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5 things to know after Chargers earn playoff spot

By BERNIE WILSON (SAN DIEGO, AP) — The San Diego Chargers are back in the playoffs after a three-year drought. Few people gave them a chance to get there when…

Book features Joplin tornado experiences

(JOPLIN, Mo., AP) — Joplin leaders share their stories about the 2011 tornado and the recovery efforts that followed in a newly published book. The Joplin Globe (http://bit.ly/1cxdVEJ) reports the…

MU awaits state funding for teaching winery

(COLUMBIA, Mo., AP) — The University of Missouri-Columbia has raised half of the $3 million it needs to build a teaching winery. The Columbia Missourian (http://bit.ly/19vvi4k) reports that the university…

Teachers find home visits help in the classroom

By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER (ST. LOUIS, AP) — In days gone by, a knock on the door by a teacher or school official used to mean a child was in…

Mo. school holds prayer sessions despite complaint

(FAYETTE, Mo., AP) — Fayette High School continues to hold prayer sessions despite a legal complaint that claims the sessions are unconstitutional. Fayette Superintendent Tamara Kimball says district administrators haven’t…

Federal health care sign-ups pass 1 million mark

By JOSH LEDERMAN and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR (HONOLULU, AP) — The Obama administration says its rehabilitated health insurance website has seen a December surge in customer sign-ups, pushing enrollment past the…

Report: 70 journalists killed on the job in 2013

By DAVID B. CARUSO (NEW YORK, AP) — At least 70 journalists were killed on the job around the world in 2013, including 29 who died covering the civil war…

Kenneth Lee Forste

Kenneth Lee Forste, 57, of Centerview, Mo., died Friday, Dec. 27 at Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg. Kenneth was born July 31, 1956, in Kansas City, Mo., the son…