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Bergdahl describes maltreatment at the hands of the Taliban

By MICHAEL BIESECKER (RALEIGH, N.C., AP) — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says he was tortured in the five years he was held captive by the Taliban, beaten with a copper…

Missouri man catches record-sized paddlefish

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — A Missouri man says he fought for nearly 30 minutes before landing a state-record paddlefish last week. The Missouri Department of Conservation says the fish…

2 camels, 2 cows stolen from mid-Missouri

(COLUMBIA, Mo., AP) — Boone County authorities are looking for two stolen camels. The double-hump male camels were stolen along with two steers from a farm in Columbia. They were…

Ex-prosecutor of exonerated death row inmate pens apology

By KEVIN McGILL (NEW ORLEANS, AP) — It was a long journey of conscience for a former Louisiana prosecutor. He went from celebrating a death sentence with rounds of drinks…

Picasso valued at $140M heading to NYC auction

(NEW YORK, AP) — Christie’s auction house has announced it will offer a 1955 masterpiece by Pablo Picasso for an estimated $140 million. “Women of Algiers (Version O)” will hit…

NY marks 25th anniversary of social club fire that killed 87

By VERENA DOBNIK (NEW YORK, AP) — Twenty-five years ago, what was then the biggest mass murder in U.S. history turned a New York City dance club into a smoky,…

2 camels, 2 cows stolen from mid-Missouri

(COLUMBIA, Mo., AP) — Boone County authorities are looking for two stolen camels. The double-hump male camels were stolen along with two steers from a farm in Columbia. They were…

State bills would limit access to officer body camera videos

By RYAN J. FOLEY (IOWA CITY, Iowa, AP) — State legislators are pushing to make it much harder to release police officer body camera videos, undermining their promise as a…

Schools nationwide struggle with substitute teacher shortage

By TOM COYNE (SOUTH BEND, Ind., AP) — Carrie Swing wasn’t alarmed when her fifth-grade daughter, Ivy, spent a day in a first-grade classroom at her San Francisco school, filling…

Missouri Senate committee passes student transfer bill

By SUMMER BALLENTINE (JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — A House bill aimed at helping students switch to better-performing schools without sending struggling districts to financial ruin under Missouri’s student transfer…