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Pictures: Football fans gather for Super Bowl 49 in Arizona Kick off for Super Bowl 49 is scheduled for 5:30 pm CT Sunday. The game between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks will take place at the University of Pheonix stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  KY3 will broadcast the game.  ...

Pictures: HBA Home Show in Springfield The 2015 HBA Home Show is in full swing this weekend at the Springfield Expo Center. Approximately 225 exhibitors are on hand to showcase product and to answer questions. Cost of admission is $7. Children under 12 are free. The show runs until 4:00 pm Sunday.  ...

Hundreds gather for benefit celebration at new Mercy Hospital in Joplin Hundreds of people gathered at the new Mercy Hospital in Joplin for a benefit celebration on Saturday night.  The sold out Shine Benefit Celebration--organized by Mercy Health Foundation--featured exclusive hospital tours, food and drinks among other activities. Organizers say the event was a perfect way for the community to catch a glimpse of their new hospital while raising money for continued healthcare needs.  The former hospital, known ...

Arkansas tax cut, Medicaid plan near resolution in Legislature Arkansas lawmakers are on the verge of resolving two of the biggest issues looming over this year's session, while an independent commission is taking the first step toward granting legislators and other elected officials substantial pay raises.. Major votes on Gov. Asa Hutchinson's tax cut plan and his push to continue the state's compromise Medicaid expansion are expected at the Legislature as lawmakers return to the ...

Federal safety mandate could threaten passenger rail across Missouri A long-sought federal safety mandate could threaten passenger rail across Missouri. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the issue is a dispute over who should bear the cost of installing train collision avoidance technology. The equipment is supposed to be in place by Dec. 31. Michelle Teel, of the Missouri Department of Transportation, testified before a U.S. Senate committee last week that Amtrak has notified the Kansas ...

Pictures: Nixa Iron Chef competition It was fierce competition in the kitchen for some kid chefs at the annual Iron Chef in Nixa on Saturday. 18 teams--featuring kids ranging from kindergarten to 8th grade--battled it out to make the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich, plus several other Super Bowl inspired dishes.  ...

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Pro-democracy protesters back in Hong Kong, no violence
Protesters carry yellow umbrellas, the symbol of the Occupy movement, and a banner as they march on a street in Hong KongBy Donny Kwok and Michelle Price HONG KONG (Reuters) - Thousands of pro-democracy protesters returned to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday in the first large-scale rally since demonstrations rocked the global financial hub late last year. Some 2,000 police flanked thousands of protesters who marched on the city's glitzy shopping and financial districts, seeking to avoid a repeat of the so-called Occupy Central campaign that saw demonstrations shut down key roads for 2-1/2 months. Last year's protests for a fully democratic vote to choose Hong Kong's next leader were the most serious challenge to China's authority since the 1989 pro-democracy demonstrations and crackdown in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Packed streets resembled rivers of yellow as protesters carried yellow banners and umbrellas - a symbol of last year's campaign after protesters used them to fend off police pepper spray attacks.

Nigeria military repels Boko Haram assault on key city Maiduguri
Soldiers and security block a road as they secure the venue during a rally of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) in Maiduguri on January 24, 2015Nigeria’s military on Sunday repelled a Boko Haram assault on the key northeastern city of Maiduguri, as violence raged across the region just two weeks before national elections. The hours-long attack on the strategic capital of Borno state was the Islamists’ second attempt to take Maiduguri in a week. Separately, a suicide bomber killed seven people in Potiskum, the economic capital of neighbouring Yobe state, while two blasts -- one also carried out by a suicide bomber -- killed five people in Gombe city to the south. With near-relentless violence plaguing much of the northeast, and Boko Haram still in control of large swathes of the region, fears are mounting over the prospect of organising polls on February 14.

'How to Train Your Dragon 2' tops Annie Awards
FILE - This file image released by DreamWorks Animation shows a scene from "How To Train Your Dragon 2." The DreamWorks sequel “How to Train Your Dragon 2” topped the 42nd Annie Awards, taking best feature at the annual honors for animation, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles. “How to Train Your Dragon” won five awards in all. It also took best director for Dean DeBlois, as well as prizes for feature character design, storyboarding and music. (AP Photo/DreamWorks Animation, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The DreamWorks sequel "How to Train Your Dragon 2" topped the 42nd Annie Awards, taking best feature at the annual honors for animation.

Pregnant smokers persuaded to quit with free diapers
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Pregnant smokers in one northeast Ohio county can get free diapers in exchange for permanently kicking the habit through a new health program.

Jailed Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste leaves Egypt for Australia
File photo of Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste of Australia standing in a metal cage during his trial in a court in CairoBy Michael Georgy and Shadi Bushra CAIRO (Reuters) - Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste was released from a Cairo jail on Sunday and left Egypt for his native Australia after 400 days in prison on charges that included aiding a terrorist group, security officials said. There was no official word on the fate of his two Al Jazeera colleagues - Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian national Baher Mohamed - who were also jailed in the case that provoked an international outcry. The three were sentenced to seven to 10 years on charges including spreading lies to help a terrorist organization - a reference to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. Many Egyptians see Qatar-based Al Jazeera as a force set on destabilizing the country, a view that has been encouraged in the local media which has labeled the journalists "The Marriott Cell", because they worked from a hotel of the U.S.-based chain.