NCLB rewrite nears final OK

WASHINGTON — The nation is on the verge of a sweeping shift in education, with states poised to gain greater control over school accountability and… Continue reading

US life expectancy flat for third- straight year

NEW YORK — Life expectancy in the United States has stalled for three straight years, the government announced Wednesday.A child born last year can expect… Continue reading

Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, speaks during a rally coinciding with Pearl Harbor Day at Patriots Point aboard the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

Trump’s Muslim ban idea pushes GOP toward chaos

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s plan to ban Muslims from entering the United States is shoving the Republican Party to the edge of chaos, abruptly pitting… Continue reading

Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, speaks during a rally coinciding with Pearl Harbor Day at Patriots Point aboard the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

Calif. attack shows difficulty ID’ing terrorists

LOS ANGELES — By the time the married couple who carried out the deadly San Bernardino terrorist attack came to the attention of police, it… Continue reading

Boston College: 80 sickened after eating at Chipotle

BOSTON (AP) — Boston College said Tuesday the number of students complaining of gastrointestinal symptoms after eating at a Chipotle this weekend has climbed to… Continue reading

Seattle police release video of car chase, shootout

SEATTLE — Seattle police have released dash-cam videos showing a carjacker speeding the wrong way up a one-way street, firing at a pursuing patrol car… Continue reading

‘Deep mistrust’ with Chicago police, blacks

CHICAGO — A South Side police commander and his officers tortured black suspects into confessing to crimes they didn’t commit. Another rogue unit shook down… Continue reading

Dusty Baker makes race-sensitive comments; defends Chapman

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dusty Baker thinks the Washington Nationals need more speed, so he wants more African-American and Latino players on the roster.He also… Continue reading

  • Dec 9, 2015
  • By HOWIE RUMBERG

Zobrist agrees to $56 million, 4-year deal with Cubs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Free agent infielder Ben Zobrist and the Cubs agreed Tuesday to a $56 million, four-year contract, a deal that caused Chicago… Continue reading

  • Dec 9, 2015
  • By RONALD BLUM

AP source: D-backs get pitcher Shelby Miller from Braves

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press the Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired All-Star right-hander Shelby Miller from the… Continue reading

  • Dec 9, 2015
  • By HOWIE RUMBERG

Yankees get INF Castro from Cubs for RHP Warren, plus player

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The New York Yankees have acquired infielder Starlin Castro from the Chicago Cubs for pitcher Adam Warren and a player to… Continue reading

  • Dec 9, 2015
  • By AP

23-0: Warriors down Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS — The Golden State Warriors followed the script perfectly for three quarters Tuesday night.Then things got a bit more interesting.The defending NBA champions improved… Continue reading

  • Dec 9, 2015
  • By MICHAEL MAROT

Manziel starting again for Browns

CLEVELAND — Johnny Manziel’s timeout has ended. He’s starting for the Browns again.The polarizing quarterback will play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, returning to… Continue reading

  • Dec 9, 2015
  • By TOM WITHERS

NFC East: It’s ugly, baby

IRVING, Texas — Players and coaches in the NFC East won’t be apologizing anytime soon for their woeful division having a spot in the playoffs… Continue reading

  • Dec 9, 2015
  • By SCHUYLER DIXON

Greinke, Diamondbacks finalize $206.5M, 6-year deal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Zack Greinke and the Arizona Diamondbacks finalized their $206.5 million, six-year contract on Tuesday, a deal with a $34.4 million average… Continue reading

  • Dec 9, 2015
  • By AP

Family of late Blackhawks player Montador sues NHL

The family of the late Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Steve Montador sued the NHL on Tuesday, accusing the league of failing to keep him reasonably safe… Continue reading

  • Dec 9, 2015
  • By TOM COYNE

Anchorage mayor pulls support from road project

ANCHORAGE — Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz has withdrawn the city’s support for a controversial $20 million dollar transportation project due to the state’s “current fiscal… Continue reading

Report: Short review didn’t compromise lease sale

ANCHORAGE — A federal agency rushed through an environmental review of an Alaska offshore petroleum lease sale at the insistence of high-level managers but did… Continue reading

In this May 22, 2015 file photo, Samantha Leialoha Watanabe walks outside of federal court in Honolulu. On Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, a federal jury found her guilty of assaulting her 15-month-old daughter on a flight from Alaska in May. Prosecutors say Watanabe cursed at her daughter, smacked her in the head, hit her in the face with a stuffed doll and yanked out tufts of her hair. They say passengers and flight attendants on the May 3 Alaska Airlines flight believed Watanabe was unnecessarily rough to a generally well-behaved toddler.

Jury finds Hawaii mother guilty of assaulting child on flight from Alaska

HONOLULU — A Hawaii mother was convicted Tuesday of assaulting her 15-month-old daughter during a May flight from Anchorage, Alaska to Honolulu.Samantha Leialoha Watanabe’s defense… Continue reading

In this May 22, 2015 file photo, Samantha Leialoha Watanabe walks outside of federal court in Honolulu. On Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, a federal jury found her guilty of assaulting her 15-month-old daughter on a flight from Alaska in May. Prosecutors say Watanabe cursed at her daughter, smacked her in the head, hit her in the face with a stuffed doll and yanked out tufts of her hair. They say passengers and flight attendants on the May 3 Alaska Airlines flight believed Watanabe was unnecessarily rough to a generally well-behaved toddler.

Bethel looks to housing project to retain workers

BETHEL — Bethel officials hope new housing for public safety, education and health professionals will help the city recruit and retain more personnel.The Bethel Community… Continue reading