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Excommunicated Mormon loses her final appeal

The co-founder of a Mormon women's group who was excommunicated last year has lost her final appeal to regain membership in the Utah-based church.

No. 1 Kentucky takes crown with win against Arkansas

Of all the impressive wins top-ranked Kentucky has collected in marquee games this season, Saturday’s 84-67 dismantling of No. 18 Arkansas speaks a little louder than most.

Judge: Man competent for trial in killings of 3 at meeting

A man charged with opening fire during a municipal meeting in Pennsylvania, killing three people, is competent to stand trial, a judge has ruled.

Saturday's NBA Capsules

Games played on Feb. 28, 2015

NBA ROUNDUP: Paul Millsap scored 22 points, Dennis Schroder added 16 points and 10 assists and the intentionally depleted Atlanta Hawks still had enough to beat the Miami Heat 93-91 on Saturday night.

SE Missouri snap skid, whip Austin Peay 89-65

Jarekious Bradley scored 28 points and Southeast Missouri State snapped a three-game losing skid heading into next week's Ohio Valley Conference tournament with a convincing 89-65 win over Austin Peay Saturday.

Hot-shooting George Mason wins 78-50

Isaiah Jackson scored 14 of his 18 points in the first half as George Mason built an early advantage that it rode to a 78-50 victory over Saint Louis on Saturday night.

Woman convicted in ex-Penn hoops star's death gets treatment

The wife of a former University of Pennsylvania basketball standout found guilty but mentally ill in his stabbing death may soon be paroled to the state mental hospital for treatment.

Thunder's Russell Westbrook has surgery on cheekbone

Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook had surgery to repair a fracture to his right cheek Saturday and the NBA's hottest player will miss at least a game.

White Sox ace Sale breaks bone in foot, out at least 3 weeks

Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale is out for at least three weeks after breaking a bone in his right foot in what the team described as an accident at home.

Cavaliers' Irving to miss second game with shoulder injury

The Cavaliers will be without at least one All-Star on Sunday in Houston.

Saturday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules

Games played on Feb. 28, 2015

COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Michelle Miller had 20 points off the bench and No. 14 Princeton moved within a win of the Ivy League record for best starts ever with a 79-67 win over Brown on Saturday night.

Saturday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules

Games played on Feb. 28, 2015

COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Andrew Harrison and Trey Lyles each scored 18 points and top-ranked Kentucky rolled past No. 18 Arkansas 84-67 on Saturday to win the Southeastern Conference regular-season title.

Loyola of Chicago beats Missouri State, 65-51

Christian Thomas tied his season-high with 21 points and added a career-high 12 rebounds to lead Loyola of Chicago past Missouri State 65-51 on Saturday.

Youth hockey players escape injury in rink roof collapse

A youth hockey team escaped without injury when part of a snow-weighted roof collapsed at a skating rink on Saturday morning, officials said.

Saturday's NHL Capsules

Games played on Feb. 28, 2015

NHL ROUNDUP: Jaromir Jagr made his Florida debut and Scottie Upshall scored the go-ahead goal with 5:58 left in the Panthers' 5-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.

Saturday's Golf Capsules

Tournaments played on Feb. 28, 2015

GOLF TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Padraig Harrington is a 36-hole leader on the PGA Tour for the first time in nearly five years and he knows he has a long way to go.

Officer hospitalized after she's struck, dragged by car

A New Jersey police officer was struck by a car and dragged for more than 30 feet early Saturday, then thrown into a parked car when the vehicle's driver swerved in a bid to escape, police said.

Man dies in St. Louis homeless encampment blaze

St. Louis authorities say a man died in a tent fire at a small homeless encampment near the city's downtown.

Georgia rolls past Missouri

ATHENS, Ga. — Nemanja Djurisic scored 14 points and Georgia strengthened its NCAA Tournament hopes with a runaway 68-44 win against Missouri on Saturday.

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Funeral for Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich set for Tuesday

A memorial service for Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich is scheduled for Tuesday in his hometown of Clayton.

Missouri GOP gubernatorial candidate cancels campaign events

Missouri's former House Speaker Catherine Hanaway has put her campaign for governor on hold following the death of state auditor Tom Schweich, who also was seeking the GOP nomination for governor.

Rose expected to play again this season

After knee surgery

CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls can breathe a little easier. They expect Derrick Rose to return this season from his latest knee surgery.

Browns agree to deal with Josh McCown

To play quarterback

The Browns have yet another new quarterback, and this one has a familiar last name.

Florida brings back suspended forward Finney-Smith

Florida coach Billy Donovan will have his best player on the floor for his third attempt at win No. 500.

Unmasking of ‘Jihadi John’ as a London lad shocks Britain

The unmasking of Islamic State militant “Jihadi John” as a Londoner who had repeatedly been questioned by security services sent shock waves through Britain Friday, with Prime Minister David Cameron stepping in to defend British spy craft.

