News Briefs

By Gregory Smith
April 23, 2013

Charges against ricin suspect dropped

The attorney for Paul Kevin Curtis told reporters Tuesday that federal authorities are looking at another suspect in connection with ricin letters sent to President Barack Obama and others. Charges against Curtis were dismissed Tuesday by a U.S. Attorney, who said “new information” has been uncovered.

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Army sergeant brought to court

U.S. Army Sgt. John Russell admitted to the May 11, 2009, killings at Baghdad’s Camp Liberty, telling a Joint Base Lewis-McChord court that he “did it out of rage.” He suffers from post traumatic stress disorder, depression, and a brain injury, which does not make him fully responsible for the killings.

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Boy suspended over t-shirt

A West Virginia teenager who was arrested and suspended from school after he refused to remove an NRA T-shirt is back in class. Fourteen-year-old Jared Marcum of Logan returned to Logan Middle School on Monday after serving a one-day suspension for wearing a shirt with the NRA logo and an image of a hunting rifle.

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A New York college to cut full tuition scholarships

A famed New York City college is ending its more than century-long practice of no tuition for undergraduates, citing the need to charge some students so the institution can “survive and thrive.” Cooper Union hash;t charged tuition in over 100 years, but will start charging the class entering in the fall of 2014.

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Korean tension scares golfers

The sponsor of a top golf tournament in South Korea insists it is safe to go ahead despite two American players pulling out due to security fears.  Dustin Johnson and Zach Johnson withdrew from the Ballantine’s Championship Monday, citing concerns over recent tensions between North and South Korea. PGA star Zach Johnson stated, “The posture and rhetoric that is taking place right now makes it not worth it. And it probably is just posture and rhetoric. However, I don’t want to take the chance.”

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