(CNN)Oklahoma closes a fraternity for racist chants. Iraqi forces circle an ISIS-held town. And "Simpsons" creator dies from cancer.
5 things to know for your New Day -- Tuesday, March 10
It's Tuesday, and here are the 5 things to know for your New Day:
Frat busted: The Sigma Alpha Epsilon house at the University of Oklahoma will be shuttered at midnight tonight after video with members boisterously chanting a racial epithet surfaced.
"The house will be closed, and as far as I'm concerned, they won't be back," university President David Boren said, adding that the university is exploring what actions it can take against individual fraternity members. The SAE's national chapter has suspended members already and threatened lifelong suspensions for anyone responsible for the chant.
Courting trouble: The Missouri Supreme Court has moved all Ferguson municipal cases out of the city after the U.S. Justice Department said the local court participated in the unlawful targeting of African-Americans. Just about every branch of Ferguson government -- police, Municipal Court, City Hall -- participated in "unlawful" targeting of African-American residents for tickets and fines, the Justice Department concluded.
The Missouri high court made the move "to help restore public trust and confidence in the Ferguson municipal court division," it said yesterday.
Major offensive: Iraqi forces may be just days away from retaking Tikrit from ISIS fighters. In the past few days, government troops have closed to within a mile of the city center. Tikrit is best known to Westerners as the birthplace of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
It fell to ISIS in June. The operation is part of the widescale offensive to retake Tikrit ordered by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on March 1. Kurdish forces also report liberating three villages from ISIS over the past couple of days.
Presidential challenge: Republican senators are injecting their 2 cents' worth into nuclear negotiations with Iran. The 47 GOP senators warned the Iranian government Monday that any deal it reaches with Barack Obama might not be worth the paper it's written on once he leaves office in less than two years.
Critics on both sides of the aisle skeptical that the President's diplomacy with Iran will substantially roll back Iran's nuclear weapons program. The White House is working Great Britain, Germany, France, China and Russia to strike a deal with Tehran.
What a character: Nine-time Emmy Award-winning comedy writer and producer Sam Simon, who helped develop "The Simpsons," is dead. He was 59. Simon was diagnosed in February 2013 with terminal colon cancer. The show debuted on Fox on December 17, 1989, and is now the longest-running prime time series in American history.