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Howard University in Washington. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Howard University and at least six other historically Black colleges and universities received bomb threats on Tuesday, prompting evacuations and law enforcement investigations, according to school officials.

Driving the news: In addition to Howard, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Florida Memorial University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina Central University, Prairie View A&M University in Texas and Xavier University of Louisiana all reported bomb threats.

  • The threats, which prompted evacuations by students and faculty, have since been cleared and no bombs were found.
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  • It was not clear whether the threats were connected or if they were racially motivated, according to the Washington Post.

What they're saying: "While the full student body has not yet returned for the semester, students who are on campus have been relocated off-campus for the evening," the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff said in a statement on Tuesday evening.

  • "Although the threat was unfounded we ask that everyone remains vigilant."

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Penn under pressure to fire law professor over anti-Asian comments

University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia . Matt Rourke/AP

Pressure is building on the University of Pennsylvania to take disciplinary action against law professor Amy Wax for saying the U.S. is "better off with fewer Asians and less Asian immigration."

Driving the news: State Sen. Anthony Williams joined other elected officials and civil rights leaders at Penn's campus Thursday to call for the school to launch a review of Wax's tenure that ultimately leads to her dismissal.

  • Williams, a Democrat whose 8th District includes Penn, called Wax's comments "hate speech" and warned that the remarks could incite violence.
  • "She has violated her status of being protected tenure," he told Axios.

FDA limits use of Regeneron and Lilly COVID antibody treatments

A coldbox containing monoclonal antibody treatments at a Regeneron clinic in Pembroke Pines, Florida, in August. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The FDA said Monday it's limiting the use of two monoclonal antibody therapies as COVID-19 treatments because data indicates they're "highly unlikely" to be effective against the dominant Omicron variant.

Driving the news: The FDA revised the authorizations for Regeneron and Eli Lilly "to limit their use to only when the patient is likely to have been infected with or exposed to a variant that is susceptible to these treatments," per a statement from the agency.

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Pentagon: 8,500 troops on high alert for possible deployment to eastern Europe

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has placed 8,500 U.S. troops on "heightened preparedness to deploy" to eastern Europe in case NATO activates its rapid-response force over tensions with Russia, the Pentagon announced Monday.

Why it matters: No decisions have been made to actually deploy U.S. forces, but the heightened alert level will allow the military to rapidly shore up NATO's eastern flank in the event that Russia invades Ukraine. The Pentagon warned that Russia has shown "no signs of de-escalating," and continues to amass troops on Ukraine's borders.

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