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AP sources: Coach K return to US team possible

Mike Krzyzewski said London was going to be the last time.

Author Cornwell takes stand at negligence trial

Crime writer Patricia Cornwell is the first to admit she is easily distracted by noise and finds it nearly impossible to write when she is interrupted.

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Texas A&M gets 70-68 win over No. 21 Missouri

Fabyon Harris had 17 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer with 12 seconds left, to help Texas A&M to a 70-68 victory against No. 21 Missouri on Thursday night.

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Mrazek wins NHL debut, Red Wings beat Blues 5-1

Petr Mrazek made 26 saves in his NHL debut, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.

Sprint posts big 4Q loss, revenue rises

Sprint Nextel Corp., the country's third largest wireless carrier, on Thursday said it lost $1.3 billion in its fourth quarter, about the same as a year ago, as it revamped its network for a comeback versus bigger competitors.

Union head says premature to make drug judgments

Baseball union head Michael Weiner said it would be unfair to make judgments about players and agents before evidence is sorted out in the sport’s latest drug investigation.

Wolters scores 53, S. Dakota St. downs IPFW 80-74

Nate Wolters scored a school-record 53 points and broke another mark with nine 3-pointers as South Dakota State defeated IPFW 80-74 Thursday night.

New York Times reports higher 4Q earnings, revenue

The New York Times Co. said Thursday that net income tripled in the final three months of 2012, boosted by gains from the sale of some online properties. The company also benefited from growth in digital subscription revenue and higher prices for print editions.

Westminster nabs victory over Greenville

The Westminster Blue Jays improved to 12-1 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletics Association with a 58-52 win over the Greenville Panthers on Wednesday.

McClatchy posts 4Q loss on debt refinancing charge

The McClatchy Co., publisher of 30 daily newspapers including The Sacramento Bee and The Miami Herald, said Thursday that it posted a loss in the fourth quarter after booking a one-time charge for refinancing debt.

Blue Jays beat Greenville

The Westminster Blue Jays notched an 87-62 win over the Greenville Panthers on Wednesday night.

Christie again vetoes NJ’s Internet gambling law

Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill Thursday that would have made New Jersey the third state to legalize gambling over the Internet, but he said he would sign it if it had a 10-year trial period and a higher tax rate on casinos.

Charter to buy Optimum West in $1.63 billion deal

Charter Communications says it is buying cable company Optimum West from CableVision Systems Corp. for about $1.63 billion in cash.

LinkedIn’s 4Q gets rave reviews from investors

Online professional-networking service LinkedIn’s fourth-quarter performance added another line to its sterling resume as a public company.

Philip Morris Int’l 4Q profit rises 11 pct

Cigarette maker Philip Morris International Inc. said Thursday that its fourth-quarter net income increased 11 percent as it sold more cigarettes at higher prices.

Hasbro profit falls during holiday season

Hasbro’s profit fell 6 percent during the key holiday quarter as the toymaker faced a challenging economy and shifting habits in the way kids play.

Lincoln swept at Emporia State

Lincoln just couldn’t stop Emporia State.

Senate poised to renew Violence Against Women Act

The Senate is poised to rewrite the federal government’s principal anti-domestic abuse law with new protections for gays, lesbians, immigrants and Native American women.

Infant only survivor of double fatal accident

An infant is the only survivor of a traffic accident in southwest Missouri that killed the drivers of the two vehicles involved.

Children unhurt in Kansas City school bus crash

Kansas City police are looking for a driver who ran away after a collision between a car and a school bus that toppled onto its side.

Obama pushes 2nd term agenda to House Democrats

President Barack Obama predicted a tough road ahead as he urged House Democrats on Thursday to stick to their principles on guns, immigration and the economy in legislative fights with Republicans.

IRS cracking down on ID theft, tax fraud

With tax filing season heating up, an aggressive Internal Revenue Service crackdown is targeting the growing problem of criminals who use stolen identities to seek tens of thousands of dollars in fraudulent tax refunds.

2 feet feared as blizzard threatens Northeast

A blizzard of potentially historic proportions threatened to strike the Northeast with a vengeance Friday, with up to 2 feet of snow feared along the densely populated Interstate 95 corridor from the New York City area to Boston and beyond.

Train derailment cleanup may take 60 days

Union Pacific says it could take up to two months to clean up the mess left after a derailment near the southeast Missouri town of Chaffee.

EU pushes plans for safer, more secure Internet

EU officials are pushing a plan to make the Internet safer — more resistant to cyberattacks, freer from cybercrime and safer for children to use.

Hernandez on verge of new deal with Mariners

Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners are working on a $175 million, seven-year contract that would make him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball, according to a person with knowledge of the deal’s details.

