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Kansas droid maker joins growing trend

By JAMES A. FUSSELL The Kansas City Star (LENEXA, Kan., AP) — Most people just have cars, bikes and lawn mowers in their garage. George Westwater has a droid. As…

Shields pitches Royals to 2-1 win over Yankees

By DAVE SKRETTA (KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — James Shields would have been wise to pop some Dramamine, Ned Yost some antacids. The Royals’ ace survived six shaky innings mostly…

FBI documents show widespread vice operation

(JOPLIN, Mo., AP) — More than 600 pages of reports from an FBI investigation into Joplin-area gambling reveal a wide-ranging vice operation that involved numerous influential people in southwest Missouri…

Historians seek missing prison gas chamber keys

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — During a private tour not long after the Missouri State Penitentiary closed its doors a decade ago, the original keys to the prison’s gas chamber…

MU to build amphitheater for 175th anniversary

(COLUMBIA, Mo., AP) — The University of Missouri has announced plans to build an outdoor amphitheater near Jesse Hall in honor of the school’s 175th anniversary. The Mizzou Alumni Association…

St. Louis Zoo now home to African wild dogs

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — Three new wildlife exhibits are now open at the St. Louis Zoo. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1xiEAyR) reports that five African wild dogs are new to…

Prosecutor rules Missouri man’s death justifiable

(SPRINGFIELD, Mo., AP) — Prosecutors have ruled that a southwest Missouri man was justified when he stabbed his brother to death during an argument. Greene County prosecutors say 31-year-old Ryan…

Vegas ambush deaths: 2 police, 2 shooters, 1 other

By MICHELLE RINDELS and MARTIN GRIFFITH (LAS VEGAS, AP) — Two police officers were having lunch at a strip mall pizza buffet when a man and a woman fatally shot them…