Category: Associated Press

Chinese bullet train in Venezuela stalls as alliance derails

Associated Press Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies It was once billed as a model of socialist fraternity: South America’s first high-speed train, powered by Chinese technology, crisscrossing Venezuela to bring development to its backwater plains… Expert quote: “Now the whole underbelly is falling out. The Chinese right now […]

Could Marijuana Help Treat Painkiller And Heroin Addiction?

Associated Press Richard Saitz, School of Public Health The growing number of patients who claim marijuana helped them drop their painkiller habit has intrigued lawmakers and emboldened advocates, who are pushing for cannabis as a treatment for the abuse of opioids and illegal narcotics like heroin, as well as an alternative to painkillers… Expert quote: “We […]

Starwood Hotels jumps at Anbang’s sweetened bid; Marriott could counteroffer

Associated Press Christopher Muller, School of Hospitality Administration Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. called off a $12.2-billion buyout agreement with Marriott International Inc. in favor of an offer from a group of investors led by Chinese insurance company Anbang Insurance Group Co… Expert quote: “Worldwide, it puts them in a position where they have […]

Experts: IS expanding its global reach through social media

Associated Press Jessica Stern, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies Law enforcement officials believe the San Bernardino massacre and a stabbing attack on a California college campus were done by lone wolves inspired by the Islamic State group, and counterterrorism experts say both show how the organization is expanding its reach […]

AP Finds Boston Police Inflate Progress on Searches, Frisks

Associated Press Shea Cronin, Metropolitan College Boston police say they’re narrowing the gap between how often black residents are subjected to stops, searches and frisks as compared with whites and other ethnic groups… Expert quote: “The percentages speak for themselves. It’s gone down a little and it seems to be moving in the right direction, […]

China foreign minister downplays missile deployment reports

Associated Press Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday sought to downplay reports that China had positioned anti-aircraft missiles on a disputed South China Sea island, accusing the media of hyping the issue and saying more attention should be paid to what he called […]