JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Four new inductees into the Hall of Famous Missourians include a physician credited as the father of osteopathic medicine and a science fiction writer.
The hall is a collection of bronze busts that generally has honored people chosen by the House speaker. However, half the new inductees this time were chosen through a public nomination and vote.
The four inductees were identified to The Associated Press by House Speaker Tim Jones before they were publicly announced.
The people's top choice was Andrew Taylor Still, who founded the American School of Osteopathy in Kirksville. Science fiction writer Robert Heinlein also won public support.
For his part, House Speaker Tim Jones chose suffragist Virginia Minor and the late conservative politician Mel Hancock.
WASHINGTON (AP) — To a struggling White House, the economy that was supposed to be a political millstone is losing some drag.
An uptick in growth and a downturn in unemployment give the president a stronger story line going into the 2014 congressional election year. They also provide Democrats with a counterpoint to Republican attacks on Obama's health law.
The economy has pushed ahead despite a government shutdown, edge-of-the-cliff deals on the debt, and indiscriminate budget cuts that were supposed to hold back the recovery.
But Obama's fortunes have seesawed for months, marked by ups and downs on foreign and domestic policy.
Whether this economic trend accelerates remains to be seen.
President Ronald Reagan faced remarkably similar circumstances in 1986. Politically, it didn't turn out so well.
NEW YORK (AP) — At least a dozen good Samaritans in New York City have risked their own safety to save a stranger this year.
Personal trainer Dennis Codrington is one of them. He jumped down onto the subway tracks to save an unconscious man as the train barreled down in February. He says he was just doing what was right.
But psychologists say it takes a certain set of character traits to make someone leap down onto subway tracks, including altruism, courage, knowing the right thing and being reflexive about it, as well as the ability to inhibit fear that stops most people from getting involved.
Codrington doesn't know what happened to the man he saved, but he hopes he survived and is healthy.