Lawmakers fail to ramp up ethics laws for Missouri officials

By SUMMER BALLENTINE (JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — Like most years, Missouri state lawmakers in the 2015 legislative session introduced a number of bills aimed at clamping down on ethics laws considered some of the loosest in the nation. And like most years, despite months of discussions and…

Deadly storms swamp Plains, Midwest, force Texans from homes

By SETH ROBBINS (SAN MARCOS, Texas, AP) — A line of storms stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes dumped record rainfall on parts of the Plains and Midwest, spawning tornadoes and causing major flooding that forced at least 2,000 Texans from their homes. Three…

Protester leaves Shell ship north of Seattle; 1 remains

By GENE JOHNSON (SEATTLE, AP) — One of two protesters who affixed themselves to an Arctic oil-drilling support ship parked north of Seattle left the vessel Sunday, but the other remained suspended from its anchor chain in an effort to draw attention to climate change and the risks…

Police: Woman held in box for months found dead, man sought

By HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH and MARIA SUDEKUM (SEDALIA, Mo., AP) — The hunt for a registered sex offender suspected of…

10 seniors arrested for prank, damaging 35-year-old trees

(WENTZVILLE, Mo., AP) — Ten Missouri high school seniors have been arrested for a suspected prank that damaged…

Kansas City art collection gets $2.32M at Chicago auction

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — A Kansas City couple has sold a collection of 33 American paintings for…

Winds, choppy seas slow cleanup of California oil spill

By BRIAN MELLEY (GOLETA, Calif., AP) — Weather has slowed cleanup efforts at the site of an oil…

PETA honors Shiloh woman killed while rescuing opossum

(SWANSEA, Ill., AP) — A national animal rights group is honoring the southern Illinois animal rescue volunteer who…

2 dead in Springfield after standoff

(SPRINGFIELD, Mo., AP) — Springfield police say they found a man and woman dead inside their home after…

Obama frames global warming as national security threat

By NANCY BENAC (WASHINGTON, AP) — President Barack Obama is framing the challenges of climate change as a…

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