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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Storms packing rain, snow and dangerous winds raked the Midwest and spawned a possible tornado outside of St. Louis that prompted an emergency declaration from Missouri's governor. To the north icy weather left thousands without power and prompted Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to call out the state Nation Guard to aid residents as the state braced for another storm system that threatened to dump several inches of wet snow Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The number of U.S. homes repossessed by lenders last month fell to the lowest level in more than five years, the latest evidence that the nation's foreclosure crisis is abating amid an improving housing market. By ALEX VEIGA AP Real Estate Writer
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Wade Davis pitched out of bases loaded jams in the first two innings, Billy Butler and Jeff Francoeur homered and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 3-0 on Wednesday night to sweep the three-game series. The Royals have won four straight and six of seven to move three-games above .500 for the first time since May 12, 2011, when they were 20-17.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — New Minnesota coach Richard Pitino has hired two assistant coaches. Pitino announced Wednesday that Mike Balado and Kimani Young will be on his staff after working under him this season at Florida International. Young was an athletic director for a nonprofit inner-city youth organization in New York prior to joining Pitino at FIU. Young also spent one season as head manager and video coordinator at St. John’s and has several other years of experience supervising youth sports programs.
AUGUSTA, Ga. — The first tee shot clattered through a pair of pines on the left side of the 13th fairway, finally landing on the wrong side of Rae’s Creek. Tiger Woods tried again, and this wasn’t any better. Fans peered across the fairway and only heard the ball rifle through some bushes. “He’s hitting another one,” a man announced from the gallery. The third shot with a fairway metal caused them to retreat until it turned with a slight draw, clipping a pine branch and settling in the second cut of rough.
PITTSBURGH — Cheerleaders and a pep band as soon as they stepped off the plane. A police escort on the ride in from the airport. Their school’s logo plastered about eight feet wide across the Consol Energy Center atrium. NHL ice awaiting for their use. The NCAA sure rolls out the red carpet for teams that advance to the Frozen Four. And it’s fair to say this season’s qualifiers aren’t used to it. “We were kind of in awe,” Massachusetts Lowell captain Riley Wetmore. “Pretty cool,” teammate Chad Ruhwedel said. “I’ve never experienced that before.”
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Unemployment rates fell in more than 80 percent of large U.S. cities in February from January, suggesting that strong hiring that month benefited the vast majority of the country. By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Postal Service backed down from its plan to eliminate Saturday mail delivery because Congress barred it, officials said Wednesday. By PAULINE JELINEK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Postal Service backed down from its plan to eliminate Saturday mail delivery because Congress barred it, officials said Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two pivotal senators announced a bipartisan deal Wednesday on expanding background checks to more gun buyers, an agreement that could build support for President Barack Obama's drive to curb firearms violence. By ALAN FRAM Associated Press
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- A chilly spring storm was making its way eastward Wednesday after heavy snow and freezing rain prompted hundreds of flight cancellations, stranded motorists and knocked out power to thousands in several Western states. By BOB MOEN Associated Press