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Ferguson grand jury reaches decision; announcement expected after 5 p.m.

A grand jury has reached a decision about whether to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown, a lawyer for Brown’s family said Monday. The St. Louis County prosecutor’s office has told the family the decision will be announced after 5 p.m. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon plans a news conference with St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay at 5:30 p.m. at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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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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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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