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St. Louis schools are teaching chess to help students

More schools in the St. Louis area are introducing the game of chess to their students.

German consumer groups warn Facebook over data protection

German consumer groups said Thursday they will file a lawsuit against Facebook unless the social network changes its terms of service.

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Fifth annual Gillam family magic show promotes drug free youth

Gillam Family Illusions is preparing for its fifth annual show in Jefferson City to benefit the Council for Drug Free Youth, and the local family isn’t resting on its laurels.

Music Review: Imagine Dragons deliver middling 'Smoke + Mirrors'

Imagine Dragons, "Smoke + Mirrors" (Interscope)

Imagine Dragons' second studio album, "Smoke + Mirrors," is certainly one of the more technically ambitious releases of this young year.

Music Review: '80s hair metal giants join forces for Sweet & Lynch

Sweet & Lynch, "Only to Rise" (Frontiers)

Is this heaven-sent hair metal, or did they just get lucky? Either way, Sweet & Lynch have hit it out of the park on the debut album by some of the '80s leading purveyors of melodic metal.

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Game Review: Knights of 'The Order' battle Victorian monsters

"The Order: 1886" (Sony, for the PlayStation 4, $59.99)

When a game has "1886" in the title, you expect to see a few familiar characters: Sherlock Holmes, perhaps, or Jack the Ripper, or Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. You don't expect the lead to be Sir Galahad.

Music Review: Jose Gonzalez returns after hiatus with best work

Jose Gonzalez, "Vestiges & Claws" (Mute)

The latest album from Swedish-Argentine Jose Gonzalez was partly produced by himself in his kitchen and the intimacy is felt throughout "Vestiges & Claws." Across 10 arresting tracks, Gonzalez plays his acoustic guitar with a graceful tranquility considering "what it's all about" in his aching tenor.

Scene One to put on satirical ‘Speed the Plow’

“Speed the Plow” is a satirical dissection of the American movie business by David Mamet presented by Scene One Theatre.

Music Review: Steve Tyrell connects with his past on new CD

Steve Tyrell, "That Lovin' Feeling" (Concord)

"That Lovin' Feeling" takes vocalist Steve Tyrell full circle to where he began his professional musical career as a producer-promoter for Scepter Records. The label had offices in Broadway's iconic Brill Building packed with the songwriting teams who created an enduring soundtrack for Baby Boomers.

Book Review: Twists, characters propel the novel 'Twelve Days'

"Twelve Days" (Putnam), by Alex Berenson

From a shoulder-fired rocket aimed at a passenger jet that alights its opening pages "Twelve Days," is the sort of spy thriller that locks you in a fast and ferocious grip and won't let you go.

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Movie Review: A pitch-perfect Costner in moving 'McFarland USA'

"McFarland, USA" could so easily have been yet another mushy, feel-good, by-the-numbers sports underdog movie. And in beginning, it seems like it's heading there.

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Movie Review: 'Hot Tub 2' gives a bad name to recast sequels

A sweaty cash grab that gives a bad name to sequels in which key talent has jumped ship, Steve Pink's "Hot Tub Time Machine 2" leaps forward rather than backward in time and sort of makes one wish the world had ended while it was en route.

YouTube to release kids app to ease parents’ worries

YouTube is going to release a mobile app that will only show video clips suitable for young children to help parents control what their kids are watching on the Internet.

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Music Review: Drake silences the jokes with cold, dark album

Drake, "If You're Reading This It's Too Late" (Cash Money)

For as long as Drake's been around, almost everything about him — his Mr. Sensitive image, his sweater collection, his cheesy photos with various professional athletes — has been the subject of a never-ending stream of Internet memes.

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Survival for some endangered species hinges on ‘Frozen Zoo’

Whenever an endangered animal dies at the San Diego Zoo, researchers race out, regardless of the hour, to remove its sperm or eggs, maybe a bit of ear or eyeball, and carefully freeze the cells in liquid nitrogen.

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