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Poll: OK to trade some freedoms to fight terrorism

WASHINGTON (AP) — Surveillance cameras in public places? Sure. Body scans at airports? Maybe. Snooping in personal email? Not so fast.

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Pentagon chief: Threat of another 9/11 is real

NEW YORK (AP) — After a decade of war with al-Qaida the potential for another devastating terrorist assault “remains very real,” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday following a somber visit to ground zero of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

Postal Service turns to Congress as crisis deepens

WASHINGTON (AP) — Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe warned that the Postal Service is on “the brink of default” as he battles to keep his agency solvent.

Congress returns with little hope of bipartisanship

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress spent August listening to constituents describe their economic struggles. This week, the lawmakers return to Washington to see whether there’s enough bipartisanship left to make things better.

Space station crew not prepping for shutdown — yet

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The astronauts aboard the International Space Station said Tuesday that ground controllers are figuring out how best to leave the vast complex running — what lights to leave on, which vents to keep open — in case it needs to be temporarily abandoned.

Sheriff: Gunman used AK-47 in IHOP shooting

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A man with an AK-47 assault rifle shot an entire group of five uniformed National Guard members eating breakfast at a Nevada IHOP on Tuesday, killing two of them and another person in a hail of gunfire.

Police: 5 slain in W.Va. before suspect kills self

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A man with a high-powered rifle and two other guns shot and killed five people at a West Virginia home and fled, fatally shooting himself hours later during a police chase in Kentucky, authorities said Tuesday.

After bloodshed, some in NYC question parade

NEW YORK (AP) — Some city residents wondered Tuesday if it’s time to pull the plug on the gaudy West Indian Day parade after three people, including a woman sitting outside her home, were shot to death just blocks from its route.

Settlement to help limit toxic cadmium in jewelry

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Major national retailers, including Target Corp. and Gap Inc., have agreed to all but eliminate the toxic metal cadmium in jewelry and other accessories they sell.

Oil tumbles on fears of economic slump

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil slipped Tuesday on fears that the U.S. and Europe are headed for a prolonged economic slump.

Stocks fall again as Europe’s debt worries deepen

NEW YORK (AP) — Europe’s debt problems rumbled through global financial markets again Tuesday.

Solo living drops in Manhattan, rises elsewhere

Nowhere else is living alone celebrated the way it is in Manhattan, where solo dwelling has been exulted in pop culture from “Seinfeld” to “Sex and the City.” But single living declined during the past decade in Manhattan, though it still is the nation’s capital of single-person households.

A look at issues in Missouri special session

Session started Tuesday

Gold fever sweeps the criminal underworld

Gus Rodriguez looks more like a soldier than a jewelry store security guard, with a Beretta handgun strapped to his bulletproof vest, shades wrapped around his shaved head and pepper spray bulging from a breast pocket.

Disaster aid, Facebook issue added to Mo. session

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has expanded a special legislative session to include disaster aid for businesses and the repeal of a law limiting teacher-student interaction over the Internet.

CDC: 2 children sickened by novel swine flu strain

A new strain of swine flu has shown up in two children in Pennsylvania and Indiana who had direct or indirect contact with pigs. The virus includes a gene from the 2009 pandemic strain that might let it spread more easily than pig viruses normally do.

Mo. senator stalls special session on job credits

A Republican state senator is signaling that he will attempt to slow down legislation during a special session focused on Missouri’s business incentives.

Flooding raises health concerns in NW Missouri

Amid mold spores, rotting vegetation and mental strain, health officials warn flood victims of potential health concerns as floodwaters recede.

Farmers get advice on cropland repairs after flood

Farmers in Nebraska and Iowa whose cropland has been covered all summer by Missouri River floodwaters can get help dealing with the damage to their land.

Our Opinion: United Way’s good start merits a successful outcome

This year’s area United Way campaign has made a good beginning and, as the Greek philosopher Plato observed: “The beginning is the most important part of the work.”

Your Opinion: Public ignores partisan inaction

Dear Editor: We have 9 percent unemployment because the global financial system collapsed, not because federal inspectors are overly concerned about coal particulates in the air.

Husband of missing woman charged with threats

A southeast Missouri man who’s a suspect in his wife’s disappearance is facing federal charges of making Internet threats against his sister-in-law.

St. Louis researchers look at anesthesia method

Surgery patients who sometimes appear to be sedated but are awake for the procedures should be measured with a new brain wave-monitoring device because a common method used to prevent what’s known as anesthesia awareness is not always effective, researchers in St. Louis said.

