Back to profile

The Associated Press

Stories by The Associated

Sex offender arrested after posing as Santa Claus

Authorities say a sex offender has been arrested after performing as Santa Claus for Kansas City area children.

Missouri pares back revenue projections

Missouri officials are ratcheting back their expectations for the state's finances while forecasting modest growth for the future.

Tease photo

Arctic loses snow, ice; absorbs more heat

The Arctic and its future are looking dimmer every year, a new federal report says.

Ferguson-Florissant district faces lawsuit

One of the school districts for students from Ferguson is facing a lawsuit alleging school board elections discriminate against black residents.

Tease photo

Joplin Catholic church celebrates new building

Members of a Joplin parish whose church, rectory and elementary school were destroyed in the May 2011 tornado have celebrated the first Mass at their new building.

Stream seeks recount in St. Louis County exec race

A former Republican state lawmaker who narrowly lost a November election for St. Louis County executive has asked for a recount on the final possible day to make such a request.

Tsarnaev appears in court for first time since 2013

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was shot and killed while being questioned by law enforcement after the bombings.

Tease photo

Exiles divided on plans to thaw US-Cuba relations

When Cuban and American leaders announced they would restore diplomatic relations after a standoff lasting more than a half-century, all eyes in the U.S. immediately turned to Miami, where many expected the country’s largest population of Cuban exiles to pour angrily into the streets.

Not much chance of Congress stopping Cuba policy

A lack of unanimity in both political parties toward President Barack Obama’s sudden move to re-establish ties with Cuba complicates any congressional effort to scuttle the most significant change in U.S. policy toward the communist island in 50-plus years.

Ferguson, Dellwood host resource fair Friday

The cities of Ferguson and Dellwood are hosting a community resource fair Friday to connect residents with nonprofit service providers.

Obama signs legislation ending Nazi benefit checks

President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits.

Five Rams going to Ferguson

Jared Cook wants to be more than hands up. He wants to be hands on this holiday season.

How will US respond to Sony hack?

The detective work blaming North Korea for the Sony hacker break-in appears so far to be largely circumstantial, The Associated Press has learned. The dramatic conclusion of a Korean role is based on subtle clues in the hacking tools left behind and the involvement of at least one computer in Bolivia previously traced to other attacks blamed on the North Koreans.

Sony film took aim at North Korea’s biggest taboo

If the U.S. government’s claim is correct that North Korea was involved in the unprecedented hack attack on Sony Pictures that scuttled Seth Rogen’s latest comedy, no one can say they weren’t warned. The movie, “The Interview,” pushed all of North Korea’s buttons.

Alcatraz inmates could have survived escape

The three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in U.S. history could have survived and made it to land, scientists concluded in a recent study.

Harrison ready to return as Steelers pass rusher

James Harrison returned to the Pittsburgh Steelers for two main reasons, to shore up the team’s sagging linebacking corps and to win another Super Bowl.

SpaceX delays space station delivery until Jan.

The space station astronauts will have to wait until next month for their Christmas delivery.

Tease photo

2 astronauts will expand envelope with one-year spaceflight

The two men assigned to a one-year spaceflight said Thursday that their upcoming mission will allow the world to push deeper into space.

Royals take a gamble by signing Medlen

After twice having Tommy John surgery, Kris Medlen was looking for a team to give him a chance.

Manning limited at practice with injury

Peyton Manning is over his illness but not his injury.

Tease photo

Drones might help explain how tornadoes form

Researchers say they have collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now, they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornadoes form.

Chiefs’ draft picks starting to produce late

John Dorsey likes to say it takes several years before a verdict can be returned on a draft pick. There is a learning curve for rookies, often a steep one. The pro game is faster, players are stronger and the plays more complex.

Celtics deal Rondo to Mavericks

In multi-player trade

BOSTON — The Boston Celtics traded point guard Rajon Rondo to Dallas on Thursday night, cutting ties with the last remnant of their last NBA championship while giving Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks a chance at another title.

A’s trade Norris to Padres

All-Star catcher

OAKLAND, Calif. — Two people with knowledge of the deal said the Oakland Athletics have traded All-Star catcher Derek Norris and minor league right-hander Seth Streich to the San Diego Padres for righties Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez along with an international signing bonus slot.

U.S. and Cuba share baseball ties

Love of the game

Despite deep political and ideological differences through the years, Cuba and the United States always have shared a love of baseball.

Rays trade Myers

To Padres

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres acquired outfielder Wil Myers from the Tampa Bay Rays late Wednesday.

