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BOONVILLE, Mo. (AP) - The president of the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association has resigned after getting flak about a State Fair event that mocked President Barack Obama.

An attorney for Boonville School Superintendent Mark Ficken said Tuesday that his client resigned from the rodeo association to protest its response to the Saturday incident.

Ficken was the rodeo announcer.

But attorney Albert Watkins says it was a rodeo clown wearing a microphone - not Ficken - who riled up the crowd as a bull chased a man wearing an Obama mask. The act was widely criticized by Missouri officials as disrespectful of Obama.

Watkins says Ficken resigned because the association had not barred the rodeo clown from its group.

The Boonville School District is hiring an investigator to look into Ficken's role in the event.

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St. Louis County police have identified the teenager shot and killed during a disturbance at a home Monday morning.

The resident was home in the 57-hundred block of Eagle Drive with his fiance when he answered a knock at the door.  Nineteen year old Akeem Mayes of St. Louis city, and an unidentified man, then became involved in an argument with the resident. In an exchange of gunfire, Mayes was killed.

A search for the second subject is ongoing. 

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The Cardinals made more moves in advance of Tuesday's match up against the Central-leading Pirates.

The team recalled infielder Jermaine Curtis from the Triple-A club and optioned Michael Blazek to Memphis. Curtis was batting .259 in Triple-A with four homers and 42 RBIs. First pitch tonight at 7:15.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Air Force officials say a unit responsible for operating nuclear missiles has failed a safety and security inspection.

This is the second major setback this year for the Air Force's nuclear weapons force, which is responsible for 450 land-based nuclear missiles on 24/7 alert for potential launch at targets around the globe. Last spring a missile unit in North Dakota received weak grades on an inspection but did not fail it outright; that performance was so poor, however, that 17 officers temporarily lost their authority to operate missiles.

As described to The Associated Press on Tuesday by Air Force Lt. Gen. James M. Kowalski, the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., failed a nuclear safety and security inspection this week.

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