U.S.: Missing American is alive in Iran

WASHINGTON — Four years after a retired FBI agent mysteriously vanished inside Iran, U.S. officials have received irrefutable proof he is alive, a dramatic development that has sharply intensified diplomatic efforts to bring him home, the Associated Press has learned.

The U.S. had lacked reliable information about whether Robert Levinson was alive or dead since he disappeared in March 2007 from the Iranian island of Kish. It remains unclear who exactly is holding Levinson or where he is, but the proof that he is alive is a hopeful sign in a case that had seemingly gone cold.

Harvard returns ROTC program to campus

BOSTON — Harvard University is welcoming the Reserve Officer Training Corps program back to campus after a four-decade banishment caused by dissent over the Vietnam War and disagreement on military policy toward gays.

The move by Harvard comes just months after Congress in December repealed the military ban on gays serving openly.

Harvard president Drew Gilpin Faust and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus are scheduled to sign an agreement today that will establish the Naval ROTC's presence on the campus, the university announced Thursday.