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Syria fights intensify amid Russian-backed offensive

Clashes intensified Thursday between Syrian troops and insurgents in central and northwestern Syria, part of what a top general called a “wide-ranging” offensive aided by Russian airstrikes and apparently aimed at clearing positions near government strongholds on the coast.

Kander warns Missouri businesses about deceptive mailer

Missouri's secretary of state is warning business owners about a deceptive mailer that indicates they have a potential compliance violation.

Goodell, owners expect future vote on L.A. relocation

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell expects owners will vote on franchise relocation to Los Angeles.

Rams enjoy breakout game from rookie running back Gurley

The Rams have been trying to get their run game going and have been waiting to see what first-round pick Todd Gurley can do.

Puig says he’s on Dodgers’ playoff roster for NLDS

Yasiel Puig says he was told he’s on the playoff roster for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who haven’t revealed their 25-man squad for the upcoming NL Division Series.

Carpenter’s career-high 28 homers boost Cardinals offense

Matt Carpenter really muscled up this season. The St. Louis Cardinals leadoff man hit 28 homers, more than his first three major league seasons combined.

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Royals, Astros have much in common as they begin ALDS

When the Houston Astros had recorded the final out in Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night, they flooded onto the field in a wild celebration, all their years of losing finally a memory.

Blues sign Scott Gomez to 1-year contract

The St. Louis Blues signed forward Scott Gomez to a one-year contract Wednesday.

St. Louis' mayor seeks to expedite adding 80 new officers

St. Louis' mayor says he's looking to add 80 new police officers in the city as soon as possible to address concerns about St. Louis' rising number of homicides.

Chiefs lighten workload for Jamaal Charles early in season

The Kansas City Chiefs treated Jamaal Charles like a fragile, valuable piece of jewelry in training camp, rarely letting the running back get hit in an attempt to keep him safe.

St. Louis police: Rider killed in wreck of stolen car was 15

St. Louis police have identified as a 15-year-old boy a passenger killed when a stolen car collided with another car, then slammed into a fire hydrant and a brick building.

Wednesday's NHL Capsules

Games played on Oct. 7, 2015

NHL ROUNDUP: Oscar Lindberg, Kevin Klein and Derek Stepan scored in the first period, and the New York Rangers ruined Chicago's Stanley Cup party with a 3-2 victory over the Blackhawks on Wednesday on the first night of the NHL season.

Venue hearing set for Illinois man's Missouri murder trial

A change-of-venue hearing has been scheduled for next month for a man serving life sentences for six slayings in Illinois and who could face the death penalty in Missouri if convicted in the deaths of an Arkansas couple seven years ago.

Wednesday's MLS Capsules

Games played on Oct. 7, 2015

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER ROUNDUP: Sacha Kljestan and Lloyd Sam scored to help the New York Red Bulls beat the Montreal Impact 2-1 on Wednesday night.

Sam Bradford getting more comfortable in Eagles offense

Whether it was caution or precaution, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford did not get a lot of work in the preseason.

St. Louis man dies when car pulls up, opens fire

A St. Louis man is dead after a motorist pulled up alongside his car and opened fire.

Pastor asked to retract guilty plea in fraud case

A Missouri pastor sentenced to seven years in prison after admitting he bilked $3.3 million from at least 18 mostly elderly investors wants to rescind his guilty plea, challenging the constitutionality of the federal laws under which he was prosecuted.

Drury to cut 12 jobs because of lower enrollment

Drury University has announced plans to cut a dozen jobs amid lower student enrollments.

St. Louis taxicab regulator files suit against Uber

The battle between St. Louis-area taxicab regulators and Uber has escalated again with a new lawsuit that seeks to stop operation of the ride-hailing company in the region.

Drug inmates with long rap sheets freed early

A push to overhaul criminal sentencing is prompting the early release of thousands of federal drug prisoners, including some whom prosecutors once described as threats to society, according to an Associated Press review of court records.

Oregon shooter’s mother wrote about guns in online forum

The mother of a gunman who killed nine people and himself at an Oregon community college allowed her troubled son to have guns and acknowledged in online posts that he struggled with autism, but she didn’t seem to know he was potentially violent.

Eastern Kentucky University cancels classes, cites threat

Eastern Kentucky University canceled classes for the rest of the week because of an escalating threat after the discovery of graffiti that threatened to “kill all” this week, campus officials said Wednesday.

Coast Guard ending search for sunken cargo ship’s crew

The Coast Guard plans to end its search at sunset for 33 missing crew members from a U.S. cargo ship that sank last week during Hurricane Joaquin, officials announced Wednesday afternoon.

An up-and-down day for stock market ends with a solid gain

Stocks posted solid gains in a quiet session Wednesday, helped by advances in health-care and industrial companies.

