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3 dead, state capital battered as storms rake Missouri

May. 24, 2019 2:48 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — An outbreak of nasty storms spawned tornadoes that razed homes, flattened trees and tossed cars across a dealership lot, injuring about two dozen people in Missouri's capital city and killing at least three others elsewhere in the state. The National Weather Service confirmed...

Northwest Missouri sees divide over wind power projects

May. 24, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The public divide over wind farms starts with the term itself. Atchison County in the northwest corner of Missouri is home to what, thus far, is the largest wind-power project in the state. A landowner and a business leader see the wind turbines as bright, white, spinning beacons of...

File says Smollett couldn't contact brothers after arrest

May. 23, 2019 10:40 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — One of Jussie Smollett's conditions after posting $10,000 bail amid charges he lied about being the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack was that he have no contact with two brothers police say he paid to help stage the incident, according to a case file unsealed Thursday in Chicago. Besides...

The Latest: Runaway barges cause 'minimal' damage to dam

May. 23, 2019 9:03 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on severe weather moving across the central United States (all times local): 8 p.m. Army engineers say two runaway barges did "minimal" damage when they struck an Arkansas River dam. The barges, filled with 1,500 tons of fertilizer, swept down the flood-swollen river...

The Latest: Unsealed file contains Smollett bail conditions

May. 23, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on a judge's order unsealing the file from actor Jussie Smollett's criminal case (all times local): 5:35 p.m. The file that a judge unsealed in Jussie Smollett's criminal case includes documents from when the actor posted $10,000 bail after being arrested on charges that he lied...

Far from border, US cities feel effect of migrant releases

May. 23, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A surge of asylum-seeking families has been straining cities along the southern U.S. border for months, but now the issue is flowing into cities far from Mexico, where immigrants are being housed in an airplane hangar and rodeo fairgrounds and local authorities are struggling to keep up with...

Dallas selling statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee

May. 23, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas leaders have decided to sell a statute of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that was removed from public view nearly two years ago. The Dallas City Council on Wednesday designated the 1935 sculpture by Alexander Phimister Proctor as surplus property to be sold to the highest bidder. City...

Arkansas Supreme Court dismisses case over 2018 dicamba ban

May. 23, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court has dismissed the state's appeal of a judge's decision to block the enforcement of a 2018 herbicide ban, saying the case is moot now that new restrictions are in effect. Justices on Thursday dismissed the appeal of a Clay County judge's order prohibiting...

Baltimore recovers from ransomware slowly to ensure security

May. 23, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — An official with Baltimore mayor's office says the city's IT team is restoring computer systems slowly to ensure their security after a crippling ransomware attack. The Baltimore Sun reports deputy chief of staff Sheryl Goldstein says the IT team has been split into two groups to help the...

Olympic officials reassure sports federations about cuts

May. 23, 2019 9:09 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — An Olympic official made a guarantee Thursday that will please the heads of world sports federations who are concerned that Tokyo Games organizers might be cutting things they see as "decoration" but federations view as "essential." Many federations fear what happened at the 2016 Rio de...