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Oscar Mayer may bid for World's Largest Catsup Bottle, just outside St. Louis A famous American meat company wants to purchase the World's Largest Catsup Bottle, a famous icon in this town near St. Louis.  The Oscar Mayer Company confirmed it is interested in the bottle because, with six large hot dogs on wheels traveling across the country all year, it could use a worthy condiment.  One Weinermobile was recently spotted right outside the famous Brooks Fancy Catsup water ...

Arkansas leader wants 'dehumanizing' uniform changed; sheriff says jail is not the 'Holiday Inn' After touring the Baxter County Jail twice, an Arkansas county leader said he doesn't like what he saw. Quorum Court member Gary Tennison's issue: inmate uniforms. Inmates have been wearing black and white striped uniforms at the jail ever since Sheriff John Montgomery was elected ten years ago. The sheriff wants to keep the stripes, but Tennison is pushing for change; he said the uniforms are dehumanizing and ...

Jail inmates discover $1 million in pot during litter cleanup in NW Missouri A northwest Missouri cleanup crew consisting of jail inmates and a sheriff's deputy went into a roadside ravine to clean up trash and instead discovered more than 600 pounds of packaged marijuana. The St. Joseph News-Press reports a crew from Buchanan County jail was working Monday south of St. Joseph when they discovered 678 1-pound packages of pot and three large sacks of loose marijuana. Buchanan County ...

Nixa trying to get faster, cheaper internet Mark Truby at the Nixa Area Chamber of Commerce says business owners crave fast internet. Which is why the City of Nixa is looking for a way to install fiber optic lines, the infrastructure necessary for the fastest internet possible. Truby says cities with faster internet attract jobs and economic growth. "We need to fill our industrial park, we need bigger business coming in here, and possibly ...

Diabetic Arkansas girl reunited with service dog An 11-year-old Arkansas girl has her furry, four-legged best friend back at her side. Alayna Barnes, who suffers from diabetes, was reunited with her service dog, Major, Tuesday night. Alayna's family sent Major to Colorado earlier this month so he could improve his skills with his trainer. That trainer, though, refused to give the dog back--according to the family--claiming he was abused. After the family filed charges, ...

Man from Lebanon is charged for killing bear A Missouri conservation agent ticketed a man from Lebanon last weekend for shooting a black bear in June.   Jimmy Slavens, 23, is charged with three violations of the state wildlife code, and could face a jail sentence up to a year or a fine up to $1,000 for each violation if he is convicted. The Laclede County prosecuting attorney formally charged Slavens on Tuesday for illegally ...

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Russia says U.S. accusations over nuclear treaty 'unfounded'
Russia on Wednesday dismissed Washington's accusations that it has violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Treaty as "unfounded", and said it had its own complaints against the United States over the treaty. This includes... production of armed drones by the Americans, which...fall into the category of ground-based cruise missiles as defined by the Treaty," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The ministry was reacting to Washington's allegations that Moscow had violated the 1988 accord. The exchange of the accusations took place amid the deepest East-West rift since the end of the Cold War over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis and the EU and United States economic sanctions against Moscow.

G7 leaders warn of further costs to Russia over Ukraine
G7 leaders issued a joint statement on Wednesday warning Russia that it will face added economic sanctions if Moscow does not change the course of its Ukraine policy. The statement from the leaders of the G7 countries, the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Britain, was a show of solidarity among allies. They expressed grave about Russian actions that have undermined "Ukraine's sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence." "Russia still has the opportunity to choose the path of de-escalation," the statement said, a day after Europe and the United States imposed a fresh found of sanctions. "If it does not do so, however, we remain ready to further intensify the costs of its adverse actions." The G7 leaders called on all sides to establish a ceasefire at the crash site of the Malaysian jet that was shot down on July 17 in eastern Ukraine.

EU names 8 Russians, three firms subject to asset freeze
By Justyna Pawlak and Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission published the names of eight Russians, including some of President Vladimir Putin's associates, and three companies which will have their assets frozen as part of sanctions against Russia's actions in eastern Ukraine. The people on the list include Arkady Rotenberg who is Putin's long-time judo partner, and already on a U.S. sanctions list since March. Yury Kovalchuk and Nikolai Shamalov - the two largest shareholders in Bank Rossiya, a St. Petersburg company that expanded rapidly after Putin moved to Moscow and became president in 2000 - were also blacklisted. The companies named include Russian National Commercial Bank, which was the first Russian bank into Crimea after the region's annexation by Russia earlier this year.

'Complacent' NATO unprepared for Russian threat: British lawmakers
By Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - NATO is not prepared for the threat of a Russian attack on one of its members, British lawmakers said on Thursday, calling for more equipment and troops to be positioned in the Baltic States, which, they said, were particularly vulnerable. Parliament's Defense Select Committee said events in Crimea and eastern Ukraine had revealed "alarming deficiencies" in NATO's preparedness and should be a "wake-up call". The military alliance has stepped up exercises in eastern Europe since Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea Peninsula in March. ...

Argentina faces default as 'vulture fund' talks fail
Argentina's Economy Minister Axel Kicillof speaks during a press conference at the Argentina Consulate July 30, 2014 in New YorkLast-ditch talks between Argentina and the US hedge funds it has branded "vultures" failed to reach agreement, effectively pushing the country into default. Ratings agency Standard and Poor's had already placed Argentina in "selective default" when Economy Minister Axel Kicillof emerged from the New York talks to confirm that no deal had been reached. "Unfortunately, no agreement was reached and the Republic of Argentina will imminently be in default," said Daniel Pollack, the lawyer appointed by a US court to oversee the talks. Kicillof slammed S&P's downgrade, arguing that Argentina could not be regarded as being in default since the money for the repayment was in a US bank account ready to be paid but frozen by court order.