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10 Things to Know for Today (12/22/14)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. POLICE DEPARTMENTS ON ALERT AFTER COP KILLINGS The rank and file is warned to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social media after the fatal shooting of two NYPD officers...
Woman armed with butcher knife robs business (12/21/14)
SIKESTON - A woman who robbed a convenience store armed with a butcher's knife was quickly taken into custody with the assistance of the store's staff and patrons. On Sunday the Scott County Court charged Amanda Carr, 29, of Cape Girardeau with felony robbery and armed criminal action...
DPS battle fires Saturday night (12/21/14)
Officers work to keep flames from neighboring homes while fighting a fire on Wilson Street, one of two fires they responded to on Saturday night. The first fire reported to the Sikeston Department of Public Safety was at approximately 9:30 p.m. Saturday at 803 Woodruff. ...
Juden to lead Missouri Police Chiefs Association (12/20/14)
SIKESTON -- Leading the state's police chiefs over the next year will have challenges but keeping things running smoothly here won't be one of them, according to Sikeston Department of Public Safety Director Drew Juden. "First off, I'm very honored and humbled that my peers thought enough of me to put me in the position that one day would lead to me being president," Juden said when asked about becoming president of the Missouri Police Chiefs Association in January...
Charleston Christmas Concert is Sunday (12/20/14)
CHARLESTON -- The Charleston community will come together Sunday afternoon to celebrate Christmas with music. The public is invited to the program which begins at 4 p.m. Sunday at the United Methodist Church, located at 1700 E. Marshall St. It will include performances by organist Terry A. Parker; soloists Mary Katherine Branum and Kerry Davis; the Sam C. and Jane Goodin Memorial Handbell Choir and the River Bend Brass along with a reading by Bill Hunter...
  • Killer of 2 NYC officers had long criminal history
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The gunman who fatally ambushed two police officers in their squad car had a long criminal record, a hatred for police and the government and an apparent history of mental instability that included an attempt to hang himself a year ago, authorities said Sunday....
  • Killer of 2 NYC officers had long criminal history
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The gunman who fatally ambushed two police officers in their squad car had a long criminal record, a hatred for police and the government and an apparent history of mental instability that included an attempt to hang himself a year ago, authorities said Sunday....
  • NY cop killer had long criminal history
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The gunman who fatally ambushed two New York City police officers in their squad car had a long criminal record, a hatred for police and the government and an apparent history of mental instability that included an attempt to hang himself a year ago, authorities said Sunday....
  • Killings of 2 New York officers trigger backlash
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Civil rights leaders Sunday condemned the ambush killings of two New York police officers and expressed fear that the backlash over the bloodshed could derail the protest movement that has grown out of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner....
  • Police investigate shooting of off-duty officer
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Authorities are investigating the Friday afternoon shooting of an off-duty officer in a St. Louis neighborhood....
  • Police departments on alert after cop killings
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Big-city police departments and union leaders around the country are warning the rank and file to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social media in the days after a man ambushed two officers and shot them to death inside their patrol car....
  • Man who helped subdue gunman among Carnegie Heroes
    PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The parks director of a Pennsylvania township who helped subdue a gunman charged with killing three people at a municipal meeting last year is among 19 people being honored with medals and cash from the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Heroes Fund Commission....
  • Jets players speak out on slain NYPD officers
    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Sheldon Richardson was stunned when he heard the news Saturday that two New York City police officers were killed in the line of duty....
  • Experts expect surge in Cuba tourism under Obama opening
    HAVANA (AP) -- As the U.S. and Cuba begin to normalize relations for the first time in half a century, some Americans are already roaming the streets of Old Havana, attending dance exhibitions and talks on architecture as they take part in scripted cultural tours that can cost more than a decent used car back home....
  • NKorean cinema: Kidnappings and evil Americans
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea hates the Hollywood film that revolves around the assassination of its beloved leader, but the country has had a long love affair with cinema - of its own particular styling....
The Latest from our Columnists
Christians have right to display their faith
I originally had written a pithy column for today over the North Korean hacking episode and the potential impact of a cyber war. But with Christmas approaching at breakneck speed, no one wants to read yet another sobering story on the decline of America...
'Scrooge' finds Christmas spirit
'Tis the season for my annual bah humbug Christmas column. Because just like every year, when Labor Day rolls around and I start seeing Christmas ads I start to cringe. Normally this time of year I put on my Scrooge cap and rant on the many things I dislike about Christmas. Having to go into crowded stores with angry shoppers looking for that perfect gift when you have no idea what anyone wants. I should get gift certificates but I can't ever get the price tags off...
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10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. POLICE DEPARTMENTS ON ALERT AFTER COP KILLINGS

The rank and file is warned to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social media after the fatal shooting of two NYPD officers.

2. RELATIVES FINALLY ABLE TO SAY GOODBYE TO 2004 TSUNAMI VICTIMS

An Associated Press investigation helps track down two families in Myanmar who didn't know their loved ones were laid to rest at a cemetery in southern Thailand.

3. WHO THREATENS TO STRIKE U.S.

"Our toughest counteraction will be boldly taken against the White House, the Pentagon and the whole U.S. mainland," _ says North Korea in response to "reckless" rumors over a Sony cyberattack.

4. EXPERTS EXPECT SURGE IN CUBA TOURISM

Obama's historic opening goes far beyond the highly regulated "people-to-people" travel and could sharply increase the number of U.S. visitors in the coming years.

5. REPUBLICANS IN CHARGE OF SENATE _ BUT 2016 AWAITS

A much tougher election map two years from now could force the GOP back into the minority.

6. NEARLY 800 CHILDREN DIE OF ABUSE AS OFFICIALS FAIL TO PROTECT

Many of them were beaten, starved or left alone to drown, while authorities had good reason to know they were in danger, The AP has found.

7. HEARING SET FOR EX-PATRIOT FACING MURDER TRIAL

A court in Fall River will focus on jury issues in the case against Aaron Hernandez.

8. IRAQI REALITY SHOW'S UNUSUAL CAST MEMBERS

"In the Grip of the Law" brings convicted terrorists face-to-face with victims in surreal encounters and celebrates the country's beleaguered security forces.

9. ABANDONED ASBESTOS MINES A HAZARD IN INDIA

The waste spills in a gash down the flank of a lush hill above tribal villages in the country's east, still sickening their residents.

10. MOROCCO'S TRANSGENDER DANCER COURTS ACCEPTANCE

Noor's ability to transcend the restrictions of her culture speaks to a certain kind of tolerance toward sexual minorities in this North African nation.

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