IN HEADLINES TODAY: Missouri House discusses workplace discrimination law; Facebook buys Instragram

Monday, April 9, 2012 | 9:58 p.m. CDT; updated 12:23 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 25, 2012

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

Missouri | Missouri House panel to consider workplace discrimination legislation

Last month, Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, vetoed a measure that would have changed the legal standard for workers who bring wrongful termination lawsuits. The bill would have also limited punitive damages brought against people who report wrongdoings at their jobs. House Republicans say they don't have enough votes right now to override the veto, but a House panel is to hear two bills Tuesday that could help the GOP circumnavigate the veto.

Nation | Facebook buying photo-share app Instagram for $1 billion

Facebook is purchasing the photo-sharing and social networking company Instagram in Facebook's largest acquisition yet. Instagram is a mobile app that allows users to take photos, alter them with filters that make photos look like they were taken on Polaroid film or with a 1970s-era camera and lets users share these photos with followers. The company is currently a small start-up with only a handful of employees. However, the app has a user base of more than 30 million people and was chosen as by Apple iPhone App of the Year in 2011.

Nation | 5 reasons the US job market might be weakening

Some economists brushed off news that U.S. hiring slowed in March, claiming unseasonably warm weather in January and February caused construction companies and other employers to make hires earlier in the year than they normally would. However, other economists list five other reasons for March's hiring decline: slow economic growth, higher gas prices, decreasing incomes, an exodus from the labor force and a game of catch-up with the job market prior to the Great Recession.

Nation | Autism research may be about to bear fruit

In the past decade, more than $1 billion has been spent researching autism. The search for the cause of the disorder has been extensive, but some scientists in the field say they are seeing the beginning of an influx of reports that could strengthen some theories and nix others— and perhaps precede new drugs. Geraldine Dawson, a psychologist and chief science officer for the advocacy group Autism Speaks, said that within the next three to five years it will be much clearer to see how environmental and genetic factors combine to cause autism.

Nation | Study: White-nose syndrome in bats came from Europe

"White-nose syndrome," a disease that has killed millions of bats in the United States and Canada over the past several years, was caused by a fungus not previously found in North America. The fungus, native to Europe, might have traveled to North America on tourists' clothing. Although the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome is not harmful to humans, people can transport the spores. More than 5.7 million bats have died in North America since the syndrome was first detected in a cave in upstate New York.

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