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Planned Parenthood alleges 'smear' in letter to Congress

Planned Parenthood Federation of America defended its practices Thursday in a lengthy letter to Congress and included a report by experts that found undercover videos of officials discussing fetal tissue for research were heavily altered by anti-abortion activists.

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A Q&A with Wall Street’s top psychiatrist on market turmoil

When it seems like the stock market has lost its mind, big banks and investment firms often turn to one particular psychiatrist: Richard Peterson, CEO of MarketPsych, a firm that applies research from behavioral science to financial markets.

US stocks end sharply higher after Chinese market surges

Investors were in a buying mood again on Thursday, driving U.S. stocks higher for the second straight day as they took advantage of this month’s heavy sell-off.

Trump proposals possibly deepening GOP rift on immigration

Donald Trump has exposed anew the deep rift inside the Republican Party on immigration, a break between its past and the country’s future the party itself has said it must bridge if the GOP ever hopes to win back the White House.

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Obama to people of New Orleans: You inspire me, and America

Visiting residents on tidy porch stoops and sampling the fried chicken at a corner restaurant, President Barack Obama held out the people of New Orleans on Thursday as an extraordinary example of renewal and resilience 10 years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

Dead migrants found in abandoned truck near Austrian capital

As regional leaders met Thursday to tackle Europe’s refugee crisis, a gruesome discovery unfolded a short drive from Vienna: An abandoned truck was found with at least 20 and possibly up to 50 decomposing bodies of migrants piled inside.

Venezuelan crackdown stuns once-welcomed Colombian migrants

Leidy Echeverri fled the Colombian countryside six years ago with her toddler in tow after a paramilitary group threatened her husband’s life. Now she’s again taken her children and run, this time in the other direction, amid a Venezuelan crackdown on Colombian immigrants.

4 killed in Dominica as Tropical Storm Erika hits island

Streets across Dominica turned into fast-flowing rivers that swept up cars as Tropical Storm Erika pummeled the eastern Caribbean island, unleashing landslides and killing at least four people.

New Missouri court fines, sex ed laws set to take effect

Numerous new Missouri laws are set to take effect Friday, ranging from caps on traffic fines to changes in sex education.

Missouri police training panel to hold public hearings

The public will have an opportunity to suggest changes to the training requirements of law enforcers in Missouri.

Cutler and the Bears thin at receiver

Jay Cutler could only smile and roll with the injuries.

Denver releases kicker Connor Barth

The load taken off Brandon McManus’s shoulders was replaced by a heavy heart.

Missouri agrees to three-game football deal with Middle Tennessee

Middle Tennessee has agreed to a three-game deal with Missouri with the series starting in 2016 and featuring a trip by the Southeastern Conference team to Tennessee in 2022.

Auburn counting on transfers to play well in secondary

Hard-hitting safety Tray Matthews expects to add some “boom” to Auburn’s defense. Cornerback Blake Countess, meanwhile, brings versatility and the experience that comes with starting 30 games for Michigan.

Verlander takes no-hit bid into ninth

Justin Verlander lost a bid for his third no-hitter when Chris Iannetta lined a leadoff double in the ninth inning that landed on the left-field line, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-0 Wednesday night.

Tennessee football experiments with sleep monitors

About an hour before a Tennessee football player’s scheduled bedtime, he gets a reminder via an app on his phone or a text message. That’s when he puts on orange glasses that block out the glow of smartphones or computer screens, making it easier to fall asleep.

Chiefs’ Knile Davis could hold key to running success

There may be no more valuable player on the Kansas City Chiefs than Jamaal Charles, the game-breaking running back with the slick moves and world-class speed.

Falcons sign Grossman to compete for backup QB job

Rex Grossman believes he has a couple more seasons left in him.

Jets’ Richardson awaits legal process, ruling on suspension

Sheldon Richardson is eager to find out when he’ll be able to play this season.

Cowboys’ Scandrick out for year

Orlando Scandrick’s season is over before it started after the Dallas cornerback tore two ligaments in his right knee in practice at training camp Tuesday.

Rams WR Quick back from significant shoulder injury

It’s been a long road back for Brian Quick. The finish line is in sight for the St. Louis Rams wide receiver.

Clowney should play in Texans’ opener against Chiefs

Jadeveon Clowney is expected to play in Houston’s season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 13.

Packers look for group effort in filling void left by Nelson

The task of finding receivers who will fill the void left by Jordy Nelson’s season-ending injury has started in earnest in Green Bay.

Panthers might need 'committee' to replace Benjamin

Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula isn’t dwelling over the loss of wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin for the season.

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Trio of 2-run shots power Orioles to 8-5 win against Royals

The Orioles had managed a measly 15 runs while losing six straight games, and were preparing to face Johnny Cueto and the streaking Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.

