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Baxter County judge to announce response to Nativity scene ruling Baxter County Judge Mickey Pendergrass is scheduled to announce his response to a federal judge's ruling that a Nativity scene on the courthouse lawn violates the Constitution. Pendergrass is to reveal his decision during a news conference Wednesday. Judge Timothy Brooks ruled on Nov. 12 that the county must either stop placing any religious seasonal displays on the property or create a public forum allowing displays by ...

The AP: St. Louis Rams' Stedman Bailey is in critical condition after shooting A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that suspended Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey is in critical, but stable condition after being shot. The Rams said in a statement they were "aware Stedman Bailey was involved in an incident" late Tuesday and that they had spoken with him.  Bailey was shot, according to the person who spoke to The AP on condition of ...

Sparta chief is on paid leave for shooting dog The Sparta police chief is on paid administrative leave after admitting he shot a dog. Many who showed up at the City Council meeting on Tuesday night want him fired for shooting and killing a family dog.  Chief Andrew Spencer responded to a call about a loose pit bull terrier.  Instead of taking it to a shelter, he shot and killed the dog. The incident happened two ...

Mizzou Alumni Association will revive Black Alumni Network The Mizzou Alumni Association is responding to requests and forming a Black Alumni Network. The announcement follows the recent resignation of University System President Tim Wolfe after weeks of student protests over the racial climate on campus. Missouri Chancellor Bowen Loftin also resigned. Chelsea Drake Marks, a 2012 graduate, says she and other Missouri alumni wrote a recent statement calling for a black alumni network after talking ...

Number of people killed in Springfield area crashes is way up So far this year, as of Tuesday morning, 761 people had been killed on Missouri roadways.  That's a dramatic rise over the number in 2014. Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers say the Springfield area, specifically, has seen a 39-percent increase in the number of people killed in crashes, compared to last year.    That's why they spent Tuesday trying to get the word out to drivers to ...

Recording shows tension between gubernatorial candidates An audio recording has captured a heated phone call between two Republican gubernatorial candidates. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that former Navy SEAL officer Eric Greitens is heard calling St. Louis businessman John Brunner a "weasel," ''coward," ''corrupt" and a liar on the Nov. 14 recording. Brunner spends much of the conversation appealing for calm. At one point, Brunner says men "don't call people names." He added ...

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U.S. probe says Afghan hospital strike was tragic accident
Staff of MSF demonstrates one month after the US bombing of their charity-run hospital in Kunduz in Afghanistan in GenevaThe U.S. investigation into a deadly Oct. 3 strike on a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz concluded it was a tragic accident caused primarily by human error, a top U.S. military commander said on Wednesday. "This was a tragic mistake. U.S. forces would never intentionally strike a hospital or other protected facilities," U.S. Army General John Campbell, the commander of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said at a news conference to announce the results of the investigation.

Tunisia says suicide bomber behind bus attack in capital
Tunisian forensics police inspect a Tunisian presidential guard bus at the scene of a suicide bomb attack in TunisBy Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisian authorities said on Wednesday a suicide bomber carried out the attack a day earlier on a presidential guard bus, killing at least 12 people and forcing the government to impose a nationwide state of emergency. The explosion on a main boulevard in the capital drove home the vulnerability of Tunisia to Islamist militancy, following gun assaults on a seaside tourist hotel in June and the Bardo Museum in Tunis in March, both claimed by Islamic State. It was the first suicide bombing in the capital.

US stocks edge higher in early trading; Deere gains on earns
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are drifting higher in early trading Wednesday, building on their small gains from the previous day, as markets start to wind down ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S.

Pope arrives in Kenya in pilgrimage to 3 African countries
Pope Francis, center, waves to traditional dancers accompanied by Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, left on his arrival at the airport in Nairobi, Kenya Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. Pope Francis left Wednesday for his first-ever visit to the continent, a whirlwind pilgrimage to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic, bringing a message of peace and reconciliation to an Africa torn by extremist violence. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Brushing aside concerns for his security, Pope Francis arrived in Kenya on Wednesday for his first-ever visit to Africa, including to Central African Republic, a country torn by fighting between Christian and Muslims.

U.S. consumer spending slowing, but business investment poised to rise
A customer pushes her shopping cart through the aisles at a Walmart store in the Porter Ranch section of Los AngelesBy Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer spending barely rose in October as households took advantage of rising incomes to boost savings to their highest level in nearly three years, pointing to moderate economic growth in the fourth quarter. Anemic consumer spending will probably do little do change expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates next month as other data on Wednesday showed a surge in business spending plans in October and a drop in new applications for unemployment benefits last week. The Commerce Department said consumer spending edged up 0.1 percent after a similar increase in September.