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Man accused of using fake penis for drug test

A man accused of using a prosthetic penis to try to pass a drug test has been arrested in eastern Missouri. Authorities say 34-year-old Sydney Levin was submitting a urine sample last week as part of his probation when an officer allegedly spotted him using a prosthetic known as a Whizzinator. The prosthetic is advertised as a "discreet" device that includes synthetic "medical grade urine."


At least 16 hurt in blast and fire at Kansas City restaurant

At least 16 people were hurt and a popular wine bar was destroyed by an apparent natural gas explosion and ensuing fire at an upscale shopping district in Kansas City, Mo., Tuesday evening.


Missouri couple claim US jackpot

A 52-year-old mechanic from Missouri and his wife claim their share of a $587.5m Powerball lottery jackpot.


Arizona, Missouri claim Powerball winners

Powerball Jackpot

Powerball jackpot winners, whoever you are, take your time stepping up to claim your share of $587.5 million, lottery officials in Arizona and Missouri say. A winning ticket was sold in each state and executives in both sent out the same advice to whoever has one: Sign it, secure it, and consult legal and financial advisers before all the publicity fireworks begin. Arizona even set up special phone line for the person or group that bought a $10 Quick Pick ticket to call.


'Twilight' shooting plot in Missouri foiled, police say

Twilight Theater Shooting Plot

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." The 20-year-old suspect, Blaec Lammers, was charged Friday morning with making a terrorist threat, armed criminal action and first-degree assault, The Springfield News-Leader reported.


GOP’s Akin, Mourdock lose Senate elections

Democrats scored decisive Senate wins in Missouri and Indiana after candidates supported by the tea party and evangelical Christians made controversial remarks on rape, pregnancy and abortion that appeared to cost them the support of more-moderate voters in their party.


Akin compares McCaskill to a 'dog'

Todd Akin

GOP Rep. Todd Akin likened Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill to a dog who plays "fetch" and brings back higher taxes and more regulation to Missouri.


Jim DeMint endorses Todd Akin, setting up unlikely alliance

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) endorsed Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin on Wednesday, giving Akin his first potential big-money endorsement and setting up an unlikely coalition. DeMint’s endorsement was announced alongside that of former presidential candidate Rick Santorum by Santorum’s Patriot Voices PAC.


Democrats say Akin's comments could put Missouri in play

A recent Rasmussen survey showed Obama's support in Missouri at 47% compared to 46% for Romney.


When it rains, it pours: Isaac eases drought, starts floods

For most of the U.S., Hurricane Isaac has come and gone, and now Southerners and Midwesterners are grappling with the good and bad it left behind. Evacuation orders eased for parts of Louisiana, and many Missouri residents saw the possible end of a long and painful drought when Isaac passed over the state Friday and Saturday, dumping much of its strength before going on to Illinois and Indiana.


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