University of Illinois trustees voted overwhelmingly on Thursday not to reinstate Steven Salaita, whose Twitter postings about Israel caused him to lose a promised faculty job, sparking debate about academic freedom and the use of social media. Salaita, a former tenured professor of English at Virginia Tech, accepted a tenured professorship in October 2013 to teach at University of Illinois' American Indian Studies program but it was revoked in early August after Salaita posted tweets denouncing Israel's military strikes in Gaza. Many of the Twitter messages were inflammatory and in justifying its decision not to give him a job, the university said they were demeaning and uncivil.
Twenty-eight preschoolers and two adults mistakenly drank bleach at snack time at a New Jersey day care center on Thursday and were taken to a hospital after some complained their stomachs were burning. The children, aged 3 and 4, and adult staff members of the Growing Tree Learning Center in downtown Jersey City were transported in five ambulances to the Jersey City Medical Center after a late-morning call to 911, said Mark Rabson, a hospital spokesman. "There was a poisoning and many children were injured," he said, adding the children were walking on their own or were being carried out by their parents and "have smiles on their faces." Keith Kearney, executive director of United Cerebral Palsy of Hudson County, which runs the day care center that is open to all community members and serves 65 children from infants to age 4, said he had heard no reports of injuries and that the hospital visits were a precaution.
SEATTLE (AP) — Environmental groups are suing the U.S. Department of Transportation over the shipment of volatile crude oil in older railroad tank cars.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Wisconsin congresswoman arrested during a protest of wages paid to workers at McDonald's and other fast-food chains will not face an investigation by the House Ethics Committee.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's oldest newspaper says it has staved off closure by reaching a deal with a state company guaranteeing it newsprint for at least two more weeks.
Officials say there are injuries after a multi-vehicle crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Authorities say a Willingboro, New Jersey man sexually abused two children attending daycare in his home.
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A conservative Roman Catholic group severed its 20-year ties with the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade on Thursday, a week after event organizers took the unprecedented step of allowing a gay group to march under its own banner in the procession. The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights said it pulled out of the March 2015 event because the parade committee denied an anti-abortion group from marching with banners while bending its rules to allow the gay group to do so, League President Bill Donohue said in a statement. City officials and Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, welcomed the policy change, announced last week, as a change of tone after years of conflict over the issue. Donohue said the Catholic League is not withdrawing because of any opposition to the gay group's participation.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Wildlife officials say it could take up to two days of testing to determine if they shot and killed the right mountain lion that attacked a 6-year-old boy on a Northern California hiking trail.
Segway Inc is asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to stop a "widespread pattern of infringement" and block several Chinese companies from importing and selling their own similar two-wheeled transporters in the United States. The products, which carry the brand names Freego, Windrunner, Ninebot, Inmotion and Robstep, infringe four of its patents and "intend ... to largely if not completely mimic Segway's personal transporters in operation," Segway said its filing Tuesday. The self-balancing "personal transporters," as they are known in the industry, still occupy a niche market in the United States.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Catholic League said Thursday that it will sit out next year's St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York because event organizers aren't letting an anti-abortion group march.
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - South Carolina child protection workers visited the family of a man accused of killing his five children at least a dozen times since 2011 in response to reports of abuse and neglect, state records released on Thursday show. The children, aged 1 to 8, said father Timothy Ray Jones Jr., 32, spanked them and made them do push-ups for punishment, but they did not appear afraid of him, according to workers, who did not remove the children from his care. Police say the children were already dead by the time South Carolina authorities learned on Monday that the children's grandmother in Mississippi had reported them missing after they did not show up for a planned visit. Following his arrest on unrelated charges in Mississippi on Saturday, police said Jones confessed to the slayings and led them to his children's decomposing bodies, which he had wrapped in garbage bags and dumped near a rural logging road in Alabama. Authorities have not said how the kids were killed.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An FBI official says an attack last year on Silicon Valley's power grid appears to have involved only one shooter.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri women seeking abortions will face one of the nation's longest waiting periods, after state lawmakers overrode the governor's veto to enact a 72-hour delay that includes no exception for cases of rape or incest.
PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — Thieves have picked clean a pumpkin patch that had been cultivated by New Mexico preschoolers.
By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY Mo (Reuters) - The FBI is investigating a possible attempt to bomb the office of a Missouri congressman early Thursday morning, when a window was broken and devices resembling Molotov cocktails hurled at the building, an official said. Police in Kansas City responded at about 3:00 a.m. local time to the local office of U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Democrat, and found that a window had been broken with a hammer, said Bridget Patton, spokeswoman for the FBI in Kansas City. Two Molotov cocktails appeared to have been thrown at the building but ended up on the ground without causing a fire or other damage, Patton said, though the hammer went through the window.
By Aaron Foley DETROIT (Reuters) - A Detroit man accused of killing an 8-year-old boy while he slept in a revenge shooting will stand trial in January, a judge ordered on Thursday. Calvin Mosby, 28, and Devaunte Starks, 17, a teenager accused of breaking into the child's home as the man's accomplice, pleaded not guilty on Thursday in Wayne County Circuit Court to their respective charges stemming from the July 30 shooting death of Jakari Pearson. Prosecutors have accused Mosby of retaliating against an ex-girlfriend by firing several rounds from an AK-47 assault rifle into her son's bedroom early one July morning. The boy's killing came as law enforcement was increasing efforts to curb violence in Detroit, which has increasingly affected young children in recent years.
By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE Ky. (Reuters) - Indiana University Southeast lifted a brief campus lockdown on Thursday, after what was thought to be a man with a gun turned out to be someone with an umbrella. Indiana University Southeast is located in New Albany, Indiana, just across the Indiana border from Louisville, Kentucky. It is part of the multi-campus Indiana University system and has 6,442 students.
TURLOCK, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors say a California man had a blood-alcohol level over twice the legal limit when he hit and killed three members of a family with his car.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Former President George W. Bush says he had a "moment of clarity" while listening to a young girl read in a Florida classroom as his chief of staff whispered to him that the second tower of the World Trade Center had been struck by an airliner on Sept. 11, 2001.