• lawsuit Jan 14

    Harvard Professor Sues New York Times Over Story Related to Epstein

    A Harvard University law professor announced Monday that he is suing The New York Times for what he calls “clickbait defamation” over a story the newspaper published related to donations from financier Jeffrey Epstein. Lawrence Lessig filed the lawsuit in response to a story the Times published on Sept. 14 about his thoughts on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology receiving…

  • Nov 23, 2019

    Arrests Made After Protesters Interrupt Yale-Harvard Game

    Officials say 50 people have been charged with disorderly conduct after a protest interrupted a football game between archrivals Harvard and Yale.

  • Nov 10, 2019

    Over 100,000 Greet Japan’s Emperor at Enthronement Parade

    Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako waved and smiled from an open car in a parade Sunday marking Naruhito’s enthronement as more than 100,000 delighted well-wishers cheered, waved small flags and took photos from packed sidewalks. Security was extremely tight, with police setting up 40 checkpoints leading to the parade area. Selfie sticks, bottles and banners — and even shouting...

  • Nov 5, 2019

    Bad Science Making California Fires Worse, Says Congressman

    Congressman Ro Khanna says U.S. Forest Service policy to clear cut after a wildfire is making California’s forest fires spread faster and burn hotter. Khanna points to the work of nearly 300 scientists whose research backs him up. Because of that, the Santa Clara Democrat wants a complete overhaul of forest management policy.

  • Oct 31, 2019

    Measles Saps Kids’ Ability to Fight Other Germs

    Measles has a stealth side effect: New research shows it erases much of the immune system’s memory of how to fight other germs, so children recover only to be left more vulnerable to bugs like flu or strep. Scientists dubbed the startling findings “immune amnesia.” The body can rebuild those defenses — but it could take years. And with measles...

  • Oct 31, 2019

    Measles Saps Kids’ Ability to Fight Other Germs

    Measles has a stealth side effect: New research shows it erases much of the immune system’s memory of how to fight other germs, so children recover only to be left more vulnerable to bugs like flu or strep. Scientists dubbed the startling findings “immune amnesia.” The body can rebuild those defenses — but it could take years. And with measles...

  • Oct 13, 2019

    Who Says You Can’t Eat Red Meat? Food Advice Questioned Anew

    So is red meat good or bad for you? If the answer were only that simple. A team of international researchers recently rattled the nutrition world by saying there isn’t enough evidence to tell people to cut back on red or processed meat, seemingly contradicting advice from prominent health experts and groups including the American Cancer Society and American Heart...

  • Oct 6, 2019

    Problematic Relatives: A True American Political Tradition

    Since America’s early days, leading politicians have had to contend with awkward problems posed by their family members. Joe Biden is the latest to navigate this tricky terrain. President Donald Trump has sought, without evidence, to implicate Biden and his son Hunter in the kind of corruption that has long plagued Ukraine. Hunter Biden served on the board of a...

  • Oct 1, 2019

    Lawsuit Alleging Harvard Discriminated Against Asian Americans Is Dismissed

    Harvard University does not discriminate against Asian Americans in its admissions process, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in a lawsuit that reignited a national debate over affirmative action. U.S. District Judge Allison D. Burroughs said in her decision v that Harvard’s admissions process is “not perfect” but passes constitutional muster.

  • Sep 29, 2019

    A Cold Call From Harry Reid Changed Elizabeth Warren’s Life

    Elizabeth Warren was a professor at Harvard Law School, preparing barbecue and peach cobbler for a group of students expected at her home. The phone rang. The owner of the faint voice on the other end of the line was well known, but they had never met. “Who?” Warren asked. “Harry Reid,” he replied. “Majority leader, U.S. Senate.” That was...

  • Sep 14, 2019

    Students Protest at MIT Over Donations From Jeffrey Epstein, Alleged ‘Cover-Up’

    Students protested at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Friday after recent revelations that the university received hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations from Jeffrey Epstein. The protest was organized by the group “No Dark Money at MIT.” Afterward, students marched to the office of President L. Rafael Reif, calling on him to step down.

  • Sep 13, 2019

    Harvard President Details Donations From Jeffrey Epstein, Expresses Regret

    Harvard University’s president acknowledged Thursday that the school accepted nearly $9 million in donations from convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein from 1998 to 2007. The school will review all gifts from Epstein, the largest of which was $6.5 million donated in 2003 to aid the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, President Lawrence S. Bacow said Thursday in a letter to the...

