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.

This week's circulars

Videos

Cruickshank Middle Schoolers use art to frame larger lessons

Art teacher Sam Bushman draws out her students' collaborative and critical thinking skills in group assignments at Cruickshank Middle School in Merced, CA.
naustin@modbee.com
Cruickshank Middle Schoolers use art to frame larger lessons 0:41

Cruickshank Middle Schoolers use art to frame larger lessons

Ceres schools put mental health services into kid friendly mix 1:11

Ceres schools put mental health services into kid friendly mix

History, science join melody of Johansen extravaganza 0:41

History, science join melody of Johansen extravaganza

Sacramento temperatures forecast to hover near freezing 0:33

Sacramento temperatures forecast to hover near freezing