News for Saturday, February 9, 2013

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Stars salute MusiCares honoree Bruce Springsteen

Be it concert or charity auction, Bruce Springsteen can bring any event to a crescendo.

Mary J. Blige honored by Vibe at pre-Grammy party

Babyface called her an icon; Diddy said she was like a sister; and Anita Baker credited her for helping secure her latest Grammy nomination.

Snoop Dogg blazes one during BMI songwriting panel

Music fans who turned out to BMI's annual pre-Grammy Awards "How I Wrote That Song" discussion got a little more than they expected thanks to Snoop Dogg — a contact high.

New England begins the big dig-out after epic snow

New Englanders began the back-breaking job of digging out from as much as 3 feet of snow Saturday and emergency crews used snowmobiles to reach shivering motorists stranded overnight on New York’s Long Island after a howling storm swept through the Northeast.

Snedeker, Hahn tied for the lead at Pebble

At least this time, Brandt Snedeker feels it's a fair fight. He started the final round at Torrey Pines seven shots behind Tiger Woods. A week later in the Phoenix Open, he went into the final round six shots behind Phil Mickelson.

Northeast storm disrupts schedule for sports teams

The Tampa Bay Lightning were already in Boston when the blizzard shut down the roads, trains and airports. The Bruins and all of the game officials were standing by, too.

Inmate in Mo. prison charged with 120 new counts

A 33-year-old man serving four years in a Missouri prison for second-degree statutory rape has been charged with 60 new counts each of first-degree statutory rape and first-degree statutory sodomy.

St. Louis officers fatally shoot gun-wielding man

Two veteran St. Louis police officers have fatally shot a man who pointed a gun in their direction during the city's annual Mardi Gras celebration.

How to stay safe in a night club

After the tragedy in Brazil where over 235 people died, it's time to take another look at club safety

Since over 235 people were tragically killed inside a night club in Southern Brazil last month, some believe there’s a need to not only reevaluate how safe night clubs are today, but also take a closer look at our own responsibilities to stay safe while clubbing.

UK authorities charge man in US school threat

A British man was charged Saturday after he allegedly posted a threat on Facebook to kill 200 people in the U.S. state of Tennessee, causing many children to stay home from school, authorities said.

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Councilman's arrest sparks red-light camera debate

Red-light cameras are a hot topic again in the St. Louis area following the arrest of a St. Charles County councilman over a ticket from last summer.

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Can you top these reasons for being late to work?

Here are some of the most memorable excuses from tardy employees

Have we become a nation of foot-draggers? With more than a quarter (26 percent) of workers admitting to being late to work at least once a month, and 16 percent tardy once a week or more, you could make that argument.

Turbocharged engines don't live up to their promise, Consumer Reports claims

The magazine conceded that some European models did nicely but generally said the turbo craze is hot air

Turbochargers blow compressed air into engine cylinders, producing more power than similar traditionally-aspirated engines. Volkswagen, Ford and BMW, among others, have relied heavily on turbocharging and consumers are often willing to pay a bit more for a car that has a smaller turbocharged engine, trusting that they'll get better performance.

Suggestions for Disney on 'Star Wars' spinoffs

Having recently purchased the "Star Wars" franchise from Lucasfilm for $4 billion, the Walt Disney Co. is shifting the films into hyperdrive.

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Watson's medical expertise offered commercially

Dr. Watson is accepting new patients. The Watson supercomputer is graduating from its medical residency and is being offered commercially to doctors and health insurance companies, IBM said Friday.

Guatemala declares national coffee emergency

Guatemala's president declared a national emergency Friday over the spread of coffee rust, saying the fungus that has hit other Central American countries is affecting 70 percent of this nation's crop.

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'Lincoln' screenwriter concedes inaccuracy

The screenwriter for the movie "Lincoln" has conceded taking some liberties in its portrayal of a 19th century vote on slavery, but he said his changes adhered to widely accepted standards for the creation of historical drama.

American Tax Relief agrees to pay $15 million

The company bilked consumers with false promises, the feds charged

In its first action against a tax relief company, the Federal Trade Commission has won a settlement order that requires American Tax Relief and its founders to pay $15 million and to get out of the business of selling tax relief services.

No. 21 Missouri manhandles Ole Miss 98-79

Alex Oriakhi had a career-high 22 points to go with 18 rebounds, three blocks and a central role in a second-half fracas of No. 21 Missouri's easy 98-79 victory over Mississippi on Saturday.

Black Keys ready for Grammys with 5 nominations

The Black Keys still feel like the black sheep of the Grammy Awards. "It's unexpected. I don't think we'll ever get used to this stuff," singer and guitarist Dan Auerbach said Friday.