Jaguars beat Titans

Blake Bortles revived a stagnant offense. Jordan Todman provided some cushion with a big run. And Sen’Derrick Marks sealed the victory with the most rewarding sack of his career.

Thursday's NBA Capsules

Games played on Dec. 18, 2014

NBA ROUNDUP: Anthony Davis had 30 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 99-90 win over the Houston Rockets on Thursday night.

Thursday's NHL Capsules

Games played on Dec. 18, 2014

NHL ROUNDUP: Blake Comeau scored 2:24 into overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night.

Thursday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules

Games played on Dec. 18, 2014

COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Mariya Moore scored 17 points and led the decisive second-half spurt that sent No. 10 Louisville over Grand Canyon 65-51 on Thursday night.

Thursday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules

Games played on Dec. 18, 2014

COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Freshman point guard Tyus Jones scored 21 points, Justise Winslow hit two key baskets late in the game and No. 2 Duke responded to a tongue lashing by coach Mike Krzyzewski to beat defending national champion Connecticut 66-56 on Thursday night.

Engine failure blamed for Boonville plane crash

A preliminary report says engine failure caused a small plane crash in central Missouri that killed a man from Kansas.

St. Louis budget plan would add officers

St. Louis city officials are proposing to spend $9.4 million to put more police officers on the street, hoping to stem a tide of rising violence in the city.

Missouri mayor resigns after mother's traffic stop

The mayor of a Missouri town has resigned after a police officer said the man threatened him while he was writing the mayor's mother a speeding ticket.

Nixon announces Missouri cattle summit next month

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is planning to hold a summit in Columbia to brainstorm ways to beef up the state's cattle industry.

Tease photo

Car slams into church crowd

Pedestrians were filing out of a church Christmas service when a car sped around other vehicles at a red light and plowed into the crowd before hitting another car head-on, police and witnesses said. Three people were killed, and several more were injured, California authorities said.

Moniteau prosecutor seeks change of venue

A central Missouri prosecutor facing five felony charges after crashing his car into a popular downtown Columbia restaurant is seeking a change of venue to move the case out of Boone County.

Tease photo

US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord

President Barack Obama abruptly announced the U.S. is re-establishing long-broken diplomatic relations with Cuba on Wednesday, declaring an end to America’s “outdated approach” to the communist island in a historic shift aimed at ending a half-century of Cold War enmity.

Changes in Cuba mean changes for MLB

Fred Claire can see the day when Major League Baseball teams open academies for prospects in Cuba.

Tease photo

Abused kids die as officials fail to protect

At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, the Associated Press has found.

Tease photo

Charges: Stun gun, zip ties used on abducted teen

A man used death threats, a stun gun, zip ties and a shock collar to control a teenage girl he’s accused of kidnapping at gunpoint, imprisoning and sexually assaulting over nine months, according to indictments released Wednesday.

Steelers run defense to go against potent Chiefs

The numbers, at least by James Harrison’s impeccably high standards, aren’t good enough. Not by a long shot.

Chiefs face challenge against balanced Steelers

The Kansas City Chiefs’ hopes for a postseason berth go through a daunting matchup at the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Pump fake an old standby tool in QB’s belt

Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers had first-and-goal at Carolina, poised to break open that September game in the third quarter.

Tease photo

Gaines lone rookie CB in NFL to start every game

Defensive back E.J. Gaines slipped into St. Louis Rams training camp as an afterthought. Turns out, the sixth-round pick has been a steal.

Lawsuit over immigrant license data

Immigrant advocates filed a lawsuit Wednesday over concerns that federal immigration agents could use state driver’s license databases to track down people for deportation.

Tease photo

113th Congress ends with more fights than feats

The tempestuous 113th Congress has limped out of Washington for the last time, capping two years of modest and infrequent legislating that was overshadowed by partisan clashes, gridlock and investigations.

Tulsa tops Missouri State, 74-70

James Woodard scored 26 points — with a career-high six 3-pointers — and Shaquille Harrison knocked down 23 points with seven assists Wednesday night as Tulsa defeated Missouri State 74-70.

St. Louis wins against Texas-Pan American

Mike Crawford scored 19 points — including an 8-of-10 performance from the line — and Saint Louis made a late run to beat Texas-Pan American 75-69 on Wednesday.

Pelini ripped AD in last talk with Nebraska players

On the day he was introduced as Youngstown State’s new head coach, the ugly nature of Bo Pelini’s departure from Nebraska was revealed.