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Media CEOs are highest-paid American executives

They’re not Hollywood stars, they’re not TV personalities and they don’t play in a rock band, but their pay packages are in the same league.

Lawmakers fail to ramp up ethics laws for state officials

Like most years, Missouri state lawmakers in the 2015 legislative session introduced a number of bills aimed at clamping down on ethics laws considered some of the loosest in the nation.

South African rhino survives horrific attack by poachers

The rhino’s rescuers gave her a name: Hope.

Russians plan to use prison labor for World Cup

Russian authorities want to use prison labor to drive down the costs of holding the 2018 World Cup.

Teacher’s prom role: Sewing-kit ace who fixes fashions

Math teacher Carol Pitkewicz sees a common thread running through prom fashion over her decades at a Long Island high school. And she has that thread in her purse.

Nobel winner John Nash, wife killed in NJ crash

Inspiration for movie 'A Beautiful Mind'

John Forbes Nash Jr., a mathematical genius whose struggle with schizophrenia was chronicled in the 2001 movie “A Beautiful Mind,” has died along with his wife in a car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. He was 86.

Family will ask feds to investigate fatal police shooting

The family of a man who was shot and killed by a Springfield police officer plans to ask the federal government to investigate the case.

Police: Pressure cooker from suspicious DC vehicle destroyed

A bomb squad safely destroyed a pressure cooker found in a "suspicious" vehicle left unattended Sunday afternoon on the National Mall near the U.S. Capitol building and the vehicle's owner was located and arrested, a U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman said.

Sunday's MLS Capsules

Games played on May 24, 2015

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER ROUNDUP: Vincent Nogueira and C.J. Sapong scored a quick pair of second-half goals and the Philadelphia Union beat the New York Red Bulls 2-0 on Sunday for their second straight victory.

Sunday's MLB Capsules

Games played on May 24, 2015

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Trevor Bauer pitched into the eighth inning and the Cleveland Indians extended their winning streak to six games with a 5-2 victory over the slumping Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.

Sunday's Golf Capsules

Tournaments played on May 24, 2015

GOLF TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Chris Kirk made a par-saving 7-foot putt after an errant tee shot at the 18th hole, avoiding a playoff at Colonial and winning by a stroke Sunday for his fourth PGA Tour victory.

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Wacha improves to 7-0, Cards end 3-game skid by beating KC

Unbeaten Michael Wacha won for the seventh straight time this year and the St. Louis Cardinals ended their season-worst three-game losing streak by beating the Kansas City Royals 6-1 Sunday.

Senior pranks usually harmless, until they're not

Like prom, homecoming and commencement, the senior prank has become part of life in high school. Administrators typically accommodate a little teenage silliness, as long as it doesn't cross the line into property destruction.

Judge orders release for man sentenced to life as a teen

A Miami man sentenced to life in prison as a juvenile in the slaying of an ice cream vendor's wife has been freed after serving 44 years in prison.

Just another birthday for Detroit-area woman - her 116th

A Detroit-area woman turned 116 Saturday, but she offers no secret for a long life.

2 people chained to Shell ship north of Seattle

Two people have chained themselves to a support ship that is part of Royal Dutch Shell's exploratory oil drilling plans and currently moored in Washington state.

Saturday's MLB Capsules

Games played on May 23, 2015

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Lance McCullers got Ian Kinsler to ground into a triple play in the fifth inning, and the Houston right-hander went on to earn his first career victory Saturday, leading the Astros over the Detroit Tigers 3-2.

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Gordon, Volquez lead KC over Cards in rain-shortened game

Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer, Edinson Volquez pitched six solid innings and the Kansas City Royals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Saturday night in a game called in the sixth inning because of rain.

Saturday's MLS Capsules

Games played on May 23, 2015

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER ROUNDUP: Sebastian Giovinco scored on an early highlight-reel goal and Toronto FC beat the Portland Timbers 1-0 on Saturday night.

Federal court cites Kansas City foundry for contempt

A federal judge has found the owner of a Kansas City foundry in criminal contempt of court for refusing to allow a federal inspection required after a worker was found to have high blood lead levels, the U.S. Department of Labor said.

Missouri couple killed when buggy collides with truck

A southwest Missouri couple has died after the Amish buggy they were riding in collided with a truck.

Reds manager Bryan Price ejected even before game begins

Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price was ejected Saturday before the game against Cleveland began.

Saturday's Golf Capsules

Tournaments played on May 23, 2015

GOLF TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Kevin Na regained sole possession of the lead with a late birdie Saturday at Colonial, taking a one-stroke advantage over Ian Poulter into the final round.

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Missouri suspect in killing of woman, teen son is dead

A man accused of holding his former girlfriend captive in a crate at their home in western Missouri then fatally shooting her and her teenage son, was shot and killed Saturday, authorities said.

Sam signs with CFL’s Alouettes

MONTREAL — Michael Sam has found a pro football job. In Canada.

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Sinkhole develops at Top of the Rock in Branson

BRANSON — A big sinkhole discovered Friday near the driving range of a southwest Missouri golf course is attracting the attention of geological experts.