VW emissions fixes could take until end of next year

Volkswagen said a recall of cars with software that can be used to evade emissions tests could start in Germany in January and last until the end of next year.

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US asks: Why do extremists drive Toyotas?

Toyota has spoken with U.S. officials about the prominent use of its vehicles by militants in Syria, Iraq and Libya.

Effectiveness of dietary guidelines questioned

Lawmakers on Wednesday asked federal officials whether Americans should trust the government’s dietary guidelines, which inform everything from school lunches to advice from a doctor.

Wichita State criticized for altering chapel for Muslims

Wichita State University has announced plans to consider changing a campus chapel again after critics took aim at the school for renovating the religious space to accommodate Muslims.

Russia fires cruise missiles from warships into Syria

Russian warships in the Caspian Sea fired cruise missiles Wednesday as Syrian government troops launched a ground offensive in central Syria in the first major combined air-and-ground assault since Moscow began its military campaign in the country last week.

Judge rejects renaming college after billionaire's wife

A New York judge denied a college’s petition to add the wife of a Wall Street billionaire to its name, citing the will of the founding donor.

Harvard’s prestigious debate team loses to NY inmates

Months after winning a national title, Harvard’s debate team has fallen to a group of New York inmates.

For 1st time, MIT’s free online classes can lead to degree

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has offered free online courses for the last four years with one major downside: They didn’t count toward a degree. That’s about to change.

Concealed carry permit requests up in Boone County

Boone County authorities have requested more money to deal with the expenses of processing an increasing number of requests for concealed carry permits.

Castle Doctrine protects Missouri man in 2 killings

A Missouri man who killed a former roommate and a neighbor this year was protected by a state self-defense law that gives people broad license to use deadly force to protect themselves in their home or car.

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Despite injuries, Cardinals back in postseason

Since 2011, the bill for clubhouse carpet cleaning and/or replacement has been high for the St. Louis Cardinals. It’s a price willingly paid for all those champagne fests, every step of the way.

Confident Royals head into playoffs

The Kansas City Royals were just happy to be invited to the party last year, ending a 29-year postseason drought before squeaking through a dramatic wild-card game against the Athletics.

Ventura to start Game 1 for Royals

The Royals will start hard-throwing youngster Yordano Ventura in Game 1 of the AL Division Series.

Rams' Ogletree could return this season

ST. LOUIS — Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree underwent surgery to repair his fractured right fibula Tuesday, but coach Jeff Fisher said the team will wait to decide whether to make a roster move with him.

Future of three teams on agenda when NFL owners meet

NEW YORK — NFL owners will look west (Los Angeles), east (Europe) and south (Mexico) at their fall meetings today.

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Hitchcock promises new style of play for Blues this season

After three straight first-round playoff exits, the St. Louis Blues have learned to temper expectations.

Police: Teen killed after crawling under school bus

An 18-year-old St. Louis man is dead after crawling under a school bus and being run over.

EPA finds hazardous waste violations at Missouri-Kansas City

The University of Missouri-Kansas City will pay a $23,679 civil penalty as part of a settlement reached with the Environmental Protection Agency for violating federal regulations involving the storage and handling of hazardous waste.

Police identify man found slain in Wellston

A suburban St. Louis man who was gunned down over the weekend had attended homecoming activities at his alma mater earlier in the day.

Atlanta man sentenced in homeless check cashing scheme

An Atlanta man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison in a gang scheme that used homeless people to cash counterfeit checks.

Michigan factory supervisor wins $310.5M Powerball ticket

A supervisor at a Michigan fiberglass factory who won a $310.5 million Powerball jackpot said Tuesday that she immediately quit her one-time “nasty, dirty” job and will buy land to build houses for her family.

EPA finds hazardous waste violations at UMKC

The University of Missouri-Kansas City will pay a $23,679 civil penalty as part of a settlement reached with the Environmental Protection Agency for violating federal regulations involving the storage and handling of hazardous waste.

House Speaker Richardson to lead Rubio’s Missouri campaign

Missouri’s Republican House Speaker Todd Richardson will lead GOP presidential hopeful Marco Rubio’s campaign in Missouri.

Company faces lawsuit over slur allegations

A federal agency has filed a lawsuit against a Missouri hotel management company over allegations that some of the company’s black employees were subjected to racial slurs.

Russia, US plan another talk to avoid air conflicts in Syria

Russia has informed the United States that Moscow is willing to continue talks to ensure the two countries’ aircraft don’t interfere with each other over Syria, senior U.S. military officials said Tuesday.

Top general in Afghanistan recommends keeping more US troops

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan recommended on Tuesday that President Barack Obama revise his plan and keep more than 1,000 U.S. troops in the country beyond 2016, just days after a deadly U.S. airstrike “mistakenly” hit a hospital during fierce fighting in the north.