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Michelle Obama boosts pollinating insects at garden harvest

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE (WASHINGTON, AP) — Michelle Obama said Wednesday that it’s important to help bees, butterflies and other creatures that spread the pollen that helps food grow. She also…

Christie’s to sell works by Monet, Chagall, Picasso in June

(LONDON, AP) — Christie’s auction house is offering works by Claude Monet, Rene Magritte, Joan Miro, Marc Chagall and Pablo Picasso this month amid a voracious global appetite for impressionist…

FBI behind mysterious surveillance aircraft over US cities

By JACK GILLUM, EILEEN SULLIVAN and ERIC TUCKER (WASHINGTON, AP) — The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times,…

Senate takes up House bill but fails to avoid spying lapse

By KEN DILANIAN (WASHINGTON, AP) — In a remarkable turnaround, Senate Republicans have agreed to debate a House bill that would overhaul the National Security Agency’s handling of Americans’ calling…

Toughest words aren’t tough enough for 2 spelling bee champs

By BEN NUCKOLS (OXON HILL, Md., AP) — For the second straight year, the Scripps National Spelling Bee ended with co-champions each holding onto one side of the golden trophy…

Missouri school moves contentious statue of Native Americans

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — A controversial statue has been relocated by Saint Louis University after complaints from faculty and students that it symbolizes white supremacy. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1BqrhvV)…

US returns 25 looted artifacts to Italy

By NICOLE WINFIELD (ROME, AP) — The United States on Tuesday officially returned 25 artifacts looted over the decades from Italy, including Etruscan vases, 1st-century frescoes and precious books that…

Vocabulary test takes away some National Spelling Bee drama

By BEN NUCKOLS (WASHINGTON, AP) — For viewers of last year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee, one of the most surprising results came courtesy of a test nobody saw. Vanya Shivashankar…

Essay: Experimenting with color, shape, line

Editor’s note: This is the final story in a series of essays written by University of Central Missouri students about the work of a graduating art major’s senior show. By…

Jennies begin softball World Series in Oklahoma

By ALEX AGUEROS Sports Editor (digitalBURG) – For most, a Florida vacation is a time to relax on the beach. But the Central Missouri softball team was hard at work…