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BOSTON (AP) - Tatyana McFadden of the University of Illinois has won the women's wheelchair race at the Boston Marathon for the second straight year.
 
McFadden celebrated her 25th birthday Monday and listened as "The Star-Spangled Banner" played on Boylston Street one year after the bombings that left three dead and more than 260 injured.
She crossed the finish line in 1 hour, 35 minutes, 6 seconds.
 
McFadden was born in Russia and lived in an orphanage as a child. She also won the 2013 New York City Marathon women's wheelchair race after taking the titles in Boston, London and Chicago last year.
   
No other athlete has won those four races in the same year.

Police Investigate DeSoto Shooting

Monday, 21 April 2014 09:52 Published in Local News
HILLSBORO, Mo. (AP) - A Jefferson County woman suffered minor injuries after reporting a shooting into her home.
County Sheriff Oliver "Glenn" Boyer says the shooting occurred early Monday morning in De Soto.  The 43-year-old woman told deputies that she and a 54-year-old man were awoken by the sound of gunshots and breaking glass.
 
The woman had minor facial injuries but refused medical treatment.
 

GAUGE OF US ECONOMY UP FOR 3RD STRAIGHT MONTH

Monday, 21 April 2014 09:35 Published in National News

WASHINGTON (AP) — A measure of the U.S. economy's health rose in March for the third consecutive month, a sign of stronger growth after harsh winter weather caused the economy's pace to slow.

The Conference Board said Monday that its index of leading indicators increased 0.8 percent in March after a 0.5 percent rise in February and modest 0.2 percent gain in January. It was the best showing since a 0.9 percent gain in November.

Both hiring and consumer outlooks have improved, which along with interest rates fueled much of the index's improvement. That offset a negative contribution from building permits. The index looks at a series of different indicators to spot peaks and troughs in economic growth.

Conference Board economists say the gains last month point to "accelerated growth for the remainder of the spring and the summer," although it remains to be seen whether employers continue to hire at their March and February pace of almost 200,000 workers a month.

"The economy is rebounding from widespread inclement weather and the strengthening in the labor market is beginning to have a positive impact on growth," said Ken Goldstein, an economist at The Conference Board. "Overall, this is an optimistic report."

Many economists expect the overall growth rate in the January-March quarter will dip below 2 percent because of the weather disruptions but they are forecasting a rebound in coming quarters to growth of around 3 percent.

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Police Investigate DeSoto Shooting

HILLSBORO, Mo. (AP) - A Jefferson County woman suffered minor injuries after reporting a shooting into her home. County Sheriff Oliver "Glenn" Boyer says the shooting occurr...

GAUGE OF US ECONOMY UP FOR 3RD STRAIGHT MONTH

GAUGE OF US ECONOMY UP FOR 3RD STRAIGHT MONTH

WASHINGTON (AP) — A measure of the U.S. economy's health rose in March for the third consecutive month, a sign of stronger growth after harsh winter weather caused the economy's...

MARATHON WATCH: 'WE'RE TAKING BACK OUR RACE'

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