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Safety mandate raises passenger rail concerns in Missouri

The expense of installing mandated train collision avoidance technology is putting passenger service in Missouri at risk, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Despite success, no place like home for Cape-born violinist

Liesl Schoenberger Doty started playing the violin at age 2 and quickly established a reputation as Cape Girardeau's musical wunderkind. She's now an artist in a Grammy-nominated Boston orchestra, but still relishes her Midwestern roots.

Airport authorities: Traveler beats homeless man with chair

A traveler who remained at Newark Liberty International Airport after missing two flights faced numerous charges Saturday for allegedly beating a homeless man with a chair as the man was sleeping.

Big Montana oil spill is latest involving pipeline company

The Wyoming company whose pipeline leaked 30,000 gallons of crude oil into the Yellowstone River in Montana and its sister company have had multiple pipeline spills and federal fines levied against them in the last decade, according to government records.

Suspicious package at NYC bus station filled with 1K condoms

Police say a suspicious package left behind a concrete barrier of a New York City bus station didn't contain any explosives but did have some unexpected contents — 1,000 individually packaged condoms for both men and women.

Missouri St. snaps 7-game skid; beats S. Illinois 52-46

Gavin Thurman scored 11 points and Missouri State beat Southern Illinois 52-46 on Saturday night to snap a seven-game losing streak.

3 men shot in Afghanistan worked for North Carolina firm

A North Carolina-based firm says it employed the three military contractors who were shot to death earlier this week in Afghanistan.

Wahlberg and Bay reunite for pre-Super Bowl charity event

"Transformers" star Mark Wahlberg and director Michael Bay reunited Saturday night for a charity event that organizers said raised more than $1 million.

7-alarm warehouse fire burns in Brooklyn; 1 injury reported

Giant clouds of smoke rose from a 7-alarm fire that destroyed a warehouse and floated across Brooklyn and into Manhattan on Saturday — a day so cold that water trickling across the helmets of a small army of firefighters quickly froze.

Saturday's NBA Capsules

Games played on Jan. 31, 2015

Al Horford scored 23 points, including a tying basket after Philadelphia took its first lead late in the game, and the Atlanta Hawks recovered after squandering a 21-point lead to beat the 76ers 91-85 on Saturday night and stretch their franchise-record winning streak to 19 games.

2 injured climbers airlifted off Mount Hood, officials say

An Oregon National Guard helicopter has airlifted two climbers off Mount Hood after the two were injured in a fall, rescue officials said.

Man arrested after body parts found in suitcase

San Francisco police arrested a man on suspicion of murder Saturday in connection with a suitcase found on a downtown street stuffed with dismembered human remains.

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Scientist considered father of birth control pill dies

Carl Djerassi, the chemist widely considered the father of the birth control pill, has died.

Saturday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules

Games played on Jan. 31, 2015

COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Jamie Weisner scored 21 points, including five 3-pointers, and seventh-ranked Oregon State improved on its best-ever season start with a 68-35 victory over USC on Saturday.

Saturday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules

Games played on Jan. 31, 2015

COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: James Robinson hit a runner with 12 seconds remaining to give Pittsburgh the lead for good in a 76-72 upset victory over No. 8 Notre Dame on Saturday.

St. Louis prosecutor seeks recordings from City Hall melee

A St. Louis news organization has received a subpoena from the city's prosecutor for audio and video footage from a City Hall melee over a proposed police oversight board.

Saturday's NHL Capsules

Games played on Jan. 31, 2015

NHL ROUNDUP: Max Pacioretty scored 3:08 into overtime, Carey Price made 36 saves and the Montreal Canadiens edged the Washington Capitals 1-0 on Saturday for their fifth straight win.

Saturday's Golf Capsules

Tournaments played on Jan. 31, 2015

GOLF TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: For all his birdies Saturday, two big pars kept Martin Laird in control at the Phoenix Open.

UMass gets first win at Saint Louis, 60-56

Cady Lalanne scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead UMass to its first win at Saint Louis' Chaifetz Arena in five tries Saturday with a 60-56 victory in an Atlantic 10 showdown.

Springfield man convicted of lesser crime after law change

A Springfield man who withdrew his guilty plea to second-degree murder after Missouri voters approved an amendment changing state gun laws has been convicted of a lesser crime in his girlfriend's death.

Valuable Thomas Hart Benton painting may go on display soon

A suburban Kansas City school district is negotiating to bring a Thomas Hart Benton painting out of safe storage and display it for the public, although officials won't say where it might be seen.

Man gets 40 years for sex crimes with child he babysat

A St. Charles man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for committing sex offenses against the 10-year-old girl he was babysitting.

Corps: Removal of creek contamination could take years

Corps of Engineers officials say removal of contaminated soil from Coldwater Creek in north St. Louis County and other contamination sites could take until 2020 or longer.

Dog's quick action saves girl during seizure

A yellow Labrador retriever is being credited with saving the life of an 11-year-old Missouri girl.

