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Katie’s FYIJuly 30, 2015Katie Couric

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Officials are working to determine whether the piece of debris found on Reunion Island is definitely part of flight MH370... On Yahoo News Live yesterday, I spoke with Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and author D. Watkins about the Sam DuBose shooting… And now a new question: should college campuses have armed police forces?... Plus, Beijing will host the 2022 Winter Olympics - the first city to host the winter and summer games! These stories and more in today’s FYI.

Pssst! In case you didn't make it out of bed in time, there was definitely a blue moon this morning!

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MANY COLLEGES HAVE ARMED POLICE SQUADS, BUT ARE THEY WORTH THE RISK?

"American college campuses are increasingly patrolled by armed police officers — and it's a trend that burst into public view Wednesday, when a University of Cincinnati officer was charged with murder in the shooting death of a black motorist during a traffic stop. But this arming of college cops is causing some worries..."


DRONES IMPEDE AIR BATTLE AGAINST CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES. ‘IF YOU FLY WE CAN’T,’ PLEADS FIREFIGHTER

"Drought stricken California is now fighting at least 14 large wildfires in at least ten counties across the state, engaging a force of some 7,000 firefighters plus National Guardsmen. They’re up against a triple-threat of three digit temperatures in some parts of the state, high winds that are spreading the fires rapidly and drought conditions furnishing fuel for the burning. A fourth threat is also emerging: Drones..."


THIS TINY HIMALAYAN KINGDOM IS TEACHING THE WORLD HOW TO SAVE THE TIGERS

"The world has a lesson to learn from Bhutan. The small Himalayan kingdom is now home to 103 tigers, according to the country’s first-ever tiger survey that was released on Global Tiger Day on July 29. That’s significantly higher than an earlier estimate of 75 tigers in 1998—and even more than the tiger population in Bangladesh’s Sundarbans mangrove forests…"


GERMANY IS SHOWING THE REST OF THE WORLD HOW TO TACKLE GLOBAL WARMING

"On Sunday, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton unveiled the first major commitments of her climate change policy. Her plan centers on dramatically increasing renewable energy sources in the United States, with the goal of having 33% of the country's power generation come from renewable sources by 2027…"


IF YOU THINK WOMEN IN TECH IS JUST A PIPELINE PROBLEM, YOU HAVEN’T BEEN PAYING ATTENTION

"I first learned to code at age 16, and am now in my 30s. I have a math PhD from Duke. I still remember my pride in a “knight’s tour” algorithm that I wrote in C++ in high school; the awesome mind warp of an interpreter that can interpret itself (a Scheme course my first semester of college); my fascination with numerous types of matrix factorizations in C in grad school; and my excitement about relational databases and web scrapers in my first real job…"


PINTEREST PUTS A NUMBER ON DIVERSITY

"Technology companies say they should hire more women and minorities. Pinterest Inc. finally put a number on it. The image-sharing site today said it has put in place specific diversity goals for 2016, including increasing the hiring rate for full time engineering roles to 30% women and 8% underrepresented minorities. For non-engineering roles, it aims to hire 12% of workers from underrepresented minorities.”..."


THE MAN WITH THE TOUGHEST JOB IN THE WORLD

"In July 2014, Staffan de Mistura, a 68-year old Italian-Swedish diplomat, was enjoying a peaceful semi-retirement on the isle of Capri when he received a telephone call from his former boss, the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, offering him what might be the world’s most difficult job…"


FUN FOOTNOTE

WEEKEND JUMPSTART

What This Year's Barbershop Quartet Champions Sound Like

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Katie Couric Katie Couric http://katiecouric.com Journalist and News Anchor Yahoo! News New York City, NY, USA