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What Would You Do...For A New Car? Video included

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     So Lawson Motorsports at 7th and Range Line in Joplin is holding a pretty interesting contest.      It involves a Cadillac.      It also involves a handful of people standing, with their hands on it. Brian Lawson is the owner of Lawson Motorsports. He says he and his sales manager were looking for a unique way to get more involved in the community...

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Lamar Aquatic Park Update Video included

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It's been a shaky start to the season for the Lamar Aquatic Park. Open.. and then closed indefinitely. But the summer won't be an entire wash.  Mary Bean, Lifeguard:"Well, I was just really sad when I heard about it because I've grown up in this pool." That's what Mary Bean - and pretty much all the lifeguards at the Lamar Aquatic Park were thinking last week when the city council decided to close the center - due to a massive leak in the leisure pool.... More>>

Pittsburg Says Casino Money Is Helping in Multiple Ways Video included

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The city of Pittsburg has published its 5 year financial forecast, and it appears things are looking up. According to that forecast, the Kansas Crossing Casino deserves a good deal of credit. 

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Blackberry Farm Closes Doors for the Season Video included

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Nancy Rowse is a retired teacher who always knew that her bucket list would be full of something sweet. "I picked blackberries as a little girl and I've just always loved blackberries, but you know how the biggest one is all the way back behind all the stickers...well these are thornless," she stated. But this year, the blackberry bushes are not only thornless, they're lacking berries.

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Worker is Electrocuted and Injured in Southeast Kansas

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The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office is working an accident on Highway 66 east of Riverton, Kansas. According to Sheriff Groves, a road construction worker from KDOT was taken to a Joplin hospital with what he believes to be non-life threatening injuries after being electrocuted today (June 22, 2018). Both lanes of traffic are closed while Empire crews make sure the area is safe. The Cherokee County EMS and Galena Fire Department are also on scene. KDOT is working on an ...

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Child Advocacy Center to Get New Facility Video included

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Workers level the ground on a piece of property that will change hundreds of kids' lives "We staff all of the child abuse and molestation cases in Ottawa County. We prosecute them through the district attorney's office" says Leslie Bissell, the director of the Child Advocacy Center of Ottawa County.  The current facility is about 800 square feet. The new facility will be around 2,800 feet which they anticipate will help with the growing case load.  "...

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Amber Alert: Kansas City Teen Abducted

Amber Alert Canceled, Teen Still Missing

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An Amber Alert has been issued for a 15 year old taken after a shooting in Kansas City, MO Thursday night.   Brajaean Sledge is 5-foot-8,  125 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Police are searching for a 2017 KIA Forte with the Missouri license plate, MB5-G5B. The suspect, who may be with the party in danger, should be considered armed and dangerous. He is described as a black male between the ages of 18 & 20 years old, last seen wearing a grey hoodie. No furthe...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 6-22 Video included

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Here's a recap of today's top headlines, the news you need to know before you head out the door.

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Supreme Court Hands Down Ruling On Sales Taxes For Out Of State Purchases Video included

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Until this ruling - the law said a business didn't have to collect sales tax on products it sold in states that it *did not* operate in.     Soon, all states will have the option to collect sales tax on purchases made outside of the state's borders. 

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Parsons Homicide Investigation Video included

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"I took my dog for a walk, and that's when I heard the gun shots," said Michael York. Michael York is a Parsons resident who doesn't live far from 26th and Kimball, where a homicide investigation is underway. 

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Volunteers Wanted for Special Olympics Kansas Bowling Tournament Video included

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My grandparents and them bowled since I was little, and I would go to the bowling alley with them all the time" Volunteers make it possible for athletes like Brittany Smith to compete in their favorite sports.  "Without volunteers, we wouldn't be able to participate in events. We rely on volunteers for these events to happen. Without them, they wouldn't be able to compete" says Austin Koontz, a coach and case manager at New Hope Services.  Their t... More>>

11TH Annual Hope Conference Tackles Trauma Kid’s Care & Adolescent Mental Health Video included

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With a surge of adolescent and teen suicides reported, the 11th annual Community Hope Conference sponsored by the Alliance of Southwest Missouri  is focusing on how to help kids who've experienced trauma.        

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Joplin's Police and Firefighter Pension Plan Could Have Less City Hall Involvement Video included

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"It's the perception that the pension plan is being attacked."

