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Wacca strong in five-inning outing for Cards

Washington Nationals closer Drew Storen exited early because of a blister on his right big toe Monday in a 6-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

By union after Bryant sent to minors by Cubs

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Third baseman Kris Bryant was reassigned by the Chicago Cubs to their minor league camp Monday despite an outstanding spring training at the plate, triggering a threat of litigation from the players’ association.

Loyola-Chicago takes CBI opener

Earl Peterson scored 16 points to lead Loyola-Chicago past Louisiana-Monroe 65-58 Monday in the opener of the College Basketball Invitational championship series.

Cardinals tell Villanueva he’s made opening roster

The St. Louis Cardinals have told reliever Carlos Villanueva he will be on their 25-man opening-day roster.

Vrbata, Lack strong in Canucks’ 4-1 win against Blues

Radim Vrbata had a goal and assist, and Eddie Lack made 23 saves as the Vancouver Canucks opened a four-game trip with a 4-1 victory Monday night against the struggling St. Louis Blues.

Cardinals pick Martinez to be the fifth starter

Before spring training, St. Louis manager Mike Matheny asked pitcher Carlos Martinez to work on controlling his emotions.

Moustakas hits grand slam in Royals’ victory

Mike Moustakas hit a grand slam in a seven-run first inning Monday as the Kansas City Royals outslugged the Texas Rangers 11-7.

Monday's NHL Capsules

Games played on March 30, 2015

NHL ROUNDUP: Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop had two assists, Vladislav Namestnikov scored two goals, and the Lightning clinched an Eastern Conference playoff berth with a 5-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night.

Monday's NBA Capsules

Games played on March 30, 2015

NBA ROUNDUP: Avery Bradley had 30 points and eight rebounds, and the Boston Celtics beat the Charlotte Hornets 116-104 on Monday night for an important Eastern Conference victory.

Crash co-pilot treated for suicidal tendencies years ago

How could someone once diagnosed with suicidal tendencies get a job as a commercial pilot, entrusted with the lives of hundreds of people? That’s the question being asked after officials confirmed Monday that Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz received lengthy psychotherapy several years ago.

Car slams into NSA police car at Fort Meade

One of two disguised men shot, killed; companion, NSA officer injured

Two men dressed as women smashed a stolen car into a police vehicle after they disobeyed commands at the closely guarded gates of the National Security Agency on Monday, prompting police to open fire.

Prosecution rests case against Marathon bomber

Prosecutors rested their case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday after jurors in his federal death penalty trial saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the devastating injuries suffered by the three people who died in the 2013 terror attack.

Woman's appeal for kidney donor on car pays off

A Maine woman’s decision to seek a kidney donor by putting a personal plea in bright yellow letters on her car has paid off.

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Church van crashes into canal, killing 8

The congregants of a close-knit Haitian church gathered Monday around Nicolas Alexis, hoping to learn what happened to 18 friends and loved ones who had been expected to return that morning from a late Palm Sunday service.

Man charged in death of toddler found in backpack in creek

A man suspected in the death of a 1-year-old Maryland boy found inside a backpack in a central Ohio creek was charged with murder Monday after the toddler’s mother agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

Indiana lawmakers try to quiet firestorm surrounding new law

Gov. Mike Pence called off public appearances Monday and sports officials planned an “Indy Welcomes All” campaign ahead of this weekend’s NCAA Final Four in Indianapolis as lawmakers scrambled to quiet the firestorm over a new law that has much of the country portraying Indiana as a state of intolerance.

Stocks gain on encouraging signs in home sales spending

Encouraging U.S. economic data and a batch of corporate deals put investors in a buying mood Monday, sending stocks sharply higher.

Business forecasters boost 2-year outlook

A business economics group has boosted its outlook for U.S. economic improvement this year and next, particularly for job growth.

Saudi-led forces strike Yemen rebels, blockade ports

Saudi-led naval forces imposed a blockade on Yemen’s ports as coalition airstrikes on Monday repelled an advance on the southern port city of Aden by Shiite rebels and forces loyal to a former president, in what appeared to be the most intense day of fighting since the air campaign began five days ago.

Sewer main work Tuesday in Jefferson City

Beginning Tuesday at 8:30 a.m., the Jefferson City Department of Public Works, in conjunction with their contractor, Visu-Sewer, Inc., will conduct sewer main rehabilitation in the 600 block of East Dunklin Street.

Three No. 1 seeds in the Final Four

If you liked the look of last year’s Final Four, you will love the 2015 edition.

Duke tops Gonzaga to reach Final Four

Mike Krzyzewski is living in the moment with his youngest team ever, not thinking too much about the significance of his latest trip to the NCAA Final Four.

Michigan State edges Louisville to reach Final Four

Travis Trice vowed a day earlier that he wasn’t going to cry should the Michigan State Spartans continue their improbable run to the Final Four.

Sunday's NBA Capsules

Games played on March 29, 2015

NBA ROUNDUP: Russell Westbrook had 33 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from 20 points down to beat the Phoenix Suns 109-97 on Sunday night.

Hamlin races to 25th Cup win, fifth at Martinsville

Denny Hamlin just needed a visit to Martinsville Speedway to get his racing team back on track.

Sunday's Women's NCAA Tournament Capsules

Games played on March 29, 2015

WOMEN'S NCAA TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Tiffany Mitchell scored seven of her 21 points in the final 2 minutes and South Carolina beat Florida State 80-74 on Sunday in the Greensboro Regional final for its first Final Four berth.

