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Kansas senators question bond program effort to lure American Royal

Kansas senators want to keep Gov. Sam Brownback's administration from approving new economic development projects that they say cost the state sales tax revenue.

Major cases heard by or scheduled for the Supreme Court

Some of the major cases heard or scheduled to be heard this term by the Supreme Court. Justice Antonin Scalia's death casts uncertainty on the court's term.

St. Louis seeks $50 million transportation-funding jackpot

St. Louis wants to win a $50 million challenge aimed at improving transportation.

St. Charles County man admits selling teen fatal heroin dose

A St. Charles County man has admitted in federal court that he sold the heroin that killed a 17-year-old girl.

Recordings reveal the lies former LA sheriff told prosecutor

Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca told three lies to federal authorities who were investigating corruption at the jails he ran, according to a newspaper report.

2 charged in robbery gone wrong where arm was severed

Both people involved in a bizarre botched robbery over pricey sneakers have been arrested after the victim rammed the teenage robber with his SUV, severing his arm, police said Saturday.

94-year-old Navajo Code Talker's home gets major facelift

A Navajo Code Talker who was forced out of the home he built 60 years ago when it fell into disrepair is settling back in thanks to some extensive renovations done by volunteers.

Saturday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules

COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Daniel Ochefu had a career-high 25 points, Ryan Arcidiacono scored 13 and No. 1 Villanova beat St. John's 73-63 Saturday night.

University of Missouri considering legality of student union

The University of Missouri is looking into whether a graduate student employee union at the university would be legal, interim President Mike Middleton said.

Saturday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules

Games played on Feb. 13, 2016

COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Nina Davis had 21 points and 12 rebounds for her third double-double of the season to lead fourth-ranked Baylor to a 66-36 win over Texas Tech on Saturday.

Columbine shooter's mother says she thinks of victims daily

The mother of Columbine High School shooter Dylan Klebold says she didn't know anything was wrong with her son before the 1999 attack, and she prayed for his death when she heard he was involved and that the rampage might still be underway.

Team Penske helps rookie Ryan Blaney in Daytona 500 practice

Team Penske teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski helped rookie Ryan Blaney post a solid lap in Daytona 500 practice Saturday.

Saturday's NHL Capsules

Games played on Feb. 13, 2016

NHL ROUNDUP: David Krejci broke a tie in the second period and Jonas Gustavsson made 31 saves to help the Boston Bruins beat the Minnesota Wild 4-2 on Saturday.

Saturday's Golf Capsules

Tournaments played on Feb. 13, 2016

GOLF TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Phil Mickelson handled a strong ocean breeze and firm greens for a 6-under 66 on Saturday to take the lead going into the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Police: 3 killed, scores to hospitals after huge I-78 pileup

A pileup involving dozens of vehicles on a Pennsylvania interstate that killed three people and sent dozens to hospitals appears to have been related to a passing snow squall, authorities said Saturday.

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Justice Antonin Scalia dead at 79

Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative member of the Supreme Court, has died. He was 79.

KC proposes $10M plan to demolish empty buildings

Kansas City has created a plan in the city budget to tear down about 800 vacant houses and buildings in struggling neighborhoods in the next two years.

Judge: Kansas City convention hotel shouldn't go to voters

A judge has denied a public vote on a proposed convention hotel in downtown Kansas City.

Forte not returning to Bears after eight seasons

Matt Forte won’t be returning to the Chicago Bears for a ninth season.

Positive signs for endangered monk seal population

Hawaii's monk seal population is improving slowly, though researchers warn it'll take many more good years to reverse a decline that's been ongoing since the 1950s.

Springfield man charged with Missouri State assault

A Springfield man has been charged with assaulting a woman on the Missouri State University campus and is a suspect in two other sexual assaults.

Friday's NHL Capsules

Games played on Feb. 12, 2016

NHL ROUNDUP: Tanner Pearson's goal with 1:50 left in overtime powered the Los Angeles Kings to a 5-4 win over the New York Rangers on Friday night.

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‘Finally’: Pope meets Russian Orthodox leader

With an exclamation of “Finally,” Pope Francis embraced Patriarch Kirill on Friday in the first meeting between a pontiff and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a brief but historic encounter held during a stopover in Cuba before the pope flew on to Mexico.

Friday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules

COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Courtney Williams scored 17 of her 22 points in the first half and No. 22 South Florida rolled to a 78-51 win over Cincinnati on Friday night.

Friday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules

Games played on Feb. 12, 2016

COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Darrell Davis made a go-ahead 3-pointer from the corner with 21.1 seconds left and No. 19 Dayton beat Rhode Island 68-66 on Friday night.

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St. Louis area principal with cancer gets 100th coaching win

A suburban St. Louis high school principal who is fighting brain cancer has marked his 100th win as a basketball coach.

Friday's Golf Capsules

Tournaments played on Feb. 12, 2016

GOLF TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Playing with a heavy heart a night after Thunder assistant and former Pelicans coach Monty Williams' wife died, Russell Westbrook led Oklahoma City to a 121-95 victory over New Orleans on Thursday.

