Nearly 50 faculty members at Yale University contributed to an open letter showing support for their two embattled colleagues on campus after a controversial email about students' Halloween costumes received national attention.
The letter states that "as faculty colleagues," the group expresses its strong support of Nicholas Christakis, the master of Silliman College at Yale and his wife Erika Christakis, who's an associate master at Silliman, The New Haven Register reports.
Student backlash against the Christakises began after Erika criticized an Intercultural Affairs Committee email that urged students to be careful in their choice of Halloween costumes. Her husband publicly defended her actions.
An Oklahoma college president stands firm by a statement he made last week that he believes college students expect too much coddling and noted that, "This is Not a Day Care. It's a University."
Dr. Everett Piper, the president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, posted the statement to a school blog. He said he wrote it after becoming frustrated when a student complained about being "offended" by a sermon given at the Christian liberal arts college, NBC News reported. The sermon included a Bible passage about love.
"It appears that this young scholar felt offended because a homily on love made him feel bad for not showing love," Piper wrote in his post. "I'm not making this up. Our culture has actually taught our kids to be this self-absorbed and narcissistic."
His post gained national attention following recent student protests against racial discrimination and other issues on campuses across the country.
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Puerto Rico's governor issued a "distress call" to Congress to help his heavily indebted government while signaling he will reroute money to make a bond payment that comes due on Tuesday.
Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla reiterated his plea to Congress to create a legal framework that would give the territory the authority to restructure its liabilities. He said after the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that his administration will "do our best" to make a $355 million bond payment that's key to the U.S. territory's economic future.
But he said the island is running out of cash.
An explosion on a highway overpass near a subway station in Istanbul on Tuesday wounded five people and was caused by a bomb, a local mayor said.
The bomb was left on barriers on the overpass, said Atilla Aydiner, the mayor for Istanbul's Bayrampasa district. Earlier, Istanbul's governor said one person was slightly injured in the blast.
The explosion occurred at 1530 GMT (10:30 a.m. EST) at an overpass near the city's Bayrampasa subway station, on the European side of Istanbul. Several ambulances and police vehicles were sent to the area.
The Dogan news agency said it was a hand-made cluster bomb.
The seams of coal in some of Eddie Asbury's mines in McDowell County are so thin workers can barely squeeze down them. They enter on carts nearly flat on their backs, the roof of the mine coursing by just a few inches in front of their faces. They don't stand up all day.
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When Donnie Walters took son Zeke to have his picture taken with Santa Claus, the 6-month-old boy couldn't stay awake while they waited in line.
So Santa obliged Walters and posed asleep with the snoozing child resting on his belly.
Walters posted the photos of the sleeping pair on Facebook. The photos taken Nov. 25 at Eastland Mall in Evansville, Indiana, and posted the following day have been liked 371,000 times and shared more than 195,000.
Sophia and Jackson continue to be the most popular baby names, according to BabyCenter's Top 100 names list for 2015. The list is compiled from data provided by 340,000 parents who shared their baby's name with the website. An official government list for the prior year is usually released around Mother's Day, a Social Security Administration spokeswoman said. Click through to see the top 10 for girls and boys.
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said Tuesday that admitting in tens of thousands of Syrian refugees "does not solve the problem" and "exposes us to danger."
Carson visited Jordan to tour Syrian refugee camps last week. He called the camps "really quite nice" and told "Today's" Matt Lauer on Tuesday that people are not giving enough money to support Jordan's efforts. He suggested the camps should serve as a long-term solution.
The retired neurosurgeon's standing in the polls has taken a hit recently, and he finds himself in third place in numerous polls, behind Donald Trump and either Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio.
"Poll numbers will go up and down. It's a marathon, not a sprint," Carson said.
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A team of special prosecutors has nearly completed its investigation of the arrest and subsequent death of a black woman in a Texas jail, and it plans to finish presenting its evidence to a grand jury by the end of December, one of the prosecutors said Monday.
Houston attorney Darrell Jordan was among five prosecutors tapped by the Waller County district attorney to review evidence after Sandra Bland was found dead in her Waller County jail cell on July 13. The Chicago-area woman was arrested three days earlier after a routine traffic stop turned contentious and ended with the white state trooper holding Bland on the ground.
Rob Garofalo was devastated. He'd built his medical and research career on helping young AIDS patients. Then he learned that he, too, was HIV-positive. The news came after he'd already survived kidney cancer and a breakup with his longtime partner. Try as he might, the doctor could not heal himself, at least not emotionally. Then he got a Yorkshire terrier he named Fred and everything changed.
More than 2,000 raids have been carried out in France following the deadly terror attacks in Paris on Nov. 13, Prime Minister Manuel Valls told told radio station Europe 1 on Tuesday.
Police confiscated 300 weapons and taken 210 people into custody, Valls said, adding that the number of arrests indicated that the searches conducted after France declared a state of emergency "are not due to chance" and "allow support for objective suspicions."
As he was speaking, police in Italy and Kosovo arrested four Kosovars suspected of being part of a jihadi cell that spread propaganda and made threats against Pope Francis, judicial officials told Reuters.
According to Italian police, the four, three of whom were arrested in Italy and one in Kosovo, are suspected of "condoning terrorism" and "inciting racial hatred."
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The ex-wife of an ISIS leader was among 13 Islamists released in swap with al Qaeda's Syrian wing in exchange for Lebanese captives on Tuesday, NBC News reported.
Saja al-Dulaimi, ex-wife of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was seen being taken to eastern Lebanon in a convoy in footage aired by the Al-Jazeera television channel. She was detained in Lebanon last year when she tried to cross the border illegally with her current husband, using forged identity cards.
She and 12 other prisoners were handed over to Syria’s al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front in exchange for 16 Lebanese security personnel who were held hostage since 2014, according to Lebanese security officials.
The Nusra Front and ISIS kidnapped 29 Lebanese policemen and soldiers last year. Four have been killed and nine will remain in captivity after Tuesday’s swap.
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The Grinch might have embarked on a plan to steal Christmas from Whoville, but squirrels are out to ruin Christmas in the city of Norwalk, Connecticut.
City officials are blaming the critters for chewing through the wires on several strands of lights strung on the Christmas tree outside city hall.
Ken Hughes, Norwalk's superintendent of parks, told The Hour that he tested the lights on Monday, in advance of Wednesday night's official tree lighting ceremony, and only about a quarter of them lit up.
Then he noticed that a wire near the bottom of the tree was chewed through.
City of Juneau, Alaska
Greg Fisk, the new mayor of Juneau, Alaska, was found dead in his home, according to police.
Officials say they received a 911 call that there was a dead person at Fisk’s residence.
Police wouldn’t comment on the cause of death, and haven’t determined whether his death was considered suspicious.
Juneau Police Department spokeswoman Erann Kalwara said in a statement that investigators were "aware of rumors that an assault occurred in connection with Fisk's death" but described them as "speculation."
Fisk, 70, was a longtime civic activist and served on numerous Juneau boards and commissions over the past decade. He was elected mayor of Juneau last month.
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A faulty rudder control system and the pilots’ response led to the crash of an AirAsia plane last year, NBC News reported.
The main flight control computer on the Airbus A320 had a cracked joint that caused it to malfunction repeatedly, according to Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee.
The pilots struggled to handle the influx of warning messages while the plane rolled, then climbed too high before crashing into the Java Sea.
According to the report, the midair emergency took place over two-and-a-half minutes. The plane plummeted at a rate of 20,000 feet per minute.
All 162 people on board the flight died when the flight went down last year.
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