IN HEADLINES TODAY: Joplin, New Orleans disaster survivors team up

Monday, March 12, 2012 | 8:37 p.m. CDT

Here are some of today's top stories in Missouri, the nation and around the world according to the Associated Press:

Missouri | Joplin, New Orleans work together to overcome disasters

Despite differences in location and culture, similar devastation from natural disasters has brought groups from Joplin and New Orleans together in pursuit of the best way forward. The two cities are forging an unlikely partnership that could change the way other American cities prepare for and recover from the next unexpected blow by nature.

Nation | Federal government releases health overhaul blueprint for states

On Monday, President Barack Obama's administration finalized a health care blueprint for new state-based markets. Starting Jan. 1, 2014, new health insurance markets called "exchanges" must be up and running in every state. Individual consumers and small businesses will be able to shop online for competitively priced coverage, and many will receive government subsidies to help pay premiums.

Nation | Justice Department opposes Texas voter ID law

A photo ID requirement for voters in Texas could disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of registered Hispanics, the U.S. Justice Department declared in a filing with a federal court in Washington, D.C. The new photo ID requirements in several states have become a point of contention in the 2012 elections. Liberal groups say the push for these requirements is led by Republicans aiming to disenfranchise people who tend to vote Democrat. Advocates say the laws are needed to prevent voter fraud. 

World | Afghanistan shootings further dent Americans' support for war

A U.S. soldier is accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians, including nine sleeping children, over the weekend. The shootings occurred as public support for the war in Afghanistan is waning, but the Obama administration and its allies insisted Monday that the incident would not lead to an early end to the war.

'AP News Minute'

Here are the top stories from the AP, including the above and more, summarized in about a minute:

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