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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Climate change dispute in TexasSeveral textbook publishers have withdrawn passages from social studies textbooks that could have lead middle school students to think that climate change is not caused by human activity, an advocacy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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Gay couples welcomed at the altar, but not at the office

gay couples unwelcome at officeThis is the dilemma now facing a growing number of gay couples: They can legally marry, but they can also be fired from their jobs, thrown out of their apartments and denied service at businesses because of their sexual orientation.

Many say the increased visibility of same-sex partners, even in small towns in conservative states, will lead to greater acceptance of gays. But, particularly in the short- to mid-term, it could also prompt more instances of discrimination.

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New report: Child homelessness on the rise in U.S.

child homelessnessThe number of homeless children in the U.S. has surged in recent years to an all-time high, amounting to one child in every 30, according to a comprehensive state-by-state report that blames the nation's high poverty rate, the lack of affordable housing and the impacts of pervasive domestic violence.

Titled "America's Youngest Outcasts," the report being issued Monday by the National Center on Family Homelessness calculates that nearly 2.5 million American children were homeless at some point in 2013. The number is based on the Department of Education's latest count of 1.3 million homeless children in public schools, supplemented by estimates of homeless pre-school children not counted by the DOE.

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DEA Agents Surprise NFL Teams With Drug Checks

NFL raided by fedsFederal drug enforcement agents showed up unannounced Sunday to check at least two visiting NFL teams' medical staffs as part of an investigation into former players' claims that teams mishandled prescription drugs.

There were no arrests, Drug Enforcement Agency spokesman Rusty Payne said Sunday. The San Francisco 49ers' staff was checked at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, after they played the New York Giants. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' staff was going to be checked at Baltimore-Washington International airport after playing the Redskins.

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Four dead after toxic leak at Texas chemical plant

Dupont explosion texasFour workers were killed and one was injured during a hazardous chemical leak at a DuPont industrial plant in suburban Houston, company officials said.

The chemical, methyl mercaptan, began leaking from a valve around 4 a.m. Saturday in a unit at the plant in La Porte, about 20 miles east of Houston. Plant officials said the release was contained by 6 a.m.

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Michael Brown shooting: Darren Wilson radio call segment missing

Michael Brown shooting tapeA call for backup that a police officer claims to have made seconds before he killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, reportedly cannot be found in police recordings. The officer blames the problem on his radio.

Darren Wilson has told investigators he radioed “shots fired, send all cars” after a struggle at his SUV with Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, following the officer’s stop of Brown and a friend for jaywalking in Ferguson on 9 August, according to the St Louis Post-Dispatch.

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Walmart workers at over 1,600 locations plan Black Friday strike

Walmart workersWalmart workers around the country are reportedly planning the largest strike in company history as employees at 1,600 locations plan to picket on Black Friday for $15 an hour and improved working conditions.

"There have been many times my family can't even afford the gas to get me back and forth to work, so my husband had to wait in the car to take me home after work," Barbara Gertz, an employee at a Denver Walmart, told reporters Friday.

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