Mo. woman convicted in manslaughter death of child

(IRONTON, Mo., AP) – An eastern Missouri woman has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 3-year-old boy she was babysitting. The Park Hills Daily Journal reports that 31-year-old Marcia Kelly of Viburnum faces sentencing March 25 after entering an Alford plea last month. Under an Alford plea Kelly does not admit… Read more »

Gun raffles stoke debate after Conn. shooting

By LYNNE TUOHY (CONCORD, N.H., AP) – Police chiefs in New Hampshire wanted more money for their youth training program. A youth hockey team in North Dakota needed more ice time. Both saw giving away guns as the answer. From car dealerships to political parties to hockey teams to yes, even police chiefs, gun giveaways… Read more »

Jerry Buss, Lakers’ flamboyant owner, dies at 80

By GREG BEACHAM (LOS ANGELES, Calif., AP) – Jerry Buss, the Los Angeles Lakers’ playboy owner who shepherded the NBA team to 10 championships from the Showtime dynasty of the 1980s to the Kobe Bryant era, died Monday. He was 80. He died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said Bob Steiner, his assistant…. Read more »

Police: law encourages thieves to steal old cars

(ST. LOUIS, Mo., AP) – A revised law that allows the sale of older cars without a title has prompted thieves to steal them for scrap because it’s more lucrative and easier than selling other metals, according to St. Louis-area police officials. However, the lawmaker who proposed the change rejects the police complaints, saying officers… Read more »

BreAnna Lewis earns MIAA Player of the Week honors

(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) – For the second time this season, junior guard BreAnna Lewis was named the MIAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, for her performance in a pair of home victories over Lindenwood and Lincoln. Lewis scored a total of 22 points in both games last week, most of which came from her 11 three-pointers hit… Read more »

Jennies softball splits final day of UAM 7-State Classic

(BENTONVILLE, Ark.) – Jennies softball (6-6) split a pair of games on the final day of the UAM 7-State Classic, winning the first game against Oklahoma Panhandle 4-3 before dropping the finale against Southwestern Oklahoma State, 7-3. The Jennies went 3-3 in the tournament to move to 6-6 overall on the season. In the first… Read more »

Could the next pope come from the US?

By RACHEL ZOLL (NEW YORK, N.Y., AP) – Conventional wisdom holds that no one from the United States could be elected pope, that the superpower has more than enough worldly influence without an American in the seat of St. Peter. But after Pope Benedict XVI’s extraordinary abdication, church analysts are wondering whether old assumptions still… Read more »

Long-missing WWII medal to be awarded

By ROBERT JABLON (LOS ANGELES, Calif., AP) – Hyla Merin grew up without a father and for a long time never knew why. Her mother never spoke about the Army officer who died before Hyla was born. The scraps of information she gathered from other relatives were hazy: 2nd Lt. Hyman Markel was a rabbi’s… Read more »