Monday, December 16, 2013
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Officials at Harvard University say they're acting out of "an abundance of caution." They evacuated four buildings on the campus near Boston today after receiving an unconfirmed report that explosives may have been placed inside. The evacuation interrupted final exams. The buildings include a dorm and two classroom buildings, along with the science center.
SHORT HILLS, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors have identified the victim in a fatal carjacking outside an upscale New Jersey shopping mall. Authorities in Essex County say Dustin Friedland was shot in the parking garage of The Mall at Short Hills last night. He was pronounced dead at a hospital a few hours later. His wife was with him during the shooting but was not wounded. Police say two men drove off in the couple's silver Range Rover. The SUV was found this morning in Newark. The carjackers are still at large.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal from sisters in western Pennsylvania who sued the local school system for its failure to stop another student from verbally and physically assaulting them in 2008. Brittany and Emily Morrow contended that the Blackhawk School district in Pennsylvania's Beaver County had a constitutional duty to protect them from another student's bullying. A deeply divided federal appeals court in Philadelphia upheld a trial judge's dismissal of the lawsuit. The justices said today they will not review that decision.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A United Methodist minister in Pennsylvania plans to defy a church order to surrender his credentials for performing a same-sex wedding. The Rev. Frank Schaefer says he cannot uphold the church's Book of Discipline because he finds it discriminatory. The Methodist church accepts gay and lesbian members but rejects the practice of homosexuality as "incompatible with Christian teaching." Schaefer says he doesn't know what will happen next. He's scheduled to meet with church officials Thursday about his future, following his conviction in a church trial last month.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Family members rescued after spending about 48 hours in the frigid wilderness of northern Nevada last week say they don't think they would've lasted two more days out in the cold. Christina McIntee told NBC's "Today" show that it was "rough" seeing search aircraft pass overhead as they waited near their overturned Jeep. McIntee, her boyfriend James Glanton and four children were rescued Tuesday. The six were taken to the hospital, but all were released within two days. While they were stranded, they started a campfire and rationed food to survive temperatures that dipped well below freezing.