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Obama eats ribs with 4 KC letter writers

By NEDRA PICKLER (KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — President Barack Obama feasted on barbecue Tuesday with four people who wrote him letters in a trip to highlight the struggles of…

Obama prods Congress to fix corporate loopholes

By NEDRA PICKLER (KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — President Barack Obama is prodding Congress to close corporate tax loopholes and take other action before going on summer break this week…

Sen. Blunt touts renewal of child advocacy law

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt says the passage of federal legislation should provide assistance to Missouri centers that aid child victims of violent crimes. The legislation…

Shelling of UN school kills 15 as Gaza war rages

By KARIN LAUB and PETER ENAV (JEBALIYA REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip, AP) — Israeli tank shells slammed into a crowded U.N. school sheltering Gazans displaced by fighting on Wednesday, killing 15…