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Major textbooks used in California middle schools do not accurately portray climate change or the science behind it, describing it as a debate, not a fact, according to a Stanford University study.

Researchers analyzed four textbooks published almost 10 years ago that are commonly used in sixth grade classes, the first year that California students learn about climate change.

"We found that through language choices, the text portrayed climate change as uncertain along several lines, such as whether climate change was happening, whether humans were causing it and what the effects will be," K.C. Busch, one of the paper's co-authors and doctorate candidate at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, said in a statement about the research.

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President Obama on Wednesday told the American public that according to U.S. intelligence, there are not any "specific and credible" threats of terrorist attacks in the United States.

He assured Americans that his national security team was working to keep the country safe by monitoring intelligence and stepping up efforts against the Islamic State abroad.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has the poorest understanding of climate science of all the 2016 presidential candidates, according to a report card prepared for the Associated Press by eight climate and biological scientists.

On a scale from zero to 100, the scientists gave Cruz a six.

"This individual understands less about science (and climate change) than the average kindergartner," Michael Mann, a meteorology professor at Pennsylvania State University, wrote about Cruz's comments, according to the AP. "That sort of ignorance would be dangerous in a doorman, let alone a president."

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Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan was a U.S. citizen. Faisal Shahzad, the man who attempted to detonate a car bomb in New York City's Times Square, was a naturalized U.S. citizen. And Mohammod Youssef Abdulazeez, the terrorist who fatally shot four marines this year at a recruiting office in Chattanooga, Tennessee, also was a naturalized U.S. citizen.

What none of the country's attackers since Sept. 11, 2001 have been is a refugee, according to a striking graphic published Wednesday by The New York Times.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — American soldiers and airmen who killed and wounded dozens of civilians in a strike on an Afghanistan hospital violated U.S. rules of engagement and have been suspended as they await disciplinary action, military officials said Wednesday.

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