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Pictures: Man in custody after Sunday morning high-speed chase in Springfield A man is in police custody after a high-speed chase in Springfield Sunday morning. It started just before 6:00 am near Walnut Lawn and Kansas Expressway, when a sheriff's deputy tried to pull the man over for a lane violation. Speeds reached as high as 95-miles per hour. The man, who has not been named, was arrested after he fled on food. ...

8 drivers arrested during sobriety checkpoint in Springfield The Greene County Sheriff's Office arrested eight drunken drivers during a sobriety checkpoint in Springfield Saturday night. It was set up on West Bypass, about one-mile north of Sunshine. The Sheriff's office reports about one-thousand vehicles went through the checkpoint. Springfield police and the Missouri State Highway Patrol assisted deputies. ...

Jobless rate drops in Arkansas The labor department says Arkansas experienced a third consecutive month of decline in unemployment in November. The jobless rate dropped four-tenths of a percent to 5 point 8. More than 10-thousand workers were added to payrolls last month. ...

Kansas City and Pittsburgh battle to stay in the AFC playoff hunt Kansas City Chiefs (8-6) at Pittsburgh Steelers (9-5) *Keys to the game: The Chiefs cruised by Oakland last week minus a dominant ground game thanks in large part to improved protection for QB Alex Smith. He was sacked once, hit once and averaged 9.9 yards per attempt (he's averaging 7.1 for the season). Playing ball control on the road in cold conditions plays to the Chiefs' strengths, ...

Arkansas gas prices higher than in Missouri While drivers in the Springfield area are paying less than two dollars for a gallon of gas, that's not the case in Arkansas.    AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge shows the average price in the Natural State is 2.31 a gallon, that's down from 2.70 in November. Prices are cheapest in Arkansas in the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers metro area. ...

More clouds for Sunday Sunday will be another mostly cloudy day with slightly warmer temperatures. The weather will be unsettled through the middle of next week. ...

Current Conditions:
Cloudy, 40 F

Sun - Cloudy. High: 45 Low: 40
Mon - Showers. High: 49 Low: 35
Tue - Mostly Cloudy. High: 42 Low: 31
Wed - Cloudy. High: 36 Low: 29
Thu - Sunny. High: 53 Low: 37

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Belarusian independent news sites blocked
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Several independent news websites have been blocked in the former Soviet republic of Belarus, where the government exerts close control of news media.

Rising anger as Nicaragua canal to break ground
FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2014 file photo, farmers shout slogans against the construction of the planned inter-oceanic canal as they arrive for a national protest march in Managua, Nicaragua. The project is slated to open a huge waterway over what is now the town of Rio Grande, an evangelical-dominated town of 2,000 people with only a dirt road amid fields of corn, beans, banana and sorghum. Everything within 10 kilometers (6 miles) would be subject to expropriation. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix, File)RIO GRANDE, Nicaragua (AP) — As a conscripted soldier during the Contra War of the 1980s, Esteban Ruiz used to flee from battles because he didn't want to have to kill anyone. But now, as the 47-year-old farmer prepares to fight for his land, Ruiz insists, "I'm not going to run."

Sierra Leone urges safe burials to stem Ebola
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The radio announcement is chilling and blunt: "If I die, I want the deaths to stop with me."

U.S.-led forces launch 13 air strikes in Iraq, three in Syria
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S.-led forces attacked Islamic State targets on Sunday with 13 air strikes in Iraq and three in Syria, using fighter, bomber and other aircraft, the U.S. military said. Four of the Iraq strikes were near Sinjar in northern Iraq, which destroyed Islamic State buildings, tactical units and vehicles. Other Iraqi cities targeted included Tal Afar, Ramadi, Mosul and Baiji, according to the Combined Joint Task Force. The strikes in Syria focused around the contested city of Kobani near the Turkish border, it said in a statement. (Reporting by Doina Chiacu)

Obama does not consider Sony hack an act of war: CNN interview
U.S. President Obama answers a question about the cyberattack on Sony Pictures after his end of the year press conference in the briefing room of the White House in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama does not consider the cyber attack on Sony Corp to be an act of war, he said in an interview, remarks apparently aimed at limiting U.S. anger over the incident which Washington blames on North Korea. Obama and his advisers are weighing how to respond in kind to the attack, which prompted the Hollywood studio owned by the Japanese firm to withdraw a comedy, "The Interview," prepared for release to movie theaters during the holiday season. "No, I don't think it was an act of war. ...