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Congress targets fed workers' pensions for savings

Federal workers say they've been singled out for a painful hit in the congressional budget deal, which the House approved last Thursday and the Senate is expected to complete this week.

 

FDA seeks tougher rules on antibacterial soaps

Regulators at the Food and Drug Administration said they are revisiting the safety of chemicals such as triclosan in light of recent studies suggesting the substances can interfere with hormone levels and spur the growth of drug-resistant bacteria.

Relative: Mandela signer in group that burned men

Thamsanqa Jantjie never went to trial for the 2003 killings when other suspects did in 2006 because authorities determined he was not mentally fit to stand trial, said four sources.

UN: $12.9 billion in aid needed in 2014

The aid is to be provided by 500 organizations, including the main U.N. agencies for food, refugees and children.

Report: Many private college presidents make more than $1 million annually

The median compensation was more than $400,000 in 2011, a slight increase from the year before, according to most recent data.

Venerable cowboy ranch in Kansas City auctions supplies

Benjamin Ranch will be torn down Jan. 1 to make room for a Cerner Corp. office development, marking the end of an operation that started as a dairy farm more than 125 years ago.

Missouri basketball pulls away late to defeat Western Michigan

Missouri struggled all night to pull away from Western Michigan. Missouri coach Frank Haith is looking for his team, which is now 10-0, to get more consistent in its execution.

False burglary alarms keep Columbia police busy, but solutions elusive

The Columbia Police Department spends a lot of time responding to security alarms, which are false about 96.5 percent of the time. At a time when there are too few police on the street, there's a will to find a better way but no perfect alternative.

 

'A Symphony of Toys' collects gifts for those in need

The Missouri Symphony Orchestra played a compilation of traditional holiday music at this year's "A Symphony of Toys." Children and students received free admission if they donated new, unwrapped toys. The toys from this year's concert will be donated and distributed by Toys for Tots.

DEAR READER: Missourian drops team's nickname

From now on, except in direct quotes where the word is used, the Missourian will not refer to the Washington, D.C., professional football team by its nickname.

THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Bitcoin mining, Missouri football and the Cotton Bowl and a lottery win

Stories about an unauthorized Bitcoin operation at MU, recollections of the 2007 Missouri Tigers season as the current team heads to the Cotton Bowl were among the most read last week.

THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Snowfall, commencement ceremonies and a cat show

Images of a cat show, MU commencement ceremonies and a blanket of snow in Columbia captured the attention of Missourian photographers this week.

Furnace malfunction causes small airport fire, flights not affected

Employees were evacuated and were back in the building within an hour. No passengers were present at the time.

Priority roads in Columbia clear after Saturday's snowfall

Priority roads in Columbia remained clear Sunday morning after crews spent Saturday plowing and treating roads.

Missouri basketball's Jordan Clarkson leads SEC in scoring

The Tulsa transfer is emerging as an important contributor for the undefeated Missouri basketball team.

Sheriff's Department investigates burglary report

Deputies were dispatched to the Kwik BP convenience store, 5701 St. Charles Road, at about 3:18 a.m. Sunday in response to a front door alarm.

Mandela buried in rolling hills of South Africa

In keeping with Xhosa traditions, Mandela's casket was brought to Qunu Saturday draped in a lion skin, an honor bestowed on those of a high rank like Mandela, who is the son of a traditional clan chief.

ANALYSIS: Boeing bid could impact Missouri regardless

Even if Missouri loses, the effort to lure Boeing could have implications for the state's economy, finances and labor policies in the future.

 

Rams delay Saints' postseason plans with 27-16 win

The Saints (10-4) missed their first chance to clinch a playoff berth, trailing 24-3 at the half.

Chiefs clinch playoffs with 56-31 win vs. Raiders

With Sunday's win over the Raiders, the Kansas City Chiefs become the fourth team ever to make the playoffs a year after losing at least 14 games. Kansas City (11-3) is tied for first place in the AFC West with Denver.

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