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Under pressure, Chuck Hagel steps down as Pentagon chief

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Monday that he is stepping down, leaving under pressure following a rocky tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House’s insular team of national security advisers. During a White House ceremony, President Barack Obama said he and Hagel had determined it was an “appropriate time for him to complete his service.”

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Downtown businesses rail at Kansas City’s streetcar snarl

During the holidays, businesses that hoped to attract new patrons are now trying just to retain their loyal clientele. They knew it would be inconvenient, but they say this is worse than the city originally described. The problem: Instead of just putting in streetcar track, like some other cities, Kansas City is also replacing water and sewer lines, most of them more than 100 years old.

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Area clergy in KC pray for peaceful outcome in Ferguson

Area clergy and multiracial crowd gathered inside of Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday and joined hands to seek a prayerful response to civil unrest and hope a peaceful outcome in anticipation of a grand jury decision in Ferguson following the police shooting of an unarmed black teen.

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Every day is a feast day at the Kansas City Zoo

From fish to alfalfa, the Kansas City Zoo spends roughly $500,000 per year just to feed its more than 1,100 animals representing some 215 species. “We have a specific diet for every single animal that we have,” said Sean Putney, director of living collections at the zoo. “Some of them are more stringent than others, but they are all very carefully calculated.” That’s why the zoo doesn’t want visitors tossing food to the animals. Cheetos do not occur in nature.

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