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Friday's Golf Capsules

Tournaments played on Aug. 28, 2015

GOLF TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Jordan Spieth lost out on a chance to play the weekend at The Barclays. He also lost his No. 1 ranking.

Blues' first captain dies

Al Arbour, the bespectacled gentleman of a coach who molded a young and talented New York Islanders franchise into an NHL dynasty that won four straight Stanley Cups in the early 1980s, has died. He was 82.

Former student at elite prep school convicted of sex charges

A graduate of an exclusive New England prep school was cleared of rape but convicted Friday of lesser sex offenses against a 15-year-old freshman girl in a case that exposed a tradition in which seniors competed to see how many younger students they could have sex with.

911 calls from fatal fire: 'Send somebody fast'

Homeowners frantically asked for help as a swiftly moving wildfire headed toward their houses, 911 audio calls show, and dispatchers tried to clear up confusion over injured firefighters from a blaze in Washington state that ultimately killed three firefighters.

After TV slaying, reporter's dad finds voice on gun control

Andy Parker’s resolve to fight for gun control formed in the hours after his daughter was shot and killed on live television. In his first interviews after the tragedy, he briefly mentioned the issue as he eulogized Alison. By Friday, he was pledging a full-scale fight for tougher gun laws on national TV.

US oil prices climb again after Thursday’s big jump

Oil prices surged again Friday, a day after recording their biggest gain in more than six years. U.S. crude rose 6.3 percent to finish at $45.22 per barrel after climbing 10.3 percent on Thursday.

Shell pauses Arctic offshore drilling for high wind, water

Strong winds and high waves that pounded the northern coast of Alaska have led Royal Dutch Shell PLC to temporarily stop exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean.

US stocks close nearly flat after a wild week

U.S. stocks are ending the day little changed at the end of a volatile week.

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Europe’s migrant crisis brings new death by land and sea

Death and desperation mounted in Europe’s migrant crisis Friday as Austrian police said 71 people appeared to have suffocated in the back of an abandoned truck, while an estimated 200 people were feared drowned off Libya when two overloaded boats capsized.

New Missouri law expands who can get order of protection

Victims of rape and sexual assault can get orders of protection against their assailants under a new Missouri law.

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University of Missouri grad assistants to continue movement

A steering committee working to improve conditions of graduate assistants at the University of Missouri plans to make changes that will more effectively communicate the group's message to school officials, several committee members said.

Missouri police training panel to hold public hearings

The public will have an opportunity to suggest changes to the training requirements of law enforcers in Missouri.

Medical examiner: Suspect shot by police had severed spine

The St. Louis medical examiner says the 18-year-old fatally shot by police last week suffered a severed spinal cord, prompting a lawyer for the family to further question the police contention that the suspect ran a short distance after the shooting.

Creve Coeur man identified as victim in St. Louis shooting

A man who was found fatally shot in south St. Louis has been identified.

White supremacist to defend himself in Jewish site shootings

A Missouri man who says he killed three people in suburban Kansas City last year because he thought they were Jewish gets his chance to defend himself against a capital murder charge

Thursday's MLB Capsules

Games played on Aug. 27, 2015

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Daniel Murphy hit a go-ahead double in the 13th inning after making a spectacular defensive play to end the 10th, leading the New York Mets over Philadelphia for their seventh straight win.

No charges in accidental shooting death of toddler

The St. Louis County prosecutor's office has determined that no charges will be filed in relation to the shooting death of 21-month-old Carter Epps.

Enrollment down slightly at Southeast Missouri State

Enrollment at Southeast Missouri State University is down for the first time in 20 years.

Jury: Cable company largely responsible in fatal blast

Time Warner Cable must pay nearly $6 million as part of a lawsuit alleging it was largely responsible for a fatal natural gas explosion that leveled an upscale Kansas City restaurant, jurors ruled Thursday.

Man charged in Jewish site deaths: Judge denying fair trial

A white supremacist charged with killing three people at Kansas City-area Jewish sites accused a judge on Thursday of denying him a fair trial for not allowing him to present evidence explaining his mindset at the time.

MU grad assistants to continue movement

A steering committee working to improve conditions of graduate assistants at the University of Missouri plans to make changes that will more effectively communicate the group’s message to school officials, several committee members said.

Credit impact unclear amid fight over new St. Louis stadium

It’s unclear whether halting payments for the current St. Louis football stadium, or refusing to make them for a potential new stadium, would hurt the state’s high credit rating, a state official told Missouri lawmakers Thursday.

Thursday's Golf Capsules

Tournaments played on Aug. 27, 2015

GOLF TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: The start of the FedEx Cup playoffs brought out the worst score from Jordan Spieth in three months.

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On-air shooter threatened to make ‘headlines,’ showed anger

On the day he was fired from a Virginia TV station, Vester Flanagan pressed a wooden cross into his boss’ hand as two police officers walked him to the door. “You’ll need this,” he said.

