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Mo. House votes to expand sales tax exemptions

Pizza parlors, doughnut shops and even convenience stores all could be in line for a tax break on the food that they make and sell as a result of a measure moving through the Missouri Legislature.

Lawyers to defend Boone County in Ferguson case

A central Missouri county has hired four outside attorneys to help defend itself and three employees named in a lawsuit filed on behalf of a man whose murder conviction was overturned after he served nearly a decade behind bars.

Police: Man went out of control after too much weed

A Wyoming college student who jumped to his death at a Denver hotel had eaten more of a marijuana cookie than was recommended by a seller, police records show — a finding that comes amid increased concern about the strength of popular pot edibles after Colorado became the first state to legalize recreational marijuana.

Settlement reached in suit over Bridgeton Landfill

The operator of the Bridgeton Landfill in suburban St. Louis will pay nearly $7 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of hundreds of homeowners living nearby who claimed that noxious odors and an underground fire lowered property values and harmed their quality of life.

Man homesick for prison gets 3.5 years

An ex-con who spent most of his adult life in behind bars on Thursday got what he said he wanted for robbing a suburban Chicago bank. The 74-year-old gets to go back to the place he called home — prison.

Thursday's NHL Playoff Capsules

Games played on April 17, 2014

NHL PLAYOFF ROUNDUP: Tomas Hertl and Raffi Torres both scored in their first game together as teammates and San Jose jumped on top of Jonathan Quick and rival Los Angeles with a victory in its playoff opener.

Puig's scary story

Now in U.S. court

MIAMI — The smugglers who helped Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig leave Cuba on a speedboat have made death threats against him and against a Cuban boxer who says he defected with Puig, according to court documents.

Rosberg expects to fight with teammate Hamilton in Chinese Grand Prix

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg expects another tight race with teammate Lewis Hamilton this weekend at the Chinese Grand Prix, although hopefully with a different ending.

Duke freshman Jabari Parker declares for NBA draft

Jabari Parker is hoping to become Duke’s latest one-and-done star to become the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.

Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America’s passion, superstition, violence and inequality, died at home in Mexico City around midday, according to people close to his family. He was 87.

Confused, chaotic scene described on sinking ferry

There was chaos and confusion on the bridge of a sinking ferry, with the captain first trying to stabilize the listing vessel before ordering its evacuation, a crewman said Thursday.

Samples collected from oil slick not from plane

Investigators were analyzing data collected by a robotic submarine that completed its first successful scan of the seabed Thursday in the hunt for the missing Malaysian plane, but say tests have ruled out that a nearby oil slick came from the aircraft.

Nigeria: Fate of 115 abducted girls unknown

The fate of 115 female students abducted by Islamic extremists was thrown into uncertainty Thursday when their school principal denied the Nigerian military’s report that almost all the pupils had been freed.

Pee, flush, repeat: Second reservoir to be emptied because of urine contamination

The mix of 38 million gallons of treated water and one teen’s urine has proven unacceptable to Portland officials who plan to flush away the whole lot — the second time in less than three years the city has gone to such lengths to keep its water pure.

Famous Los Angeles mountain lion exposed to poison

A mountain lion that appeared strong and healthy when it was photographed as it ruled a wilderness park in the middle of Los Angeles has been exposed to rat poison and is suffering from mange, officials said.

Holder: Hate crimes 'an affront to who we are'

All Americans stand with the mourners of three people killed at Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City, Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday, adding that hate crimes are “an affront” to the nation.

Thursday's National League Capsules

Games played on April 17, 2014

NATIONAL LEAGUE ROUNDUP: Hyun-Jin Ryu stretched his road scoreless streak to 26 innings, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 2-1 Thursday to avoid a sweep.

Thursday's American League Capsules

Games played on April 17, 2014

AMERICAN LEAGUE ROUNDUP: Ian Kinsler homered and drove in four runs, and the Detroit Tigers held on for a 7-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.

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Judge won't order recalled GM cars to be parked

A Texas federal judge has denied an emergency motion that would have forced General Motors to tell owners of more than 2 million recalled cars to stop driving them until the ignition switches are replaced.

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Police search home of KC highway shooting suspect

Police arrested a suspect Thursday in a string of random vehicle shootings on Kansas City-area highways over the past few weeks that have wounded three motorists and frightened many more.

Overall index up in rural Midwest banker survey

The overall index for an economic survey of bankers in 10 Midwestern and Plains states has risen for a second consecutive month, suggesting more growth in the months ahead.

Chipotle plans first price hike in three years

Chipotle is feeling confident that customers are willing to pay more for its burritos, bowls and tacos.

Budget office: Wage boost would cost firms $15B

A Senate Democratic bill gradually increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would require private businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries when it takes full effect in 2017, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Thursday.

