By Scott Malone CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) - An advocacy group for the deaf on Thursday sued Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, saying the elite schools had violated laws by posting online video and audio recordings for public use that lacked accurate captions. Two lawsuits charged that Harvard and MIT said the webcast recordings were intended to provide the public free access to the schools but were unusable by people with difficulty hearing because they either lacked captions or had captions that were so poor as to be unusable. "Harvard has largely denied access to this content to the approximately 48 million - nearly one out of five - Americans who are deaf or hard of heading," plaintiffs, including the National Association for the Deaf, said in a filing in U.S. District Court in Boston on Thursday.
By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - FBI Director James Comey on Thursday called for a conversation about race in the United States that extends beyond law enforcement. Speaking at Georgetown University, Comey said the United States is at a crossroads following incidents involving white police officers fatally shooting unarmed black men in 2014. He called for a national debate about real and perceived racial biases both inside and outside law enforcement. Comey said racial bias is not an epidemic in law enforcement any more than it is in academia or the arts and quoted from a song in the musical "Avenue Q" titled “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist.” Comey’s speech marked the first time in recent history that an FBI director has specifically addressed the issue of race, an FBI spokesman said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comedy Central is mulling a "short list" of replacements for "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart, a decision that could affect how much influence the show has on the 2016 presidential campaign.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — In a story Feb. 11 about the launch of a space observatory, The Associated Press reported erroneously where the booster rocket landed in the ocean. SpaceX chief Elon Musk said via Twitter that the rocket landed within 10 meters — not 10 miles — of the target.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The headline-grabbing "nut rage" episode reached a conclusion Thursday with a one- year prison sentence for its chief protagonist, Korean Air heiress Cho Hyun-ah. A South Korean court found that she violated aviation law when she ordered a crew member off a Dec. 5 flight before it took off from New York, forcing the Korean Air plane to return to the gate. Cho, then head of cabin service at the airline, was angered at being offered macadamia nuts in a bag instead of on a dish, and she physically confronted the crew in the first-class cabin.
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Thursday said it would hear arguments on whether to move the trial of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect out of the city that was the site of the largest mass-casualty attack on U.S. soil since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The appeals court's decision to hear arguments on Feb. 19 comes after a district court judge three times rejected pleas by defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's attorneys to move the trial. Defense attorneys contend too many people in the Boston area had a direct connection to the event to empanel an impartial jury. Three people were killed and 264 injured when two homemade bombs went off at the race's crowded finish line on April 15, 2013.
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - Shark attacks killed three people worldwide in 2014, a dramatic drop from 10 fatalities seen a year earlier, researchers found in an annual global tally released this week. Two of the deaths occurred in New South Wales in eastern Australia, and the other in South Africa's Eastern Cape, according to the data, submitted by scientists around the world and cataloged at the University of Florida. It said about half took place off Florida's eastern coast, where smaller sharks mistake swimmers for prey in hit-and-run attacks, then quickly leave. "It's pretty amazing," said researcher George Burgess, who oversees the database called the International Shark Attack File, based at the university.