News for Sunday, December 18, 2011
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Not many details are being released about the shooting death of a Cole County man, Sunday night.
About the only drama in Missouri’s 94-56 win against William & Mary on Sunday at Mizzou Arena was when, and at times it looked like if, William & Mary would score.
KHABARI CROSSING, Kuwait (AP) — The last U.S. soldiers rolled out of Iraq across the border into neighboring Kuwait at daybreak Sunday, whooping, fist bumping and hugging each other in a burst of joy and relief. Their convoy’s exit marked the end of a bitterly divisive war that raged for nearly nine years and left Iraq shattered and struggling to recover.
The Missouri Legislature has returned to the 1920s. It’s a flash to the past that is due largely to term limits.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Kim Jong Il, North Korea’s mercurial and enigmatic longtime leader, has died. He was 69.
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — A computer-crimes investigator testified Sunday he found more than 10,000 diplomatic cables and other sensitive information on the work computer of the Army private charged with spilling a mountain of secrets to WikiLeaks.
WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Maine police appealed Sunday for the public’s help in finding a toddler who has been missing from her Waterville home since a family member saw her asleep in her bed Friday night.
MOSCOW (AP) — Rescue workers are searching for 49 men in freezing, remote waters off Russia’s east coast after their oil rig capsized and sank amid fierce storms.
PRAGUE (AP) — The end of Czechoslovakia’s totalitarian regime was called the Velvet Revolution because of how smooth the transition seemed: Communism dead in a matter of weeks, without a shot fired. But for Vaclav Havel, it was a moment he helped pay for with decades of suffering and struggle.
The text was about something innocuous: A request to go to the county fair. It set off a highway pileup that took two lives, injured dozens and left two school buses and a pickup truck in a crumpled heap.
Republican Jon Huntsman's presidential fortunes may have little to do with his party's conservatives.
After a bruising battle in Congress, the Obama administration retained the right to investigate and try suspected terrorists in civilian courts. But officials say newly enacted legislation raises a host of questions that will complicate and could harm the investigation of terrorism cases.
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Romeo Crennel stood dripping wet on the sideline, a water cooler having been dumped over his head. Kyle Orton’s jersey was covered in grass stains as he took one last snap from center.
Rookie A.J. Green had six catches and topped 1,000 yards for the season, and the Cincinnati Bengals held the St. Louis Rams to 2 for 13 on third downs to help keep pace in the AFC playoff race with a 20-13 victory Sunday.
Oil companies have been leasing mineral rights on thousands of acres in south-central Kansas, where they have begun drilling wells using horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” a technique that has drawn scrutiny from the Environmental Protection Agency and other states.
Renee Mazurek advocates for clients and families tirelessly, said Deana Schlesselman, who nominated her for the Missouri Department of Senior Services Employee of the Month.
Rooster Cogburn, a Vizsla bird dog, smelled something he liked as he coursed through a grassy buffer strip at the edge of a crop field in Carroll County. Quail.
Sharon Courtney came to an old South Carolina schoolhouse on a cold December night to try to find memories of her husband Steve, who was killed last month when a tornado tore their home apart.
In a presidential campaign marked by sharp rises and falls, Republican Rick Santorum has experienced neither.
Dear Editor: We Jefferson City taxpayers are being asked to impose another one-half percent sales tax on ourselves to fund Chamber of Commerce dreams. If passed, our tax rate will be 8.225 percent or 9.225 percent if you shop at the east side Walmart.
Dear Editor: The U.S. solar industry is thriving and now employs more than 100,000 Americans at 5,000 companies across all 50 states. The industry just enjoyed its best quarter ever and grew by 140 percent in the last year, despite a stagnant national economy. Here in Central Missouri, you are seeing solar systems popping up all over.
Dear Editor: Please forgive a statement of obvious fact — production of food and production of energy are issues inextricably intertwined. Further, as use of fossil fuels declines and world population grows from seven to over ten billion in this century, meeting worldwide demand for food will be an ever-increasing problem — a problem destined to dominate world affairs for decades to come.
News Tribune editorial
When a driver sets a vehicle in motion, the safety of others — passengers, pedestrians, other motorists — must be a priority.
A U.S. official says Iran will find it hard to exploit any data and technology aboard the captured CIA stealth drone because of measures taken to limit the intelligence value of drones operating over hostile territory.
Victim hospitalized in serious condition
A Lohman man was listed in serious condition late Saturday night at University Hospital in Columbia, after being shot early Saturday and undergoing surgery that included the removal of a kidney.
Once a year, the crisp, December morning stillness is pierced by what may sound like millions of law enforcement sirens — all blaring at once.
