In the Nation

Posted: April 10, 2012

Bomb threats continue at Pitt

PITTSBURGH - Dozens of bomb threats at the University of Pittsburgh over the last two months have students on edge and show no sign of stopping soon.

On Monday, four threats had been made by midafternoon. The school has set up security checkpoints at building entrances and even offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

The university has urged faculty to make arrangements for students to make up classes or exams missed because of the evacuations, but the school says there are no plans to end the semester early.

No bombs have been found. A task force made up of campus police, and the FBI is investigating. - AP

Pollard, convicted spy, is hospitalized

WASHINGTON - Convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Jay Pollard has been hospitalized at a prison medical center in Butner, N.C., since April 4, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons said Monday.

A lawyer for Pollard, 57, said that for more than a year, his client has suffered from increasingly debilitating and incapacitating medical problems that have resulted in emergency surgeries and other emergency medical procedures.

Pollard's hospitalization brought renewed calls for his release from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres.

The White House said Monday that its position has not changed and that the president has no intention of releasing Pollard. - AP

Senator's tweet: Obama 'stupid'

Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R., Iowa) started a Twitter argument about the health-care law over the weekend when he called President Obama "stupid," prompting Obama's chief strategist, David Axelrod, to suggest that a "6-year-old" had hijacked the senator's account to embarrass him.

Grassley, 78, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was referring to Obama's remarks last week that it would be "unprecedented" for the Supreme Court to overturn the health-care overhaul.

After criticizing Obama for his comments regarding the Supreme Court, Grassley posted an update Saturday disapproving of his handling of the situation in Syria, telling him to "wake up."

- New York Times

Center: Kodiak bear on the lam

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An Alaska wildlife center that takes in orphaned and injured animals is missing one of its larger residents.

The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center said Monday that a 300-pound, 2-year-old female Kodiak brown bear escaped six days ago from its enclosure near Portage. The bear had been destined for a zoo in Sweden in early summer.

A spokeswoman for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said the bear, the center's first escapee, was not a public threat. - AP

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