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Safety Advocates Remind Parents To 'Look Before You Lock'

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Today is the first day of summer (June 21). Child safety organization, KidsAndCars.org, says there have already been 16 confirmed child vehicular heatstroke deaths this year in the United States.  Every year on average, 37 children die in hot cars in our country. Last year, 43 young children died. 

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Plea Deal For Woman Who Tried To Adopt Out Someone Else's Child

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A Joplin woman originally charged with kidnapping and wire fraud pleads guilty and in return gets one charge dropped (June 21, 2018). 30-year-old Lasonya Poindexter was charged in federal court for trying to unlawfully adopt out at least one child she was babysitting for a Joplin couple. According to court documents, authorities believe the crime took place between June 1st, 2017 and July 20th, 2017. Poindexter started babysitting Ashley and Christian's two children at her h...

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Voting Change for Kansas Video included

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A federal judge's recent ruling on the Kansas Proof of Citizenship law means that voters will no longer be required to provide proof of citizenship documentation before they are allowed to register to vote. 

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2 Charged After Drug Seizure in Nevada, Missouri

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On June 19th, 2018, Nevada Police executed a search warrant at a home on the 600 block of E. Sycamore Street after investigating reports of illegal drug activity at that location. When officers arrived, they spoke to several people at the home and initially detained eight. Police found suspected methamphetamine, marijuana, prescription medication identified as controlled substances and drug paraphernalia. Authorities sent the suspected drug evidence to the Missouri State Highw... More>>

Parsons Police Investigate Death

Parsons Police Investigate Death

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The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Parsons Police Department is investigating a death.  Parsons PD received a call Wednesday June 20, 2018, to 2600 block of Kimball about a dead body inside the home.   

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 6-21

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KANSAS WILDFIRE AUDIT A state audit shows it's not properly prepared for wildfires.  A legislative audit says the Kansas wildfire suppression system is under-funded and understaffed and operates with a fragmented leadership.  The audit was ordered after wildfires in 2016 and 2017 burned more than 800,000 acres in Kansas, causing 80 million dollars in damage and killing one person. STICK IT TO DIABETES Mercy Health System is celebrating a successful "Stick it to ...

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Local Democratic Candidates Weigh In On Immigration, Separation of Families, Ahead of the August Primary Video included

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    Locally, the Southwest Missouri Democrats hosted a town hall for four of their candidates for the 7th Congressional District. We're just a little less than two months away from the August primaries - and that's what brought these candidates to tonight's town hall meeting.     They spoke to a packed crowd on a number of issues - the first and foremost, being immigration reform in the country, and President Trump's Executive Order.

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Seneca Fishing Club Lands Success Video included

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Seventeen-year-old Jordan Lowry has been fishing since he was big enough to hold a pole and that's why it was no surprise that he and his brother started a club for their favorite activity about two years ago. 

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Youth Volunteer Corps Joplin Impacts Charities in First Summer of Work Video included

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 The Youth Volunteer Corps came to Crosslines on commodity day helping the charity efficiently serve more than three hundred people.

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Cancer Survivors Receive Special Gifts Video included

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A total of 25 craft kits and 80 blankets were delivered to Freeman thanks to Subaru and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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PSU Tuition Increase Approved

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The Kansas Board of Regents approves Pittsburg State University's proposal to increase tuition for the 2018-19 academic year. With the 2.6% increase, full-time in-state undergraduate students will pay $73 more per semester bringing the total tuition rate to $2,847/semester. Full-time in-state graduate students will see an increase of $84 per semester bringing their total tuition rate to $3,280/semester. PSU says departments across campus are working to tighten spending. Official... More>>

"Stick It to Diabetes" Raises More Than $140K Video included

2018 Stick It to Diabetes raises $140K 2018 Stick It to Diabetes raises $140K
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They 'stuck it' to diabetes two and a half weeks ago. The Mercy Health Foundation and the Mercy Diabetes and Nutrition Center hosted the "Stick It to Diabetes" event at the Hope City Church. The community came together to raise more than $140,000 to help provide medications, insulin, testing supplies and educational resources to underserved diabetic patients in the four state area. "To see so many of our community members coming together to support each other rea... More>>

Rape Charges, Court Documents Received

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KOAM and FOX14 receives the Statement of Probable Cause and Complaint on a rape case out of Marionville, Missouri (Lawrence County). On June 6th, 2018, an officer with the Aurora Marionville Police Department was given a case on child endangerment involving 34-year-old Amanda Morton of Mount Vernon and four juveniles. According to documents, the crime happened on May 13th, 2018. Authorities say they got video footage of Morton going into the Casey's General Store on S. Highw...