  • Aug 27, 2019

    Incoming Harvard Student Denied Entry to US by Boston CBP Officer

    An incoming Harvard University freshman was denied entry to the United States, the school confirmed Tuesday, the day when first years were set to move into their dormitories. Ismail Ajjawi is an incoming first year, part of the class of 2023. He told The Harvard Crimson, which was first to report the story, that a customs official refused his entry...

  • Aug 25, 2019

    Elizabeth Warren’s Rise Started by Looking at the Bottom

    As a young scholar, Elizabeth Warren traveled to federal courthouses, studying families overwhelmed by debt. She brought along a photocopier, gathering reams of statistics as she tried to answer one question: Why were these folks going bankrupt? Warren, then a law professor, wasn’t satisfied with textbook explanations; she wanted to hear directly from people drowning in debt. So she sat...

  • Aug 13, 2019

    I-Team: NYPD Still Has No Answers Into Harvard Grad’s Mysterious Death in Brooklyn

    Anthony Sylvester, a high school military standout and Harvard graduate, was found dead in June in a rundown Brooklyn apartment building — but his family has no idea what he was doing so far from his Ozone Park home

  • Aug 10, 2019

    NFL at 100: How College Football Became the Pipeline to NFL

    Jay Berwanger won the inaugural Heisman Trophy in 1935 for the University of Chicago and became the No. 1 player taken in the first NFL draft a few months later. He chose to work at a rubber company and be a part-time coach for his alma mater rather than try to make a living playing football. More than five decades...

  • Aug 6, 2019

    Man Wanted in Father’s Death Arrested After Police Swarm Harvard Square, Shelter-in-Place Order Issued

    A multistate manhunt came to an end near Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Tuesday as police arrested a 31-year-old former Harvard University Extension School student wanted on suspicion of killing his father days before in Philadelphia, authorities said. Sohan Panjrolia, 31, was taken into custody in the area, Cambridge police tweeted.

  • Jul 23, 2019

    In NYC Beset by Crime, Morgenthau Was Made-for-TV Prosecutor

    Former Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau, who died Sunday at 99, just 10 days before turning 100, spent nearly half his life jailing criminals from mob kingpins and drug-dealing killers to a tax-dodging Harvard dean.

  • Jul 22, 2019

    Study: Millions Should Stop Taking Aspirin for Heart Health

    Millions of people who take aspirin to prevent a heart attack may need to rethink the pill-popping, Harvard researchers reported Monday. A daily low-dose aspirin is recommended for people who have already had a heart attack or stroke and for those diagnosed with heart disease. But for the otherwise healthy, that advice has been overturned. Guidelines released this year ruled...

  • Jul 19, 2019

    Young Man Shares His Journey From Compton to Oxford

    The young man wants to inspire others the way he was inspired by his mother. He has even written a book.

  • Jul 11, 2019

    Judge Lets Casey Anthony Lawyer Off Harvey Weinstein’s NYC Defense Team

    With one lawyer bolting amid public backlash and another saying he and his client just couldn’t get along, a judge on Thursday approved a request to recast Harvey Weinstein’s defense team yet again, this time a mere 60 days before the disgraced movie mogul is due to stand trial in New York on sexual assault charges.

  • Jul 9, 2019

    Harvard Coach Fired Over Selling Home to Prospect’s Dad

    Harvard University has fired a fencing coach over the sale of his home for nearly double its assessed value to a wealthy businessman whose teenage son was later admitted to the school and joined the team. Athletic Director Bob Scalise said in an emailed statement Tuesday that head fencing coach Peter Brand has been fired for violating Harvard’s conflict-of-interest...

  • Jun 27, 2019

    Who Spoke the Most on the First Night of the Democratic Debate?

    The two-hour Democractic debate was set to give candidates about 12 minutes each considering commercial breaks. But, which candidate got the most time? Tulsi Gabbard’s sister tweeted her theory.

  • Jun 26, 2019

    Breakouts, Burns and Zingers: What to Watch in Dem Debates

    The back-to-back Democratic presidential debates beginning Wednesday are exercises in competitive sound bites featuring 20 candidates hoping to oust President Donald Trump in 2020. The hopefuls range widely in age, sex and backgrounds and include a former vice president, six women and a pair of mayors.

  • Jun 25, 2019

    Health Impact From Smoke Rises With More Intense Wildfires

    Climate change in the Western U.S. means more intense and frequent wildfires churning out waves of smoke that scientists say will sweep across the continent to affect tens of millions of people and cause a spike in premature deaths.

  • Jun 25, 2019

    Health Impact From Smoke Rises With More Intense Wildfires

    Climate change in the Western U.S. means more intense and frequent wildfires churning out waves of smoke that scientists say will sweep across the continent to affect tens of millions of people and cause a spike in premature deaths.