Kvapil's Sprint Cup car stolen before race

When Travis Kvapil got the call Friday, he figured someone on his race team was playing a joke.

Logano follows Daytona win with pole in Atlanta

Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano won the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway after a qualifying session in which 13 drivers didn’t get on the track after failing to pass inspection.

Democrats caught between Obama, Netanyahu on speech

Jewish House Democrats personally offered Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a chance to lower the political temperature after he accepted a Republican invitation to speak to Congress next week on Iran — a less provocative, closed-door session.

Northern Iowa to face Wichita State for Valley title

The most famous player ever to lace up his sneakers in the Missouri Valley Conference has been watching Northern Iowa and Wichita State for most of the season.

Pac-12 has several teams looking to solidify tourney spots

The Pac-12’s NCAA Tournament bubble is beginning to pulsate.

St. Joseph board fires 1 administrator, reassigns another

The St. Joseph school board has fired one school administrator and reassigned another in response to a highly critical audit.

Missouri deputy A.D. takes Appalachian State job

Appalachian State has hired Douglas Gillin as its athletic director.

Vanderbilt AD says Stallings’ outburst handled internally

Vanderbilt athletic director David Williams said Kevin Stallings’ outburst after the Commodores’ win at Tennessee was “unfortunate” and he will handle the issue internally.

Wainwright may miss Cardinals’ season opener

Adam Wainwright won’t pitch in exhibition games until mid-March because of his abdominal strain, a delay that could prevent the St. Louis Cardinals ace from starting the major league season opener April 5 at the Chicago Cubs on April 5.

Princeton women remain unbeaten

Blake Dietrick scored 18 points, Annie Tarakchian added 16, and No. 14 Princeton remained the only unbeaten Division I women’s team and made Courtney Banghart the winningest coach in school history with a 67-49 win Friday against Yale.

Friday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules

Games played on Feb. 27, 2015

COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Blake Dietrick scored 18 points, Annie Tarakchian added 16, and No. 14 Princeton remained the only unbeaten Division I women's team and made Courtney Banghart the winningest coach in school history with a 67-49 win over Yale on Friday night.

Friday's NHL Capsules

Games played on Feb. 27, 2015

NHL ROUNDUP: Ryan Spooner scored his first NHL goal with 2:14 left in overtime and the Boston Bruins defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-2 on Friday night after blowing a two-goal third-period lead.

Mexico official: Police capture top capo ‘La Tuta’ Gomez

Servando “La Tuta” Gomez, a former school teacher who became one of Mexico’s most-wanted drug lords as head of the Knights Templar cartel, was captured early Friday by federal police, according to Mexican officials.

Friday's Golf Capsules

Tournaments played on Feb. 27, 2015

GOLF TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Rory McIlroy's first PGA Tour event in five months lasted only two days.

House Republican leaders scrap education vote

In a political embarrassment for Republicans, House GOP leaders on Friday abruptly cancelled a vote on a bill to update the George W. Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law after struggling to find support from conservatives.

Teen certified as adult for trial in St. Louis hammer death

A 16-year-old has been certified to stand trial as an adult for his alleged role in the St. Louis hammer killing of a Bosnian immigrant.

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Gunman kills 7, commits suicide, in house-to-house rampage

A man who authorities say may have been unhinged by the death of his ailing mother killed seven people and then took his own life in a house-to-house shooting rampage that wiped out a swath of this tiny town in the Missouri Ozarks.

Missouri governor drops Cuba trip following auditor's death

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is canceling a trip to Cuba following the death of state Auditor Tom Schweich.

Nixon appoints Watson as interim state auditor

The Missouri auditor's office is carrying on its business after the death of Auditor Tom Schweich (shwyk).

Principal: ‘Vile’ cyberbullies worse than Iraq insurgents

A Massachusetts high school principal said cyberbullies who targeted some of his students are worse than the insurgents he fought in Iraq and vowed the anonymous posters would be found and punished.

VA chief backs outside medical care as new program falters

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said Thursday he was committed to a law making it easier for veterans to get private health care, but he offered few answers for lawmakers irritated at the slow effort to put it in place.

Lawmaker faults district after autistic boy beaten

A Missouri lawmaker has criticized a suburban Kansas City school district after a student with Asperger’s syndrome was beaten so severely he was hospitalized.

House GOP weighs new approach on Homeland Security

Sounding a likely retreat, House Republicans weighed short-term funding Thursday to prevent a partial shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security while temporarily leaving in place Obama administration immigration policies they have vowed to repeal.

Facebook adds new gender option for users: fill in the blank

Facebook users who don’t fit any of the 58 gender identity options offered by the social media giant are now being given a rather big 59th option: fill in the blank.

Cyber threats expanding, new US intelligence assessment says

The U.S. has elevated its appraisal of the cyber threat from Russia, the U.S. intelligence chief said Thursday, as he delivered the annual assessment by intelligence agencies of the top dangers facing the country.