UMKC joining Western Athletic Conference

Missouri-Kansas City is leaving the Midwest-heavy Summit League for the Western Athletic Conference, effective July 1.

Armstrong sued for $12 million bonus

A Dallas promotions company sued Lance Armstrong on Thursday, demanding he repay $12 million in bonuses and fees it paid him for winning the Tour de France.

Pressey a finalist for Cousy

It’s down to an even dozen.

Colombia police: Kidnapped Germans in good health

Two German retirees who have been held captive for more than three months by leftist rebels are in good health, Colombia’s anti-kidnapping police chief said Thursday.

PERSPECTIVE: Breaking the monopoly of mediocrity

Missouri has set an ambitious education goal — to be one of the top 10 states in the nation by 2020...

9 dead, villages destroyed in Solomons tsunami

Aid workers struggled to reach remote, tsunami-ravaged villages in the Solomon Islands on Thursday and the death toll rose to at least nine as more bodies were found in wrecked homes and debris in the South Pacific country.

French troops begin withdrawal from Timbuktu

French troops began to withdraw from Timbuktu Thursday after securing the fabled city as they ramped up their mission in another northern Mali city, searching for Islamic extremists who may be mixing among the local population.

After fatwas, security hiked for Egypt opposition

One hardline Muslim cleric on an Egyptian TV station justified sexual assaults on women protesters.

You want to get rid of that tattoo? Here's how

There are several methods for ridding yourself of unwanted ink

Your mom probably told you not to do it -- along with a lot of other people. But you went ahead and did it anyway. And now that tattoo on your arm of a former flame is kind of embarrassing today.

Terror suspect pleads guilty in phony NY plot

A Bangladesh native accused of trying to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank in New York with what he thought was a 1,000-pound car bomb pleaded guilty Thursday to terrorism charges stemming from an FBI sting.

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Newtown pastor reprimanded over prayer vigil

A conservative Lutheran group has reprimanded a Newtown, Conn., pastor for participating in an interfaith vigil after the Sandy Hook massacre.

Theater shooting victims being harassed

Victims and witnesses in the Colorado theater shootings have been pestered by conspiracy theorists, impersonated in court filings and had their addresses and phone numbers posted online, prosecutors said.

Coroner: Man in bunker shot multiple times

A man who held a 5-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker for nearly a week before dying in a shootout with the FBI received multiple gunshot wounds, a county coroner said Thursday.

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Massive manhunt on for ex-cop

An ex-Los Angeles police officer who authorities say went on a deadly shooting rampage to punish those he blamed for his firing killed three people, setting off a manhunt that stirred fear across several states and Mexico.

Survey suggests many need to improve their social media manners

Are you a Lurker, Vaguebooker or an overly-proud parent?

How's your social media etiquette? A survey of social media users suggests most people could use a little improvement in their online behavior.

Grammy nominee unearths hidden Gil Evans treasures

Grammy nominee Ryan Truesdell felt like a "jazz archaeologist" as he sifted through thousands of pages of manuscripts in a safe in the apartment of renowned jazz composer-arranger Gil Evans, best known for his collaborations with Miles Davis.

Simple things you can do to live longer

It doesn't always require a big life change, sometimes it just takes a few small tweaks

Living a long life is what many people want, but they also want to live it healthfully, so in order to do that some people follow a long list of regimens and medical suggestions that oftentimes entail a major life change or some sort of difficult upheaval.

Panetta says US at risk of being second-rate power

The United States is at risk of becoming a second-rate power if automatic budget cuts go into effect, plunging the U.S. armed forces into the most significant readiness crisis they’ve faced in more than a decade, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Thursday.

Military looks to place quick forces after Libya

The U.S. military is determined to position small, quick reaction forces closer to global crises after the rapid assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya last September kept U.S. armed forces from responding in time to save four Americans.

Dispute over E15 fuel heats up

Research warning of engine damage brings strong response from alternative fuels groups

With some American gas stations now offering gasoline with a 15 percent ethanol additive -- a fuel known as E15 -- the debate over its efficiency and potential harm to motors is heating up.

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Opportunity knocks for JC native

Hope Driskill may be in Italy for a modeling job, but nothing will stop the Jefferson City native from watching the season premiere of “Survivor” at 7 p.m. Wednesday on CBS, on which she is a contestant.

Mission to host Terry Quiett Band

The Terry Quiett Band has become a mainstay across America’s Heartland and will be performing at 9 p.m. Saturday in Jefferson City at The Mission, 915 E. High St.

