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Texas board may vote to let academics check school textbooks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 04:22

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2015, file photo, Roni Dean-Burren poses on the campus of the University oh Houston, in Houston. Dean-Burren asked publisher McGraw-Hill Education to change the text in a geography book that refers to slaves as "workers." Texas may vote this week on having outside experts check textbooks used in its public school classrooms for factual errors. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas education officials may vote this week to have outside experts check for factual errors in textbooks used in its public schools, a small but key concession that could soften longstanding ideological fights over how history, science and religion are taught across America's second-largest state.

City official: Infant bodies found were 'medical specimens'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 04:15
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia health official says two infant bodies found in a weed-filled lot appear to be medical specimens used for study.

AG Kathleen Kane warned by top deputies about need for changes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 04:01

AG Kathleen Kane warned by top deputies about need for changesFour top deputies to Attorney General Kathleen Kane warned her that she needed to make more changes while her law license is suspended.

NYC man gets 4 years in prison for divorce coercion

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 03:57
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New York City man who used threats of violence to coerce a Jewish man to give his wife a religious divorce was sentenced Monday to four years in prison, becoming the first of 10 defendants nabbed in an FBI sting to learn his fate.

Venezuela pair held by U.S. for drugs were 'kidnapped': official

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 03:55
Two men said to be relatives of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro held in the United States on cocaine smuggling charges were "kidnapped," a senior member of the ruling Socialist Party said on Monday. In the first direct comment on the case from a high-ranking Venezuelan official, National Assembly president and party No. 2 Diosdado Cabello also said it was an attempt by Washington to discredit the country's government right before a vote. Franqui Francisco Flores de Freitas, 30, and Efrain Antonio Campo Flores, 29, were arrested in Haiti on Tuesday and flown to New York for indictment.

UN seeks troops for C. African Republic before pope visit

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 03:43
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Britain says U.N. Security Council members support a request to send hundreds more peacekeepers to Central African Republic as a visit by Pope Francis, and elections, are both set for the coming weeks.

Flint, Michigan residents sue city, state over tap water

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 03:41
The federal lawsuit filed on Friday challenged Flint's April 2014 switch to water from the Flint River instead of Detroit's water system, after Gov. Rick Snyder had placed the city of about 99,000 people under emergency financial management. Snyder decided last month to switch Flint residents back to Detroit's water system.

Dueling portraits of Massachusetts teen charged in teacher's murder

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 03:38

Philip Chism stands during his arraignment for the death of Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer in Salem District Court in BostonBy Ted Siefer SALEM, Mass. (Reuters) - A Massachusetts prosecutor on Monday described a 16-year-old former high school student charged with murdering his math teacher as a remorseless killer, while his attorney portrayed him as mentally disturbed. The suspect, Philip Chism, is being tried as an adult in the murder of Colleen Ritzer, 24, who had been a popular teacher at Chism's high school in Danvers, Massachusetts, a town of 26,000 about 20 miles (32 km) north of Boston. "The defendant arrived at Danvers High School with a mask, a box cutter and a terrible purpose," said Kate McDougall, an Essex County prosecutor.

Obama rules out U.S. troops on ground to fight Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 03:31

U.S. President Obama addresses news conference following working session at G20 summit in AntalyaBy Matt Spetalnick BELEK, Turkey (Reuters) - President Barack Obama ruled out a shift in strategy in the fight against Islamic State on Monday despite the deadly attacks in Paris, saying putting more U.S. troops on the ground as sought by his political critics "would be a mistake." Speaking after a G20 summit in Turkey, Obama described the attacks in France that killed 129 people as "a terrible and sickening setback" and vowed to redouble efforts to destroy Islamic State, even as the group threatened to strike Washington. Mindful of the difficulties that the United States had in controlling Iraq after its invasion in 2003, Obama is very reluctant to commit American ground forces to Middle East conflict zones.

Woman with chest pains airlifted from cruise off N. Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 03:24
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — A Coast Guard helicopter has airlifted a woman from a cruise ship off North Carolina because of chest pains.

Georgia college on lockdown; woman shot nearby, police say

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 03:20
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Officials say an Atlanta-area college is on lockdown after a woman was found fatally shot in an apartment nearby, and police are looking for her husband.

Fish rescued from river contaminated in Brazil dam bursts

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 03:18
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Teams of biologists were working on Monday to rescue fish from a river that was contaminated after two dams at an iron ore mine breached earlier this month, unleashing a deadly wave of mud.

Cheltenham High School lockout due to concern about missing man

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 03:13

Cheltenham High School lockout due to concern about missing manConcerns over the actions of a man who is now missing prompted a lockout of Cheltenham High School on Monday morning.

All-clear sounded after suspicious package prompts evacuation at Philadelphia District Attorney's office

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 03:01

All-clear sounded after suspicious package prompts evacuation at Philadelphia District Attorney's officeAuthorities have sounded the all-clear after a suspicious package prompted an evacuation at the Philadelphia District Attorney's office.

Report: Shortcomings in Baltimore police response to riot

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 02:48
BALTIMORE (AP) — A new report says Baltimore police was underprepared and disorganized during the protests and rioting that followed the death of Freddie Gray.

Detroit's Big Three accelerate plans to build more small cars in Mexico

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 02:33

The 2014 Jeep Compass is unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in DetroitDetroit’s Big Three automakers are accelerating plans to produce more small cars for the North American market in Mexico as they seek to reduce labor costs, while using higher-paid U.S. workers to build their very profitable trucks, sport utility vehicles and luxury cars. New versions of several of their popular U.S. compact cars are expected to be made in Mexico, people familiar with the companies' plans said.

Police: Babies had autopsies done before being found

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 02:33

 Babies had autopsies done before being foundPolice say the bodies of two babies were discovered by a boy and a girl playing in a field in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.

U.S. has no credible information on potential attack on homeland: DHS

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 02:26
The United States has no information indicating a potential attack on American soil, a U.S. security official said on Monday after an Islamic State video threatened to strike Washington. Islamic State warned in a new video on Monday that countries taking part in air strikes against Syria would suffer the same fate as France, and threatened to attack in Washington.

Harvard University searching buildings after bomb threat

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 02:23

The Harvard College arms sits atop a gate into Harvard Yard at Harvard University in CambridgeBOSTON (Reuters) - Harvard University said on Monday it had evacuated four buildings on its campus outside Boston after receiving an "unconfirmed" bomb threat and that the search would likely take several hours. Three classroom buildings - The Science Center, Sever and Emerson Halls - and one dormitory, Thayer Hall, were affected, the Ivy League school said on its website. The threat comes three days after coordinated attacks by gunmen and suicide bombers killed 129 people in Paris. (Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and James Dalgleish)

Former Navy chaplain pleads guilty in child porn case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 02:20
DOVER, Del. (AP) — A former Navy chaplain and Catholic priest who sexually assaulted a Naval Academy midshipman years ago is facing up to 50 years in prison for child pornography.