Woman may cast sole vote on Columbia district sales tax hike

An oversight by representatives of a business community improvement district in Columbia means a 23-year-old woman might be the only one voting on a proposed sales tax increase needed to make the district successful.

Slain TV reporter, cameraman were budding young journalists

They were two young journalists, eager and hungry for a story, fulfilling their dreams of working in TV news.

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Cities say Trump’s comments on immigrants in gangs unfounded

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says gangs in places such as Baltimore, Chicago, St. Louis and Ferguson are populated with “rough dudes” in the country illegally. But officials in those cities say there’s no evidence to support him.

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Fired reporter kills 2 former co-workers on live TV

He planned it all so carefully — a choreographed execution of two former colleagues, broadcast live to a horrified television audience, and also recorded by him and then shared worldwide across social media.

Conservatives target bust of Planned Parenthood founder

Conservatives are demanding that a Smithsonian Institution art and history museum remove its bust of the founder of Planned Parenthood in their latest offensive against the organization.

Nebraska group says it can stop death penalty repeal

An organization campaigning to reinstate Nebraska’s death penalty after lawmakers repealed it in May said Wednesday it has collected more than enough signatures to suspend the law before it goes into effect and place it before voters in 2016.

Montana faces cutoff of abuse program funding

The federal government says it will strip Montana of a child abuse prevention grant if the state does not start providing the public with mandatory details about children who die from abuse and neglect.

State Department officials routinely sent secrets over email

The transmission of now-classified information across Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private email is consistent with a State Department culture in which diplomats routinely sent secret material on unsecured email during the past two administrations, according to documents reviewed by the Associated Press.

Trump dumps insults on questioners, insists on control

Donald Trump is used to controlling his world like the boss that he is. But as president, he’d answer to the American people.

Saudi arrested in 1996 bombing that killed 19 Americans

A man described as the mastermind of the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing that killed 19 American servicemen in Saudi Arabia has been captured, a U.S. and a Saudi official said Wednesday, ending a nearly two-decade manhunt for one of the FBI’s most-wanted terrorists.

China probing brokers, regulators for possible stock crimes

Employees of one of China’s biggest securities firms and one current and one former employee of its market regulator are under investigation on suspicion of illegal stock trading, state media reported Wednesday, amid the collapse of a stock price boom.

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Young Lebanese activists challenge old political class

“You Stink” claims to have set aside ideology in its effort to mobilize support for an uprising against the political establishment. It says it seeks to ditch a patronage system that divvies up power to each of Lebanon’s multiple communities — Shiites, Sunnis, Christians, Druze and more — in favor of a non-sectarian culture.

Lawmaker opposition casts doubt on new St. Louis stadium

Missouri's legislative budget chairmen say they don't approve of a plan to use state money for a new St. Louis football stadium.

Man arrested for hitting another man with pipe in Columbia

A man has been arrested after police say he assaulted another man with an aluminum pipe in Columbia.

Guns stolen from vehicles increasingly used in violent crime

In what’s been a violent year in St. Louis, a common theme has emerged: The gun used in any given crime was probably stolen.

Funeral Saturday for Ferguson girl killed by gunfire

Funeral arrangements are now in place for the 9-year-old girl killed when someone shot into a Ferguson home last week.

Injured Nelson working with young Packers wide receivers

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The shock of being out of the year has already worn off for Jordy Nelson.

Wayne signs with Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Reggie Wayne said he was talking to several NFL teams before deciding to sign a one-year contract with the New England Patriots.

Gurley back on field for Rams

ST. LOUIS — Rams rookie running back Todd Gurley didn’t get a lot of reps during Tuesday’s practice, but the No. 10 overall pick in the 2015 draft took another step forward in his return from knee surgery.

Key players on Chiefs missing time

KANSAS CITY — The Kansas City Chiefs have not had that moment in training camp or preseason when everyone notices a player hobbling to the sideline or flat on the field, and there is a collective gasp.

Missouri man pleads not guilty to abuse charges

A southeast Missouri man who has portrayed Santa Claus at events has pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of abusing a child.

Joplin council to hold hearing on Woolston

The Joplin City Council has voted to hold a hearing to resolve ethics questions about a council member that were raised in a recent state audit.

Jury gets the case in Kansas City restaurant explosion trial

After five weeks of testimony, lawyers presented closing arguments Tuesday in the civil trial involving a fatal explosion more than two years ago at a Kansas City restaurant.

Toddler dies in St. Louis County shooting

Authorities believe a 21-month-old boy who died at a St. Louis-area hospital of a gunshot wound accidentally shot himself.

Fight over tiger cub mascot goes down to the wire

A high school football team that has featured a tiger cub at games for decades might kick off the season without its beloved mascot because of rules implemented after a suicidal man released dozens of dangerous animals in 2011.