By BROOKE HESS and KEN RITTER Associated Press TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — A powerful blizzard that a meteorologist termed "as bad as it gets" is howling in the Sierra Nevada mountains. A long stretch of Interstate 80 in Northern California and several ski resorts remain closed Saturday because of gusty winds and snow. Tens of thousands of homes are without power in California … [Read more...] about A massive blizzard howls in the Sierra Nevada. High winds and heavy snow close roads and ski resorts
By MORIAH BALINGIT AP Education Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Teachers at Head Start child care centers are paid far less than public school teachers, even though they have similar credentials. President Joe Biden wants to raise their pay, but Congress has no plans to expand the Head Start budget. Many have left the job for higher-paying positions at restaurants or in retail. … [Read more...] about Head Start preschools aim to fight poverty, but their teachers struggle to make ends meet
By AUDREY McAVOY Associated Press A deadly wildfire burned more than 2,000 buildings in the Hawaiian town of Lahaina on Maui in August and left behind piles of toxic debris. Scientists say there has never been another instance of a large urban fire burning next to a coral reef anywhere in the world. They don't know how chemicals and metals from burned plastics, lead paint … [Read more...] about In Hawaii, coral is the foundation of life. What happened to it after the Lahaina wildfire?
By CLAUDIA LAUER Associated Press ALBION, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania prison unit is helping men with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities stay safe behind bars while learning life skills. The unit is the first in the state and one of only a handful nationwide. It provides accommodations to help prisoners who struggle with overstimulation and physical … [Read more...] about Prisoners with developmental disabilities face unique challenges. One facility is offering solutions
By JEFF McMURRAY Associated Press Hoboken, New Jersey, recently marked seven consecutive years without a traffic death. Officials there credit their decision to take away some street parking, a change that increases visibility for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. The city of nearly 60,000 people just across the Hudson River from Manhattan has become a model. Sweden … [Read more...] about A New Jersey city that limited street parking hasn’t had a traffic death in 7 years