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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.

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.

Raiders agree to extension to stay in Oakland

Four weeks after being stymied in their effort to move to Los Angeles, the Raiders agreed to a one-year lease extension Thursday to remain at the Oakland Coliseum through the 2016 season — and possibly beyond.

NATO orders warships into Aegean to help ease migrant crisis

In a dramatic response to Europe’s gravest refugee crisis since World War II, NATO ordered three warships to sail immediately Thursday to the Aegean Sea to help end the deadly smuggling of asylum-seekers across the waters from Turkey to Greece.

As ‘Force Awakens’ winds down, ‘Avatar’ remains supreme

Two months after opening to unprecedented fanfare, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is finally winding down in theaters, leaving behind arsenals of plastic lightsabers and a trail of box-office records.

Thursday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules

Games played on Feb. 11, 2016

COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell scored 14 points and Troy Williams added 13 and Indiana rallied to upset No. 4 Iowa 85-78 on Thursday night after blowing a big lead.

Obama: ‘strange things’ happen when voters are scared

President Barack Obama said Thursday that “strange things” can happen in politics when voters are scared, and the angst people are feeling across the country is finding voice in both the Republican and Democratic parties.

Thursday's NBA Capsules

Games played on Feb. 11, 2016

NBA ROUNDUP: Russell Westbrook just missed a triple-double, and the Thunder beat the New Orleans Pelicans 121-95 on Thursday night, a day after Thunder assistant and former Pelicans head coach Monty Williams' wife died.

Thursday's NHL Capsules

Games played on Feb. 11, 2016

NHL ROUNDUP: Alexander Wennberg and Cam Atkinson each scored in the shootout and Joonas Korpisalo stopped shots by Corey Perry and Jakob Silfverberg to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a victory over the Anaheim Ducks.

Thursday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules

Games played on Feb. 11, 2016

COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Tiffany Mitchell scored 22 points, Alaina Coates had her 13th double-double this season with 14 points and 11 rebounds and No. 2 South Carolina bounced back from its loss to top-ranked UConn with an 86-71 victory over No. 16 Florida on Thursday night.

2 children revived after St. Louis apartment fire

St. Louis fire crews rescued two young boys from a burning apartment where officials said they had been left alone.

Thursday's Golf Capsules

Tournaments played on Feb. 11, 2016

GOLF TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Chez Reavie enjoyed the pure weather almost as much as watching putts go in. He opened with an 8-under 63 at Monterey Peninsula to take the lead Thursday after one round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Water stations along Mexico border vandalized, shot

A humanitarian group in southern Arizona says six of its eight water stations for migrants crossing the Sonoran Desert have been vandalized, including one that was shot at and had the carcass of a coyote next to it.

Slain Maryland deputies were fathers, veterans of the force

In an emotional address, the Harford County sheriff identified two deputies who were fatally shot in the line of duty, marking the first such tragedy in the small suburban county since 1899.

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Last occupiers of Oregon wildlife refuge surrender to FBI

Surrounded by FBI agents in armored vehicles, the last four occupiers of a national nature preserve surrendered Thursday, and a leader in their movement who organized a 2014 standoff with authorities was criminally charged in federal court.

Kansas high court invalidates school funding law

The Kansas Supreme Court threatened Thursday to shut down schools if lawmakers don’t revamp the way the state funds public schools by July, ruling a law enacted last year as a temporary fix underfunded poor school districts by at least $54 million.

US airstrikes target Islamic State in Afghanistan

The United States has expanded its fight against the Islamic State group in Afghanistan, launching 20 airstrikes in the eastern part of the country in the last three weeks, U.S. officials said Thursday.

Official unsure of where Iran’s enriched uranium is stored

A State Department official told lawmakers Thursday he was unsure of the precise location of tons of low-enriched uranium shipped out of Iran on a Russian vessel as part of the landmark nuclear agreement.

But is she honest? Caring? Clinton grapples with questions

Hillary Clinton’s campaign has spent months fighting the perception she has a shaky relationship with the truth and is disconnected from the problems facing Americans.