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'Bonnie and Clyde' Stay One Step Ahead of Cops

They're suspected in robberies across 4 states

(Newser) - A Missouri couple is allegedly robbing its way across the American South with the FBI and US Marshals hot on its heels, AL.com reports. "I guess they see themselves as some kind of modern-day Bonnie and Clyde,'' one Missouri lawman says. The crime spree may have... More »

Behold the Biggest Prime Number Ever—All 22M Digits

It was discovered on a computer that went in for routine maintenance

(Newser) - The longest prime number ever found has been discovered by a computer in Missouri, and it's a doozy: 274,207,281–1 has 22,338,618 digits, the Guardian reports. The number also known as M74207281 was found by a computer tied to the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search... More »

Georgia Officials Stumped by Mutilated Cows

Also, new cases in Kansas and Missouri

(Newser) - The case of two cows found dead and mutilated has authorities in Jackson County, Ga., baffled. With both cows, there was no discernible cause of death and the animals had a complete circle cleanly cut around the rectal area, the Augusta Chronicle reports. Of the first cow, found Dec. 16,... More »

Rare Winter Flood Kills at Least 18 in Missouri, Illinois

It's shaping up to be the second-worst flood on record

(Newser) - A rare winter flood pushed swollen rivers and streams to virtually unheard-of heights Tuesday, sparking widespread evacuations. Inmates were transferred from an Illinois state prison, and Missouri's governor activated the National Guard to help divert traffic away from submerged roads. The US Army Corps of Engineers said water from... More »

Cops: Craigslist Mover Swipes Couple's Stuff

He allegedly made off with more than $30K of their belongings

(Newser) - Craigslist can be a great place to rent an apartment, buy a used microwave, and hire some movers—provided you don't mind if those things are roach-infested, busted, and wildly untrustworthy, in that order. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports a Missouri man has been charged with felony theft after... More »

Severe Storms Hit Several States

Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas, among the hardest hit

(Newser) - Severe storms are continuing to strike several states on Sunday. Among the dramatic winter weather noted in media reports:
  • Oklahoma is seeing a range of precipitation, from blowing and drifting snow in the Panhandle to heavy, flood-inducing rains in the east part of the state. National Weather Service meteorologist Jonathan
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Parents Charged After Space Heater Kills Toddler

They allegedly left him alone for 38 hours while doing meth

(Newser) - Authorities say a 2-year-old boy in Missouri died after being left alone in a room with a running space heater for 38 hours straight while his parents did meth, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. "They heard the child's cries and did nothing," a county prosecutor says. The... More »

Missouri Cop Charged After Handcuffed Man Drowns

He ended up in a lake without a life vest

(Newser) - A Missouri Highway Patrol trooper has been charged with involuntary manslaughter more than 18 months after a man in his custody drowned with his hands cuffed behind his back. A special prosecutor says he decided to charge Trooper Anthony Piercy with "recklessly causing the death" of 20-year-old Brandon Ellingson... More »

Stolen Propane Tanks Put FBI on Edge

Missouri authorities probe tank thefts, cellphone purchases

(Newser) - The FBI is investigating reports in Missouri of stolen propane tanks and prepaid cellphones purchased en masse—developments that sparked concerns of a possible terrorist plot, KFOR reports. An estimated 65-70 tanks were grabbed from outside cages in three separate heists, two at Lee's Summit on the same day... More »

Mom's Last Act Was to Save Unborn Baby

Cancer patient Cara Combs delayed treatment until she could give birth

(Newser) - Cara Combs was terrified when she was diagnosed with stage IV melanoma on Nov. 2, but not only for herself. The Missouri mother of three was also 23 weeks pregnant. Though a dermatologist had found nothing concerning during a check-up a year before, doctors said the cancer had spread throughout... More »

Cops: Bud Weisser Breaks Into Budweiser Brewery

It was his destiny

(Newser) - In a crime too dumb to make a clever joke about it, a 19-year-old man named Bud Weisser allegedly broke into the Budweiser Brewery Thursday in St. Louis, Fox 2 Illinois reports. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , Weisser got into a car crash shortly before 7pm local time then... More »

Cops: Missouri Man Held Teen Captive for Weeks

He faces rape, child porn charges in Nov. 8 kidnapping

(Newser) - A Missouri man held a 15-year-old captive in his home for weeks, forced her to have sex with him, and filmed at least one encounter, according to police. Authorities say a fake Facebook page led them to a home in Marthasville, 60 miles west of St. Louis, on Tuesday, where... More »

Charges: Woman Poisoned Young Son for Months

She allegedly says she 'accidentally' gave her son the wrong medication

(Newser) - A Missouri woman is accused of repeatedly poisoning her 9-year-old son for about a year. Prosecutors have charged 35-year-old Rachel Kinsella of Meadville with endangering the welfare of a child. Court documents allege investigators found that Kinsella was surreptitiously having her son treated at two hospitals, getting unspecified prescriptions at... More »

Student Goes on Hunger Strike to Fix 'Infected' Campus

U of Missouri student wants president gone over racist, sexist, homophobic incidents

(Newser) - Jonathan Butler isn't planning on eating "until either Tim Wolfe is removed from office or my internal organs fail and my life is lost." Those were the words the graduate student wrote in a letter sent Monday to University of Missouri officials, declaring he's on a... More »

SCOTUS Stays Execution of Killer With Hole in Brain

Missouri inmate killed 3 with hammer

(Newser) - The US Supreme Court stepped in on Tuesday before Missouri could execute a man who was considered mentally disabled even before a fifth of his brain was removed. Ernest Lee Johnson, 55, was sentenced to death for killing three convenience store workers with a claw hammer during a 1994 robbery,... More »

'Miracle Church' Targeted in St. Louis' 7th Arson

Authorities hope $9K reward will lead them to suspect

(Newser) - A church considered to be the first miracle west of the Mississippi River became the seventh to be targeted by a suspected arsonist in St. Louis early Thursday. Like other arson cases since Oct. 8, the front exterior doors of the rectory of the Shrine of St. Joseph were set... More »

Somebody Is Torching Churches Around St. Louis

6 black churches set on fire in 10 days

(Newser) - Six black churches have been torched in the St. Louis area since Oct. 8 and police say they don't have a suspect—or a motive. "We believe that this fire-setting activity is meant to send a message," the St. Louis Police and Fire departments and the ATF... More »

Mom Charged After Her Kids Found Living in Mo. Cave

Brittany Mugrauer's 2 children had uncooked ramen, no shoes

(Newser) - A 24-year-old mother is in custody yesterday after her two young children were found barefoot, dirty, and living in a wooden shipping crate in an underground cave on the eastern edge of Kansas City, Missouri. Brittany Mugrauer was charged Friday night with two counts of felony child endangerment. Jackson County... More »

Radio Hosts Punished for Calling On-Air Killings a Hoax

Station manager apologizes, suspends pair

(Newser) - A Missouri radio station manager has cleared the air—somewhat literally—offering an apology to listeners and suspending two morning show employees who made inappropriate comments about the on-air shooting of three people in Virginia. Four days after WDBJ7's Alison Parker and Adam Ward were killed by a former... More »

Man Who Killed Teen Waiting for Bus in 1989 Is Executed

Ex-Kansas City cop calls Roderick Nunley's 25-year stay on death row a 'travesty'

(Newser) - A man convicted of kidnapping, raping, and murdering a 15-year-old Missouri girl from the Kansas City area more than a quarter-century ago was executed last night, becoming the state's sixth person to be put to death this year, the AP reports. The lethal injection for Roderick Nunley, 50, began... More »

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