Fourteen solar-powered vehicles took off from Lewis and Clark Landing on the Missouri River on Saturday morning, beginning a 10-day, 1,700-plus-mile race that roughly follows the route of the historic Oregon Trail.

An appeals court is upholding a misdemeanor child endangerment conviction against former Penn State President Graham Spanier over his handling of a 2001 complaint about coach Jerry Sandusky showering with a boy in the football team locker room.