News for Thursday, March 5, 2015



Thursday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules

Games played on March 5, 2015

COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Brandon Ashley matched his career high with 21 points, T.J. McConnell tied his career best with 11 assists and No. 5 Arizona won the Pac-12 regular season title for the second year in a row with a 99-60 rout of California on Thursday night.

Thursday's NBA Capsules

Games played on March 5, 2015

NBA ROUNDUP: E'Twaun Moore hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds remaining and the Chicago Bulls rallied to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-105 on Thursday night, ending Russell Westbrook's triple-double streak at four.

Thursday's NHL Capsules

Games played on March 5, 2015

NHL ROUNDUP: Michael Del Zotto and Wayne Simmonds scored third-period goals to rally the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.

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Flyers score 3 goals in 3rd period, top St. Louis 3-1

Michael Del Zotto and Wayne Simmonds scored third-period goals to rally the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.

Southern Illinois clips Missouri State, 55-48

Deion Lavender scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds to help lead ninth-seeded Southern Illinois past eighth-seeded Missouri state 55-48 in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament on Thursday night.

Hung jury means life for convicted murderer

Jurors in Jodi Arias case: We were 11-1 for death penalty

Jurors who deadlocked on the punishment for convicted murderer Jodi Arias, sparing her life, said Thursday that they were 11-1 in favor of the death penalty and tried unsuccessfully to get the lone holdout kicked off the panel.

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Georgia women beat Missouri 75-64 in SEC tourney's 2nd round

Tiaria Griffin scored 21 points, Krista Donald added 13 points and 15 rebounds, and the 10th-seeded Georgia women beat No. 7 Missouri 75-64 in the SEC tournament second round on Thursday.

Thursday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules

Games played on March 5, 2015

COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Jasmine Joyner had a career-high 22 points and top-seeded Chattanooga beat eighth-seeded UNC-Greensboro 78-44 in the opening game of the Southern Conference tournament Thursday.

Late winter snowstorm blankets South, Northeast

A late winter storm blanketed the Northeast on Thursday after zipping across much of the South, leaving hundreds of drivers stranded on highways in Kentucky and thousands without power in West Virginia.

Thursday's Golf Capsules

Tournaments played on March 5, 2015

GOLF TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: J.B. Holmes never liked the old Blue Monster at Doral because he thought it was too easy for a World Golf Championship.

Appeals court allows Nebraska gay marriage ban to stand

Ban to continue until appeal decided

A federal appeals court on Thursday allowed Nebraska's ban on gay marriage to stay in place, blocking a federal judge's order for the state to begin recognizing gay marriages and civil unions.

Harrison Ford reported engine failure before plane crash

Harrison Ford reported engine failure shortly after takeoff and told air-traffic controllers he was returning to the airport before crash-landing his vintage plane on a nearby golf course in Los Angeles

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Danforth aide says Missouri auditor shot himself after call

An aide to former U.S. Sen. John Danforth says she was on the phone with Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich discussing his religion just moments before he killed himself.

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Plane skids off LaGuardia runway, crashes into fence by bay

A Delta plane from Atlanta skidded off a runway at LaGuardia Airport while landing during a snowstorm Thursday and crashed through a chain-link fence, its nose coming to rest perilously close to the icy waters of a bay.

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Heyward leads Cardinals past Marlins

Miami's Giancarlo Stanton was hitless in his first two at-bats in a major league game since being struck in the face by a pitch last September, and Jason Heyward singled in his first at-bat with the St. Louis Cardinals, a 4-1 victory over the Marlins on Thursday.

Darvish leaves Rangers' 5-4 loss to Royals after 1 inning

Yu Darvish first felt the tightness in his triceps in the bullpen, when the Rangers ace was warming up for his spring training debut. Twelve pitches later, it hadn't loosened up.

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Ringling Bros. to give up elephant acts in 3 years

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus says the "Greatest Show on Earth" will go on without elephants.

Applications for US jobless aid inch up to a 10-month high

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since May, though the pace of applications remains at a level consistent with steady hiring.

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Movie Review: Smith, Robbie pour on the charm in sharp 'Focus'

If the mark of a good con artist is that he or she makes you think you know exactly what's going on — when of course you haven't a clue — that's also the mark of a good con-artist movie, isn't it? To make you feel like you totally get what's about to happen — "Oh yeah, I've seen this in tons of movies," you think — and then, boom. That's not what happens at all. See, you lost your focus for a second.

Book Review: Author explores failure of her marriage

"Leaving Before the Rains Come" (Penguin Press), by Alexandra Fuller

In her new memoir, Alexandra Fuller reveals that she wrote nine novels before her agent said her writing was solid but she lacked a compelling story to tell. Fuller responded by looking inward and penning a series of searing portraits about her life, family and growing up in 1970s Rhodesia, a nation at the boundaries of war in southern Africa.

US stocks edge higher; Pharmacyclics jumps on AbbVie bid

The stock market closed slightly higher on Thursday as gains for utilities and financial stocks were largely offset by losses in energy and materials companies.

Missouri black caucus calls for renewed focus on Ferguson

The leader of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus says the U.S. Department of Justice report about racial bias and constitutional violations by the Ferguson Police Department highlights the need for drastic reform.

Drug and gun seizure in Callaway County

A Columbia man was taken into custody, Thursday, for drugs and gun violations after a traffic stop in Callaway County.

Your Opinion: Science or politics?

There is an old circus saying there is no money in playing a town you played last night.

