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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.

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