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    Columbia creates sanctuary for migratory monarch butterflies

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ Volunteers in Columbia, Missouri, have been working to create a sanctuary for millions of monarch butterflies that pass through the state as they migrate to and from Mexico. The Columbia Missourian (http://bit.ly/2lFO499A ) reports that efforts to plant milkweed and other native flowers on park land were boosted earlier this month when Columbia became the 16th city in the state to join the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge. On a recent Saturday, volunteers spent four […]

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    Watch LIVE video from the Oscars

    Stars are mixing high fashion with some advocacy on the Oscars red carpet. Several top nominees are sporting blue ribbons supporting the American Civil Liberties Union, including best actress nominee Ruth Negga and best original song nominee Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda brought his mother to the Oscars, and she also prominently displayed the ribbon. The ACLU is among the groups suing over a travel ban imposed by President Donald Trump’s administration that has been placed on hold by federal courts. Director […]

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    Kevin Harvick wins 2nd stage of Daytona 500

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Kevin Harvick has won the second stage of the Daytona 500, earning key points under NASCAR’s revamped race format. Harvick earned one playoff point and 10 driver points for leading the race through the first 120 laps. The stages in NASCAR’s biggest race are scheduled to end on laps 60, 120 and 200. Kyle Busch won the first stage but triggered a multi-car wreck and was knocked out of the race in the second. The […]

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    Joseph Wapner, unlikely TV star, dead at 97

    LOS ANGELES _ A family member says Joseph Wapner, who presided over “The People’s Court” with steady force during the heyday of the reality courtroom show, has died. He was 97. David Wapner said his father died Sunday at home in his sleep. He said his father was hospitalized a week ago with breathing problems and had been under home hospice care. “The People’s Court” was one of the granddaddies of the syndicated reality shows of today. Wapner decided real […]

  • President Trump Holds Joint Press Conference With Japanese PM Shinzo Abe

    Aide: Trump not elected to spend time with reporters, celebs

    WASHINGTON (AP) –The White House says that when President Donald Trump skips the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, expect him to spend that Saturday night in April “focused on what he can to do to help better America.” The dinner attracts politicians, journalists and celebrities and is typically attended by the president, who’s often roasted. Trump isn’t saying why he won’t be there. He has railed against “the fake news media,” saying it is “the enemy of the American people.” […]

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    Police: Man tied up family members, arrested after 1 escapes

    WILLOUGHBY, Ohio (AP)– Police near Cleveland say a 34-year-old man kidnapped three family members and was taken into custody after his aunt escaped a basement where she had been tied up. Authorities say the man was visiting his father Friday in Willoughby when he used chloroform to overpower him and then tied him up in the basement. Police say he lured his mother and aunt to the house where he tied them up, too. They say the aunt escaped Saturday […]

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    School event near Chicago sparks civil rights, race debate

    WINNETKA, Ill. (AP) –When a largely white public school nestled in Chicago’s wealthiest suburbs planned a daylong civil rights seminar, it drew award-winning authors and crafted a college-caliber syllabus. But New Trier High School has found itself stepping into the minefield of the national dialogue on race and civil rights. Some parents and conservative groups have deemed the event “radical” and “divisive.” Dueling petitions have circulated. Heated emails have piled up. Hundreds packed a school board meeting last week. Most […]

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    Springfield police praise new overdose antidote kits

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP)– Springfield police are crediting drug overdose antidote kits issued days ago with helping revive a 33-year-old woman. Springfield officers were issued kits Monday containing naloxone, often known by its brand name Narcan. The move was prompted by a state law requiring enforcement agencies receive training and carry the overdose antidote. Many states are battling an overdose epidemic involving the use of prescription opioids and illegal drugs like heroin. Springfield police say the woman had injected herself with […]

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    3rd suspect in shooting death of Chicago toddler denied bail

    CHICAGO (AP) –A third suspect in the shooting death of a 2-year-old boy and his 26-year-old uncle this month on Chicago’s West Side has been ordered held in jail without bail. Nineteen-year-old Jeremy Ellis appeared in court on charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder on Saturday. Two other men charged in the same shooting were also denied bond last week. Lavontay White Jr. was one of three children who were fatally shot in a two-day period earlier this […]

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    Johnson with double-double, Saint Louis edges Saint Joseph’s

    ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Jalen Johnson scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Mike Crawford hit a key 3-pointer, and Saint Louis edged Saint Joseph’s 61-60 with an unusual ending on Saturday. The Billikens were up 61-58 with five seconds left when Crawford missed a pair of free throws. The Hawks’ Jai Williams grabbed the rebound and passed to James Demery. Demery dribbled the floor and bypassed Brendan Casper, who was calling for the ball just outside the 3-point arc, […]

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    Mississippi slips past Missouri 80-77

    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) _ Deandre Burnett scored 28 points, Breein Tyree added 15 and Mississippi beat Missouri 80-77 on Saturday. Ole Miss (18-11, 9-7 Southeastern Conference) won its second straight after an overtime victory over Mississippi State on Tuesday. Missouri (7-21, 2-14) dropped its 34th straight road game. The Rebels had chances to put the game away but the Tigers managed to hang around, shooting 20 of 35 (57.1 percent) in the second half. Missouri missed two 3-pointers in the […]

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    New York Times to broadcast ‘truth’ ad during Academy Awards

    NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Times will air a commercial called “The Truth Is Hard” during the Oscars, just days after the company and other news organizations were blocked from joining an informal, on-the-record White House press briefing. The 30-second ad includes audio from voices in the vein of news clips, talking about certain “truths,” like “the truth is our nation is more divided than ever” to “the truth is the media is dishonest.” It premiered on YouTube […]