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Articles from January 8, 2018

32 Missing, Oil Tanker on Fire after Collision off China
BEIJING * An Iranian oil tanker that collided with a bulk freighter and caught fire off China's east coast, leaving the tanker's entire crew of 32 missing and causing it to spill oil into the sea, was still ablaze on Monday morning, a South Korean coast...
Alabama Battles Both Georgia and Complacency
ATLANTA * Nick Saban's greatest rival, his most persistent foe, is human nature. So far, Saban is winning that matchup.Alabama's coach has his Crimson Tide back in the College Football Playoff national championship game for the third straight season....
Ask Metro
Chat with a representative from Metro Transit at noon on the first Wednesday of each month at stltoday.com/chat. Here's an edited excerpt from last week's chat:Frank: Lots of transit agencies get sponsors to pay for transit services for days such as...
Ask the Road Crew
Chat with Andrew Gates of the Missouri Department of Transportation, Jamie Wilson of the St. Louis Streets Department and David Wrone of the St. Louis County Department of Transportation each Wednesday at 1 p.m. at stltoday.com/chat. Here is an edited...
Battle Looms for Rebel-Held Syrian Province after IS Defeat
BEIRUT * Syrian government forces and allied militiamen are advancing on the largest remaining rebel-held territory in the country's north, forcing thousands of civilians to flee toward the border with Turkey in freezing weather.The offensive on Idlib...
Brees, Defense Lift Saints over Panthers
NEW ORLEANS * Saints All-Pro defensive end Cameron Jordan grinned playfully as he glanced up at a bottle of red wine on the top shelf of his locker and asked if anyone knew Carolina quarterback Cam Newton's address.A bottle with the name "Jordan" on...
Caps Win in OT, but Blues Don't Leave Empty-Handed
WASHINGTON * The crapshoot that is 3-on-3 overtime hockey can be pure entertainment."That's the fun of it," center Paul Stastny said. "It's exciting for players. It's exciting for the fans. Chances back and forth."On Sunday at Capital One Arena, it proved...
College Basketball: Overachieving Ohio State Stuns No. 1 Michigan State
Keita Bates-Diop scored a career-high 32 points, and host Ohio State stunned No. 1 Michigan State 80-64 on Sunday.The overachieving Buckeyes put together an electrifying 12-0 run to finish the first half and kept their foot on the gas to give first-year...
Editorial: If GOP Leaders Really Care about Kids, Now's the Time to Prove It
For a party that champions a "pro-life" agenda, the GOP routinely turns its back on children once they leave the womb. The question isn't just about abortion rights; it's about making sure that all children have access to a quality life, growing up safe,...
Editorial: Letting the Sun Set on South St. Louis County's Mackenzie Village
Age and apathy are as good as any other reason for dissolving one of St. Louis' 89 municipalities. A five-woman volunteer board of trustees, whose median age is 82, says it's time to put an end to south St. Louis County's 12-acre village of Mackenzie.We...
Globes to Roll out Red Carpet under Cloud of Sex Scandals
With a red carpet dyed black by actresses dressed in a color-coordinated statement, the Golden Globes were transformed into an A-list expression of female empowerment in the post-Harvey Weinstein era. Oprah Winfrey led the charge."For too long women...
Globes to Roll out Red Carpet under Cloud of Sex Scandals
With a red carpet dyed black by actresses dressed in a color-coordinated statement against sexual harassment and gender inequality, the Golden Globes confronted the post-Harvey Weinstein era with a ceremony at turns protest rally and party, atonement...
Hochman: Cunningham Is MU's Golden Girl
COLUMBIA, MO. * The legend continues to grow in mid-Missouri, even on a frosty, freezing day, when nothing else around here did.And for those who dared Sunday's slippery roads, they sure witnessed some more lore. Columbia native Sophie Cunningham Missouri's...
Jacksonville Trudges Past Buffalo
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. * Blake Bortles never had a game like this.Not in college. Not in high school. Not in peewee football. Not even in the backyard against family and friends.Bortles put together one decent drive all day, doing as much with his legs as...
Johnson Romps in Hawaii
KAPALUA, Hawaii * A new year brought out the best in Dustin Johnson, who powered his way to an 8-under 65 and an eight-shot victory Sunday in the Tournament of Champions.In a field that featured the top five players in the world, Johnson made a strong...
Lambert Says Uber, Lyft Haven't Hurt Airport's Take from Parking, Car Rental Fees So Far
Uber and Lyft haven't hurt St. Louis Lambert International Airport's overall take from other ground transportation at least during the initial three full months the two ride-hailing firms were allowed to operate there.Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge...
Law & Order
WATERLOO > Stabbing suspect arrested * A man wanted in a fatal stabbing in Randolph County, Ill., was arrested early Sunday by officers in Waterloo, authorities said.The man, who had not been charged, was wanted in the fatal stabbing of Adam J. Sesto,...
Letters to the Editor, Jan. 8
Use the National Guard to make St. Louis saferHow sad to read that the number of homicides in the city of St. Louis for 2017 was 205 the highest in more than two decades.Unfortunately, most of the murders went unsolved.The city's reputation has been...
