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Frequent fliers asked to donate unused miles

Monday, 23 December 2013 12:38 Published in Local News

Air travelers who have compiled significant frequent-flyer miles are being urged to consider donating those miles to injured soldiers and their families for the holidays.

 

Since 2005, Operation Hero Miles has issued more than 40,000 donated tickets. The Fisher House Foundation that manages the program says it has saved military families nearly $63 million in ticket costs over the years.

A pair of teenagers are facing charges after prosecutors say they raped an East St. Louis High School student.

 

The Belleville News Democrat reports that an 18-year-old is charged with criminal sexual assault, while a 16-year-old suspect is facing charges in juvenile court. The victim told police that the assault happened at school in a closet.

 

The 18-year-old suspect is held on a $100,000 bond.

Missouri researchers find million-year-old human bone

Monday, 23 December 2013 12:14 Published in Local News
A University of Missouri-Columbia professor is part of a group of researchers who have discovered a 1.4 million-year-old human hand bone.
 
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the bone is believed to be the earliest evidence of the modern hand. Pathology and anatomical sciences professor Carol Ward says the significance of the discovery is that researchers now know the modern human hand appeared very early in human evolution.
 
The bone was found near Lake Turkana in Kenya.
 

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