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Chiefs safety Berry back at practice after cancer fight

ST. JOSEPH — There was a moment in the early stages of chemotherapy when Eric Berry was having breakfast with his father, and the enormity of what faced him was so great that he broke down and cried.

Chiefs release Gray

ST. JOSEPH — The Chiefs have released running back Cyrus Gray, who tore his ACL last November, in what coach Andy Reid described Wednesday as a “football decision.”

Feds: Man's own security system shows him dealing drugs

A St. Louis man who installed a surveillance system after his home repeatedly was burglarized may be having second thoughts after police say it recorded him dealing drugs while armed.

Brady fights on, files lawsuit to stop suspension

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady took the fight over his “Deflategate” suspension to social media and federal court Wednesday, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft backed the three-time Super Bowl MVP, saying “I was wrong to put my faith in the league.”

No new charges for boy's death 21 years after injuries

A Missouri man who spent nine months in prison in the mid-1990s for an assault conviction after his 3-month-old son suffered injuries that left him with brain damage won't face new charges now that the son has died, a spokesman for the county's prosecutor says.

More than 60 cigarette-recycling bins installed in St. Louis

Tired of discarded cigarette butts littering the streets and sidewalks of St. Louis, several organizations have partnered to install 62 recycling bins scattered across the city.

Renovated Missouri State residence hall won't open on time

Some Missouri State University students will be housed in hotels when the semester begins next month due to a $13 million renovation of a residence hall taking longer than expected.

Springfield police find teen missing, now an adult

Two years after a 16-year-old Springfield teen was reported missing, police have located her and let her go because she's now an adult.

Automatic weapons missing from Missouri sheriff's department

Automatic weapons and weapon parts, including silencers, have gone missing from the Christian County Sheriff's Department, according to the interim sheriff.

Police: Passenger shoots driver of SUV in back of head

A man is in critical condition after police say he was shot by a back-seat passenger in north St. Louis County.

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Royals trade Joe Blanton to Pirates for cash

The Royals have traded right-hander Joe Blanton to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations.

American Pharoah arrives at Monmouth for Sunday’s Haskell

Triple Crown winner American Pharoah received star treatment as he arrived to prepare for the $1.75-million Haskell Invitational on Sunday at Monmouth Park.

Jake Long to visit Denver Broncos on Thursday

The Denver Broncos want to see if former No. 1 draft pick Jake Long is healthy enough to bolster their offensive line to protect 39-year-old Peyton Manning.

Rose leads weak field in tourney in PGA

GAINESVILLE, Va. — Most of the world’s top players are skipping the Quicken Loans National. Justin Rose wouldn’t miss it — even if he weren’t the defending champion.

Tulowitzki still shocked by trade to Toronto

Troy Tulowitzki said he felt “blindsided” to learn he had been traded to Toronto after 10 seasons with the Colorado Rockies.

House votes to provide money for highways, transit

The House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to shore up federal highway aid and veterans’ health care before heading out of town for its August recess, leaving unresolved an array of sticky issues that are sure to complicate an autumn agenda already groaning under the weight of indecision.

Family shot after offering help to stranded driver

A man who was stopped along a road on Montana’s Crow Indian Reservation gunned down a family who tried to help him Wednesday, killing the couple and wounding their daughter, a relative said.

Wednesday's WNBA Capsules

WNBA ROUNDUP: Maya Moore scored 27 points and Lindsay Whalen had 24 to help the Minnesota Lynx hold off the Los Angeles Sparks 82-76 on Wednesday night, spoiling the season debut of two-time MVP Candace Parker.

160-pound python killed in rural Missouri neighborhood

A giant snake has finally been killed in eastern Warren County after terrifying a neighborhood for several days.

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Will the Internet listen to your private conversations?

Like a lot of teenagers, Aanya Nigam reflexively shares her whereabouts, activities and thoughts on Twitter, Instagram and other social networks without a qualm.

Wednesday's MLB Capsules

Games played on July 29, 2015

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Justin Verlander outlasted Chris Archer for his first win this season and the Detroit Tigers avoided a three-game sweep by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Wednesday.

Boy accused of strangling child had past troubles

An 11-year-old boy accused of strangling a 4-year-old boy had a history of disturbing behavior, including choking another child until the child turned blue in the face and carrying around dead farm animals, according to sheriff’s deputies.

Panicked 911 caller: Dispatcher had no reason to hang up

A 911 caller said Wednesday she was panicked about a friend being shot but stayed as calm as possible before a New Mexico dispatcher told her to “deal with it yourself” and hung up as she sought aid.

Teens’ 6 days adrift verge on limits for survival at sea

Crews pushed the limits of an ever-expanding search zone Wednesday for two teens missing at sea and potentially nearing the boundaries of human survival.

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Royals denied 4-game sweep, routed by Indians 12-1

Jeremy Guthrie allowed eight runs and tied a team record by hitting three batters Wednesday, and the Cleveland Indians routed Kansas City 12-1.

