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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.


Pair of Palestinian attacks kill 3 Israelis

3 Israelis knifedA pair of attacks by Palestinians, including a stabbing at an office building in Tel Aviv, killed three Israelis Thursday, intensifying a two month-long wave of violence.

Much of the recent unrest has focused on the West Bank city of Hebron, a frequent flashpoint. But the attack in Israel's economic hub of Tel Aviv returned the violence to the Israeli heartland, shattering a lull that had set in outside of the West Bank, and stoking Israeli fears that a full-fledged Palestinian uprising could erupt.


UN says 5,700 have been killed in Yemen conflict since March

5,700 killed in YemenThe United Nations on Wednesday said 5,700 people have been killed in the conflict in Yemen since March 26, including 830 women and children, while efforts to coax all sides into another attempt at peace talks continue.

Meanwhile, basic services are collapsing in what was already the Middle East's poorest country, the U.N.'s humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, Johannes Van Der Klaauw, told reporters.


Connecticut welcomes Syrian refugees after Indiana refuses them

Gov. Daniel MalloyA family that fled war-torn Syria in 2011 was welcomed Wednesday to its new home of Connecticut after Indiana officials objected to plans for the refugees to resettle in their state.

The married couple and their 5-year-old son had been living as refugees in Jordan and been waiting three years to resettle in the United States. They were scheduled to arrive in Indianapolis Thursday but were diverted when Gov. Mike Pence ordered state agencies to halt resettlement activities after the deadly attacks in Paris.


4.7 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Oklahoma

Another earthquake in Oklahoma...4.7

Two large earthquakes have rattled Oklahoma since midnight.

A 4.7 magnitude earthquake rocked a large portion of Oklahoma around 1:42 a.m. Thursday.  The epicenter was 8 miles southwest of Cherokee. At 8:24 a.m., a 4.0 magnitude earthquake was reported near Crescent.

KOCO 5 News received reports of shaking after the 4.7 magnitude earthquake from Oklahoma City, Norman, Ponca City and Tulsa, among other towns.

TVNL Comment:  Thank you, frackers. Oklahoma is now the top earthquake prone area in the world.


Spain issues arrest warrant for Benjamin Netanyahu

Spain issues arrest warrant for NetanyahuA Spanish judge has issued arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other former and current government officials for a deadly fight at sea in 2010. As long as the warrant is in effect, if Netanyahu and those officials set foot in the western European country, they could be detained and questioned.

The 2010 incident was a flotilla raid, in which a group of pro-Palestinian human rights activists attempted to disrupt an Israeli naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. Israeli naval forces were able to stop the flotilla, but when they boarded one of the activists’ ships, the Mavi Marmara, they were attacked by knives and clubs.


Obama's drone war a 'recruitment tool' for Isis, say US air force whistleblowers

drones a recruitment tool for ISISFour former US air force service members, with more than 20 years of experience between them operating military drones, have written an open letter to Barack Obama warning that the program of targeted killings by unmanned aircraft has become a major driving force for Isis and other terrorist groups.

The group of servicemen have issued an impassioned plea to the Obama administration, calling for a rethink of a military tactic that they say has “fueled the feelings of hatred that ignited terrorism and groups like Isis, while also serving as a fundamental recruitment tool similar to Guantánamo Bay”.


Big Coal Just Suffered Yet Another Crushing Defeat in UK

Coal takes a hit in the UKLondon's "fog" -- really just the industrial smog of coal-choked Dickensian England -- may be gone, but the power plants that produced it remain largely intact.  Not for long.

The British government on Wednesday announced plans to shutter all coal-fired power plants in the country by 2025, phasing them out with tighter restrictions two years before that.


It’s All But Guaranteed That 2015 Will Be The Hottest Year On Record

October heat recordShockingly high temperatures in October all but guarantee that 2015 will be the world's hottest year ever recorded.

Last month was the warmest October ever recorded -- and the sixth straight month to set record temperatures. It also was the first month to surpass the average temperature by more than 1 degree Celsius, new NASA data revealed Tuesday.


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