Your Opinion: Candidates talk Chamber

None of the mayoral candidates in the March 1 edition could give any reason the Chamber of Commerce should receive any tax money.

Your Opinion: Unfair comparison

Talking heads and media pundits are fond of using comparisons to explain an event.

Your Opinion: Bullying by campaigns

Regarding the tragic death of Tom Schweich, I want to express my disgust with those “leaders” and so-called “writers” who fail miserably in respecting and observing the Golden Rule: “Treat others as you would like to be treated.”

Our Opinion: Virtues of Scouting for Food

The Boy Scout oath asks its members to pledge, among other actions, “to help other people at all times.”

Jury finds Russellville man guilty of domestic assault

A Cole County jury found a Russellville man guilty this week of two counts of domestic assault.

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JC woman: State needs power to investigate child-on-child abuse

More than four years ago, Becky Wekenborg’s daughter came to her and reported that a boy was “sticking his hands down her pants and touching her inappropriately.”

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JCHS speech-debate team heads to state competition

Three ninth-graders qualified for the state competition when they competed last weekend at the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) District Tournament at Parkway South High School.

County's quest for office space shifts to old St. Mary's building

Although nothing has been decided, talks continue about future space needs for Cole County government offices. On Wednesday, commissioners and elected officials discussed potential solutions.

Republican wants to bar health insurance subsidies

While the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on whether premium health care insurance subsidies could be used in states that did not set up their own exchange, one Republican lawmaker told a Missouri Senate panel Wednesday the state should bar such subsidies on its own.

House endorses lawsuit caps for medical malpractice

The Missouri House gave initial approval Wednesday to a bill to reinstate limits on how much juries can award in noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases against health care providers.

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Calvary seniors to direct one-act plays this weekend

Already a tradition at Calvary Lutheran High School, seniors have the option to direct at the spring One-Act Festival.

Kaiser woman gets probation for stealing car at gunpoint

A Kaiser woman, charged with forcibly stealing a vehicle in Cole County last September, has been placed on five years supervised probation for pleading guilty to an amended charge.

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Kansas governor talks tax policy with Missouri lawmakers

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback touted his income tax policies Wednesday during a visit to Missouri's capital city, telling Republican legislators and business groups there that "the seeds of growth" are starting to sprout in his state despite a projected budget shortfall approaching $600 million.

2 Missouri districts approve 4-day school week

Students in two southwest Missouri school districts will no longer attend school on Mondays starting next school year.

Local man gets 3 years for gun charges

A Jefferson City man charged with discharging a firearm from a moving vehicle last May was sentenced to three years in prison.

Woman gets probation for dealing meth

A Jefferson City woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for pleading guilty to charges of distributing methamphetamine.

4 senators pitch idea of amending U.S Constitution

Four Missouri state senators think it’s time Congress calls a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution.

SEC moves up start times at women's tournament

Missouri game to begin at 5 p.m. today

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Southeastern Conference is moving up start times for a second straight day at its women’s basketball tournament as a winter storm continues to bear down on central Arkansas.

St. Louis shelter sues in effort to keep operating

The Rev. Larry Rice's New Life Evangelistic Center in St. Louis has filed suit against the city in an effort to keep its occupancy permit to operate a shelter for homeless people.

Southeast Missouri State names new president

Carlos Vargas-Aburto will become the 18th president of Southeast Missouri State starting July 1, the university said Wednesday.

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Study: Cats, foxes behind Australia’s alarming extinctions

Australia has always been unique, from its geographical isolation at the bottom of the Earth to its infamous bevy of venomous creatures.

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Fossil jaw sheds light on turning point in human evolution

A fragment of jawbone found in Ethiopia is the oldest known fossil from an evolutionary tree branch that eventually led to modern humans, scientist reported Wednesday.

Murderer-rapist’s views reflect those of many in India

When a condemned killer said the woman he and others brutally gang-raped on a New Delhi bus was responsible for what had happened to her, his comments were shocking in their callousness and lack of remorse. But the underlying view has wide acceptance in India.

Kerry pushes back on Israeli criticism of Iran nuke talks

U.S. officials sought Wednesday to tamp down expectations of a substantial preliminary nuclear deal with Iran by the March deadline while working to move past the political dust kicked up by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s criticism of an emerging agreement’s contours.

H&R Block handled fewer returns, but 3Q revenue jumped

Tax preparer H&R Block Inc. said Wednesday that the earlier opening of the IRS' e-filing system helped its results in the fiscal third quarter even as it processed fewer tax returns than it did a year ago.

Exxon CEO: Get used to lower oil prices

Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson expects the price of oil to remain low over the next two years because of ample global supplies and relatively weak economic growth.

Source says Manning will return for 14th season

Hold that gold watch. Peyton Manning is taking one more shot at the silver trophy.

Young Heyward brings veteran presence to Cardinals

Jason Heyward can provide both a veteran presence and youth for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Fed survey finds US economy growing at moderate pace

The U.S. economy was growing at a moderate pace through mid-February despite severe winter storms that disrupted activity in some regions, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday.

Ice, snow hit Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma

A band of winter precipitation rolled into the Southern Plains and the Ozarks on Wednesday as part of a late-season storm that sent temperatures plummeting and led school officials in both Arkansas and Oklahoma to cancel Thursday classes.

Microsoft co-founder says he found sunken Japan WWII warship

Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen and his research team have found a massive Japanese World War II battleship off the Philippines near where it sank more than 70 years ago, his representatives said Wednesday.

World’s oldest person wonders about secret to longevity too

The world’s oldest person says 117 years doesn’t seem like such a long time.