  • Jun 19, 2019

    Report: Feds Probe Sale of Coach’s Home to Prospect’s Father

    A federal grand jury is investigating the sale of the Harvard fencing coach’s suburban Boston home for nearly double its assessed value to a man whose son was later admitted to the school and joined the team, according to a newspaper report. A subpoena reviewed by The Boston Globe ordered the town of Needham’s Board of Assessors to provide documents...

  • May 30, 2019

    Claus von Bulow, Cleared in Attempted Murder of Wife, Dies

    Danish-born socialite Claus von Bulow, who was convicted but later acquitted of trying to kill his wealthy wife in two trials that drew intense international attention in the 1980s, has died. He was 92. Von Bulow, who moved to London after he was cleared, died at his home there on Saturday, his son-in-law, Riccardo Pavoncelli, told The New York Times....

  • May 28, 2019

    Michigan State Chooses New President After Sex Abuse Scandal

    Dr. Samuel Stanley Jr., a medical researcher who has led Stony Brook University in New York for nearly a decade, was named Tuesday as the next president of Michigan State University in the wake of the most extensive sexual abuse scandal in sports history. Stanley was chosen in an 8-0 vote by the school’s board of trustees, effective Aug. 1....

  • May 27, 2019

    Fact Check: Trump Takes Credit for Obama’s Gains for Vets

    Boastful on the occasion of Memorial Day, President Donald Trump and his Veterans Affairs secretary are claiming full credit for health care improvements that were underway before they took office. Trump said he passed a private-sector health care program, Veterans Choice, after failed attempts by past presidents for the last “45 years.” That’s not true. The Choice program, which allows...

  • May 14, 2019

    Federal Government to Blame for Faster, More Destructive Wildfires in California, Scientists Say

    Nearly 300 scientists from across the country and abroad believe actions taken by the U.S. Forest Service are contributing to faster, more devastating wildfires throughout California. The fiery debate centers around a long-time practice known as ‘post-fire logging.’

  • May 10, 2019

    Facebook Can’t Fix Itself Partly Because of Human Nature, Experts Say

    The question comes up over and over, with extremist material, hate speech, election meddling and privacy invasions. Why can’t Facebook just fix it? It’s complicated, with reasons that include Facebook’s size, its business model and technical limitations, not to mention years of unchecked growth. Oh, and the element of human nature. The latest revelation: Facebook is inadvertently creating celebratory videos...

  • May 9, 2019

    Facebook Co-Founder Says Zuckerberg ‘Not Accountable,’ Calls for Government to Break It Up

    The Harvard roommate of Mark Zuckerberg who co-founded Facebook is calling for the U.S. government to break up the company in a New York Times op-ed, telling NBC News that it’s too big and that Zuckerberg isn’t accountable. Facebook today “is far too big. It’s far too powerful. And most importantly, its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, is not accountable,” Chris Hughes...

  • May 1, 2019

    Japan’s Naruhito in 1st Speech Vows to Stay Close to People

    Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito inherited Imperial regalia and seals as proof of his succession and pledged in his first public address Wednesday to follow his father’s example in devoting himself to peace and staying close to the people. Naruhito succeeded to the Chrysanthemum Throne at midnight after Akihito abdicated. In his address to the people, Naruhito formally announced his succession...

  • Apr 29, 2019

    Key Questions and Answers About Japan Emperor’s Abdication

    Japan’s 85-year-old Emperor Akihito ends his three-decade reign on Tuesday when he abdicates to his son Crown Prince Naruhito. He’s the first emperor to abdicate in 200 years. Some key questions and answers about the abdication and ascension and other examples abroad:

  • Apr 27, 2019

    DC Program Helps Students of East African Heritage Pick and Apply for College

    A program in D.C. helps immigrant high school students of East African heritage find the right college for them and fill out the best application, and it has helped more than 100 students get into some of the top schools in the country, including Harvard, Yale and MIT.

  • Apr 26, 2019

    DC Program Helps Students of East African Heritage Pick and Apply for College

    A program in D.C. helps immigrant high school students of East African heritage find the right college for them and fill out the best application, and it has helped more than 100 students get into some of the top schools in the country, including Harvard, Yale and MIT.

  • Apr 12, 2019

    29-Year-Old Katie Bouman ‘Didn’t Know Anything About Black Holes’—Then She Helped Capture the First Photo of One

    On Wednesday, after 10 years of planning and scientific investments totaling over $50 million, researchers released the first-ever image of a black hole. The image is a feat of modern science — experts say it’s the equivalent of taking a photo of an orange on the moon with a smartphone — and international collaboration. Over 200 scientists across the globe...

