Indian Miss America Seen As Symbol Of Change

Miss America 2014

“Miss America is evolving. And she’s not going to look the same anymore.”

So predicted Nina Davuluri(pictured) during her quest to become the first Indian-American winner of the quintessential American beauty pageant. Then Davuluri backed it up by whirling through a...


More Details On Navy Yard Shooter Aaron Alexis

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Aaron Alexis seems a study in contradictions: a former Navy reservist, a Defense Department contractor, a convert to Buddhism who was taking an online course in aeronautics. But he also had flashes of temper that led to run-ins with police over shootings in Fort Worth, Texas, and Seattle.

A profile began to emerge Monday of the man authorities



Obama silent on scandals

WASHINGTON -- When President Barack Obama ran for re-election last year, he and his advisers were quick to condemn comments from Republicans that were deemed offensive or demeaning to women.

But now, with two prominent members of Obama's Democratic Party admitting to lewd online behavior and facing allegations of sexual harassment, the White House is conspicuously silent.

Republicans say that smacks of hypocrisy. But White House officials draw a distinction, saying Obama's comments last year were in response to the policy implications of the controversial views espoused by the two Republicans who were, at the time, running for Senate.

White House spokesman Jay Carney fended off questions Wednesday about both San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who is facing numerous sexual harassment allegations, and Democrat Anthony Weiner, the former congressman currently running for New York City Mayor. Weiner resigned from Congress in 2011 after admitting he sent racy pictures and messages over the Internet to women he did not know. Earlier this month, Weiner acknowledged that he engaged in similar behavior even after resigning.

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Mom Outraged After Teacher Tells Child Not To Use God For Assignment

Erica Shead is reportedly furious at a Lucy Elementary teacher, because she reportedly informed Shead’s 10-year-old that she could not name God as an idol for an assignment, according to the WREG-TV.

After Shead’s daughter, Erin, who attends Lucy Elementary in Memphis,



Trayvon Martin's hoodie: Will it go on display at museum?

(CBS News) A museum director at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., said she would be interested in acquiring a symbolic and recent piece of American history.

Trayvon Martin's hoodie - the sweatshirt he was wearing the night he was fatally shot by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla. - "became the symbolic way to talk [about] the Trayvon Martin case," Lonnie Bunch, the director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, told The Washington Post.

As legal proceedings have come to an end, the hoodie is likely back in the hands of the Sanford Police Department and Trayvon Martin's family will be given a chance to claim it.

Wall Street Journal art reporter Kelly Crow told CBS News that, despite the intrigue, it is unlikely that museums will be clamoring over the hoodie, due to the sensitivities surrounding the case.

"I think the art world probably wouldn't be lining up to display this tomorrow because it could be seen as a little exploitative," Crow said.

If put on display at the African American History Museum - which is currently under construction - the hoodie would join a collection that includes the handcuffs used on Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates as well as artifacts belonging to Harriet Tubman and date back to the days of slavery and the underground railroad, CBS News' Chip Reid reports.

"I think museums have always seen it as their mission to chronicle the human experience. Some museums define that in terms of famous paintings and sculptures; other museums define that in terms of artifacts that, you know, sum up the zeitgeist of a certain historical moment," Crow said.

The collection of these kinds of artifacts is on the rise. The Law Enforcement Memorial Fund is building a museum in Washington that will eventually house the car, sniper rifle and other items used by Lee Boyd Malvo and John Allen Muhammed, the snipers who terrorized the D.C. area in a three-week, 2002 killing spree.

And while an artifact from another famous criminal case - the infamous ill-fitting gloves worn in court during the trial of O.J. Simpson - have yet to be displayed by a museum, they were put on display at the Palms Resort in Las Vegas four years ago.

"I think museums should chronicle the whole sweep of history," said Crow. "The bad stuff happened, and it's part of the story, and it should be included."

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