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Mo. to start screening newborns for heart disease

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — Missouri is preparing to start screening every newborn baby for a heart disease that can cause developmental delays or death if left untreated. The screenings…

Christmas trees become fish habitat in lakes

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — Used Christmas trees can be donated as homes for fish as part of a Missouri Department of Conservation program. The department uses the natural trees to…

MDC adds about 200 acres to conservation area

(SPRINGFIELD, Mo., AP) — Nearly 200 acres has been added to a wildlife area in southwest Missouri. The Springfield News-Leader reports (http://sgfnow.co/1dEHiD2) the Missouri Department of Conservation bought 199 acres…

In Christmas tradition, Obama honors US military

By JOSH LEDERMAN (KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii, AP) — President Barack Obama stepped away from the seclusion of his quiet Hawaii vacation for what’s become a Christmas tradition: paying tribute to…

May be Friday before power back in Maine, Mich.

(LITCHFIELD, Maine, AP) — Some homes and businesses from Maine to Michigan and into Canada that have been without electricity since last weekend’s ice may not get their power back…