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Shootings in Willard were murder, suicide Greene County investigators say two fatal shootings on Monday night were by a husband who killed his estranged wife and then killed himself after fleeing into Dade County.  The victims were Sandra Pendergrass, 48, and Todd Pendergrass, 48. Edited news release from Greene County Sheriff's Department: On Monday evening, Greene County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a location near the 10000 block of West Farm Road 124, ...

Pictures: Police investigating murder-suicide in Willard Monday night Greene County investigators say two fatal shootings on Monday night were by a husband who killed his estranged wife and then shot himself after fleeing into Dade County.  The victims were Sandra Pendergrass, 48, and Todd Pendergrass, 48. ...

Contractor agrees to pay $26,000 for not rebuilding homes after Joplin tornado The Missouri Attorney General's Officer obtained a consent judgment against Clark Baxter, owner of Sustainable Design, for failing to provide construction materials and home-repair services after receiving money from victims of the tornado in May 2011.  Under the order, signed by Jasper County Circuit Court Judge Gayle Crane, Baxter is ordered to pay $26,000 in restitution and fines, and is permanently banned from doing business ...

Body of missing real estate agent was in shallow grave The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department says officers found the body of a real estate agent late Monday or early Tuesday.  Beverly Carter, 49, was missing since last Thursday night. The sheriff's department says Carter planned to show a house on Thursday night but she never returned home from the appointment.   That house is in Scott, just outside Little Rock. Officers arrested Arron Lewis, 33, on Monday morning ...

NFL says Abdullah should not have been penalized for praying after touchdown KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The NFL says Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for dropping to his knees in prayer in the end zone after an interception. NFL spokesman Michael Signora writes in an email to The Associated Press on Tuesday that "the officiating mechanic in this situation is not to flag a player who goes to the ground as ...

UPDATE: Person-of-interest in deadly shooting in Willard died of apparent suicide The Dade County coroner says a man who was a person-of-interest in a deadly shooting in Willard on Monday night died of an apparent suicide.  Coroner Gary Banta said Tuesday morning that the man was found beside his car on a county road. The shooting was about 7:30 at a home in Willard near the intersection of Ridgeview at Pershing.  A woman was killed at the ...

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Islamic State gains could spark new wave of Syrian refugees: UN
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Tens of thousands more Syrians could be forced to flee their war-torn homeland if Islamic State fighters continue gaining ground, the U.N. aid chief warned on Tuesday as U.S.-led air strikes pound the extremist group. Valerie Amos told the United Nations Security Council that recent advances by Islamic State - also known as ISIL and ISIS - in northern Aleppo had forced more than 160,000 people, mostly women and children, to escape across the border into Turkey in just a few days. ...

Eying 2016, Rand Paul courts young voters in SC
FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2014, photo, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. speaks at the 2014 Values Voter Summit in Washington. Paul is working to improve the Republican Party’s image among young voters as he visits South Carolina. The first-term Republican senator is to appear at the University of South Carolina and the College of Charleston on Tuesday before addressing the Horry County GOP. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is working to improve the Republican Party's image among young voters as he visits South Carolina, a key state in the presidential primary calendar.

Olympian Michael Phelps arrested on DUI charge
FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2014, file photo, Michael Phelps looks on after finishing seventh in the men's 100 meter freestyle final at the U.S. National Championships swimming competition in Irvine, Calif. Authorities say Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has been arrested on a DUI charge in Maryland. Transit police say they stopped the 29-year-old Phelps at the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)BALTIMORE (AP) — Police arrested Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps on a DUI charge early Tuesday, and officials say he was speeding and failed field sobriety tests when officers pulled him over.

Jeb Bush campaigns for Arkansas GOP hopeful
SHERWOOD, Ark. (AP) — Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is praising education proposals from gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson in Arkansas despite differences between the Republicans on key school reforms, as the potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate steps up campaigning for Republicans in tight races ahead of the midterm elections.

Colorado high court considers pot firing case
FILE - In this April 25, 2013, file photo, attorney Michael Evans, left, listens in his office in Denver, as his client Brandon Coats talks about the Colorado Court of Appeals ruling that upheld Coats being fired from his job after testing positive for the use of medical marijuana. The Colorado Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in the marijuana-related firing case that could have big implications for the state’s pot smokers. Coats is a quadriplegic medical marijuana patient who was fired from his job at Dish Network after failing a drug test in 2010. Coats says he needs the drug to help with violent spasms he has suffered since he was paralyzed in a car accident as a teenager. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)DENVER (AP) — Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it.