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US given heads up about newspaper data destruction

By JACK GILLUM (WASHINGTON, AP) — The Obama administration knew in advance that the British government would oversee destruction of a newspaper’s hard drives containing leaked National Security Agency documents…

Recreational use halted on river at St. Louis

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — The Coast Guard has closed down a stretch of the Mississippi River near St. Louis to recreational boats because of the waterway’s high levels. The shutdown…

Man sentenced for vandalizing prosecutor’s home

(WEST PLAINS, Mo., AP) — A south-central Missouri man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for vandalizing the home of a county prosecutor and briefly stealing two vehicles.…

Missouri enacts law requiring meningitis vaccine

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — Students living in campus housing at Missouri’s public universities will be required to get vaccinated against bacterial meningitis beginning next year. Legislation signed by Gov.…

Springfield man guilty in crash that killed friend

(SPRINGFIELD, Mo., AP) — A 21-year-old Springfield man has been found guilty in the death of a friend in an accident while he was speeding over hills in an effort…

Sen. Kraus running for Missouri secretary of state

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — Republican state Sen. Will Kraus says he plans to run for Missouri secretary of state in 2016. Kraus announced his candidacy Thursday, making him the…

Towns hopeful worst of flood is behind them

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — Officials in several Mississippi River towns are cautiously optimistic that they’re about to emerge from the flood of 2014 with relatively minor damage. Water levels were…

Obama aims to shift border crisis political debate

By JULIE PACE (AUSTIN, Texas, AP) — Faced with a potentially awkward scene at the Texas-Mexico border, President Barack Obama sought to recast the political debate over a flood of…

AP Exclusive: Disabled often banned from voting

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD (LOS ANGELES, AP) — At a time when election officials are struggling to convince more Americans to vote, advocates for the disabled say thousands of people…

Men get draft notices 100 years after the fact

(WILKES-BARRE, Pa., AP) — The Selective Service System says a data glitch prompted it to send notices to several deceased men in Pennsylvania, ordering them to register for the nation’s…