Wednesday, February 21, 2018
News Roundup

Netherlands' Queen Beatrix will abdicate throne

Dutch queen will abdicate throne

Queen Beatrix, who has ruled over the Netherlands for nearly 33 years, said Monday that she was abdicating to make way for her eldest son, Willem-Alexander. Her last day as head of state will be April 30, when 45-year-old Willem-Alexander will be sworn in as king — the first time the Netherlands will have a male monarch in more than a century. Observers of the Dutch Royal House have long anticipated the abdication of the aging monarch, who will turn 75 this week. The monarchy is largely ceremonial.

Secret Service dog dies in fall

The Secret Service said one of its canines fell to its death at a New Orleans fundraiser where Vice President Joe Biden was speaking. The bomb-sniffing Belgian Malinois was doing a security sweep Saturday of a parking garage next to the Ritz-Carlton, were Biden was attending a fundraiser for Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, the Secret Service said Monday. Agents rushed the dog to an animal hospital, but veterinarians were unable to revive it, according to WWL-TV.

Times wires

By the numbers

$1.7M

The value of the newly established Tang Prize, which will be awarded every other year for outstanding achievements in four categories: biopharmaceutical science, sustainable development, the study of China and the rule of law. The prize is funded by Taiwanese tycoon Samuel Yin and named for China's Tang Dynasty.

$1.2M

The value of the Nobel Prize, which the new prize aims to emulate, but in different fields.

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