Teacher describes handling gun-wielding teen hostage taker

Thirty-year veteran teacher Twila Smith had scarcely started a new school year when a 14-year-old freshman entered her world studies class and drew a gun Tuesday.

Standoff over gay marriage licenses wears on, despite ruling

A clerk in a rural Kentucky county continued to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples Thursday, in defiance of a mounting pile of federal court orders that reject her claim her Christian faith should exempt her from licensing a gay union.

With 2 killings this week, Louisiana police deaths rising

Police badges in Louisiana are banded with black ribbons more than usual this year, a grim reminder that officer deaths are on the rise with two killings this week alone.

Planned Parenthood alleges 'smear' in letter to Congress

Planned Parenthood Federation of America defended its practices Thursday in a lengthy letter to Congress and included a report by experts that found undercover videos of officials discussing fetal tissue for research were heavily altered by anti-abortion activists.

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A Q&A with Wall Street’s top psychiatrist on market turmoil

When it seems like the stock market has lost its mind, big banks and investment firms often turn to one particular psychiatrist: Richard Peterson, CEO of MarketPsych, a firm that applies research from behavioral science to financial markets.

US stocks end sharply higher after Chinese market surges

Investors were in a buying mood again on Thursday, driving U.S. stocks higher for the second straight day as they took advantage of this month’s heavy sell-off.

Trump proposals possibly deepening GOP rift on immigration

Donald Trump has exposed anew the deep rift inside the Republican Party on immigration, a break between its past and the country’s future the party itself has said it must bridge if the GOP ever hopes to win back the White House.

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Obama to people of New Orleans: You inspire me, and America

Visiting residents on tidy porch stoops and sampling the fried chicken at a corner restaurant, President Barack Obama held out the people of New Orleans on Thursday as an extraordinary example of renewal and resilience 10 years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

Dead migrants found in abandoned truck near Austrian capital

As regional leaders met Thursday to tackle Europe’s refugee crisis, a gruesome discovery unfolded a short drive from Vienna: An abandoned truck was found with at least 20 and possibly up to 50 decomposing bodies of migrants piled inside.

Venezuelan crackdown stuns once-welcomed Colombian migrants

Leidy Echeverri fled the Colombian countryside six years ago with her toddler in tow after a paramilitary group threatened her husband’s life. Now she’s again taken her children and run, this time in the other direction, amid a Venezuelan crackdown on Colombian immigrants.

4 killed in Dominica as Tropical Storm Erika hits island

Streets across Dominica turned into fast-flowing rivers that swept up cars as Tropical Storm Erika pummeled the eastern Caribbean island, unleashing landslides and killing at least four people.

New Missouri court fines, sex ed laws set to take effect

Numerous new Missouri laws are set to take effect Friday, ranging from caps on traffic fines to changes in sex education.

Missouri police training panel to hold public hearings

The public will have an opportunity to suggest changes to the training requirements of law enforcers in Missouri.

Cutler and the Bears thin at receiver

Jay Cutler could only smile and roll with the injuries.

Denver releases kicker Connor Barth

The load taken off Brandon McManus’s shoulders was replaced by a heavy heart.

Missouri agrees to three-game football deal with Middle Tennessee

Middle Tennessee has agreed to a three-game deal with Missouri with the series starting in 2016 and featuring a trip by the Southeastern Conference team to Tennessee in 2022.

Auburn counting on transfers to play well in secondary

Hard-hitting safety Tray Matthews expects to add some “boom” to Auburn’s defense. Cornerback Blake Countess, meanwhile, brings versatility and the experience that comes with starting 30 games for Michigan.

Verlander takes no-hit bid into ninth

Justin Verlander lost a bid for his third no-hitter when Chris Iannetta lined a leadoff double in the ninth inning that landed on the left-field line, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-0 Wednesday night.

Tennessee football experiments with sleep monitors

About an hour before a Tennessee football player’s scheduled bedtime, he gets a reminder via an app on his phone or a text message. That’s when he puts on orange glasses that block out the glow of smartphones or computer screens, making it easier to fall asleep.

Chiefs’ Knile Davis could hold key to running success

There may be no more valuable player on the Kansas City Chiefs than Jamaal Charles, the game-breaking running back with the slick moves and world-class speed.

Falcons sign Grossman to compete for backup QB job

Rex Grossman believes he has a couple more seasons left in him.

Jets’ Richardson awaits legal process, ruling on suspension

Sheldon Richardson is eager to find out when he’ll be able to play this season.

Cowboys’ Scandrick out for year

Orlando Scandrick’s season is over before it started after the Dallas cornerback tore two ligaments in his right knee in practice at training camp Tuesday.

Rams WR Quick back from significant shoulder injury

It’s been a long road back for Brian Quick. The finish line is in sight for the St. Louis Rams wide receiver.

Clowney should play in Texans’ opener against Chiefs

Jadeveon Clowney is expected to play in Houston’s season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 13.

Packers look for group effort in filling void left by Nelson

The task of finding receivers who will fill the void left by Jordy Nelson’s season-ending injury has started in earnest in Green Bay.