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Big airlines predict Labor Day air travel to be up from a year ago A trade group for the nation's big airlines predicts that air travel over the Labor Day weekend will rise 2 percent from the same holiday last year. Airlines for America expects 14 million people to fly within the U.S. in the seven days ending Sept. 2. Separately, the auto club AAA forecasts that 34.7 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home by car or ...

Branson adds air service for the fall Branson’s airport will feature flights to Chicago and Houston this fall. The airport announced that Branson AirExpress will begin flying four to six days a week on October 25. The service will end for the season on December 7. The one-way tickets to Chicago Midway and Houston’s Hobby airports will begin at $99 each one way. The service later this year will be provided by Branson ...

Breaking News: Governor Nixon orders Missouri National Guard out of Ferguson Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson Thursday afternoon. The National Guard is working with the Missouri Highway to "systematically withdraw' from the city. The decision follows consecutive nights of fewer protests and fewer arrests.  The governor signed an executive order, calling up the National Guard to assist law enforcement on Monday.  They arrived on Tuesday. Governor Nixon ordered the ...

Of 163 arrests since shooting, 7 from Ferguson FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Police records show that 163 arrests have been made in the Ferguson protest zone since the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, but just seven are residents of the St. Louis suburb. Brown was killed Aug. 9 by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson, spurring widespread protests, along with some rioting and looting. St. Louis County spokeswoman Candace Jarrett provided information to The Associated Press ...

Pet food factory opens $90 million plant in Joplin A pet food company has opened its first $90 million factory in Joplin. The Joplin Globe reports the Heartland Pet Foods Manufacturing plant opened Wednesday. Blue Buffalo Co. is the parent company of Heartland Pet Foods Manufacturing. The Joplin plant is Blue Buffalo's first. The company had been contracting out its pet food production by using other plants. The 415,000-square-foot production plant will slowly begin operating. It is ...

VIDEO: Ferguson hopes for another calm day Leanne Gregg reports Ferguson, Mo. has been quieter. ...

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Gov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson
Attorney General Eric Holder stops to shake hands with a patron at Drake's Place Restaurant, before his meeting with local community leaders, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo. Holder arrived in Missouri on Wednesday, a small group of protesters gathered outside the building where a grand jury could begin hearing evidence to determine whether a Ferguson police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown should be charged in his death. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly two weeks ago.

Accuser of 'X-Men' director seeks case dismissal
HONOLULU (AP) — A former child model accusing "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sex abuse in Hawaii says he wants to dismiss the lawsuit — not because it lacks merit but because he can't find a new attorney to represent him.

Guilty plea from marathon bombing suspect's friend
FILE - In this June 2, 2014, file courtroom sketch, Dias Kadyrbayev, left, testifies in federal court in Boston. Kadyrbayev, a native of Kazakhstan and friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy for allegedly removing a backpack containing fireworks from Tsarnaev's dorm room after realizing he was suspected of carrying out the deadly 2013 attack. Kadyrbayev is scheduled to be in federal court in Boston, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 where he is expected to plead guilty to the charges. He was to go on trial in September. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins, File)BOSTON (AP) — A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty Thursday to impeding the investigation into the deadly attack.

Syria opposition: Deadly chemical attack forgotten
FILE - This Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 file image provided by Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, purports to show bodies of victims of an attack on Ghouta, Syria. An international human rights group says on the anniversary of the deadly chemical attack outside Damascus that “justice remains elusive” for the victims and their families. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network, File)BEIRUT (AP) — The year since a chemical attack that killed hundreds near Damascus has been a strikingly good one for President Bashar Assad.

National Guard to withdraw from riot-torn Ferguson, Missouri
By Carey Gillam and Scott Malone FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - The governor of Missouri ordered the withdrawal on Thursday of National Guard troops from riot-torn Ferguson, where tensions have eased after sometimes violent protests were staged nightly since police killed an unarmed black teenager. Peaceful demonstrations overnight were the calmest street gatherings in the small St. Louis suburb since riots erupted over the Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer. The controversial shooting by Officer Darren Wilson prompted angry demonstrations along with looting and random gunfire from largely black crowds. Police have used tear gas and heavy armoured vehicles to clear the streets and the Missouri National Guard was called in to help.