Category: Features

Mo. Eagle Scout earns all 134 merit badges

(WELDON SPRING, Mo., AP) — A suburban St. Louis Eagle Scout has achieved a rare distinction — earning every merit badge offered by the Boy Scouts of America. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( reports that Michael Carter of St. Charles County recently achieved his goal of earning all 134 merit badges. He is believed to… Read more »

Presidential strut is iconic inaugural moment

By JESSICA GRESKO (WASHINGTON, AP) — At some point on Inauguration Day, if all goes as expected, the president’s limousine will slow to a stop on its journey down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House. A Secret Service agent will open the rear passenger door, and the newly sworn-in president and the… Read more »

Hindus now have a fellow believer in Congress

By DEEPTI HAJELA (NEW YORK, AP) — When Dr. Uma Mysorekar looks at the members of the new Congress, the Indian immigrant and practicing Hindu can see that, for the first time, there’s someone who shares her ethnicity and someone who shares her faith. To her surprise, they’re two different people. Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard… Read more »

Gun debate: Video game industry defends itself

By ERICA WERNER and JULIE PACE (WASHINGTON, AP) — The video game industry, blamed by some for fostering a culture of violence, defended its practices Friday at a White House meeting exploring how to prevent horrific shootings like the recent Connecticut elementary school massacre. Vice President Joe Biden, wrapping up three days of wide-ranging talks… Read more »

10 Commandments monument finds home

(SPRINGFIELD, Mo., AP) — A huge monument of the Ten Commandments has found a new home, years after the death of the southwest Missouri artist who created the piece. The Springfield News-Leader reports ( the stone sculpture is more than 15 feet tall and weighs more than 11 tons. Members of the Sac River Cowboy… Read more »

Giant movie screen arrives at Union Station

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — A movie screen billed as the largest in the region has arrived at Union Station at Kansas City and will be installed as part of a facelift of the facility’s theater. Union Station officials say the 74-foot screen arrived Wednesday and will sit in the building for a few days… Read more »

‘Lincoln’ paces the British Academy Awards

By JILL LAWLESS (LONDON, AP) — Historical biopic “Lincoln” leads the race for the British Academy Film Awards, with 10 nominations including best picture and best actor — but nothing for director Steven Spielberg. Epic musical “Les Miserables” and boy-meets-tiger saga “Life of Pi” received nine nominations each Wednesday for Britain’s equivalent of the Oscars…. Read more »

Matisse painting taken in 1987 recovered in UK

By JILL LAWLESS (LONDON, AP) — A Henri Matisse painting stolen in 1987 from a Swedish museum by a thief wielding a sledgehammer has been recovered, an art specialist and a dealer said Tuesday. The Art Loss Register, which tracks stolen, missing and looted art, says “Le Jardin” was found when a British dealer checked… Read more »

Panel backs Arrow Rock site for recognition

(ARROW ROCK, Mo., AP) — Efforts to gain national recognition for a historic river crossing in central Missouri have taken a step forward. The Marshall Democrat-News reports ( the Saline County Historic Preservation Commission has endorsed the nomination of Arrow Rock Ferry Landing to the National Register of Historic Places. The privately owned 8-acre property… Read more »

French actor Depardieu gets Russian passport

By LYNN BERRY (MOSCOW, AP) — The day after receiving his new Russian passport from President Vladimir Putin, French actor Gerard Depardieu flew Sunday to the provincial town of Saransk, where he was greeted as a local hero and offered an apartment for free. Depardieu had sought Russian citizenship as part of his battle against… Read more »