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Indiana sees English, math scores drop on standardized tests

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INDIANAPOLIS — Fewer than one-third of elementary and middle school students in Indiana recorded passing scores on the latest round of state standardized tests,...

Bezos donates $200M to Smithsonian for Air and Space Museum

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WASHINGTON — Amazon founder and soon-to-be-space traveler Jeff Bezos is donating $200 million to the Smithsonian Institution to boost its National Air and Space...

Device taps brain waves to help paralyzed man communicate

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In a medical first, researchers harnessed the brain waves of a paralyzed man unable to speak — and turned what he intended to...

Western wildfires threatening American Indian tribal lands

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BLY, Ore. — Fierce wildfires in the northwest are threatening American Indian tribal lands that already are struggling to conserve water and preserve traditional...

EXPLAINER: Are we going to need COVID-19 booster shots?

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Just because Pfizer wants to offer COVID-19 vaccine boosters doesn’t mean people will be lining up anytime soon -- U.S. and international health authorities...

Numbers explain how and why West bakes, burns and dries out

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The American West is baking, burning and drying in intertwined extreme weather. Four sets of numbers explain how bad it is now, while several...

People struggled to tap resources during Northwest heat wave

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PORTLAND, Ore. — People in Oregon struggled to get rides to cooling centers during the recent heat wave that is believed to have killed...

Wildfires threaten homes, land across 10 Western states

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LOS ANGELES — Wildfires that torched homes and forced thousands to evacuate burned across 10 parched Western states on Tuesday, and the largest, in...

Officer fatally shoots man outside hospital in Arkansas

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A police officer at an Arkansas hospital fatally shot a man who had a gun outside of the emergency department...

Merkel tells Germans to get vaccinated for ‘more freedom’

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BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday urged Germans to get vaccinated against COVID-19, saying the more people get the shot “the more free...