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Cincinnati cop pleads not guilty to murder in traffic stop

By LISA CORNWELL and DAN SEWELL (CINCINNATI, AP) — A University of Cincinnati police officer who shot a motorist after stopping him over a missing front license plate pleaded not guilty…

Health care spending to accelerate, US report says

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR (WASHINGTON, AP) — It’s lasted six years. But now welcome relief from rising U.S. health care costs seems to be winding down. Health care spending will outpace…

House, Senate move toward passage of transportation patch

By JOAN LOWY (WASHINGTON, AP) — The House and Senate are moving toward passage of a three-month patch to keep federal highway and transit aid flowing to states while lawmakers…

Weapons unaccounted for at Missouri sheriff’s department

(OZARK, Mo., AP) — A report from the Christian County Sheriff’s Department says federal authorities are working with the department to determine why some of the department’s fully automatic weapons…

Man accused in lion death says he thought hunt was legal

By BRIAN BAKST and AMY FORLITI (BLOOMINGTON, Minn., AP) — A Minnesota dentist who went on a guided bow hunting trip for big game in Zimbabwe said that he had no…

6 days missing: Search area for missing teens boaters grows

By TAMARA LUSH (ABOVE THE ATLANTIC OCEAN, AP) — As the search for two missing teen boaters from Florida entered its sixth day, Coast Guard crews on Wednesday extended the…

6 University of Missouri students confirmed with mumps

(COLUMBIA, Mo., AP) — Lab results have confirmed that six University of Missouri students came down with the mumps, while a seventh suspected case came back negative. The Columbia Daily…

Missouri patrol says accidents, drownings increased

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — The Missouri State Highway Patrol says more people have drowned already in the state this year than in all of 2014. The patrol also said…

Dog attack in Greenwood leaves child hospitalized

(GREENWOOD, Mo., AP) — A dog attack in western Missouri has left a toddler hospitalized. Greenwood police said they were called to the home Saturday after the dog attacked the…

Missouri River race to St. Louis begins

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — About 600 paddlers are headed east down the Missouri River to St. Charles for the start of the Missouri 340 race. The Kansas City Star…