch said. "We thought
and portable radiation detec- a lot about what information
tors - data that raises privacy we want up close and personal,
concerns for some civil liber- and what needs to be a click
ties groups. But the dashboard away. It's all baked in there."
system mines existing tools and The system uses hundreds of
doesn't create any new surveil- thousands of pieces of informa-
lance. tion. Security camera footage
Right now, it is used only in can be rewound five minutes so
NYPD offices, mostly in the that officers can see suspects
counterterrorism unit. Even- who may have fled. Sensors
tually, the system could supply pick up whether a bag has been
crime-fighting information in left sitting for awhile. When an
real time to officers on lap- emergency call comes in, offi-
tops in their squad cars and on cers can check prior 911 calls
mobile devices while they walk from that address to see what
the beat. they might be up against.
"It works incredibly well," Prospective clients can cus-
said Jessica Tisch, director tomize it to fit their organiza-
of planning and policy for the tion.
counterterrorism unit. Dave Mosher, a Microsoft
For example, officers used vice president in charge of pro-
the system during a deadly gram management, said the
shooting outside the Empire company started to market the
State Building in August. Doz- system in August and is looking
ens of 911 calls were coming at smaller municipalities, law
in, and it initially looked like enforcement agencies and com-
an attack staged by several panies that handle major sport-
gunmen. But officers mapped ing events.
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Diplomats troubled over
Iranian installation

Nations question
Iran's motive to
increase supply of
enriched uranium
(AP) - In a dishearten-
ing signal to world powers at
upcoming Iran talks, Tehran
has started installing high-tech
machines at its main uranium
enrichment site that are capa-
ble of accelerating production
of reactor fuel and - with fur-
ther upgrading - the core of
nuclear warheads, diplomats
said Wednesday.
Iran already announced last
week that it had begun mount-
ing the new enriching centri-
fuges, but one diplomat said at
the time that the announce-
ment was premature with only
a "small number" on site and
not yet installed.
Diplomats told The Associ-
ated Press on Wednesday, how-
ever, that installation was now
well on its way, with inspec-
tors from the International
Atomic Energy Agency seeing
close to 100 or more machines
mounted when they toured the
site a few days ago. Depending
on experts' estimates, the new-
generation centrifuges can
enrich uranium three to five
times faster than Iran's present
working model.
The Islamic Republic insists
it is not working on a nuclear
weapons program, but rather
is enriching uranium only to
make reactor fuel and for scien-
tific and medical purposes - as
allowed by international law.
But many nations are sus-
picious because Iran went
underground after failing to

get international help for its
uranium enrichment pro-
gram in the 1980s, working
secretly until its activities were
revealed a decade ago. More
recent proposals for interna-
tional shipments of reactor fuel
in exchange for Iranian enrich-
ment concessions have foun-
dered, with each side blaming
the other.
Shrugging off demands to
mothball enrichment - and
growing international sanc-
tions - Iran has instead vast-
ly expanded the program to
where experts say it already has
enough enriched uranium for
several weapons if the material
is further enriched.
The start of the centrifuge
upgrade at Natanz, Iran's main
enrichment site southeast of
Tehran, flies in the face of
world-power efforts to induce
Iran to scale back on enrich-
ment. As such, it is likely to hurt
chances of progress at Feb. 26
talks in Kazakhstan between
the two sides - adding to a
string of negotiating failures.
When Iran announced its
intentions last month, West-
ern diplomats downplayed the
proclamation's significance,
noting Tehran did not say
when it would start populating
Natanz with the new machines.
But any start of an upgrade is
sure to increase international
concerns, particularly if veri-
fied as expected in an IAEA
report later this week.
The three diplomats speaking
to the AP on Wednesday all are
involved in the Vienna-based
IAEA's attempts to monitor
Iran's nuclear program. They
demanded anonymity because
they were not allowed to discuss
confidential information.

Meeting Iran in Kazakhstan
are the United States, Russia,
China, Britain, France and Ger-
Russia and China often are
at odds with the West on how
harshly Iran's nuclear activi-
ties should be censured, and
Russian Foreign Minister Ser-
gei Lavrov said recently that
Iran was within its legal rights
to install new generation cen-
trifuges. At the same time, he
called for a suspension of ura-
nium enrichment during nego-
tiations to improve the political
While moving to increase
the potency of its enrichment
program with the new centri-
fuges, however, Tehran also
has recently resumed convert-
ing some of its higher-level
enriched uranium at its Fordo
enrichment site into reactor
fuel plates after suspending the
activity last year. That is likely
to provide some reassurance to
nations concerned about Iran's
nuclear aims because the plates
are difficult to reconvert back
into weapons usable material.
About 700 of the old machines
at Fordo are churning out high-
er-enriched material that is still
below - but just a technical step
away - from weapons-grade
uranium. Iran says it needs that
higher-enriched level to fuel a
research reactor.
With higher-enriched ura-
nium their immediate concern,
the six powers over the past
months have inched toward
meeting Iranian demands of
sanctions relief but say Teh-
ran must first suspend its
output at Fordo. Iran, in turn,
wants sanctions eased before it
commits to even a discussion of
an enrichment cutback.

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