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House Republicans face extended fight over leadership

Washington

House Republicans face extended fight over leadership

Any chance of a quick transition to a new slate of Republican leaders in the House ended Monday when outgoing Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, postponed elections for the party's No. 2 and No. 3 posts pending the outcome of the speaker's race. Closed-door elections for all three posts — to nominate a speaker and to select a majority leader and party whip — had been set for Thursday amid the widespread presumption that Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., would claim the speaker's chair. McCarthy remains the favorite to win the speaker nomination vote on Thursday, but he is facing questions over whether he can keep Republicans united ahead of the floor vote, which Boehner on Monday set for Oct. 29. In that vote, all House members, Republican and Democrat, cast ballots. If more than 29 of the 247 House Republicans abandon the party's nominee, that candidate would be likely to fail to garner the necessary 218 votes to claim the speaker's chair.

Austin, Texas

History book calls slaves 'workers'

The publisher of a high school textbook that referred to slaves brought to America as "workers" is apologizing and says more diversity will be added to review boards. McGraw-Hill Education CEO David Levin said Monday in a letter to employees that the company made a mistake. He said that slavery "was a horrible part of American history." The company has been under fire since a Texas mother last week posted her disbelief on social media about the wording in her 15-year-old son's world geography textbook. Texas officials say that roughly a quarter of the state's 1,200 school districts are using digital or physical versions of the book in classrooms this year.

New York

General Mills recalling 1.8M Cheerios boxes

General Mills is recalling 1.8 million boxes of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios produced at a plant in Lodi, Calf., saying the cereal is labeled gluten-free but contains wheat. The recall affects Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios made in July. The company said Monday wheat flour was inadvertently used. People with conditions like wheat allergies or celiac disease who consume the cereals might suffer an allergic reaction or discomfort. The boxes have "better if used by" dates of July 2016 and the plant code "LD."

Elsewhere

South Korea: North Korea on Monday returned a South Korean student from New York University who had been held since April, South Korean officials said. North Korea said Joo Won Moon, 21, illegally entered the country from China.

Times wires

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