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Detroit schools closed again due to teacher sickouts

<b>(CNN) —</b> Detroit teachers are being encouraged to return to the classroom Wednesday after assurances they will be paid for the full school year.<p>Detroit Federation of Teachers interim President Ivy Bailey received a letter with the promise from the state-appointed emergency manager for the district, …

Detroit teacher sick-out closes more than 80 schools

DETROIT — A mass of teacher sick-outs shut down 94 schools in the Detroit school district on Monday, as teachers protest the news Saturday that the district won't be able to pay them past June 30.<p>Detroit Public Schools enrolls about 46,000 students in 97 schools.<p>The Detroit Federation of Teachers …

Puerto Rico skips bond payments, says Congress must help

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- A majority of federal control board members voted Friday to more than double tuition at Puerto Rico's largest public university despite heavy criticism the increase will make higher education unaffordable.<p>Six of seven members also voted to cut benefits at the …

Randy Hentzel and Harold Nichols, U.S. Missionaries, Found Slain in Jamaica

Two U.S. missionaries who worked in Jamaica for more than a dozen years were killed over the weekend in a rural region that has been plagued by violent crime.<p>The bodies of 48-year-old Randy Hentzel and Harold Nichols, 53, were found in Saint Mary Parish, the Jamaican Constabulary Force …

Islamic State beheads teenagers accused of 'spying' for the West

Islamic State militants have beheaded four teenage boys and young men in the Syrian city of Raqqa, accusing them of supplying information to the US-led coalition fighting the terror group.<p>The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group, said that Isil had accused the young …

Spying

Toddlers have shot at least 23 people this year

This past week, a Milwaukee toddler fatally shot his mother after finding a handgun in the back seat of the car they were riding in. The case drew a lot of national attention given the unusual circumstances: Little kids rarely kill people, intentionally or not.<p>But this type of thing happens more …

Guns

Isis executes more than 4,000 people in less than two years

Isis is believed to have executed more than 4,000 people in less than two years for 'offences' including sodomy and apostasy in Syria.<p>Monitors …

Islam

Belgium Issues Iodine Pills to All Citizens in Nuclear Emergency Plan

Belgium is to issue iodine tablets to its entire population as part of a revised nuclear emergency plan, a measure unveiled just months after it emerged that ISIS-linked bombers spied on a top scientist and hoped to build a "dirty bomb.”<p>A dose of iodine, which helps to limit the effects of …

North Korea sentences former Virginia man to 10 years of hard labor

TOKYO — North Korea has sentenced a former Virginia man to 10 years in prison with hard labor for subversion, its official news agency said Friday, in the latest case involving an American being detained by Kim Jong Un’s regime.<p>Kim Dong-chul, 62, who was born in South Korea but became a U.S. …

North Korea

More Than 300 Million People in India Are Reeling From the Worst Drought in Four Decades

The Indian government has begun sending trains carrying water to the western state of Maharashtra, as the region faces its worst drought in almost …

This new street drug is 10,000 times more potent than morphine, and now it’s showing up in Canada and the U.S.

It was first developed in a Canadian lab more than three decades ago, promising and potent — and intended to relieve pain in a less addictive way.<p>Labeled W-18, the synthetic opioid was the most powerful in a series of about 30 compounds concocted at the University of Alberta and patented in the …

Fire guts New Delhi's Museum of Natural History in New Delhi

<b>(CNN) —</b> A huge blaze gutted India's Museum of Natural History Tuesday, destroying six floors of the building and possibly countless collections of the country's flora and fauna, authorities told CNN.<p>The building also houses the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), said …

Death toll from Ecuador earthquake surpasses 650 | Reuters

QUITO (Reuters) - The death toll from Ecuador’s devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake last week has risen to 654 people, the country’s emergency management authority said on Saturday.<p>A collapsed building is seen in Pedernales, after an earthquake struck off Ecuador's Pacific coast, April 22, 2016. …

Bangladesh professor hacked to death

Unidentified assailants have stabbed a university professor to death in northwestern Bangladesh. The killing is the latest in a string of attacks on …

8 people found dead in Ohio

<b>(CNN) —</b> Eight family members found dead in a rural southern Ohio community were shot in the head "execution style," most while they slept, authorities said Friday.<p>Officers are searching for the killer or killers, who are probably armed and a danger to surviving family members, Pike County Sheriff …

