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Man is accused of killing toddler by repeatedly striking him with belt, hand A man charged with killing a 2-year-old boy in Willow Springs made his first court appearance on the charges on Monday morning.  Jamie Curnutt, 32, is in the Howell County jail in lieu of a $1 million bond. Willow Springs went to Curnutt's home on Friday morning, shortly before noon, after the boy's mother made a 9-1-1 call because the boy was gurgling and barely breathing.  ...

Yearwood, Santana will perform at World Series Trisha Yearwood and Carlos Santana are among the musicians set to perform the national anthem during the World Series. Major League Baseball says Yearwood will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Game 1 on Tuesday when the San Francisco Giants play the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Santana will perform an instrumental rendition of the national anthem with his son before Game 4 on ...

25 years later: Recalling the firestorm over 'The Normal Heart' production It was the fall of 1989, and the eyes of the nation were on Springfield.  A firestorm has been ignited by opponents of a student performance at Southwest Missouri State University, now Missouri State University. The theater department was putting on a play 'The Normal Heart,' which depicted the struggles of a gay community during the early days of the HIV-AIDS epidemic. Jean Dixon, a Republican state ...

Marshfield parents are frustrated with school board over teacher charged with sex crime Johnna Feazell, 46,, a Marshfield teacher of 15 years, received two notices from the school last year citing her for improper contact with a student.  Last Friday, Feazell was charged with sexually abusing that 16-year old girl. At the school board meeting on Monday night, parents voiced their frustration about Feazell's past and why she was still employed at the school for as long as she ...

World Series notebook: Giants have been here before KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The San Francisco Giants have been here before, winning the 2010 and 2012 World Series. The Kansas City Royals have not been to this biggest baseball stage since 1985 when they defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games. That was also the last time the Royals were in the playoffs, so most of their players are postseason neophytes. Advantage Giants. "I can imagine ...

13 injured in Missouri school bus collision LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) — Police in suburban Kansas City say one girl suffered serious injuries and 12 others had minor injuries after a collision involving a school bus carrying a high school volleyball team. The accident happened around 4:15 p.m. Monday near Lee's Summit West High School, where the team from Raymore-Peculiar High School was scheduled to play in a tournament. Police said 20 girls and ...

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Snow plough driver in Total CEO plane crash was drunk -Russian investigators
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The driver of a snow plough involved in a deadly plane crash that killed the chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, in a Moscow airport late on Monday, was drunk, Russia's Investigative Committee said. "At the moment, it is already established that the driver of the snow plough was in a condition of alcoholic intoxication," said Russia's Investigative Committee, an agency which answers to President Vladimir Putin. (Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Alexander Winning)

Nobel laureate to be honored in Philadelphia
File-This Oct. 10, 2014, file photo shows Malala Yousafzai speaking during a media conference at the Library of Birmingham, in Birmingham, England, after she was named as winner of The Nobel Peace Prize. The Pakistani teenager, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to promote girls’ education will be honored in Philadelphia. Yousafzai will accept the Liberty Medal on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at the National Constitution Center. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When Malala Yousafzai visits Philadelphia to accept an award for her efforts to promote girls' education, she will do so as the world's youngest Nobel laureate.

Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies at 82
Designer Oscar de la Renta waves to the audience after his fall 2005 fashion show in New York on February 7, 2005New York (AFP) - Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, whose beautiful clothes defined American elegance for generations and were beloved by first ladies and Hollywood stars, has died aged 82.

Few hopes of success in Hong Kong talks
An umbrella, which has become an icon of the protest, reads pro-democracy messages above the student-led protest site in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has claimed that "external forces" are participating in student-led pro-democracy protests that have occupied parts of this financial capital for more than three weeks, but provided no evidence to back his accusation. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong officials and student leaders will hold talks Tuesday to try to end pro-democracy protests that have gripped the southern Chinese city for more than three weeks, though chances of success are slim given the vast differences between the two sides.

Reports: Televangelist urged vasectomies, abortion
File-This April 12, 1976, file photo shows Reverend Ernest W. Angley, Faith Healer from Grace Cathedral, Norfolk, Va. A newspaper reports that the Ohio televangelist advised church members not to have children, encouraged people to shun those who leave the fold and used free labor at his for-profit businesses. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Bruce Colwell)AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Televangelist Ernest Angley has long controlled members of his Akron-area congregation by advising them not to have children, shunning those who leave the church and using free labor at his for-profit buffet restaurant and television station, according to a two-month newspaper investigation.