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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.

Intense diplomacy, proposals for new Syria cease-fire

Syria’s military extended its own, unilateral cease-fire around Damascus for another 48 hours on Monday amid an intense diplomatic push by the United States and Russia to restore a partial truce for the entire country — one that would include war-battered Aleppo, Syria’s largest city.

US defense chief: NATO ponders ground force in Baltics

The NATO alliance is considering establishing a rotational ground force in the Baltic states and possibly Poland, reflecting deepening worry about Russian military assertiveness, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday.

Vermont family to keep wood duck after state issues permit

State game officials have backed down and allowed a woman to keep a 3-year-old wood duck that was brought home by one of her dogs when it was a chick.

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Duck leads ducklings on annual waddle through school

A mother duck has grown attached to a Michigan elementary school’s courtyard, returning each year to lay her eggs and then walk the hallways with her ducklings — with the help of students and staff — to safely get to a nearby pond.

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Last dance: Final performance for Ringling Bros. elephants

The curtain fell a final time for elephants performing at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus as the circus ended a practice that enthralled audiences for two centuries but became caught between animal rights activists’ concerns and Americans’ shifting views.

Chiefs gamble on trio of players with character questions

KANSAS CITY — The Kansas City Chiefs have put as much faith in their off-the-field detective work as their between-the-lines scouting the past few years, and the result has been draft gems such as Marcus Peters. They hope similar research — and gambling — pays off this year.

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Nationals finish series sweep with 6-1 win against Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — Two pitches turned what looked to be another gem by Carlos Martinez into his first subpar performance of the season. Clint Robinson and Danny Espinosa homered on consecutive pitches by Martinez in the seventh inning to help the Washington Nationals complete a three-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals with a 6-1 victory Sunday.

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Royals snap losing streak with win against Mariners

SEATTLE — Ian Kennedy felt like he only had one pitch working for him Sunday against the Seattle Mariners. He was still able to take a shutout into the sixth inning, and get a big boost from his bullpen when he finally ran into trouble.

Sporting K.C. ties Galaxy

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Giovani dos Santos scored to help the Los Angeles Galaxy tie Sporting Kansas City 1-1 and extend its unbeaten streak to six games Sunday night.

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Crazy crash-fest at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Two cars went airborne, 35 were involved in an accident of some kind, and Danica Patrick had the wind knocked out of her in a vicious crash into the wall. Just another demolition derby at Talladega Superspeedway.

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Backes gives Blues a birthday present in OT to tie series

DALLAS — David Backes gave the St. Louis Blues a big gift on his 32nd birthday, with another overtime goal to go home even.

Legislature weighs tax breaks for businesses

Lawmakers in Missouri’s Republican-led Legislature have proposed pro-industry measures ranging from incentives for small businesses to a tax break for farmers who raise captive deer to sell the animals’ urine. Here’s a breakdown of the estimated costs and where some of the legislation stands as the May 13 end of session approaches.

Sunday's MLB Capsules

Games played on May 1, 2016

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Clayton Kershaw pitched a three-hitter, struck out 14 and also singled home the game's only run, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers over the San Diego Padres 1-0 on Sunday.

Sunday's NHL Playoff Capsules

Games played on May 1, 2016

NHL PLAYOFF ROUNDUP: St. Louis captain David Backes scored off a rebound during a power play 10:58 into overtime and the Blues beat the Dallas Stars 4-3 in Game 2 on Sunday to even the second-round series.

Sunday's MLS Capsules

Games played on May 1, 2016

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER ROUNDUP: Diego Valeri scored on a free kick in the 74th minute to give the Portland Timbers a 2-1 victory over Toronto FC on Sunday.

Sunday's NBA Playoff Capsules

Games played on May 1, 2016

NBA PLAYOFF ROUNDUP: Klay Thompson scored 37 points as fellow "Splash Brother" Stephen Curry watched injured, and the Golden State Warriors again dominated without their MVP to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 118-106 on Sunday in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.

Sunday's Golf Capsules

Tournaments played on May 1, 2016

GOLF TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Jenny Shin won the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour victory, pulling away for a two-stroke victory at Las Colinas.

Protests disband after IS group carries out 2nd Iraq bombing

Anti-government protesters disbanded at least temporarily Sunday from the heavily fortified Green Zone they had stormed a day earlier after the Islamic State group carried out its second major attack in Iraq in as many days — a pair of car bombs that killed more than 30 people.

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Car bomb in southern Turkey kills 2 policemen

A car bomb struck the entrance of a Turkish police station Sunday in the southern city of Gaziantep, killing two police officers and wounding 22 other people in a day marred by violence and May Day protests.

US once again forced to turn to Russia for help on Syria

Scrambling to resuscitate a nearly dead truce in Syria, the Obama administration has again been forced to turn to Russia for help, with little hope for the desired U.S. outcome.

Schumer: Probe billboards using phone data to track shoppers

A U.S. senator is calling for a federal investigation into an outdoor advertising company’s latest effort to target billboard ads to specific consumers.

SIU adds major in brewing amid craft beer boom

An Illinois university has a new accredited degree in fermentation science to train future brewers, distillers and vintners.

US Geological Survey records small earthquake in W. Kentucky

The U.S. Geological Survey reports a small earthquake in western Kentucky.

Three Tigers drafted by NFL teams

Three others to get opportunities

Three Missouri Tigers were selected on the final day of the NFL Draft, while three others will also get a shot at making a team.

Berkshire Hathaway event celebrates what makes firm unique

Berkshire Hathaway's idiosyncrasies were on display this weekend, as tens of thousands of people filled an arena to listen to Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger talk business for several hours Saturday at the conglomerate's annual meeting.

Openly gay rock singer changing tune on Mormon religion

Two years after coming out as gay and praising the Mormon church for offering support, the lead singer of a popular rock band is denouncing his faith in his latest music video.

Saturday's NHL Playoff Capsules

Games played on April 30, 2016

NHL ROUNDUP: Eric Fehr scored the tiebreaking goal against his former team with about 4 1/2 minutes remaining Saturday night, giving the Pittsburgh Penguins a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals that tied the Eastern Conference second-round playoff series at a game apiece.

Saturday's MLS Capsules

Games played on April 30, 2016

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER: Rookie Jordan Morris scored off a rebound in the 88th minute to give the Seattle Sounders a 1-0 victory over the Columbus Crew on Saturday.

Saturday's MLB Capsules

Games played on April 30, 2016

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Michael Conforto and Wilmer Flores homered and the New York Mets won their eighth in a row, building an early lead for Jacob deGrom and holding off the San Francisco Giants 6-5 Saturday.

Saturday's Golf Capsules

Tournaments played on April 30, 2016

GOLF TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Gerina Piller took a two-stroke lead Saturday in the LPGA Tour's Volunteers of America Texas Shootout, putting her in position for a breakthrough victory in her home event.

Uber, blind riders reach settlement over service dogs

Uber and advocates for the blind have reached a lawsuit settlement in which the ride-hailing company agrees to require that existing and new drivers confirm they understand their legal obligations to transport riders with guide dogs or other service animals, an advocacy group announced Saturday.

Nissan recalls nearly 4 million cars with air bag problems

Nearly 4 million Nissan cars are being recalled due to major safety problems where passenger air bags or seat belts could fail in a crash, leading to serious injuries or fatalities.