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NEWS BRIEFS
DETROIT
Mich. economic
outlook better, still
not great
A statewide survey of business
people shows that their confi-
dence in Michigan's economy has
grown greatly since the bottom of
the Great Recession, with room to
improve as well.
Results of the second annual
Michigan Economic Outlook sur-
vey were released Wednesday at
the Detroit Economic Club.
Margaret Baker of Ann Arbor's
Baker Strategy Group says that
leaders of Michigan's key manu-
facturers gave the state a business
rating of 65, up from 25 in 2009.
Baker says that's still low.
Michigan State University
economist Charles Ballard says
a concern is how many Michi-
gan communities like Detroit are
struggling to cope with a shrunk-
en tax bases after property values
fell sharply.
The forum took place at the
MotorCity Casino in Detroit.
ANCHORAGE. Alaska
Plane lands on
major Alaska street
amid cold weather
A pilot who made a safe emer-
gency landing on a major Anchor-
age street said he lost power,
waited for a break in traffic, then
descended onto the snowy median.
Armon Tabrizi said he was not
immediately sure where to land
before deciding to put the Cessna
172RG Cutlass down in the mid-
dle of Boniface Parkway Tuesday
afternoon, the Anchorage Daily
News reported. Tabrizi, 27, avoid-
ed cars and stoplights, and no one
in the plane or on the ground was
injured.
BERLIN
German leader
will visit U.S. after
NSA allegations
German Chancellor Angela
Merkel has accepted an invitation
to visit the United States, months
after allegations that U.S. intel-
ligence had tapped her phone
strained relations between Berlin
and Washington.
In a call Wednesday, President
Barack Obama congratulated
Merkel on forming a new govern-
ment last month and wished her
speedy recovery from a recent
skiing accident.
Merkel's spokesman, Steffen
Seibert, said Obama also invit-
ed Merkel to Washington "in
the coming months," which she
accepted.
The White House said both
leaders noted the agenda that
awaits them this year, including
negotiations toward a proposed
free-trade deal between the U.S.
and the EU, and a NATO summit

in the spring.
PARIS
France fines
Google $204,000
over privacy policy
The French digital priva-
cy watchdog is fining Google
150,000 euros ($204,000) for
breaking rules on ensuring data
privacy.
The CNIL agency said on
Wednesday that Google's new
privacy policy - which applies
to all of its services from e-mail
to calendars - isn't specific
enough about how and why it
collects data from users and
doesn't define how long it keeps
such data, among other prob-
lems. EU authorities also have
said the new privacy policy
doesn't follow their rules.
Google has contended that its
new policy is simpler and com-
plies with European law.
Since the company did not
change its policy as request-
ed, the CNIL said it is fining
Google. The agency also asked
the search giant to post a state-
ment about the decision on its
French home page, google.fr.
-Compiled from
Daily wire reports

Rodman defends
relationship with
N. Korean leader

PtTER MORGAN/AP'
Ice forms on rocks on the Brooklyn waterfront across from lower Manhattan in New York, Tuesday. The high tempera-
ture is expected to be 10 degrees in the city but wind chills will make it feel more like minus 10.
Deep freeze across U.S. has
benefits for natural world

Cold temperatures
could bode well for
Mich. lake levels,
Fla. citrus farmers
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.
(AP) - From a field station in
northern Wisconsin, where
the previous night's low was a
numbing29 degrees below zero,
climate scientist John Lenters
studied computer images of
ice floes on Lake Superior with
delight.
It may be hard to think of
this week's deep. freeze as any-
thing but miserable, but to sci-
entists like Lenters there are
silver linings: The extreme cold
may help raise low water in the
Great Lakes, protect shorelines
and wetlands from erosion, kill
insect pests and slow the migra-
tion of invasive species.
"All around, it's a positive
thing," Lenters, a specialist in
the climate of lakes and.water-
sheds, said Wednesday.
Ice cover on the Great Lakes
has been shrinking for decades,
but this year more than 60 per-
cent of the surface is expected
to freeze over at soie point -
an occurrence that could help
the lakes rebound from a pro-
longed slump in water levels.

Even agriculture can benefit.
Although cold weather is gener-
ally no friend to crops, some of
southern Florida's citrus fruits
can use a perfectly timed cool-
down, which they were getting
as midweek temperatures hov-
ered around freezing.
"A good cold snap lowers the
acidity in oranges and increases
sugar content, sweetens the
fruit," said Frankie Hall, policy
director for the Florida Farm
Bureau Federation. "It's almost
been a blessing."
Scientists noted that sub-
zero temperatures and pound-
ing snowfalls like those that
gripped much of the nation for
several days are not unheard-of
in the Midwest and Northeast
and used to happen more fre-
quently.
For all the misery it inflicted,
the polar vortex that created
the painfully frigid conditions
apparently broke no all-time
records in any major U.S. cit-
ies, according to Jeff Masters,
meteorology director of Weath-
er Underground.
"I'm just happy to see that we
have a normal winter for once,"
said Lenters, who works for
Limnotech, an environmental
consulting firm in Ann Arbor.
As the climate has warmed,
the absence of bitter cold has
actually been damaging.

