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University of Missouri frat suspended over 2nd hazing report

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP, Oct. 5, 2016) — The University of Missouri is investigating a report of hazing involving excessive alcohol at a fraternity that had been disciplined earlier this semester for another alcohol-related hazing incident, a university...

 

Report cites barriers to more diverse police departments

WASHINGTON (AP, Oct. 5, 2016) — A lack of trust in law enforcement and burdensome hiring criteria are among the barriers to creating more diverse police agencies, according to a federal report Wednesday. The report, from the Justice Department's...

 

Fox anchor, Hasbro end suit over toy hamster with same name

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP, Oct. 5, 2016) — A Fox News anchor has settled a $5 million lawsuit against Hasbro over a plastic toy hamster that shared her name and that she said was designed to look like her. Harris Faulkner, who hosts the show...

 

Judges ask tough questions in Dakota Access pipeline appeal

WASHINGTON (AP, Oct. 5, 2016) — A federal appeals court panel had tough questions Wednesday for opponents of the $3.8 billion, four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline who are arguing to keep a temporary stop of construction in place for a small...

 

University of Missouri offers new Middle East studies minor

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP, Oct. 5, 2016) — The University of Missouri is now offering a minor in Middle East studies. The new program, which started this fall, will allow students to choose 15 credit hours from 11 disciplines, including art, archaeology,...

 

Missouri governor reverses $12M of budget cuts

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP, Oct. 5, 2016) — Missouri schools will get additional money because Gov. Jay Nixon has decided to reverse a few of the budget cuts he made earlier this year. Nixon on Wednesday released about $12 million of previously...

 

Monsanto reports better-than-expected results

ST. LOUIS (AP, Oct. 5, 2016) — Monsanto, which is in the process of being bought by Bayer, reported better-than-expected results for its most recent quarter as sales of its corn and soybean seeds rose. Last month, German medicine and farm chemical...

 

Arkansas governor announces planned pardons, commutations

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP, Oct. 5, 2016) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson plans to grant nine pardons and two commutations to convicts. Hutchinson's office said Wednesday that each pardon applicant has completed all jail time and parole and probation...

 

Clown hoaxes force police to check pranks for real threats

STORRS, Conn. (AP, Oct. 5, 2016) — Carrying golf clubs, shovels and hockey sticks, several hundred University of Connecticut students gathered just before midnight in a cemetery, ready to do battle with menacing clowns they had heard might be...

 

Texas man who killed 2 neighbors set to die

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP, Oct. 5, 2016) — An East Texas man set to die for killing a neighbor couple 13 years ago during a shooting frenzy remains adamant about moving forward with his execution. Barney Fuller Jr. has told prison officials he's not...

 

Ex-Baylor official: School undermined sex assault probes

DALLAS (AP, Oct. 5, 2016) — The former Title IX coordinator at Baylor University said Wednesday that top campus leaders undermined her efforts to investigate sexual assault claims and were more concerned with protecting the Baylor "brand" than the...

 

Black Texas inmate seems likely to win at Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP, Oct. 5, 2016) — The Supreme Court left little doubt Wednesday that it will side with a black Texas prison inmate who argues improper testimony about his race tainted his death sentence. The justices often are divided on death...

 

4 uterus transplants from live donors done in Texas; 3 fail

Texas doctors have done the first womb transplants using live donors in the United States. Four women who had been born without a uterus received one in operations last month at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. Three of the wombs have had...

 

Campaign to give workers paid sick leave gains momentum

NEW YORK (AP, Oct. 5, 2016) — The campaign to give workers paid time off when they're sick is picking up momentum. A bill that would give workers for the Illinois county that includes Chicago one hour of paid sick time for each 40 hours they work w...

 

Food prices are falling. How are shoppers benefiting?

NEW YORK (AP, Oct. 5, 2016) — Food prices are falling, but how is that translating to your grocery bill? The cost of groceries is down an average of about 2 percent over the past year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, including a...

 

Carnegie Robotics, Danish firm team on robot floor scrubber

PITTSBURGH (AP, Oct. 5, 2016) — It's like a Roomba, but on steroids. Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Robotics LLC and Nilfisk, a Danish floor cleaning company, announced Tuesday the launch of an unmanned industrial floor scrubber and dryer. Officials...

 

'Smart speakers' are angling to colonize your living room

NEW YORK (AP, Oct. 5, 2016) — Does your home really need a "smart speaker" that can answer questions, call you an Uber, turn off the lights or play music when you ask? You may be about to find out. Two years ago, Amazon introduced the Amazon Echo,...

 

Couple leaves $7.2M to Mississippi State veterinary school

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP, Oct. 5, 2016) — A deceased couple's estate has gifted Mississippi State University $7.2 million to endow scholarships for veterinary students. MSU announced the gift from the estate of the late Charles and Viola Bardsley...

 
 By David Pitt    Regional    October 6, 2016

Our freezers runneth over: Explaining the US food surplus

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP, Oct. 5, 2016) — Warehouses, distribution centers and grocery stores are overflowing with some food staples, such as milk, eggs and frozen fruits and vegetables, the result of increased production and decreased exports. Take da...

 

Utah man charged $40 for 'skin-to-skin' contact with newborn

SALT LAKE CITY (AP, Oct. 5, 2016) — Ryan Grassley discovered a perplexing charge on a hospital bill for the recent birth of his son: Nearly $40 for "skin to skin" contact after his wife gave birth via cesarean section. Amused by the bill, he...

 

Indiana jail being sued adopts halal meal plan for Muslims

LEBANON, Ind. (AP, Oct. 5, 2016) — A central Indiana jail that was sued by a Muslim inmate announced Wednesday that it is now providing a diet that follows Islamic dietary laws. The Boone County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday its jail has adopted...

 

How long can people live? New study suggests there's a limit

LOS ANGELES (AP, Oct. 5, 2016) — Just how long can people live? New research suggests there may be a limit to our life span — one that's hard to extend without some sort of breakthrough that fixes all age-related problems. The record for the...

 
 By Joe Mandak    Regional    October 6, 2016

Feds: Some coroners thwarting drug overdose data efforts

PITTSBURGH (AP, Oct. 5, 2016) — Some of the state's coroners, often in less-populated, more rural counties, are thwarting efforts to gather drug overdose data needed to fight its heroin and opioid epidemic, a federal prosecutor said Wednesday....

 

UAMS gets $10 million grant to study Alzheimer's disease

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP, Oct. 5, 2016) — A researcher at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has been awarded $10 million to study the causes and possible treatments for Alzheimer's disease. UAMS announced Wednesday that researcher Sue...

 

Blue Origin successfully tests escape system, lands rocket

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP, Oct. 5, 2016) — Rocket company Blue Origin pulled off a double success Wednesday, coming a step closer to launching people into space. The aerospace startup led by Amazon's Jeff Bezos tested the escape system of its space...

 

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