Mark McGwire to become new Dodgers hitting coach

Mark McGwire was hired Wednesday by the Los Angeles Dodgers to replace Dave Hansen and improve an offense that struggled last season when All-Star slugger Matt Kemp was hobbled by injuries. The Dodgers were 13th in the National League in runs scored and RBIs and 15th in home runs.

Despite national election results, NCAA will not relax drug standards

Spokesman Erik Christianson wrote in an email to The Associated Press that the NCAA's drug-testing rules are not affected by state laws.

Chiefs' Quinn recovers from concussion, will sit out another game

Quinn has been ruled out for Kansas City's game Monday night at Pittsburgh. It will be the second straight game he's missed since becoming the starting quarterback.

Proposition B foe says proposed tax hike was too steep

Ron Leone, head of the Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association, said the tax increase would cost Missouri its competitive advantage in the cigarette market.

Rams players returning from injury in time for key matchups

The Rams (3-5) are getting a lot healthier on offense heading into the second half of the season, with wide receiver Danny Amendola also expected back from injury and center Scott Wells returning to practice for the first time since the opener

ArtTalk: Holiday exhibit at PS:Gallery accepting submissions

Amy Meyer, associate curator at PS:Gallery, talks about the Holiday Hang-ups Exhibit in the PS "Hallery." Submissions are due Saturday.

Analysis: Obama wins but Washington unchanged

If Obama cannot end gridlock, his second term will be reduced to veto threats, empty promises, end runs around Congress and legacy-sealing forays into foreign lands.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Obama must lead a still-divided nation forward

Despite a bruising campaign, voters showed a willingness to let Obama continue the slow but upward trajectory the nation has followed since he took office.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: It's official: Missouri likes the middle

Those voters sent a message loud and clear on Tuesday: They are happy in the middle.

Missouri Republicans claim veto-proof majority in state legislature

Complete but unofficial returns show the GOP apparently will have 110 seats in the 163-member House.

Same-sex marriage, marijuana backed in historic votes

The outcomes of the marriage votes could influence the U.S. Supreme Court, which will soon consider whether to take up cases challenging the law that denies federal recognition to same-sex marriages.

New York, New Jersey prepare for new storm after Sandy

In New Jersey, winds were kicking up Wednesday morning and some battered shore communities were ordering mandatory evacuations for later in the day.

FROM READERS: Presidential race inspires young people to be great

I appreciate the fact that so many students on campus were dedicated to this year’s race for the presidency.

Re-elected Obama thanks voters, promises better days ahead

President Barack Obama rolled to re-election Tuesday night and spoke to thousands of cheering voters in Chicago. Earlier, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney conceded the election during a speech in Boston.