Bans causing meth makers to go to St. Louis Co.

Now that some eastern Missouri towns and even counties require prescriptions to purchase pseudoephedrine, meth makers are increasingly showing up to buy pills in St. Louis County, where no such ban exists.

St. Louis Co. chief: Ease chase restrictions

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch wants to broaden the use of police pursuits, and he is citing a public opinion poll as evidence that the public supports his idea.

Street closures scheduled Wednesday

Beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday,

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Churches join together to create community center

Serving this Jefferson City neighborhood won’t look like a worship service. And the interior won’t look like a sanctuary.

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Little opposition to closing of Highway 17

An idea by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) to close several miles of Missouri 17, near Tuscumbia, while two bridges are being replaced has met with little resistance by local residents, according to Miller County Presiding Commissioner Tom Wright.

Low income renters’ credit on chopping block

Missouri lawmakers gather at the Capitol today for a special session aimed at helping the state create more jobs.

Bloomberg blames guns for violence after parade

Mayor Michael Bloomberg Tuesday blamed illegal handguns for a shooting that killed three people and wounded two police officers a few blocks from the route of the annual West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn, saying federal officials have not had the “courage” to take steps to control gun use.

Missouri weekly gas price update

Press Release

Average retail gasoline prices in Missouri have risen 0.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.51 per gallon yesterday.

Congress returns amid sour mood over slow economy

Still bruised by the summer battle over the debt ceiling, Congress reconvenes this week for what could be an equally painful confrontation over how to put Americans back to work.

Police seek armed robbery suspect

Jefferson City police are looking for a man who used a gun to rob an eastside sandwich shop on Monday afternoon.

At CIA, Petraeus taking up top spy post

David Petraeus, the newly retired general with the megawatt media profile, is taking up his post running the CIA, leaving behind his uniform and his military brain trust.

Half of Americans drink daily soda, sweet beverage

Half of Americans drink a soda or sugary beverage each day — and some are downing a lot. One in 20 people drinks the equivalent of more than four cans of soda each day, even though health officials say sweetened beverages should be limited to less than half a can.

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Retired Guardsman continues service to fellow veterans

Veteran Mark Jones says his experiences in the Armed Forces gave him with the passion and training to continue serving veterans through his work at the Missouri Veterans Commission.

PTSD-gene link found in students after shootings

A study of college students’ reactions to shootings on their Illinois campus gives fresh insight into how genes may influence the psychological impact of traumatic events. The researchers found that symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress disorder were more common in Northern Illinois University students who had certain variations in a gene that regulates levels of serotonin, a brain chemical linked with mood that is the target of popular antidepressants.

'Real Housewives' address Armstrong's suicide

"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" expressed shock and some measure of guilt over the suicide of cast member Taylor Armstrong's husband in the show's season premiere Monday night.

US Chamber spells out its own job agenda

Putting a business imprint on the debate over jobs, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Monday issued an open letter to Congress and to the White House calling for a series of measures designed to increase employment, including greater oil drilling, quicker road and bridge construction and temporary corporate tax breaks.

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SoCal students, community join together for bluebird project

Sixth-grade science students at South Callaway Middle School are learning what real “tweeting” is about.

Romney unveils economic plan ahead of Obama speech

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Tuesday will call for lowering the corporate tax rate and eliminating capital gains taxes for middle-class Americans as part of a plan to try to lift the struggling economy as well as create jobs.

Democratic US Rep. Baldwin joins Wis. Senate race

U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin entered the race Tuesday for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Herb Kohl, becoming the first Democrat to officially jump in to what will be an important race for her party to win in order to maintain majority control.

Time for flu shots, and some may get a tiny needle

It's flu vaccine time again — and some lucky shot-seekers will find that the needle has shrunk. The first flu shot that works with a less-scary skin prick instead of an inch-long needle is hitting the market this fall.

Docs: NYPD eyed 250-plus mosques, student groups

The New York Police Department collected intelligence on more than 250 mosques and Muslim student groups in and around New York, often using undercover officers and informants to canvas the Islamic population of America’s largest city, according to officials and confidential, internal documents obtained by The Associated Press.

2 area men killed in Osage River crash

A Russellville man and a Tebbetts man were killed in an Osage River boat wreck on Saturday that involved three boats and injured four other passengers.

