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PSC approves plans for coal ash landfill

(LABADIE, Mo., AP) — The Missouri Public Service Commission has given the go-ahead for a coal ash landfill near the eastern Missouri town of Labadie, despite strong opposition from environmental…

Arthur approaches N.Carolina; vacationers head out

By EMERY P. DALESIO (RODANTHE, N.C., AP) — Arthur strengthened to a hurricane early Thursday and threatened to give North Carolina a glancing blow on Independence Day, prompting a stream…

Man who faked death to avoid blackmail sentenced

(ST. CHARLES, Mo., AP) — A St. Charles man has been sentenced to four years in prison after faking his death to avoid being blackmailed in a child sexual abuse…

Woman charged with nearly $3 million embezzlement

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — A Kansas City woman is charged with embezzling nearly $3 million from a bank and a company that had to close after declaring bankruptcy. A…

4 rescued when towboat sinks near St. Louis

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — Authorities have reopened the Mississippi River at St. Louis to barge traffic as salvage crews sort out how to remove a towboat that sank with possibly…

NASA launches carbon satellite after 2009 failure

(VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., AP) — A rocket carrying a NASA satellite lit up the pre-dawn skies Wednesday on a mission to track the chief culprit behind global warming.…

North Dakota seeks dismissal of gay marriage suit

By BLAKE NICHOLSON (BISMARCK, N.D., AP) — State officials are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging North Dakota’s constitutional prohibition on same-sex marriage, despite a wave of…

Saint Louis Zoo joins honeybee health effort

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — The Saint Louis Zoo is joining a national coalition of commercial agriculture producers, conservation groups and seed companies working to address the dramatic recent decline of…

NASA scrubs launch of global warming satellite

(VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., AP) — The planned launch of a rocket carrying a NASA satellite designed to track global warming has been postponed. NASA writes in a tweet…

Flash flooding, wind damage reported in Missouri

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — Authorities say some people had to be rescued from their vehicles after flash flooding hit southeast Missouri, while possible tornadoes left wind damage in the…