Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero gave up eight runs in 1 1/3 innings Wednesday night. It was a "complete embarrassment," he <a href="http://www.thestar.com/sports/baseball/mlb/article/1231906--toronto-blue-jays-hammered-by-oakland-athletics-in-16-0-loss">told the <em>Toronto Star</em></a> afterward. His team lost 16-0.
A candidate for Missouri secretary of state is counting on his dog to help pick up some votes.
Republican state Sen. Bill Stouffer says his bloodhound, Duke, has been a popular sidekick at campaign events. Now, the long-eared, droopy-eyed dog is starring in a campaign commercial.
The spot opens with Stouffer's wife, Sue Ellen, saying ambiguously that he's loyal, protects those he serves, fights for what's right and hunts for the truth. After Stouffer thanks her for the praise, she jokes that the compliments were directed at Duke.
Farmers and other property owners in a southwestern Missouri village are being offered free water to fight grass fires amid continuing heat and drought.
KOLR-TV reports the Lawrence County village of Freistatt announced plans Wednesday to provide water to anyone living within a three-mile radius. Those taking advantage of the offer must have a portable tank to hold 3,000 to 5,000 gallons.
The water can be used only to prevent or fight grass fires.
A Columbia man has been indicted on allegations that he tried to fraudulently claim a state tax break meant for lower-income disabled residents and senior citizens.
The Cole County indictment accuses 27-year-old Christopher Hill of one felony count of filing a false state income tax return. The charge is punishable by up to a $10,000 fine and five years in prison.
The Missouri Department of Revenue said Wednesday that Hill attempted to file a forged rent receipt with his 2011 taxes in order to claim the tax credit.
Supporters of North Korea's women's soccer team were dismayed to see the start of Wednesday's match delayed, after a video screen displayed the South Korean flag next to photos of the North Korean players.
A "suspicious package" that the University of Colorado's medical school in Aurora says was delivered to the school on Monday was "a notebook sent through the mail by suspected killer James Eagan Holmes before [last] Friday morning's massacre," The Denver Post reports.