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Boston Marathon bombing investigation extends to Russia

U.S. investigators hope to gain more information through contact with the parents of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev in Russia.

Cardinals beat Strasburg, Nationals 4-2 for sweep

The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Washington Nationals 4-2 on Wednesday afternoon, completing the three-game sweep.

Cautious relief in Midwest as river levels fall

Peoria Heights, Ill., leaders are reluctant to issue an all-clear because of the significant pressure that extended high water levels can put on levees.

 

UPDATE: Missouri House tries to outlaw the enforcement of federal gun laws

House Republicans assert that federal gun policies and proposals infringe on the Second Amendment rights to bear arms.

 

Missouri Department of Social Services backs down on welfare contract

The contract aimed to move people from welfare programs onto federal disability payments.

10 things to know for Wednesday, April 24

A relative of Tamerlan Tsarnaev says the bombing suspect was steered toward a strict strain of Islam. In other news, charges have been dropped against the suspect accused of sending poison-filled letters to President Barack Obama.

Chiefs could make rare choice of offensive tackle at No. 1

Since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, only twice has an offensive lineman been selected first overall in the draft — Orlando Pace in 1997 and Jake Long in 2008.

Missouri House bill bars copying death scene photos

Copies could not be made of anything depicting a deceased person who was dismembered, decapitated, mutilated or whose genitals were exposed.

Missouri House passes bill seeking to put photo IDs on welfare cards

The bill would also prohibit welfare recipients from spending cash benefits at casinos, liquor stores and adult entertainment establishments.

Poll: Aging Americans in denial about long-term care need

The poll found that two-thirds of people 40 and over have done little to no planning for the pricey reality of aging.

MU doctor training program in Joplin resumes

The May 2011 tornado destroyed housing for university medical students who were training with physicians in southwest Missouri.

Tigers top Royals and Valverde returns

With the return of Jose Valverde, Detroit rallied to beat Kansas City 7-5.

Cowboys Stadium to host first championship game in College Football Playoff

A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Arlington, Texas, has beaten out Tampa, Fla., in the bidding to be the site of the first title game in the new playoff system.

Missouri House backs amendment on parental rights

The amendment's sponsor, House member Todd Richardson, says it is prompted partly by a desire to protect the rights of parents to educate their children at home.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Senate repeats message already heard

The Revenue agency was directed last week by Gov. Jay Nixon to stop making copies of concealed weapons permits. It also will delete all previously scanned permit information from state computers.

Joplin schools settle tornado debris lawsuit

Urban Metropolitan of Atlanta, Ga., alleged in the lawsuit that it was required to do work not included in the original contract.

Poet restarts production at Missouri plant

The 45 million-gallon-per-year ethanol plant suspended operations in February, primarily due to a lack of available corn from last year's drought.

Missouri bill would let state workers carry guns in car

The House has already passed the measure, and Sen. Brian Nieves said he wanted the Senate committee tovote on it Wednesday.

Sen. McCaskill cites Akin in South Carolina fundraising appeal

McCaskill sent a fundraising email Tuesday on behalf of Elizabeth Colbert Busch, who faces former Republican Gov. Mark Sanford in a special U.S. House election in South Carolina.

Victim in fatal shooting received $4.9 million settlement after 2005 fire

After receiving severe burns in a fire in his apartment in 2005, Daniels won $4.9 million in a civil suit against the management company, alleging that the smoke detectors didn't work due to improper maintenance.

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