The emerald ash borer, an
insect native to Asia, arrived
in the U.S. around 2002 and
has killed about 50 million ash
trees in the Upper Midwest. But
some locales this winter may
have gotten cold enough to kill
at least some larvae, said Robert
Venette, a U.S. Forest Service
research biologist in St. Paul,
Minn.
A reading of minus 20 will
usually produce a 50 percent
mortality rate, and "the num-
bers go up quickly as it gets
colder than that," Venette said.
While the freeze won't wipe
out the ash borer, it will give
communities a chance to devel-
op plans for limiting the bug's
spread, he said.
Other pests that originated in
warmer places could be affect-
ed as well, including the gypsy
moth, the hemlock woolly adel-
gid and the European beetle
that carries Dutch elm disease,
said Lee Frelich, director of the
University of Minnesota Cen-
ter for Forest Ecology. Native
insects have evolved to cope
with deep freezes.
Extreme cold also reins in
invasive nuisance plants such
as kudzu, which has ravaged
the Southeastbut has yet to find
its way north, said Luke Nave,
a University of Michigan assis-
tant research scientist.

Basketball star
draws criticism
in light of alleged
atrocities in country
PYONGYANG, North Korea
(AP) - Dennis Rodman sang
"Happy Birthday" to North
Korean leader Kim Jong Un
before leadinga squad of former
NBA stars in a friendly game
Wednesday as part of his "bas-
ketball diplomacy" that has been
criticized in the United States as
naive and laughable.
Rodman dedicated the game
to his "best friend" Kim, who
along with his wife and other
senior officials and their wives
watched from a special seat-
ing area. The capacity crowd of
about 14,000 at the Pyongyang
Indoor Stadium clapped loudly
as Rodman sang a verse from the
birthday song.
Rodman said he was honored
to be able to play the game in the
North Korean capital and called
the event "historic." Some mem-
bers of the U.S. Congress, the
NBA and human rights groups,
however, say he has become a
public relations tool for North
Korea's government.
The government's poorhuman
rights record and its threats to
use nuclear weapons against
rival South Korea and the Unit-
ed States have kept it a pariah
state. Kim shocked the world in
December by having his uncle,
once considered his mentor,
executed after being accused of
a litany of crimes including cor-
ruption, womanizing, drug abuse
and attempting to seize power.
Rodman, 52, has refused to
address those concerns while
continuing to forge a relation-
ship with Kim, whose age has
never been officially disclosed.
The government did not say how
old he turned Wednesday but he
is believed to be in his early30s.
At the start of the game, Rod-
man sang "Happy Birthday" to
Kim, who was seated above in

the stands at the stadium, and
then bowed deeply as North
Korean players clapped.
To keep it friendly, the Ameri-
cans played against the North
Koreans in the first half, but split
up and merged teams for the sec-
ond half.
The North Korean team
scored 47 points to 39 for the
Americans before the teams
were mixed. Rodman played only
in the first half and then sat next
to Kim during the second half.
"A lot of people have expressed
different views about me and
your leader, your marshal, and I
take that as a compliment," Rod-
man told the crowd. "Yes, he is a
great leader, he provides for his
people here in this country and
thank God the people here love
the marshal."
Rodman is the highest-pro-
file American to meet Kim. He
has carefully avoided getting
involved in overtly political
activities, saying that he is not a
statesman and instead is seeking
only to build cultural connec-
tions with the North through
basketball that may help improve
relations between Pyongyang
and Washington.
Rodman has been slammed
in particular for not using his
influence with Kim to help free
Kenneth Bae, an American mis-
sionary in poor health who is
being confined in the North for
"anti-state" crimes. In an inter-
view with CNN on Tuesday, Rod-
man implied that Bae was at fault
for being held captive.
Bae's sister, Terri Chung, said
his family couldn't believe what
Rodman said.
"Here's somebody who is in a
position to do some good for Ken-
neth and refusesto do so," Chung
told KOMO Radio in Seattle on
Wednesday. "And then after the
fact, instead, he decides to hurl
these unqualified accusations
against Kenneth. It's clear he has
no idea what he's talking about.
I'm not sure who he's talking to,
where he's getting his informa-
tion, but he's certainly no author-
ity on Kenneth Bae."

