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Man gets maximum sentence for beating deaths of transients

A judge sentenced a young man convicted of beating two homeless men to death with cinder blocks and other objects to the maximum term of 67½ years in prison Friday after hearing tearful pleas for tough punishment from the victims’ relatives.

Texas authorities move ‘affluenza’ teen to adult jail

The Texas teenager who used an “affluenza” defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck was transferred to an adult jail on Friday, a week after a judge initially refused to do so.

Gay groups seek to buy NYC church known for hateful messages

The end may be nigh for a Harlem church known for hateful public messages condemning gays and President Barack Obama to eternal damnation, and two groups that serve gay New Yorkers are hoping to get an ironic last word on the matter.

Perspective: Sponsored bills heard during busy week

In the last seven years, my colleagues and I have spent a lot of time fighting against the president’s agenda on behalf of our districts. While it may get a little less attention, we’ve also been working hard to pass our own bold, innovative, bottom-up agenda that contrasts greatly to the top-down approach that has so often been used.

Doctor gets 30 years to life for prescription drug deaths

A Los Angeles-area doctor convicted of murder for prescribing pain killers that killed three patients apologized in court Friday but that did little to sway the judge, who sentenced her to 30 years in prison and said she seemed to care more about money than the health of those she treated.

Lincoln falls in baseball opener

The Lincoln Blue Tigers trailed 6-1 after three innings Friday afternoon and dropped an 9-4 decision to the Maryville Saints in the baseball opener for both teams.

Lincoln softball opens season with pair of losses

The Lincoln University softball team managed to score just one run while dropping a pair of games Friday to open the season.

Blue Tiger women face rugged test in ninth-ranked Griffons

The Lincoln women’s basketball team will finish a four-game road trip with perhaps the toughest of the bunch, playing at 3 p.m. today at No. 9 Missouri Western.

Pickups and American flags: Supporters mourn Oregon occupier

Sympathizers of the Oregon armed standoff rolled into this desert town Friday in pickup trucks flying American flags, ready to mourn an Arizona rancher and occupation spokesman who was killed last week in a confrontation with authorities.

Bridgestone-Firestone recalls more than 36,000 truck tires

Bridgestone-Firestone North America is recalling more than 36,000 heavy truck tires in the U.S. and Canada because the tread can separate from the body and cause the tires to fail.

Missouri tailback Steward retires from football

Morgan Steward’s football career stalled for two seasons after he suffered an unusual hip injury. It came to an end Friday.

Twitter moves to actively seek out terrorist supporters

Twitter is now using spam-fighting technology to seek out accounts that might be promoting terrorist activity and is examining other accounts related to those flagged for possible removal, the company announced Friday.

New job puts Feely in tough spot

Jay Feely has some conflicted emotions in his new role as CBS’ sideline kicking analyst in playoff games.

Life in prison for man who shot wife, put photo on Facebook

A Florida man was sentenced to life in prison Friday for fatally shooting his wife eight times during an argument, a slaying that gained international notoriety after he posted a photo of her bloody body on Facebook.

National parks face $12 billion backlog for maintenance work

The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, but the system faces a multibillion dollar maintenance backlog that officials say is no cause for rejoicing.

Police: Facebook helped track down snake thief

A St. Louis-area man is accused of stealing a Brazilian rainbow boa constrictor from a pet store, then losing it inside a Lowe's home improvement store.

Texans-Raiders set for Nov. 21 in Mexico City

Hola. The NFL is heading back to Mexico.

Super Bowl ads go for the safety

Talking animals, celebrity cameos and crowd-pleasing rock songs: This year’s Super Bowl advertisers are sticking to the classics in their efforts to win over Big Game viewers on Sunday.

Kansas City applies for federal transportation grant

Kansas City has applied for a federal grant to help mid-sized cities test transportation innovations.

11 defendants indicted in $1.2 million oxycodone conspiracy

Federal prosecutors in Kansas City say 11 defendants have been indicted by a federal grand jury in a $1.2 million conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone.

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