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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Five thousand miles from Sarajevo, a small Catholic college in St. Louis wants to preserve the intimate stories of Bosnian exiles displaced by war in the former Yugoslavia two decades ago.
The Bosnia Memory Project at Fontbonne University began several years ago when professor Benjamin Moore and a colleague created a class on the local immigrant experience. An estimated 70,000 Bosnians live in the St. Louis area, making it the largest such settlement outside the country of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Moore and his students have recorded nearly 60 interviews in an oral history project but eventually hope to have 1,000 entries. He says the project provides a vital historical record for younger Bosnians who grew up in the United States and know little about the country their parents and grandparents called home.
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.