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Ryan Reaves blew a kiss to Stars’ bench

St. Louis Blues tough guy Ryan Reaves blew a kiss to the Dallas Stars’ bench after late fisticuffs in Game 3 of their second-round series.

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SEC coaches gearing up for satellite camps

Southeastern Conference coaches are ready to start participating in the satellite camps their league had wanted to eliminate nationwide.

Blues’ Upshall, Hitchcock keep eye on Canadian fire

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Blues forward Scottie Upshall has numerous family members who live in Fort McMurray, Alberta, including a brother and his fiancee, plus aunts, uncles and nieces.

Georgia student stabbed to death while trying to help women

A freshman at Fort Valley State University was stabbed to death after he came to the aid of some female students who were being harassed and groped by a man outside the school cafeteria, a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent said Wednesday.

Nyquist early 3-1 favorite after post position draw for Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Doug O’Neill was all smiles after early 3-1 favorite Nyquist drew the No. 13 post for the 142nd Kentucky Derby.

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Holliday’s single gives Cardinals win against Phillies

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Holliday’s RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the St. Louis Cardinals a 5-4 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.

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Royals pounded 13-2 by Nationals

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Kris Medlen got pounded off the mound in the third inning. Eric Hosmer got tossed in the sixth.

Missouri Legislature passes photo ID requirement for voters

The Missouri Legislature has passed a requirement for voters to show photo identification.

Nixon vetoes Missouri legislation to cap school funding goal

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed a proposal to rein in the amount of money lawmakers aim to provide to K-12 schools.

Iranian commander threatens to close Strait of Hormuz to US

he deputy commander of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard said Iranian forces will close the strategic Strait of Hormuz to the United States and its allies if they “threaten” the Islamic Republic, Iranian state media reported Wednesday.

US declares Aleppo cease-fire, Syria says only for 48 hours

Sporadic violence persisted in Aleppo on Wednesday as U.S. officials announced an agreement had been reached with Russia to extend Syria’s fragile cease-fire to the deeply contested northern city.

Tampa Bay Times purchases main competitor, the Tampa Tribune

Florida’s largest newspaper, the Tampa Bay Times, said Tuesday it has purchased its main competitor, the Tampa Tribune, ending a decades-long newspaper rivalry.

Air bag inflator recall to grow by 35 million to 40 million

Takata will recall another 35 million to 40 million air bag inflators, a stunning increase that will more than double what is already the largest automotive recall in American history, the federal government announced Wednesday.

Missouri House votes to override veto on public union dues

Two-thirds of the Missouri House has voted to change how public union members pay dues, the first step to overriding a veto by Gov. Jay Nixon.

Bird flu forces slaughter of 39K turkeys at Missouri farm

State agricultural officials say 39,000 turkeys at a southwest Missouri farm have been destroyed after avian flu was detected late last week.

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AP sources: Kasich ends White House bid; clears Trump's path

John Kasich plans to end his bid for the White House, making Donald Trump the presumptive Republican nominee for president.

142nd Kentucky Derby could have a striking look

The 142nd Kentucky Derby is showing its age, in a gray kind of way.

Title-winning Leicester trains after partying

LEICESTER, England — Even being the first championship winners in Leicester’s 132-year history didn’t get the jubilant players out of training Tuesday.

English soccer’s superpowers shown up by little Leicester

MANCHESTER, England — One by one, English soccer’s supposed superpowers fell off the relentless pace set by Leicester in the Premier League title race.

Nola leads Phillies to 1-0 win over Cardinals

Ryan Howard still gets psyched up to play in St. Louis.

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Royals score 3 in ninth in 7-6 comeback win

Lorenzo Cain capped a three-run ninth inning with a two-out single to left, bringing home Mike Moustakas and giving the Kansas City Royals a 7-6 victory Tuesday night against the Washington Nationals.KANSAS CITY (AP) — Lorenzo Cain capped a three-run ninth inning with a two-out single to left, bringing home Mike Moustakas and giving the Kansas City Royals a 7-6 victory Tuesday night against the Washington Nationals.

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Milestone birthday means the senior circuit beckons

The celebration for John Daly began the day he became eligible for the PGA Tour Champions.

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Steen, Backes score twice as Blues rout Stars 6-1

ST. LOUIS — Alexander Steen and David Backes had two goals apiece and the St. Louis Blues’ defense put the clamps on the Dallas Stars in a 6-1 victory that put them up 2-1 in the second-round series Tuesday night.

Reds’ bullpen sets futility record

CINCINNATI — When it comes to giving up runs game after game, nobody in major league history has been as bad as these Reds relievers.

Cink to step away from golf as wife battles cancer

DULUTH, Ga. — Former British Open champion Stewart Cink said he is taking a break from golf after learning his wife has breast cancer.

Missouri black bear treks 200 miles, surfaces near St. Louis

A black bear briefly trapped by Missouri wildlife experts has trekked about 200 miles across the state over the past two years, managing to cross the Missouri River along the way.

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UN demands protection for hospitals in conflicts

The U.N. Security Council responded to an upsurge in deadly attacks on hospitals and medical personnel, unanimously adopting a resolution Tuesday demanding all parties to conflicts protect staff and facilities treating the wounded and sick.

