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Rep. Scalise out of hospital after surgery tied to shooting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The No. 3 House Republican leader has been released from a hospital after follow-up surgery related to the wounds he received from a shooting at a GOP baseball practice 10 months ago. Rep. Steve Scalise (skuh-LEES') of Louisiana is out of MedStar Washington Hospital Center after successful surgery Monday and is expected to recover at home for several days. That's according to a statement from the medical center and his office. An earlier statement said he had "a series of planned, inpatient procedures." Scalise suffered shattered bones and damaged internal organs in the

Texas 8th-graders asked to list positives of slavery

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A Texas charter school has apologized after a teacher asked students in an eighth grade American history class to list the positive and negative aspects of slavery. Officials at Great Hearts Monte Vista in San Antonio say the teacher who distributed the worksheet has been placed on leave and the school would be reviewing the history textbook associated with the lesson. The headmaster also plans to explain the mistake to the class. KENS-TV reports that a spokesman for the book's publisher, Pearson, says the company didn't create and doesn't endorse the worksheet the

Tennessee gets $26 million from feds for veterans home

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials say the state has received $26 million from the federal government to build a new veterans home. Gov. Bill Haslam says the grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will be used to build a 108-bed facility in Bradley County. State and local funds for the facility add up to $17 million. That includes $10 million from the state and $3 million from an anonymous donor. The Bradley County Tennessee State Veterans Home will be built on 28 acres in Cleveland. A construction start date has not been set. In a statement released Friday, Haslam