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Clinton urges State Department to speed release of emails

Hillary Rodham Clinton urged the State Department on Tuesday to speed the release of 55,000 pages of emails from her time as secretary of state, as her decision to spurn administration rules and use a private email address continued to dog her presidential campaign.

House bill would cap expenses for ex-presidents

Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and other former presidents who earn lucrative speaking fees and draw other income would no longer be able to count on taxpayer dollars to pay for their post-White House office space and staff under a bill in the House.

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Missouri tops South Carolina 5-1 in SEC tournament

Reggie McClain threw seven impressive innings to lead Missouri past South Carolina 5-1 on Tuesday in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

Rafael Furcal retires after 14 major league seasons

Former NL Rookie of the Year Rafael Furcal is retiring after 14 major league seasons.

High water levels reported along a few Missouri waterways

Water levels are expected to begin falling soon along several Missouri waterways after a recent round of heavy rain caused flooding.

Morse gets work at center as Chiefs wrap up minicamp

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Mitch Morse would have been hard-pressed to find a better opportunity.

Hinchcliffe taken to hospital

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe was taken to a hospital for surgery on his left leg Monday after slamming his car into the wall at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Session delayed after Carpenter’s crash

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — IndyCar officials chose safety over speed Sunday.

To even NHL series Lightning roll past Rangers

NEW YORK (AP) — Tyler Johnson is carrying the Tampa Bay Lightning in the playoff and making more than a name for himself.

Kluber continues hot streak for Cleveland

Carlos Sanchez singled home the winning run with two outs in the 10th inning to give the streaking Chicago White Sox a 2-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Monday night after a sparkling pitchers’ duel between aces Chris Sale and Corey Kluber.

Winning the lottery still creating hope and headlines after 30 years

NEW YORK (AP) — Phil Jackson remembers watching old teammate Dave DeBusschere pound his fist in triumph, when the Knicks and NBA were dual winners.

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Moustakas beating the shift

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Everyone in the Royals dugout was hanging on the top step when Mike Moustakas stepped to the plate Friday night. He had already accomplished three legs of the cycle, and all that was missing was a home run.

For Warriors and Rockets, West finals go beyond MVP talk

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The MVP race was decided weeks ago. Newly crowned Stephen Curry and runner-up James Harden insist there’s a bigger prize they’ve wanted all along.

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Justin Smith calls it a career

When Justin Smith decided that his body wouldn’t let him perform up to his own lofty standards, he knew it was time to stop playing.

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Unlucky 14th for Cards

NEW YORK — Pinch-hitter John Mayberry Jr. had an RBI infield hit with one out in the bottom of the 14th inning, lifting the New York Mets to a 2-1 victory Monday night against the St. Louis Cardinals after blowing another lead for Matt Harvey.

Monday's MLB Capsules

Games played on May 18, 2015

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ROUNDUP: David Peralta hit a two-out RBI double in the 13th inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks spoiled Dan Jennings' debut as manager by beating the Miami Marlins 3-2 Monday night.

GOP lawmakers use numbers to cut social safety net

Republicans leveraged their large majorities in the Missouri Legislature to slash welfare and unemployment benefits this year in an effort they say will spur some people to find work and help businesses. But Democrats call the changes an “all-out attack” on the poor.

Felony charges file in 2014 initiative petition fraud

Four people are facing felony charges over fraudulent signatures on a 2014 initiative petition that unsuccessfully sought to put an early-voting proposal on the Missouri ballot, Secretary of State Jason Kander said Monday.

Mother says Girl dragged by school bus is out of hospital

The mother of a Louisville girl who was dragged more than 100 hundred feet by a school bus says her daughter is out of the hospital.

Boy shoots through window, kills friend trying to wake him

A Montana boy startled at being awakened in the middle of the night fired a shot through his bedroom window and killed the 15-year-old friend who had been knocking and throwing pebbles at his window, police said Monday.

Obama restricts military equipment for police

President Barack Obama ended long-running federal transfers of some combat-style gear to local law enforcement on Monday in an attempt to ease tensions between police and minority communities, saying equipment made for the battlefield should not be a tool of American criminal justice.

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Heightened security in Waco

Police were on alert Monday for any retaliatory attacks after a chaotic shootout between rival biker gangs left nine people dead and at least 18 more wounded outside a Texas restaurant.

Amtrak trains back in service between Phillyk, NYC

Amtrak trains began rolling again between Philadelphia and New York on Monday, the first time since a derailment almost a week ago killed eight people and injured more than 200 others.

Wingsuit fliers in Yosemite knew they were cheating death

Two extreme athletes in wingsuits who leaped to their deaths from a cliff in Yosemite National Park were trying to fly through a notch in a ridgeline and were airborne for about 15 seconds when they slammed into a rocky outcropping, a friend said Monday.

Kerry slams North Korea, vows security for South

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday accused North Korea of a litany of crimes and atrocities while reassuring South Korea of America’s “ironclad” security commitments.

