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Spooktacular at Dickerson Park Zoo Hundreds of kiddos and their families are heading out to the zoo in their costumes. Everyone from Scooby Doo to Space Baby is out to get candy and see lots of spooky Halloween decorations, the zoo animals, and hundreds of hand-carved jack-o-lanterns. The event is each Thursday through Sunday evening from 6:30 to 9:00 through October 31st. The event is designed for families with young children and your ...

Fire officials believe arsonist set several overnight fires Springfield Fire officials believe an arsonist is responsible for several building fires in western Springfield. Fire Marshal Bill Spence said the fires were set at about 11:30 Saturday night, all in the same neighborhood near the 2000 block of Webster. Spence said the fires were set minutes of each other and he believes a serial arsonist set the fires. "When you have four fires that are in ...

Rams fans, Ferguson protesters fight; 2 arrested ST. LOUIS, Mo. (AP) — Police say two women have been arrested after dozens of Rams fans and Ferguson protesters clashed outside the Edward Jones Dome. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that one protester tried to jab a Rams fan with a pole bearing an upside down American flag on Sunday afternoon, after the Rams beat the Seattle Seahawks. The scuffle broke out when fans argued with ...

Santos' 48-yard field goal lifts Chiefs over Bolts SAN DIEGO (AP) — Cairo Santos kicked a 48-yard field goal field goal with 21 seconds left and the Kansas City Chiefs beat San Diego 23-20 Sunday, snapping the Chargers' five-game winning streak. The Chiefs moved into field goal range thanks to Alex Smith, who completed three straight passes on the drive for 53 yards, including a 29-yarder to Dwayne Bowe. Smith was playing on the same ...

Man flees scene after firing shots at home in West Springfield Springfield Police are looking for a man who opened fire on a home in the city’s west side. Lt. Culley Wilson says at about 2 p.m. Sunday, police received a call that a man had stopped his car in front of a home in the 600 block of West Nichols, got out and fired between three and five shots at the house. One person was outside ...

Rams stun Seahawks 28-26 In its first game after their bombshell trade of wide receiver Percy Harvin to the New York Jets Friday, the Seattle Seahawks continued their unsuccessful search for answers. Falling behind 21-3 midway through the second quarter, the defending Super Bowl champions slipped to 3-3 with a 28-26 loss to the St. Louis Rams on Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome. Seattle drew within 21-19 when quarterback Russell ...

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Bank of England suspends real-time payments system
A wooden carving of the Bank of England logo is seen on a desk during the bank's quarterly inflation report news conference at the Bank of England in LondonLONDON (Reuters) - The Bank of England said on Monday that it had temporarily suspended its automated Real Time Gross Settlement payment system, which banks use to transfer large sums of money, and that it was handling major payments manually. "The Bank of England has identified a technical issue related to some routine maintenance of the RTGS payment system and has paused settlement while we resolve it," it said in a statement. "We can reassure the public that all payments made today will be processed," the central bank added. (Reporting by David Milliken; editing by William Schomberg)

Iraq: Suicide attack kills at least 17 in Baghdad
In this Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 photo, Iraqi security forces and tribal fighters gather to defend the city of Haditha, 240 kilometers (150 miles) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq is facing its worst crisis since the 2011 withdrawal of U.S. troops, with the Islamic State extremist group in control of about a third of the country. (AP Photo)BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a suicide bomber has targeted a Shiite mosque in central Baghdad, killing at least 17 worshippers.

After clashes, Hong Kong students, government stand their ground before talks
Pro-democracy protesters sit on a street as they block an area of the Mongkok shopping district of Hong KongBy Donny Kwok and John Ruwitch HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong students and the government stood their ground on Monday ahead of talks aimed at defusing more than three weeks of pro-democracy protests that have blocked traffic around the Chinese-controlled city, but expectations of a breakthrough were low. Student-led protesters are calling for free elections in the former British trading post, but China insists on screening candidates first. Hong Kong's Beijing-backed leader, Leung Chun-ying, has said the city's government was unwilling to compromise on China's restrictions. ...

Japan minister's quitting a hitch, but won't affect reactor restart
By Mari Saito and Kentaro Hamada TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's plan to restart nuclear reactors shut down after the Fukushima disaster will not be affected by Monday's resignation of the industry minister, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is losing a convincing advocate of a step most view with suspicion. Forty-year-old Yuko Obuchi's resignation from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, six weeks after she was appointed, is the latest hitch in a process bogged down by documentation over safety standards, concerns about natural disasters and local opposition. ...

Do remains belong to missing Virginia student?
Missing University of Virginia student Hannah Elizabeth Graham is seen in an undated photo provided by the Charlottesville, Va., Police Department. Searchers found human remains on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, that could be those of the University of Virginia sophomore who has been missing since Sept. 13, police said. Further forensic tests are needed to confirm whether the remains are those of Graham, Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo told a news conference. (AP Photo/Charlottesville, Va., Police Department)CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Police blocked off roads, sifted through leaves and scoured a rural area where they found remains that could be missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham.