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Police may have nabbed man suspected of assaulting officer; then stealing car at intersection A man fled from a Springfield police officer who made a traffic stop, after backing his SUV into the officer's patrol car and injuring the officer.  The officer chased the SUV for a few blocks before stopping and calling for medical help.  Later, police say, the driver abandoned the SUV, forced his way into another car by pulling the driver out of it, and sped ...

Ex-sheriff pleads guilty for stealing property recovered in criminal cases A former sheriff of St. Clair County pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday for stealing property recovered in criminal cases and for selling a stolen firearm.  Ron Snodgrass, 47, of El Dorado Springs, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Doug Harpool to theft concerning programs receiving federal funds. Snodgrass served three terms as the elected sheriff in St. Clair County, from Jan. 1, 2001, through ...

Call-an-expert panel on Tuesday will offer help if you've been scammed If you feel you've been cheated or scammed but aren't sure what to do, you can call an expert on Tuesday evening.  They're from a Consumer Protection Task Force, and they'll take calls at KY3. It's National Consumer Protection Week.  All week, you can watch special Contact KY3 reports on identity theft, fraud alerts and money advice. Phone lines will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. ...

Consumer Reports: Make your appliances last longer The appliances in your home are a big investment. You can avoid repairs, keep them running efficiently, and get them to last as long as possible by using these tips from Consumer Reports: Your refrigerator will stay colder, run better, and last longer if the cold air can circulate easily. So don’t overstuff it with food. Do the doors seal properly and keep the chill in? Close the ...

Boy cusses out newspaper editor for changing comics section ...

2nd suspect for burning man in Monett is arrested The second of two men wanted for setting another man on fire in Monett is now in the Lawrence County jail in lieu of a $200,000 bond. Officers arrested Ryan Fertig on Monday night in Pierce City. Investigators say Fertig, 30, and Greg Fitzgerald, 36, set Corey Harp, 37, on fire in January. Harp suffered second- and third-degree burns. Fitzgerald was on the run before he was ...

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Protests continue over LA homeless killing
Protesters stage a die-in in front of LAPD headquarters in Los Angeles, California, on March 3, 2015, over the death of a homeless man known as "Africa"A homeless man shot by police in Los Angeles was a French national and convicted criminal, the LA Times reported Tuesday, as protesters continued to voice anger at the killing. The newspaper identified the man, killed Sunday after a struggle with police caught on a video which went viral, as 39-year-old Charley Saturmin Robinet. It cited law enforcement records as saying Robinet -- identified by others on LA's Skid Row homeless district only as "Africa" -- was convicted of armed robbery 15 years ago and jailed. LA police chief Charlie Beck said Monday that the victim, who police have not identified, tried to grab a gun from one of four officers who were trying to restrain him on the city's Skid Row homeless district.

Last-gasp Benteke gives Sherwood first win
Sunderland's English midfielder Lee Cattermole (L) vies with Hull City's English midfielder Jake Livermore during their English Premier League football match in Kingston upon Hull, England on March 3, 2015Christian Benteke scored a nerveless stoppage-time penalty as Aston Villa edged West Bromwich Albion 2-1 on Tuesday to earn new manager Tim Sherwood a precious first Premier League victory. Sherwood, who succeeded the sacked Paul Lambert last month, celebrated jubilantly at the final whistle after what could prove a turning point in his bid to prevent Villa succumbing to a first relegation in 28 years. Gabriel Agbonlahor put the hosts in front in the 15th minute at Villa Park, running onto Benteke's flick-on and sliding the ball past Ben Foster. Foster had previously almost allowed a tame shot from Agbonlahor to squirm beneath him and over the line, while Joleon Lescott was forced to clear off the line from Agbonlahor and Villa midfielder Fabian Delph hit the post in first-half stoppage time.

Netanyahu warns US 'bad deal' would put Iran on nuclear path
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif gesture as they arrive to resume nuclear negotiations in MontreuxWASHINGTON (AP) — In a direct challenge to the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood before Congress on Tuesday and bluntly warned the U.S. that an emerging nuclear agreement with Iran "paves Iran's path to the bomb." President Barack Obama pushed back sternly, saying the U.S. would never sign such a deal and Netanyahu was offering no useful alternative.

Facing scrutiny on sex assault, college asks feds for review
In this photo provided by Grinnell College is Raynard Kington, president of Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. Facing scrutiny over its practices for responding to sexual assault, Kington has taken the unusual step of asking the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights to to review whether three cases were handled appropriately the private school that is well-known for its tradition of campus activism. (AP Photo/Grinnell College)IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Facing scrutiny over its practices for responding to sexual assault, a liberal arts college in Iowa has taken the unusual step of asking federal investigators to review whether three cases were handled appropriately.

Tena Stivicic's '3 Winters' wins Blackburn Prize
This Monday, March 2, 2015 photo provided by courtesy of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize shows, Tena Stivicic, left, (U.K. and Croatia), and Alex Kilgore, the president of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, at the reception held at Playwrights Horizons in New York. Stivicic has won the oldest and most prestigious playwriting prize for women for her sweeping play about four generations of women growing up in Croatia after World War II. The author of "3 Winters" was awarded the international Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and $25,000 on Monday night. (AP Photo/Courtesy Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Richard Termine)NEW YORK (AP) — Tena Stivicic was still buzzing a day after winning the oldest and most prestigious playwriting prize for women with her sweeping play about four generations of women growing up in Croatia after World War II.