Does that used car you're buying have an open recall?

Fortunately, there's a simple way to check

A new report from Carfax shows an increasing number of vehicles being sold online in seven Midwestern states have open recall issues that have not been addressed. That means the car, at some point, was recalled to make a repair but the owner, for one reason or another, didn't have the work done.

St. Louis feds: Lawyer offered $36K to marry

Federal officials say a married lawyer offered an engaged teacher $36,000 to marry the lawyer's Ukranian lover so she wouldn't have to leave when her student visa expired.

Mo. Republicans choose Jason Smith for Congress

A young Missouri lawmaker who promised a "fresh approach" and denounced federal fiscal irresponsibility won the Republican nomination Saturday to replace resigned U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson.

Fugitive's rant puts focus on evolving LAPD legacy

Fugitive ex-Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner's claim in an online "manifesto" that his career was undone by racist colleagues conspiring against him comes at a time when it's widely held that the police department has evolved well beyond the troubled racial legacy of Rodney King and the O.J. Simpson trial.

Arrested fugitive is Alabama football signee's father

Authorities say a man who was arrested after 16 years as a fugitive for allegedly shooting his estranged wife while she was holding their 18-month-old boy is the father of University of Alabama football signee Reuben Foster.

Flights resume at NYC airports after snowstorm

New York's airports dug out from under nearly a foot of snow and allowed some flights to land Saturday morning, while Boston's Logan Airport remained closed.

Guardsmen trained on suicide intervention

Twenty-one Missouri National Guardsmen participated in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training at the Missouri Baptist Convention Center in Jefferson City recently.

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St. Mary’s hires broker to sell hospital

With St. Mary’s Health Center relocating to a new facility in January 2015, the center announced Sansone Group of St. Louis will work with potential buyers to purchase and redevelop the current center’s Jefferson City site.

Jefferson City man charged with child abuse

Police are searching for Devin Benke, 26, who is charged with child abuse for reportedly shoving a 4-year-old boy into a shower and running freezing cold water on the child.

Four teens charged in attempted robbery

Four Jefferson City teenagers were charged Thursday with attempting to rob an individual at a West McCarty Street residence Wednesday.

Service awards presented to firefighters

The Cole County Fire Protection District recently held its 2012 annual service awards banquet. Nine firefighters were recognized for giving 170 years of service to the district.

Project to use photography to empower youth

Central Missouri Community Action is sponsoring the PhotoVoice program for Callaway County 7th-, 8th- and 9th-graders, allowing them to create a photo portfolio of issues related to community betterment.

California man charged with meth possession

The Cole County prosecutor charged Willams L. Belt, 50, of California, Mo., Friday with felony possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute it, following a traffic stop Thursday.

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A glimpse into early German immigrant life

Henry Bockrath and his wife, Elizabeth, offer a unique glimpse into the lives of German immigrants who brought their culture, values, faith, language and architecture to Missouri, then adopted more modern and American ways through the decades.

Volunteers sought for Russellville celebration

The Russellville 175th Anniversary Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at St. Michael’s Church, Russellville, hoping for volunteers for the Frog Leg Festival June 8.

Mo. senator seeks to protect breastfeeding moms

A bill introduced in the Missouri Senate would explicitly give women the right to breastfeed in public.

Mizzou expands online degrees with $2.5M boost

The state’s largest brick-and-mortar college wants to make it easier for students to earn degrees without leaving home.

After early start, worst of flu season may be over

The worst of the flu season appears to be over.

Students learn Utah scholarships were mistake

The offer seemed too good to be true: A four-year scholarship at Utah Valley University just for the asking.

Ohio Amish beard-cutting ringleader gets 15 years

Denying he ran an Amish cult, the 67-year-old ringleader of hair- and beard-cutting attacks on fellow members of his faith in Ohio was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison, while family members convicted of carrying out his orders got one to seven years.

Police: Deaths of 2 women found posed are linked

The deaths of two women whose bodies were found posed on the side of rural Missouri roads nearly a year apart are linked, Kansas City police said Friday, and investigators fear there could be more victims if a white pickup truck believed to be related to the deaths isn't tracked down soon.

Super Bowl blackout was caused by electrical relay

The company that supplied electricity to the Super Bowl says the blackout that halted the big game was caused by a device it installed specially to prevent a power failure.

Man accused in abuse cases removed from priesthood

The Vatican's defrocking of a Roman Catholic priest whose alleged molestations of an altar boy decades ago cost a southern Illinois diocese and its insurer $6.3 million was welcomed Friday by the victim's attorney as long overdue.

