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UPDATE: Senate confirms Kagan as 112th justice

The vote was 63-37 for President Barack Obama's nominee to succeed retired Justice John Paul Stevens.

Eating champ Kobayashi out of hot water over July 4th arrest

A judge in Brooklyn court said Thursday that the case will be purged from Kobayashi's record if he stays out of trouble for six months.

UPDATE: 2 dead, dozens injured in school bus crash in Missouri

The two people killed were a girl on one of the buses and the driver of a pickup truck involved in the accident near St. Louis. The buses carried members of a St. James high school band, who were on their way to Six Flags.

Four Missouri deaths blamed on heat

The Jackson County medical examiner was investigating the latest suspected heat death. No details have been released on any of the victims.

 

Appeal of ruling could delay gay weddings in California

Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker overturned the voter-approved ban known as Proposition 8 Wednesday, declaring that limiting marriage to a man and a woman is an "artifact" rooted in "unfounded stereotypes and prejudices."

Senate set to confirm Kagan as court's 4th-ever woman

The Senate is set Thursday to confirm President Barack Obama's nominee, whose addition to the court will mark the first time three female justices have served concurrently.

Aladdin Lamp Gathering is about friendship

The National Assocation of Aladdin Lamp Collectors 38th Gathering has nothing to do with genies or wishes. These collectors' passion lies in Aladdin brand kerosene mantle lamps.

Churches cautiously minister to sex offenders

Some churches try to welcome sex offenders as parishioners while draping a protective cloak over the children and others in the next pew.

 

Sex offenders across the country face laws and regulations that keep them from living near schools, parks, bus stops and pools. Some neighborhoods created association rules banning offenders from residing there.

Heat wave bakes 18 states from Texas to New York

High humidity had the heat index at more than 100 degrees in many places, and heat advisories were in effect for 18 states.

One of nation's oldest elephants dies in Springfield

Ol' C.C. arrived at the zoo from Thailand in 1954. Her exact age wasn't known, but the elephant was believed to have been 61 years old.

City Councilwoman Nauser looks to change nuisance law

Fifth Ward Councilwoman Laura Nauser wants to modify the rule about the number of unrelated people living in a house to make it a nuisance violation.

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