New whooping cough strain in US raises questions

Researchers have discovered the first U.S. cases of whooping cough caused by a germ that may be resistant to the vaccine.

Youth group: Students need better sports safety

Student athletes need access to health care professionals, better-trained coaches and up-to-date equipment, a coalition of groups recommended Wednesday in a call to action aimed at protecting the almost 8 million students participating in high school sports each year.

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Small biz leader tells women owners to take charge

Barbara Kasoff has a message for women business owners: If you don't like the way government regulations affect your business, stop whining and get involved.

'1600 Penn' showcases Oval Office, Josh Gad

After putting yet another wearying, bitterly fought national election behind us, do we really need a sitcom set in the White House?

Goodman throws support behind St. Louis blues museum

Actor and St. Louis County native John Goodman is helping lead a push for a National Blues Museum in St. Louis.

American Stroke Association: Quick action key to stroke treatment

New guidelines recommend therapy within 60 minutes of hospital arrival

People having an ischemic stroke -- which accounts for nine in 10 strokes -- should receive clot-dissolving therapy, if appropriate, within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital, according to new American Stroke Association guidelines published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

Your Opinion: Opportunities to increase interfaith understanding

Linda Wenzlick, in a recent letter, discussed the many faith groups in the United States of America, where “you are guaranteed worship of the faith of your choosing, or to not choose a specific faith if you so desire ...”

Your Opinion: Recognition and elimination of differences

With the secretary of defense along with the chairman of the joint chief’s announcing that women were now going to be able to be members of front line infantry units, how long will it be until we will no longer have a separation between men and women in all athletics?

Your Opinion: What are we teaching children about happiness?

Why are so many people unhappy? I grew up poor and had one doll, one box of crayons and a coloring book.

Our Opinion: Decisive question for City Council members

City Council members addressed reasonable questions, but not the decisive question, during discussion Monday about a proposal to create the position of assistant city administrator.

Mo. House Republicans propose smoking policy

Missouri House Republicans are considering a policy to let lawmakers continue smoking in their offices while encouraging them to be “conscientious” and “respectful.”

TV ad focuses on Missouri utility legislation

A new television commercial promotes Missouri legislation that utility companies say will help improve the state’s electric infrastructure.

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Two JCHS students honored for honesty

Jefferson City High School officials honored Jake White and Justin Fuller for their honesty after they turned in an envelope containing $150 that a wrestling referee had lost.

4 charged with drug possession

Charges have been filed against some of those taken into custody after four drug search warrants were issued Tuesday in Cole County. Authorities report seizing several resealable bags with drugs, including crystal meth.

California woman placed on probation for drug charge

Sarah Moad, 29, of California Mo. was placed on 5 years supervised probation for pleading guilty to a charge of possession of methamphetamine after a search of her vehicle in March 2012.

JC man charged with rape, molestation

A Jefferson City man is charged with first-degree statutory rape and first-degree child molestation. Joe Stevens, 26, of 207 Olive St., also is charged with second-degree assault.

Safety Net sought for Cole County

A non-profit organization called Safety Net is searching for people interested in helping their cause of supporting wives and children of public safety personnel who died in the line of duty.

Technology key in bill targeting meth

Missouri should be using technology to help track the sale and possession of methamphetamine precursor drugs, the House Judiciary Committee was told during a public hearing Wednesday.

Several Mid-Missouri road projects awarded

The state Highways and Transportation Commission awarded several Mid-Missouri projects Wednesday, including $2.8 million in repairs to the Osage River bridge on Route B in Cole County.

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Tigers want to break through tonight against Aggies

College basketball coaches hope their teams are playing their best basketball in February and March. Missouri is no different.

Kraus renews effort to end front license plate

Will the third time be the charm for state Sen. Will Kraus’ efforts to remove the front license plate from Missouri vehicles? He claims it would save the state about $1.5 million.

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Missouri researchers ID largest prime number yet

Mathematicians at the University of Central Missouri have identified the largest prime number yet, but good luck remembering it.

Sedalia prosecutor explains lack of charges

An incomplete police report forced the release of a Sedalia assault suspect two days before the man is alleged to have killed a hospital patient in Columbia, the Pettis County prosecutor said.

US to cut carrier fleet in Persian Gulf to 1

The Pentagon is cutting its aircraft carrier presence in the Persian Gulf region from two carriers to one, the Defense Department said Wednesday, in a move that represents one of the most significant effects of budget cuts on the U.S. military presence overseas.

Memphis renames 3 parks that honored Confederacy

The City Council voted Monday to change the names of three parks that honor the Confederacy and two of its notable members.

