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Climate science provokes textbook battle in Texas

Climate change dispute in TexasSeveral textbook publishers have withdrawn passages from social studies textbooks that could have lead middle school students to think that climate change is not caused by human activity, an advocacy group said Monday.

The move comes a day before elected Texas school officials vote on whether to approve the books.

The decisions of the Texas State Board of Education could have national impact because the state is the second-largest textbook market behind California, so textbooks written for its market tend to end up in other parts of the country as well.

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White-out conditions, bitter cold blast North, East

White ot conditions cover most of eastPlummeting temperatures and lake-effect snow brought weather havoc to much of the North and East on Tuesday, with some areas battling snow measured in feet and white-out highway conditions.

Tuesday, the U.S. awoke to its coldest November morning since 1976 , reported WeatherBell meteorologist Ryan Maue. "More than 85% of the surface area of the Lower 48 reached or fell below freezing Tuesday morning," he said.

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Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi to pay $315 million over whitewashed report

Bank of Tokyo-MitsubishiBank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi has agreed to pay $315 million to New York's banking regulator for submitting a whitewashed report about its improper handling of transactions involving countries subject to U.S. sanctions, the regulator said on Tuesday.

The report formed the basis for a $250 million settlement the bank, the largest in Japan, reached last year with New York's Department of Financial Services for stripping information from wires that would have helped authorities police transactions involving Iran, Burma and Myanmar from 2002 to 2007.

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Seven big US corps pay CEOs more than they hand Uncle Sam in taxes

CiticorpSeven of the 30 largest American corporations paid more money to their chief executive officers last year than they paid in U.S. federal income taxes, according to a study released Tuesday that was disputed by at least one of the companies.

The study, put out by the Institute for Policy Studies and the Center for Effective Government, two think tanks in Washington, D.C., said the seven companies, which in 2013 reported more than $74 billion in combined U.S. pre-tax profits, came out ahead on their taxes, gaining $1.9 billion more than they owed.

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Palestinians kill 4 in Jerusalem synagogue attack

Palestinians kill 4 rabbisTwo Palestinian cousins armed with meat cleavers and a gun stormed a Jerusalem synagogue during morning prayers Tuesday, killing four people in the city's bloodiest attack in years. Police killed the attackers in a shootout.

The attack ratcheted up fears of sustained violence in the city, which is already on edge amid soaring tensions over its most contested holy site.

Police said the dead worshippers were three Americans and a Briton, and that all held dual Israeli citizenship. The attack occurred in Har Nof, an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood that has a large population of English-speaking immigrants.

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South Dakota Sioux tribe calls Keystone XL pipeline approval 'act of war'

S Dakota Sioux tribe warns against pipelineA Native American tribe in South Dakota has called a congressional vote to approve the Keystone XL pipeline an “act of war” and vowed to close the reservation’s borders if the US government tries to install a pipeline there.

The prospective route for the pipeline, which would connect Canadian tar sands fields to the Gulf coast, runs through the 922,759-acre (1,442 sq mi) Rosebud Sioux reservation in south-central South Dakota. The House of Representatives voted 252-161 on Friday to approve the pipeline.

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Church of England OKs Female Bishops

Female bishops in UKThe Church of England has broken with centuries of tradition after its general synod amended church law to allow the appointment of female bishops. The first female bishop is expected to be installed in the new year.

And at Sunday service at St Mary Newington church in south London, there was a real sense of anticipation over the knowledge that from the following afternoon, women would be able to become bishops, some two decades after the Church of England first accepted women priests.

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Greenpeace boat rammed by Spanish navy

Greenpeace rammedEnvironmental advocacy group Greenpeace said one of its protesters suffered a broken leg after its boat was rammed by a Spanish navy boat.

Greenpeace is in waters off the coast of Morocco protesting against Spanish energy company Repsol. The advocacy group said the company has a permit to operate in Spanish waters near the Canary Islands despite risks to the ecology and tourist economy.

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Red Cross officials: Ebola flaring anew in Africa

Ebola spreading in west africaRed Cross officials helping to lead the fight against Ebola in West Africa say the virus is spreading, and they're having trouble recruiting health care workers to combat it.

Antoine Petitbon of the French Red Cross said Monday that it's easier for him to recruit people to go to Iraq, despite the security hazards there. He said the French Red Cross is facing a problem it's never had before: Sixty percent of people who sign up to work in the Ebola zone back out later due to pressure from families and friends.

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