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Officials: Hollister house fire caused by fueling of lawn mower A fire gutted a Hollister home after a lawn mower inside of a carport went up in flames.  It happened at around 11:20 a.m. Thursday on Stratford Road.  According to the Western Taney County Fire Protection District, the fire started when the homeowner was filling the lawn mower with fuel. Flames quickly spread from the carport to the home.  The home sustained significant fire and smoke damage. ...

Report gives poor grades for Missouri's rural roads County roads have improved a lot in recent years.  Still, a report by a national transportation research group called TRIP ranks the rural roads of Missouri as the 15th worst in the nation.  It says 21% of roads in poor condition, and 10th when it comes to the number of structurally deficient bridges. Greene County Highway Department leaders say those residents right in the Springfield area ...

Decent weather Friday Rain by Sunday Friday will feature increasing clouds and temperatures. The holiday weekend won't be a complete washout but it will be wet. Find out what to expect by watching the forecast. ...

EMS week: Honoring first responders for their tireless efforts ...

Branson Fire Dept. to hold unionization vote The Branson Fire Department could soon be joining departments in Springfield, Republic, Nixa and Ozark among others in the Firefighters Union Local 152. The department will vote one week from Thursday whether or not to join. "Probably a couple years ago we had a few members from the Branson Fire Department contact us and say we're interested in becoming union," says Firefighters Local 152 President Shawn ...

Sentencing for leader of Springfield forgery ring The man investigators say was behind a forgery ring in Springfield will spend the next 18 years behind bars. Greene County prosecutor Dan Patterson says Kevin Barr, 41, was sentenced Thursday for trafficking in stolen identities, five counts of forgery, receiving stolen property, and resisiting arrest. From prosecutor Dan Patterson: "Between Fall of 2012 and Summer of 2013, Barr and his co-defendants were engaged in stealing financial instruments, ...

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Amnesty says torture of Ukraine war prisoners is rife
FILE - In this Saturday Feb. 21, 2015 file photo, Russia-backed separatists, some injured, walk on a snowy road in no man's land after being released by the Ukrainian military in a prisoner exchange, near the village of Zholobok, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) west of Luhansk, Ukraine. Both warring sides in eastern Ukraine are perpetrating war crimes almost daily, including torturing prisoners and summarily killing them, the Amnesty International rights group said in a report Friday May 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, file)KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Both warring sides in eastern Ukraine are perpetrating war crimes almost daily, including torturing prisoners and summarily killing them, the Amnesty International rights group said in a report Friday.

The Latest on Rohingya: US envoy says address root causes
An ethnic Rohingya kid receives a medical treatment at a temporary shelter in Langsa, Aceh province, Indonesia, Friday, May 22, 2015. Thousands of refugees and migrants have washed ashore in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, about half Rohingya and the rest from Bangladesh, according to the International Organization for Migration. The U.N. refugee agency estimates more than 3,000 others may still be at sea. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)5 p.m. (1030 GMT)

Stretched Afghan army falls back on militias to help defend Kunduz
Afghan militias and policemen gather as they discuss during a battle at the Chardara district of KunduzBy Feroz Sultani and Kay Johnson KUNDUZ, Afghanistan/KABUL (Reuters) - The Afghan government has enlisted hundreds of militia fighters controlled by local commanders to battle Taliban militants near the northern city of Kunduz, officials said, underlining how the armed forces are struggling to tackle the insurgency alone. The recruitment of unofficial armed groups in Kunduz is on a larger scale than previous attempts by the government and NATO forces to recruit militias in the fight against the Taliban. It may also signal a compromise of sorts for President Ashraf Ghani's administration, which had been trying to curb the influence of so-called "mujahideen" strongmen who held key positions in former President Hamid Karzai's government.

Merkel warns 'whole lot left' to do on Greece bailout talks
In this photo provided by German government Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Francois Hollande, from left, smile as they pose for a photograph at the beginning of their meeting at the sidelines of the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga, on Thursday, May 21, 2015. (Guido Bergmann/Bundesregierung via AP)RIGA, Latvia (AP) — With Greece facing a potential default in two weeks, German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday sought to add urgency to the talks between the country and its international creditors, warning that "very, very intensive work is still needed."

Nadal, Djokovic face French Open last-eight duel
Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Spain's Rafael Nadal (R), seen here at the Monte-Carlo Masters, could face each other in the quarter-final of the French OpenNine-time champion Rafael Nadal and world number one Novak Djokovic were placed on a French Open quarter-final collision course in Friday's draw. Nadal is seeded a lowly sixth this year after slipping to seven in the rankings and as a result was always likely to face one of his major rivals in the last eight. "It's very strange," admitted Nadal, promoted to the sixth seeding after the injury-enforced pull-out of Canada's Milos Raonic.