IN HEADLINES TODAY: Wildfires blaze across Missouri; Apple unveils new iPad

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 | 5:55 p.m. CST

Here are some of today's top stories in Missouri, the nation and around the world, according to the Associated Press:

Missouri | Wind-blown fires scorch hundreds of acres in Missouri

Wildfires have burned an estimated 5,000 acres across several Missouri counties. Around noon Tuesday, about 200 firefighters responded to one of the biggest fires in Dallas County in southwest Missouri.

Smaller, more isolated fires also were reported in Kansas. The National Weather Service's red flag fire warning expired Wednesday, though a fire threat still remained.

Nation | Apple unveils new iPad with sharper screen

Apple unveiled its new iPad on Wednesday at a reveal in San Francisco.

The new model has a sharper screen and faster processor and will be available next week.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple has sold more iPads than any vendor has sold traditional PCs in the last quarter of 2011.

Nation | Romney politely encourages rivals to fold

Just one day after six wins on Super Tuesday, Mitt Romney's presidential campaign circulated a memo that his wins make the case that his delegate lead is too much for any of the other Republican presidential candidates to catch up.

World | Solar storm headed toward Earth may disrupt power

A solar flare on the sun Tuesday evening is threatening to disrupt power grids, GPS and airplane flights early Thursday morning.

The flare created the largest solar storm in five years and is expected to have effects on Earth between 1 and 5 a.m. EST Thursday, according to forecasters at the Space Weather Prediction Center.

World | Syria's Baba Amr is deserted, Red Cross says

A U.N. chief humanitarian says most residents have abandoned the Syrian district of Baba Amr, which was a key rebel stronghold in the uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Valerie Amos, the New York-based undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs, was the first outside visitor since the Syrian military began its assault on the neighborhood and took it from rebel control.

'AP News Minute'

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