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The world keeps turning. Here’s a roundup of what’s happening from the Associated Press.
CARPINTERIA, Calif. — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club in California to participate in a charity polo match.
The couple arrived by helicopter around noon on Saturday. Prince William was wearing a white shirt and trouser combination with a blue blazer while the former Kate Middleton was wearing a silver-andmarble-grey hand-painted chinoiserie silk dress by Jenny Packham.
Attendees have paid $400 for a ticket in the cheap seats at Saturday's game. The VIP tickets are going for $4,000, and proceeds are going to charity.
Several celebrities have arrived, including Rosario Dawson, Molly Sims and Billy Zane.
Both William and his brother, Prince Harry, regularly play polo during the summer months.
ATLANTA — Atlanta school officials have pledged that nearly 180 educators accused of cheating will no longer work with children, but it could take months to determine who should be fired from the district and who will lose their teaching license.
That means the district could spend hundreds of thousands of dollars pay- ing the salaries of educators who may ultimately be fired but are reassigned to office jobs far from students while administrators work through the process.
It's not as easy as simply wiping the slate clean and starting over for the 50,000student district plagued for the past three years by the cheating scandal. Some educators will be fired, but others may be simply suspended or reprimanded, depending on how egregious their actions.
JUBA, South Sudan — South Sudan celebrated its first day as an independent nation Saturday, raising its flag before tens of thousands of cheering citizens elated to reach the end of a 50-year struggle.
"The eyes of the world are now on us," said South Sudan President Salva Kiir, who was inaugurated during a scorching midday ceremony. Kiir stressed that the people of South Sudan must advance their country together, and unite as countrymen first, casting aside allegiances to the dozens of tribes that reside here.
ARLINGTON, Texas — When a fan fell out of the club level of seats at Rangers Ballpark while trying to catch a foul ball last July, the team immediately assessed the railings around the stadium.
Funeral services will be held Monday for Shannon Stone, a Brownwood fire- fighter who died less than an hour after he tumbled headfirst over a rail out of the seats in left field during a game Thursday night. He fell about 20 feet onto concrete behind the outfield wall.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Reality TV star Richard Hatch has filed notice he'll appeal a federal court decision upholding his ninemonth prison sentence for failing to pay taxes on his $1 million "Survivor" winnings.
Hatch filed the handwritten appeal notice June 29 in U.S. District Court in Providence, R.I. He is representing himself.
Federal Judge William E. Smith on May 9 rejected Hatch's request to vacate his prison sentence.
Hatch spent more than three years in prison for not paying taxes on the $1 million he won on the first season of "Survivor."
EAST DUBLIN, Ga. — Get ready for watermelonseed spitting, bobbing for pigs' feet, armpit serenades and the mud pit belly flop.
The 15th annual Summer Redneck Games are set to kick off with a torch lighting at noon Saturday in East Dublin.
The Games began in 1996 in conjunction with the Summer Olympics in Atlanta. The East Dublin Lions Club helps organize the Games and says all profits go to local charities.