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Jacqueline Kennedy’s notes to designers up for auction

By JENNIFER KAY (WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., AP) — In private, even the stylish former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis admitted to tiring of the all-black attire long considered chic…

Obama seeks laws on data hacking, student privacy

By JULIE PACE (WASHINGTON, AP) — President Barack Obama wants Congress to pass legislation requiring companies to inform customers within 30 days if their data has been hacked, a move…

Libraries lending telescopes to read the night sky

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — Public libraries in the St. Louis area are loaning telescopes to residents so they can read the night sky. Cardholders 18 years or older can rent…

Public TV brings state art collection to life

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) — Public television stations in Missouri are working together to broadcast a documentary on the public art on display at the Missouri Capitol. KMOS-TV, in partnership with Ozarks…

FAA grants permits for agriculture, real estate drones

By JOAN LOWY (WASHINGTON, AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday issued permits to use drones to monitor crops and photograph properties for sale, marking the first time permission…

New Congress getting sworn in with GOP in charge

By ERICA WERNER (WASHINGTON, AP) — Republicans are assuming full control of Congress for the first time in eight years in a day of pomp, circumstance and raw politics beneath…

‘War Horse’ actor set to visit UCM

An a professional actor from the production of “War Horse” is scheduled to visit the University of Central Missouri as a guest artist Jan. 15-17. Andrew Veenstra is the Meridith Harmon…

Piano stores closing as fewer children taking up instrument

By DAVID PITT (BETTENDORF, Iowa, AP) — When Jim Foster opened his piano store 30 years ago, he had 10 competitors selling just pianos. When he closed Foster Family Music…

US off war footing at year’s end, but wars go on

By ROBERT BURNS and DEB RIECHMANN (WASHINGTON, AP) — Taking America off a permanent war footing is proving harder than President Barack Obama may have suggested. U.S. troops are back in…

Beach parties, fireworks: World rings in new year

The Associated Press After a turbulent year marred by terror woes, Ebola outbreaks and a horrific series of airline disasters, many could be forgiven for saying good riddance to 2014…