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Drive-By Shooting: Court Documents Received

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KOAM and FOX14 receives the Statement of Probable Cause and Complaint for 17-year-old Jacob Davis. The Jasper County Prosecutor's Office has charged him with five counts of shooting from a motor vehicle at a person, vehicle or house, and five counts of armed criminal action. According to court documents, on June 14th, 2018 in the area of 407 N. Pearl Ave., Davis reportedly shot multiple times in the direction of five people. Three of those people knew Davis and identified...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 6-20 Video included

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ACLU LAWSUIT The ACLU files a lawsuit against the Kansas Secretary of State.  The suit against Secretary of State Kris Kobach is over a multi-state voter registration database.  The ACLU claims it exposed sensitive information including partial social security numbers from nearly 1000 Kansas voters.  Kobach's office had no immediate comment on the lawsuit. LT. GOVERNOR CHALLENGE The Missouri Democratic party is challenging Governor Parson's authority to select h... More>>

Parish Deals 9 K's, Outlaws Top Jeff City Video included

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Missouri Southern's Zach Parish threw 7 innings for Joplin, giving up just one run and striking out 9. 

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New Shelter Coming to SEK After 12 Years Video included

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A new animal shelter is coming to rural Southeast Kansas -- one that's been in the works for the past *12* years.  Elizabeth Wehlage, Castaways Board Member:"We've always been just really big animal lovers." That love for animals is why Chris and Elizabeth Wehlage got involved in the castaways animal shelter three years ago.. A project that's been in the works in Neosho County Kansas for over 12 years

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Pittsburg's Cicero Signs with Ottawa Baseball Video included

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Tye Cicero just finished up his senior year at Pittsburg High School, and is playing this summer with the Post 64 legion team out of Pittsburg. 

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Emergency Workers Establish Better Communication After Simulation Video included

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"If I understand other responders' roles, then I can help them do their jobs better,"

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Couple Sentenced for Financially Exploiting An Elderly Man Video included

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A McDonald County, Missouri couple is sentenced for a 2016 crime involving kidnapping. On October 25th, 2016, McDonald County Sheriff's deputies responded to 321 West Sarratt Road in Goodman regarding a well-being check involving an elderly man. According to court documents, when authorities arrived they found a 79-year-old man in a room with a padlock on the outside of the door. The victim told deputies he had been locked in the room for about six months and that the couple h... More>>

Area Pearl Harbor Survivor Honored in Frontenac Video included

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"I wasn't expecting it and I don't deserve it, ha ha. I don't feel like I deserve it anyways" Casey Bangert humbly accepts his Quilt of Honor made by Sooki Fields from the little Balkans Quilt Guild. "They served our country. And it is the recognition to say thank you, it's just a way of saying we appreciate it" says Fields.  Casey isn't your average veteran. He enrolled in the Navy when he was 17 years old, and is one of the few survivi... More>>

Joplin Police Release Drive-By Shooting Update Video included

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Joplin police arrest 17-year-old Jacob Davis in connection to a June 14th, 2018 drive-by shooting. Authorities posted his name and photo on social media the morning of June 18th saying he was wanted for five counts of first degree assault and five counts of armed criminal action. He was arrested later that evening at an apartment complex in Joplin. Today, June 19th, 2018, the Jasper County Prosecutor's Office charged Davis with five counts of shooting from a motor ve... More>>

Bee Research Is the Buzz on the MSSU Campus Video included

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Missouri Southern State University is getting into the business of bees Six hives on the MSSU prairie property  will help students learn and help the community too. 

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  • Juvenile offenders make comfort kits for kids in hardship

    Juvenile offenders make comfort kits for kids in hardship

    Friday, June 22 2018 10:46 PM EDT2018-06-23 02:46:24 GMT

    Each kit contains a children's book, crisis information, a stuffed animal and a birth certificate for the toy.

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    Each kit contains a children's book, crisis information, a stuffed animal and a birth certificate for the toy.

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  • University of Oklahoma layoffs possible

    University of Oklahoma layoffs possible

    Friday, June 22 2018 10:44 PM EDT2018-06-23 02:44:25 GMT

    The university faces a $15 million operating loss for the coming fiscal year.

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    The university faces a $15 million operating loss for the coming fiscal year.

