Nation / World

Frat Learned Chant at National Event

Saturday, March 28, 2015

After investigating a racist chant sung by Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity brothers on their way to an SAE Founders Day event, University of Oklahoma officials have concluded that members of the fraternity learned the words at a leadership event hosted by SAE’s national headquarters four years earlier. The university found that the chant migrated to Oklahoma and had become “part of the institutionalized culture of the chapter” and its pledging …

Knox Murder Conviction Overturned by Italy high court

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Rome — Italy’s highest court on Friday overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend in the 2007 slaying of Knox’s roommate, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case that captivated trial-watchers on both sides of the Atlantic. “Finished!” Knox’s lawyer Carlo Dalla Vedova exulted after the decision was read …

Private College Sticker Shock

Saturday, March 28, 2015

With rare exceptions, sticker prices at colleges go nowhere but up. In 2012, Sarah Lawrence College in New York crossed a threshold for tuition, fees, room and board that dozens of others have now topped: $60,000 a year. Sometime soon, prices will surpass $70,000. Factoring in books, plane tickets, other expenses and inflation, …

N.Y. Mayor: Gas Line Tied to Blast

Saturday, March 28, 2015

A massive explosion that rocked New York City’s East Village and injured at least 22 people Thursday may have been caused by someone “inappropriately” accessing a gas line in the building, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday. Just …

Crash Highlights Gaps in How Pilots Are Screened

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Washington — Commercial airlines do not screen pilots for mental health issues as rigorously as government agencies, law enforcement and specialized branches of the military, and some aviation experts say that may need to change in the wake …

Two Astronauts Prep For 1-Year Space Trip

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Baikonur, Kazakhstan — The capsule carrying a Russian and an American who are to spend a year away from Earth docked Saturday with the International Space Station. Mikhail Kornienko and Scott Kelly are to spend 342 days aboard …

Jury: Silicon Valley Venture Capital Firm Did Not Discriminate

Saturday, March 28, 2015

San Francisco — A jury decided Friday that a prestigious venture capital firm did not discriminate or retaliate against a female employee in a case that debated gender imbalance and working conditions for women in Silicon Valley. The …

Bipartisan Health Bill Approved by House

Friday, March 27, 2015

Washington — The House gave sweeping approval Thursday to a bipartisan plan to alter payment systems for Medicare providers and extend a popular children’s health program, fueling momentum for legislation that could soon reach President Obama’s desk. The vote, 392 to 37, came as Senate Democrats’ resistance to …

Yemenis Flee Capital as Saudis Blast Houthi Rebels Targets

Friday, March 27, 2015

Sanaa, Yemen — Saudi warplanes bombed a military airbase at Sanaa’s civilian airport and struck at other strategic locations in a sudden air campaign aimed at halting the advance of Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. Residents packed their cars and …

Crash Called ‘Deliberate’ Act

Friday, March 27, 2015

Düsseldorf, Germany — The co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings flight locked himself in the cockpit and, with apparent cool precision, deliberately slammed into snow-capped mountains, a French prosecutor said Thursday, in a stunning twist to a tragedy that …

Details of Co-Pilot’s Life, Death Emerge; Friends Are Shocked

Friday, March 27, 2015

Berlin — The silence in the cockpit during the last eight minutes of doomed Germanwings Flight 9525 was broken only by the co-pilot’s even breathing. Measured and controlled, the exhaling picked up by the cockpit voice recorder were enough for investigators of Tuesday’s crash in the French Alps …

FBI Disrupts Islamic State Death Plot

Friday, March 27, 2015

Washington — Authorities arrested both an Illinois Army National Guardsman who tried to travel to Libya and fight with the Islamic State and a cousin who was plotting to attack a U.S. military installation and kill scores, federal prosecutors announced Thursday. Hasan Rasheed Edmonds, 22, and his cousin …

Special Ops Using Flawed Software

Friday, March 27, 2015

Washington — Special operations troops heading to war zones are asking for commercial intelligence analysis software they say will help their missions. But their requests are languishing, and they are being ordered to use a flawed, in-house system …