  • Apr 12, 2019

    Accused Test Taker in College Cheating Scheme Pleads Guilty

    A prep school administrator who oversaw college entrance exam preparations has pleaded guilty to allegedly taking SAT and ACT exams for students in the nationwide college admissions cheating scandal. Harvard graduate Mark Riddell, 36, of Palmetto, Florida, pleaded guilty in Boston federal court Friday for his alleged part in the scandal that rocked the education world. Investigators said between 2012...

  • Apr 10, 2019

    ‘Mayor Pete’ Joins 2020 Democratic Race as Face of New Generation

    Pete Buttigieg, the little-known Indiana mayor who has risen to prominence in the early stages of the 2020 Democratic presidential race, made his official campaign entrance Sunday by claiming the mantle of a youthful generation ready to reshape the country. “I recognize the audacity of doing this as a Midwestern millennial mayor,” he said to cheers of “Pete, Pete, Pete”...

  • Apr 7, 2019

    Accused Test Taker in College Scandal Plans to Plead Guilty

    A Florida prep school administrator accused of taking college admissions tests for students will change his plea to guilty, according to documents.

  • Mar 29, 2019

    Seven Sisters’ Surge: Applications to Women’s Colleges Spike

    Women are breaking records in 2019: six women so far are running for president, 127 women are serving in Congress and there has been a significant increase in applications to women’s colleges. Over the past five years, Barnard College, the women’s college of Columbia University, has seen a 64% increase in applications. “Barnard has continued to widen its reach nationally...

  • Mar 29, 2019

    Kimora Lee Simmons’ 16-Year-Old Daughter Accepted Into Harvard

    Aoki Lee Simmons has a bright future ahead of her.
    The teen has been accepted into Harvard University at the impressive age of 16. Aoki received the good news Thursday afternoon while surrounded by her mother, brother and step-father

  • Mar 26, 2019

    Buttigieg Gains With Crowds, TV Spots and Campaign Cash

    Buttigieg, a veteran and Rhodes scholar, was the longest of long shots when he announced a presidential exploratory committee in January. No mayor has ever been elected president, much less one from a community of roughly 100,000 people in the middle of America, and Buttigieg is barely old enough to be eligible for the job. But his underdog bid is...

  • Mar 20, 2019

    Harvard ‘Shamelessly’ Profits From Photos of Slaves: Lawsuit

    Harvard University has “shamelessly” turned a profit from photos of two 19th-century slaves while ignoring requests to turn the photos over to the slaves’ descendants, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday. Tamara Lanier, of Norwich, Connecticut, is suing the Ivy League school for “wrongful seizure, possession and expropriation” of images she says depict two of her ancestors. Her suit, filed...

  • Mar 4, 2019

    New Ways of Studying Individual Cells Offer Scientific ‘Breakthrough’

    Until recently, trying to study key traits of cells from people and other animals often meant analyzing bulk samples of tissue, producing a mushed-up average of results from many cell types. It was like trying to learn about a banana by studying a strawberry-blueberry-orange-banana smoothie. In recent years, however, scientists have developed techniques that let them directly study the DNA...

  • Mar 3, 2019

    Family Claims Dual Saudi-US Citizen Detained and Tortured

    The family of a dual Saudi-U.S. citizen imprisoned in Saudi Arabia for more than a year are claiming that he has been subjected to routine torture and is on the verge of an emotional breakdown. After months of quietly trying to secure his release, the family of Dr. Walid Fitaihi is now seeking to publicly pressure both the Saudi government...

  • Feb 25, 2019

    Consumer Goods Companies Preparing for Climate Change Impact

    Companies behind some of the best-known consumer products — from soaps to sodas — are beginning to factor climate change into their business equation, according to a report published Monday. The survey of 16 major corporations by non-profit group CDP found that many are working to lower their carbon emissions, prepare for the effects of global warming on their supply...

  • Feb 8, 2019

    Warren Picks a Faded Mill City for Presidential Announcement

    When U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren officially jumps into the race for president, it won’t be from her Cambridge hometown where Harvard and MIT reside, or nearby Boston, where presidential hopefuls have launched campaigns over the generations. Instead, the 69-year-old Democrat is widely expected to kick off her campaign Saturday some 30 miles (50 kilometers) north in Lawrence, a faded mill...

