Union: teachers should be made to take an exam
Schoolteachers should have to pass a stringent exam — much like the bar exam for lawyers — before being allowed to enter the profession, the American Federation of Teachers said Monday. It also called for a tough new written test to be complimented by stricter entrance requirements for teacher training programs, such as a minimum GPA.
Senate okays new Afghanistan chief
The Senate has approved President Barack Obama's choice to be the top commander in Afghanistan: Gen. Joseph Dunford, the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps. He will take over as head of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan.
Police: Girl may die if not returned
Authorities in Arizona say a young girl with leukemia and a heart catheter could die if she is not brought back to a Phoenix hospital after her parents inexplicably removed her from the facility last week. Phoenix police are asking anyone with information about the girl's whereabouts to come forward.
U.S. won't swap inmate for spies
Cuba's offer to swap U.S. government subcontractor Alan Gross for five Cuban spies convicted in Miami is not acceptable to Washington, a senior State Department official said Monday on the third anniversary of Gross' arrest. Gross' detention in Havana has become a powerful roadblock in efforts to improve U.S.-Cuba relations.
Suspect linked to Vt. killing, 5 others
Investigators say a man found dead of an apparent suicide in an Alaska jail was not only suspected of killing an Anchorage barista but may be linked to seven other possible slayings around the country. Israel Keyes, who had also confessed to killing a Vermont couple, was found dead in his cell Sunday, authorities said.
casa grande, ariz.
Man charged in Ariz. bombing
A man has been charged with detonating a homemade explosive device outside a Social Security Administration office in Arizona. Forty-seven-year-old Abdullatif Ali Aldosary is charged with maliciously damaging federal property by means of explosives and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Bush still in hospital for cough
Former President George H.W. Bush, 88, remains in a Houston hospital, where he is being treated for a painful, lingering bronchitis-related cough, and there is no timeline at the moment for his release, his spokesman said. Bush has been in and out of the hospital for treatment of the cough since last month.
FORT HOOD, Texas
Judge removed in shooting case
A military appeals court has thrown out a judge's order to forcibly shave the Fort Hood shooting suspect and removed the judge from the case. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces ruled Monday that Col. Gregory Gross didn't appear impartial while presiding over the case of Maj. Nidal Hasan, who faces the death penalty if convicted in the 2009 shootings on the Texas Army post that killed 13 people.