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Transformer fire leaves thousands without power Thousands of people in Christian County didn't have power for hours on Thursday and Friday when an Empire Electric substation caught fire. The fire started at about 5:30 p.m. and destroyed the transformer at the substation, leaving 4,500 residents without power. At one point more than more than 7,500 people were without power. The larger outage was caused when crews tried to fix the outage. The number ...

Progress Report: New 'At Home' store, Cox South construction projects on track Demolition work is nearly complete on the interior of the former K-Mart building on S. Campbell Ave.  Soon, it will house the area’s first ‘At Home’ Home Décor superstore. The Texas-based chain, formerly ‘Garden Ridge,’ stocks everything from furniture, to housewares, to garden and landscaping supplies.  The company has said the new store could be open later this year. Also on the retail side of things- CVS ...

Arkansas attorney general rejects marijuana plan LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the proposed wording for a prospective ballot item that would let voters decide whether to legalize marijuana in the state. McDaniel's office on Thursday said the name and ballot title on the proposal sponsored by Rockie Barley of Malvern is ambiguous and has "misleading tendencies." McDaniel says changes are needed to more fully and ...

New assault complaints against ex-Mizzou RB emerge ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two more former University of Missouri students have gone public with assault allegations against ex-running back Derrick Washington, including a women's soccer player who said her coach suggested she could lose her scholarship if she pursued her complaint that Washington punched her in a 2010 fight. A second woman says Washington raped her on campus. Prosecutors declined to file charges in that ...

Power outages in Christian County expected to last into Friday; shelter open in Ozark Christian County Emergency Management opened an emergency shelter to help homeowners without power through the night. Nearly 7,600 Empire District Electric customers in the Nixa, Ozark, and Sparta lost power Thursday afternoon after damage to a substation transformer.  Emergency management expects the outage to last into Friday. Empire says the outage happened after a transformer at a substation was damaged.  The National Weather Service reports the damage ...

WATCH: Springfield Cardinals GM Matt Gifford accepts KY3's Ethan Forhetz's ice bucket challenge Springfield Cardinals General Manager Matt Gifford stepped up to the plate for ALS. Gifford accepted the challenge from KY3's Ethan Forhetz to do the ice bucket challenge.  Mascots Fetch and Louie helped soak Gifford with a unique twist to the challenge. Matt Gifford ALS Ethan does Ice Bucket Challenge ...

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Nigerian who died in UAE tests negative for Ebola
Some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion is revealed in this undated handout colorized transmission electron micrographA Nigerian woman with cancer who died in the Emirati capital this week has tested negative for Ebola, the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi said. The 35-year-old woman with advanced cancer had been travelling via Abu Dhabi airport when her health deteriorated. When medics tried to resuscitate her, the patient had shown signs that may have been consistent with the Ebola virus. "Some of her signs during resuscitation, although explainable by her medical condition, could also have been caused by Ebola virus, and hence this diagnosis needed to be excluded," the authority said in a statement according to the state WAM news agency on Thursday.

Moscow defies Kiev, orders aid convoy onto Ukrainian soil
Trucks of a Russian convoy carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine drive before parking at a camp near Donetsk located in Rostov RegionBy Dmitry Madorsky DONETSK-IZVARINO BORDER CROSSING Russia (Reuters) - Russia ordered a convoy of aid trucks across the border into eastern Ukraine on Friday apparently without Kiev's permission, raising the danger of direct confrontation with the Ukrainian military which is fighting pro-Russian rebels. An unnamed Ukrainian official told Interfax news agency it was not escorted by the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC), one of the terms previously agreed by Kiev and Moscow. Kiev and Western capitals have expressed concern that the convoy, held up by wrangling over the terms of passage, the content of the cargo and the role of the ICRC, could be used as a pretext for some form of direct Russian military intervention.

German cop in dock over cannibalism website killing
Police search for evidence in the area where body parts were found on November 29, 2013 in Reichenau, eastern GermanyThe trial of a German police officer accused of murdering a willing victim he met on a website for cannibalism fetishists starts on Friday in the eastern city of Dresden. In a macabre case that captured global attention, prosecutors say the 56-year-old defendant, Detlev Guenzel, killed the man at his home last November, then cut his body into small pieces and buried them in his garden. The dead man, 59-year-old Polish-born Wojciech Stempniewicz, had met Guenzel the month before on a website where users share slaughter and cannibalism fantasies. Guenzel is a three-decade veteran of the police force, the father of an adult daughter, and had been married to his male partner in a civil union for a decade at the time of the killing.

Russian aid trucks pass into Ukraine without Kiev consent, Red Cross escort
Russian aid trucks have crossed the Ukraine-Russia border without permission from Kiev and without the previously agreed escort from the International Committee of the Red Cross, Interfax Ukraine cited a Ukrainian government source as saying on Friday. "The convoy started to move on its own, without consent from the Ukrainian side and unaccompanied by the Red Cross," the unnamed official was quoted as saying. Writing by Alessandra Prentice;

Asia shares gain ahead of US Fed chief's speech
An elderly investor looks at stock prices at a securities exchange in Shanghai on August 22, 2014Asian shares mostly rose Friday after the S&P 500 index notched up a new record high, as traders awaited a keynote speech by the Federal Reserve chief for clues on the timing of interest rate hikes.