For 2nd year, Mormon LGBT group's bid to join parades denied

For the second straight year, organizers of two of Utah's most popular parades have rejected a Mormon LGBT group's request to participate.

Target settlement with MasterCard fails to get bank support

A $19 million deal between Target and MasterCard to settle lawsuits stemming from the retailer’s massive pre-Christmas 2013 data breach has been scrapped, because it failed to get enough support from the affected banks and credit unions.

Wisconsin hunters could wear pink under legislative proposal

Real men — and women — could wear pink in Wisconsin’s woods if a group of lawmakers get their way.

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Honolulu mayor vetoes expanded sit-lie ban

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has vetoed a bill that would have expanded the city’s ban on sitting and lying down on sidewalks.

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Paralyzed man uses his thoughts to control a robotic arm

A man paralyzed by a gunshot more than a decade ago can shake hands, drink beer and play “rock, paper, scissors” by controlling a robotic arm with his thoughts, researchers reported.

Kurt Busch brings double lessons to Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — There’s no bank of TV cameras surrounding Kurt Busch’s hauler, no one monitoring his fluid intake to prevent dehydration, no golf cart waiting to whisk him away from NASCAR practice and off to Indianapolis.

Penske, Ganassi and Chevy dominate at Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Will Power ended the final practice session for the Indianapolis 500 up front — exactly where he doesn’t want to be for most of Sunday’s race.

Huertas out of Indianapolis 500 by ear problem

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Carlos Huertas was ruled out of the Indianapolis 500 on Friday after failing a routine medical exam, and veteran driver Tristan Vautier was chosen to replace him in the No. 18 car for Dale Coyne Racing for Sunday’s 99th running of the race.

Na leads wet Colonial

FORT WORTH, Texas — Kevin Na had gone 26 holes without a bogey at Colonial before his last tee shot Friday was swept away by flowing water after going into a rain-swollen drainage culvert.

James leads Cavs to win vs. Hawks

Take 2-0 series lead

ATLANTA — LeBron James scored 30 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers took total command of the Eastern Conference final even without injured star Kyrie Irving, routing the Atlanta Hawks 94-82 on Friday night for a 2-0 lead with the series heading to Ohio.

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Morales homers twice, drives in 5 runs in Royals' victory over Cards

Kendrys Morales hit two home runs and had five RBIs, Chris Young gave up six hits in six innings and the Kansas City Royals defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 5-0 Friday night.

Friday's MLB Capsules

Games played on May 22, 2015

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Bryce Harper hit another home run and Max Scherzer had another dominant outing to help the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 on Friday night for their sixth straight win.

Friday's MLS Capsules

Games played on May 22, 2015

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER ROUNDUP: Jason Johnson scored 4 minutes into stoppage time to give the Chicago Fire a 2-2 tie with the Columbus Crew on Friday night.

Friday's Golf Capsules

Tournaments played on May 22, 2015

GOLF TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Kevin Na had gone 26 holes without a bogey at Colonial before his last tee shot Friday was swept away by flowing water after going into a rain-swollen drainage culvert.

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Police: Man sought in death of woman kept in box likely near

A man suspected of killing a former girlfriend and her teenage son, weeks after he was charged with restricting her to a crate in their western Missouri home, is likely still near his hometown, authorities said Friday.

Investigation complete in fatal deputy-involved shooting

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has completed its investigation into a Boone County sheriff deputy's fatal shooting of a man in February.

Murder charge filed in death of Springfield woman

A southwest Missouri man is charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 22-year-old Springfield woman.

Secretary of State candidate files voter ID measure

A Republican candidate for Missouri secretary of state on Thursday filed an initiative petition that would allow the Legislature to require voters to present photo identification at the polls.

Environmentalists seize on latest Santa Barbara oil spill

The latest oil spill on the Santa Barbara coast is just a drop in the bucket compared with the area’s catastrophic blowout in 1969, but it has become a new rallying point for environmentalists in their battle against drilling and fossil fuels.

Kenseth wins pole for Coca-Cola 600

CONCORD, N.C. — Matt Kenseth is hoping history repeats itself Sunday night at the Coca-Cola 600.

Economy remains weak in rural parts of 10 states

A new survey suggests the economy will remain weak in rural parts of 10 Western and Plains states because the strong U.S. dollar is hurting exports and the bird flu is hitting poultry farms hard.

Hawks’ Carroll avoids serious injury

ATLANTA (AP) — An MRI on DeMarre Carroll’s left knee showed no structural damage, and he hopes to play for Atlanta in tonight’s Game 2 against Cleveland in the Eastern Conference finals, Carroll’s agent said Thursday.

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Royals reliever Madson shining in return to big leagues

KANSAS CITY — One or 2 percent. That was it.

Days after Waco shooting, South Carolina braces for bikers

Hundreds of thousands of bikers are expected to descend on South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach area this Memorial Day weekend — and when they do, they’ll be met with beefed-up security.