Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, April 23, 2014:
1. SUPREME COURT DEALS BLOW TO AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
By a 6-2 majority, the court declares that state voters can outlaw using race as a factor in college admissions.
2. PRO-RUSSIAN GUNMEN HOLD AMERICAN JOURNALIST HOSTAGE
Vice News reporter Simon Ostrovsky was kidnapped in Ukraine's eastern city of Slovyansk.
3. SOUTH KOREAN CAPTAIN'S IMAGE AT ODDS WITH HANDLING OF DISASTER
One colleague calls ferry Capt. Lee Joon-seok the nicest person on board. How did the man with a sterling reputation and glittering gold epaulets abandon a sinking ship full of teenagers?
4. CAIRO BOMB KILLS SENIOR SECURITY OFFICER
A brigadier general dies in the latest attack against Egypt's police force.
5. WHERE OBAMA SEEKS TO LEVEL PLAYING FIELD
The president's Asian tour aims to reassure partners about U.S. commitment to region, while balancing power of a more assertive China.
6. STOWAWAY WENT UNDETECTED FOR HOURS AT AIRPORT
Surveillance video shows teen who flew to Hawaii in wheel well of jetliner was on San Jose airfield seven hours before flight departed.
7. MICHIGAN MAN FOURTH IN US TO GET 'BIONIC EYE'
After years of living with Robert Pontz's blindness, a retinal prosthesis helps him see, prompting his wife to say something she never thought she'd say.
8. VATICAN SET TO CANONIZE REVOLUTIONARY PONTIFF ALONG WITH JOHN PAUL II
John XXIII, fondly remembered as the "Good Pope," ushered in a modern Catholic Church in the 1960s.
9. WHY CALIFORNIA'S DEMOCRATS ARE DIVIDED
In the nation's most populous and ethnically diverse state-the first to ban using race and ethnicity in college admissions-debate unfolds about reinstating affirmative action.
10. HOW A TWITTER REQUEST BY THE NYPD BACKFIRED
The city's police department asked people to send their photos with officers using #myNYPD. Many tweeted pictures of police brutality instead
State bar foundation bestows honor on founder and managing partner of NeunerPate
National awards recognize outstanding achievement in leadership development and leadership programs
A federal court magistrate has issued a seven-page schedule of hearings, conferences and deadlines leading up to January’s trial aimed at determining how much money BP will owe in Clean Water Act fines as a result of its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The state’s “greedy trial lawyers” haven’t scared this oil giant away.
Smaller Microsoft Store installations sell a wide array of Microsoft products (Windows phones, Surface tablets and Xbox consoles) but don’t include everything.
See cutting-edge technologies Thursday in brief presentations/demonstrations from 3rd Dimension Media, C&C Technologies, Cimation and UL Lafayette School of Engineering.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
His company bankrupt and being liquidated, the Lafayette businessman’s financial troubles are mounting.
Georgia-based fried chicken chain would go up against Raising Cane’s, Chick-fil-A and others (like the Popeyes near its proposed location).