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   COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A newspaper report says the attorney for a man whose conviction in a Missouri sports editor's slaying was overturned has filed a civil rights lawsuit seeking $100 million.
   The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Kathleen Zellner alleges fabricated evidence in Ryan Ferguson's case and a lack of a complete police investigation into the 2001 killing of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt, among other things.
   The lawsuit is filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri. The newspaper reports that the suit asks for actual damages of $75 million and compensatory damages of $25 million.
   The Tribune reports that Zellner also demands a jury trial and names a total of 13 defendants, including the City of Columbia, the Columbia Police Department and Boone County.
 
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   Arnold Police aren't releasing many details after a body was pulled out of the Meramec River Monday evening.
Fox 2 News reports that the body was brought a shore at the Flamm City Boat Ramp, off Telegraph.  
   Police say they're still trying to identify the body.
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   SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge in San Francisco stopped the destruction Monday of millions of telephone records collected by the National Security Agency more than five years ago.
   U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White, who is overseeing an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against the agency, issued a nationwide order Monday to safeguard evidence until March 19, when he will hold a hearing on extending the deadline further.
   The secret federal court that approved the agency's surveillance has required that documents be purged after five years for privacy reasons. On Friday, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court denied the federal government's request to keep the records for the sake of pending lawsuits.
   The NSA, which has acknowledged obtaining phone numbers and other information on all U.S. calls, was prepared on Tuesday to destroy all records collected more than five years ago, according to court documents.
   White said he was enforcing an order he had issued in an earlier NSA surveillance case that halted evidence from being destroyed.
   He wrote that "the Court would be unable to afford effective relief once the records are destroyed" and before he decided if their collection was legal. The plaintiffs in the lawsuits include civil rights, environmental and religious groups as well as gun organizations and marijuana advocates.
   The NSA started collecting domestic phone call records in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Since 2006, the agency has obtained warrants from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
   The White House referred questions on the NSA records to the Justice Department, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Two-time AL MVP Miguel Cabrera hit his first two home runs of spring training and AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer struck out five in 4 2-3 scoreless innings Monday during the Detroit Tigers' 17-5 romp over the St. Louis Cardinals.
 
Cabrera a go-ahead, two-run homer off Shelby Miller in a seven-run third inning and another two-run drive against Keith Butler in an eight-run fourth as Detroit built a 15-0 lead. The Tigers made 17-0 on Steven Moya's two-run double in the eighth.
 
"You feel like this could happen every day," Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said. "Obviously it won't, but it could."
 
Scherzer allowed two hits and a walk.
 
"Right now I'm very sharp," Scherzer said. "Usually it takes a while to get all the pitches going. Right now I feel very good about where all my pitches are at - all four. I was generating swings and misses on all four of them."
 
St. Louis pitchers allowed double-digit runs for the second straight day and 22 hits.
 
Nick Castellanos hit a three-run homer for the Tigers in the fourth. Prospect Stephen Piscotty hit a three-run homer in the seventh for the Cardinals, his first of spring training.
 
STARTING TIME
 
St. Louis: Miller gave up two runs and five hits in 2 1-3 innings, while Stoppelman gave up five runs and five hits while getting just two outs. Tyler Lyons also got just two outs, allowing seven runs and six hits.
 
"I felt like my fastball command wasn't near as good as I wanted it to be but you're going to have days where you are a little off," Miller said. "Obviously, I didn't want to give up any runs but at the same time, I felt good. I thought I am getting better out there."
 
Detroit: Justin Verlander is set to make his first start of spring training on Tuesday against Toronto after recording from core muscle repair surgery. His first scheduled start was rained out, and Verlander opted to throw in a batting cage.
 
TRAINERS' ROOM
 
Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said outfielder Andy Dirks' back surgery was successful. Dirks is expected to need 12 weeks to recover.
 
St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said Oscar Taveras (hamstring) is moving well, but the Cardinals aren't going to rush him. The Cardinals' top prospect missed most of spring training while recovering from offseason ankle surgery.
 
MEET DIAZ
 
Shortstop Aledmys Diaz, who signed last weekend, will begin the season in the minors. The Cardinals will give him some time in major league spring training games, but that won't happen for at least a few days. Diaz has to return to Mexico, where he's been living since his defection, to obtain a U.S. work visa.
 
DUELING CENTERFIELDERS
 
Peter Bourjos and Jon Jay are battling to become the Cardinals' starting centerfielder. On Monday they were both in the starting lineup for the first time this spring training. Bourjos covered plenty of ground in center and went 2 for 2, while Jay played right field and went 0 for 2 with a walk.
 
RUSHING ALONG
 
Lou Villano had to make a quick trip from the field to the press box. The official scorer for the Cardinals' high Class A affiliate in Palm Beach sung the national anthem, then returned to the press box where he inputs the data for MLB.com.
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