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Alabama expels student over racist video

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Screenshot from a video posted on Instagram on MLK Day (Image: WBRC/Instagram)

A student who posted videos containing blatantly racist language has been expelled by the University of Alabama, according to multiple reports. University President Stuart R. Bell called the videos "highly offensive and deeply hurtful," and told the Associated Press that the student, Harley Barber, is "no longer enrolled here."

Barber posted two videos to Instagram on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in which she repeatedly used the "n" word, claiming that since she was from New Jersey, she was entitled to use the word as much as she liked.

“I did something really, really bad,” she said in an interview with the New York Post. “I don’t know what to do and I feel horrible. I’m wrong and there’s just no excuse for what I did.”

Get full details in CMN's report.
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White House chief of staff says Trump's wall promises “not fully informed”

White House chief of staff John Kelly told Democratic lawmakers that some of President Trump’s campaign pledges for a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico were “uninformed.”

CNN reports, “A source familiar with Kelly's comments in the closed-door meeting with Democrats and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus told CNN that Kelly said he has worked to educate the President and move him away from his campaign promises.”

The meeting took place to address immigration reform and the looming government shutdown, but no new proposal from the White House on immigration and DACA was presented.

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Ex-student arrested after setting eight fires at Minnesota college

Police in Minnesota have arrested a former student and charged her with arson after eight fires were deliberately set at St. Catherine University in St. Paul.

Books, toilet paper and sanitary napkins were set on fire, St. Paul fire assistant chief Mike Gaede and Sara Berhow, a university spokeswoman, told the Star Tribune. No one was injured and firefighters were able to easily contain the blazes when they arrived on campus.

ICYMI: Georgetown becomes first American Catholic college with LGBT-only dorm

Jesuit-run Georgetown University, the oldest Catholic University in America, recently approved a proposal to incorporate LGBT student housing on their campus.

The new dorms are believed to be the first LGBT residence at an American Catholic institution. Get more details in CMN's report.

Last But Not Least: Kiyme baby three!

The world will soon be keeping up with a new Kardashian on television — on Tuesday evening, reality TV star Kim Kardashian West confirmed the arrival of her third child and second daughter with husband Kanye West. The couple also have four-year-old daughter North and two-year-old son Saint.

Get more details in CMN's news brief.
Today's Morning Scoop was compiled by Natalia Kolenko and the CMN Staff. It's Thursday, surely you've got all the books you need for your classes by now, right?
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