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Vasser, KV Racing shut down IndyCar team after 14 years

INDIANAPOLIS — Former CART champion Jimmy Vasser has shut down his Verizon IndyCar Series team after 14 years and seven victories, including the 2013 Indianapolis 500 with driver Tony Kanaan.<p>KV Racing Technology, owned by Australian businessman Kevin Kalkhoven and Vasser, announced the long-rumored …

NASCAR

How I became a celebrity chef: Michael Symon

<b>Welcome to our series “How I Became a …,” where we’re digging into the stories of accomplished and influential people and finding out how they got to where they are in their careers. We’re finding out what their biggest challenges, their biggest passions and their biggest pieces of wisdom are — for</b> …

Restaurants

Campus news of the week: A snow day, a swastika, new furry friends

<i>Welcome to the new</i> Campus news of the week <i>roundup here at</i> USA TODAY College<i>. There are around five thousand colleges and universities in the U.S. Here’s a snapshot of the most compelling stories that happened on campus around the country this week, according to student newspapers.</i><p>Bowdoin: First …

College & University

Trump travel ban casts a shadow over international students' futures

As the Trump administration struggles to determine the future of a controversial executive order banning immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries, the futures of international students from those countries hang in the balance.<p>Even though the ban was struck down by a federal court and travel …

College & University

Homeless man to attempt dog sled journey across country

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A homeless man is training two Siberian Huskies for what he calls an "urban dog sled" journey across the country.<p>The 2,200-mile or so trek from Knoxville, Tenn., to Venice Beach, Calif., would double the length of the world's longest annual dog sled race, the Iditarod in …

Travel

Fresh Mix Friday: The 10 phases of midterm studying

‘Tis the season for essays, multiple choice mayhem, and the dreaded “short answer” abyss — that’s right, kids. Midterms are upon us.<p>It’s that special time of year to show what you know so far (or catch up on what you <i>should</i> know so far). And it’s almost impossible to get through without …

Music

Firefighters battling Gatlinburg fire found hydrants running dry

Photographer Brandon Reese and his work partner walked through the fire that scorched the town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, classifying it as 'an apocalyptic wasteland.' USA TODAY NETWORK<p>KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Firefighters from across Tennessee flocking to Gatlinburg to battle a growing firestorm couldn't …

National Parks

Woman who got kidney after national attention dies

ANDERSON, S.C. — Jimmie Sue Evans Swilling got a Valentine's Day card Tuesday from her husband, the last gift from a man who had sparked a nationwide search to find his bride a kidney.<p>Swilling, 80, died in hospice Wednesday as the result of complications related to Parkinson's disease, her family …

Parkinson's Disease

Fans rally to help Mishka the talking Siberian Husky who has cancer

Mishka the talking Siberian Husky has cancer.<p>The vocal South Amboy, N.J., husky became an Internet sensation in 2008 with a YouTube video in which she seems to say “I love you” repeatedly. The video has been view more than 100 million times.<p>Mishka has starred in many more YouTube videos since then …

Siberian Husky

Money 101: What is venture capital?

You’ve probably heard the term <i>venture capital</i> thrown around. But what exactly does it mean? What is it and why do entrepreneurs want it so badly?<p>In the world of Silicon Valley — practically the startup capital of the universe — entrepreneurs and idealists live and breathe “VC.” That’s because …

Venture Capital

Oroville reservoir level drops as storm approaches

Water levels behind the Oroville, California dam have dropped to 32 feet below the emergency spillway that was damaged, causing a massive evacuation. (Feb. 16) AP<p>OROVILLE, Calif. — The roar has quieted and the spray has softened, and all signs point toward improving conditions at the base of the …

Climate

‘Sovereign citizen’ charged with fraud in Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A self-proclaimed "sovereign citizen" guilty of killing a father of two during a backward-driving rampage in Oak Ridge now faces charges of filing bogus liens against the officials who prosecuted him.<p>An Anderson County jury found Lee Harold Cromwell, 65, guilty Wednesday of …

Crime

Judge: Bridgegate case against Gov. Chris Christie can go forward

HACKENSACK, N.J. — A Bergen County judge has decided there is probable cause for an official misconduct complaint to proceed against Gov. Chris Christie in the Bridgegate scandal.<p>Sitting in Central Municipal Court in Hackensack on Thursday, Judge Roy McGeady made his oral ruling from the bench …

Chris Christie

Voices: No one is immune to sexual assault. I should know.

I’m a young man, and I was raped by someone I knew my first year of high school. Having no idea what would happen to me, or what to do, I kept silent and felt powerless.<p>Now that I’m in college, I realize how much this pain has robbed me of what’s supposed to be the best time in my life — my college …

San Francisco Bay Area

Campuses are feeling the impact of the 'day without immigrants'

In numerous U.S. cities, people are not only boycotting work and shopping, but also skipping class — from grade schools to colleges — to honor the #ADayWithoutImmigrants movement.<p>The boycott and strike come as a response to President Trump’s recent actions on immigration, including his …

Education

'Friends of the swastika' shirts sold on USC campus

A vendor sold shirts featuring the swastika at the University of Southern California on Wednesday, a USC student told USA TODAY College.<p>Junior Ilana Spiegel noticed a shirt with various swastika symbols emblazoned across the front at a vendor display on her way to class in the morning. The shirt …

College & University

Ask Brianna: How do I evaluate a job offer?

