By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The University of Oklahoma has expelled two students for playing a leadership role in singing a racist song at a fraternity-linked event that was captured on video and viewed worldwide, the school's president said on Tuesday. The two students, who have not officially been identified, were connected to a Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity event. The video, posted on Sunday, prompted the university to shut down the fraternity's house on campus and force members to vacate it by midnight on Tuesday. "There is zero tolerance for this kind of threatening racist behavior at the University of Oklahoma," President David Boren said in a post on social media website Twitter.
Japan marked the fourth anniversary Wednesday of the quake-tsunami disaster that swept away thousands of people and sparked a nuclear crisis, a tragedy that has left visible scars on the landscape and continues to wreak misery for many. Remembrance ceremonies were being held in towns and cities around the disaster zone and in Tokyo, where Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are to lead tributes to those who died in Japan's worst peace-time disaster. The National Police Agency said a total of 15,891 people are confirmed to have died in the disaster, with another 2,584 still listed as missing. At the beach in Shichigahama, 28 police and coastguard officers offered a silent prayer Wednesday morning before they began their search for the bodies of two townspeople still missing.
By Brendan O'Brien MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - The fatal police shooting of an unarmed biracial teen in Madison, Wisconsin, has cast a light on the divide between the liberal whites that dominate the university city and its black residents, who said this week they feel marginalized. Since the death on Friday evening of 19-year-old Tony Robinson, Madison has seen days of protests and a measured response by the city's police department. Robinson was shot after Officer Matt Kenny responded to calls about a man dodging cars in traffic who had allegedly battered another person, according to police officials. Madison, a city of 243,000, is perennially near the top of media rankings of the best places to live in the United States.
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The University of Oklahoma has expelled two students for playing a leadership role in singing a racist song at a fraternity-linked event that was captured on video and viewed worldwide, the school's president said on Tuesday. The two students, who have not been identified, were connected to a Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity event. The video, posted on Sunday, prompted the university to shut down the fraternity's house on campus and force members to vacate its premises by midnight Tuesday. "There is zero tolerance for this kind of threatening racist behavior at the University of Oklahoma," President David Boren said in a statement posted on Twitter.
President Barack Obama is slated to speak to students at Georgia Tech on Tuesday about how he wants to make the process of repaying student loans easier to understand and manage. Obama will sign a “student aid bill of rights” and will speak about an assortment of policy tweaks and projects to try to make it easier to help people with student loans pay back their debt. "It's our responsibility to make sure that the 40 million Americans with student loans are aware of resources to manage their debt, and that we are doing everything we can to be responsive to their needs," said Ted Mitchell, undersecretary of education, on a conference call with reporters. The White House said it will require clearer disclosures from companies to make sure borrowers understand who is servicing their loan and how to set monthly payments and change repayment plans.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton plans to address her use of private email while at the U.S. State Department after her scheduled remarks at the United Nations later on Tuesday, according to media reports. CBS News, MSNBC and CNN, citing sources, said Clinton would hold a news conference after her speech in New York, which is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. EDT. Reuters could not immediately confirm the reports. (Reporting by Jonathan Allen, Jeff Mason and Susan Heavey; Editing by Emily Stephenson)
The Boston Marathon bombing trial on Tuesday is due to resume with defense lawyers cross-examining an FBI agent who a day earlier discussed two Twitter accounts that defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev used in the months leading up to the attack. Tsarnaev, 21, is accused of killing three people and injuring 264 with a pair of homemade bombs at the race's crowded finish line on April 15, 2013, as well as fatally shooting a police officer three days later as he and his brother tried to flee the city. Federal prosecutors contend that Tsarnaev was driven by an extremist view of Islam and a desire to strike back at the United States in revenge for military campaigns in Muslim-dominated countries. Defense lawyers argue that his older brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan, was the driving force behind the attacks and that his younger brother followed him out of a sense of submission.