CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - The South Carolina Senate passed legislation on Tuesday to remove the Confederate battle flag that flies at the statehouse grounds and has long been denounced by critics as a symbol of slavery. The bill passed a third and final reading by a 36-3 vote in the state Senate and will now be taken up by the lower House of Representatives. ...
By James Oliphant CHICAGO (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio on Tuesday called for an overhaul of the U.S. higher education system, saying universities were operating as a "cartel" and were not meeting the needs of students or the economy. On Tuesday, he called for a new accreditation process "that welcomes low-cost, innovative providers." Rubio - who has talked about how his own six figures in student debt affected his family - also proposed automatic income-based repayment for all college graduates.
The ankle ligament injury sustained by world number one Rory McIlroy may have golf fretting about his participation at the British Open but there is little doubt the sport is bigger than one player - no matter how talented. McIlroy, who has begun his recovery process, wearing a surgical boot on his left leg, will undergo further tests before deciding whether he has a chance of defending his Open title next week. Jordan Spieth, the man considered by many to be his main rival for the Claret Jug, has said he's keen to see the Northern Irishman on the links at St Andrews.
The U.N. agency "does not currently possess the capacity or organizational culture to deliver a full emergency public health response", a panel of independent experts said in a report on the handling of the Ebola crisis. "This is a defining moment for the health of the global community," the report said. "(The) WHO must re-establish its pre-eminence as the guardian of global public health.