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Ameren Missouri plans $135M in energy efficiency

Missouri's largest electric company says it plans to invest $135 million in energy efficiency programs for customers over a three-year period.

Audit criticizes closed accounting board meetings

An audit says the Missouri board that regulates accountants hasn't been following state law when holding closed meetings.

Resurrecting I-70 tolls may be a tough sell

Truck driver Curtis Banks Jr. traverses Missouri and Kansas on Interstate 70 every week and has no real beef with its condition.

California puzzles over safety of driverless cars

California’s Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they’ll know whether “driverless” vehicles are safe.

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Pope’s role in Cuba deal fractures Cuban-American flock

The key role Pope Francis played encouraging talks between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro left fractures among his flock in South Florida, where many older Roman Catholics equate the Castro brothers with the devil.

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Tent city sprouts in shadow of downtown Detroit

Bankruptcy behind it, Detroit’s atmosphere swirls with the promise of better days.

Killer of 2 NYC officers had long criminal history

The gunman who fatally ambushed two police officers in their squad car had a long criminal record, a hatred for police and the government, and an apparent history of mental instability that included an attempt to hang himself a year ago, authorities said Sunday.

Iraqi Kurds push into contested northern town

With coalition warplanes circling overhead, Kurdish fighters pushed into the contested northern Iraqi town of Sinjar on Sunday, touching off heavy clashes with Islamic State militants who have controlled the area for months.

NY farmers lament lost opportunity for gas riches

While environmental groups are doing a victory dance over New York’s decision to ban fracking, farmers such as apple grower David Johnson are grieving for dashed hopes and dreams.

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Nigerian Islamic extremists pose regional threat

Thousands of members of Nigeria’s home-grown Islamic extremist Boko Haram group strike across the border in Cameroon, with coordinated attacks on border towns, a troop convoy and a major barracks.

Obama says US can influence new generation in Cuba

President Barack Obama said his plan to normalize relations with Cuba gives the U.S. a chance to influence events at an important moment of change for the communist nation, and he brushed off critics who accuse him of kowtowing to dictators.

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10 years on, where did all the tsunami debris go?

Cars. Fishing boats. Houses. Entire villages. The 2004 tsunami left Banda Aceh with mountains of debris up to 4 miles inland.

Drury agreement may bring more diversity

Drury University anticipates a more globally diverse student body after signing an agreement streamlining the admission of graduates from a Kansas City school with international ties.

Missouri professors using 3D printers for art

As 3-D printing becomes cheaper and more widely available, some of its original adopters locally are using it to enhance their art.

Missouri trappers pursue fur-bearing bounty

When most folks in Nodaway County think about harvesting wildlife, they have in mind deer and turkey, or maybe the occasional hunter who prefers to shoot rabbits, squirrels and other small game.

Missouri lawmakers say abortion bills not top priority

After enacting one of the nation’s longest abortion-waiting periods, Missouri’s Republican-dominated Legislature doesn’t appear intent on pushing further abortion restrictions during its 2015 session.

University of Iowa defends suing worker’s transfer

University of Iowa officials are defending their decision to reassign an employee who is suing over claims that she suffered employment discrimination because of her conservative views.

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Tunnel repair rattles Seattle residents

Each time Mike Petrone wrestles the newly stuck door open and heads to the basement underneath J&M Cafe in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square, he finds a new crack, a new leak, deeper sinking of a concrete walkway.

Former Clemson QB arrested

Former Clemson quarterback Chad Kelly faces numerous charges, including resisting arrest, after an altercation at a downtown Buffalo restaurant, the Buffalo News reported Sunday night.

76ers claim third win of season

Michael Carter-Williams scored 21 points and the Philadelphia 76ers rallied in the second half to claim their third win of the season, a 96-88 victory against the Orlando Magic on Sunday night.

SLU drops Vermont

Milik Yarbrough had 10 points, 13 rebounds and six assists Sunday, and Saint Louis held on after leading by 12 in the final minute of a 58-55 victory against Vermont.

Winston cleared in conduct hearing

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was cleared of the accusations he faced at a student code of conduct hearing involving an alleged sexual assault two years ago, according to documents obtained Sunday by the Associated Press.

Dolphins down Vikings, owner says Philbin gets to keep his job

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross stood on the sideline at the end of Sunday’s wild victory sharing a laugh with those around him, his mind made up regarding the direction of the franchise.

Texas A&M implodes west side of Kyle Field

The west side of Texas A&M University’s Kyle Field was imploded Sunday as part of football stadium improvements.

Sunday's NBA Capsules

Games played on Dec. 21, 2014

NBA ROUNDUP: LeBron James had 25 points and 11 assists, Dion Waiters scored 13 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and the Cleveland Cavaliers handled one of the Western Conference's best teams, beating the Memphis Grizzlies 105-91 on Sunday.

