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Surveyors determine new height for Washington Monument

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government surveyors have determined a new height for the Washington Monument that’s nearly 10 inches shorter than what has been recorded for more than 130 years, officials said recently.

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How Niagara Falls freezes … or does it?

It’s a stunning sight: Niagara Falls, the world’s most famous waterfall, apparently frozen in place.

Tanking coaches suspended

Two Tennessee girls basketball high school coaches have been suspended for trying to get their teams to lose a game in an attempt to avoid the top-ranked squad and improve their chances of advancing in the state tournament.

St. Louis musician faces federal theft charges

Federal authorities are searching for a St. Louis musician accused of identity theft.

Missouri man gets federal prison for bid to kill informant

A Kansas City-area man has been ordered to spend roughly six years in federal prison for trying to kill a police informant.

Man sentenced to 25 years in Kansas City shooting death

A Kansas City man has been ordered to spend 25 years in Missouri prison for a 2013 shooting death at his home.

Free throws edge Missouri State past Bradley in 3OT, 80-77

Christian Kirk had 16 points and nine rebounds to lead Missouri State past Bradley 80-77 in triple-overtime Wednesday night.

Broncos might revise Manning's contract

It looks as if it’s going to come down to money.

Wednesday's NHL Capsules

Games played on Feb. 25, 2015

NHL ROUNDUP: Sidney Crosby scored his 20th goal of the season, Evgeni Malkin added three assists, and the Pittsburgh Penguins held on to beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 on Wednesday night, averting a sweep of the season series.

Wednesday's NBA Capsules

Games played on Feb. 25, 2015

NBA ROUNDUP: Kevin Garnett made an emotional return to Minnesota with an ear-splitting reception and his Timberwolves overcame a jittery start to beat the Washington Wizards 97-77 on Wednesday night.

Springfield tries out pit bull adoptions from public shelter

Springfield is testing a new policy that allows some pit bulls and pit-bull mixes in the city shelter to be adopted by rescue groups.

Spacewalking astronaut safe after water leaks into helmet

A spacewalking astronaut ended up with unwanted water in his helmet Wednesday after breezing through a cable and lube job outside the International Space Station.

‘American Sniper’ jurors: Ex-Marine knew right from wrong

Jurors who rejected an insanity defense and convicted a former Marine in the deaths of famed “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle and his friend said Wednesday the man’s past behavior undermined his argument that he couldn’t tell right from wrong.

Mason leads Duquesne past Saint Louis 79-66

Micah Mason had 20 points, including four 3-pointers, and five assists to lead Duquesne to a 79-66 win over Saint Louis on Wednesday night.

Wednesday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules

Games played on Feb. 25, 2015

COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Kaylon Williams and Sharane Campbell-Olds each scored 15 points, and Oklahoma defeated No. 3 Baylor 68-64 on Wednesday night to end the Lady Bears' win streak at 25 games.

Wednesday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules

Games played on Feb. 25, 2015

COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Top-ranked Kentucky fought off a slow start to cruise to a 74-56 victory over Mississippi State on Wednesday night to keep its undefeated season on track.

FAA: Southwest for now can use planes that missed inspection

Federal officials have agreed to let Southwest Airlines Co. keep flying planes that missed an inspection of a backup rudder system if the planes are checked in the next five days.

EU: Close 'prosecution gaps' for terror cases

The European Union’s top criminal prosecutor is calling on member countries to update and harmonize anti-terrorism laws to deal more effectively with the twin threats of European-born participants in Islamic jihad and solitary extremists.

Ukrainian POWs dig out bodies of comrades killed at airport

Ukrainian POWs in the separatist stronghold of Donetsk began a task Wednesday that strained their hearts as well as their muscles: digging through the rubble to retrieve the bodies of fellow soldiers killed last month in the bitter battle for the city’s airport.

Abducted Syrian Christians moved to militant stronghold

Islamic State militants have moved a large group of Christians they abducted to one of their strongholds as fighting raged on Wednesday between the extremists and Kurdish and Christian militiamen for control of a chain of villages along a strategic river in northeastern Syria, activists and state-run media said.

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Missouri public safety director resigns 6 months into job

Missouri’s public safety director, appointed amid fallout from the fatal Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown, on Wednesday announced plans to resign only six months into the job.

Prescription drug database bill endorsed by Missouri House

A measure to create a database to monitor the prescription of drugs such as addictive pain killers is moving forward in the Missouri House.

Crowded mound for Reds

4 pitchers battling for 2 open spots in rotation

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — With everyone in camp, the Reds can finally start to sort out two openings in their rotation.

Giants get back healthy Pagan, add Aoki

New-look outfield for world champs

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Nori Aoki has reconsidered his original plan to wrestle big ace Madison Bumgarner.

Nationals player arrives at Padres camp

Can't report to Washington because of trade rules

PEORIA, Ariz. — Trea Turner has shown up to Padres camp even though he’s been traded to the Nationals. Confused? So is he. The young shortstop is in one odd situation. A not-so-secret player to be named from an offseason deal who can’t officially be sent east because of an obscure rule.

Royals' Gordon vows to be ready for Opening Day

As wrist heals

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Alex Gordon’s season ended stranded on third base for the final out of Game 7 of the World Series. After having wrist surgery this winter, he vows he’ll be in the Kansas City Royals’ lineup for the start of this season.