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Prince siblings in probate court in 1st hearing on estate

Five of Prince’s six surviving siblings appeared in court Monday for the first hearing to start sorting out an estate certain to be worth millions, a task complicated because the star musician isn’t known to have left a will.

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Guide highlights Native American link to historic Route 66

A new story is unfolding along historic Route 66 thanks to a yearlong project coordinated by a tourism group with help from the National Park Service and American Indian tribes along America’s Mother Road.

Missouri Supreme Court: no tax loophole for doughnut holes

Missouri Supreme Court judges have ruled against what some called a tax loophole for doughnut holes.

Despite deal, lawmakers predict voter ID fight to endure

The Legislature is poised to tighten Missouri's voter ID requirements, but lawmakers see the issue as far from settled.

Legislature passes University of Missouri review commission

Missouri lawmakers have approved the creation of a commission to review the University of Missouri System's policies and administrative structure.

Legislature overrides Nixon to block home-care wage hike

The Missouri Legislature has voted to override the governor and block a wage hike for home-care attendants.

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Pietrangelo logs heavy ice time in Blues’ playoff run

Host Stars tonight in Game 3

ST. LOUIS — Alex Pietrangelo is used to playing a lot — especially this time of year. The St. Louis Blues linchpin defenseman plays with a high motor and appears to have no issues piling up the ice time.

Cardinals hit 5 home runs in 10-3 win against Phillies

ST. LOUIS — Adam Wainwright knew his mammoth home run changed the complexion of Monday night’s game.

Royals’ bats remain quiet in 2-0 loss to Nationals

KANSAS CITY — There are ample reasons for Ned Yost to be concerned about the Royals’ struggling offense, from three recent shutouts to the prolonged slumps of stars such as Alex Gordon and Lorenzo Cain.

Trio of horses get in final Kentucky Derby work

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A day after storms drenched Churchill Downs, Kentucky Derby horses Mor Spirit, Gun Runner and stablemate Creator enjoyed sunny skies and solid footing in their final workouts for racing’s marquee event.

Stuard takes Zurich Classic for first PGA Tour win

AVONDALE, La. — Brian Stuard made steady golf pay off on a waterlogged course in the haunting cypress swamps outside New Orleans.

NASCAR’s Talladega wreck-fest comes at a steep price

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Nobody needs to be reminded racing is inherently dangerous. We all know drivers assume the risks. It’s understood no one forces a driver to compete. That shoulder-shrug approach doesn’t make the scorecard from Sunday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway any easier to accept.

House passes legislation to protect Airbnb

Some Missouri lawmakers want to protect lodging websites such as Airbnb from local ordinances that could regulate the services out of business in the state. House members on Monday voted 85-66 for the legislation, which includes a laundry list of other provisions. The measure already passed the Senate, but will head back to that chamber because of amendments.

Tiny houses in Kansas City to serve homeless veterans

A group of military veterans hopes to build small homes for struggling and homeless veterans on a vacant piece of land in Kansas City.

Deadly shooting by state trooper probed

After vehicle stop, suspect attacked, drug him with car

The Missouri Highway Patrol is investigating after a trooper fatally shot a suspect following a traffic stop.

Trump's rise drives immigrants to become citizens

On a recent Saturday morning in South Florida, 50-year-old Edgar Ospina stood in a long line of immigrants to take the first step to become an American.

Iowa dental school apologizes for laughing gas mix-up

More than 120 children may have received too much laughing gas during recent procedures at a University of Iowa clinic, the school said Monday.

Derailment affects commute service into Washington

A total of 16 cars were involved in a freight train derailment in the nation’s capital over the weekend, CSX said Monday, not the 15 previously reported. CSX updated the number following an assessment of the site. Florida-based CSX said overnight, rail cars not involved in Sunday’s derailment were moved away from the site along with several cars that had derailed.

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Raging fire destroys historic New York City church

A historic church in New York City was destroyed in a raging fire just hours after its Orthodox worshippers celebrated Easter.

Study: 7 of 10 most profitable US hospitals are nonprofits

Seven of the 10 most profitable U.S. hospitals are nonprofits, according to new research, including one in Urbana, Illinois, where hospital tax exemptions are headed for a contentious court battle that soon could determine whether medical facilities are paying their fair share of taxes.

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Marines investigating claim about men in Iwo Jima photo

The Marine Corps says it has begun investigating whether it mistakenly identified one of the men shown raising the U.S. flag at Iwo Jima in one of the iconic images of World War II after two amateur history buffs began raising questions about the picture.

Buffett praises Fed but warns of unintended consequences

Investor Warren Buffett said the Federal Reserve and other policymakers are generally doing a good job, but it’s difficult to predict all the effects of interest rates remaining low for this long.

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Cheering Cubans greet first cruise ship from US in decades

Greeted with rum drinks and salsa dancers, the first passengers to cruise from the U.S. to Cuba in nearly 40 years streamed Monday into a crowd cheering the rebirth of commercial travel on waters that served as a stage for a half-century of Cold War hostility.