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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals had waited 29 years to reach the postseason. They weren't going down without a fight.

LAS VEGAS — U.S. casinos and the makers of the games found inside had a $240 billion economic impact and employed 1.7 million people in 2013, a study shows.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways.

NEWARK, N.J. — Tracy Morgan said Tuesday that he "can't believe" Wal-Mart's assertion that he and others were partly to blame for their injuries in the highway crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that killed one of his friends.

NASHVILLE — Twenty-five years ago, the exclusionary reputation of a Knoxville country club led to a furor when the University of Tennessee feared that its first African-American basketball coach would be rejected based on race. Today, a membership in that club by the state's new attorney general has been met with barely a shrug.

LAS VEGAS — O.J. Simpson got a fair trial after a hotel room heist and there's no need for another trial following his 2008 conviction and imprisonment on kidnapping and armed robbery charges, prosecutors told the Nevada Supreme Court.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The games, ice cream and play rehearsals that 9-year-old Joshua Rowell experienced during summer school this year weren't just for fun.

The public's help has been requested to identify an elderly woman found deceased seven years ago at the entrance to Foster Falls State Park in Marion County, according to a news release from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Court of Appeals has denied access to records related to a Vanderbilt University rape case against four former Vanderbilt University football players.

DALLAS — Federal health officials on Tuesday confirmed the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S., a patient who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas and a sign of the far-reaching impact of the out-of-control epidemic in West Africa.

WASHINGTON — For years, football fans have bemoaned the rule barring NFL home games that haven't sold out from being televised in the local market.

Michael Phelps' comeback has been sidetracked by more trouble away from the pool.

WASHINGTON — The next time some nasty storms are heading your way, the National Weather Service says it will have a better forecast of just how close they could come to you.

WASHINGTON — Education is supposed to help bridge the gap between the wealthiest people and everyone else.

MARIETTA, Ga. — A metro Atlanta woman has been sentenced to 30 years in prison in the death of her 16-year-old daughter.

MEMPHIS — Tennessee's Supreme Court has upheld the convictions and death sentences for a Memphis man who killed his brother, his two nephews and three other people in a house.

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) -- State police searching for a man accused of killing a state trooper say they found two pipe bombs in the Pennsylvania woods during their manhunt.

BALTIMORE — Authorities say Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has been arrested on a DUI charge in Maryland.

AMMAN, Jordan — On a recent evening, two of Jordan's top pro-al-Qaida ideologues held court on the rooftop of a villa decorated with strings of lights. Sporting shaggy beards and robes, the Muslim preachers whispered to each other and rose occasionally from plastic chairs to greet supporters.

WASHINGTON — Scientists looking at 16 cases of wild weather around the world last year see the fingerprints of man-made global warming on more than half of them.

NEW YORK — When the economy tanks, women have fewer babies. But what happens in the following years, when conditions improve?

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders fired coach Dennis Allen on Monday night four games into his third season.

UNITED NATIONS — In a blistering speech to the United Nations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Monday that Hamas and the Islamic State group are "branches of the same poisonous tree," both bent on world domination through terror, just as the Nazis were.

NEWARK, N.J. — Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and other people in a limousine struck from behind by a Wal-Mart truck on a highway in June are at least partly to blame for their injuries because they weren't wearing seatbelts, the company said in a court filing Monday.

After dropping for seven straight years, the number of U.S. children in foster care rose slightly last year, according to new federal figures released Monday.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It made sense that Andy Reid spoke in baseball metaphors after Kansas City whipped the New England Patriots on Monday night, with the Royals poised to end a long playoff drought just across the parking lot from Arrowhead Stadium.

ATLANTA — Prosecutors said Monday that 12 former Atlanta Public Schools educators and administrators cheated, lied and stole as part of a widespread but cleverly disguised conspiracy to inflate state test scores that affected thousands of students.

Just as there are lots of products on the market to help ease the aches, pains and mobility issues of human old age, so there is a good selection of such products for senior dogs and cats, as well.

