Harvard emails illuminate power of wealth in admissions
BOSTON (AP) - A federal trial alleging bias against Harvard University underscored a cold truth of the school's admissions process on Wednesday: that money and pedigree can open doors that academics alone might not.Students for Fair Admissions, the group suing Harvard , revealed a series of internal Harvard emails in which top university officials take special note of students with ties to major donors.
Puppeteer who played Big Bird on 'Sesame Street' retiring
WOODSTOCK, Conn. (AP) - The puppeteer who has played Big Bird on Sesame Street is retiring after nearly 50 years on the show.Caroll Spinney announced in a statement Wednesday that he's handing over Big Bird and his other character, Oscar the Grouch, to younger performers. The 84-year-old joined Sesame Street at its inception in 1969.Spinney says he didn't feel like his work was important until Big Bird helped him find his purpose.
California surgeon due in court on drug, assault charges
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A California surgeon and his girlfriend were charged Wednesday with crimes against five additional victims in addition to two women they were previously charged with drugging and sexually assaulting.
Video shows Chicago cop shooting unarmed black autistic teen
CHICAGO (AP) - Surveillance video shows an off-duty Chicago police officer shooting and wounding an unarmed autistic black man, contradicting an initial police description of an armed confrontation and echoing devastating dashcam video evidence against a white Chicago officer who claimed Laquan McDonald tried to stab him before he fatally shot the black teen.
North Carolina trooper shot and killed, suspect in custody
WHITEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A driver opened fire on a North Carolina state trooper during a traffic stop early Wednesday, killing the 11-year Highway Patrol veteran, authorities said. The suspect was arrested after a chase.Around 12:15 a.m., the trooper stopped the white pickup truck on suspicion of speeding on a highway in rural Columbus County southwest of Whiteville, said Highway Patrol First Sgt. Michael Baker. Baker said the driver shot Trooper Kevin Conner as he approached.
129 guns found in home of S. Carolina police ambush suspect
Authorities found approximately 130 guns inside the South Carolina home of a man who set up his house in an upscale neighborhood to ambush police officers coming to question his son about a possible child sex assault, the sheriff investigating the case said Tuesday.