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  • Toys "R" Us Enters Its Final Week

    Toys "R" Us Enters Its Final Week

    Friday, June 22 2018 5:33 PM EDT2018-06-22 21:33:38 GMT

    According to posts on social media, Toys "R" Us will close its doors for good on June 29th, 2018. On March 15th, 2018, Toys "R" Us announced its plans to end operations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. All locations have liquidation sales underway. Click here for updates Previous Story: Toys"R"Us to Wind Down U.S. Business Just 9 Days Left to shop at ToysRUs #toyrusclosingsale pic.twitter.com/8ZOsUxZ9QV — ToysRUs (@ToysRUs) June 20, 2018

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    According to posts on social media, Toys "R" Us will close its doors for good on June 29th, 2018. On March 15th, 2018, Toys "R" Us announced its plans to end operations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. All locations have liquidation sales underway. Click here for updates Previous Story: Toys"R"Us to Wind Down U.S. Business Just 9 Days Left to shop at ToysRUs #toyrusclosingsale pic.twitter.com/8ZOsUxZ9QV — ToysRUs (@ToysRUs) June 20, 2018

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  • Worker is Electrocuted and Injured in Southeast Kansas

    Worker is Electrocuted and Injured in Southeast Kansas

    Friday, June 22 2018 5:57 PM EDT2018-06-22 21:57:29 GMT

    The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office is working an accident on Highway 66 east of Riverton, Kansas. According to Sheriff Groves, a road construction worker from KDOT was taken to a Joplin hospital with what he believes to be non-life threatening injuries after being electrocuted today (June 22, 2018). Both lanes of traffic are closed while Empire crews make sure the area is safe. The Cherokee County EMS and Galena Fire Department are also on scene. KDOT is working on an ...

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    The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office is working an accident on Highway 66 east of Riverton, Kansas. According to Sheriff Groves, a road construction worker from KDOT was taken to a Joplin hospital with what he believes to be non-life threatening injuries after being electrocuted today (June 22, 2018). Both lanes of traffic are closed while Empire crews make sure the area is safe. The Cherokee County EMS and Galena Fire Department are also on scene. KDOT is working on an ...

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  • Parsons Homicide Investigation

    Parsons Homicide Investigation

    Thursday, June 21 2018 9:34 PM EDT2018-06-22 01:34:46 GMT

    "I took my dog for a walk, and that's when I heard the gun shots," said Michael York. Michael York is a Parsons resident who doesn't live far from 26th and Kimball, where a homicide investigation is underway. 

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    "I took my dog for a walk, and that's when I heard the gun shots," said Michael York. Michael York is a Parsons resident who doesn't live far from 26th and Kimball, where a homicide investigation is underway. 

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  • Amber Alert: Kansas City Teen Abducted

    Amber Alert Canceled, Teen Still Missing

    Amber Alert Canceled, Teen Still Missing

    Friday, June 22 2018 6:15 PM EDT2018-06-22 22:15:05 GMT

    An Amber Alert has been issued for a 15 year old taken after a shooting in Kansas City, MO Thursday night.   Brajaean Sledge is 5-foot-8,  125 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Police are searching for a 2017 KIA Forte with the Missouri license plate, MB5-G5B. The suspect, who may be with the party in danger, should be considered armed and dangerous. He is described as a black male between the ages of 18 & 20 years old, last seen wearing a grey hoodie. No furthe...

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    An Amber Alert has been issued for a 15 year old taken after a shooting in Kansas City, MO Thursday night.   Brajaean Sledge is 5-foot-8,  125 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Police are searching for a 2017 KIA Forte with the Missouri license plate, MB5-G5B. The suspect, who may be with the party in danger, should be considered armed and dangerous. He is described as a black male between the ages of 18 & 20 years old, last seen wearing a grey hoodie. No furthe...

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  • Prosecutor: Abused kids upbringing like 'Lord of the Flies'

    Prosecutor: Abused kids upbringing like 'Lord of the Flies'

    Thursday, June 21 2018 2:21 AM EDT2018-06-21 06:21:44 GMT
    Saturday, June 23 2018 3:38 AM EDT2018-06-23 07:38:56 GMT
    (Watchara Phomicinda/The Press-Enterprise via AP). Louise Turpin, left, and her husband, David Turpin, right, appear for a preliminary hearing in Superior Court, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Riverside, Calif. The couple have pleaded not guilty to child...(Watchara Phomicinda/The Press-Enterprise via AP). Louise Turpin, left, and her husband, David Turpin, right, appear for a preliminary hearing in Superior Court, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Riverside, Calif. The couple have pleaded not guilty to child...
    A judge deciding whether a California couple should face trial on charges of child abuse has heard a chilling 911 call from a teenager and viewed photographs of the girl's two sisters shackled to beds.More >>
    A judge deciding whether a California couple should face trial on charges of child abuse has heard a chilling 911 call from a teenager and viewed photographs of the girl's two sisters shackled to beds.More >>
  • Koko the gorilla used smarts, empathy to help change views