Woman gets 15 years for killing infant daughter

A St. Louis County woman who killed her infant daughter by shaking, squeezing and slamming her has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Nebraska jury finds Missouri man guilty of murder

Jurors have found a Missouri man guilty of killing a woman in Nebraska more than 20 years ago.

Driver charged with fleeing KC school bus crash

A Kansas City man is charged with fleeing from a collision that tipped a school bus onto its side.

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Hacker gains access to Bush family emails, photos

Turns out even former presidents can fall prey to hackers.

Kids rewarded for good manners at Wash. restaurant

To Laura King, her three children were acting normal while enjoying dinner at an Italian restaurant in their hometown in Washington state.

Two charged with stealing from library

A Jefferson City woman and a Nebraska man - Jennifer Harper, 26, and Brian Bradley, 31 - are charged with stealing nearly $1,000 worth of materials from Missouri River Regional Library.

Coal sales investigated by feds; no violations yet

The U.S. Department of Interior is investigating whether mining companies are skirting royalty rules as they increase exports of coal to Asia, federal officials disclosed Friday.

SEC nominee discloses A-list of former clients

Mary Jo White, President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, has represented an A-list of banks and corporations that could raise conflict-of-interest questions during her confirmation hearing.

Diplo takes a different kind of path to Grammys

Don't bother calling Diplo if you want to make something that sounds like a Diplo record. He's not interested.

Rowan Atkinson's McLaren gets giant bill for fixing

Everyone who’s had a fender bender knows the cost of repairs is going up.

Davis gala 'bittersweet' year after Houston death

Last year, Whitney Houston died hours before Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy gala. This year, the music executive says she'll be remembered.

US growth likely stronger on export gains

A jump in energy-related exports and a steep decline in oil imports lowered the U.S. trade deficit in December to nearly a three-year low.

Animal shelter changing its hours

Effective Feb. 15, the Jefferson City Animal Shelter at Hyde Park will temporarily alter the hours of animal adoption, becoming noon-4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Cast out of Monopoly, the clothes iron endures

When online voters nixed the clothes iron token from Hasbro’s Monopoly game, the appliance was held up as passe, as something your grandmother once used to ease the wrinkles out of linens and handkerchiefs.

Lincoln travels to Central Oklahoma today for doubleader

With less than three weeks left in the regular season, it’s entering crunch-time for the Lincoln men and women.

Lincoln baseball looks for improvement this spring

It was the kind of year you automatically want to forget, and yet, the Lincoln University baseball team doesn’t want to forget last season. After scuffling through an 8-40 campaign in 2012, the Blue Tigers are doing everything in their power to make sure 2013 looks nothing like that. Especially the group of 14 seniors that got the bulk of the playing time in those 48 games.

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Missouri hosts Ole Miss today

No. 21 Missouri returns home to take on Mississippi at noon today (KRCG-TV), trying to bounce back after another road loss in a season that could be slipping away from the Tigers.

Boeing warns that 787 deliveries could slip

oeing acknowledged Friday that it may not be able to deliver 787s as fast as hoped.

Google chairman to sell up to 3.2 million shares

With Google's stock hovering at record highs, Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt plans to sell more than 40 percent of his stock in the Internet search leader this year.

Friday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules

Games played Feb. 8, 2013

TOP 25 COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Chiney Ogwumike had 18 points and 12 rebounds for her seventh straight double-double, leading No. 4 Stanford past Arizona 73-43 on Friday night.

Friday's NBA Capsules

Games played Feb. 8, 2013

NBA ROUNDUP: LeBron James scored 30 points in another efficient performance, Dwyane Wade added 20 and the Miami Heat dominated the middle two quarters on the way to an easy 111-89 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.

Christina Applegate exits NBC's 'Up All Night'

Christina Applegate says she's bowing out of NBC's "Up All Night."

NBC pulls 'Do No Harm' after 2 low-rated episodes

NBC is pulling the drama series "Do No Harm" after two low-rated episodes.

Accused witch burned alive in Papua New Guinea

A mob stripped, tortured and bound a woman accused of witchcraft, then burned her alive in front of hundreds of horrified witnesses in a Papua New Guinea town, police said.

Venezuela announces currency devaluation

Venezuela’s government announced Friday that it is devaluing the country’s currency, a long-anticipated change expected to push up prices in the heavily import-reliant economy.

Art exhibits in 2013 you've got to check out

Just about all over the country there's a cool exhibit, so it shouldn't be hard to find one near you

Now that it's February, we couldn’t be more smack dab in the middle of winter, which in many parts of the country means spiteful snow falls that seem to slow you down when you have the most to do, fluctuating temperatures that leave you confused about what to wear and winds so bitterly piercing that just going outside is way too much of an adventure.