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Ride along with police on Santa Patrol You could call it Santa Patrol. Sgt. John Tinsley with the Republic Police Department had a bright idea a couple of weeks ago. He says he wanted to give back to the community and spread good will between the public and law enforcement. Sgt. Tinsley has been in law enforcement for 8 years, 3 of those in Republic. He says police officers have had a tough year, so ...

6 MU fraternity members arrested over hazing COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Police have arrested six University of Missouri-Columbia students on suspicion of hazing during a hide-and-seek style game. The Columbia Daily Tribune (http://bit.ly/13no1X4 ) reports that officers were called to a residence hall after several students saw what they thought was a person being assaulted. MU Police Department Capt. Brian Weimer says several fraternity members had chased down and grabbed two pledge members who ...

Portis' 24 leads Arkansas past SE Missouri 84-67 NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Bobby Portis matched his season high of 24 points and added nine rebounds in a return to his native central Arkansas as the Razorbacks pulled away in the second half for an 84-67 win over Southeast Missouri State on Saturday night. Portis, from neighboring Little Rock, was 9 of 14 from the field as Arkansas improved to 8-2 to start ...

Kansas City and Pittsburgh battle Sunday to stay in the AFC playoff hunt Kansas City Chiefs (8-6) at Pittsburgh Steelers (9-5) *Keys to the game: The Chiefs cruised by Oakland last week minus a dominant ground game thanks in large part to improved protection for QB Alex Smith. He was sacked once, hit once and averaged 9.9 yards per attempt (he's averaging 7.1 for the season). Playing ball control on the road in cold conditions plays to the Chiefs' strengths, ...

Arkansas hospital says patient had Legionella exposure LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas hospital has reported that a patient there was exposed to Legionella bacteria sometime within the past year. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/13pcQNT ) that the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs hospital reported the exposure on Friday. Spokeswoman Wanda Shull says the patient was transferred from a community hospital to the veterans hospital on Dec. 8 with pneumonia and remains hospitalized. Hospital staff ...

University of Missouri buyout offer has 110 takers COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — More than 100 faculty members at the University of Missouri's flagship campus in Columbia are taking buyouts and retiring. The Columbia Missourian (http://bit.ly/13nnMeG ) reports that more than 42 percent of eligible faculty members, or 110, were approved for the buyout. The majority of them won't retire until August. To qualify, faculty had to be retirement eligible and turn 62 by Aug, 31, ...

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Australian woman charged with murder of 8 children
Emergency services workers cover off the perimeter fence of a house where eight children have been found dead in a Cairns suburb in far north Queensland, Australia, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Queensland state police said they were called to the home in the Cairns suburb of Manoora on Friday morning after receiving a report of a woman with serious injuries.When police got to the house, they found the bodies of the children inside, ranging in age from 18 months to 15 years. (AP Photo/Graeme Bint)SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian woman was charged with murder on Sunday in the deaths of seven of her children and her niece, whose bodies were found inside her home, police said.

Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia
FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, file photo, the former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, center, is crowned "King of Boxing" while accompanied by his wife, Lonnie, right, and Argentine boxer Sergio Martinez during the 50th convention of the World Boxing Council in Cancun, Mexico. Spokesman Bob Gunnell said Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, that the 72-year-old boxing great has been hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia and is in stable condition. (AP Photo/Israel Leal, File)LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Boxing great Muhammad Ali was hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia that was caught early and should result in a short hospital stay, an Ali spokesman said Saturday night.

A chance to breach divide for young in Cuba and US
A young Cuban woman waves a flag of her country during a concert of Silvio Rodriguez in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. For a generation that grew up believing the best way to pursue their dreams was to leave the island, the announcement this week that Cuba will open relations with the U.S. is prompting many to reevaluate their futures. Also, Cuban-Americans are considering what the changes will mean for their lives, whether they are significant enough to present a once far-fetched chance for them to return. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)HAVANA (AP) — Daniela Martinez long figured that someday she would leave the struggles of daily life in Cuba and join her uncle in the United States, but after the events of the last few days, the 18-year-old medical student thinks exile may not be her only choice.

AP sources: Cops' killer angry at chokehold death
NEW YORK (AP) — A gunman who announced online that he was planning to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner ambushed two officers in a patrol car and shot them to death in broad daylight Saturday before running to a subway station and killing himself, authorities said.

Colin Kaepernick runs 90 yards for a touchdown
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick passes against the San Diego Chargers during the second quarter of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Colin Kaepernick ran 90 yards for a touchdown two plays after his fumble allowed San Diego to recover in the end zone for a score, and the San Francisco 49ers led the Chargers 35-21 after three quarters Saturday night.