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Missouri executes inmate for 1993 farm slaying Missouri executed an inmate who was convicted of killing a farming couple in 1993.  William Rousan, 57, was scheduled to be executed at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.  He died at 12:10 a.m., Missouri Department of Corrections spokesman Mike O'Connell said. The execution took place at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Bonne Terre, which is just a few miles from the farm where the killings ...

Risk on the rails: Tracks through Springfield become pipeline for oil boom Carrying the goods of commerce, freight trains roll through many communities each day.  What’s inside many of these rail cars remains a mystery to most people until a catastrophe happens. “We have got oil trains with hundreds of cars that come through our area. So it is going to be a big problem no matter where it goes through,” said Springfield Fire Department  special operations chief ...

Enjoy Wednesday rain arrives Thursday Wonderful weather on tap again for Wednesday. Thunderstorms return to the Ozarks on Thursday. Find out if any will be severe by watching the forecast. ...

Branson leaders push for public smoking ban At Mr. G's in Branson it's a given the pizza is warm, the beer is cold, and the customers can light up. "They smoke and drink wherever they want," said employee Ann Marie Pounds. Pounds wants it to stay that way; she believes the smoking ban proposal being considered by city leaders is overreaching. "I think there are 450 restaurants in Branson and a lot of them are ...

Wainwright injures knee, Cardinals blank Mets 3-0 NEW YORK (AP) — Adam Wainwright threw seven neat innings before leaving with a knee injury, and Jon Jay hit a two-run single that sent the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-0 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday night. Left fielder Matt Holliday robbed Chris Young of a tying homer, one night after the Mets played some dazzling defense of their own to post ...

Shields, Moustakas lead Royals past Indians 8-2 CLEVELAND (AP) — James Shields allowed two runs in six innings and Mike Moustakas hit a three-run homer to lead the Kansas City Royals to an 8-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night. Shields (2-2) struck out nine and won his second straight start. Moustakas' homer sparked Kansas City's four-run fourth that featured five hits. The Royals are 10-0 when scoring at least four runs. Eric ...

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Serendipity aids Egypt in struggle to recover stolen heritage
A soldier stands guard in a militry vehicle in front of the Egyptian museum in Tahrir squareBy Stephen Kalin and Tom Perry CAIRO (Reuters) - When French Egyptologist Olivier Perdu saw a fragment of a pharaonic statue on display in a Brussels gallery last year, he assumed it was a twin of an ancient masterpiece he had examined in Egypt a quarter of a century earlier. The reality was an even more remarkable coincidence: the fragment was part of the very same artifact - a unique 6th century B.C. statue hewn from pale green stone - that Perdu had received special permission to study in Cairo in 1989. "What I had between my hands in Brussels was the object that I had studied in the Cairo museum in 1989." Thanks to his chance encounter, the piece excavated in 1858 has found its way back to Egypt. It is now back in Cairo, where conservation experts have reunited it with the rest of the statue.

Australia signals deeper search for Malaysian jet
Malaysia Airlines flight MH192 bound for Bangalore turned back towards and parked at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Monday, April 21, 2014, after its right landing gear malfunctioned upon takeoff. The airline says Flight 192 carrying 166 people landed safely at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport early Monday, four hours after it departed. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister said Wednesday that failure to find any clue in the most likely crash site of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet would not spell the end of the search, as officials planned to soon bring in more powerful sonar equipment that can delve deeper beneath the Indian Ocean.

Judge to mull Chelsea Manning name change request
FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, file photo, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted to a security vehicle outside a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., after a hearing in his court martial. A northeast Kansas judge will make a final determination Wednesday, April 23, 2014, on Manning’s request to change her name from Bradley Edward Manning to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning. Manning is serving a 35-year sentence for giving reams of classified U.S. government information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas judge has scheduled a hearing to consider Army Pfc. Chelsea Manning's petition to legally change her name from Bradley Manning.

Amnesty: Qatar fails to protect domestic workers
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An international human rights group has slammed Qatar for failing to protect foreign maids and other domestic workers from exploitation, adding pressure on the Gulf state over its labor practices as it gears up to host the 2022 World Cup.

Grim SKorea ferry disaster search enters second week
A woman bows as she visits a newly opened memorial altar for the victims of the sunken South Korean ferry "Sewol" at the Ansan Olympic memorial hall on April 23, 2014Jindo (South Korea) (AFP) - The search for scores of passengers still missing from South Korea's ferry disaster entered a second week Wednesday, to the deepening distress of their grieving, angry and frustrated families. The city is home to the Danwon High School which had 352 students and a dozen teachers on the Sewol when it capsized.