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Unity on display with peaceful rallies

Ukrainian unity was on display Thursday night as peaceful demonstrations were held in at least four eastern cities condemning Russia for its perceived meddling in Ukrainian affairs.

Oshie ruled out for Blues playoff opener

The St. Louis Blues have ruled out forward T.J. Oshie for their playoff opener against the Chicago Blackhawks, but Vladimir Tarasenko is set to return after missing 15 games with a broken thumb.

From 'Unwrapped' to new TV show 'Rewrapped'

Consider the simple but beloved chocolate chip cookie. Now imagine that cookie encrusting a brioche roll tucked around a turkey meatball.

Facebook rolls out location-sharing feature

Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are nearby using a new feature the company is launching on Thursday.

Missouri House approves early voting measures

Missouri House members have approved a pair of measures allowing early voting, though some lawmakers contend it would be too limited.

Missouri lawmakers pass e-cigarette legislation

The Missouri House and Senate have each passed bills that would prevent people younger than 18 from purchasing electronic cigarettes.

Missouri Senate confirms Social Services director

The Missouri Senate has confirmed a longtime employee of the Missouri Department of Social Services to be the agency's new director.

House endorses early voting measures

The Republican-controlled Missouri House endorsed a pair of measures Wednesday that would expand early voting, though Democratic critics called it a “sham” that could circumvent a separate voting initiative that would go further.

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Hitchcock: Blues chances hinge on Miller

Just as last spring, the St. Louis Blues have the higher seed but the unenviable task of facing the defending Stanley Cup champion in the first round of the playoffs.

Ukraine: 3 dead after Black Sea base attack

Ukraine's interior minister says three pro-Russian militants have been killed and 13 wounded after Ukrainian troops repelled an attack on a National Guard base in the Black Sea port of Mariupol in the south-east part of the country.

ICE arrests 24 in Missouri, Illinois

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has arrested 24 men in Missouri and Illinois for what officials call “egregious” immigration violations, including individuals who entered the country illegally and committed crimes.

Ex-SW Missouri teacher charged with statutory rape

A former southwest Missouri teacher is facing three counts of statutory rape involving a former 16-year-old student.

Lawyers in 9/11 at Gitmo case seek to question FBI

Lawyers for five men charged in the Sept. 11 attack are seeking to question the FBI about an apparent investigation of defense team personnel in the case.

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Moustakas homers as Royals get past Astros

Mike Moustakas homered in the 11th inning Wednesday night to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 6-4 win against the Houston Astros.

IndyCar drivers calmer after Long Beach tempers

Tony Kanaan got a text of apology from Ryan Hunter-Reay. Will Power tried to apologize in person to Simon Pagenaud.

Wallace showing improvement in Truck Series

Darrell Wallace Jr. was the first black driver to win a NASCAR race since the 1960s when he took the checkered flag in a Truck Series race at Martinsville last year.

House OKs notification for ending fluoridation

Public water systems could be required to notify Missouri customers before eliminating fluoride from drinking water.

German media boss says he's scared of Google

The head of Germany's biggest media company says he is afraid of Google and wants the company to become more transparent.

Chiefs WR Bowe pleads guilty to lesser charges

Kansas City Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe has pleaded guilty to amended charges of defective equipment and littering in connection with his November arrest for possessing marijuana.

Fingerprint required for Six Flags season tickets

A fingerprint is now required for season pass holders at Six Flags St. Louis.

US readies sanctions on Russia, aid for Ukraine

The Obama administration is preparing to ratchet up sanctions on Russia and boost assistance for the Ukrainian military in the coming days, U.S. officials said Wednesday, as Ukraine struggles to contain a pro-Russian uprising in its eastern cities.

Man finds 6-carat diamond at Crater of Diamonds

A man who moved to the Murfreesboro area because he enjoys hunting for precious stones at Crater of Diamonds State Park has found a 6.19-carat white diamond.

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Wednesday's NHL Playoff Capsules

Games played April 16, 2014

NHL PLAYOFF ROUNDUP: Brandon Sutter scored on a wrist shot from the left circle 8:18 into the third period, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins rally for a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Wednesday night.

20 killed as Islamic extremists rampage in Nigeria

Suspected Islamic militants have struck for a fourth time in three days in Nigeria, killing 20 people including a traditional ruler in attacks in the northeast, local government and security officials said Wednesday.

NATO ups military presence amid Russian threat

NATO is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border immediately in response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, the alliance’s chief said Wednesday.

Combat vehicles in east Ukraine fly Russian flag

A column of armored vehicles flying Russian flags drove into a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russia demonstrators Wednesday, dampening the central government’s hopes to re-establish control over restive eastern Ukraine.

Wednesday's NBA Capsules

Games played April 16, 2014

NBA ROUNDUP: Bradley Beal scored 27 points and Washington clinched the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 118-102 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.

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