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Royals return to playoffs in dramatic fashion

DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It had been 29 years since the Kansas City Royals had last been to the postseason — nearly three decades spent mostly in baseball’s backwater, a small-market organization on a shoe-string budget trying in vain to compete with the big ...

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Federal court considers guns in post offices

BY SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press   BOULDER, Colo.— The U.S. Postal Service and a rural Colorado man argued in court Wednesday over where on postal property people can legally carry guns. A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in the case involving Tab Bonidy, ...

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BI turns animal cruelty into top-tier felony

SUE MANNING, Associated Press   LOS ANGELES — Young people who torture and kill animals are prone to violence against people later in life if it goes unchecked, studies have shown. A new federal category for animal cruelty crimes will help root out those pet abusers before their behavior worsens ...

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GLAAD study: Gay depictions increase on TV

LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer   LOS ANGELES — Television has increased its depiction of gay, lesbian and bisexual characters, with the edge going to cable and the Internet over broadcast networks, according to a study released Wednesday by the advocacy group GLAAD. Networks are promoting the understanding of gay ...

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Marijuana legalization effort begins in California

LISA LEFF, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — A national marijuana advocacy group took steps Wednesday to begin raising money for a campaign to legalize recreational pot use in California in 2016, a move with potential to add a dose of extra excitement to the presidential election year. The Marijuana Policy ...

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Lee Ann Womack chasing happiness over hits

CHRIS TALBOTT, AP Music Writer   After 15 years of channeling commercial country music, Lee Ann Womack is channeling something new: The music she’s always wanted to make With the release this week of country covers record “The Way I’m Livin’,” the singer with the soul-moving voice is aiming for ...

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