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Obama, Rousseff conference no go

A joint press conference with President Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff slated to take place here on Saturday has been called off because the Brazilian government did not want reporters to have the opportunity to ask questions, an Obama administration official said.

Instead, the two leaders will merely “deliver remarks to the media” following their bilateral meeting at the Palacio do Planalto, according to a White House press schedule.

Mr. Obama and Ms. Rousseff had been expected to take at least a couple of questions from journalists eager to ask about the recent U.N. resolution authorizing a no-fly zone over Libya and Brazil’s bid for a permanent seat on the world body’s security council.

According to the administration official, the White House requested that reporters be allowed to ask questions following the remarks, but the Brazilian government balked.

Mr. Obama was in Brazil for a two-day visit that also includes a stop in the cultural capital of Rio de Janeiro as part of a five-day visit to Latin America. He’s expected to emphasize U.S. business ties with Brazil, the world’s seventh-largest economy.


Rear-facing seats should be to age 2

CHICAGO | Children should ride in rear-facing car seats longer, until they are 2 years old instead of 1, according to updated advice from a medical group and a federal agency.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are to issue separate but consistent new recommendations Monday.

Both organizations say older children who’ve outgrown front-facing car seats should ride in booster seats until the lap-shoulder belt fits them. Booster seats help position adult seat belts properly on children’s smaller frames. Children usually can graduate from a booster seat when their height reaches 4 feet 9 inches.

Children younger than 13 should ride in the back seat, the guidelines from both groups say.

The advice may seem extreme to some parents, who may imagine trouble persuading older elementary school students- as old as 12 - to use booster seats.