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Texas shoots down plan for experts to fact-check textbooks

no fact check for Texas school booksTexas' State Board of Education rejected a plan to create an expert panel to identify factual errors in history and geography textbooks.

An 8-7 vote Wednesday shot down a proposal to have a panel of college professors read the books specifically searching for errors.

The vote followed a year of controversy regarding the books' interpretations of Islamic history, the Ten Commandments, the Civil War and global warming. There was also an inaccurate reference to African slaves transported to North America as "workers" brought to the board's attention by the mother of a ninth-grade Houston student, provoked a national dispute.


Maryland college closed for second day while FBI searches for armed, 'despondent' student

Washington College shut downA Maryland college was evacuated and closed for the second straight day Tuesday while authorities searched for a student who may be armed and "despondent."

Washington College was locked down early Tuesday as law enforcement officials ramped up their search for Jacob Marberger, a student who has been missing for the last two days. His parents had notified police to communicate serious concerns.


Gun purchases legal for those on US terror watchlists

gun sales“America is absolutely awash with easily obtainable firearms.”

Such was the proclamation of Adam Gadahn, a United States citizen who, as a spokesman for Al-Qaeda, released a series of videos encouraging violence against Western targets. The one encouraging followers in the U.S. to buy guns was made in 2011 and highlighted by NPR in 2013. Gadahn was reportedly killed in January by a CIA drone strike, but his words of encouragement to aspiring attackers still resonate today.


U.S. pursuing criminal cases against RBS, JPMorgan executives: WSJ

US pursuing criminal charges against bank executivesFederal prosecutors are pursuing criminal cases against executives from the Royal Bank of Scotland Group and JPMorgan Chase & Co for allegedly selling flawed mortgage securities, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed sources.

People familiar with the probes said officials were trying to determine whether the bankers ignored warnings from associates that they were packing too many weak mortgages into investment offerings and whether they can prove that constituted fraud, the newspaper said. (


Jamar Clark shooting protesters close down Minneapolis highway; 51 arrested

Protesters shut down Minneapolis highwayHundreds of people protesting the police shooting of Jamar Clark blocked a Minneapolis highway, leading to the arrests of 51 demonstrators.

The protest began Monday evening, hours after Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and Police Chief Janee Harteau requested a federal civil rights investigation in the weekend shooting of Clark.


U.S. Police-related deaths pass 1,000, terror fatalities remain below 10

Police deaths pass 1000In the aftermath of last week's terrorist attacks in France, the United States of America on Sunday reached a deadly milestone in a different crisis. With a little over a month to go in 2015, a thousand people have already died in police-related incidents so far this year, according to a tally run by Britain's The Guardian newspaper.

U.S. citizens killed by police this year are being tallied and represented in an interactive web exhibit created by the news outlet, called "The Counted."


Giant for-profit college chain settles with feds for $95 million

Education ManagementOne of the nation's largest chains of for-profit trade schools and colleges has reached a $95.5 million settlement with the Obama administration over allegations it had run a “high-pressure boiler room” telemarketing scheme to push students into enrolling.

In the settlement announced Monday, Education Management Corp. is not admitting wrongdoing, but the agreement resolves allegations that the company used illegal enrollment incentives to pay its recruiters and exaggerated to prospective students its career-placement ability. The federal complaint is available here.


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