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Stephen Colbert meeting Radiohead is such a special occasion, a regular episode of “The Colbert Report” wasn’t sufficient.
WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to health care savings, President Barack Obama’s deficit plan borrows a familiar strategy from corporate America’s playbook: cut costs or shift them to others.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The counterinsurgency tactic that is sending U.S. soldiers out on foot patrols among the Afghan people, rather than riding in armored vehicles, has contributed to a dramatic increase in arm and leg amputations, sometimes with the loss of multiple limbs, following blast injuries.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of American troops in Iraq will fall to 30,000 by the end of this month as the U.S. winds down the war, the top U.S military officer said Tuesday.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas pressed ahead with his campaign for statehood before the U.N. despite frantic U.S. efforts Tuesday to forge a diplomatic solution that would avoid a charged vote before the Security Council.
Is it ever OK to tweet that a girl’s a “slut”? How about slinging offensive names for homosexuals in a post to a friend on Facebook? Or texting a racial slur? Most young people think it’s all right when friends are joking around with each other, according to a new poll.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The world economy has entered a “dangerous new phase,” according to the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund. As a result, the international lending organization has sharply downgraded its economic outlook for the United States and Europe through the end of next year.
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. airlines collected slightly more in baggage fees in the first three months of the year as the number of travelers increased.
NEW YORK (AP) — Investor optimism faded in a hurry Tuesday after two days of conferences ended with no resolution to Greece’s debt crisis.
President Barack Obama makes it sound like there are millionaires all over America paying taxes at lower rates than their secretaries.
When Anna Watterson lost more than 20 pounds and developed a cough she couldn’t shake, she was afraid she’d caught some mysterious disease. After repeated visits to the doctor and months of being sick in 2004, the London barrister was finally diagnosed with drug-resistant tuberculosis.
Missouri education officials have revoked the accreditation of the Kansas City School District after it failed for several years to meet most of the state’s academic performance standards.
Gov. Jay Nixon says he is strongly encouraged by news that General Motors may expand its factory in the eastern Missouri city of Wentzville.
Every year, toy makers and sellers hope there will be a runaway hit toy to help spur excitement around the holidays and boost sales. Toys R Us is betting that 15 toys ranging from a flying, inflatable remote-control fish to tiny collectible monsters will be big hits this season.
Netflix and the newly-minted Qwikster have a growing list of competitors that offer movies and TV shows streamed online, on DVDs, or through on-demand cable TV. Choosing the right service will depend on your appetite for video. Do you want the latest movies or the greatest classics? Would you prefer cheap or better on-the-go access?
A majority of Joplin, Mo., residents either ignored or were slow to react to the first warning sirens about a massive and deadly tornado this spring, partially because of decades of false alarms, the government said Tuesday.
Four months after President Barack Obama went to the other end of the Texas-Mexico border to tally achievements in border security and call for comprehensive immigration reform, a Republican congressman said the border remains unsafe and convened a hearing Monday in this border city to show it.
Missouri American Water Company has the westbound lanes in the 200 block of East McCarty Street closed to repair a water leak.
The doctor doesn’t think your sore throat is bad enough yet to order a strep test — unaware that a dozen people across town were diagnosed with strep throat just last week.
Netflix is trying to boost business by chopping its services into two separate parts. Unfortunately for investors, the company’s stock price is what’s really been cleaved.
Zooey Deschanel, star of the sassy new Fox comedy “New Girl,” was supposed to meet with a reporter for breakfast after her appearance Thursday morning on “Live With Regis and Kelly.” A throng of paparazzi trailed her from the studio to an Upper West Side restaurant a few blocks away, where the reporter was waiting.
Missouri’s special legislative session is teetering between collapse and compromise as lawmakers are at loggerheads over a job-creation proposal.
Elizabeth Cochran was sitting in her office when her computer suddenly sounded an alarm. Beep. Beep. Beep.
After two months of controversy, a southwest Missouri school board has decided to return two banned books to the high school library.
You don’t have to know about VORP — or WHIP, or OPS — to enjoy “Moneyball,” the story of how a bunch of stat geeks changed the way baseball teams assess and acquire players.
Western states lead way
The West is leading a national decline in the rate of new lung cancer cases, with states like California and Nevada accounting for much of the improvement, particularly among women.
Officials at a small northwest Missouri elementary school say they were stunned when a kindergarten student brought his mom’s crack pipe and some drugs for show-and-tell.
