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Missouri governor vetoes tax cut
June 5, 2013
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed legislation Wednesday that would have cut Missouri’s income tax rate for the first time in more than 90 years, denouncing it as an “ill-conceived, fiscally irresponsible experiment.”
Boston rejoices as bombing suspect in custody
07:53 p.m., April 19, 2013 Updated 11:57 p.m.
Boston Police say a 19-year-old college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings is in custody after a manhunt that left the city virtually paralyzed and his older brother and accomplice dead.
Boston manhunt: Gunfire, explosions, suspect dead, officer dead, city locked down
April 19, 2013
An extensive manhunt for a suspect linked to the Boston Marathon bombings was underway Friday morning after a night of terror and violence left another suspect dead, one police officer killed and one wounded.
Search on for survivors, victims of Texas blast
April 19, 2013
Rescuers searched the smoking remnants of a Texas farm town Thursday for survivors of a thunderous fertilizer plant explosion, gingerly checking smashed houses and apartments for anyone still trapped in debris while the community awaited word on the number of dead. Initial reports put the fatalities as high as 15, but later in the day, authorities backed away from any estimate and refused to elaborate. More than 160 people were hurt.
Blast levels building at Kansas City’s Plaza
09:01 p.m., February 19, 2013 Updated 11:23 p.m.
A gas explosion that sparked a massive, block-engulfing blaze in an upscale Kansas City shopping district injured 14 people, a city official said Tuesday evening, adding it is believed that an accident by a utility contractor may have caused the blast.
U.S. Postal Service to cut Saturday mail delivery to trim costs
February 6, 2013
The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service said Wednesday it will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to disburse packages six days a week, an apparent end-run around an unaccommodating Congress. The service expects the Saturday mail cutback to begin the week of Aug. 5 and to save about $2 billion annually, said Postmaster General and CEO Patrick R. Donahoe. By The Associated Press
Super Bowl advertising blitz has date with destiny
February 4, 2013
Super Bowl ads this year morphed into mini soap operas. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson shrugged off aliens so he could get more milk for his kids in a Super Bowl spot for the Milk Processor Education Program. Anheuser-Busch’s commercial told the story of a baby Clydesdale growing up and returning to his owner for a heartfelt hug years later. And a Jeep ad portrayed the trials and triumphs of families waiting for their return of family members. By The Associated Press
Adele Hall, wife of Hallmark chairman, dies at age 81
January 29, 2013
Kansas City civic leader Adele C. Hall, the wife of Hallmark Cards Chairman Donald J. Hall, has died. She was 81.
Congress sends Obama legislation to avoid ‘fiscal cliff’
January 1, 2013
Past its own New Year’s deadline, a weary Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation to avoid a national “fiscal cliff” of middle class tax increases and spending cuts late Tuesday night in the culmination of a struggle that strained America’s divided government to the limit.
Netflix says video streaming out of service Monday night
December 24, 2012
Families across the United States may have to find movies elsewhere, as Netflix’s video streaming service was hit by a Christmas Eve outage.
Mint testing ways to make coins cheaper
December 20, 2012
When it comes to making coins, the Mint isn’t getting its two cents worth. In some cases, it doesn’t even get half of that. A penny costs more than two cents and a nickel costs more than 11 cents to make and distribute.
Kansas exhumes bodies of ‘In Cold Blood’ killers
December 18, 2012
The bodies of the two men executed for the 1959 murders of a Kansas family that became infamous in Truman Capote’s true-crime book “In Cold Blood” were exhumed Tuesday in an effort to solve slayings of a Florida family killed weeks later.
Study: ‘Fiscal cliff’ may cost Kansas 40,000 jobs, $2.75 billion GDP
December 13, 2012
Kansas could lose more than 40,000 jobs next year, most of them in the private sector, if no deal is reached to avert mandatory tax hikes and spending cuts to defense and other federal operations under the “fiscal cliff,” according to an economic analysis.
Teen: Easy-Bake Oven should appeal to boys
December 8, 2012
Four-year-old Gavyn Boscio loves to cook and asked for an Easy-Bake Oven for Christmas. But when his big sister went to buy one, she discovered to her disappointment that it comes only in girly pink and purple, with girls — and only girls — on the box and in the commercials.
U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear same-sex marriage cases
01:40 a.m., December 8, 2012 Updated 05:26 p.m.
The Supreme Court plunged into the contentious issue of gay marriage Friday when it agreed to take up California’s ban on same-sex unions and a separate dispute about federal benefits for legally married gay couples.