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Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Today's Images

Scotland took long road to vote for independence
The historical kilt and outfit of Scottish independence referendum Yes campaign supporter and member of a Scottish historical re-enactment group Ed Hastings are seen Tuesday as he chats to people on Calton Hill in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Matt Dunham ~ Associated Press)
UN says nearly $1 billion is needed now to stop Ebola
Health workers stay in protective gear after they move the body of a person they think died Tuesday from Ebola on to the back of a truck in Monrovia, Liberia.
Abbas Dulleh
Associated Press
Teams explore 'graveyard of ships' near San Francisco
An octopus swims by a mystery tugboat Friday that was found by the NOAA research vessel Fulmar off the California coast. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
Top general: U.S. ground troops possible in Iraq
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, appear Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington. (J. Scott Applewhite ~ Associated Press)
House panel: Safety agency mishandled GM recall
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., questions witnesses at the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance on Tuesday on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Lauren Victoria Burke ~ Associated Press)
Hunt on for suspect in trooper killing
Pennsylvania State Police commissioner Frank Noonan speaks during a news conference Tuesday in Blooming Grove, Pennsylvania. Noonan identified Eric Matthew Frein, 31, as the gunman who killed one trooper and injured another in a late-night ambush outside a state police barracks. (Michael J. Mullen ~ Scranton Times & Tribune)
Brewers knock off Cardinals 3-2 in 12 innings
Milwaukee Brewers' Hector Gomez, right, scores on a sacrifice fly by Matt Clark ahead of the tag from St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, left, during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Sponsors convey mounting concerns over behavior
FILE - In this May 20, 2014, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks at a news conference at the NFL's spring meeting in Atlanta. Major sponsors including Anheuser-Busch and Visa added to the chorus of disapproval over the National Football League recent actions but are stopping short of pulling advertising, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
Sen. Reid moves to ensure nuclear dump stays dead
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks with reporters after a Democratic policy lunch Tuesday at the Capitol in Washington. Reid is working to ensure that a nuclear waste dump in his home state stays closed even though the government has spent $15 billion on it. (J. Scott Applewhite ~ Associated Press)
Ukraine lawmakers ratify landmark deal with Europe
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko shows the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement to lawmakers Tuesday after signing it in parliament in Kiev, Ukraine.
Mykola Lazarenko
Associated Press
Belgium grants euthanasia to killer
Convict Frank Van Den Bleeken appears in court Tuesday in Brussels. Van Den Bleeken, who has been imprisoned for almost three decades for rape and murder, has been granted the right to die after doctors agreed his psychiatric condition was incurable, an official and a lawyer said Tuesday. (Herman Ricour ~ Associated Press)
Lumber town takes stock after fire
Firefighters hose down the smoldering remains of a home Tuesday in Weed, California. A fast-moving wildfire destroyed at least 100 structures before winds died down and firefighters got a line around most of the fire. (Jeff Barnard ~ Associated Press)
Lumber town takes stock after fire
Apples hang on a tree Tuesday next to a home destroyed by a wind-driven wildfire in Weed, California. An estimated 100 structures were burned in the blaze. (Jeff Barnard ~ Associated Press)
Parents of theater-shooting victim sue online ammo sellers
Lonnie and Sandy Phillips listen as their lawyer speaks during a news conference Tuesday. The Phillipses, parents of Jessica Ghawi who was killed in the July 20, 2012, Colorado theater shootings, filed a lawsuit accusing four online retailers of improperly selling equipment used in the attack. (Brennan Linsley ~ Associated Press)
NASA picks Boeing, SpaceX to ferry astronauts
Astronaut Randy Bresnik prepares to enter The Boeing Company's CST-100 spacecraft for a fit-check evaluation at the company's Houston Product Support Center. On Tuesday, NASA announced Boeing as one of two private companies winning the right to transport astronauts to the International Space Station. The deal will end NASA's expensive reliance on Russian crew transport. (NASA)
Self-driving cars now need a permit in California
A row of Google self-driving cars is seen May 14 outside the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. For the first time, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles knows how many self-driving cars are traveling on the state’s public roads. (Associated Press file)
'Gone Girl' extra: Stay-at-home Mom makes lunch for Fincher and the cast, including Affleck's turkey sandwiches
David Fincher on the set of the 'Gone Girl' filming in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, 2013. Southeast Missourian file photo
'Gone Girl' extra: Stay-at-home Mom makes lunch for Fincher and the cast, including Affleck's turkey sandwiches
Sandi Williams helped host and prepare food for certain stars for the movie "Gone Girl", including Ben Affleck and director David Fincher. She is pictured here in "The Bar", an important place featured in the movie. (rustmedia photo)
Judge extends grand jury in Ferguson case
The casket containing the body of Michael Brown is surrounded by people gathered to say goodbye as it leaves Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church on Aug. 25 in St. Louis.
Robert Cohen
St. Louis Post Dispatch, pool
AP Interview: Justice Department launches policing bias study
Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during an interview at the Justice Department on Tuesday in Washington. (Susan Walsh ~ Associated Press)
Southeast professor explains effect of Muslims, ISIS
Dr. David Cameron discusses the Islamic State and the Middle East at a meeting Tuesday of the Cape County Tea Party at the Cape Girardeau Public Library. (Fred Lynch)
3,000 troops sent to Ebola regions
President Barack Obama speaks Tuesday at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta to address the Ebola crisis and announce he is sending 3,000 U.S. troops to West Africa nations fight the spread of the disease. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais ~ Associated Press)
Efforts to protect grotto sculpin continue
The grotto sculpin is a cave-dwelling fish believed to be found only in Perry County, Missouri. (Submitted)
'Gone Girl' tickets now on sale
The movie 'Gone Girl' was filmed partially in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. In this promotional photo distributed to the Associated Press, actor Ben Affleck is standing on a gazebo near the riverfront in Cape Girardeau. (Associated Press photo)