Sunday's NHL Capsules

Games played on Dec. 21, 2014

NHL ROUNDUP: Jarome Iginla scored in the ninth shootout round to lift the Colorado Avalanche to a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night.

Sunday's NFL Capsules

Games played on Dec. 21, 2014

NFL ROUNDUP: Dallas ended a four-year playoff drought Sunday in a dominating 42-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, with Tony Romo throwing four touchdown passes and breaking Troy Aikman's franchise record for yards passing.

Sunday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules

Games played on Dec. 21, 2014

COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Samantha Logic scored on a contested drive with 3 seconds remaining to give Iowa a wild 100-98 victory over Drake on Sunday. The teams combined for 24 points in the last 1:05.

Sunday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules

Games played on Dec. 21, 2014

COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Mike Tobey scored 15 points in the first half and No. 6 Virginia held Harvard to one field goal before the break in a 76-27 romp Sunday.

GM pickup production in Wentzville a boon for other plants

Production of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks at the General Motors plant in Wentzville is providing an economic boost not just in the eastern Missouri town but throughout the region.

Prosecutor: No charges in church disturbance death

Churchgoers won't face any charges in the death of an armed man they restrained after he caused a violent disturbance during an upstate New York service, according to prosecutors.

Saturday's NBA Capsules

Games played on Dec. 20, 2014

NBA ROUNDUP: Monta Ellis equaled his season high with 38 points, including 11 during the final four minutes, to spark a late rally as the Dallas Mavericks beat the depleted San Antonio Spurs 99-93 Saturday in Rajon Rondo's debut with the Mavericks.

Eastern Michigan holds on to beat Missouri State 77-65

Karrington Ward scored 18 points and led his team with nine rebounds as Eastern Michigan held on to beat Missouri State 77-65 on Saturday.

Saturday's NHL Capsules

Games played on Dec. 20, 2014

NHL ROUNDUP: Derrick Pouliot scored in his NHL debut and Sidney Crosby ended his drought with a third-period goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins in their 3-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night.

Saturday's College Bowl Capsules

Games played on Dec. 20, 2014

COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL ROUNDUP: Utah quarterback Travis Wilson ran for three touchdowns and passed for another Saturday, leading the No. 23 Utes to a 45-10 rout of Colorado State in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Saturday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules

Games played on Dec. 20, 2014

COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Devin Booker had 19 points and No. 1 Kentucky scored the game's first 24 points in an 83-42 victory over UCLA on Saturday.

Saturday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules

Games played on Dec. 20, 2014

COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Ariel Massengale scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half and No. 10 Tennessee beat No. 7 Stanford 59-40 on Saturday for its fifth consecutive victory.

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Police brutality protesters rally at Mall of America

A mass of demonstrators chanting, "Black lives matter," converged in the Mall of America rotunda Saturday as part of a protest against police brutality that caused part of the mall to shut down on a busy day for holiday shopping.

6 MU fraternity members arrested over hazing

Police have arrested six University of Missouri-Columbia students on suspicion of hazing during a hide-and-seek style game.

Police brutality protesters attempt to block I-70 traffic

Kansas City police have made about a dozen arrests Saturday afternoon after a group protesting police brutality attempted to block traffic on Interstate 70.

Chicago mayor's teenage son mugged near home

A spokeswoman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the mayor's 17-year-old son was mugged near the family's home.

Man sentenced to 25 years in home-invasion killing

A Joplin man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for participating in a home-invasion killing.

Opponents of new Columbia smoking law start petition drive

Opponents of three new ordinances limiting the sales and use of tobacco and e-cigarettes have launched a petition drive to erase the new laws.

Former boxing champ Terrell dies at 75

Ernie Terrell, whose brief reign as heavyweight champion ended with a punishing loss to Muhammad Ali in a 1967 grudge match, has died. He was 75.

Royals sign Rios

The Royals have been so busy this offseason, they gave out two No. 15 jerseys in one week.

Missouri college moves forward on Greek housing

Southeast Missouri State University is moving forward on its plans to establish a housing option specifically for students in Greek organizations.

It’s time to go bowling

In college football

The College Football Playoff era is here and as the bowl season starts, it feels a bit like a New Year’s three-for-one special: Three big games instead of one.

Missouri secretary of state touts smaller budget

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander says he is reducing the amount of state tax revenue needed for his office.

Five Rams give back to Ferguson

‘Hands Up’ players donate to residents at holiday event

JENNINGS — The St. Louis Rams players who did the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” gesture treated residents of nearby Ferguson to some holiday cheer Friday.

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Rams’ Mason wants to forget about first fumble

ST. LOUIS — Tre Mason averaged just 2.5 yards per carry last week. A critical lost fumble hurt the most for the St. Louis Rams rookie running back, and he is looking for a bounceback game against the New York Giants.