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US report card: Missouri’s scores hold steady
Missouri’s fourth- and eighth-graders are doing about the same on math and reading tests as they were two years ago and about average when compared with the rest of the country.
Russian fireball shows meteor risk may be bigger
Scientists studying the terrifying meteor that exploded without warning over a Russian city last winter say the threat of space rocks smashing into Earth is bigger than they thought.
Gay rights bill clears first hurdle in Senate
The Senate pushed a major anti-bias gay rights bill past a first, big hurdle Monday, a clear sign of Americans’ greater acceptance of homosexuality nearly two decades after the law prohibiting federal recognition of same-sex marriage.
Authorities: Suspect in New Jersey mall shooting is dead
A 20-year-old gunman intent on dying fired multiple shots inside New Jersey’s largest shopping mall, trapping hundreds of customers and employees for hours as police scoured stores for the shooter, who was found dead early Tuesday of a self-inflicted wound, authorities said. There were no other injuries.
Gay rights bill heads for first hurdle in Senate
The Senate prepared to push a major anti-bias gay rights bill past a first, big hurdle Monday, a clear sign of Americans’ greater acceptance of homosexuality nearly two decades after lawmakers narrowly rejected discrimination legislation.
Military, officeholders mourn ex-US Rep. Skelton
Former longtime Missouri congressman Ike Skelton was remembered Monday as one of the military’s “most trusted civilians” and one of the nation’s most civil statesmen as hundreds gathered to mourn his death.
Study: 8.8 billion Earth-size, just-right planets
Space is vast, but it may not be so lonely after all: A study finds the Milky Way is teeming with billions of planets that are about the size of Earth, orbit stars just like our sun, and exist in the Goldilocks zone — not too hot and not too cold for life.
High court ends Oklahoma bid to limit drug abortions
The Supreme Court said Monday it will leave in place an Oklahoma court ruling that struck down a state law limiting drug-induced abortions.
LAX suspect remains heavily sedated, under guard
The man accused of opening fire at Los Angeles International Airport, shooting employees and terrorizing travelers, accomplished two of his goals, according to authorities: kill a Transportation Security Administration officer and show how easy it is to get a gun into an airport.
Congress governs self under ’Obamacare’
Members of Congress are governing themselves under President Barack Obama’s signature law, which means they have great leeway in how to apply it to their own staffs.
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