<i>“Ask Brianna” is a Q&A column from Nerdwallet for 20-somethings or anyone else starting out. I’m here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans — all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college. Send your questions about postgrad life to</i> …

Employment

A.J. Foyt planning to undergo stem cell therapy

Auto racing legend A.J. Foyt is hoping to find the fountain of youth for a body that has taken quite a beating over the years. And like a handful of athletes before him, it’s a journey that will take him outside the United States.<p>Foyt, 82, told IndyCar.com Saturday during a Verizon IndyCar Series …

NFL

Longtime Zoo Knoxville chimp, Debbie, euthanized

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Zoo Knoxville chimpanzee Debbie, who lived at the park since 1976, was euthanized this week after weeks of failing health.<p>Debbie, who would have been 46 on Feb. 27, was diagnosed in late January with breast cancer and renal failure. She was the zoo's oldest chimp and through the …

Wildlife

Khizr Khan decries lack of 'moral compass' at Harvard forum

Gold Star father and constitutional rights advocate Khizr Khan spoke at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and Politics on Wednesday evening about immigration, civil rights, Islamophobia and the future of the United States.<p>The son of Khan and his wife, Ghazala, U.S. Army Captain …

Islamophobia

Immigration agents detain domestic-abuse victim in court

AUSTIN — Six federal immigration agents went to the El Paso County Courthouse last week and arrested an undocumented woman who had just received a protective order alleging that she was a victim of domestic violence.<p>The detention has alarmed officials who fear that that the arrest will scare …

Immigration

'Muslim

Anti-Muslim signs have been spotted on multiple campuses across the United States, apparently the work of a campaign by a far-right, pro-white organization called American Vanguard.<p>The black-and-white posters by American Vanguard asked viewers to “imagine a Muslim-free America,” with images of the …

Bigotry

Planned Parenthood funding in GOP crosshairs across USA

AUSTIN — Planned Parenthood chapters nationwide are fighting efforts in at least 15 states to cut them out of tens of millions of dollars they receive under the federal Medicaid program for reproductive health care.<p>That federal money doesn't cover abortions, but the high-stakes fights being waged …

Women's Rights

Calling all computer science majors: jobs are waiting for you

When he was 14 years old, Lawrence Birnbaum taught himself how to program, but he had trouble even finding a computer to work on. Still, he knew computers were going to be the future.<p>That was in the late 1960s. When Birnbaum — today a computer science professor at Northwestern — was in college, …

College & University

Different booze, different buzz? It's a myth. Really.

We’ve all heard it: If you drink different types of alcohol, you’ll probably feel drunk in different ways.<p>Like: Take a couple shots? You’re in for a loud, crazy night.<p>Throw back some beer? You’re going to get really, really friendly.<p>Drink two glasses of wine? You’ll get giggly and gossipy.<p>At least, …

Alcohol

17 universities file legal challenge to Trump's travel ban

More than a dozen universities voiced opposition to President Trump’s controversial travel ban in a legal document.<p>They argue that their school missions and influence are “truly global” and the president’s executive order threatens “their goals of educating tomorrow’s leaders from around the world.”<p>…

College & University

Judges question investigators' conduct in Brendan Dassey case

Making a Murderer star Brendan Dassey won a court ruling which may grant him a new trial. He is currently serving a life sentence, along with his uncle Steven Avery, for the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach.<p>CHICAGO — Reading into the minds of federal appeals court judges is something of a parlor game: …

Injustice

Calif. evacuees may be away from home two weeks for Oroville spillway fixes

OROVILLE, Calif. — Authorities on Monday told nearly 200,000 evacuated residents it could be up to two weeks before they secure an eroded section of Lake Oroville’s emergency spillway enough to let them return to their homes without the threat of a catastrophic flood.<p>Later in the afternoon, Rep. …

Drought

Nylon, the fiber that changed America, turns 80

It was the world's first totally man-made fiber. Ads said it was as tough as steel, as delicate as spider's web. Customers rioted in department stores to get their hands on it. It was nylon. It was patented exactly 80 years ago, in February, 1937. And it was a game-changer. Read all about it on …

Nylon

3 college YouTube stars share their secrets to success

We all know it’s possible to get social media famous, and many of us want to. The real question: <i>how</i>?<p>USA TODAY College caught up with three YouTube stars: Taylor Reneau (who goes by Yesreneau online), Kostas Garcia and Catherine Goetze (also known as Cath in College), to get their top three tips on …

College & University