  • Feb 8, 2019

    ‘This Is Us’ Star Milo Ventimiglia Honored at Harvard

    “This Is Us” actor Milo Ventimiglia is being honored as Man of the Year by Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

  • Feb 4, 2019

    Historians Irked by Musical ‘Hamilton’ Escalate Their Duel

    Ever since the historical musical “Hamilton” began its march to near-universal infatuation, one group has noticeably withheld its applause — historians. Many academics argue the portrait of Alexander Hamilton, the star of our $10 bills, is a counterfeit. Now they’re escalating their fight. Ishmael Reed, who has been nominated twice for a National Book Award, has chosen to fight fire...

  • Jan 25, 2019

    Judge Signs Off on Harvey Weinstein’s Legal Team Overhaul

    A judge signed off Friday on changes to the legal team representing Harvey Weinstein in his rape and sexual assault case, allowing the film producer to swap out his bulldog New York City defense attorney for a four-person team that’s full of courtroom star power.

  • Jan 10, 2019

    Scientists Seek Ways to Finally Take a Real Measure of Pain

    Is the pain stabbing or burning? On a scale from 1 to 10, is it a 6 or an 8? Over and over, 17-year-old Sarah Taylor struggled to make doctors understand her sometimes debilitating levels of pain, first from joint-damaging childhood arthritis and then from fibromyalgia. “It’s really hard when people can’t see how much pain you’re in, because they...

  • Dec 22, 2018

    Parkland Shooting Survivor, Prominent Gun Control Advocate David Hogg to Attend Harvard University

    A high school student who survived a mass shooting in Parkland, Florida has been accepted to Harvard University. David Hogg, who decided to take a year off before starting college, in part he said at the time because he wanted to be around to look out for his little sister, posted on Twitter Saturday saying, “Thank you all for the...

  • Dec 22, 2018

    ‘Never Stop Dreaming’: Viral Video Shows Chicago Teen Reading Harvard Acceptance Letter

    Amado Candelario, 17, a senior at Solorio High School in the Gage Park neighborhood of Chicago, learned last week that a dream of studying at Harvard had come true. And he captured his emotional reaction in a video that has gone viral.

  • Dec 9, 2018

    Russia Investigation Threatens Trump, Those in His Orbit: Analysis

    The more that special counsel Robert Mueller and federal prosecutors reveal, the darker grow the legal clouds over President Donald Trump. Trump’s own Justice Department has now implicated him in a crime, accusing him of directing illegal hush-money payments to women during his 2016 presidential campaign. Mueller keeps finding new instances of Trump associates lying about their contacts with Russia...

  • Dec 9, 2018

    Analysis: Legal Clouds Over Trump Grow With New Disclosures

    The more that special counsel Robert Mueller and federal prosecutors reveal, the darker grow the legal clouds over President Donald Trump. Trump’s own Justice Department has now implicated him in a crime, accusing him of directing illegal hush-money payments to women during his 2016 presidential campaign. Mueller keeps finding new instances of Trump associates lying about their contacts with Russia...

  • Nov 5, 2018

    Scientists Say Mysterious ‘Oumuamua’ Object Could Be an Alien Spacecraft

    Maybe it’s an alien spacecraft. Scientists have been puzzling over Oumuamua ever since the mysterious space object was observed tumbling past the sun in late 2017, NBC News reported. Given its high speed and its unusual trajectory, the reddish, stadium-sized whatever-it-is had clearly come from outside our solar system. But its flattened, elongated shape and the way it accelerated on...

  • Oct 29, 2018

    Health Care and Medicaid Loom Large in Close Maine Congressional Race

    A lack of health care hits residents especially hard in Maine, with the oldest population in the country, and so the Democratic challenger in the state’s Second Congressional District is focused on saddling the incumbent with his vote to kill “Obamacare,” following a playbook unfolding across the country. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, New England’s only Republican in the House of Representatives,...

  • Oct 18, 2018

    Job Growth is Found to be No Cure for a Community’s Poverty

    A healthy dose of job growth has long been seen as a likely cure for poverty. But new research suggests that poor Americans are frequently left behind even when their cities or communities benefit from hiring booms. When such cities as Atlanta and Charlotte enjoyed a job surge in the 20 years that began in 1990, for example, the job...

  • Oct 10, 2018

    Harvard Diving Coach Resigns Amid Misconduct Allegations

    Chris Heaton has resigned as head coach of the diving team at Harvard University following accusations of sexual misconduct, the school confirmed in a statement.

  • Oct 3, 2018

    Harvard Places Diving Coach on Leave Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

    Harvard University confirms it has placed its head diving coach on leave after learning of allegations of sexual misconduct. The school says it was unaware of any allegations of misconduct when it hired Chris Heaton as head coach for diving in August of this year.

