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AIDS, Occupy activists march for health care

NEW YORK (AP) -- Longtime AIDS activists who have chanted in the streets for a quarter century joined supporters of the much newer Occupy Wall Street movement Wednesday in a march through lower Manhattan to demand better health services.

The protest marked 25 years since ACT UP -- the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power -- was formed in the same Wall Street neighborhood.

Now, the group is asking government to impose a small tax on each Wall Street trade -- a so-called "Robin Hood tax" to finance treatment and services for people with HIV.

New York Stock Exchange workers jeered from the sidewalk as protesters wearing Robin Hood costumes were dragged across the pavement to clear Broadway for the stalled morning rush-hour traffic. The nine who had stood across Broadway, chained to each other, were then handcuffed and loaded into police vans.

About an hour later, more than 200 activists gathered near City Hall for the march on Wall Street. They were flanked by police in riot gear and on scooters.


Cooper Union changes tuition-free policy

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York's Cooper Union is breaking with its 110-year-old tradition of free education and will begin charging graduate students tuition next year.

For now, undergraduate students will continue to attend the prestigious Manhattan school tuition-free.

How much graduate students will pay remains to be decided.

The East Village institution also will expand its graduate and other programs in an effort to increase revenue as it struggles to reach financial stability.

The school's president, Jamshed Bharucha, told the New York Times that undergraduates who enter in September 2013 will attend tuition-free during their four years at Cooper Union. But the school made no commitments for those who follow them.

Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.