Obama touts innovative high school
President Barack Obama on Friday visited the innovative New York high school he praised in his State of the Union address this year, to deliver a message about the urgency of education reform in the global economy. Obama told students attending Pathways in Technology Early College High School, a government-industry collaboration, that they are receiving the kind of math-and-science-heavy education essential for the next generation of workers. "This country should be doing everything in our power to give more kids the chance to go to schools just like this one," he said. About 100 students were enrolled in the school's inaugural class in 2011. Officials expect that to grow to between 400 and 450 students next fall.
Fire in Macy's store brought under control
Firefighters put out a blaze at the Macy's flagship store in New York City, the Fire Department said Friday night.
The two-alarm fire was in the basement of the iconic department store on 34th Street in Manhattan. Fire officials did not respond to repeated calls for more details. A spokeswoman for Macy's said people in the building were moved out of harm's way.
Japan: A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck offshore of Japan's crippled nuclear power plant today, triggering small tsunamis but causing no damage. A tsunami advisory was lifted less than two hours after the quake.
South Korea: Six South Koreans who had been held in North Korea on charges of illegal entry returned to their home country Friday, after Pyongyang released them in a gesture that could help ease tensions on the Korean peninsula.
Hartland Township, Mich. Kristopher Oswald, who was fired by a Walmart store after interrupting an assault in the parking lot, said Friday he would reject the offer to return to work. He said he believes public attention has embarrassed Walmart and it would look for reasons to fire him. A spokeswoman said there would be no retaliation.
China: Ousted politician Bo Xilai lost his appeal against a life sentence for corruption on Friday.