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‘Polar vortex’ to blast frigid air over much of US

By CARSON WALKER (SIOUX FALLS, S.D., AP) — Winter is normally cold, but tundra-like temperatures are soon poised to deliver a rare and potentially dangerous sledgehammer blow to much of…

Doyle estate disputes use of Sherlock tales

By JASON KEYSER (CHICAGO, AP) — It’s the kind of puzzle that might have amused Sherlock Holmes himself. Now that copyright protections have expired on nearly all of Sir Arthur…

Mo. House speaker traveling state to tout agenda

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones is traveling across southern Missouri touting his agenda for the legislative session that starts Wednesday. Jones wants to focus on…

Clerk: Group has enough signatures for KCI vote

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — A group seeking to require voter approval for any new terminal at Kansas City International Airport has gathered enough signatures to place the proposal on…

Man dies after standoff with Kansas City police

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — A Kansas City man died after a nearly 4-hour standoff with police. The standoff in south Kansas City began at 11 p.m. Thursday when officers…

St. Louis considering changes for Soldiers Museum

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — St. Louis leaders are pursuing changes to the operations of the city-owned Soldiers Memorial Military Museum. The downtown museum’s collection of war letters, weapons, uniforms and…

NC politician writes resignation letter in Klingon

(INDIAN TRAIL, N.C., AP) — Call it a politician boldly going where no one has gone before. On Thursday, David Waddell used the Klingon language to write his letter of…