NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has backed out of delivering the commencement address at Rutgers University after protests over her role in the Iraq War.
Some students and faculty staged sit-ins and said Rice, who was secretary of state under President George W. Bush and national security adviser, bore some responsibility for the war as a member of the Bush administration. Rice, now a professor of political science at Stanford University, declined the invitation in a statement Saturday.
Snapped rail blamed for subway crash
The subway rail that snapped and caused a train to derail, injuring 19 passengers and stranding hundreds underground, was installed just weeks before the accident, the Metropolitan Transit Authority said Saturday.
The rail that broke underneath a train in Queens on Friday morning was made in the U.S. in November and installed in March. The other rails from that shipment will be tracked down and inspected, the MTA said.
Troopers’ slaying came during arrest
As two state troopers struggled to arrest his father, a 19-year-old man shot them seven times with an assault rifle, killing them outside his home in a remote Alaska village, authorities said in charges filed Saturday.
Nathanial Lee Kangas appeared in a Fairbanks court two days after Trooper Gabe Rich and Sgt. Scott Johnson were shot to death. He was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and a count of third-degree assault.
Rich and Johnson, who had recently appeared on a national cable TV show about the Alaska State Troopers, had traveled to Tanana to arrest Kangas’ father, Arvin, on multiple charges.
GM recalling 50,000 SUVS for fuel gauge
General Motors is recalling 51,640 SUVs because the fuel gauges may show inaccurate readings. The recall involves the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia from the 2014 model year.
GM says the engine control module software may cause the fuel gauge to read inaccurately. If that happens, the vehicle might run out of fuel and stall without warning. The company doesn’t know of any crashes or injuries related to the problem.
Airline stowaway leaves Hawaii
The 15-year-old boy who survived a 5 1/2 -hour flight from California to Hawaii in a jet’s wheel well has left the state, but officials on Saturday would not say where they sent him and with whom.
Yahya Abdi has not spoken publicly about the ordeal that raised questions about airport security and revealed the personal family drama of a Somali immigrant struggling to adjust to American life.
Efrem Zimbalist Jr., TV star, dies at 95
Handsome, debonair and blessed with a distinguished voice that reflected his real-life prep school upbringing, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. seemed born to play the TV roles that made him famous.
Zimbalist, who died Friday at 95, became a household name in 1958 as Stu Bailey, the wisecracking partner in a swinging Hollywood detective agency located at the exclusive address of 77 Sunset Strip.
When the show ended in 1964, Zimbalist became an even bigger star playing the empathetic, methodical G-man Lewis Erskine in The F.B.I.