  • Oct 2, 2018

    Brett Kavanaugh Will Not Return to Teach at Harvard Law School

    Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will not return to teach at Harvard Law School, according to Harvard University’s newspaper. The Harvard Crimson reported Monday that Catherine Claypoole, an associate dean representing the law school’s curriculum committee, sent an email to students Thursday evening letting them know Kavanaugh would not be back this winter to teach a class.

  • Sep 20, 2018

    Scientists Fear Non-Pest Insects Are Declining

    A staple of summer — swarms of bugs — seems to be a thing of the past. And that’s got scientists worried. Pesky mosquitoes, disease-carrying ticks, crop-munching aphids and cockroaches are doing just fine. But the more beneficial flying insects of summer — native bees, moths, butterflies, ladybugs, lovebugs, mayflies and fireflies — appear to be less abundant. Scientists think...

  • Sep 6, 2018

    Fact Check: Kavanaugh on Executive Privilege

    With Trump campaign officials under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller for possible collusion with Russia to unduly influence the 2016 campaign, some Democratic senators have expressed concern that Kavanaugh was hand-picked by Trump in the event that Mueller enters an indictment against the president.

  • Sep 5, 2018

    Fact Check: Kavanaugh on the Affordable Care Act

    Several Democratic senators have claimed that Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s history shows he would be a danger on the court to the Affordable Care Act. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Aug. 28 on the Senate floor: “Judge Kavanaugh has written opinions skeptical of our health care law, reproductive rights, and even the contraception coverage requirement.” The criticisms have...

  • Sep 4, 2018

    After a Starbucks Opens in Town, Housing Prices Tend to Rise, Harvard Study Finds

    Each new Starbucks boosts the value of housing prices in a neighborhood. And not by an insignificant amount. This data point is revealed in a broader study on gentrification by the Harvard Business School that relied on information from Yelp, the online restaurant review platform, and the United States Census.

  • Sep 2, 2018

    Democrat Gillum Tells Republican Opponent DeSantis to Focus on Issues, Not Insults

    Andrew Gillum is calling on his election opponent to refrain from name-calling and to focus on the issues following Ron DeSantis’ controversial “monkey this up” comment.

  • Sep 2, 2018

    High Court Pick Kavanaugh and His Carefully Constructed Life

    Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s life seems as carefully constructed as the Supreme Court arguments he will hear if he is confirmed to the high court. He checks all the boxes of the ways of Washington, or at least the way Washington used to be. He’s a team player — the conservative team — stepping up to make a play at key...

  • Aug 30, 2018

    Trump Administration Accuses Harvard of ‘Outright Racial Balancing’

    In its latest push to end the use of race in college admissions, the Trump administration on Thursday accused Harvard University of “engaging in outright racial balancing” and sided with Asian-American students who allege the Ivy League school discriminated against them. Harvard denied the bias claim and said it would defend the right to consider race as a factor in...

  • Aug 28, 2018

    Trump Target in Russia Probe Questioned by Republicans

    A longtime government lawyer who has become a central figure in President Donald Trump’s efforts to undermine the Russia investigation underwent more than seven hours of questioning by Republicans on Tuesday on Capitol Hill.

  • Aug 16, 2018

    Smokers Better Off Quitting, Even With Weight Gain: Study

    If you quit smoking and gain weight, it may seem like you’re trading one set of health problems for another. But a new U.S. study finds you’re still better off in the long run. Compared with smokers, even the quitters who gained the most weight had at least a 50 percent lower risk of dying prematurely from heart disease and...

  • Aug 3, 2018

    Judge in Paul Manafort Trial Has a Sharp Wit, Sharp Tongue

    “I’m not in the theater business,” Judge T.S. Ellis asserted during jury selection in Paul Manafort’s financial fraud trial. “You have to be better-looking for that.” Objection, Your Honor. The trial of President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman has plenty of drama and it’s coming from the judge. Easily exasperated, and with a sharp wit, the U.S. district judge called...

  • Aug 2, 2018

    I-Team: NYC Restaurant Says Yelp Hides Positive Customer Reviews

    The owner of a West Village restaurant singled out by Yelp for possibly having fake reviews is blasting the site after he says it filtered out positive reviews from repeat customers.

  • Jul 25, 2018

    Blowin’ in the Wind: Why Some Lizards Can Survive Hurricanes

    Tropical lizards have a stick-to-itiveness in high wind that puts TV weather reporters to shame. Now we know why, thanks in part to a high-powered leaf blower. Hurricanes Irma and Maria put a group of little lizards to the test, and scientists were perfectly positioned to see which anoles survived and why. Then, Harvard researchers cranked up the leaf blower...