Rout in Ramadi calls US Iraq strategy into question

The fall of Ramadi calls into question the Obama administration’s strategy in Iraq.

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IS militants hunt for Ramadi collaborators

Islamic State militants searched door-to-door for policemen and pro-government fighters and threw bodies in the Euphrates River in a bloody purge Monday after capturing the strategic city of Ramadi, their biggest victory since overrunning much of northern and western Iraq last year.

Missouri GOP lawmakers use numbers to cut social safety net

Missouri's Republican-controlled Legislature has used overwhelming numbers to push through cuts to the state social safety net despite Democratic opposition.

River recedes at Mosby; 12 homes badly damaged

Most of the residents of the northwestern Missouri town of Mosby are back home after a sudden flood caused by heavy rain.

A long time coming for Rockets

HOUSTON — The Houston Rockets are heading to the Western Conference finals for the first time in 18 years after overcoming a 3-1 series deficit to eliminate the Los Angeles Clippers.

Kerr coming through in NBA playoffs again

OAKLAND, Calif. — With the stakes high and fans ready to question and critique every move, Steve Kerr knew he’d be in the spotlight no matter how things played out this postseason.

Lee takes command at LPGA’s Kingsmill

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Minjee Lee played a five-hole stretch in 5 under to open a four-stroke lead Sunday when final-round play was suspended because of darkness in the LPGA Tour’s Kingsmill Championship.

Maggert wins playoff

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Jeff Maggert didn’t let the missed putts haunt him when he faced the most pressurized one of the day.

McIlroy finishes at 21 under, wins Wells Fargo Championship

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Rory McIlroy was more methodical than electrifying Sunday.

Safety more important that speed at Indy qualifying

INDIANAPOLIS — IndyCar officials chose safety over speed Sunday.

Hamlin benefits from clean air to win $1 million race

CONCORD, N.C. — Denny Hamlin intently watched the qualifying event for NASCAR’s annual All-Star race and noticed, as has been the case in recent years, the driver out front in the waning laps was almost certainly guaranteed the win.

Ducks down Blackhawks

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Hampus Lindholm, Nate Thompson and Jakob Silfverberg each had a goal and an assist, and the Anaheim Ducks opened the Western Conference finals with a 4-1 victory Sunday against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Shutout Sunday in MLB

NEW YORK — There were seven shutouts in 15 games in the major leagues Sunday, only the ninth day with at least seven blankings in major league history.

Ban on bans

States saying ‘no’ to cities seeking to regulate businesses

Alarmed about cities trying to outlaw plastic bags, the director of the Missouri Grocers Association decided to do something about it. So Dan Shaul turned to his state legislator— himself — and guided a bill to passage barring local governments from banning the bags.

Hit-and-run driver races past runners in marathon

A hit-and-run driver slammed through a barricade for the Colfax Marathon on Sunday and raced past runners on the opposite side of the highway, narrowly missing pedestrians and leaving some runners stunned.

Will death make Tsarnaev a martyr? Experts say it depends

Does putting Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death make him a martyr for the cause?

Sunday's MLS Capsules

Games played on May 17, 2015

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER ROUNDUP: Kaka had a goal and an assist and expansion Orlando City beat the Los Angeles Galaxy 4-0 on Sunday for the first home win in team history.

Sunday's MLB Capsules

Games played on May 17, 2015

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Shelby Miller's no-hit bid ended with two outs in the ninth inning Sunday when Justin Bour singled sharply up the middle, and the Atlanta Braves right-hander pitched a two-hitter in a 6-0 win over the Miami Marlins that completed a three-game sweep.

Sunday's Golf Capsules

Tournaments played on May 17, 2015

GOLF TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Rory McIlroy became the first two-time winner in the Wells Fargo Championship with a seven-shot victory Sunday over Webb Simpson and Patrick Rodgers.

Ramadi falls to Islamic State

The Islamic State group seized control of the city of Ramadi on Sunday, sending Iraqi forces racing out of the city in a major loss despite the support of U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the extremists.

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9 dead in Texas biker gang shootout

A shootout among rival biker gangs at a popular Texas restaurant left nine people dead and 18 others injured, a police spokesman said on Sunday, sending panicked patrons and bystanders fleeing for safety.

Storm system pushes east after drenching Plains

A powerful storm system stretched from Texas to Minnesota on Sunday, bringing heavy rains, flash flooding and the possibility of more severe weather.

New Chevy Camaro goes on diet, shrinks to become leaner

For almost 50 years, gearheads have swooned over the Chevrolet Camaro for its muscular looks, throaty exhaust and high-horsepower engines.

Lawmakers passed on dozens of bills inspired by Ferguson

Missouri’s legislative session began with hundreds of protesters shutting down the Senate, demanding changes to state law in response to the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer.

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Flooding, tornado damage reported after Missouri storms

Residents of a western Missouri town were evacuated Sunday after a spring storm swept across the state, bringing heavy rain and churning up at least one tornado.