ORLANDO, Fla. – The Walt Disney Co. is offering to pay full tuition for hourly workers who want to earn a college degree, finish a high school diploma or learn a new skill, the entertainment giant said Wednesday. As many as 80,000 hourly workers in the United States could be eligible for the program, which pays upfront tuition for employees taking online classes starting this fall. Disney initially will invest $50 million into the “Disney Aspire” program and up to $25 million a year after that, the company said. “We can’t wait to see what paths our cast members take with Disney Aspire,” the company said in a blog post. Disney joins other large corporations that have begun paying tuition for workers in a job market with historically low unemployment. In May, Walmart said it
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Lee Soo-nam was 8 the last time he saw his older brother. Sixty-eight years ago this month the boy watched, bewildered, as his 19-year-old brother left their home in Seoul to escape invading North Korean soldiers who were conscripting young men just weeks after invading South Korea to start the Korean War.An hour later his brother, Ri Jong Song, was snatched up by North Korean soldiers near a bridge across Seoul’s Han River. Lee always assumed Ri died during the three-year war that killed and injured millions before a cease-fire in 1953, but his mother prayed daily for her lost son’s return, only giving up a few years before her death in 1975.WATCH: Trial to continue for accused women in death of North Korean leader’s half-brother Kim Jong Nam
GENEVA – Kofi Annan, one of the world’s most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died. He was 80. His foundation announced his death in Switzerland on Saturday in a tweet , saying that he died after a short unspecified illness. “Wherever there was suffering or need, he reached out and touched many people with his deep compassion and empathy,” the foundation said in a statement. Annan spent virtually his entire career as an administrator in the United Nations. His aristocratic style, cool-tempered elegance and political savvy helped guide his ascent to become its seventh secretary-general, and the first hired from within. He served two terms from Jan. 1, 1997,
KABUL – The Afghan authorities have revised the death toll from the previous day’s horrific suicide bombing in a Shite area of Kabul to 34 killed, not 48. Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majroh said on Thursday that 56 people were also wounded in the bombing in the neighbourhood of Dasht-e-Barchi when the bomber walked into a building where high school graduates were preparing for university entrance exams and blew himself up. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but officials blame the Islamic State group, which has targeted Shiites in the past. The city’s hospitals were overwhelmed in the immediate aftermath of Wednesday’s bombing as officials collected data on the casualties, leading to the confusion and the wrong toll. Funeral prayers were to be held
BRISTOL, Conn. – A bear took a stroll into an unlikely snack venue — a Connecticut liquor store. The mid-sized creature lumbered across a parking lot in Bristol Monday afternoon, getting close enough to the entrance of Crazy Bruce’s Liquors to trigger a sensor that automatically opened an outer door. The Hartford Courant reports video from inside shows the bear walking around the foyer while an employee locks an inner door. One unassuming customer also walked into the lobby as an employee unlocked the door and ushered him in. The bear eventually figured out how to leave, and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was notified. ___ Information from: Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com
LONDON – Singer Ellie Goulding and art dealer Caspar Jopling have announced their engagement. A notice in Tuesday’s Times of London newspaper announces the engagement of “Caspar, son of The Hon. Nicholas Jopling of Yorkshire and Mrs. Jayne Warde-Aldam of Yorkshire, and Elena, daughter of Mr. Arthur Goulding of Herefordshire and Mrs. Tracey Sumner of West Midlands.” Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Goulding, who has had U.K. hits with “Starry Eyed,” ”Burn” and “Your Song,” has been dating Jopling for more than a year. The 31-year-old singer previously dated DJ/producer Skrillex and Dougie Poynter of the band McFly. Jopling, a 26-year-old former British national youth rower, is an art history graduate who works for Sotheby’s in New York.
The chilling music sent us scurrying for land.And the gory scenes were a gumbo of nightmares that would last for decades.Jaws was a box office blockbuster that summer of 1975 that sent movie-goers into a tizzy.But the classic sea thriller, starring Richard Dreyfus, Roy Scheider and Robert Shaw has re-emerged from its watery slumber. Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfus in the classic thriller, Jaws. Famed author Stephen King’s son, writer Joe Hill, believes that a woman who was an extra in Jaws is an unidentified Massachusetts murder victim.Hill recalled on his blog seeing the movie for the first time after he finished reading a book on unsolved murders.“Suddenly,” he wrote, “[I] found myself half-lunging out of my seat, prickling with gooseflesh.“And now, sudden
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China‘s state media on Monday lashed out at the policies of U.S. President Donald Trump in an usually direct attack, accusing him of “starring in his own carefully orchestrated street fighter-style deceitful drama.”Trump’s wish for others to play along with his drama is “wishful thinking,” the ruling Communist Party’s People’s Daily newspaper said in an editorial.READ MORE: China accuses U.S. of trade ‘blackmail’ after imposing $60B in tariffs on American goodsThe editorial said the United States had escalated trade friction with China, and turned international trade into “zero-sum game.”“Governing a country is not like doing business,” the editorial said, arguing that Trump’s actions imperiled the national credibility of the United States.
MADRID – Even in his grave, the 20th-century dictator who ruled Spain with an iron fist keeps dividing the country. Spain’s new centre-left government says removing the embalmed body of Gen. Francisco Franco from a glorifying mausoleum will be the first among many symbolic moves aimed at coming to terms with the country’s troubled history. Critics of the government and Franco’s descendants are pushing back, vowing to preserve the memory of a regime they claim should be credited for “modernizing Spain.” Banning the foundation that preserves the legacy of Franco is precisely what should be done instead, says Fernando Martinez, the official appointed to oversee the government’s efforts to unearth and identify the 114,000-or-so victims of the 1936-39 Spanish Civil War and the f
College coaches are notorious control freaks. From making sure every minute of practice is accounted for to fretting over what players are putting in their bodies at the dining hall, no detail is too small for a coach’s prying eyes. They have to know everything. Which is why it’s ludicrous to believe that Urban Meyer turned into Sgt. Schultz — the “Hogan’s Heroes” character famous for saying “I know nothing. Nothing!” — when asked about multiple domestic abuse allegations involving one of his assistant coaches. Which is why Meyer will probably soon be Ohio State’s ex-football coach. Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave Wednesday while Ohio State conducts an investigation into what he knew and when he knew it, but we all know where this is likely headed. Like so man