  • Jun 27, 2018

    Proposed Department of Education Merger Comes as Key Education Programs Dismantled

    While President Donald Trump has turned used Twitter to reinforce his stance on key issues and criticize his Democratic colleagues, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has taken steps to fade out key Department of Education programs. Trump pledged to eliminate the Department of Education and has taken the first step toward achieving that goal, proposing the agency be combined with...

  • Jun 15, 2018

    Natalie Portman Calls Former Harvard Pal Jared Kushner ‘a Supervillain’

    Natalie Portman says her Harvard classmate Jared Kushner has become a “supervillain.”
    The Oscar-winner actress said on CBS’ “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Thursday that there’s not much funny to say about “someone you were friends with becoming a supervillain.”

  • Jun 15, 2018

    Natalie Portman Calls Former Harvard Pal Jared Kushner ‘a Supervillain’

    Natalie Portman says her Harvard classmate Jared Kushner has become a “supervillain.”
    The Oscar-winner actress said on CBS’ “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Thursday that there’s not much funny to say about “someone you were friends with becoming a supervillain.”

  • Jun 15, 2018

    Lawsuit Says Harvard Admissions Discriminated Against Asian-American Applicants

    An Asian-American group suing Harvard University says it has evidence of discrimination in the school’s admissions process.

  • Jun 12, 2018

    Puerto Rico Won’t Increase Hurricane Maria Death Toll Until After Study Is Completed

    Eight days after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, Efrain Perez felt a pain in his chest. Doctors near his small town sent him to Puerto Rico’s main hospital for emergency surgery for an aortic aneurysm. But when the ambulance pulled into the parking lot in the capital, San Juan, after a more than two-hour drive, a doctor ran out to...

  • May 29, 2018

    Hurricane Maria Killed Thousands More Than Official Toll in Puerto Rico: Study

    Officially, the government of Puerto Rico has blamed Hurricane Maria for 64 deaths, but a new study out Tuesday found that the powerful storm was responsible for more than 4,500 deaths. That’s more than 70 times deadlier than the official estimate, and the true figure could be even higher, according to the study published in the New England Journal of...

  • May 27, 2018

    US Marines’ Bravery Celebrated 100 Years After French Battle

    High-ranking military officials from the United States, France and Germany took part in Memorial Day ceremonies at an American cemetery in France on Sunday to mark the centennial of the battle of Belleau Wood, a turning point in World War I and a key moment in U.S. Marine Corps history. More than 5,000 people attended the event to commemorate the...

  • May 24, 2018

    Once Homeless Philadelphia Teen Gets Full Ride to Harvard

    The 18-year-old found out the good news while in Paris on a school trip.

  • May 22, 2018

    Study of Planetary Poundage Finds Plants Outweigh People 7,500 to 1

    When you weigh all life on Earth, billions of humans don’t amount to much compared to trees, earthworms or even viruses. But we really know how to throw what little weight we have around, according to a first-of-its-kind global census of the footprint of life on the planet. Humans only add up to about one ten-thousandth of the life on...

  • May 16, 2018

    Trump Indonesia Project Gets Chinese Gov’t Backing Amid US Trade Talks

    A Chinese government-owned company has signed on to build a theme park in a vast development in Indonesia that also features a Trump hotel and condos, a deal that stands to benefit President Donald Trump’s company just as top Chinese envoys head to Washington for trade talks. In a move that has alarmed Trump critics, an Indonesian company confirmed this...

  • May 8, 2018

    Trump Considers Benching Giuliani From TV Interviews: Sources

    President Donald Trump is growing increasingly irritated with lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s frequently off-message media blitz, which has included muddying the waters on hush money paid to porn actress Stormy Daniels and making claims that could complicate the president’s standing in the special counsel’s Russia probe. Trump has begun questioning whether Giuliani, an old friend and former New York City mayor,...

  • May 2, 2018

    Hawking’s Last Physics Paper Argues for a ‘Simpler’ Cosmos

    Weeks after his death, physicist Stephen Hawking has delivered his last thoughts about the nature of the cosmos, and he says it may be simpler than often believed. Well, simpler if you understand theoretical physics, anyway. It remains incomprehensible for the rest of us. A paper that outlines his view, written with Thomas Hertog of the University of Leuven in...

