Hilary Brueck newscast two February 28, 2014

Hilary Brueck delivers our weekly news roundup:

From New York I’m Hilary Brueck and this is Columbia Radio News.

Tensions remain high in Ukraine. Ousted President Viktor Yanukovych held a press conference today in southeast Russia. He said he’s opposed to any outside military intervention in his country.

Russian armored vehicles cruised the streets of Crimea in southern Ukraine and troops claimed their stake on airport and coast guard bases along the Black Sea. Ukraine’s acting president urged Russia to pull back forces from the southern peninsula.

During a press conference today, Mayor Bill De Blasio addressed questions about his charter school policy. Rachel Vianna has more.

RACHEL VIANNA: Mayor De Blasio said his recent budget cuts were in response to the previous administration’s obsessionwith particular charter schools.

DE BLASIO: Focusing on certain charter organizations and favoring them at the expense of other schools to which these charter schools are going that is not good educational policy.

De Blasio said his administration continues to be open to working with charters.

The mayor left untouched 49 proposals to share public school space that were approved under Mr. Bloomberg.

Rachel Vianna, Columbia Radio News.

Online cryptocurrency exchange Mt. Gox filed for bankruptcy today in Japan, after the company lost over $400 million dollars worth of Bitcoins in an online attack.

Mark Williams teaches finance at Boston University where he studies risk management. He says the bankruptcy is an enormous and unrecoverable loss.

WILLIAMS: “At the very peak of the market, Mt. Gox was the largest exchange, representing about 80 percent of all trades and over a million customers. We don’t know who the customers are because the ownership of the coins is anonymous. Now that these criminals own these coins, we don’t know who they are either.

Bitcoin is best known for being the anonymous online currency used in the online weapons and drugs marketplace called Silk Road.

In Kentucky on Thursday, a federal judge ruled that the state must recognize same-sex marriages from other states. The decision came in a week of legislative moves on gay rights, after a judge struck down a Texas ban on gay marriage Wednesday, and Arizona’s governor vetoed a bill that would have allowed businesses to deny service to gay and lesbian customers on the basis of religious freedom.

The government in Myanmar ordered Doctors Without Borders to stop all humanitarian aid and hospital work in the country today. A presidential spokesman accused doctors without borders of hiring “Bengalis,” that’s the government’s term for a Muslim minority group in the predominantly Buddhist country.

Doctors Without Borders said in a statement they deliver health care to people based solely on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender, HIV status or political affiliation. The non-governmental organization has worked in Myanmar for 22 years.

It’s sunny and 24 degrees in New York. The forecast for the weekend looks slightly milder with highs reaching into the mid-30s and a chance of light snow on Sunday.

Hilary Brueck, Columbia Radio News.


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