Messenger: Will 'Case of the Lone Voter' Get Its Day in Court? Missouri Law Professors Hope So
A little more than two years ago, Jen Henderson was briefly the most famous voter in America.The 23-year-old University of Missouri-Columbia student was the only voter in a proposed commercial improvement district in the "Business Loop" area of Columbia....
Mizzou Prevails in SEC Showdown, Topples No. 4 Gamecocks
COLUMBIA, MO. * South Carolina coach Dawn Staley couldn't believe the officials in Sunday's Southeastern Conference showdown took one of the country's elite players out of the game.Staley didn't stick around long enough to watch another one of the game's...
Nation Briefs: Protest by Wearing White, NAACP Says
Protest by wearing white, NAACP saysThe NAACP is urging people to wear white on Monday at the College Football Championship game in Atlanta between Alabama and Georgia, to send a signal to President Donald Trump as he attends the game. The National Association...
NFL Notes: Ousted Rams Have Solid Foundation
Rams have a solid foundationThe Rams exceeded every expectation and stunned the NFL during their surge to an 11-win season and the NFC West title. That didn't make their opening-round playoff loss to Atlanta any easier to bear at least not while it's...
NHL: Jets Soar, Extend Central Lead over Blues
Mathieu Perreault scored twice, Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves and Winnipeg beat the San Jose Sharks 4-1 on Sunday to extend its home winning streak to five games.Matt Hendricks and Marko Dano also scored to help the Central Division-leading Jets improve...
Parents in Missouri Can Now Claim Tax Deductions for Private School Tuition
Parents in many states, including Missouri, can now get a state tax deduction for private school tuition, thanks to the federal tax overhaul passed last month.A lesser-known part of the new law lets families use state-sponsored 529 college savings plans...
People: Miss America Can Get Older
Penn, DiCaprio and friends boost Haitian relief workSean Penn and Leonardo DiCaprio used the eighth annual benefit for the J/P Haitian Relief Organization to publicly praise each other's philanthropic work. DiCaprio was the guest of honor at the $5,000-a-plate...
Revived Tarasenko Provides a Spark
WASHINGTON * For about a 10-minute stretch in the second period Sunday, the Blues looked as good offensively as they have in a long time, generating chance after chance and producing two goals.It looked like the "glory days" of October and November,...
Rippon Beats out Miner for Spot on U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team
Adam Rippon won a reprieve after his subpar, fourth-place performance at the U.S. figure skating championships, in San Jose, Calif., when a selection committee awarded him a berth on the Pyeongchang Olympic team over second-place finisher Ross Miner.The...
Smith's Senate Odyssey Begins with Sprint toward November
STACY, Minn. * Just days after being sworn in to the U.S. Senate, Tina Smith is on a crash course to find her way in the chamber and find time for a 10-month campaign sprint toward a special election to keep her new job.The Minnesota Democrat's first...
St. Louis Prosecutors Seize $1.8 Million, a Plane and 2 Yachts Linked to Venezuelan Men
ST. LOUIS * Federal prosecutors here are in the process of seizing a plane, two multimillion dollar yachts and more than $1.8 million from two men linked to allegations of money laundering in Venezuela.The U.S. Attorney's office says that a Raytheon...
This Year's State Elections Could Shape Future for Congress
JEFFERSON CITY * Buoyed by a string of electoral victories during President Donald Trump's first year in office, Democrats will be waging a renewed battle to wrest control of Congress from Republicans this year.Yet the contests with the greatest long-term...
Trump's White House Setting Records for Early Departures
WASHINGTON * President Donald Trump's White House, which is already setting turnover records, is bracing for even more staff departures and an increasing struggle to fill vacancies, shadowed by the unrelenting Russia investigation, political squabbling...
UN Envoy Says No Change in US Position on North Korea Talks
WASHINGTON * President Donald Trump's U.N. ambassador said Sunday that the administration wasn't changing its conditions regarding talks with North Korea amid growing tension over the North's nuclear and missile programs.Nikki Haley made clear that North...
U.S. Judge in Las Vegas May Dismiss Ranching Standoff Case
LAS VEGAS * A U.S. judge who declared a mistrial last month could end the much-watched criminal prosecution of a Nevada rancher accused of leading an armed uprising against federal authorities.Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro's decision on Monday...
What's on Center Stage at the CES Tech Show? Your Voice
What's the hottest thing in the world of technology these days? Your voice.Some of the most popular gadgets over the holiday season were smart speakers with digital assistants from Amazon and Google. Apple is coming out with its own speaker this year;...
With Hopes of 'Wave Election,' Democrats Lining Up to Take on Rep. Ann Wagner
By most standard political metrics, U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, should be able to safely count on re-election to a fourth term in November.But at least four Democrats are banking on this not being a standard political year, with a historically unpopular...
World Briefs: Australia Sizzles in Heat Wave
Israel begins giving Gaza residents more electricityThere was some small respite for residents of the Gaza Strip on Sunday as Israel restored the electricity it supplies to the Palestinian enclave after a nine-month hiatus. However, even with the boost,...
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