On PR Newswire: Astronauts Return, Best Places to Live, Spring Forecast

With thousands of press releases published each week, it can be difficult to keep up with everything on PR Newswire for Journalists. Here are some of this week’s most newsworthy releases you might have missed. Members of the media can register for PR Newswire for Journalists at prnmedia.prnewswire.com. Customize your profile to get the news releases you want before they make headlines. It’s free and takes only a few moments to sign up.

NASA astronaut and Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Kornienko returned to Earth Tuesday after a historic 340-day mission aboard the International Space Station. They landed in Kazakhstan at 11:26 p.m. EST (10:26 a.m. March 2 Kazakhstan time). (PRNewsFoto/NASA)

Source: PRNewsFoto/NASA

NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly Returns Safely to Earth After 1-Year Mission

NASA astronaut and Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Kornienko returned to Earth Tuesday, March 1 after a historic 340-day mission aboard the International Space Station. They landed in Kazakhstan at 11:26 p.m. EST (10:26 a.m. March 2 Kazakhstan time). Joining their return trip aboard a Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft was Sergey Volkov, also of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, who arrived on the station Sept. 4, 2015. The crew touched down southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan. See the full release to learn more about the mission.

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Honeywell No Longer Pursuing Combination With United Technologies

Honeywell announced on March 1 that it is no longer pursuing a strategic combination with United Technologies due to its unwillingness to engage in negotiations. Honeywell said it was interested in a combination because it saw compelling value creation for both sets of shareholders and a readily executable transaction due to two largely complementary business portfolios. See the full release to learn more about the offer.

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Source: PRNewsFoto/U.S. News & World Report

Source: PRNewsFoto/U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report Launches the Best Places to Live Rankings

U.S. News & World Report unveiled on March 2 the 2016 Best Places to Live in the U.S. The new list ranks the country’s 100 largest metropolitan areas based on affordability, job prospects, and quality of life. Denver is named the No. 1 place to live on the inaugural list, followed by Austin, Texas, at No. 2. Fayetteville, Ark., and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., take the No. 3 and No. 4 spots, respectively. A second Colorado city, Colorado Springs, rounds out the top five. See the full release to learn more about the study.

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New CareerBuilder and Emsi Analysis Finds College Degrees Are Not Keeping Up With Demand in Critical Areas

Nearly two thirds (63%) of employers reported that they are concerned about the growing skills gap in the U.S1. A new analysis of college degree completions vs. job demand from CareerBuilder and Emsi shows that the next generation of workers won’t be able to fill the void. According to a national Harris Poll survey of more than 2,300 employers, commissioned by CareerBuilder, half (49%) of employers have experienced a negative impact on their business due to extended job vacancies with 25% reporting a loss in revenue and 43% pointing to lower productivity. See the full release to learn more.

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Source: PRNewsFoto/The Weather Network

Source: PRNewsFoto/The Weather Network

When Will Spring Bloom? The Weather Network Delivers its Spring Forecast

While this winter had memorable storms and occasional shots of arctic air, mild temperatures dominated for much of the season. The Weather Network has released its Spring Forecast for the months of March, April and May, giving an idea of what’s to come. The next few weeks will see bouts of cold for the Great Lakes and Northeast, with an active storm track keeping the South unsettled. As we move through April and May, a warming and drying trend will allow spring-like conditions to burst onto the scene. See the full release to see more about the forecast.

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Larry Grady is online content manager at PR Newswire for Journalists. He has worked in business media for nearly 30 years and enjoys reality TV and daydreaming about travel and wine.

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