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Fire marshals investigating arsons in vacant houses Springfield fire marshals report a rash of fires in vacant houses in August. Crews have fought fires at four vacant houses this month. Fire Marshals believe three of those fires were intentionally set. The fourth, located at 1529 N. Jefferson, is still undetermined and under investigation. “Fires in vacant houses are concerning for us because it’s difficult to know if anyone is inside,” said Assistant Chief ...

ATV accident kills woman in Dent County An all-terrain vehicle crash in Dent County killed a woman from Bunker, Mo. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports 38-year-old Donna Nunley died when she lost control of the ATV she was driving and overturned last Tuesday night. It happened on Highway A in Bunker. The Patrol says the ATV overturned and threw Nunley. She was pronounced dead at the scene. ...

CPSC recalls kids' water bottle The Consumer Product Safety Commission announces a recall of a bottle for children. The four recalled Brita hard-sided water filter bottle for kids have popular cartoon characters on a hard-sided plastic bottle. Characters and bottle colors include Dora the Explorer®, violet; Hello Kitty®, pink; SpongeBob Square Pants®, blue; and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles®, green. The bottles stand 6 inches tall, hold 15 ounces of liquid, have ...

Latest Ferguson protests are smaller, more subdued FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Police and protesters in Ferguson have shared the streets again at night, putting aside for at least a few hours some of the hostility that had filled those hours with tear gas and smoke. The St. Louis suburb still had plenty of protest Tuesday over the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, and tensions did rise briefly when a bottle was hurled ...

Local colleges listed among best in region Several colleges in Missouri and Arkansas are listed in the Princeton Review’s 2014 online list of “Best Colleges: Region by Region.” The list includes Missouri State University, Drury University, Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, the University of Missouri and the University of Arkansas. The Missouri schools are on the list of the “Best of the Midwest,” while the University of Arkansas is ...

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US stocks quiet ahead of Fed minutes
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks were mostly unchanged in early trading Wednesday as investors awaited the release of the minutes of the Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting. Lowe's, the home improvement retail chain, fell after the company's outlook came in short of investors' expectations.

Jackie Chan expresses shame over son's drug arrest
FILE - In this June 14, 2010 file photo Hong Kong actor Jaycee Chan attends a premiere of his new film " Break Up Club " in Hong Kong. Action star Jackie Chan said he's ashamed and saddened over his son's arrest on drug charges and has apologized to the public. In a microblog posting Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, Chan said his actor son Jaycee Chan would have to face the consequences of his actions, but promised that the two would face the future together.(AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)BEIJING (AP) — Jackie Chan apologized to the public Wednesday over his son's detention on drug charges in Beijing, saying he's ashamed and saddened.

Germany, Italy, ready to send arms to Iraq Kurds
An internally displaced Iraqi woman holds her sister during a sandstorm at a new camp outside the Bajid Kandala camp in Feeshkhabour town, Iraq, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Some 1.5 million people have been displaced by fighting in Iraq since the Islamic State's rapid advance began in June, and thousands more have died. The scale of the humanitarian crisis prompted the U.N. to declare its highest level of emergency last week. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)BERLIN (AP) — Germany is prepared to arm Kurdish fighters battling Sunni insurgents in northern Iraq, officials said Wednesday.

Pakistan lawmakers meet amid mass protests
Supporters of anti-government cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri block an entrance of the parliament, seen in background, during a protest at Islamabad's high-security Red Zone in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Jubilant anti-government demonstrators in Pakistan are claiming victory after tearing down barricades and occupying a key road outside Parliament, where they are demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani lawmakers met Wednesday as tens of thousands of protesters thronged outside parliament calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over alleged voting fraud.

Israel steps up air strikes as Gaza buries dead
A digger removes debris on August 20, 2014 from a building in Gaza City's Sheikh Radwan neighbourhood destroyed the night before in an Israeli air strike which killed the wife and infant daughter of elusive Hamas military chief Mohammed DeifIsraeli warplanes pounded Gaza Wednesday as furious mourners buried the wife and child of Hamas's top military commander, clamouring for revenge as eight days of calm exploded into bloodshed. Mohammed Deif himself, who has topped Israel's most wanted list for more than a decade, escaped the strike, which pulverised a building in Gaza City late on Tuesday and remained in command, Hamas said. At least 18 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza since militants launched a barrage of rockets on southern Israel and F16 fighter jets launched retaliatory air strikes, Palestinian medics say. The bloodshed pushed the Palestinian death toll to more than 2,030 since July 8 when Israel and Hamas militants started their bloodiest confrontation since the second intifada or uprising (2000-2005).