Rate would cover additional billing, collection expenses
Sewer customers could see an increase in the base rate on their sewer bill if the Jefferson City Council approves the measure Monday night.
Who is paying for the two-month extension of the payroll tax cut working its way through Congress? The cost is being dropped in the laps of most people who buy homes or refinance beginning next year.
Two closed-door sessions will highlight the Jefferson City School Board’s meeting on Monday.
The Cole County R-5 School Board accepted a retirement letter from Rob Ferguson as high school principal during its December meeting.
Barnes urges Carnahan to keep hands off new energy petition
Freshman Rep. Jay Barnes has urged Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan to let someone else handle a new initiative petition proposal dropped at her office last week.
After starting his career with the Missouri Department of Corrections 23 years ago, Stanley Keely graduated Saturday with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from Columbia College.
The Helias Lady Crusaders dropped a decision Saturday to the St. James Lady Tigers.
Fatima cruised to a victory Saturday night in the championship game of the Linn Tournament.
At 62, Jim Nesselhauf is not sure which will come first, retirement or the demise of his business — pay phones.
Falcons have three wrestling champs
The Blair Oaks Falcons captured the title Saturday at the 20-team St. Mary’s Trojan Holiday Tournament.
Once a place to educate young women in the finer points of knowledge and etiquette, today the Greek Revival-style buildings at 416-420 E. State St. are a reference for those learning about revitalization.
Occupy Des Moines activists on Saturday vowed to shut down President Barack Obama’s campaign offices and set up a camp outside they plan to maintain around the clock.
California traveled to Grain Valley but couldn’t come home with a win, falling Saturday.
The South Callaway Bulldogs vaulted to a 13-2 lead after one quarter Saturday and defeated the Calvary Lutheran Lions at Trinity Lutheran.
The young Army intelligence specialist accused of leaking government secrets spent his 24th birthday in court Saturday as his lawyers argued his status as a gay soldier before the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” played an important role in his actions.
The Lincoln men’s basketball team decided to host the Lions a year before Lindenwood enters the MAIAA to help gain some semblance of familiarity. Lindenwood was a rude guest Saturday afternoon, defeating Lincoln at Jason Gym.
The Lincoln Blue Tiger women matched the best start in program history, improving to 8-1 with Saturday’s win over the University of Missouri-St. Louis Tritons.
Newt Gingrich's becoming Professor Gingrich was Step 1 in a carefully laid plan that would propel the 27-year-old father of two from Carrollton to Congress within eight years, on an audacious quest, as he saw it, to save Western civilization.
If a tree falls in the forest and there’s no one to hear, does it make a sound? Likewise, if a worthless addition to the sporting scene gets started and there’s no one to watch it, does it actually exist?
It was the question on everybody’s mind. But Missouri coach Frank Haith didn’t want to take the bait.
When it was announced Missouri would play in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La., it was a tossup who was more excited: Tiger receiver L’Damian Washington, or his three brothers. Christmas came early for the Shreveport native and his family.
Family members and a witness say a New York City fourth grader choked on meatballs during lunch earlier this month while school cafeteria workers stood by. The boy later died.
The Cole County Historical Society’s annual Christmas ornament this year features two Civil War generals with ties to Mid-Missouri.
Two of the biggest spenders on global health innovation are hoping that $38.5 million will be enough money to create a handheld device that doctors could use to diagnose patients far from medical labs.
Hunters and poachers are not the same
A letter to the editor of a newspaper I had picked up made my temperature rise quite bit. It was from a local reader who was upset about the illegal dumping of deer carcasses in a creek.
A Maryland-based company using University of Missouri research plans to launch a new soy-based chicken substitute that tastes just like, well, chicken.
Ryan Loepke averaged 215.9 to lead the 12 finalists Saturday in the Bud Light Coca-Cola Old School Shootout at West Gate Lanes in Jefferson City.
After Thursday’s announcement that Lance Cpl. Tyler Huffman and his family have accepted the offer of a new house near Scott Station Road, some Mid-Missourians have asked how they can support that effort.
Kansas City police say someone broke into the apartment of a 71-year-old woman and repeatedly raped her.
Hundreds of Japanese-American veterans of World War II were honored Saturday with a parade in Honolulu — nearly 70 years after they volunteered to fight for their country even as the government branded them “enemy aliens.”
A law prohibiting fundraising during Utah’s legislative session has at least one Republican resigning his post and another considering stepping down instead of challenging the ban, as candidates have successfully done in other states.