Kroger to offer anti-overdose drug without prescription

Ohio-based grocery chain Kroger Co. is making the heroin overdose-reversal drug naloxone available without a prescription in its pharmacies across Ohio and northern Kentucky.

Visa discloses stake in Dorsey’s company, Square

Shares in the mobile payment services company Square rose sharply Friday after Visa disclosed the details of its ownership stake in the company.

US business stockpiles rise in December, but sales fall

U.S. businesses boosted their stockpiles slightly in December, as sales dropped sharply.

Diplomats aim for temporary Syria truce in a week

A diplomatic push for a temporary pause in Syria’s civil war and the delivery of humanitarian aid faced huge hurdles Friday, with Russia saying it would continue its airstrikes and government planes dropping leaflets urging rebels to surrender because “the belt is narrowing around you.”

Texas 1st state to recommend court ban on bite mark evidence

Texas became the first state Friday to call for banning bite mark analysis in criminal cases, dealing a major credibility blow to a technique critics rebuke as junk science and will now likely encounter greater skepticism in courtrooms across the U.S.

Manhole cover crashes into SUV’s windshield, killing driver

A dislodged manhole cover weighing more than 200 pounds went airborne and crashed through an SUV’s windshield on a major highway, killing a woman as she drove during the Friday morning commute, authorities said.

Colorado’s newest pot shop tied to strip club and mayor

Colorado’s newest pot shop has some wondering whether strippers and weed are too closely aligned on a busy highway just east of downtown Denver.

‘No rhyme or reason’ for machete attack at Ohio restaurant

From the front door, the man with the machete didn’t have a straight path to people in the booths at the small suburban restaurant. He stepped by the welcoming greeting on the front glass, past the half-wall entryway divider and the display case of kataifi and other Mediterranean pastries.

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Two 15-year-old girls fatally shot at Phoenix-area school

Two 15-year-old girls died Friday in a shooting at a suburban Phoenix high school that initially caused panic among parents who could not reach their children but later emerged as a possible murder-suicide or double-suicide.

After Oregon standoff, some say: Right fight; wrong tactics

Right fight; wrong strategy.

Missouri House panel calls to up basic K-12 spending by $76M

Missouri's K-12 public schools would get about a $76 million increase in basic funding under the budget proposed by a House panel.

Missouri senators consider government role in road safety

Bills governing seat belt use, texting while driving and helmet requirements for motorcyclists prompted debate in a Missouri Senate committee over whether the government should play a larger role in road safety.

Pentagon chief predicts ‘tangible gains’ in Iraq, Syria

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter predicted on Thursday that recent U.S.-led efforts to accelerate the fight against the Islamic State group would produce “tangible gains” in Iraq and Syria by March, even as coalition partners pledged to expand and deepen their military contributions.

Campaign signs get new life to help people with disabilities

The oversized Carly Fiorina campaign signs along New Hampshire’s Route 4 weren’t enough to keep the Republican presidential hopeful’s campaign alive past Tuesday’s primary, but they could end up helping people with disabilities live their lives more independently.

Kansas City gang member sentenced to 30 years for drugs, gun

A 35-year-old Crips street gang member has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for illegally possessing a controlled substance and firearms, but prosecutors say evidence indicates he's also responsible for killing five people.

N. Korea orders military takeover of inter-Korean factories

North Korea on Thursday ordered a military takeover of a factory park that had been the last major symbol of cooperation with South Korea, calling Seoul’s earlier suspension of operations at the jointly run facility as punishment for the North’s recent rocket launch a “dangerous declaration of war.”

Farm income declining in region so loan demand growing

The Federal Reserve says farm income continued to decline during the fourth quarter in Midwestern and Western states, so farmers are borrowing more.

Missouri man, Indiana man apparently shoot each other dead

Police say an Indiana man and a Missouri man have died in eastern Indiana after apparently shooting each other.

Canadian company seeks to buy Joplin utility

Missouri regulators are evaluating a Canadian company's planned purchase of a Joplin-based utility.

NASCAR creates ‘overtime line’ in new finish

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Looking to end the frustration and confusion that comes when caution flags come out late in its races, NASCAR announced Thursday it is shifting to an unlimited green-white-checkered finish protocol and establishing an “overtime line” to determine the winner.

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NASCAR opens 2016 season without two of its biggest stars

Jeff Gordon will be in the booth and Tony Stewart in a bed when the NASCAR season begins.

IOC medical chief seeks to allay Zika fears

Seeking to allay fears over the Zika outbreak, the IOC medical director said “everything that can be done is being done” to combat the virus in Brazil and provide safe conditions for athletes at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Justin Rose has day to remember in Pebble debut

Justin Rose, a U.S. Open champion and the No. 7 player in the world, shot a 6-under 66 his first time playing Spyglass Hill and spent a gorgeous day listening to the fans call out his name. Except they weren’t calling for him, and he knew it.