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One Dead, Two Hospitalized in Yale-Harvard Tailgating Accident

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW HAVEN, Conn.) -- The driver of a rental van that plowed into three women in New Haven, Conn., on Saturday is being questioned.

The incident took place at a tailgate party outside the stadium before a Yale-Harvard football game. One woman was killed and two people were hospitalized with serious injuries.

The accident is still under investigation.

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Raymond Clark Pleads Guilty to Murder of Yale Grad Student Annie Le

ABC News(NEW HAVEN, Conn.) -- On Thursday morning in a Connecticut courtroom, with his entire family looking on, Raymond Clark III pled guilty to the murder and sexual assault of Yale University graduate student Annie Le.

Clark, 26, had been accused of strangling the 24-year-old Le just days before her wedding in September of 2009.

Clark entered the plea under an agreement with prosecutors and will receive a sentence of 44 years. He had been charged with murder and felony murder, each carrying a possible sentence of 25-60 years.

Le's body was found stuffed behind a research laboratory wall on Sept. 13, 2009, five days after she had last been seen inside the Yale medical building. Clark, an animal research assistant who worked in the same facility, was arrested by police Sept. 17 and charged with the murder. When he initially met with investigators, Clark had scratches on his face and left arm -- marks that he claimed came from a cat. But in court, prosecutors cited voluminous amounts of evidence from the crime scene that tied Clark to the murder. This included a bloody sock found in the wall that contained both Clark and Le's DNA as well as a lab coat in the laundry bin that also contained both their DNA. A green ink pen was found under Le's body that had her blood and Clark's DNA.

Police said that Clark signed into the secure building using a green pen the day Le went missing. Video footage taken from the building showed that Clark changed his clothes on the day the murder was alleged to have taken place.

Outside the courtroom Thursday, Clark's father Raymond Clark Jr., said, "It is a heavy heart that I stand here before you today. We will live out our life knowing that he is behind bars. But we are proud of Ray for taking responsibility for his actions and pleading guilty. I want you to know that Ray has expressed extreme remorse from the very beginning. I can't tell you how many times he sobbed uncontrollably, telling me how sorry he is; telling me how his heart is tortured by the reality the he caused the death of Annie."

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Ivy League Professors Launch Website to Donate Tax-Cut Proceeds to Charity

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- President Obama and his Republican rivals may have reached a compromise for a tax plan, but a group of Ivy League professors says the plan unfairly favors the wealthy -- and is encouraging taxpayers to take a stand by donating their tax cuts to charity.

Three professors -- two from Yale and one from Cornell -- have launched, a website that allows visitors to calculate their tax cuts and pledge some of the money to charity.

"You can see what your tax cut is and, if you can afford it, you can support the kinds of programs the government would be supporting," said Daniel Markovits, a professor at Yale Law School. "It allows you to tie your charitable donations to a statement of principle that taxes should be more equally distributed."

Markovits said the tax compromise, which extended the Bush-era tax cuts, decreases funding supporting programs for the economically disadvantaged and disproportionately helps the wealthy. Current income taxes, which have a maximum rate of 35 percent, are lower than the 50 percent under President Reagan, according to Markovits.

"You have a great deal of inequality, hardship in the middle class, and fiscal policy that's not distributing the burden equally. The tax deal that the Obama administration made combined modest stimulus to the middle class with huge giveaways to the wealthy."

Markovits said he and the others chose the name of the website to highlight that more jobs are what are needed for the middle class to recover from the economic downturn.

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