US casualties in fighting in southern Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) – Defense officials say a number of U.S. special operations troops have been killed or wounded in fighting in southern Afghanistan. The fighting Tuesday against the Taliban was near the city of Marja in Helmand province, where the Taliban has made recent gains. Details on the battle and the number wounded or killed…

Murder In Pine Lawn Being Investigated

Pine Lawn, MO  (KTRS)  A deadly shooting in Pine Lawn is being investigated. Police say 44-year-old Fernando Smith was shot multiple times inside of his home along the 3800 block of Council Grove early Monday evening.  Smith was able to make a neighbor’s home for help. Smith was taken to the hospital, where he died early…

Illinois medical marijuana sales surpass $1 million mark

CHICAGO (AP) – Officials say Illinois patients legally purchased nearly $1.7 million worth of medical marijuana during November and December Program director Joseph Wright on Monday announced sales figures since Nov. 9, when Illinois launched regulated sales with the opening of the state’s first licensed cannabis dispensaries. Wholesale sales – what growers sold to dispensaries…