Giffords skydives
on anniversary of
riZ. mass shootin g

Several ceremonies
commemorate
three years since
supermarket attack
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Gabri-
elle Giffords marked the three-
year anniversary of an attack
that left her severely wounded
and forced her to resign from
Congress by skydiving Wednes-
day in a feat that highlights her
ongoing recovery after having to
learn how to walk and talk again.
Across the city, others
gathered for bell-ringing and
flag-raising ceremonies to
remember the six killed and 13
injured, including Giffords, on
Jan. 8, 2011, as the former Ari-
zona congresswoman met with
constituents outside a grocery
store.
Giffords waved and blew
kisses to a crowd at a skydiving
site between Phoenix and Tuc-
son after successfully landing
without injury.
"Gabby landed beautifully.
Happy she's safe. So proud of
her bravery," Giffords' husband,
former astronaut Mark Kelly,
wrote on his Twitter account
after the tandem jump with his
wife strapped to a professional
skydiver.
Jimmy Hatch, a former Navy
SEAL who accompanied Gif-
fords along with others, said the
group held hands and formed a
circle shortly after exiting the
aircraft, then made a line with
Giffords in the middle.
"She was the least nervous
person on the plane," Hatch
said, calling Giffords a "rock
star" for making the jump on
such an emotional day.

"They did a little moment
of silence at the drop zone," he
said. "The emotion was really
heavy. Then she smiled and
said, 'Let's go."'
Vice President Joe Biden's
office said he called Giffords on
Wednesday to wish her good
luck.
"Gabby's courage & deter-
mination has been absolutely
inspirational," Biden wrote on
his office's Twitter account.
Giffords' jump will be
broadcast Thursday on NBC's
"Today" show.
In Tucson, about 100 resi-
dents attended a ceremony
Wednesday morning outside
the University of Arizona Med-
ical Center, where the injured
were treated. A bell was rung
once for each victim as the Rev.
Joe Fitzgerald spoke to the
crowd.
"Today, we gather to remem-
ber the tragic day three years
ago when our community was
deeply wounded," he said.
Other ceremonies and
moments of silence took place
across the city.
"I think the commemorations
are, in large part, recognition of
our community's collective care
and compassion and grit to go
on," Tucson Mayor Jonathan
Rothschild said.
Pam Simon, 66, who was a
Giffords aide at the time of the
attack and suffered a gunshot
wound to the chest, reflected on
the shooting with crisp memo-
ries, but also a positive outlook.
"When we stop on an anni-
versary to really reflect, some-
times it opens the wounds a
little bit," she said. "But it's also
gratifying in a way to see the
community come out again and
remember."

Prelates attend a mass celebrated by Cardinal Velasio De Paolis at the Legion's main headquarters, the Ateneo Pontificio
Regina Apostolorum, in Rome, Wednesday.
Vatican continues efforts to
reform Legion after scandal

Congregation
gathers to discuss
changes after sexual
misconduct
VATICAN CITY (AP) - The
Vatican delegate running the
troubled Legion of Christ urged
its priests on Wednesday to
elect a new leadership worthy
of authority, after suffering for
years from shame and suspicion
following revelations that its
founder was a pedophile.
He said the new leaders must
infuse the religious order with
a new spirit to finish a process
of reform he said had only just
begun.
Cardinal Velasio De Paolis
presided over a Mass opening a
month-long meeting of Legion
delegates to elect a new leader-
ship and finalize new constitu-
tions that must be submitted to
Pope Francis for approval. The
meeting is the culmination of a
three-year Vatican experiment

to try to turn the congregation
around after a Holy See investi-
gation uncovered serious prob-
lems in the cult-like movement.
The Legion was once held up
as a model by the Vatican, which
was impressed by the ortho-
doxy of its priests and its abil-
ity to attract seminarians and
donations at a time when voca-
tions were on the decline. But in
reality, the order's founder, the
Rev. Marcial Maciel, was lead-
ing a double life, sexually abus-
ing his seminarians, fathering
three children and creating a
twisted system of power that
kept most Legion priests in the
dark and infected the very life
of the order.
The Legion scandal repre-
sents one of the worst to afflict
the Catholic Church in the 20th
century, an egregious example
of the church's concern for
the institution over victims
of sexual abuse. Despite cred-
ible reports sent to the Vatican
starting inthe1950sthat Maciel
was a pedophile, drug addict
and manipulative liar, it took

until 2006 for then-Pope Bene-
dict XVI to bring Maciel to jus-
tice. The Mexican prelate died
two years later.
Benedict took the Legion
over in 2010 and appointed
De Paolis to oversee a whole-
scale reform, leading up to the
assembly that began Wednes-
day. While the Legion insists
great strides have been made
- decision-making is more
decentralized, priests have bet-
ter training and emails are no
longer screened - De Paolis
said the reform has only just
begun.
"It has been repeatedly
stressed that the revision of the
constitutions cannot simply be
considered a technical effort,
but should be accompanied by
a process of examination of
life, of review and of spiritual
renewal for the institute," he
told the gathering of a few hun-
dred priests in the chapel of the
Legion's seminary on the out-
skirts of Rome. "Thus far, we
have only completed the pro-
cess of preparation."

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