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Columbia allows return of ROTC

Associated Press / April 3, 2011

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New York
NEW YORK — Student and faculty leaders at Columbia University have voted to welcome the military’s ROTC program back to campus four decades after it was banned during the Vietnam War peace movement. The University Senate voted, 51 to 17, with one person abstaining Friday to “explore mutually beneficial relationships with the armed forces of the United States, including participation in the programs of the Reserve Officers Training Corps.’’

California
Transocean gave executives bonuses
SAN FRANCISCO — Transocean Ltd. gave its top executives bonuses for achieving the “best year in safety performance in our company’s history’’ despite the explosion of its oil rig that killed 11 people and spilled 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The company said in a regulatory filing that its most senior managers were given two thirds of their total possible safety bonus.

New Mexico
4 killed in test run of luxury aircraft
ROSWELL — Four people died yesterday in a fiery crash of a test twin-engine luxury business aircraft at Roswell’s airport, authorities said. The twin-engine Gulfstream G6 crashed at the Roswell International Air Center about 9:30 a.m. The Federal Aviation Administration said two pilots and two flight test engineers were on board the plane when it went down. It said the crew was practicing takeoffs and landings.

Illinois
Girl is fined after April Fools’ prank
BLOOMINGTON — A 16-year-old central Illinois girl has been given $150 in tickets after the worried victims of her April Fools’ Day prank called police. Police say the girl texted her friend and cousin Friday morning and said she had been robbed and shot in the foot. The pair called police, who rushed to a home where they found the 16-year-old safe. She received tickets for disorderly conduct and truancy.

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