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A nutty finale for ‘Scandal,’ TV’s craziest show

“Scandal” is arguably the nuttiest show on the air. But there’s a method to its madness, demonstrated every week with OMG intensity.

Easter on 4/20, pot holy day; pastors reach out

Social media has been buzzing for weeks with jokes about how, this year, Easter Sunday shares the calendar with the pot-lover’s highest holiday: April 20, or 420 in stoner lingo.

UN says 58 killed in attack on U.N. base in South Sudan

An attack on a U.N. peacekeeping base in South Sudan where some 5,000 members of an ethnic minority had sought shelter killed 58 people and injured about 100 others, a U.N. official said Friday.

Officials: 24 more abducted Nigerian students free

A Nigerian education official says 24 more schoolgirls abducted by Islamic extremists have escaped.

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Diplomacy doesn't move insurgents in Ukraine

Pro-Russian insurgents defiantly refused Friday to surrender their weapons or give up government buildings in eastern Ukraine, despite a diplomatic accord reached in Geneva and overtures from the government in Kiev.

Ready for the first step in NBA playoff journey

NBA playoff capsules

A look at the eight first-round series in the NBA playoffs:

Dutch man's case linked to suicidal teen

Canadian police confirmed an arrest has been made in the Netherlands in the case of a Canadian teenager who was blackmailed into exposing herself in front of a webcam. The 15-year-old later committed suicide after detailing her harassment on a YouTube video watched by millions around the world.

Business events scheduled for the coming week

Here are business events scheduled for April 21-25, 2014.

Pepsi franchise to open center in Cape Girardeau

A Pepsi franchise is planning to build a new customer service center in Cape Girardeau that could create 74 jobs.

Educator denies sex crimes in YouTube case

A judge on Friday refused to dismiss sexual assault charges against an educator who was confronted with the allegations of abuse in a phone call by a former student who then posted the conversation on YouTube.

Linn defeats Belle

In baseball

Blake Snyder and Ryan Mantle combined to strike out 14 batters Friday as Linn defeated Belle 8-2.

Police raid LA Times building after threat reports

Police took a man into custody Friday night inside the Los Angeles Times building after it was locked down because of a shooting threat report, the newspaper said.

Providence, RI sues firms over stock trades

Providence, R.I. is suing dozens of Wall Street banks and other financial companies over high-frequency trading.

Man charged in Kansas City-area highway shootings

After nearly a month of reports of gunshots being fired at vehicles and more than 100 tips, authorities announced charges Friday against a Kansas City-area man suspected in connection with about a dozen highway shootings that wounded three people.

Pujols nears milestone

With homer No. 497

DETROIT — Albert Pujols is quietly closing in on 500 home runs.

Blue Tigers halt 15-game skid by beating Lynx

The Lincoln softball team ended a 15-game losing streak with a 7-6 win against Lindenwood-Belleville in the second game of a non-conference doubleheader on Friday afternoon.

Jays, Lady Jays capture titles at Capital City Relays

The Jefferson City Jays and Lady Jays both took home first-place finishes in the 55th Annual Capital City Relays held Friday afternoon at Adkins Stadium.

Friday's American League Capsules

Games played on April 18, 2014

Albert Pujols hit his 497th home run and Howie Kendrick added two of his own to lead the Los Angeles Angels to an 11-6 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.

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Vargas shuts down Twins, leads Royals to 5-0 win

Jason Vargas began tinkering sometime between the second and third inning, after his pitch count had risen perilously high yet he'd managed to wiggle out of three straight jams.

Friday's Golf Capsules

Tournaments played on April 18, 2014

GOLF TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: K.J. Choi's early tee time and quick start moved him to the top of the rain-delayed RBC Heritage on Friday.

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