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3 Arrests as White Nationalist Speaks at Auburn

Protesters engaged in shouting matches with supporters of Richard Spencer

(Newser) - White nationalist Richard Spencer spoke in a crowded auditorium at Auburn University on Tuesday after a federal judge blocked the Alabama school from banning his appearance. Only a few chairs were empty in the 400-seat-plus room as Spencer and other speakers railed against ethnicity and racial diversity, liberals, the media,... More »

Auburn Shooting Suspect Surrenders

Desmonte Leonard faces three capital murder charges

(Newser) - The man suspected of a triple murder near Alabama's Auburn University has surrendered to federal agents after a three-day manhunt. Desmonte Leonard, 22, has been charged with three counts of capital murder and two counts of assault in the shooting that left three people dead—including two former Auburn... More »

3 Dead in Auburn University Shootings

A third current player is also injured, expected to survive

(Newser) - A shooting last night at an off-campus Auburn University apartment complex has left three dead, including two former Auburn football players, reports the Birmingham News and MSNBC . Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips were both killed after a fight broke out at a pool party and one or two men began... More »

Auburn U's 130-Year-Old Oak Trees Are Poisoned

Alabama fan charged, and trees may not survive

(Newser) - A 62-year-old man has been charged with criminal mischief in a crime that cuts to the heart of Auburn University. Harvey Updyke Jr. allegedly poisoned the 130-year-old oak trees at Toomer's Corner on the edge of campus that serve as mascots of sorts for the school. Generations of students have... More »

Auburn Beats Oregon to Win BCS Championship

Auburn wins 22-19 after Byrum field goal in closing seconds

(Newser) - Wes Byrum kicked a 19-yard field goal as time expired and No. 1 Auburn beat No. 2 Oregon 22-19 to win the BCS national championship Monday night. Oregon had tied it at 19 with 2:33 left when Darron Thomas connected with Jeff Maehl on a tying 2-point conversion after... More »

Auburn's Controversial QB Leads Stunning Comeback

Win gives Tigers a shot at national championship game

(Newser) - Cam Newton's off-field troubles may hurt his Heisman chances, but his on-field behavior remains just fine. He threw for three touchdowns and ran for another today, leading No. 2 Auburn back from a 24-point deficit for a stunning 28-27 victory over No. 9 Alabama that kept the Tigers on course... More »

Cam Newton Story 'All Smoke and No Fire'

Opinion: Auburn QB still deserves Heisman, at least for now

(Newser) - It's getting hard to keep track of all the allegations surrounding Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, but "right now this story is all smoke and no fire," writes Michael Rosenberg at , who stitches together the pieces. CliffsNotes version: Newton left Florida after getting caught with a stolen... More »

Palin Stays in National Picture With NY Trip

Alaska gov will hit upstate festival, Long Island fundraiser

(Newser) - Sarah Palin will continue to groom her national profile this weekend with appearances in New York state. She’ll be among the honored guests at Saturday's Founders Day celebration in Auburn, the home of William Seward, who negotiated the purchase of Alaska from Russia. “We're going to be political... More »

SnorgTees Girl Says It's All in the Smile

'Genuine smile' behind sales success, her popularity, Auburn student says

(Newser) - Alice Fraasa—better known as the SnorgTees girl—rejects the label of professional model even though her image hawking the shirts is ubiquitous on high-traffic websites. The Auburn senior tells BrandFreak she does the gig for fun and because she gets all the free T-shirts—with slogans such as "... More »

Suspect Charged in Auburn Killing

NASA-enhanced photo helps police nab man in Alabama

(Newser) - A man has been arrested and charged with killing 18-year-old Auburn University student Lauren Burk, thanks to a photo enhanced with help from NASA, the AP reports. Police arrested Courtney Lockhart, 23, in Phenix City, Ala., after a car and foot chase. He was initially sought as a suspect in... More »

UNC Mourns Student Leader

Student body president shot in 'random' attack in suburb

(Newser) - The campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill remains shaken "to the core" by the shooting death of its popular student body president, the News & Observer reports. Thousands attended a vigil yesterday, and the governor issued a letter of condolence. Police called the shooting of... More »

NCAA Records Sought in Payola Probe

Student loan referrals may have netted sports program payoffs

(Newser) - New York's attorney general has demanded records of 40 NCAA athletic departments from  Georgetown and UCLA to discover if students were illegally steered to a particular college loan provider for kickbacks. Several of the Division I schools have links on their websites to a company that officials suspect is offering... More »

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