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Hard landing

25 hurt as Air Canada jet falls short of Halifax runway

An Air Canada plane made a hard landing short of the runway at the Halifax airport during a snowstorm, crashing into a bank of antennas and shearing off its main landing gear, nose cone, and an engine as it skidded on its belly, officials said. The airline said Sunday that 25 people were taken to hospitals for observation and treatment of minor injuries.

Sunday's NCAA Hockey Tournament Capsules

Games played on March 29, 2015

NCAA HOCKEY TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Ryan Massa made 40 saves and Nebraska-Omaha beat Rochester Institute of Technology 4-0 on Sunday night in the NCAA Midwest Regional final to advance to the Frozen Four for the first time.

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More restrictive spring break pondered after party shooting in Fla.

A house party that dissolved into a hail of gunfire and left seven young people hurt has officials on the Florida Panhandle pondering what to do with a spring break season they say has gotten out of control.

Saudi response to Swedish criticism tests Europe's reach

Sweden’s foreign minister is hardly the first diplomat to raise concerns about Saudi Arabia’s human rights record, but when she used the word “dictatorship” in a speech last month she crossed a red line for the kingdom at a time of intense regional turmoil, igniting a diplomatic crisis.

Arab summit: Yemen airstrikes to go on until rebels withdraw

A two-day Arab summit ended Sunday with a vow to defeat Iranian-backed Shiite rebels in Yemen and the formal unveiling of plans to form a joint Arab intervention force, setting the stage for a potentially dangerous clash between U.S.-allied Arab states and Tehran over influence in the region.

Indiana governot: New law 'not about discrimination'

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defended the new state law that’s garnered widespread criticism over concerns it could foster discrimination against gays and lesbians and said Sunday it wasn’t a mistake to have enacted it.

Missouri GOP deals with partly split at Legislature midpoint

Armed with greater numbers of Republicans than ever before in the House, Missouri’s Legislature still is struggling to find consensus on high-profile legislation as lawmakers return for the second half of the session on Monday.

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Michelle Obama declares 'Black Girls Rock!'

First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated the beauty, power and tenacity of black women while spreading her own message of education for girls at Black Girls Rock!, an annual event honoring trailblazing women of color from all walks of life.

'Downton Abbey' to end after upcoming season

A grand manor will close its doors to millions of weekly guests after “Downton Abbey” concludes next year.

Sunday's Golf Capsules

Tournaments played on March 29, 2015

GOLF TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Jimmy Walker won his hometown Texas Open on Sunday to become the first two-time winner this season on the PGA Tour, beating fellow Texan Jordan Spieth by four strokes.

Sunday's MLS Capsules

Games played on March 29, 2015

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER ROUNDUP: Jordan Allen scored in the 89th minute and Real Salt Lake won for the first time this season, beating Toronto FC 2-1 on Sunday.

Sunday's NHL Capsules

Games played on March 29, 2015

NHL ROUNDUP: Alex Ovechkin scored twice and Jason Chimera added two goals in the third period to rally the Washington Capitals to a 5-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday.

Sunday's Men's NCAA Tournament Capsules

Games played on March 29, 2015

MEN'S NCAA TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Duke is headed to Final Four after a 66-52 victory over Gonzaga in the South Regional on Sunday.

Bills would ban gender neutral housing, unisex bathrooms

Gender-neutral university housing and many unisex public bathrooms would be banned in Missouri under bills that have been introduced in the Legislature.

Gee pitches 7 innings as Mets defeat Cardinals 3-2

Dillon Gee allowed singles to four of his first five batters, then settled in to pitch seven innings Sunday in the New York Mets' 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

St. Louis municipal judge resigns after reports of problems

A municipal judge in suburban St. Louis has resigned after it was reported that he was on probation for his conduct as a private attorney and had unpaid taxes.

Trooper wounded in barracks ambush hopes to return to force

A Pennsylvania trooper wounded in a deadly ambush outside his barracks last fall says he hopes to eventually return to the state police force.

Indiana governor supports clarifying religious objection law

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says he would support legislation to "clarify the intent" of a new state law that has attracted widespread criticism over concerns it could allow discrimination against gay people.

Bride accused of niece's death after wedding found guilty

A western Pennsylvania newlywed has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment in the shooting death of her niece hours after the ceremony.

Police officer wounded in Arizona Wal-Mart melee recovering

A police officer shot during a deadly late-night brawl outside a Wal-Mart store in north-central Arizona was released from the hospital this week.

Woman, 2 year old killed, man injured in Bremerton shooting

Kitsap County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a double homicide in Bremerton. The suspect remains at large.

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Saturday's Men's NCAA Tournament Capsules

Games played on March 28, 2015

MEN'S NCAA TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Andrew Harrison made two free throws with 6 seconds remaining, and top-ranked Kentucky kept its unbeaten season and national title hopes intact with a 68-66 victory over Notre Dame on Saturday night in the Midwest Regional final.

Saturday's NBA Capsules

NBA ROUNDUP: Stephen Curry scored 25 points, and the Golden State Warriors clinched the top seed in the Western Conference by pulling away in the second half of a 108-95 victory on Saturday night over the Milwaukee Bucks.

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Jenner gets tiebreaking goal to lead Blue Jackets past Blues

Boone Jenner scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period, and Cam Atkinson had an empty-netter late in the third to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.

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