NFL’s Goodell seeks to look to future

As if wishing made it so, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell described his league — and himself — as having addressed missteps on difficult matters such as domestic violence and being ready to move on.

Man accused of throwing brick at police during protest

A St. Louis man is facing felony assault charges for allegedly throwing the brick that struck a police officer during a protest that followed the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson officer.

Friday's NBA Capsules

Games played on Jan. 30, 2015

NBA ROUNDUP: The Atlanta Hawks overcame 37 points by Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge to extend their franchise-record winning streak to 18 games with a 105-99 victory over the Trail Blazers on Friday night.

Friday's NHL Capsules

Games played on Jan. 30, 2015

NHL ROUNDUP: Defenseman Simon Despres scored 2:21 into overtime, and the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied late and beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Friday night.

FDA approves ADHD drug for binge-eating disorder

Federal health regulators have approved an attention deficit disorder drug for a new use: A first-of-its kind treatment for binge-eating disorder.

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Some doctors won’t see patients with anti-vaccine views

With California gripped by a measles outbreak, Dr. Charles Goodman posted a clear notice in his waiting room and on Facebook: His practice will no longer see children whose parents won’t get them vaccinated.

Farming groups highlight Cuban trade possibilities

Gov. Jay Nixon says as many as 30 Missourians will accompany a trade mission in March to Cuba.

Belichick, Carroll different as coaches

Approaching their jobs from opposite angles

PHOENIX — Put Bill Belichick behind a microphone and he’s C-SPAN — minus the information. Pete Carroll is more like a Lifetime movie. Or, as defensive lineman Michael Bennett puts it, “He has that Benjamin Button effect on everyone.”

Gronkowski and Chancellor make for key matchup

Must-see TV in Super Bowl on Sunday

PHOENIX — On some point Sunday it will happen. At least everyone hopes it happens. The biggest, most athletic tight end in football will be running downfield and be met in a full-speed collision with the hardest-hitting strong safety in the game today.

Balloon crew surpasses distance record in Pacific flight

Two pilots soaring over the Pacific Ocean made history Thursday, first matching and then surpassing the 5,209-mile official world distance record for human flight in a gas balloon.

‘Anonymized’ credit card data not so anonymous, study shows

Credit card data isn’t quite as anonymous as promised, a new study says.

Suspect pleads not guilty in Springfield officer's shooting

A man charged in a shooting that seriously injured a Springfield police officer pleaded not guilty Thursday.

Missouri man charged with felony after alleged racial slur

A white northwest Missouri man is charged with felony assault after he allegedly confronted a black waitress as she served him breakfast.

Homicide suspect gets 22 years in prison on drug convictions

A suspect in a 2006 Joplin homicide will serve 22 years in prison without parole for his role in a methamphetamine distribution ring.

Police: Family killed man over child custody dispute

A woman and her family lured her estranged husband to their home by offering to let him see his children, then beat him in the head with a hammer and fatally shot him as he tried to run away — a scheme concocted because they were upset about a child custody dispute, according to police in South Carolina.

Lynch talks about why he doesn’t talk to the media

On Thursday

Marshawn Lynch changed the script and fired back at his critics.

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Deadly San Francisco blaze spurs look at fire alarms

Residents fleeing a massive blaze that killed a man and injured five people as it ripped through a San Francisco building told officials they did not hear fire alarms and could not get to fire escapes.

Sherman looking forward to fatherhood

Cornerback for Seahawks

PHOENIX — Richard Sherman has contingency plans in place should his girlfriend give birth to their first child — a son — before Sunday’s Super Bowl against New England.

Boy Scouts settle California suit over abuse

The Boy Scouts of America settled a sex abuse case Thursday involving a 20-year-old California man who was molested by a Scout volunteer in 2007 — a decision that will keep years’ worth of “perversion” files detailing sex abuse allegations secret from the public.

Case against second Saudi man provisionally dismissed

An assault and kidnapping case against two Saudi nationals in Springfield could end with no one found guilty.

US colleges seek economic diversity in students from China

Widely regarded overseas as places only for children of the rich and powerful, top American universities like Yale and Harvard are increasing efforts to attract the best international students, regardless of their financial backgrounds.

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Dartmouth instituting changes to eliminate extreme behavior

Dartmouth College banned hard liquor on campus Thursday and said all students will have to take part in a sexual violence prevention program all four years they’re enrolled at the Ivy League school.

William Shatner knows the ups, downs of traveling

William Shatner is back as a shrewd, unflappable travel expert in his latest TV commercial for an online company.

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Hallmark Channel’s Kitten Bowl teams vie for purring rights

Football tampering is inevitable when felines take the field Sunday in Hallmark Channel’s Kitten Bowl.

Group’s ad featuring 911 call grabs attention at Super Bowl

No celebrities or NFL players facing the camera, saying “No more.” This ad simply depicts a 911 call of a woman pretending to order a pizza while calling police with her attacker still in the house.

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Super Bowl advertisers aim not to offend

Super Bowl advertisers are being careful not to offend.