Malaysian authorities say initial autopsy results show a chemical weapon — VX nerve agent — was used in the fatal poisoning of Kim Jong Nam, older half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un.

VX is an odorless substance that can exist as liquid or gas. It can kill within minutes if it's passed through the skin. It is 10 times more toxic than sarin and classified as a weapon of mass destruction.

The war against ISIS is entering a tough new phase, as Iraqi fighters with growing U.S. assistance push into western Mosul, warns the senior American commander in Iraq, Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend.

"ISIS is a brutal, brutal enemy," said Townsend, speaking in Erbil as Iraq's security forces were about to attack Mosul's airport with help from the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition.

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has a message for members of Congress who are citing the possibility of protests as a reason not to hold town meetings: "Have some courage."

Giffords, wounded in a 2011 shooting outside a Tucson supermarket where she was meeting with constituents, was responding to a statement by Republican Congressman Louis Gohmert of Texas. Asked why he wasn't holding public meetings, Gohmert said:

President Trump has promised to build a wall along the 2,000 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border.

A third of that border already has a barrier, thanks to the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which was signed by then-President George W. Bush. That initiative ran into issues with landowners near the Rio Grande. If the wall goes forward as Trump promises, more lawsuits may be coming.

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    Seven members of Missouri S&T's swimming team have been selected to compete at the NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships, slated to begin March 8 as part of the NCAA's D-II Sports Festival in Birmingham, Ala.  Two of the S&T individual qualifers are making return appearances to the national meet, led by Jon Glaser, the Great Lakes Valley Conference's "Swimmer of the Year" for 2017.

In baseball, if a pitcher wants to intentionally walk a batter, he has to actually lob the four pitches outside the strike zone. It's a technique often used to bypass a particularly strong batter, or to set up a double play.

But that rule now appears poised to change.

The Major League Baseball commissioner's office has proposed a rule change to have the pitcher forgo actually throwing four balls — instead, the bench would simply signal to the umpire that the batter will be intentionally walked.

   OLATHE, Kan. (AP) - Olathe police are searching for a suspect after three people were shot and wounded at a crowded bar.

    A police spokesman tells the Kansas City Star  the shooting occurred Wednesday evening at Austins Bar and Grill. Police Sgt. Logan Bonney says two of the victims were hospitalized in critical condition and the third was seriously injured.

    Officers late Wednesday night had surrounded a house about a mile from the bar. Police say they identified a person of interest in the shooting and were trying to make contact.

    MARSHFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A southwest Missouri prison supervisor has been charged with pushing a female employee into a cell while she resisted.

    The Springfield News-Leader  reports that 56-year-old Johnny Burkdoll was charged Tuesday with false imprisonment. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A former Kansas City woman who stole more than $400,000 from a Missouri Lottery winner has been sentenced to five years in federal prison.

     Freya Pearson, of Conyers, Georgia, was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Kansas City. She also was ordered to pay $441,830 to the victim, a 61-year-old former hospital housekeeper.

     The victim won $2.4 million in the Missouri Lottery in 2008. Because of the fraud, she is now financially insolvent.

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    Seven members of Missouri S&T's swimming team have been selected to compete at the NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships, slated to begin March 8 as part of the NCAA's D-II Sports Festival in Birmingham, Ala.  Two of the S&T individual qualifers are making return appearances to the national meet, led by Jon Glaser, the Great Lakes Valley Conference's "Swimmer of the Year" for 2017.