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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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Western Muslims, troubled, rally against extremism

LORI HINNANT, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — In tweets, in street gatherings and in open letters, moderate Muslims around the world are insisting that Islamic State extremists don’t speak for their religion. Many are also frustrated that anyone might think they do, and a backlash has already begun. The videotaped ...

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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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US-led strikes hit IS group oil sites for 2nd day

RYAN LUCAS, Associated Press   BEIRUT — U.S.-led coalition warplanes bombed oil installations and other facilities in territory controlled by Islamic State militants in eastern Syria on Friday, Step. 26, taking aim for a second consecutive day at a key source of financing that has swelled the extremist group’s coffers, ...

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