    Koko the gorilla used smarts, empathy to help change views

    Thursday, June 21 2018 6:41 AM EDT2018-06-21 10:41:47 GMT
    Saturday, June 23 2018 3:38 AM EDT2018-06-23 07:38:53 GMT
    Koko, the gorilla who mastered sign language, has died in her sleep at the foundation's preserve in California's Sana Cruz mountains on Tuesday.More >>
    Koko, the gorilla who mastered sign language, has died in her sleep at the foundation's preserve in California's Sana Cruz mountains on Tuesday.More >>
  • Melania Trump dons 'I really don't care, do u?' jacket

    Melania Trump dons 'I really don't care, do u?' jacket

    Friday, June 22 2018 6:29 AM EDT2018-06-22 10:29:53 GMT
    Saturday, June 23 2018 3:38 AM EDT2018-06-23 07:38:51 GMT
    (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). First lady Melania Trump boards a plane at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, June 21, 2018, to travel to Texas.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). First lady Melania Trump boards a plane at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, June 21, 2018, to travel to Texas.
    First lady Melania Trump wore a jacket that read "I really don't care, do u?" as she boarded a flight Thursday to a facility housing migrant children separated from their parents.More >>
    First lady Melania Trump wore a jacket that read "I really don't care, do u?" as she boarded a flight Thursday to a facility housing migrant children separated from their parents.More >>
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  • OPEC enters meeting that could set direction of oil prices

    OPEC enters meeting that could set direction of oil prices

    Thursday, June 21 2018 12:01 PM EDT2018-06-21 16:01:58 GMT
    Saturday, June 23 2018 3:38 AM EDT2018-06-23 07:38:24 GMT
    (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File). FILE - In this April 6, 2018 file photo, a former farmer works at a primitive refinery as he makes crude oil into diesel and other products, in Rmeilan, Hassakeh province, Syria. Ministers from the Organization of the Pe...(AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File). FILE - In this April 6, 2018 file photo, a former farmer works at a primitive refinery as he makes crude oil into diesel and other products, in Rmeilan, Hassakeh province, Syria. Ministers from the Organization of the Pe...
    OPEC and Russia are expected to approve raising oil production, but just how much is up in the air.More >>
    OPEC and Russia are expected to approve raising oil production, but just how much is up in the air.More >>
  • Trump jabbed first, and now world hits back in trade fight

    Trump jabbed first, and now world hits back in trade fight

    Friday, June 22 2018 1:12 AM EDT2018-06-22 05:12:58 GMT
    Saturday, June 23 2018 3:37 AM EDT2018-06-23 07:37:57 GMT
    (Chinatopix via AP). FILE - In this April 8, 2018 file photo, a container is loaded onto a cargo ship at a port in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province. China has accused the United States on Thursday, June 21, 2018, of using pressure tactics and ...(Chinatopix via AP). FILE - In this April 8, 2018 file photo, a container is loaded onto a cargo ship at a port in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province. China has accused the United States on Thursday, June 21, 2018, of using pressure tactics and ...
    Trump got in the first jabs; now the world is punching back as trade brawl spreads.More >>
    Trump got in the first jabs; now the world is punching back as trade brawl spreads.More >>
  • Trump's immigration order sparks confusion, deep concern

    Trump's immigration order sparks confusion, deep concern

    Thursday, June 21 2018 3:42 AM EDT2018-06-21 07:42:28 GMT
    Saturday, June 23 2018 3:36 AM EDT2018-06-23 07:36:15 GMT
    (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais). President Donald Trump, center, listens to Vice President Mike Pence, right, address members of the media before signing an executive order to end family separations at the border, during an event in the Oval Office...(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais). President Donald Trump, center, listens to Vice President Mike Pence, right, address members of the media before signing an executive order to end family separations at the border, during an event in the Oval Office...
    President Trump's executive order aimed at halting the breakup of immigrant families sparked widespread confusion Wednesday about how the reversal will play out and concern that children will still be in detention,...More >>
    President Trump's executive order aimed at halting the breakup of immigrant families sparked widespread confusion Wednesday about how the reversal will play out and concern that children will still be in detention, even if they remain with their families.More >>

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