PHOENIX — Roughly a third of 300 potential jurors were dismissed Monday in the penalty retrial of convicted murderer Jodi Arias after telling a judge they had seen too much media coverage of her first trial to be impartial or had already made up their minds about her punishment.

CHICAGO — A magistrate judge ordered a suburban Chicago man held without bond Monday on charges he set a fire at an air traffic control center, causing damage that brought the city's two international airports to a halt.

NASHVILLE — A state appeals court has ruled that Tennessee must turn over the names of those people involved in executions to attorneys for 11 death row inmates. The inmates are suing over the state's lethal injection and electrocution procedures.

LAS VEGAS — A weekend fire that tore through a North Las Vegas home with 93 small dogs — more than 15 times the maximum number of canines allowed in a house by the city — killed 45 of them and injured one man.

WASHINGTON — The intruder who climbed a fence made it farther inside the White House than the Secret Service has publicly acknowledged, a Republican congressman said Monday.

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan swore in Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as its second elected president on Monday, embarking on a new era with a national unity government poised to confront a resilient Taliban insurgency by signing an agreement with the United States that would guarantee a continuing American military presence.

ATLANTA — Federal prosecutors in Atlanta say two people have been sentenced in a sex trafficking case involving a 17-year-old west African girl.

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Republican Party is calling on Democratic Senate nominee Gordon Ball to drop out of the race over content lifted from other politicians on his campaign website.

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam has released a YouTube video from Afghanistan in which he praises the "huge progress" in that country since his last visit three years ago.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee officials plan to beef up security at a juvenile detention center where three major escape attempts in less than a month have worried the facility's neighbors, but they also want to keep the it from becoming too much like an adult prison.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Jane Fonda told an audience of activists and philanthropists that her mother had been sexually abused as a child before eventually committing suicide at 42.

KISO, Japan — Japanese soldiers managed to bring down eight more bodies by helicopter from the ash-blanketed peak of a still-erupting volcano on Monday, before toxic gases and ash forced them to suspend the recovery effort in the early afternoon.

SPRINGVILLE, Utah — A preliminary autopsy has ruled out any violent assault in the deaths of five Utah family members including three children, police said Sunday.

BOSTON — On the last day of his remarkable career, Derek Jeter performed one final amazing feat.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Sunday gave voice to the conundrum at the heart of his Syria policy, acknowledging that the U.S.-led military campaign against the Islamic State group and al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria is helping Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, a man the United Nations has accused of war crimes.

NEW YORK — India's new prime minister, once shunned by Washington, appeared before an enthusiastic crowd in a famed New York sports arena Sunday where he appealed for help from Indian-Americans to help develop his country's economy, vowing that under his leadership, the South Asian nation wouldn't look back.

HONG KONG — Pro-democracy protests expanded in Hong Kong on Monday, a day after demonstrators upset over Beijing's decision to limit political reforms defied onslaughts of tear gas and appeals from Hong Kong's top leader to go home.

PHILADELPHIA -- Emilio Bonifacio led off the game with a home run and Freddie Freeman added an RBI single in the first inning, and the Atlanta Braves finished a disappointing season with a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.

FERGUSON, Missouri — Authorities searched Sunday for a suspect in the shooting of a police officer in Ferguson, the St. Louis suburb where there have been angry protests since a white officer fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old black man last month.

ATLANTA — Georgia's highway department is spending thousands of dollars in taxpayer money for rush-hour radio ads that brag about the department but provide little practical information to the public.

The tractor-trailer that collided with a bus and killed four members of a Texas community college women's softball team drove straight through an interstate median without any signs of braking or trying to avoid the collision, federal investigators said Sunday.

JERUSALEM — It was supposed to be a record-breaking year for tourist visits to Israel. But all that changed when the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas prompted jittery travelers to cancel trips en masse, leaving empty hotel rooms and barren tourist sites in their wake.

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