Police in a Kansas City suburb have issued a Silver Alert for an 81-year-old man who hasn’t been seen since Friday.
The Missouri Lottery says August was its best month ever.
China’s Commerce Ministry said Tuesday it is worried that Europe’s debt crisis could spark trade friction and hurt sales to the country’s largest export market.
Oklahoma cleared the way Monday for its possible departure from the Big 12, with university president David Boren demanding the league move toward an equal revenue-sharing model and create stability or else lose the Sooners to the Pac-12.
To ensure the issues that are most important to seniors are recognized, the Silver Haired Legislature exists.
You get 13 hits — five for extra bases, one a grand slam. You hold your opponent to just three baserunners, none of which get as far as second.
LeeAnn Polowy had two hits, including a triple, and drove in three runs to lead the Blair Oaks Lady Falcons to a 5-4 win Monday over Russellville.
Starting Oct. 1, the Cole County Family Resource Center will no longer have staff available to provide energy assistance services.
Two Jefferson City residents have been charged with stealing scrap metal from a local business.
The Helias girls tennis team improved to 4-3 on the season with a 6-3 win Monday over Moberly at Washington Park.
Jurors took less than an hour Monday to convict an Illinois man of murder in the death of one of eight people he’s accused of bludgeoning to death in Illinois and Missouri.
The Jefferson City Council has approved rezoning requests to allow for an expansion of the Jefferson City Medical Group, or JCMG, on West Stadium Boulevard.
Taiwan, China and Congress won’t be cheering the Obama administration’s decision to upgrade Taiwan’s fleet of F-16 fighter jets but not sell it new planes. But it may be a compromise they can all live with.
Health care savings in President Barack Obama’s deficit-reduction plan would squeeze future Medicare recipients, cut payments to drug companies and hospitals, and shift costs to states.
“Two and a Half Men” creator Chuck Lorre introduced Ashton Kutcher as a new star of television’s most popular comedy on Monday, and gained a measure of revenge against the departed Charlie Sheen in the process.
State Board of Education President Peter Herschend hopes the state will have an “open enrollment” policy in place within a year.
Sharon Stewart needed money to visit her four sons in California so she took a minimum-wage job picking up trash at the National Championship Air Races in Reno. She was almost done with her 11-hour shift when a WWII-era fighter plane veered off course and crashed into the VIP seating section.
A recent disclosure shows that a company trying to receive state and local incentives for manufacturing an artificial sweetener in central Missouri has little cash.
After years of debate and months of final preparations, the military can no longer prevent gays from serving openly in its ranks.
On Tuesday, when the 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy goes away, so does J.D. Smith, the name a 25-year-old Air Force officer assumed to shield his identity as he engaged in high-wire activism that could have crashed down on his career. Even if no one asks, Air Force First Lt. Joshua David Seefried is telling.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster told Lincoln University students Monday his “three adult jobs” have given him “different vantage points on the U.S. Constitution.”
The city of Joplin is getting up to $4 million from the federal government to complete the demolition and removal of debris from the May 22 tornado.
The Jefferson City Lady Jays didn’t drop a game in sweeping a tripleheader Monday from the Lebanon Lady Jackets.
It’s hard to imagine a game on Missouri’s schedule that requires more attention than Oklahoma.
Prosecutors argue that 10 Muslim students acted as censors when they shouted down a speech by an Israeli diplomat at the University of California, Irvine, while the defense says the students acted within the law.
Everyone knows what it would take to curb the global rise of chronic illnesses like heart disease, certain cancers and diabetes, but getting nations and their citizens to make the essential changes is more than daunting.
After a decision to ban two books drew national attention, a southwest Missouri school district will discuss revising its book policy.
A Chicago skyscraper architect, a New York City children’s choir founder and a North Carolina scientist who studies how to prevent sports-related concussions are among the latest 22 recipients of the no-strings-attached MacArthur Foundation “genius grants.”
Fatima fell behind by 10 points in its first game against Rock Bridge and couldn’t recover. The Lady Bruins won the game and went on to a 25-19, 25-16 victory.
The board of directors of General Motors Co. has met in Shanghai in its first-ever meeting outside the United States as the automaker prepares to further deepen cooperation with its flagship Chinese partner.
Kristi Dulaney had five aces as Russellville topped Calvary Lutheran Monday night.
