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FILE - In this May 8, 2014, file photo, then Baylor University President Ken Starr testifies at the House Committee on Education and Workforce on college athletes forming unions. in Washington. President Donald Trump's legal team will include former Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr, the former independent counsel who led the Whitewater investigation into President Bill Clinton, according to a person familiar with the matter. The team will also include Pam Bondi, the former Florida attorney general. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

Who's who on Trump's legal team for impeachment trial

Jan. 18, 2020 12:24 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s legal advocates for his Senate impeachment trial will include a pair of well-known attorneys who have vigorously defended Trump on television and played roles in some of the most consequential legal dramas in recent history. Among those assisting White...

FILE - In this May 8, 2014, file photo, then Baylor University President Ken Starr testifies at the House Committee on Education and Workforce on college athletes forming unions. in Washington. President Donald Trump's legal team will include former Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr, the former independent counsel who led the Whitewater investigation into President Bill Clinton, according to a person familiar with the matter. The team will also include Pam Bondi, the former Florida attorney general. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team

Jan. 18, 2020 12:13 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has assembled a made-for-TV legal team for his Senate trial that includes household names like Ken Starr, the prosecutor whose investigation two decades ago resulted in the impeachment of Bill Clinton. Former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said he will...

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2019 file photo, Elizabeth Banks poses for photographers upon arrival at the UK premiere of 'Charlie's Angels', at a central London cinema. Harvard University's famed Hasty Pudding theater troupe has named Banks as the group's 2020 Woman of the Year. The troupe's leaders made the announcement Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 saying Banks was chosen because of her impact in Hollywood as a female director, producer and writer. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

Elizabeth Banks to be honored by Harvard's Hasty Pudding

Jan. 14, 2020 11:01 AM EST

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Harvard University's famed Hasty Pudding theater troupe has named actor and director Elizabeth Banks as the group's 2020 Woman of the Year. The troupe's leaders made the announcement Tuesday, saying Banks was chosen because of her impact in Hollywood as a female director, producer...

Professor sues New York Times over story related to Epstein

Jan. 13, 2020 10:07 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A Harvard University law professor announced Monday that he is suing The New York Times for what he calls “clickbait defamation" over a story the newspaper published related to donations from financier Jeffrey Epstein. Lawrence Lessig filed the lawsuit in response to a story the Times...

This illustration provided by Harvard shows data from the “Radcliffe Wave,” indicated in red, superimposed on an artist’s rendering of Milky Way galaxy. On Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, scientists reported that this massive structure of star-forming gases was discovered in the galaxy's spiral arm closest to Earth. (Alyssa Goodman/WorldWide Telescope via AP)

Titanic wave of star-forming gases found in Milky Way

Jan. 7, 2020 4:42 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronomers have discovered a titanic wave of star-forming gases practically right under our noses in the Milky Way. Harvard University scientists reported Tuesday that this massive structure has been hiding out in the Milky Way galaxy's spiral arm closest to Earth. The...

US: Med student tried to smuggle cancer research to China

Dec. 31, 2019 9:58 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A medical student from China who U.S. authorities say tried to smuggle cancer research material taken from a Boston hospital out of the country has been held without bail by a judge who ruled he was a flight risk. Zaosong Zheng, 29, who last year earned a visa sponsored by Harvard University...

In this Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 photo passers-by walk near an entrance to a building at Harvard Law School, in Cambridge, Mass. A cluster of commitments to atone for historical ties to slavery marks new territory in a reckoning at U.S. colleges that have responded up until now with monuments, building names changes and public apologies. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Reparations mark new front for US colleges tied to slavery

Dec. 14, 2019 9:17 AM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The promise of reparations to atone for historical ties to slavery has opened new territory in a reckoning at U.S. colleges, which until now have responded with monuments, building name changes and public apologies. Georgetown University and two theological seminaries have announced...

In this March 27, 2019, photo, author Shoshana Zuboff pauses while walking her dog near her home in Maine. Zuboff is the author of

Meet the scholar who diagnosed ‘surveillance capitalism’

Dec. 11, 2019 3:17 PM EST

A year ago, Shoshana Zuboff dropped an intellectual bomb on the technology industry. She hasn’t stood still since. In a 700-page book, the Harvard scholar skewered tech giants like Facebook and Google with a damning phrase: “surveillance capitalism.” The unflattering term evokes how these...

In this Wednesday, March 27, 2019 photo, author Shoshana Zuboff speaks to a reporter in her home in Maine. Zuboff is the author of

Meet the scholar who diagnosed ‘surveillance capitalism’

Dec. 11, 2019 12:28 PM EST

A year ago, Shoshana Zuboff dropped an intellectual bomb on the technology industry. She hasn’t stood still since. In a 700-page book, the Harvard scholar skewered tech giants like Facebook and Google with a damning phrase: “surveillance capitalism.” The unflattering term evokes how these...

3 Nobel winners will donate prize money to support research

Dec. 8, 2019 11:55 AM EST

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The three winners of the Nobel Prize in economics are donating their prize money to fund grants that will support economic research for the next 15 years. Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Michael Kremer, of Harvard University, will...