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Economists Say Millennials Should Consider Careers In Trades

<i>This story is part of the</i>New Boom<i>series on millennials in America.</i><p>As the economy continues to recover, economists are seeing stark differences between people with high school and college degrees. The unemployment rate is nearly twice as high for Americans with a high school diploma as for those …

College & University

Saudi Arabia Fast-Tracks Nuclear Power

Last Tuesday, energy officials in Saudi Arabia announced plans to become a major nuclear energy state, assuring the reactors would be used only for peaceful purposes (The Nuclear Wire). They intend to move fast, beginning construction by year’s end.<p>The Saudi Royal Family hopes that nuclear will …

How To Be A Great Manager If You're Shy

Recently, Muse career expert Melody Wilding talked about how to manage shy employees—which got me thinking about the flip side: What about when the boss is shy?<p>It seems like a contradiction. Managers are supposed to be authoritative, bold leaders. And shy people tend to hold back, avoid social …

What They're Saying: Vatican's New Tolerance On Gays And The Divorced

<i>Updated at 11:00 a.m. ET</i><p>As we reported earlier, a synod of Catholic bishops meeting at the Vatican has released an interim document that signals the likelihood of a dramatic overhaul in the church's stance on gays and lesbians, as well as its view on divorced members.<p>The Associated Press writes: …

Everybody Wants Alibaba: Opens Over $92 Per Share, Up 35%

Scots spurn independence but impatient for new powers

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Scotland spurned independence and saved a union dating back 300 years in a historic referendum but its defeated leader said it would hold London to last minute offers of more power that could radically reshape the United Kingdom.<p>A vote for the union is a relief for millions of …

Oracle CEO Ellison steps down

SAN FRANCISCO — Larry Ellison announced Thursday he has agreed to step down as CEO of Oracle, the software powerhouse he co-founded.<p>Mark Hurd and Safra Catz, co-presidents of Oracle, will take the role as CEO. Catz will handle all manufacturing, finance and legal functions at the company, while …

Speaker John Boehner says immigration reform would help economy

House SpeakerJohn A. Boehner dipped back into the immigration debate Thursday, saying that an overhaul -- which his Republican majority has refused to vote on -- would boost the economy.<p>Although Boehner noticeably left immigration out of his "five points" economic speech, he acknowledged during …

Driving

Alibaba IPO prices at top of range, raising $21.8 billion

(Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding (BABA.N) priced its initial public offering at $68 a share, the top end of the expected range, raising $21.8 billion on Thursday, in the latest sign of strong investor appetite for the Chinese e-commerce juggernaut.<p>At that price, the IPO, one of the largest-ever, …

Oscar Pistorius: Judge Masipa Says 'Blade Runner' Can't Be Convicted of Murder

PRETORIA, South Africa - A judge cleared Oscar Pistorius of murder on Thursday, but said there was "no doubt" the double-amputee acted unlawfully when he shot and killed his girlfriend.<p>After ruling out that Pistorius' actions were premeditated, Judge Thokozile Masipa also said the athlete could not …

South Africa

Catalans call for 'yes' vote in Scotland as they march for independence from Spain

As Scotland decides whether to break away from the UK, 1.8 million separatists in northeastern Spain stage mass protests across Catalonia to demand a secession vote deemed illegal by Spanish government<p>Up to 1.8 million Catalans filled the streets of Barcelona on Thursday demanding the chance to …

Europe

a Look at Schooling in Finland, South Korea, and Poland | Public Radio International

When journalist Amanda Ripley decided to exam the world's leading educational systems, she wanted to get the perspective of insiders, of those most affected by each system, that is, students.<p>She spent a year following American exchange students in Finland, South Korea and Poland.<p>Through these teens …

Fugitive tweets 'catch me if you can'; caught

A woman flees to Mexico, perhaps in the belief that she won't be caught there. Her confidence reportedly spills over into a tweet. It is misplaced.<p>Being a fugitive has its excitements.<p>Why, I try to run away from myself every day, and that can be quite twisted fun.<p>However, should you be on the run …

Crime

Make Good Decisions Faster

In her recent HBR article “Transient Advantage,” Rita Gunther McGrath describes how “fast and roughly right decision making will replace deliberations that are precise and slow.” While most leaders couldn’t agree more, the challenge is <i>how</i>? How do you know the difference between “roughly right” and …

What Inspiring Leaders Do

What do top executives want from their leaders? IBM recently asked this question of 1,700 CEOs in 64 countries. The three leadership traits that most mattered were the ability to focus intensely on customer needs, the ability to collaborate with colleagues — and the ability to inspire.<p>Our own …