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Time will tell if furlig the rebel flag means deeper change

Across the South, Confederate symbols are toppling, teetering or at least getting critical new looks. But is it a sign of real change in a region known for fiercely defending its complex traditions, or simply the work of frightened politicians and nervous corporate bean counters scrambling for cover in the wake of another white-on-black atrocity?

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Boosting overtime: Obama calls for broader coverage

They’re called managers, and they sometimes work grueling schedules at fast food chains and retail stores. But with no overtime eligibility, their pay may be lower per hour than many workers they supervise.

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O say can you breathe? Fireworks pollute air

July Fourth fireworks fill the skies across the nation with more than sparkling bursts of color. They spew pollution, too.

After mercury ruling, higher security of Obama climate rules

Sweeping pollution limits at the center of President Barack Obama’s climate change plan are facing increased scrutiny in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that showed the justices aren’t afraid to thwart perceived overreach by Obama or his Environmental Protection Agency.

2 years after spying flap, US, Brazil seek to turn the page

Two years after revelations about U.S. spying frayed ties between their countries, President Barack Obama and visiting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff publicly closed that chapter Tuesday, declaring that the relationship between the U.S. and Brazil is on an upward swing.

UCC church to divest over Israeli treatment of Palestinians

The top legislative body of the United Church of Christ voted Tuesday to divest from companies with business in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, in a sign of the growing momentum of a U.S. protest movement against Israeli policy.

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US, Cuba to announce plan to open embassies

President Barack Obama will announce Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba have finalized an agreement to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals, a major step in ending hostilities between the Cold War foes, a senior administration official said.

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Greece's bailout expires, country defaults on IMF payment

Greece slipped deeper into its financial abyss after the bailout program it has relied on for five years expired at midnight Tuesday and the country failed to repay a loan due to the International Monetary Fund.

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Movie Review: 'Infinitely Polar Bear' a love letter to sick dad

In 1978, when writer-director Maya Forbes was 10 years old, her mother went away to graduate school, leaving Forbes and her little sister in the care of their mentally ill dad. The girls, and even their mom, didn't fully understand his diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Doctors still called it manic-depression in those days.

Music Review: Country singer Kacey Musgraves wows on 2nd album

Kacey Musgraves, "Pageant Material" (Mercury Nashville)

Kacey Musgraves strives for a classic '60s country sound on her second album, "Pageant Material."

Garcia questionable for Thursday, Belisle placed on DL

The St. Louis Cardinals placed right-handed reliever Matt Belisle on the 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation, retroactive to June 28. Meanwhile, Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia is a question mark for Thursday's start, still struggling to return from a groin cramp in his last start.

Your Opinion: Cartoon steers readers from actual motivation

In his cartoon published in the June 25 edition of the News Tribune, Jim Dyke tries to steer readers away from the racial motivation of Dylann Roof’s murders in the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C.

Your Opinion: Grieving death of godly marriage

I woke up this morning with that heart sick feeling that I’ve experienced too many times in the past.

Your Opinion: Man makes mockery of God’s word

When did man decide to question God’s plan for mankind?

Our Opinion: Don’t spoil a time of celebration

The extended Independence Day weekend is intended to be a time of celebration.

MSP on hold

OA wants to review prison’s nomination to national register

The nomination, approved by the city’s Historic Preservation Commission, for the Missouri State Penitentiary to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places was removed from the state’s approving agency’s agenda in May.

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If your yard looks bad, you're not alone

Lawn fungus causing brown patches in green expanses

Rain and temperatures are making it “party time” for the fungus that causes brown patch.

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City seeks input on CDBG funds

Jefferson City officials are inviting public comment on how to spend the 2016 Community Development Block Grant funds.

IndyCar must balance daredevil vs. dangerous racing

NASCAR returns this week to Daytona International Speedway, where 43 drivers are likely to race bumper to bumper for 400 white-knuckle miles.

2002 champ Hewitt loses in first round at Wimbledon

The last Wimbledon singles contest of 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt’s career was a back-and-forth, four-hour tussle in which he saved three match points before finally succumbing 11-9 in the fifth set.

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