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Centene loses personal, health data of 950,000 members

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — Health insurer Centene Corp. says it is missing half a dozen hard drives that contain the personal and health information of roughly 950,000 clients. The St. Louis-based company…

Super Bowl 50: Residents list rentals at super-sized prices

By JANIE HAR Associated Press (SAN FRANCISCO, AP) — In the San Francisco Bay Area, where high housing costs are notorious, residents looking to make a quick buck are offering to rent…

Case seeking cancer screenings for smokers heads to trial

By DENISE LAVOIE Associated Press (BOSTON, AP) — A decade after a group of smokers from Massachusetts sued Philip Morris USA to try to force the cigarette maker to pay for lung…

US seeks to limit methane gas ‘flaring’ at drilling sites

By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — The Obama administration on Friday proposed new rules to clamp down on oil companies that burn off natural gas on public land, arguing the…

Missouri unemployment rate falls to 4.4 percent

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — Missouri’s unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest point in more than a decade. The state Department of Economic Development announced Wednesday that Missouri’s seasonally…

Court overturns tobacco company victory over FDA on menthols

By MATTHEW PERRONE Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that tobacco companies had no basis to challenge a Food and Drug Administration report on menthol cigarettes, which…

Noranda slashing over half of smelter workforce

(NEW MADRID, Mo., AP) — More than half of the 850 employees at a southeast Missouri aluminum plant are being laid off. And the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (bit.ly/1Psqilb) reports that Noranda Aluminum…

Missouri seeks refunds of Macaroni Grill gift cards

(SPRINGFIELD, Mo., AP) — The Missouri attorney general’s office says people who bought gift cards from any Missouri Romano’s Macaroni Grill locations in 2014 can receive a refund of remaining balances. The…

Paris cafe reopens after attacks as wounded city revives

By SILVIE CORBET Associated Press (PARIS, AP) — With the blood and bullets now swept away, the Carillon cafe is reopening its doors for the first time since it was among the…

Kansas City couple gives $2 million to University of Kansas

(LAWRENCE, Kan., AP) — The University of Kansas will use a $2 million donation from a Kansas City, Missouri, couple to establish an architecture scholarship and to help a reading…