'Firenado': Wind whips up wicked whirl in Missouri field

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A Missouri woman captured this incredible photo of a phenomenon that has been dubbed a “firenado” while she was driving down a country road near the town of Chillicothe last weekend.

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Southwest flight touches down in Missouri — at the wrong airport

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Federal officials are investigating why a Southwest Airlines flight that was supposed to land at Branson Airport in southwest Missouri instead landed at another airport miles away — the second such mix-up in two months. 

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300 victims? Grocery worker accused of HIV spree

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A Missouri man was arraigned Thursday on charges that he recklessly infected a sexual partner with the virus that causes AIDS, and a prosecutor said he potentially could have infected 300 more people in two states.

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Seven injured in Missouri as trains collide, trigger highway bridge collapse

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Two freight trains collided and derailed early Saturday in southeast Missouri, then triggered the collapse of a highway overpass when several rail cars struck a support pillar.

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Deadly flooding swamps Midwestern states

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Heavy river flooding in six Midwestern states that forced evacuations, shut down bridges, swamped homes and caused at least three deaths was at or near crest in some areas Sunday evening.

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Homes leveled as storms rip through Missouri, Arkansas

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A forceful storm system whipped tornadoes and severe thunderstorms across Missouri and Arkansas late Wednesday, wrecking homes, downing power lines and injuring multiple people in both states.

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BREAKING: Injuries reported as huge gas explosion rips through upscale Kansas City business district 

Several people were injured when a car struck a gas main Tuesday evening in an upscale business and shopping district of Kansas City, Mo., police told NBC News. 

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EXCLUSIVE: Gay teen wins right to attend prom with boyfriend

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An openly gay Missouri teenager has won the right to attend high school prom with his boyfriend after threatening legal action, the district superintendent said Friday.

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Girl, 6, set to get the pony she dreams of: Missouri introduces Powerball winners

A six-year-old girl from Dearborn, Mo., may get the pony she has dreamed of having, thanks to the record Powerball jackpot that her family just won.

The Hill family of Dearborn, Mo., who won half of the record Powerball jackpot worth $587.5 million, appeared at a press conference on Friday, with six-year-old Jayden clutching a stuffed horse as her parents were handed an oversized check made out for their half of the pot: $293,750,000.

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'Secret Santa' hands out $100 bills to stunned Sandy survivors in Staten Island

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A wealthy Missouri man posing as “Secret Santa” stunned New Yorkers, handing $100 bills to many in Staten Island who had lost everything to Superstorm Sandy.

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Missouri names Powerball jackpot winners; shocked wife told husband, 'I think I am having a heart attack'

A husband and wife from Dearborn, Mo., are the lucky ticket holders who won half of the record Powerball jackpot worth $587.5 million, and they couldn’t be more shocked at their good fortune.

"I called my husband and told him, ‘I think I am having a heart attack,’" Cindy Hill, 51, said, according to a Missouri Lottery press release. "I think we just won the lottery!"

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Powerball’s pressing question: Which lucky people hold the two winning tickets?

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Lottery mania in the largest prize in Powerball history culminated early Thursday morning when lottery officials confirmed there were two winning tickets in the $579.9 million jackpot: one sold in Arizona, the other in Missouri.

The frenzy now surrounds the identities of the lucky winners.

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'Twilight' movie theater shooting plot in Missouri foiled, police say

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Authorities in Bolivar, Mo., have charged a man they say was planning to go on a shooting spree this weekend at a movie theater screening of “Twilight.”

Deadline looming, Akin says he’s staying in Missouri Senate race

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With hours remaining until a preliminary deadline to withdraw, Rep. Todd Akin (R) said he would not step aside as the Republican Senate nominee in Missouri.

Akin, who’s faced growing clamor from fellow Republicans to end his candidacy amid an uproar over his weekend comments about rape, said he believes it is important for him to press forward with his campaign against incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

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Funds pour in to replace Missouri mosque destroyed by fire

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Donations to help rebuild a Missouri mosque after it burned to the ground Monday in a suspicious fire hit $291,000 on Friday — soaring past the $250,000 goal, according to the mosque’s fundraising web site.

The contributions have come from mosques and individuals around the country and from overseas to rebuild the mosque of the Islamic Society of Joplin, said a report in the Joplin Globe citing Kimberly Kester, a member and spokeswoman for the mosque.

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