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Belleville man killed in mortar attack in Afghanistan

Thursday, 05 December 2013 04:13 Published in Local News

   Friends and family are preparing to say goodbye to a Belleville man killed in a mortar attack in Afghanistan.  

   Sixty-four year old Albert Haas was a civilian aircraft mechanic working at Bagram Air Force Base.  He and a female coworker were killed last Friday (Nov. 29) when a rocket struck a barracks building.  

   Haas was a graduate of Althoff Catholic High School, and served 30 years in the military.  He leaves behind a wife and three adult children.

   Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home in Belleville. There will be a funeral service at the funeral home Friday at 9 a.m.  Then Haas will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

St. Louis braces for first snow of season

Thursday, 05 December 2013 03:43 Published in Local News

   St. Louis is bracing for the first winter storm of the season.  Snow shovels and rock salt are hot items at local hardware stores.  Shoppers are also hitting the milk, egg and bread aisles at local grocery stores.  

   Ameren has opend it's Missouri's Emergency Operations Center to prepare for severe weather that is expected to affect the bi-state area.  Ameren employees who respond to outages have been asked to come to work on Thursday with their bags packed.  As the weather develops, Ameren officials say crews will be deployed to the hardest hit areas. 

   Crews from MoDOT, IDOT and local governments are already working to keep area roadways safe.  St. Louis Streets director Todd Waelterman told Fox 2 News that city crews began Wednesday night pre-treating streets with 70,000 gallons of brine.
 
   "Now, we're going to get a big bang out of our pre-treat," Waelterman said.  "So when this does start coming down during the evening rush, we should be ahead of it."
 
   The National Weather Service is predicting one to four inches of snowfall in the city of St. Louis by Friday evening.\
 
 

Car bomb hits Yemen's Defense Ministry, killing 15

Thursday, 05 December 2013 03:38 Published in National News

   ADEN, Yemen (AP) - Military and hospital officials say a suicide bomber had detonated his explosives-laden car at Yemen's Defense Ministry, killing 15 soldiers and wounding at least 40.

   They said as many as 12 gunmen also have been killed in a firefight between troops and a carload of attackers who arrived minutes after the Thursday morning blast, apparently in a bid to take over the complex in downtown Sanaa, Yemen's capital.

   They said the gunmen were armed with assault rifles, hand grenades and rocket-propelled grenades.

   There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which bore the hallmarks of al-Qaida, whose chapter in Yemen is considered among the world's most active.

   The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to journalists.

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