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News Guide: Texas' latest history textbook tussle

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 20:31
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Board of Education is poised to vote Tuesday on more than 100 proposed social studies, history, geography and government textbooks that publishers have submitted for approval for use in classrooms statewide. Texas is such a large textbook market that it sometimes affects books used elsewhere. A look at the latest book battle:

Teen performs CPR to save baby at Missouri store

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 20:15
HIGH RIDGE, Mo. (AP) — A suburban St. Louis high school student is being credited with saving a baby's life.

National Children's Museum to return to DC

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 20:02
WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Children's Museum is planning to return to the District of Columbia next year, just two years after moving to Prince George's County in Maryland.

Teen charged as an adult in Pennridge H.S. attack

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 20:01

Teen charged as an adult in Pennridge H.S. attackA student who is charged in a violent attack at Pennridge High School faced a judge on Monday.


Small plane crashes into occupied home in Chicago

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 20:01

Small plane crashes into occupied home in ChicagoChicago police say a small plane has crashed into a home on the city's southwest side.


CO leak forces dozens from Delaware Co. hotel

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 20:00

CO leak forces dozens from Delaware Co. hotelOfficials say nearly one hundred people were evacuated from a Concordville, Pennsylvania hotel after a carbon monoxide leak early Tuesday morning.


Fire damages apartment building in Strawberry Mansion

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 19:41

Fire damages apartment building in Strawberry MansionOfficials say a fire damaged an apartment building in Philadelphia's Strawberry Mansion section early Tuesday morning.


Suspect arrested in NYC jewelry store robbery

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 19:15
NEW YORK (AP) — A suspect has been arrested and charged in connection with a midday jewelry store robbery in New York City's Diamond District.

4 Israelis killed in Jerusalem synagogue attack

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 19:11

4 Israelis killed in Jerusalem synagogue attackTwo Palestinians stormed a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday, attacking worshippers praying inside with knives, axes and guns, and killing four people before they were killed in a shootout with police, officials said.


Things to know about plan for national forest

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 18:45
Some things to know about the final management plan for the George Washington National Forest:

VIDEO: Katherine Scott reports on the cold temps

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 18:09

 Katherine Scott reports on the cold tempsCommuters talk with Action New reporter Katherine Scott about the cold temperatures.


One mom's mission to encourage girls in science

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 17:30

In this July 31, 2014 photo, Kelly Mathews reads "Rosie Revere, Engineer" to her 6-month-old daughter, Marilyn, at their home in Langhorne, Penn. The software engineer is on a mission - to get more girls interested in science, engineering, technology and math (STEM). (AP Photo/Joe Frederick)LANGHORNE, Pa. (AP) — Kelly Mathews is on a mission — to get more girls interested in STEM.


Man who died from Ebola endured treatment delays

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 17:17
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A surgeon who contracted Ebola while working in his native Sierra Leone has died while being treated in a biocontainment unit at a Nebraska hospital, the facility said Monday.

China convicts Web marketer in anti-rumor campaign

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 16:43
BEIJING (AP) — A Beijing court on Tuesday convicted an Internet marketer of illegal business practices and sentenced him to four years in prison for posting false information and deleting posts critical of his clients, in a case that state media have used to praise a government crackdown on online expression.

Answers to questions about the Ferguson grand jury

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 16:21

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Brown family is Michael Brown, 18, who was shot and killed in a confrontation with a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9, 2014. Police departments across the country are bracing for large demonstrations when a grand jury decides whether to indict officer Darren Wilson, who killed the unarmed black teenager. (AP Photo/Brown Family, File)ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri grand jury has been hearing evidence for months as it weighs whether to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of Michael Brown, which was followed by sometimes violent protests. Some answers to common questions about the grand jury:


Active Alaska volcano calms down _ for now

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 15:56

In this Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 photo provided by the Alaska Volcano Observatory, a view of the Pavlof volcano's eruption plume is seen from an aircraft. The National Weather Service warned airplanes to avoid airspace near the erupting volcano as it spewed ash 30,000 feet above sea level. Pavlof is Alaska's most active volcano and is located about 625 miles southwest of Anchorage. It's had more than 40 recorded eruptions, including earlier this year and last year.(AP Photo/Alaska Volcano Observatory)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — One of Alaska's most active volcanos has calmed down since spewing ash up to 35,000 feet into the air over the weekend, but scientists said Monday the volcano has a pattern of prolonged eruptions of varying intensity. They're not ready to consider this explosion over.


Toyota to start sales of fuel cell car next month

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 15:18

In this photo taken Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, the engine part of a Toyota Motor Corp.'s new fuel cell vehicle Mirai is shown at its showroom test course in Tokyo. There will only be a few hundred, and they won’t be cheap, but Toyota is about to take its first small step into the unproven market for emissions-free, hydrogen-powered vehicles. The world’s largest automaker announced Tuesday, Nov. 18 that it will begin selling fuel cell cars in Japan on Dec. 15 and in the U.S. and Europe in mid-2015. The sporty-looking, four-door Toyota Mirai will retail for 6.7 million yen ($57,600) before taxes. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)TOKYO (AP) — There will only be a few hundred, and they won't be cheap, but Toyota is about to take its first small step into the unproven market for emissions-free, hydrogen-powered vehicles.


Washington mayor nixed plea deal over 2010 campaign: report

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 13:39

Gray campaigns on election day outside a polling place in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray rejected a plea deal from federal prosecutors in connection with their probe of his 2010 election campaign, the Washington Post reported on Monday. Prosecutors in the U.S. capital offered Gray, a Democrat, a deal in September that called for him to plead guilty to one felony count, the newspaper said, citing a person with knowledge of the talks. Six people have pleaded guilty to federal crimes related to Gray's campaign since 2012. They include Jeffrey Thompson, a businessman accused of financing a shadow campaign for Gray. ...


Exclusive: NRG betting big on rooftop solar in California

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 13:37

David Crane, president/CEO of NRG Energy, smiles during the grand opening of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in the Mojave Desert near the California-Nevada borderBy Nichola Groom (Reuters) - U.S. power company NRG Energy Inc aims to grab a bigger piece of the residential solar industry by expanding its business in California, the nation's biggest solar market, and offering a new financing option to its customers. NRG Home Solar on Tuesday will announce two new offices and plans to add 100 employees in the Golden State. The company is already a top competitor on the East Coast but has lagged rivals such as SolarCity Corp and Vivint Solar Inc in California. That is about to change, according to Kelcy Pegler, president of NRG Home Solar. ...


Future Chicago archbishop speaks to parishioners

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 13:23

Bishop Blase Cupich, left, and the retiring Cardinal Francis George listen during his Rite of Reception service at Holy Name Cathedral, Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, in Chicago. Cupich will be installed as the ninth Archbishop of Chicago on Tuesday. He was named in September by Pope Francis to succeed the retiring Cardinal Francis George. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, Pool)CHICAGO (AP) — The bishop set to become the leader of the third-largest diocese in the United States vowed Monday night that he will be active in the Chicago community by pushing for immigration reform, battling gang violence and helping the poor.