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carthagepress.com delivers up-to-the-minute news and information on the latest top stories, weather, entertainment, politics and more.
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    The Justice Department sued Bank of America on Wednesday, saying the bank sold defective mortgages to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The suit seeks $1 billion, the amount the government says Bank of America cost taxpayers because of the fraud.
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    “I struggled with it myself for a long time, and I realized that life is a gift from God, and I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something God intended to happen.” – Republican U. [...]

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    In the news: On the heels of last year’s awesome Halloween house that had a light show to “Party Rock Anthem” comes a Halloween house that has a “Gangnam Style” show. The house in Leesburg, Va., has its impressive 8,500 lights synched with the popular song by South Korean rapper Psy. Check it out at the link above.
    Happening today: Game 2 of the World Series is tonight at 8:07 p.m. EDT. The game between the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants is on Fox.
    Gas update: GasBuddy.com [...]

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    Hurricane Sandy – also known as “Frankenstorm” by government forecasters – is headed toward the East Coast and could early next week. The massive storm is expected to be over the Bahamas on Friday, and rain from the storm could hit the U.S. this weekend. Forecasters are saying Sandy will cause problems from Florida all the way to Maine.
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    “In this situation you’re going to face the best. For me I just go in there and don’t thinking too much or try to do too [...]

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    In the news: A monkey that was on the lam for more than three years in Tampa, Fla., and reportedly attacked at least one person has finally been captured. The “Mystery Monkey” is a rhesus macaque monkey that officials believe escaped from a “small colony of monkeys” that live in Silver Springs, Fla. The monkey became a celebrity of sorts and even had his own Facebook page.
    Happening today: Among the new movies opening today are the much-anticipated “Cloud Atlas,” an R-rated three-director [...]

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    The NHL lockout will continue, and games are cancelled through the end of November, it was reported Friday. The hockey league set a Thursday deadline for a new collective bargaining agreement, but the players union didn’t agree to the deal. The league’s 82-game schedule is now not possible.
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    “The management committee decided not to award victories to any other rider or upgrade other placings in any of the affected events.” – Statement Friday from the [...]

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    The U.S. military began training today for a zombie apocalypse. Seriously. The training is part of Navy special-operations forces and Marine exercises at an anti-terrorism summit. Brad Barker, president of the Halo Corp. security company, said the exercises are “whimsical,” but they’re good terrorist training, and they help highlight the importance of preparedness.
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    “If there’s any good news, the water (has) receded, the roadways are accessible. But we still [...]

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    On May 22, 2011, two hours before the massive tornado ripped through Joplin, hundreds of Jasper residents were gathered in one room for the Jasper High School graduation.
    If that storm had veered north instead of south, finding shelter for all those people would have been almost impossible.

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    As a kid, Mickey Bulger, Carterville, remembers watching as builders expanded the then-two-lane U.S. Highway 71, now Missouri 171, from Carthage to Webb City to a four-lane highway.

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  • 12/18/12--10:39: Only in Print
  • The following stories can be found in our print edition. Call 417-358-2191 to subscribe.
    Dear Santa Letters - in Sunday, Dec. 16
    Carthage Salvation Army bell ringers
    Eagles at Kellogg Lake

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    Two people were killed and four were injured in a crash on Interstate 44 involving a vehicle traveling west in the eastbound lanes, hitting another vehicle.

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    Cellular phone service was out the Carthage, Joplin and Springfield areas, western Missouri and most of Kansas for about two hours Thursday morning, forcing people to scramble for ways to communicate.

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    The registered sex offender from Carthage who was wanted for allegedly groping and attacking women in the Tulsa, Okla., area last week, was caught Friday evening in the Carl Junction area.

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    A Sarcoxie school board member was charged on Friday with possession of child pornography in the federal district court in Springfield. John Lewis, 67, Sarcoxie, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Springfield with possessing child pornography and accused in an affidavit with the charge of exposing himself.