Cardinals send Wainwright to St. Louis

Because of abdominal pain

JUPITER, Fla. — The Cardinals are sending ace Adam Wainwright to St. Louis to be examined by a doctor after his workout Tuesday was cut short by abdominal pain.

Love to captain U.S. Ryder Cup team

Getting another shot

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Davis Love III was on his porch in Sea Island taking part in a conference call for the first Ryder Cup Task Force meeting, and he was shocked by what he heard.

Orange is the new orange in Cleveland

Browns’ logo change ends up being a matter of hues

BEREA, Ohio — The Browns are sticking with tradition. Like it or not.

FIFA sets precedent with dates

For 2022 World Cup

The World Cup in Qatar keeps provoking outrage and breaking taboos.

Melee after Kansas State’s upset puts spotlight on rushing the court

Renewed discussion about safety

MANHATTAN, Kan. — More than a dozen security officials dressed in bright green shirts gathered behind the basket, just as they were trained. When the final seconds ticked away on Kansas State’s stunning upset of rival Kansas, they immediately sprinted onto the floor. Thousands of students and fans still beat them there.

Sporting KC waives midfielder Marcelin, parts with Claros

On Tuesday

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Sporting Kansas City has waived midfielder James Marcelin and mutually agreed to part with midfielder Jorge Claros, a member of Honduras’ national team.

ESPN suspends Olbermann for week

After Twitter exchange with Penn State students

BRISTOL, Conn. — Keith Olbermann has been taken off his ESPN show for the rest of the week after making insulting comments about Penn State students on Twitter.

Council OKs Los Angeles-area stadium backed by Rams owner

City celebrates deal, awaits NFL decision

The Inglewood City Council late Tuesday night approved plans to build a football stadium that includes St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke as a partner, clearing a path for a return to the Los Angeles area of the NFL for the first time in two decades.

Banks’ assets worth $16,000

According to lawyer

CHICAGO — Cubs great Ernie Banks had assets worth just $16,000 when he died, an attorney for the woman who cared for him during his final years said Tuesday in a contentious court appearance over his will that prompted a judge to demand details.

Appalachia report cites progress, challenges after 50 years

The agency created five decades ago to fight poverty in Appalachia has helped county economies grow with nearly $4 billion in spending, but the region still lags in key measures of educational, economic and physical well-being, according to a new study.

Wolfpack upsets Tar Heels

Anthony “Cat” Barber scored 15 points and North Carolina State beat North Carolina, earning its first road win in the series in a dozen years.

Orange upend Irish

B.J. Johnson scored 19 points, Rakeem Christmas added 14 despite being in foul trouble and Syracuse held Notre Dame to 35 percent shooting in a victory.

Maryland topples Wisconsin

Dez Wells scored 26 points, and Maryland held off Wisconsin, ending the Badgers’ 10-game winning streak and ruining their bid to clinch a share of the Big Ten regular-season title.

Couple of factors cause shuffling in Derby Top 10

A little bumping in Florida and a lot of rain in Arkansas created some shuffling in the AP’s latest Run to the Roses Top 10 list of Kentucky Derby contenders.

Tuesday's NBA Capsules

Games played on Feb. 24, 2015

Stephen Curry returned from a one-game absence to lead all scorers with 32, Klay Thompson added 17 more and the Golden State Warriors defeated the Washington Wizards 114-107 Tuesday night.

Tuesday's NHL Capsules

Games played on Feb. 24, 2015

NHL ROUNDUP: Zack Kassian broke a 1-1 tie with a goal early in the third period and Eddie Lack preserved the lead with 13 of his 40 saves in the final period for the Vancouver Canucks in a 2-1 win over the struggling Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.

Missouri House endorses bill to authorize emergency spending

Missouri's local governments and school districts are closer to getting federal funds for storm shelters and disaster repairs.

Missouri bill would stop cities from banning plastic bags

A Missouri lawmaker who also leads an association of grocery stores is trying to stop cities and towns in the state from restricting the use of plastic bags, bucking a national trend toward banning their use to help the environment.

Montel Williams to speak for Missouri medical marijuana bill

Medical marijuana access in Missouri would become a reality under a bill sponsored by a Republican representative and supported by television personality Montel Williams.

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Two Tennessee girls teams caught trying to lose

Banned from state tournament

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — A pair of Tennessee girls basketball high school teams have been pulled from the postseason for trying to lose a game to avoid the top-ranked team and improve their chances of advancing to the state tournament.

2 Californians get 25 years in federal prison for terror try

Two California men were sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison for conspiring to support terrorists and kill Americans overseas, federal prosecutors said.

US Treasury bills mixed at weekly auction

Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills were mixed in Monday’s auction with rates on three-month bills rising to the highest level in five weeks while rates on six-month bills were unchanged.

Ebola drug shows some promise in first tests in West Africa

An experimental antiviral drug shows some early, encouraging signs of effectiveness in its first human test against Ebola in West Africa, but only if patients get it when their symptoms first appear.

Saving for retirement: Obama proposal sets up Wall St. fight

Tapping the anxieties of aging baby boomers, President Barack Obama on Monday called for tougher standards on brokers who manage retirement savings accounts, a change that could affect the investment advice received by many Americans and aggravate tensions between the White House and Wall Street.