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Manufacturers plan to limit blinds with cords

Children's injuries and deaths from window blinds have not stalled despite decades of safety concerns, according to a new U.S. study that recommends a ban on blinds with cords.

Nearly 17,000 young children were hurt by window blinds between 1990 and 2015, and almost 300 died, the study found. Most deaths occurred when children became entangled or strangled by the cords.

Injuries continued even after manufacturers adopted voluntary safety standards, including warning labels. The industry now has a plan to make cordless blinds the only option at retail stores and online.

Although the study's data analysis doesn't show an up or down trend in injuries and deaths, the fact that they're still occurring shows that safety standards have been inadequate, said lead author,Gary Smith, who directs injuries research at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Paul Nathanson, spokesman for the Window Covering Manufacturers Association, said a soon-to-be adopted industry standard drafted with input from the Consumer Product Safety Commission will make corded blinds unavailable in stores and online, although consumers could buy them through custom orders.

The safety commission says windows and window blinds are among the top five hidden hazards in U.S. homes, and in a statement it called the draft standard "a major step forward in protecting children."

— Associated Press

Pay for private college presidents rises 9%

Pay for presidents at the nation's private universities increased by 9 percent in 2015, according to a new report, with several leaders topping $2 million in total earnings.

The average chief received total compensation of nearly $570,000, including salary, bonuses and benefits, according to a survey of 500 schools released Sunday by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Among the highest earners were 10 who made more than $2 million, up from eight who crossed that mark the year before, while 48 others made at least $1 million.

Topping the list was Wake Forest University's Nathan Hatch, whose total pay of $4 million included a payment of nearly $3 million as a perk for leading the North Carolina school for 10 years.

Hatch was followed by Emory University's James Wagner, who received $3.5 million, and the University of Southern California's C.L. Max Nikias, with $3.2 million.

The Chronicle's study is based on university tax filings for 2015, the latest year available. The publication's last study on private university presidents found that their pay grew by 8.6 percent in 2014.

Figures for overall compensation include yearly salaries, medical insurance, retirement benefits and a variety of other perks, such as housing and cars provided by the schools.

Nine of the top 10 earners made most of their pay through bonuses and deferred-compensation plans.

— Associated Press