IN HEADLINES TODAY: Apple to give dividends; gunman kills four in France

Monday, March 19, 2012 | 10:11 p.m. CDT; updated 10:55 p.m. CDT, Monday, March 19, 2012

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

Missouri | Supporters for Romney, Paul form alliance against Santorum

Earlier this year, Rick Santorum was the only Republican candidate to campaign in Missouri before the state's nonbinding presidential primary; he went on to win all 114 counties plus the city of St. Louis. However, on Saturday, Santorum was thwarted across most of the state thanks in large part to an alliance formed by the supporters of Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.

Nation | Romney, Santorum campaign in Illinois

Republican front-runner Romney currently has more delegates than his opponents combined, but he is still looking for the knockout punch. He hopes to find it Tuesday in President Barack Obama's home state of Illinois. Both candidates have vowed to stay in the race until the national convention in August, but in recent weeks Romney has been able to slowly gain some distance between Santorum and the other Republican candidates.

Nation | Apple CEO Tim Cook decides to give stockholders dividends

On Monday, new Apple CEO Tim Cook made a move to show he is willing to go against the philosophy of Steve Jobs. Cook announced Apple will begin giving stockholders quarterly dividends as well as offer a stock-buyback program. The dividend is estimated to cost Apple $10 billion the first year.

World | Shooting at Jewish school in France leaves four dead

A gunman who rode in on a motorbike opened fire at Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse, France, on Monday. Those killed were identified as a 30-year-old rabbi; his two sons, a 5-year-old and a 4-year-old; and the 7-year-old daughter of the school's principal.

'AP News Minute'

Here are the top stories from the AP summarized in about a minute:

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