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, …

Nuclear Talks Deadline Looms

Friday, March 27, 2015

Lausanne, Switzerland — Nuclear negotiations between the United States and Iran entered a critical phase on Thursday with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meeting his Iranian counterpart less than a week away from a deadline to secure the outline of a deal. With the clock ticking, Kerry …

Clean Paper More Likely to Be Recycled

Friday, March 27, 2015

Washington — We have a problem, people: Even though we’re supposed to put the right stuff in the blue bin, a lot of recyclable material nevertheless winds up crammed into landfills. One of the most noteworthy of these is paper: While 64.6 percent of paper and paperboard got …

NYC Building Collapses

Friday, March 27, 2015

New York (ap) — An apparent gas explosion leveled an apartment building, largely destroyed another and launched rubble and shards of glass across streets in the heart of Manhattan’s trendy East Village on Thursday, injuring 19 people. Smoke could be seen and smelled for miles. Restaurant diners ran …

Heinz to Buy Kraft For Super Food Firm

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The corporate kings of sugary ketchup and processed cheese, under assault by consumers’ growing love for fresher cuisine, are making a major gamble to revive their fortunes in the face of the changing American appetite. H.J. Heinz and …

Many Familiar Brands Owned by Kraft, Heinz

Thursday, March 26, 2015

New York — The combination of H.J. Heinz Co. and Kraft Foods Group Inc. will bring many of America’s oldest and best-known brands under the same corporate roof. Here’s a look at the history behind some of those products: Heinz Tomato Ketchup The company’s name is synonymous with …

Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, May Face Life in Prison

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Fort Bragg, N.C. — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held captive for five years by the Taliban, was charged Wednesday by the U.S. military with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy …

President of Yemen Flees Amid Rebels’ Advance

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sanaa, Yemen — President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi fled Yemen by sea Wednesday as Shiite rebels and their allies moved on his last refuge in the south, captured its airport and put a bounty on his head, officials …

Posthumous Video Supports Right-to-Die

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sacramento, Calif. — In a video recorded 19 days before Brittany Maynard took life-ending drugs, she tells California lawmakers that no one should have to leave home to legally kill themselves under the care of a doctor. “Unfortunately, California law prevented me from getting the end-of-life option I …

U.S. Begins Airstrikes on ISIL in Tikrit

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Washington — The United States launched airstrikes on Islamic State positions inside Tikrit late Wednesday in a sudden application of air power intended to give new life to a stalled Iraqi government operation to recapture the hometown of Saddam Hussein. The U.S. military intervention came after Iraqi Prime …

Yemen in Mourning

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Houthi Shiite mourners attend the funeral procession on Wednesday for victims who were killed last week during triple suicide bombing attacks that hit a pair of mosques in Sanaa, Yemen. ap photograph …