Biden focuses on sex crimes on campuses

BIDEN FOCUSES ON SEX CRIMES ON CAMPUSES

Vice President Joe Biden is urging the nation's schools and colleges to do more to prevent sexual violence, saying campus sex crimes often go unreported because victims fear that universities will not discipline offenders. Biden travels to the University of New Hampshire today to discuss new Education Department instructions to public school districts, colleges and universities about their responsibilities under civil rights laws to prevent sexual violence. His trip is part of a broader effort by the Obama administration to draw attention to sexual violence and ways to prevent it, officials said.

NEW YORK

Security breach widens at retailers

Best Buy Co., TiVo Inc., and Walgreen Co. on Sunday joined a string of companies warning over the weekend that hackers gained access to customers' files, including e-mail addresses. The companies all use the same marketing and communications vendor called Epsilon, based in Dallas. Epsilon issued a statement on Friday saying "a full investigation was under way" following the discovery of the breach of some customer client data. The company had said that information obtained was "limited to e-mail addresses and/or customer names."

WASHINGTON

Lithium batteries on plane in crash

The cargo of a United Parcel Service plane that caught fire and crashed last year included lithium batteries that should have been declared as hazardous cargo, but weren't, according to an accident report released Sunday by the Dubai government's civil aviation authority. The Boeing 747-400 crashed near the Dubai airport on Sept. 3 as the flight's first officer attempted an emergency landing. The report, which doesn't identify the cause of the fire, is expected to raise questions about shipments of the batteries. The batteries can short-circuit and cause fires that burn hot enough to melt an airplane.

IRAQ

Rocket attack kills two U.S. soldiers

Two American soldiers were killed in a rocket attack that struck their unit in southern Iraq, the U.S. military said Sunday. Col. Barry Johnson, a spokesman for U.S. forces in Iraq, declined to give their names or say where in southern Iraq, pending notification of next of kin. About 47,000 U.S. troops remain in Iraq.

Vietnam

'Sacred' turtle captured in lake

An ailing giant turtle considered sacred by many Vietnamese was captured in a lake in central Hanoi on Sunday by rescuers who hope to give it medical attention. Thousands of onlookers cheered at Hoan Kiem Lake as the mammoth creature was pulled in after escaping capture last month.

Times wires

Biden focuses on sex crimes on campuses

04/04/11 [Last modified: Monday, April 4, 2011 12:27am]

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