News for Thursday, April 24, 2014



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Afghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors

An Afghan government security guard opened fire Thursday on a group of foreign doctors at a Kabul hospital, killing three American physicians and wounding a U.S. nurse, officials said.

Obama to Russia: More sanctions are 'teed up'

Accusing Russia of failing to live up to its commitments, President Barack Obama warned Moscow on Thursday that the United States has another round of economic sanctions “teed up” — even as he acknowledged those penalties may do little to influence Vladimir Putin’s handling of the crisis in Ukraine.

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Bloodied shirt, unwashed fork: JPII relics abound

Inside a chapel on the edge of Rome, a nun uses a key to open a wooden wall panel, revealing a hidden niche.

Google, Apple settle high-tech workers' lawsuit

Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe Systems have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging they conspired to prevent their engineers and other highly sought technology workers from getting better job offers from one another.

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Keystone XL pipeline part of larger Senate fight

Alison Lundergan Grimes is the latest Democratic Senate candidate to call for building the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but the Kentucky secretary of state's move doesn't seem to have cost her support among environmental groups who want to unseat Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

Convicted KPMG inside trader sentenced to prison

A former partner at the accounting firm KPMG has been sentenced to 14 months in federal prison for insider trading.

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Major oil and gas firm to list fracking chemicals

A major supplier to the oil and gas industry says it will begin disclosing 100 percent of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluid, with no exemptions for trade secrets. The move by Baker Hughes of Houston is a shift for a major firm; it's unclear if others will follow suit.

Starbucks eyes soda and lunch as US sales climb

Starbucks keeps finding ways to squeeze more money out of people.

Visa's 2Q profit jumps 26 percent as payments grow

Visa Inc.'s profit jumped 26 percent in its fiscal second quarter from a year earlier as the company benefited from strong growth in payments volume, service revenue and a one-time tax gain.

Netflix joining line-up of 3 US cable-TV services

Netflix's Internet video service is about to join the programming line-up of three small cable-TV providers in the U.S.

Cloud strength helps Microsoft earnings top Street

Results from Microsoft's first quarterly earnings release under new CEO Satya Nadella offered fresh justification for his focus on cloud computing.

Bearded dragons seen as salmonella source

Bearded dragons have joined the list of pets that can give you salmonella poisoning.

Amazon snares classic shows in deal with HBO

Fans of classic HBO shows like “The Sopranos” and “The Wire” will soon have access to those series and more through Amazon Prime in the first online streaming deal signed by the cable network.

Ukraine moves against insurgents in the east

Russia announced new military exercises Thursday involving ground and air forces near its border with Ukraine, swiftly responding to a Ukrainian operation to drive pro-Russia insurgents out of occupied buildings in the country's tumultuous east.

Rivers refuses to apologize to women held captive

Joan Rivers refuses to apologize for comparing living in her daughter's guest room with the captivity of three women kidnapped in Cleveland.

Missouri House passes cannabis extract legislation

The Missouri House has approved legislation that would allow use of a cannabis extract by people whose epilepsy is not relieved by other types of treatments.

Lawmakers rewrite Missouri's criminal code

Governor will have 15 days to sign or veto the bill after he gets it early next week.

Your Opinion: Avoid box turtles on roadways

It’s box turtle time! Give them a break and look out for them.

Your Opinion: Cartoon clouds concerns about e-cigarettes

Jim Dyke persists in defending nicotine addiction in spite of the facts.

Our Opinion: Volunteers invited to serve

Serve Jeff City, true to its name, is inviting volunteers to serve Jefferson City.

Missouri lawmakers approve local health registries

County officials could compile lists of residents with health problems under a Missouri bill intended to identify people in need of help during disasters.

Former Missouri lawmaker sentenced to probation

A former Missouri lawmaker has been sentenced to five years of probation for Social Security fraud.

Class-action lawsuit filed against Hawthorn Bank

Suit challenges policy on overdraft charges

A class-action lawsuit against Hawthorn Bank alleges the bank has illegally charged customers for overdrafting their accounts.

House panel mulls impeaching Nixon

An effort to impeach Gov. Jay Nixon over his decision to allow same-sex couples to file joint tax returns received its first public hearing Wednesday in a Missouri House committee.

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'Wings over Water' to promote Earth Day

Public events on tap today, Friday

Many Earth Day celebrations this year marked the seventh anniversary of when the bald eagle was removed from the endangered species list.

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Jefferson City artist featured in Parkinson's calendar

A longtime advocate for the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, Judi Jecmen is one of 13 artists in the country whose artwork was selected to appear in the organization’s nationally distributed 2014 Creativity and Parkinson’s Calender.

Bill offers protection for religious rights in public school

A Potosi teacher recently told students “they were not allowed to have their Bibles out in the school,” state Rep. Elijah Haahr told Missouri senators Wednesday.

