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160-pound python killed in rural Missouri neighborhood JONESBURG, Mo. (AP) — A resident of a Missouri neighborhood where a nearly 15-foot-long Burmese python was roaming for days has killed the snake. KTVI-TV (http://bit.ly/1DPpn9y ) reports that a man shot the 160-pound snake about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday in a rural area of Warren County, about 50 miles west of St. Louis. Neighbors believe the snake was responsible for the deaths of some small animals. Residents ...

Indians avoid winless homestand, beat Royals 12-1 CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber took a shutout into the ninth, rookie Francisco Lindor hit a three-run homer and had a career-high four RBIs, and the Indians avoided a winless homestand with a 12-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday. Michael Brantley, Yan Gomes and rookie Giovanny Urshela hit solo homers for Cleveland, which had been outscored 37-10 in losing the first six games ...

29 people charged in massive meth conspiracy 10 Springfield residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a now 29-defendant conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Greene, Polk, Christian, Jasper, Laclede and Webster counties. Kenneth A. Hoffman, 45, David L. Miller, Jr., 39, Jeffrey L. Hatch, 46, Gregory L. “Pops” Jones, 50, David A. Floyd, 40, Jeffrey M. Gardner, 33, Corey A. Stienbarger, 26, and Brandon W. Malen, 25, ...

Homing pigeons killed in Mountain Grove fire Fire fighters from Mountain Grove rescued several homing pigeons after a fire Wednesday morning. Crews arrived at about 7 a.m. to fight a fire near the junction of Missouri Highway 95 and Route AE in rural Douglas County. Chief Mark Bushong says the building was used to house homing pigeons. Bushong said his crews were able to free and rescue several of the birds, but several ...

Man arrested after armed robbery at west Springfield convenience store Springfield Police arrested a man after an armed robbery at a convenience store on the city’s west side. Officers answered a call just after 2 a.m. Wednesday at the Kum & Go at 2506 W. College St. The clerk told officers the suspect entered the store, showed a handgun, robbed the store of cash and cigarettes, and left in a car. During the investigation officers were ...

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Facebook profit dips, revenue surges on mobile ads
Facebook said monthly active users grew 13 percent from a year ago to 1.49 billionFacebook reported a dip in its quarterly profit Wednesday but said revenues surged on mobile advertising gains, as its user base neared 1.5 billion. "This was another strong quarter for our community," said Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. Amid ongoing growth in Facebook, the company has been expanding its offerings of applications, including the photo-sharing service Instagram, the messaging service WhatsApp and virtual reality gearmaker Oculus.

Boy still critical, girl improving in California tree fall
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Officials say a young girl's condition has been upgraded from critical to guarded, while a young boy remains in critical condition a day after a huge pine tree fell on them outside a Southern California children's museum.

France deploys riot police to bolster Calais security
Migrants walk on the railway as they attempt to access the Channel Tunnel, in Calais, northern France, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Migrants rushed the tunnel linking France and England repeatedly for a second night on Wednesday and one man was crushed by a truck in the chaos, deepening tensions surrounding the thousands of people camped in this northern French port city. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)CALAIS, France (AP) — The young Afghan has tried every single day for three months to get into the railway tunnel in Calais leading to England and what he hopes will be a better life. For him, like the dozens who appeared as darkness fell, Wednesday would be the same even if their numbers were immeasurably larger than even a week ago.

Teens' 6 days adrift verge on limits for survival at sea
Petty Officer 3rd Class Charles Camarda, left, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Matthews scour the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Savannah , Ga., Tuesday, July 28, 2015, looking for two missing teenage boaters. Camarda and Matthews are crew members from Air Station Clearwater, Fla. Looking for two missing teen boaters off the coast of Florida is a long and tedious mission for the eight-person crew of the Coast Guard C-130 Hercules based out of Clearwater. (AP Photo/Tamara Lush)TEQUESTA, Fla. (AP) — Crews pushed the limits of an ever-expanding search zone Wednesday for two teens missing at sea and potentially nearing the boundaries of human survival.

US officer charged with murder after deadly traffic stop
This July 29, 2015 booking photo provided by the Hamilton County Justice Center in Cincinnati, Ohio shows University of Cincinnati police officer Ray TensingChicago (AFP) - An Ohio police officer who shot a black man during a routine traffic stop was charged with murder Wednesday in what prosecutors called a "senseless" act motivated by anger.