“Dancing With the Stars” unveiled its new ballroom and new cast Monday, and when all the dancing was done, singer Chynna Phillips and actor J.R. Martinez were tied at the top.
Louisiana Sen. David Vitter and other Republicans have criticized the Obama administration for awarding billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies for renewable energy projects, including a $528 million loan to a now-bankrupt California solar panel maker. But the GOP lawmakers haven’t always been so critical of the program.
Scott Hovis got a bit of redemption.
Several members of Missouri’s U.S. House delegation are backing legislation requiring the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to adjust water levels in upstream reservoirs on the Missouri River to prevent massive flooding downstream.
Carl Porting, Jefferson City, and Bill Gartner, Columbia, received the St. Benedict Award for their years of service at the Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows in Starkenburg from the Catholic Committee on Scouting at the annual retreat.
The man who killed three Cape Girardeau residents in a botched murder-for-hire plot will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Officials have determined that badly decomposed human remains discovered over the weekend in a California canyon are those of Michelle Le, the missing nursing student who disappeared in May while taking a school break.
Tyson Foods Inc. is paying $32 million to settle a long-running dispute over whether it should compensate poultry plant workers for time they spend putting on and taking off protective clothing.
Casey Anthony’s father said that he doesn’t believe it’s possible to reconnect with his acquitted daughter and that she should be held responsible for his 2-year-old granddaughter’s death.
A Missouri House committee has approved legislation revising a new state law restricting teachers’ online communications with students.
Taylor Armstrong of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” said in a TV interview that her late husband subjected her to an abusive and frightening life.
A play based on last year’s federal court fight over California’s gay marriage ban made its Broadway debut on Monday night with an all-star cast, only hours after a federal judge decided to unseal the trial’s video recordings.
When Tammy Farmer gave birth to her son, Logan, her life changed dramatically, but not in the usual way. Without knowing it, Farmer was a carrier of Lyme disease, and it wasn't until she went through the physical stress of childbirth that she began to experience symptoms like excruciating pain and cognitive impairment.
Italy criticized Standard & Poor’s on Tuesday for downgrading its credit rating, saying the decision was out of touch with reality at a time when the government was working to boost growth and reduce its debts.
The salon famous for Sarah Palin’s hair-do gets its own shot at the spotlight.
Negotiators for workers at Southern California’s largest grocery chains reached a deal Monday to avoid a repeat of a four-month strike eight years ago that cost the industry $2 billion and created havoc for shoppers.
An increase in child abuse, mostly in infants, is linked with the recent recession in new research that raises fresh concerns about the impact of the nation's economic woes.
ConocoPhillips plans a new fund to address environmental problems in China’s Bohai Bay, following harsh criticism from marine authorities and environmentalists over oil spills in the heavily polluted sea.
“Cabin: Two Brothers, a Dream, and Five Acres in Maine” (Viking), by Lou Ureneck
Cabin fever often sets in by mid-February in the wilds of Maine, when hip-deep snowdrifts make it tough to get around and hanging around the house in the short hours of daylight can make you stir-crazy.
A 3-year-old boy who fatally shot himself with his father’s gun will be remembered with a special gift to a St. Louis elementary school.
Now that save No. 602 is behind him, Mariano Rivera is happy to step back out of the spotlight and work on another big number: six.
A solar panel maker targeted by violent protests over pollution from a factory in east China has apologized and says it will do what’s necessary to clean it up.
Tom Wilson Sr., the creator of the hard-luck comic strip character Ziggy, has died, his family said Monday. He was 80.
The last of five members of a northeast Missouri family accused of killing a drifter from Ohio has pleaded guilty.
The celebration in the St. Louis clubhouse showed just how excited the surging Cardinals are to be in the thick of the playoff chase.
Steve Spagnuolo and the St. Louis Rams came to the Meadowlands bearing gifts and the New York Giants readily accepted them.
Kyle Lohse outpitched Roy Halladay, and the St. Louis Cardinals held off the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 on Monday night to gain ground on Atlanta in the NL wild-card chase.
Long regarded as the best closer in baseball, Mariano Rivera now has more saves than anyone else, too.
WNBA PLAYOFF ROUNDUP: Candice Dupree’s putback with 1.9 seconds remaining lifted Phoenix to a 77-75 victory over the Seattle Storm in Game 3 on Monday night, sending the Mercury to the Western Conference finals.