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As Common Core results trickle in, initial goals unfulfilled

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Results for some of the states that participated in Common Core-aligned testing for the first time this spring are out, with overall scores higher than expected though still below what many parents may be accustomed to seeing. Full or preliminary scores have been released for Connecticut, Idaho, Missouri, Oregon, Vermont, Washington […]

Prison scrambles as Legionnaires’ disease sickens inmate

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Officials at California’s oldest state prison scrambled to provide safe drinking water to thousands of inmates after waterborne Legionnaires’ disease hospitalized one inmate and was suspected of sickening more than two dozen others. Water was quickly shut off at San Quentin State Prison Thursday after testing confirmed the potentially fatal illness. A […]

CDC wants more vaccine data

NEW YORK (AP) — How many kids are vaccinated at your child’s school? Federal health officials think you should be able to easily find out. Last school year, only 21 states posted vaccination rates for individual schools, school districts, counties or areas of the state. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been quietly […]

State of emergency declared in Florida; tropical storm nears

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Friday that Tropical Storm Erika poses a “severe threat to the entire state” and declared a state of emergency. The storm could hit the peninsula Monday. Scott made his declaration shortly after forecasters adjusted the trajectory of the storm to show that it’s predicted to strike […]

Giants power past visiting Cubs

SAN FRANCISCO — Rookie Kelby Tomlinson wasn’t sure how to react when his grand slam was replayed on the stadium video board. Veteran Marlon Byrd reminded him to smile and take in the moment. Tomlinson hit a slam for his first career home run and Byrd added a three-run shot, leading Madison Bumgarner and the […]

Emotional newscast after shooting that shocked millions

MONETA, Va. (AP) — One day after the on-air killings of reporter and a cameraman shocked millions across the country, the grieving staff at WDBJ-TV came together Thursday for an emotional broadcast of its “Mornin’” show. At 6:45 a.m. — the time of the shooting that took the lives of reporter Alison Parker and cameraman […]

Drought-plagued California readies for El Niño storms

By Amy Taxin SANTA ANA (AP) — While drought-plagued California is eager for rain, the forecast of a potentially Godzilla-like El Niño event has communities clearing out debris basins, urging residents to stock up on emergency supplies and even talking about how a deluge could affect the 50th Super Bowl. Roofers, on the other hand, […]

Reporter, cameraman killed on air; suspect dies in hospital

MONETA, Va. (AP) — A TV reporter and cameraman were shot to death during a live television interview Wednesday by a gunman who recorded himself carrying out the killings and posted the video on social media after fleeing the scene. Authorities identified the suspect as a journalist who had been fired from the station earlier […]

TV reporter, cameraman shot on air

MONETA, Va. (AP) — A television reporter and cameraman were shot to death on the air during a live broadcast Wednesday morning from a shopping center in Virginia. Jeffrey A. Marks, general manager of WDBJ-TV, identified the two killed as Alison Parker and Adam Ward and called the shooting “a terrible crime against two fine […]

Nevada, California talk Tahoe traffic fixes

ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. (AP) — Officials from both Nevada and California gathered on the shores of Lake Tahoe on Monday to discuss how to deal with the heavy visitor traffic that takes a toll on the lake environment. Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller hosted Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown for the 19th Annual LakeTahoe Summit. […]

Lawmakers approve exit-exam reprieve

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill to rescue about 5,000 high school students who couldn’t graduate this year because the state canceled a required exit exam. SB725 by Oakland Democratic Sen. Loni Hancock passed its final vote Monday with unanimous bipartisan support. The problem developed when the state Department of […]

Boaters mapping Pacific garbage arrive in S.F.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Far away from California’s coast, where the Pacific Ocean currents swirl, the blue of the sea was replaced by fishing nets, buckets, buoys, laundry baskets and unidentifiable pieces of plastic that floated past the Ocean Starr, a ship carrying a team of scientists and volunteers gathering data on plastic garbage.

“We were surrounded by an endless layer of garbage,” sad Serena Cunsolo, an Italian marine biologist who works for The Ocean Cleanup. “It was devastating to see.”

Cunsolo, 28, was one of a team of 15 researchers and volunteers aboard the Ocean Starr who set out a month ago from San Francisco to study the plastic waste as part of the “Mega Expedition,” a major step in the organization’s effort to eventually clean up what’s known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Vikings beat Raiders in rainy preseason outing

MINNEAPOLIS — Charles Johnson and Chase Ford each caught touchdown passes in the second quarter for the Minnesota Vikings, who came back from an hour-plus weather delay to defeat the Oakland Raiders, 20-12, on Saturday. Teddy Bridgewater finished 10-for-14 for 89 yards, including the crisp 10-yard throw into Johnson’s outstretched hands in close coverage to […]

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