U.S. suicide rates up, especially among women, but down for black males

<b>(CNN) —</b> The number of suicides in the United States has been on the rise since 1999 in everyone between the ages of 10 and 74, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>Researchers at the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics looked at data on cause of death …

U.S. suicides have soared since 1999, CDC report says

Driven by stark increases in the numbers of white women and Native Americans who are taking their own lives, suicide rates in the United States jumped 24% in the years between 1999 and 2014, a new government report says.<p>Following a slow-but-steady rise in suicides from 1999, the yearly increase …

Sociology

Ethiopia army in South Sudan to find abducted children

Ethiopian troops have crossed into South Sudan in search of more than 100 children who were kidnapped and spirited across the border in a surprise attack that also killed 208 people.<p>The attackers, who were armed with machine guns, killed anyone who tried to stop them from taking the children, …

Ecuador quake: Millionaires to be taxed more to pay for relief

<b>Ecuador's president has introduced new measures to try to pay for rebuilding after Saturday's earthquake, including a one-off tax on millionaires.</b><p>At least 570 people are now known have died after the magnitude-7.8 quake.<p>The cost of rebuilding could be as high as $3bn (£2.1bn), President Rafael …

Treasury's Lew to announce Hamilton to stay on $10 bill

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew reverses a plan to bump Hamilton after receiving fierce blowback.<p>Harriet Tubman will bump Andrew Jackson from the front of the $20 bill while Alexander Hamilton will stay put on the $10 — a historic move that gives a woman prime placement on U.S. currency and quells a …

Black History

Ecuador Earthquake: Death Toll Hits Over 500 as Victims Rescued From Rubble

Earthquake-stricken Ecuador faced the grim reality of recovering more bodies than survivors as rescue efforts moved into a third day on Tuesday and the death toll climbed to over 500.<p>Officials also began evaluating the monumental task of rebuilding from Saturday's magnitude-7.8 quake — one of the …

United Health Dumps Out of Obamacare Exchanges

U.S. health insurer UnitedHealth said Tuesday it would largely exit the Obamacare individual insurance market in 2017, citing expectations for mounting losses from the program.<p>UnitedHealth is the largest U.S. health insurer and one of the biggest sellers of plans on the exchanges, which were …

Health Care

Belgium says seen signs that Islamic State has sent more fighters to Europe

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - There are signs that more Islamic State inspired militants have been sent to Belgium and Europe, Belgian authorities said on Tuesday, maintaining the country’s threat status at the second-highest level.<p>Police at the scene of a security operation in the Brussels suburb of …

Taliban strikes in heart of Kabul in deadly attack on elite agency

KABUL — The suicide blast tore open the gates of the compound. One worker inside saw a shower of glass shards and jagged pieces of the explosives-rigged truck.<p>Then seconds later Tuesday — as an ash-gray cloud rose over Kabul — Taliban gunmen opened fire on Afghanistan’s equivalent of the Secret …

Houston flooding: 7 dead, 1,200 rescued -- and more rain to come

<b>Houston (CNN) —</b> While some parts of Houston are starting to recover from paralyzing flooding, some residents believe the worst is yet to come.<p>The problem: Cypress Creek in northwest Houston keeps rising and still hasn't crested, officials say, and forecasters expect more rain Wednesday.<p>In the town …

Ethiopia attack: 200 people dead, 100 children missing

The death toll from a raid carried out by attackers from South Sudan in western Ethiopia has risen to 208 people, an Ethiopian official said, adding that 108 children were kidnapped.<p>By Sunday afternoon, the number had risen to "208 dead and 75 people wounded" from a figure of 140 a day earlier, …

Dramatic rescue amid rubble gives Ecuador hope for survivors

MANTA, Ecuador (AP) — Rescuers pulled three people out alive Monday after they had been trapped for more than 32 hours in the rubble of a shopping …

Police discover secret 'baby farm' where unwanted babies are sold or swapped

Police in India have reportedly discovered an alleged "baby farm" where newborns were being sold and swapped.<p>Staff at the private Palash Hospital in …

Madhya Pradesh