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Missouri House speaker forming Koster panel Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones is forming an investigatory committee after a report that Chris Koster was one of several state attorneys general who may have been influenced by campaign contributions and lobbyists. The New York Times reported Wednesday that Koster is one of numerous state attorneys general who have changed policies and negotiated more favorable settlements after receiving campaign contributions and incentives from lobbyists. Documents obtained ...

Video: Warm today, chilly Friday Highs will drop 20-25? on Friday along with a strong north wind. ...

Comic Smirnoff visits MU campus for sitcom fodder  Branson funnyman Yakov Smirnoff hopes that some time spent in University of Missouri classrooms will provide fodder for an upcoming TV sitcom. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Smirnoff is scheduled to visit Columbia and observe classes focused on relationships as research for a new series under development. The Russian-born comic says "Happily Ever Laughter" is being produced by the company behind such TV hits as "The ...

Many stores will remain closed on Thanksgiving Day Once upon a time, you could eat Thanksgiving dinner without worrying whether you might miss a doorbuster deal. But in the last couple of years, stores have been falling over each other to offer Black Friday sales on Thursday itself, opening their doors before many people are even done with their turkey. Now, some stores are saying enough. GameStop and Nordstrom joined Costco in deciding they will remain ...

VIDEO: Fighting the freeze in the Garden Spot Steve and Dan talk about the coming freeze in the Garden Spot.  ...

VIDEO: Royals lose Game 7 heartbreaker KY3's Chad Plein reports from Kaufmann Stadium.  ...



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Trade, defense spending buoy U.S. third-quarter growth
Thanksgiving Day holiday shopper carries a discounted television to the checkout at the Target retail store in ChicagoBy Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A smaller trade deficit and a surge in defense spending buoyed U.S. economic growth in the third quarter, but other details of Thursday's report hinted at some loss of momentum in activity. Gross domestic product grew at a 3.5 percent annual rate, the Commerce Department said on Thursday, beating economists' expectations for a 3.0 percent pace. While the pace of growth in business investment, housing and consumer spending slowed from the second quarter, all those categories contributed to growth. ...

Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'
Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's proud to be gay. The public declaration, in an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, makes Cook the highest-profile business CEO to come out as gay. Cook said that while ...

South Africa's HCI sees 'zero chance' of spinning off media assets
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Hosken Consolidated Investments has no plans to sell its 24-hour news channel, its chief executive said on Thursday, quashing speculation of an ownership shake-up at South Africa's private broadcaster. "I would say the chances of HCI spinning of its media assets at this point in time are close to zero," John Copelyn told the company's annual general meeting. HCI has been wracked by a boardroom fight that has also raised questions about media independence at its eNCA news channel, which is seen as an important counterbalance to the state-run SABC for political coverage. ...

Zimbabwe's state media attacks deputy president Mujuru
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is greeted by Vice President Joice Mujuru as he returns home to HarareBy MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's state media accused Vice-President Joice Mujuru of extortion and abuse of office on Thursday in what observers say is a stepped-up campaign to discredit her in a battle to succeed ageing President Robert Mugabe. Mugabe, 90, and in power since independence from Britain in 1980, has not indicated a preferred political heir, but his advanced age and rumours of ill health have escalated succession fights in the ruling ZANU-PF party. ...

Bodies found in Mexico where 3 Texans missing
This two photo combo with undated handout photos provided by Nohemi Gonzalez, shows Erica Maria Alvarado Rivera, left, and her brother Alex, right, at their mother's home in Progreso, Texas. According to witnesses armed men took Erica Maria, 26, and her brothers, Alex, 22, and Jose Angel, 21, on Oct. 13 in El Control, a small town near the Texas border west of Matamoros. The three were visiting their father in Mexico and they have not been seen since. (AP Photo)MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) — Mexican officials say four bodies have been found east of the border city of Matamoros, near where three young Americans went missing more than two weeks ago.