Giants reportedly agree to sign free-agent closer Mark Melancon

After its closer and bullpen collapsed late last season, the San Francisco Giants have agreed on a contract with one of the National League’s most successful closers, Mark Melancon, for the past several years. The undisclosed contract hinges on the outcome of Melancon’s physical.

Government won't permit oil pipeline under Missouri River

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has refused to grant permission for the Dakota Access oil pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota. American Indians say it's a major victory in their push to reroute construction of the pipeline that they say could harm Standing Rock Sioux cultural sites and drinking water supply. Pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners says the 1,200-mile pipeline through the Dakotas, Iowa and Illinois will be safe and that the Corps' decision is politically motivated.

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Ceres schools put mental health services into kid friendly mix

Ceres Unified uses extra funding for students in poverty, more than 80% of their students, to add staff at schools to teach coping and social skills, and improve mental health. See story at ModBee.com/local/education. (Nan Austin/naustin@modbee.com
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Ceres schools put mental health services into kid friendly mix

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History, science join melody of Johansen extravaganza

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Sacramento temperatures forecast to hover near freezing

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