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Big cities scramble to be prepared for an oil train disaster

By Michael Rubinkam and Geoff Mulvihill PHILADELPHIA (AP) — They rumble past schools, homes and businesses in dozens of cities around the country — 100-car trains loaded with crude oil from the Upper Midwest. While railroads have long carried hazardous materials through congested urban areas, cities are now scrambling to formulate emergency plans and to […]

September 04, 2015 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged , ,

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September 04, 2015 | Posted in Media Post

Lawmakers advance aid-in-dying bill on second try

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California lawmakers approved legislation Tuesday that would allow terminally ill patients to take life-ending medications, after an effort to pass a similar right-to-die bill stalled in the Legislature. The Assembly Public Health and Developmental Services Committee heard from some of the same advocates and opponents before approving the new bill, ABX2-15, on […]

September 02, 2015 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

A’s/Giants roundup: Young Oakland pitchers look good in loss to Angels

OAKLAND — Athletics manager Bob Melvin got his first look at a handful of young pitchers on the day major league rosters were expanded. He liked what he saw. Cody Martin (0-1) pitched three-plus innings and lost in his first major league start, Ryan Dull threw a scoreless inning in his major league debut and […]

September 02, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

In Alaska, Obama depicts stark future without climate action

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Submerged countries, abandoned cities and floods of refugees await the world barring urgent action on climate change, President Barack Obama warned Monday, painting a doomsday scenario as he opened a historic visit to Alaska. In a bid to further his environmental legacy, Obama brought the power of the presidential pulpit to […]

September 01, 2015 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Giants/A’s roundup: Dodgers beat Giants in 14 innings

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Adrian Gonzalez singled in the winning run with the bases loaded in the 14th inning, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers over the San Francisco Giants, 5-4, early Tuesday in the opener of a crucial series between the NL West’s top two teams. The first-place Dodgers’ lead increased to 4 ½ games […]

September 01, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Bowman sacks Manning three times but 49ers fall to Denver

DENVER — Peyton Manning failed to get the Broncos into the end zone in seven possessions Saturday night, when Denver rode its stifling defense and good ground game to a 19-12 win over the sputtering San Francisco 49ers. All that rest has turned into rust for Manning, who was doomed by protection problems and an […]

August 30, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Police arrest foreigner, seize bomb materials and passports in Bangkok shrine bombing case

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities arrested a foreign man they said had been holed up in a suburban apartment with bomb-making equipment and stacks of passports, the first possible breakthrough in the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine nearly two weeks ago. Police and soldiers on Saturday raided the apartment in a non-descript concrete building […]

August 30, 2015 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

More ID, bag checks on Europe’s trains after foiled attack

PARIS (AP) — European countries will increase identity checks and baggage controls on trains after American passengers thwarted an attack on a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris, France’s interior minister said Saturday. Bernard Cazeneuve said the reinforced ID and bag checks would be carried out on cross-border trains “everywhere it is necessary.” He spoke […]

August 30, 2015 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Citizens taking video of police see themselves facing arrest

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (AP) — Thomas Demint’s voice is heard only briefly on the eight-minute video he took of police officers arresting two of his friends, and body-slamming their mother. “I’m videotaping this, sir,” he tells an officer. “I’m just videotaping this.” What’s not seen is what happened just after he stopped recording: Demint says three […]

August 30, 2015 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Pro teams push California to offer raffles

SACRAMENTO (AP) — The pitch is for charity, but the call could favor California’s professional sports teams. California’s major league sports clubs and a leading raffle vendor are lobbying state lawmakers for the exclusive right to conduct charitable gambling at professional sports venues to sell raffle tickets that pay out half the proceeds as prize […]

August 30, 2015 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

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 […]

August 30, 2015 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

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 […]

August 30, 2015 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

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 […]

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