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Salvador Perez again shows his value with three hits in triumph

Royals catcher is one of the rarest forms of a baseball player — young and established, a friendly star, the clubhouse bridge between Americans and Spanish speakers, a defensive force at a premium position with enough pop to hit in the middle of the lineup.

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Dave Helling: Kansas races compel, other states hold intrigue

Election Day is nine weeks away. Kansans have plenty to get excited about — the governor’s race, a quartet in the Senate race, a competitive and important race for secretary of state, even a few local races. Missouri? Some ballot issues, a few legislative campaigns, that’s about it. Which elections across the country most captivate you this year?

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Chiefs’ Alex Smith takes good-natured ribbing from teammates for new deal

Very little is sacred in an NFL locker room. Not personal appearance, not on-field performance and certainly not contract status, as Alex Smith can attest. The Chiefs' quarterback was already a very rich man prior to his new four-year, $68 million contract extension, which was announced on Sunday, but tell that to his teammates, who started harassing their good-natured leader from the moment he entered the team's training facility on Monday.

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Fish oil supplements get better labeling

Sellers of fish oil capsules are disclosing more information about the sources of their products. In the past, the major mass-produced brands had refused to provide much information, but customers have become more demanding, and the supplement industry wants to improve its image.

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