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Man is accused of killing toddler by repeatedly striking him with belt, hand A man charged with killing a 2-year-old boy in Willow Springs made his first court appearance on the charges on Monday morning.  Jamie Curnutt, 32, is in the Howell County jail in lieu of a $1 million bond. Willow Springs went to Curnutt's home on Friday morning, shortly before noon, after the boy's mother made a 9-1-1 call because the boy was gurgling and barely breathing.  ...

Yearwood, Santana will perform at World Series Trisha Yearwood and Carlos Santana are among the musicians set to perform the national anthem during the World Series. Major League Baseball says Yearwood will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Game 1 on Tuesday when the San Francisco Giants play the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Santana will perform an instrumental rendition of the national anthem with his son before Game 4 on ...

25 years later: Recalling the firestorm over 'The Normal Heart' production It was the fall of 1989, and the eyes of the nation were on Springfield.  A firestorm has been ignited by opponents of a student performance at Southwest Missouri State University, now Missouri State University. The theater department was putting on a play 'The Normal Heart,' which depicted the struggles of a gay community during the early days of the HIV-AIDS epidemic. Jean Dixon, a Republican state ...

Marshfield parents are frustrated with school board over teacher charged with sex crime Johnna Feazell, 46,, a Marshfield teacher of 15 years, received two notices from the school last year citing her for improper contact with a student.  Last Friday, Feazell was charged with sexually abusing that 16-year old girl. At the school board meeting on Monday night, parents voiced their frustration about Feazell's past and why she was still employed at the school for as long as she ...

World Series notebook: Giants have been here before KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The San Francisco Giants have been here before, winning the 2010 and 2012 World Series. The Kansas City Royals have not been to this biggest baseball stage since 1985 when they defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games. That was also the last time the Royals were in the playoffs, so most of their players are postseason neophytes. Advantage Giants. "I can imagine ...

13 injured in Missouri school bus collision LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) — Police in suburban Kansas City say one girl suffered serious injuries and 12 others had minor injuries after a collision involving a school bus carrying a high school volleyball team. The accident happened around 4:15 p.m. Monday near Lee's Summit West High School, where the team from Raymore-Peculiar High School was scheduled to play in a tournament. Police said 20 girls and ...



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Juncker's EU team members get parliamentary approval
Juncker, the incoming president of the European Commission, presents the list of the European Commissioners and their jobs for the next five years, during a news conference at the EC headquarters in BrusselsBRUSSELS (Reuters) - The incoming EU executive led by Jean-Claude Juncker looks set to take office on schedule next month after lawmakers said committees in the European Parliament had endorsed a final two nominees on Tuesday. Violeta Bulc, a replacement candidate from Slovenia, was approved as transport commissioner following a confirmation hearing late on Monday. So was Slovak Maros Sefcovic, who has a reshuffled role as vice-president for energy union. Parliament is due to vote in a plenary session on Wednesday on whether Juncker's 28-strong European Commission should take office on Nov. ...

Pistorius jailed for five years for killing girlfriend Steenkamp
South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Pistorius is led to a prison van after his sentencing in PretoriaBy Joe Brock PRETORIA (Reuters) - Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, ending a trial that has gripped South Africa and the world. As judge Thokozile Masipa read out her decision on Pistorius' Sept. 12 culpable homicide conviction, the 27-year-old, whose downfall has been likened to that of American football star O.J. Simpson, stood resolutely in the dock. ...

Pistorius sentencing: Live Report
Oscar Pistorius (C) is escorted by South African police into a police van following his sentencingPretoria (AFP) - 11:12 GMT - Brother's support - Carl Pistorius has taken to Twitter to show his support for his jailed brother. He tweets @carlpistorius: "May God gives you grace so that your salvation might be built up and not broken regardless of the circumstance. #Hiswordwillnotreturnvoid"

Britain sends drones to fly surveillance missions over Syria
Britain's Defence Secretary Michael Fallon arrives for a Cobra meeting at the Cabinet Office in LondonLONDON (Reuters) - Britain said on Tuesday it was authorizing spy planes and armed drones to fly surveillance missions over Syria "very shortly" in order to gather intelligence on Islamic State (IS) militants. Britain announced the deployment after Turkey said on Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian town of Kobani on Turkey's border. ...

Ukraine, Russia, EU energy chiefs meet to finalize gas deal
Russia's President Putin shakes hands with Ukraine's President Poroshenko as he arrives for a meeting on the sidelines of a Europe-Asia summit in MilanBy Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Russia and Ukraine aim to resolve an impasse over natural gas supplies on Tuesday as their energy ministers meet in Brussels for talks brokered by the European Union's energy commissioner. Citing unpaid bills worth more than $5 billion, Russia cut off gas flows to Kiev in mid-June, adding to tensions sparked by Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region. After months of stalemate, pressure has mounted to reach a deal to allow gas deliveries for heating as winter approaches. ...