Royals' Santana loses control against Yankees

Ervin Santana walked three batters in an inning for the first time in a year and failed to pitch through the sixth for the first time this season in the Kansas City Royals' deflating 8-4 loss to the New York Yankees on Thursday.

Deal on student loans stumbles on costs

Efforts to restore student loan rates to 3.4 percent were abandoned in favor of a new compromise that bears many similarities with a bill that House Republicans have passed and with President Barack Obama's budget proposal.

Jury in Zimmerman trial may consider lesser charge

Because of the judge's ruling, the six jurors will have three options when they start deliberations as early as Friday: guilty of second-degree murder, guilty of manslaughter and not guilty.

Report: National forest trails poorly maintained

A government watchdog agency has found that hiking trails on national forests suffer from a $314 million backlog in maintenance, with only a quarter of the 158,000 miles of trails meeting national quality standards.

Microsoft reshuffles company structure

CEO Steve Ballmer said in a memo to employees Thursday that the changes mean the company is "rallying behind a single strategy" and organizing by function. While it has been widely anticipated, it's too early to tell how well the reorganization will help Microsoft compete with more nimble rivals such as Apple and Google.

Q-and-A: Latest health law fight: Battle of mandates

Under President Barack Obama's big overhaul, most people will be required to have insurance starting next Jan. 1, and larger businesses were supposed to offer affordable health care to their employees who average 30 hours of work a week.

Egypt to investigate Morsi for 2011 jailbreak

The question of whether Hamas helped Morsi and others escape amid the chaos surrounding the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak has been debated in the media for months and proved a political headache for Morsi during his one-year rule as Egypt's first freely elected president.

CIA let 9/11 prisoner design vacuum cleaner

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed had endured the most brutal of the CIA's harsh interrogation methods and had confessed to a career of atrocities. But the agency had no long-term plan for him. Someday, he might prove useful again. Perhaps, he'd even stand trial one day.

2011 Missouri disasters cost $36M — far less than expected

Gov. Jay Nixon had set aside $150 million for disaster aid in 2011, but it's not clear where the remaining money went.

Gov. Nixon vetoes Missouri highway designation

The legislation would have designated part of Interstate 70 between Columbia and St. Louis as "Graham's Picnic Rock Highway."

Nixon signs Missouri special-needs scholarships

The measure requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to seek grants and donations to be used for scholarships for special-needs children.

Missouri energy loan program tops $100M

The loans are available to public schools and colleges, local governments, water and sewage treatment facilities and some hospitals.

Missouri to seek proposals to operate license offices

The offices process vehicle registrations and driver's licenses and collect vehicle sales taxes.