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Missouri Supreme Court upholds farming, gun rights measures

Missouri's Supreme Court has upheld two constitutional amendments guaranteeing the right to farm and the right to bear arms.

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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.

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.

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.

Serena’s Wimbledon starts slow, ends in win

As has become customary for Serena Williams of late, she got off to a rocky start.

U.S.-Germany semifinal features world’s top keepers

The Women’s World Cup semifinal clash between top-ranked Germany and the second-ranked United States will feature two of the best goalkeepers in the game: Nadine Angerer and Hope Solo.

Peter Oosterhuis announces he has early onset Alzheimer’s

Former British golfer and CBS analyst Peter Oosterhuis announced Monday he has early onset Alzheimer’s disease.

Sam returns to CFL team

MONTREAL — In the city where Jackie Robinson made the jump to the big leagues — and a country where gay marriage has been legal for a decade — Michael Sam has come to restart his football career.

Wisconsin’s Ryan to retire after coming season

Bo Ryan has been the fire-breathing face of Wisconsin basketball for 14 seasons, pushing the Badgers to never-before-seen heights.

Five Royals, three Cardinals lead the way in All-Star voting

Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson and Seattle designated hitter Nelson Cruz have moved ahead in fan voting for starting spots in the All-Star Game, leaving five Kansas City Royals still in the lead.

New coaches bring excitement to SEC hoops

Southeastern Conference basketball coaches are confident their league won’t take a step back in the post-Billy Donovan era.

Cardinals continue to add to best record in majors

Mike Matheny has zero interest in scanning the daily statistics that show just how efficiently the St. Louis Cardinals are dealing with the opposition.

Altuve, Carter hit homers as Astros beat Royals

Chris Carter and Jose Altuve homered to back a solid start by rookie Lance McCullers, and the Houston Astros beat the Kansas City Royals 6-1 on Monday night.

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Clean air crossroad

Justices reject EPA power plant mercury limits

The Supreme Court ruled Monday against the Obama administration’s attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants, but it may only be a temporary setback for regulators.

Looming Greece default shakes citizens, world

Anxious pensioners swarmed closed bank branches Monday and long lines snaked outside ATMs as Greeks endured the first day of serious controls on their daily economic lives ahead of a July 5 referendum that could determine whether the country has to ditch the euro currency and return to the drachma.

International economists release critical Puerto Rico report

nternational economists released a critical report on Puerto Rico’s economy Monday on the heels of the governor’s warning that the island can’t pay its $72 billion public debt.

High court upholds use of controversial execution drug

Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it’s “highly likely” the death penalty itself is unconstitutional.

Springfield inundated by high-grade pot from Colo.

Narcotics investigators in Springfield say the city is seeing an influx of higher-grade marijuana from states where the drug is legal, particularly Colorado.

Area man hit, killed on highway

A Gravois Mills man was killed in a pedestrian accident at 3 a.m. Sunday on Missouri 5 north of Lebanon in Laclede County.

Nixon OKs savings accounts for Missourians with disabilities

A new Missouri measure aims to help families financially support those with disabilities.

GE selling some fleet businesses to Element

General Electric Co. is selling its U.S., Mexico, Australia and New Zealand fleet businesses to Element Financial Corp. for $6.9 billion.

US stocks notch worst day of year

Fears that Greece’s troubles could spread through the global financial system shook markets on Monday, driving U.S. stocks to their worst day of the year.

Carolinas see spike in shark attacks

Shark experts have a not-so-reassuring explanation for a recent spate of attacks along on the coast of the Carolinas: It’s mainly because so many people are getting in the water.

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'Mind-blowing' flames destroy homes in Washington state

From just across the Wenatchee River, Dominick Bonny watched a whole neighborhood in his central Washington town burn as a wildfire destroyed two dozen structures and forced hundreds to flee.

Lightning on Colo. mountain sends 3 hikers to hospital

Lightning struck near the top of a more than 14,000-foot mountain popular with hikers, sending three people to hospitals and killing a dog, Colorado authorities said

Chobani selected as Greek yogurt for school lunches

Public schools across America will soon offer Greek yogurt as a meat substitute in school lunches beginning this fall.

Survey: Confederate flag push reaches key milestone in SC

A survey of South Carolina legislators shows there is enough support to remove the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds if all supporters cast a vote.

Religious liberty is rallying cry after gay marriage ruling

Now that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide, religious conservatives are focusing on preserving their right to object. Their concerns are for the thousands of faith-based charities, colleges and hospitals that want to hire, fire, serve and set policy according to their religious beliefs, notably that gay relationships are morally wrong.

Obama, Rousseff try to put spy scandal behind them

President Barack Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will aim to show they have smoothed over tensions sparked by a spying scandal, as they open two days of talks at the White House Monday.

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Bomb kills Egypt's top prosecutor

A car bomb killed Egypt’s chief prosecutor Monday in the country’s first assassination of a senior official in 25 years, marking what could be an escalation in a campaign by Islamic militants toward targeting leaders of a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood.

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NBC to Donald Trump: You're fired

NBC said Monday that it is ending its business relationship with mogul and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump because of comments he made about Mexican immigrants during the announcement of his campaign.

Looking for love on a dating app? You may find music instead

In your quest to find a date, a spouse or a hook-up, you might discover something else when using dating apps: new music.

Kyle Busch grabs 1st win of season as comeback rolls on

After two practice sessions at Sonoma Raceway, Kyle Busch spent an evening icing his surgically repaired left foot.

Australia women's soccer looks forward to a bright future

What Australia’s Alen Stajcic wouldn’t give for his team to be like Japan one day.

Lloyd once nearly quit; the US team is sure glad she didn’t

Carli Lloyd’s career is defined by big moments.

Watson wins Travelers Championship on 2nd playoff hole

Bubba Watson made an 8-foot birdie putt on the second hole a playoff Sunday to outlast Paul Casey and win the Travelers Championship for the second time.

Three new USOC board members will help decide Boston’s fate

A former deputy mayor, a big-time athletic director, an Olympic gold medalist.

IndyCar still straddling line between speed, safety

Organizers in every motorsport try to walk a fine line between creating fast, entertaining racing and keeping drivers and riders safe. Finding that middle ground is particularly vital in IndyCar, where cars occasionally go airborne in accidents.

FIFA election monitor urges Blatter to commit to going

Stop flirting with the FIFA presidency and say for sure you are going.

Post 5 Seniors split

The Jefferson City American Legion Post 5 Seniors continued play in the Festus Invitational on Sunday with an 8-4 win against the host team.

Jeff Maggert wins US Senior Open for 2nd senior major title

Jeff Maggert is moving into an elite class on golf’s senior circuit.

LeBron James bypasses option, becomes free agent

For the third time in six seasons, LeBron James is an unrestricted free agent.

Novak Djokovic back to tennis, focused on Wimbledon

After losing in the French Open final, Novak Djokovic wanted nothing to do with tennis.

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