No doubt, the Cincinnati Bengals have some issues. While losing four of five against a succession of division leaders, they’ve sprung leaks in the secondary and on the offensive line. Once a promising postseason contender, they’ve fallen a game back in a packed contest for the last wild card berth in the AFC.
Aaron Rodgers will throw for a slew of yards and a bunch of touchdowns. Some unheralded running back will start to resemble Jim Taylor. Clay Matthews will harass the opposing quarterback and Charles Woodson will probably force a turnover.
Missouri State University’s interim president has apologized for the school’s Pride Band playing the song “Dixie” on Springfield’s downtown square last month.
The contents of the home where Michael Jackson lived with his three children just before his death have sold for nearly $1 million at auction.
Newt Gingrich tried to quiet unrelenting campaign criticism that he acknowledged had taken a toll as Mitt Romney stepped up insider attacks Saturday in hopes of regaining front-runner status with the first presidential vote little more than two weeks away.
All lanes of a vital Southern California freeway were open again Saturday, three days after a shutdown was forced by a huge tanker truck fire that left an overpass badly damaged.
A New York man has pleaded guilty in federal court in St. Louis to selling counterfeit World Series tickets.
Atlanta police are continuing to try to piece together what led to the slaying of rapper Slim Dunkin, who was gunned down Friday evening in a city music studio as he was preparing to record a video.
COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Dion Waiters scored a career-high 22 points to help No. 1 Syracuse beat North Carolina State 88-72 on Saturday.
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 22 points and 12 rebounds for No. 4 Stanford in a hard-fought 85-66 victory over Princeton on Saturday.
In a matchup of teams riding four-game winning streaks something had to give. The Nashville Predators needed a little extra time to stretch their run to five.
NHL ROUNDUP: The Boston Bruins scored four first-period goals and snapped the Philadelphia Flyers’ seven-game winning streak with a 6-0 victory on Saturday.
A burst of gunfire sent Annelise Fiedler running out of her home to see what the noise was. In the yard next door, she saw 30-year-old Sara McMeen hovering over her baby as if she had dropped her. Fiedler asked McMeen if everything was all right.
A woman burned to death in the elevator of her Brooklyn apartment building Saturday after a man ambushed her, sprayed her with liquid and set her afire with a Molotov cocktail, police said.
President Barack Obama, rebuffed by Congress on a yearlong extension of a Social Security payroll tax cut, said Saturday that it would be “inexcusable” for lawmakers not to lengthen the short-term deal when they return from their holiday break.
Bankruptcy proceedings remain on the cards for troubled Swedish car maker Saab after former owner General Motors Corp. said Saturday that proposals presented so far to salvage the troubled brand are unacceptable and won’t be supported.
Protesters descended on a Lowe’s store in one of the country’s largest Arab-American communities on Saturday, calling for a boycott after the home improvement chain pulled its ads from a reality television show about five Muslim families living in Michigan.
The Senate voted Saturday to temporarily avert a Jan. 1 payroll tax increase and benefit cutoff for the long-time unemployed, forcing a reluctant President Barack Obama to make an election-year choice between unions and environmentalists over whether to build an oil pipeline through the heart of the country.
A man who shot four people, killing two, at a utility office east of Los Angeles before turning the gun on himself was a 48-year-old company employee from Southern California, authorities said Saturday.
Challenging Newt Gingrich's claim to South Carolina, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney charged into the state Friday with a key endorsement from the tea party-aligned governor, a packed campaign schedule and plans to start airing TV ads in the early primary state.
Republican presidential contender Michele Bachmann said she did not want "to trash anyone" on Friday and then called her leading rivals ideologically unfit to win the nomination as she began a bus tour she hopes will yield a caucus comeback.
The Arab League has given Syria until Wednesday to allow observers into the country or else it will likely turn to the U.N. Security Council for action to try to end the deadly violence against regime opponents, Qatar's prime minister said Saturday.
The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court said Thursday there are "serious suspicions" that the death of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was a war crime.
A Versailles woman was listed in critical condition Saturday at University Hospital in Columbia, following a one-vehicle wreck Friday night in Camden County.
Pittsburg State wasn’t about to get comfy and cautious so close to ending a 20-year quest for a second national title.
Dozens of Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested in New York Saturday after they scaled a chain-link fence or crawled under it to get to an Episcopal church-owned lot they want to use for a new camp site.
Hundreds of advocates for immigrants who gathered outside Alabama’s state Capitol are calling for the repeal of a controversial law that they say harkens back to the state’s segregationist past.
Utah State is no stranger to tense, down-to-the-wire finishes, and the Aggies found a way to win each time in their final five regular-season games.