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Local reps surprised by GOP leader dropping out of Speaker's race  Local members of Congress were caught off guard by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy withdrawing from the race to be speaker. McCarthy said he made the decision because Republicans are clearly divided and it's necessary to pick a candidate who can unite them. GOP lawmakers say McCarthy told colleagues at the start of a closed meeting that he was not the right person for the job. ...

High court says it's not illegal for mom to pass drugs to unborn child The Arkansas Supreme Court overturned the conviction of a woman sentenced to 20 years in prison after giving birth to a baby with methamphetamine in his system. The court handed down the decision on Thursday for Melissa McCann-Arms, 39.  She and her son tested positive for the drug after she gave birth in 2012.  McCann-Arms was convicted of a felony called "introduction of controlled substance into body ...

Black walnut caramel apples crumble Crumble Topping: 1 cup of Muesli oats cereal ½ cup of melted butter ½ cup flour ½ cup brown sugar ¼ teaspoon of salt ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg 1 cup of black walnuts Combine the melted butter, flour, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and black walnuts until brown sugar has melted. Fold in the Muesli cereal Spread mixture on a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper, in ...

Traveling flu clinic aims to reduce absences in Springfield School District Nurses in a traveling clinic are working to keep school kids healthy during this flu season.  The medical team visits several different Springfield schools every day for two and a half weeks to administer this year's flu vaccine. When complete, the team will have seen some 7,000 students.  "It's a lot easier than making an appointment and going to the pediatrician," said LeeAnn Neill, the district's health ...

Judge grants extension for assessment of Arkansas hog farm A judge is giving two federal agencies more time to assess the environmental impact of a northern Arkansas hog farm in the Buffalo National River watershed. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports a judge granted a three-month extension Wednesday to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Services Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration. The agencies had asked for the extension, citing "an unexpectedly large" amount of public comments ...

Petitions filed to allow medical marijuana use in Missouri ...

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The Republicans' Mr. Congeniality drops out of speaker race
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif. speaks to the media about his decision not to run for nomination for House Speaker replacing John Boehner, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. In a stunning move, McCarthy withdrew his candidacy for House speaker Thursday, throwing Congress' Republican leadership into chaos. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — Mainstream lawmakers saw Kevin McCarthy as an honest broker in ragged times. Those farther on the right worried that, as House speaker, he might obstruct their obstructionism.

Amazon opens online shop for handmade goods
Handmade at Amazon is a challenge to New York City-based Etsy, an e-commerce website devoted to personally crafted and vintage itemsOnline retail colossus Amazon on Thursday opened a shop showcasing handmade goods sold directly by artisans. Handmade at Amazon came as a challenge to New York City-based Etsy, an e-commerce website devoted to personally crafted and vintage items. "We have designed a custom shopping experience for customers looking for handmade items by bringing together many of the best artisans in the world, and they're adding thousands of items daily," Amazon marketplace vice president Peter Faricy said in a release.

Messi to stand trial in Spain on 3 counts of tax fraud
MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi will stand trial in Spain on three counts of tax fraud and could be sentenced to nearly two years in prison if found guilty.

Murdoch says sorry for 'real black president' tweet
Rupert Murdoch, pictured on February 22, 2015, apologized after suggesting that Barack Obama was not "a real black president," triggering outragePowerful media magnate Rupert Murdoch apologized on Thursday after suggesting that Barack Obama was not "a real black president," triggering outrage. In a message posted to his @rupertmurdoch Twitter account late Wednesday, the 84-year-old owner of News Corporation had seemed to question Obama's racial identity while comparing him unfavorably to Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, an African American retired neurosurgeon.

UEFA defy FIFA and back their president Platini
By Simon Evans ZURICH (Reuters) - UEFA defied FIFA’s suspension of Michel Platini on Thursday when it said he would not be replaced as head of European soccer’s governing body and gave him its backing in the appeal process. Earlier on Thursday, the Ethics Committee of world soccer body FIFA handed Platini a 90-day provisional ban from all soccer activities worldwide at the same time as giving an identical sanction to FIFA president Sepp Blatter.