‘Musial Bridge’ proposal draws just one comment

No one opposed a bill that would name the new Mississippi River bridge at St. Louis in honor of Stan Musial, during a state Senate hearing Wednesday — although one man thinks his friend’s name should be on the bridge.

FDA warns of new fake batch of cancer drug Avastin

The Food and Drug Administration is warning U.S. doctors about another counterfeit version of the cancer drug Avastin, the third case involving the best-selling Roche drug in the past year.

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Ohio man recovers stolen 300-year-old family Bible

A central Ohio man’s heart sank when he realized that burglars had broken in and stolen a safe holding his most prized possession — a 300-year-old family Bible.

NJ Gov. Christie to ex-White House doc: 'Shut up'

Gov. Chris Christie lashed out Wednesday at a former White House doctor who said she worries about him dying in office because he is so heavy, telling her to "shut up."

Miami woman jailed after flipping off judge

A Miami woman has been jailed on contempt charges after flipping off a judge during a drug possession hearing.

Lincoln Day event slated Tuesday

A Lincoln Day Celebration is scheduled at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Heisinger Bluffs in Jefferson City.

JCTV benefit dinner, concert set

A barbecue dinner and concert is scheduled to benefit JCTV from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the president’s residence, 601 Jackson St. Call 681-5443 for tickets.

Elan, Biogen change terms of Tysabri collaboration

Biogen Idec will take over full ownership of the multiple sclerosis treatment Tysabri from its partner Irish drugmaker Elan Corp. PLC in exchange for a $3.25 billion cash payment and royalties on future sales.

Lincoln off to play Emporia State

The Lincoln Blue Tiger men’s and women’s basketball teams will be hitting the road a lot in the next few weeks.

Boy band The Wanted sign on for E! reality series

The Wanted is trying to keep it real: The boy band has signed on to do a reality series on E!

MTV picks up 2nd season of W.Va.-based 'Buckwild'

MTV says reality show "Buckwild" about some wild young West Virginians will be picked up for a second season.

In Vegas, Abrams gives few hints about 'Star Wars'

A newly announced "Star Wars" sequel was on everyone's mind when J.J. Abrams took the stage Wednesday at a Las Vegas video game conference, but he made only a sideways mention of the film he has been hired to direct.

Grammys face more criticism with unknown nominee

Chances are you never heard of Al Walser before his surprise Grammy nomination for best dance recording. Even more surprising? Neither had most Grammy voters.

Lincoln starts recruiting class with 11 players

After ranking last in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association in points allowed last year, it appears Lincoln wanted to get an early start on fixing some of its defensive issues from 2012.

Mistrial declared when prosthetic eye pops out

An assault trial over a fight that cost a man his left eye ended in a mistrial Wednesday when his prosthetic eye popped out as he was testifying, startling jurors.

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1865 baseball card fetches $92K in auction

Six-figure bids are expected when a rare 148-year-old baseball card discovered at a rural Maine yard sale is auctioned.

Wednesday's NBA Capsules

Games played Feb. 6, 2013

NBA ROUNDUP: LeBron James scored 32 points, Dwyane Wade added 31 points and eight assists, and the Miami Heat held off the Houston Rockets 114-108 on Wednesday night.

NCAA to get results next week

About Miami investigation

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA said it expects to receive the results of an independent review of inappropriate actions by members of its enforcement staff who have been investigating the University of Miami football program by the end of next week.

TCU upsets No. 5 Kansas

For first Big 12 win

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Garlon Green scored 20 points and TCU held on for a 62-55 upset of fifth-ranked Kansas on Wednesday night for the Horned Frogs’ first Big 12 victory.

Wednesday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules

Games played Feb. 6, 2013

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Mark Lyodns scored a season-high 25 points and led a key stretch in the second half, helping No. 7 Arizona hold off Stanford on the 40th anniversary of the first game at the McKale Center.

Wednesday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules

Games played Feb. 6, 2013

TOP 25 COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Brittney Griner had 26 points and had 13 rebounds to help No. 1 Baylor rout Kansas 86-45 on Wednesday night.

Japan's TEPCO gears up for US shale gas imports

Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the devastated Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant, plans to buy liquefied natural gas from the LNG terminal in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, raising expectations Japan will tap into the U.S. shale gas boom.

Brad Smith working during Fashion Week

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Of the many hats jack-of-all-trades specialist Brad Smith wears playing for the Buffalo Bills, none of them happen to be designed by Tommy Hilfiger.

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Authorities: 4 dead in fiery highway crash

More than two dozen cars, pickup trucks and tractor-trailers collided Wednesday morning in a fiery pileup on a foggy Georgia interstate, killing at least four people and sending nine others to a hospital, officials said.