House panel advances school transfer bill

The debate over a law that allows Missouri students in unaccredited school districts to transfer to neighboring schools will soon hit the House floor, and it will likely bring a fight over sending public dollars to private schools with it.

State officials hope bill can 'fix' child-support issue

Bill focused on children in post-secondary school

State Children’s Division hearing officers tell Missouri lawmakers that about half their divorce case hearings involve child support payments for college students.

Man gets probation for burglary

A Jefferson City man, charged with attempting to break into a business in February 2013, has been placed on five years supervised probation after being found guilty by a Cole County jury in January.

Police: 13-year-old was driving for drunk dad

Police in a St. Louis suburb who pulled over a swerving pickup truck say they found a 13-year-old driving because his dad was intoxicated.

Summer food program to feed Russellville students for free

Any school-aged child through the age of 18 may eat breakfast and lunch free during summer school June 2-13 at Russellville Elementary School.

Kite festival on tap Saturday

Families are invited to attend the Community Kite Festival from noon-4 p.m. Saturday at the Jefferson City Jaycees Fairgrounds.

Chicken dinner, trivia event to benefit Heart Walk

The Jefferson City Medical Group Heart Walk team will host a chicken dinner and trivia event Saturday to benefit the American Heart Association at the American Legion Hall, 1423 Tanner Bridge Road.

Management, safety cited for radiation release

Poor management, an eroding safety culture, ineffective maintenance and a lack of proper oversight are being blamed for a radiation release that contaminated 21 workers and shuttered the federal government’s nuclear waste dump two months ago in southeastern New Mexico.

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Boogeymen and shady deals define spin for US Senate

The fight for the Senate majority boils down to boogeyman billionaires against the shifty septuagenarian — if party operatives' spin is to be believed.

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Q&A: A French economist's grim view of wealth gap

If you'd like to live in Downton Abbey, the good news is that our economy has entered a second Gilded Age of opulence and elegance. The bad news is that you'll likely end up among the vast majority stuck sweating in the kitchen.

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Jays blank Rolla 11-0

Jefferson City had 14 hits and Adam Grunden threw a complete-game shutout as the Jays rolled to an 11-0 victory against Rolla in six innings Wednesday at Vivion Field.

Haith adds staff at Tulsa

University of Tulsa head basketball coach Frank Haith has hired four assistants to his staff — including three former head coaches.

LU men move up in track and field rankings

The Lincoln women dropped two spots to No. 5 while the men moved up a spot to No. 12 in the latest United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division II national rankings, released Tuesday.

Lincoln ties for third at golf tourney

Brian Lillevold tied for sixth overall, leading the Lincoln Blue Tigers to a tie for third place at the 2014 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Championship on Wednesday.

LU women conclude play in MIAA Golf Championship

Lincoln wrapped up play in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Championship on Wednesday, with three players representing the Blue Tigers as individuals.

Elder, Falcons win Tri-County golf crowns

Tanner Elder of Blair Oaks shot a 68 on Wednesday to lead the Falcons to the team title in the Tri-County Conference Golf Tournament at the Oak Hills Golf Center.

Marshall tops Helias in tennis

The Helias Crusaders dropped an 8-1 tennis decision Wednesday to the Marshall Owls at Washington Park.

Lady Crusaders down Lady Tigers in soccer

Four Lady Crusaders scored goals Wednesday as Helias defeated the Sedalia Smith-Cotton Lady Tigers 4-2.

Blue Tigers fall to Stephens in tennis

Lincoln closed out the 2014 tennis campaign with a 9-0 loss to Stephens College on Wednesday.

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Kane leads Blackhawks past Blues, 4-3 in OT

atrick Kane scored his second goal of the game at 11:17 of overtime, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on Wednesday night to even their first-round playoff series at two games apiece.

Missouri baseball tops Illinois

Peter Fairbanks went a career-best eight innings, holding Illinois to just two runs as Missouri claimed a 5-2 victory against the Illini on Wednesday night at Busch Stadium.

Struemph takes loss

Erin Struemph went the distance Wednesday, tossing a six-hitter for Missouri State in a 5-0 loss to Missouri.

Blair Oaks and Helias freshmen split

The Blair Oaks Falcons claimed a 10-0 win in the opener, but the Helias Crusaders bounced back for a 6-3 win in Game 2 of a Wednesday doubleheader.

Jays freshmen roll past Battle

Allan Roettgen threw a complete-game no-hitter and struck out nine as the Jefferson City Jays rolled to a 9-0 win against Battle on Wednesday.

Calvary splits a pair

The Calvary Lutheran Lions rolled to a 19-5 win in six innings at Prairie Home on Tuesday.

Prep Baseball: Russellville 4, Tuscumbia 2

Ryland Johnson allowed two runs on seven hits and struck out one in five innings to help lead the Russellville Indians to a 4-2 win against the Tuscumbia Lions on Wednesday.