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Joplin church celebrates reopening following 2011 tornado Members of a Catholic parish in Joplin that had its church, rectory and elementary school destroyed in a May 2011 tornado have celebrated Mass at their new church for the first time. The Joplin Globe reports hundreds of residents on Wednesday packed the new St. Mary's Catholic Church for a dedication service and its first Mass. The service was led by the Most Rev. James Johnston, ...

Sex offender arrested after posing as Santa Claus in Kansas City KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a sex offender has been arrested after performing as Santa Claus for Kansas City area children. The Jackson County Sheriff's said in a news release Thursday that the 50-year-old man faces a charge of failing to register as a sex offender for not reporting his employment. The man was booked into jail Wednesday and bond was set at $20,000. The ...

Police remove 8,000 counterfeit DVDs from Laclede County home Eight thousand counterfeit DVDs with ties to Hong Kong were found in a Laclede County home. Law enforcement say a man and a woman were running a counterfeit operation in their home. They are accused of buying knockoff DVDs from China, then trying to sell them. The sheriff's department along with other state and federal agencies, including Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection took thousands ...

Regal Beloit plant nears complete closure A large Springfield manufacturer will soon be closing its doors.  The Regal Beloit plant on east Sunshine has an emptier parking lot than in the past, and it will soon be vacant. "They have let folks go out in segments, in groups, of people coming out.  There will be another group coming out this Friday, tomorrow," says Cynthia Collins, Missouri Career Center business service representative. When Regal ...

Jury convicts man of sexual assault for 2nd time this year A Greene County jury convicted Lester Erby, 37, of Springfield for sexually assaulting a woman in her home in July  2012.   The trial that ended Wednesday is the second time in six months that Erby was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman. Trial this week for assault in July 2012 The victim met Erby a few months prior, and they had been in an intimate relationship for ...

Dense fog likely tonight No snow tonight but fog could be a real problem for drivers. Clear up any forecast fog by getting the complete outlook in our forecast. ...

Current Conditions:
Cloudy, 38 F

Thu - Cloudy. High: 38 Low: 34
Fri - Cloudy. High: 40 Low: 35
Sat - AM Clouds/PM Sun. High: 44 Low: 36
Sun - Partly Cloudy. High: 46 Low: 37
Mon - Showers. High: 46 Low: 35

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Titans cling to 10-7 lead over Jaguars at halftime
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Chris Smith (98) reacts after sacking Tennessee Titans quarterback Charlie Whitehurst (12) during the second quarter of an NFL football game Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Third-string quarterback Charlie Whitehurst led Tennessee on its first opening-drive touchdown of the year, and the Titans built a 10-7 halftime lead over the Jacksonville Jaguars on the final Thursday night game of the year in the NFL.

Contrite Vegas hotelier wins gambling license
Sam Nazarian, center, attends a meeting of the Nevada Gaming Commission Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in Las Vegas. Nazarian, a 10 percent owner of the SLS Las Vegas hotel and casino, appeared before the commission seeking a gaming license. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Los Angeles nightlife magnate who revamped Las Vegas' Sahara hotel and casino won a Nevada gambling license Thursday after explaining his drug use and curious business dealings, but not without limits and a promise that he'll remain under heavy scrutiny.

Spy's parents search for son after Cuba-US deal
In this undated photo provided by the Sarraff family shows Rolando Sarraff Trujillo in an unknown location. After the speeches on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 by Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro, the Villa Marista prison staff in Cuba told the Sarraff family that Rolando had been freed at dawn and they didn't know where he was. Before his downfall, Sarraff a U.S. spy in Cuba, helped the U.S. crack the "Wasp Network," in Florida, a Cuban spy ring that included members of the Cuban Five, the last three of whom were released in exchange for the Cuban spy. (AP Photo/Courtesy Sarraff family)HAVANA (AP) — When convicted spy Rolando Sarraff Trujillo failed to call home from prison, his parents went to the jail to see if their son had fallen ill. Officials told the elderly couple not to worry, saying only that he was better off.

China tightens grip on Macau as dissent rises in gambling hub
File photo of test chips with security measures by Gaming Partners International displayed on a gaming table during the Global Gaming Expo Asia in MacauBy Farah Master and James Pomfret MACAU (Reuters) - By night, Ieong Man Teng was dealing baccarat to gamblers at the Wynn Macau casino. Ieong, 29, said associates of prominent businessmen in Macau and a Macau politician who sits on the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) warned him in face-to-face meetings, including one at a local cafe, to tone down his activities. "They said they were passing on a message from people up there (Beijing). A spokesman for the CPPCC, a largely ceremonial but high profile advisory body to China's parliament, told Reuters he did "not know anything about this".

Celtics trade Rondo to Mavericks
In this Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 photo, Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) drives during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic in Boston. The Celtics traded point guard Rajon Rondo to Dallas on Thursday night, Dec. 18, 2014, cutting ties with the last remnant of Boston's last NBA championship while giving Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks a chance at another title. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics traded point guard Rajon Rondo to Dallas on Thursday night, cutting ties with the last remnant of their last NBA championship while giving Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks a chance at another title.