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Probe into California tree fall begins; kids seriously hurt

An investigation began Wednesday into why a 75-year-old, 75-foot-tall pine tree fell on a group of kids from a summer camp at a Southern California children’s museum, leaving a young boy and girl hospitalized with serious injuries, officials said.

Israeli bulldozers start demolishing West Bank settlement

Israeli bulldozers began demolishing a contested housing complex in a West Bank settlement on Wednesday as the prime minister’s office announced the “immediate construction” of some 300 new units at another location in the same settlement and advanced plans for about 500 new units in east Jerusalem.

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Zimbabweans in lion hunt in court; kill was ‘unethical’

A hunting guide and a farm owner appeared in court Wednesday on allegations they helped an American dentist kill a protected lion named Cecil, and the head of Zimbabwe’s safari association said the big cat was unethically lured into the kill zone and denied “a chance of a fair chase.”

Russia vetoes Security Council proposal on MH17 tribunal

Russia on Wednesday vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that would set up an international criminal court to prosecute those responsible for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine a year ago.

Turkish gov’t not ready to restart peace talks with Kurds

Turkish jets hit Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq overnight and the government said strikes would continue until the rebels lay down their arms, despite calls Wednesday by the pro-Kurdish opposition for an immediate end to the violence and the resumption of peace efforts.

Afghan intelligence: Taliban leader Mullah Omar dead

Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency said Wednesday the reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has been dead for more than two years.

Stocks end higher after Fed keeps interest rates unchanged

U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday after Federal Reserve policymakers voted to keep interest rates unchanged and gave no indication that a rate rise was imminent. A modest rebound in Chinese stocks also helped push the market higher.

Fed holds steady on rates, seeks further economic gains

The Federal Reserve appears on track to raise interest rates later this year but signaled Wednesday it wants to see further economic gains and higher inflation before doing so.

3 accused of bid to steal trailer loaded with toilet paper

Authorities say three Memphis men are accused of trying to steal a semi trailer loaded with toilet paper valued at $70,000.

Patience pays off for Missouri Powerball jackpot winner

For two decades, Tom Rea of St. Louis played the same Powerball numbers. It finally paid off — in a big way.

Missouri sues developer for clean water violations

Missouri has filed a lawsuit accusing a Lincoln County developer of violating the state's water laws.

Welter embraces breakthrough role with Arizona Cardinals

Jen Welter accepts the title of trailblazer, embraces the chance to be a role model for girls and, perhaps most of all, can’t wait to get beyond the hype and on to work when the Arizona Cardinals open training camp this weekend.

Mexico fires soccer coach following claim he punched reporter

MEXICO CITY — Mexican national team coach Miguel Herrera was fired Tuesday following a television reporter’s claim the man known as “El Piojo” punched him.

Assembly speaker joins San Diego officials in Chargers' stadium talks

California Assembly speaker Toni Atkins joined San Diego politicians at a meeting with NFL officials Tuesday, offering advice on completing a thorough environmental impact report for a possible new stadium for the Chargers.

Keeping the quarterback at home for media days

The quarterback is usually the face of a football team. During conference media days, those faces are often difficult to find.

Yedlin prepares to face Dempsey, MLS All-Stars

Defender DeAndre Yedlin may want to repeat this over and over: Don’t pass the ball to Clint Dempsey. Don’t pass the ball to Clint Dempsey.

Cowboys owner Jones has hip replacement, plans another

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has undergone left hip replacement surgery. He plans to be with the team as usual when training camp starts in California this week.

PGA golfer’s father has been missing since July 19

Billy Hurley III took a few questions about his struggles on the golf course and his ties to northern Virginia before a PGA Tour official said Hurley had an announcement.

Tuesday's MLB Capsules

Games played on July 28, 2015

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Noah Syndergaard retired his first 18 batters in the rookie's latest overpowering performance, and the New York Mets got two-run homers from Lucas Duda and Curtis Granderson to beat the San Diego Padres 4-0 Tuesday night.

Peabody reports 2Q loss

Peabody Energy Corp. (BTU) on Tuesday reported a loss of $1.05 billion in its second quarter.

Mets' Mejia suspended again

Just back from an 80-game drug suspension, New York Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia has been banned for an additional 162 games following a positive test for Stanozolol and Boldenone.

Panera shares jump on report of Q3 sales uptick

Panera Bread Co. shares jumped in extended trading Tuesday after the restaurant chain reported an uptick in sales in recent days.

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Goodell upholds Brady’s four-game suspension

The commissioner pointed to concealed evidence. The team described it as a folly. And the agent added sham to the lexicon of “Deflategate.”

California league has computer call balls and strikes

No blaming or booing the umpire for a questionable called third strike this week in a Northern California independent league.

Organizers of 2016 Olympics counting on sun and samba

RIO DE JANEIRO — Rio de Janeiro conjures clear images of sun, samba and soccer. Organizers of the Olympics that start a year from now hope that’s what people remember after the games — not images of polluted water, inefficient transportation and incomplete venues.