  • Apr 20, 2018

    Shaq Attacks Verse in New TV Series ‘Poetry in America’

    Shaquille O’Neal called himself “The Big Baryshnikov” and “The Big Socrates” in his days in the NBA. Now he can add “The Big Shakespeare.” The basketball Hall-of-Famer, TNT TV analyst, commercial pitchman and onetime rapper is putting poetry on his lengthy resume as part of a new public television series.

  • Apr 19, 2018

    Pompeo Nomination Picks Up Support of Key Democratic Senator

    Mike Pompeo’s nomination for secretary of state received a boost Thursday with support from Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota as Republicans warned lawmakers not to reject President Donald Trump’s choice for top diplomat ahead of North Korea talks. Just a handful of senators could determine Pompeo’s confirmation. Republicans have a narrow 51-49 majority, but Pompeo faces opposition from...

  • Apr 16, 2018

    ‘Disturbing’: Cambridge Police Release Video of Officers Scuffling With Naked Harvard Student

    Police in Cambridge, Massachusetts, released video on Monday of officers arresting a Harvard student during an incident that sparked controversy over the weekend.

  • Apr 4, 2018

    The Center of the Milky Way Is Teeming With Black Holes: Study

    The center of our galaxy is teeming with black holes, sort of like a Times Square for strange super gravity objects, astronomers discovered. For decades, scientists theorized that circling in the center of galaxies, including ours, were lots of stellar black holes, collapsed giant stars where the gravity is so strong even light doesn’t get out. But they hadn’t seen...

  • Apr 4, 2018

    Jury Picked for Bill Cosby’s Sex Assault Retrial

    A jury has been picked in the Bill Cosby sexual assault retrial in suburban Philadelphia.

  • Apr 3, 2018

    Bill Cosby Trial Judge Delivers 2 Big Victories to Defense in Sexual Assault Retrial

    The judge in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial gave his legal defense a huge boost Tuesday, ruling his lawyers can call a witness who says the accuser talked about framing a celebrity before she went to police in 2005 with allegations about the comedian.

  • Mar 20, 2018

    China’s Premier Urges US to ‘Act Rationally’ Over Trade

    Chinese Premier Li Keqiang appealed to Washington on Tuesday to “act rationally” and avoid disrupting trade over steel, technology and other disputes, promising that Beijing will “open even wider” to imports and investment. “No one will emerge a winner from a trade war,” said Li, the No. 2 Chinese leader, at a news conference held during the meeting of China’s...

  • Mar 20, 2018

    Marjory Stoneman Douglas Alumni, Survivors Advocate for Safer Gun Laws

    Massachusetts alumni of the Florida high school where a mass shooting took place last month will advocate for safer gun laws Tuesday at the statehouse.

  • Mar 14, 2018

    Lack of Evidence Put Hawking’s Nobel Hopes in Black Hole

    Stephen Hawking won accolades from his peers for having one of the most brilliant minds in science, but he never got a Nobel Prize because no one has yet proven his ideas. The Nobel committee looks for proof, not big ideas. Hawking was a deep thinker — a theorist — and his musings about black holes and cosmology have yet...

  • Feb 28, 2018

    Astronomers Glimpse Cosmic Dawn, When the Stars Switched On

    For the first time, astronomers have glimpsed the dawn of the universe 13.6 billion years ago when the earliest stars were just beginning to glow after the Big Bang. And if that’s not enough, they may have detected mysterious dark matter at work, too....
    The glimpse consisted of a faint radio signal from deep space, picked up by an antenna that...

  • Feb 24, 2018

    As Trump Talks New Gun Measures, Gun Owners Talk ‘Betrayal’

    As President Donald Trump talked this week about banning “bump stocks” and curbing young people’s access to guns, the gun owners and advocates who helped propel his political rise talked about desertion and betrayal. Trump’s flirtation with a set of modest gun control measures drew swift condemnation from gun groups, hunters and sportsmen who banked on the president to be...

  • Feb 23, 2018

    Ex-Dolphins Player Detained After Social Media Threat Closes Harvard Westlake School

    A former NFL lineman who accused teammates of bullying him when he played for the Miami Dolphins was detained in connection with a social media post that led to the closing of a Southern California high school.

  • Feb 20, 2018

    Why Did the Shib Sibs Choose Coldplay for Their Epic Free Dance? Answer Is a Big ‘Duh’

    Maia and Alex Shibutani, also known as the “Shib Sibs,” have been ice dancing together since 2004. They entered Pyeongchang the most decorated of the three American ice dance teams competing. On Monday, they added to their titles, taking home the bronze medal after performing their free dance to Coldplay. Sochi was a turning point for the ice dance duo….

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