Amid financial crisis, Postal Service goes to Hill

The postmaster general is going to Congress to discuss the Postal Service’s mounting debt.

New district puts Southern white Dem in tough spot

Nearly 50 years ago, every congressman from the Deep South was a white Democrat. Now the U.S. House has just one white Democrat from the five states that comprise the region: Georgia’s John Barrow.

Nevada lawsuit names banks in federal complaints

Nevada's attorney general says the latest lawsuits filed by the federal government against the nation's largest banks attack the kind of deceptive loan practices that prompted an "explosion of delinquencies and unauthorized and unnecessary foreclosures" in the state.

Man arrested for DWI after hit-run accident, chase

After a chase early Monday morning, Jefferson City police arrested a driver suspected of a hit and run while drunken driving near the police station.

Jays come up big at important moments in Sunday's win

EAST ST. LOUIS, lll. — In a close game, sometimes it comes down to which team makes more of the intangible-type plays that don’t always show up in the box score.

Wildcats capture championship at New Haven

The Linn Wildcats claimed four of the top nine individual spots Saturday at the New Haven Short Course Cross Country Invitational.

Consumer protection nominee promises cooperation

President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is promising to be accountable to Congress and is playing down the lawsuits his agency will be able to file against banks and other financial institutions.

World stocks mixed amid dour economic signals

Asian stocks fell but Europe regained its balance Tuesday after several tumultuous sessions of trading sparked by the bleak U.S. jobs picture. Swiss shares soared after the country’s central bank moved to control the strong franc.

MU nursing injuries

Tigers dealing with hobbled players

COLUMBIA — Missouri cornerback Kip Edwards is expected back this week after missing the opener with a hamstring injury, but the defense will be without linebacker Will Ebner and end Jacquies Smith this week.

World Bank expects slow US growth but no recession

The U.S. economy will likely limp along with slow growth and high unemployment but avoid a recession, World Bank President Robert Zoellick said Tuesday.

Oil falls to near $84 on global slowdown fears

Oil prices headed lower to near $84 a barrel Tuesday in Asia as fears of a recession in developed countries sent stock markets and commodities lower.

Starbucks plans to triple its China coffee shops

Starbucks Corp., the world’s largest coffee retailer, plans to triple the number of its coffee shops in China during the next four years, an executive said Tuesday.

Even with half the teams idle this week, still plenty to talk about in Big 12

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is willing to play wherever his school’s president and athletic director decide is best, even if it means a move by the top-ranked Sooners could trigger the nation’s first 16-team super conference.

Elected in 9/11 shadow, NYC mayor deepens the link

It didn’t take long after his election for Mayor Michael Bloomberg to alienate some of those most closely affected by the Sept. 11 attacks. In unemotional terms, he advocated for a “less is more” approach to a memorial, explaining that rental agents wouldn’t like the area to seem like a “cemetery.”

McQueen launches sex-addict film 'Shame' in Venice

For British director Steve McQueen, there was no better place than Manhattan to film "Shame," his new film that portrays the life of a 30-something sex addict, played by Michael Fassbender in often graphic detail.

German coalition uncertain on euro rescue fund

Opposition to giving Europe’s rescue fund new powers appears to be growing within Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition, just weeks ahead of a key parliamentary vote.

Book explores 'Arab Detroit' in decade since 9/11

A book has been published that examines life in the Detroit area's Arab-American community in the decade since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Swiss National Bank pegs franc to euro

The Swiss National Bank on Tuesday decided to fix the country’s exchange rate at 1.20 francs per euro and indicated it would buy an unlimited amount of euros regardless of the risk to maintain that value.

Jays soccer team to honor National Guard members

The Jefferson City Jays soccer team will be hosting a National Guard Appreciation night on Tuesday at the Jays vs. Hickman soccer game at the 179 Soccer Fields.

Feds say workers return to Gulf oil and gas jobs

Federal officials say offshore oil and gas workers in the Gulf of Mexico are going back to platforms and rigs that had been evacuated because of Tropical Storm Lee.

Monday's National League Capsules

Cliff Lee threw a five-hitter for his sixth shutout of the season, helping NL East-leading Philadelphia beat second-place Atlanta 9-0 on Monday night.

Monday's American League Capsules

Rookie Zach Stewart took a perfect game into the eighth inning and finished with a one-hitter as Chicago completed a doubleheader sweep of Minnesota with a 4-0 victory on Monday night.