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Ferguson protests move to Target, Walmart stores

Dozens of people have interrupted holiday shopping at major retail stores around the St. Louis area to speak out about a grand jury's decision not to indict the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown.

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For some, location of Brown’s hands irrelevant

The word spread within minutes of Michael Brown’s death — a young black man with his hands raised in surrender had just been shot by a white cop.

Holiday zoo feast includes lard, crickets

Turkey and stuffing are so traditional. How about horse meat, crickets and lard for Thanksgiving instead? Animals at the Kansas City Zoo feast daily on fruits, vegetables and a slew of meat, The Kansas City Star reported. It costs about a half-million dollars a year to feed 1,100 animals.

Ferguson gives thanks after a quiet night

Protesters in Ferguson pressed pause Thursday as the city welcomed Thanksgiving, decorating boarded-up storefronts with some Dr. Seuss inspiration and gathering for church services — a stark contrast to previous days of outrage over the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case.

Patrol says suspect killed in Versailles while tussling with officers

Authorities say a suspect has been killed in a tussle with law enforcement officers in the Morgan County town of Versailles. Officers shot and killed 41-year-old Randall Roden in the altercation.

4 teens die in southwest Missouri crash

Authorities say four teenagers are dead after a pickup truck crashed into a tree in southwest Missouri.

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Protesters dwindle to small groups in Ferguson

The throngs of protesters who overran Ferguson after the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case dwindled to just a few small groups as people began cleaning up this battered community and seeking something closer to a normal routine.

Ferguson grand jury papers full of inconsistencies

Some witnesses said Michael Brown had been shot in the back. Another said he was face-down on the ground when Officer Darren Wilson "finished him off." Still others acknowledged changing their stories to fit published details about the autopsy or admitted that they did not see the shooting at all.

In Ferguson, mundane choices lead to tragedy

The two friends' morning intersected by chance in the parking lot of the Canfield Green apartment complex. Dorian Johnson had been up since 7 a.m. on this overcast August Saturday and after getting dressed, he was ready for a smoke — on any other morning a carefree ritual for easing into his day's routine in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

Missouri 4-H Foundation launches gift challenge to support Youth Futures program

The Missouri 4-H Foundation board of trustees has announced a $250,000 matching gift challenge to support 4-H Youth Futures: College Within Reach, a successful long-term mentoring program that prepares underserved youths to succeed in college.

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American Royal halts efforts for events center

Citing a lack of interest by the city, the American Royal is halting planning and fundraising for a new events center in Kansas City.

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Sharpton gathers families of 3 men killed by cops

The parents of Michael Brown and relatives of two other unarmed black men killed by police officers joined hands with the Rev. Al Sharpton on Wednesday and prayed for justice amid days of protests over a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict the officer who killed Brown.

Protests postpone St. Louis Thanksgiving parade

The annual Thanksgiving Day parade in St. Louis has been postponed because of the continued protests over Michael Brown's death and other fatal police shootings.

2 FBI agents, police officer shot; suspect dead

A man who fatally shot his mother and wounded a suburban St. Louis police officer and two FBI agents is dead, authorities said Wednesday.

Police identify man found after Ferguson car fire

St. Louis County police say that a 20-year-old man whose dead body was found inside a car in Ferguson, Missouri, after riots erupted had been intentionally set on fire.

Missouri holiday travel off to semi-smooth start

A small band of snow along a stretch of eastern Missouri briefly caused headaches for holiday drivers Wednesday, but otherwise it was smooth sailing for motorists on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

58 arrested in 2nd night of Ferguson-area protests

Authorities have raised the arrest total from the second night of protests over the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case to 58.

Audit: Missouri commission kept veterans in dark

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri Veterans Commission poorly communicated with veterans when handling pension and disability claims, according to Auditor Tom Schweich's report released Wednesday.

Missouri man, 70, gets life in prison for murder

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A western Missouri man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing his neighbor following a feud.

Missouri taxpayers sue Nixon for Common Core test

A Missouri judge says taxes from three people suing Gov. Jay Nixon won't go to a group creating tests for the Common Core education standards.