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Bills to allow religious student groups to restrict membership

by Leah Wankum Managing Editor State legislation being debated on the Senate and House floors would allow religious organizations at public colleges and universities to withhold membership based on the organizations’ beliefs. Rep. Denny Hoskins, of Warrensburg, said the bills in the House and the Senate are designed…

More than 12 hurt as stage collapses at Indiana high school

By LAURYN SCHROEDER (WESTFIELD, Ind., AP) — More than a dozen students suffered minor injuries after a stage filled with students collapsed during a musical performance at a central Indiana high school, authorities said Friday morning. Capt. Charles Hollowell of the Westfield Police Department said all of the…

50-year-old plant preparing for show before it dies

(KIRKSVILLE, Mo., AP) — It’s a final act Jack and the Beanstalk would appreciate. An approximately 50-year-old agave plant at Truman State University in Kirksville is entering its final stage, sending up a stalk so tall that maintenance personnel had to remove panels from the greenhouse ceiling so…

New Pentagon strategy warns of cyberwar capabilities

By LOLITA C. BALDOR (REDWOOD CITY, Calif., AP) — A new Pentagon cybersecurity strategy lays out for the…

Ex-CIA chief will be sentenced for leaking military secrets

(CHARLOTTE, N.C., AP) — Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an extramarital affair with…

US to announce plans to reduce agricultural carbon emissions

By JEFF KAROUB (DETROIT, AP) — Federal agricultural officials are planning to announce voluntary programs and initiatives for…

Missouri lawmaker proposes I-70 toll to maintain highways

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — A Missouri lawmaker has proposed that the state partner with a private company…

New York aims to cut waste by 90 percent by 2030

By JONATHON LAMIRE (NEW YORK, AP) — The nation’s biggest city, in a far-reaching effort to limit its…

With bird flu spreading, USDA starts on potential vaccine

By STEVE KARNOWSKI (MINNEAPOLIS, AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is working on a vaccine to counter…

Pope OKs resignation of US bishop for not reporting abuse

By NICOLE WINFIELD (VATICAN CITY, AP) — Pope Francis on Tuesday accepted the resignation of a U.S. bishop…

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