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Texas mulls adding Mexican-American studies course

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 01:39 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Board of Education is considering adding a Mexican-American studies course as a statewide high school elective, a move that proponents say would give students a deeper understanding of their state, where Hispanics make up a majority of public school students and which was once part of Mexico.

Critics, though, dismiss the effort as an attempt to inject progressive politics into the classroom.


Ex-President Carter: US 'dormant' on inequality

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 01:36 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter on Tuesday night lamented continuing inequalities between black and white Americans during a 50th anniversary celebration of the Civil Rights Act in Texas that will feature four of the five living U.S. presidents this week.

Carter said "too many people are at ease" with black unemployment rates that exceed the national average and schools in some places that he described as basically still segregated.


Jury convicts woman in Texas stiletto shoe killing

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 01:34 AM

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston woman was convicted of murder Tuesday for fatally stabbing her boyfriend with the 5½-inch stiletto heel of her shoe, hitting him at least 25 times in the face.

Prosecutors said Ana Trujillo used her high heel shoe to kill 59-year-old Alf Stefan Andersson during an argument at his Houston condominium in June.

Trujillo's attorney had argued the 45-year-old woman was defending herself during an attack by Andersson, a University of Houston professor and researcher.


California bill that would end orca shows stalls

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 12:56 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California bill that sought to end killer whale shows at SeaWorld in San Diego and phase out their captivity was put on hold Tuesday, dousing an escalating fight between animal activists and supporters of the major tourist attraction.

The bill's author, Democrat Richard Bloom of Santa Monica, agreed during the bill's first hearing before the water, parks and wildlife committee to revisit his proposal after further study. As a result, AB2140 is dead for this year and the soonest lawmakers could vote on the proposal would be mid-2015.


Calif. bill would end SeaWorld killer whale shows

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 12:51 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — SeaWorld San Diego would have to end its killer whale shows and remove 10 orcas from their tanks under a bill inspired by a documentary blasting the marine park's animal welfare practices.

The California Assembly is holding its first hearing on AB2140 Tuesday morning. The bill's backers say killer whales are too large and intelligent for captivity, while SeaWorld says the animals are well treated and help conservation through research.


Only 2 midsize SUVs get top rating in crash tests

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 12:03 AM

DETROIT (AP) — Only two of nine midsize SUVs got the highest rating in crash tests done by an insurance industry group.

The Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain, both made by General Motors, received the highest "good" rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Toyota Highlander got the second-best "acceptable" rating in tests of 2014 models.

But the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Toyota 4Runner and Ford Explorer got "marginal" ratings, while the Kia Sorento, Mazda CX-9 and Honda Pilot all were rated "poor."


Today in History

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 12:00 AM

Today is Tuesday, April 8, the 98th day of 2014. There are 267 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On April 8, 1864, the United States Senate passed, 38-6, the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolishing slavery. (The House of Representatives passed it in Jan. 1865; the amendment was ratified and adopted in Dec. 1865.)

On this date:

In 1820, the Venus de Milo statue was discovered by a farmer on the Greek island of Milos.


Report: Autopsy shows Miriam Carey shot 5 times

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 7, 2014 - 11:33 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The attorney for the family of a Connecticut woman killed by police on Capitol Hill six months ago says her autopsy found she was shot multiple times from behind, including a shot to the back of the head.

Attorney Eric Sanders said on his law firm's website that the autopsy found Miriam Carey was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Carey was shot to death after a car chase that went from the White House to near the U.S. Capitol in October of last year. The report from Sanders said the "Carey family is understandably upset."


Connecticut wins NCAA title, 60-54 over Kentucky

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 7, 2014 - 09:16 PM

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Coaches and players left them. Others told them to go away.

The guys who stuck around at UConn ended up with the last laugh and a pretty good prize to go with it: The national title.

Shabazz Napier turned in another all-court masterpiece Monday night to lift the Huskies to a 60-54 win over Kentucky's freshmen and bring home a championship hardly anyone saw coming.


10 Things to Know for Tuesday

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 7, 2014 - 09:07 PM

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

1. WHAT'S NEXT IN HUNT FOR MALAYSIAN PLANE

Navy specialists are trying to home in on faint pings detected deep in the Indian Ocean so they can send down an unmanned mini submarine to look for wreckage.

2. IN EASTERN UKRAINE, DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

The pronouncement by pro-Russian activists is an ominous echo of the events that led to Putin's annexation of Crimea.


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