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Missouri bill on medical students' mental health advances

A bill to promote awareness and research on mental illness among medical students is moving forward in the Missouri House.

University of Missouri system announces diversity spending

The University of Missouri system has announced more than $920,000 in spending on diversity efforts as it seeks to recover from racial unrest on its Columbia campus

Group urges reinstatement of suspended Missouri professor

A national association is calling for the reinstatement of a suspended University of Missouri assistant professor who was involved in a run-in with two student journalists during campus protests.

Top US commander says war in Afghanistan is not a lost cause

The top American commander in Afghanistan told lawmakers on Tuesday that the war is not a lost cause and underscored his optimism with a personal story about his son, an Army sergeant preparing for his third deployment to the war-torn country.

Generals say women should have to register for draft

The top Army and Marine Corps generals told senators Tuesday that it will take up to three years to fully integrate women into all combat jobs, adding that women also should have to register for the draft.

Sinquefields give $2M to University of Missouri music effort

Conservative donor Rex Sinquefield and his wife have donated $2 million to the University of Missouri to support a music initiative.

Missouri lawmaker wants former health official's salary cut

A Republican Missouri lawmaker wants to cut the former health department director's salary because of how she responded to questions about a Planned Parenthood clinic.

Alabama seeking to continue its recruiting dominance

Less than a month after winning its fourth national championship in seven seasons, Alabama has a chance to extend its string of unofficial recruiting titles.

A look back at No. 1-ranked recruits

No matter which school Rashan Gary signs with, he’ll have some big expectations to live up to.

Lawsuit challenges St. Louis payroll tax paid by employers

A St. Louis business is suing to halt the city's payroll tax paid by employers, arguing that it's unconstitutional.

Tuesday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules

Games played on Feb. 2, 2016

COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored a career-high 41 points to lead No. 5 Maryland to an 87-67 victory over Purdue on Tuesday night.

Hunt for couple in Alabama crime spree extends into Georgia

Police have linked a Missouri couple to crimes in Alabama and Georgia, saying the offenses fit a similar pattern: People are robbed, kidnapped and let go unharmed, usually after a car is stolen.

Consultant rejects compromise plan for Kansas City airport

A plan to renovate the Kansas City International Airport, rather than demolish and replace it, is unrealistic and more expensive than originally suggested, a consultant for airlines that use the airport said.

In hindsight, the perfect ending for Snedeker

SAN DIEGO — Nothing brings out hindsight in golf like the weather.

Congress: drugmakers planned price hikes to boost profits

Two drugmakers have made a practice of buying and then dramatically hiking the prices of low-cost drugs given to patients with life-threatening conditions including heart disease, AIDS and cancer, according to excerpts from thousands of documents released by federal lawmakers.

Shkreli wants to ‘berate’ Congress, but will take the Fifth

Former pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli says he’d like to “berate” and “insult” Congress — but instead will take the Fifth Amendment during questioning on Thursday.

Browns preparing to release Manziel

CLEVELAND — The Browns are about to throw Johnny Football away.

High hopes as Obama, GOP look for common ground

Can President Barack Obama and Republicans put aside years of ill will to secure a few big breakthroughs in Obama’s final year? Don’t get your hopes up.

Brazil president tries to ease wary nation on Zika

Brazil’s president promised a wary nation on Tuesday that no resources would be spared in the fight against Zika, addressing Congress a day after the World Health Organization declared the mosquito-borne virus an international emergency.

Peyton rewards practice partner

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Jordan Taylor sauntered into the locker room, a spiffy custom-made charcoal suit slung over his right shoulder. “Let me see it,” Peyton Manning asked excitedly.

Carolina’s nice guy linebacker Kuechly has ‘alter ego’

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Luke Kuechly strolls happily through the Carolina Panthers locker room smiling and addressing teammates as he passes.

Phillips a chip off the ol’ Bum

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — A few weeks ago, Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips went to great pains to describe glowingly a certain coach with the initials “B.B.” — a coach he would go on to out-scheme and beat a few days later to punch his ticket to the Super Bowl.

Personal plea from Newton brought Oher to Panthers

SAN JOSE, Calif.— When Cam Newton discovered the Carolina Panthers planned to make a run at signing Michael Oher last offseason, he texted the free agent offensive tackle: “I need you. I don’t want you. I NEED you.”

Syria allows aid into rebel-held area as peace talks stall

GENEVA (AP) — The Syrian government allowed aid into a rebel-held area near Damascus on Tuesday in what appeared to be a goodwill gesture after U.N.-mediated indirect peace talks got off to a rocky start in Geneva.

Newton to Oher: ‘I need you’ to play in Carolina

When Cam Newton discovered the Carolina Panthers planned to make a run at signing Michael Oher last offseason, he texted the free agent offensive tackle: “I need you. I don’t want you. I NEED you.”

2 Missouri men die after falling through ice in southern Iowa

Authorities say two Missouri men have died after falling through thin ice on Little River Lake in southern Iowa.

Homeless Springfield woman dies after vehicle strikes her

A homeless woman who was featured in a documentary has died after a vehicle struck her in Springfield.

Tuesday's NBA Capsules

Games played on Feb. 2, 2016

NBA ROUNDUP: James Harden scored 26 points and tied a career-high with 14 assists as the Houston Rockets snapped a three-game skid with a 115-102 win over the Miami Heat on Tuesday night.

No. 14 West Virginia rallies past No. 13 Iowa State 81-76

Jaysean Paige scored 23 points, including a crucial 3 with 1:05 left, and No. 14 West Virginia beat No. 13 Iowa State 81-76 on Monday night for its league-leading fourth Big 12 road win.

Missouri State basketball beats Bradley

Chris Kendrix scored a career-high 21 points and Missouri State came up clutch at the free-throw line in the final seconds to hold off Bradley 77-71 on Tuesday night.

Tennessee stuns No. 20 Kentucky

What started out as a potential blowout loss developed into one of the most monumental comebacks in Tennessee history.

Tuesday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules

Games played on Feb. 2, 2016

COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Buddy Hield scored 17 points to help No. 1 Oklahoma defeat TCU 95-72 on Tuesday night.

Tuesday's NHL Capsules

Games played on Feb. 2, 2016

NHL ROUNDUP: Jonathan Huberdeau scored twice during a three-point night and Aleksander Barkov had a goal and an assist to help the Florida Panthers beat the Washington Capitals 5-2 Tuesday in a matchup of Eastern Conference division leaders.

Missouri lawmakers debate restricting abortion methods

Missouri lawmakers are debating whether to criminalize a common second-trimester abortion method.

Missouri official signs $750M export agreement with Colombia

Missouri's economic development director has signed a $750 million export agreement with the country of Colombia.

Missouri lawmakers eye universities' living requirements

Missouri lawmakers have turned their scrutiny of public universities toward mandatory student fees and services.

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Panthers, Broncos show up for Super Bowl media circus

What happens when you put Peyton Manning, Miss Universe, an orange-and-blue leprechaun and 200 TV cameras into the same room?

After extended break, Blues get lengthy workout

Kevin Shattenkirk spent much of an extended, week-long All-Star break catching some rays on the beach in Mexico.

Northwest Missouri State football player found dead

A Northwest Missouri State football player has died in his dorm room, cutting short an event to celebrate the school’s fifth NCAA Division II championship.

Elway won’t rush Manning into decision on future

John Elway realizes as well as anyone just how difficult a decision it is for an elite quarterback to retire, and he has no plans of putting pressure on Peyton Manning to make up his mind right away.

In one Iowa town, democracy plays out in its own unique way

In this Iowa town, Ward 2 Democratic precinct chairwoman Kathy Johnson kicked things off on an upbeat note at precisely 7 p.m.

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Cruz tops Trump in Iowa; tight Dem race

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a fiery conservative loathed by his own party’s leaders, swept to victory in Iowa’s Republican caucuses Monday, overcoming billionaire Donald Trump and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

Man accused of ‘looking to kill a cop’ charged with murder

A man whose ex-girlfriend told police he left her house “looking to kill a cop” was charged Monday in the January death of an Ohio officer who was shot in the head, and the suspect could face the death penalty if convicted.

5 restaurant workers died in fire of boss-owned home

Five men who appear to be from Mexico likely were overcome by thick smoke and died in a fire at a home owned by their boss, who owned a Chinese restaurant, authorities said Monday.

Police say Chicago homicides climbed dramatically in January

Chicago saw a dramatic spike in the number of homicides and shootings in January — the bloodiest start to a year in at least 16 years and a blow to a police force struggling to regain public trust following the release of a video of a white officer fatally shooting a black teen.

Sheriff: Fugitives had outside aid, kidnapped cab driver

Three inmates who pulled off an intricate getaway from a California jail had outside help from a man who slipped them escape tools and gave them a ride to safety before they kidnapped a taxi driver at gunpoint and held him captive for a week while arguing over whether to kill him, authorities said Monday.

US stocks edge mostly lower as energy prices plunge again

Stocks are closing mostly lower after another steep drop in oil and natural gas prices pulled energy companies down.

CDC says Chipotle-linked outbreak of E. coli appears over

Looks like it’s safe to bite into that burrito.

Google parent tops Apple as world’s most valuable company

Alphabet, Google’s new parent company, topped Apple as the world’s most valuable business in after-hours trading Monday after reporting surging earnings.

Amtrak engineer recalls opening throttle before fatal crash

The last thing Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian remembers before last May’s fatal crash in Philadelphia is pushing the throttle forward to pick up speed and then braking when he felt the train going too fast into a sharp curve, according to a transcript of his interview with federal accident investigators.