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   KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Police in Afghanistan say a security guard has opened fire in a Kabul hospital, killing three foreigners and wounding one other person.
   District Police Chief Hafiz Khan says the guard suddenly started shooting on Thursday morning in Cure Hospital in the west of the capital.
   The US Embassy in Kabul confirms all three were doctors who are American citizens.  The fourth person shot is also reported to be American.  That person's condition isn't known.
   Khan says the attacker was a member of the Afghan Police Protection Force assigned to guard the hospital.
   The shooting is the latest attack on foreign civilians in Afghanistan after the bombing of a popular restaurant in January and an attack on an upscale hotel in March. It also follows the shooting of two Associated Press staff by a police officer in the country's east this month.
 
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   NEW YORK (AP) — The Prince of Wales and his wife, Camilla, are "utterly devastated" by the death of her brother, who fell outside a hotel bar and suffered a head injury.
   Mark Shand, chairman of an elephant conservation charity, was in New York for a charity auction at Sotheby's.
   The New York Police Department said he had arrived at the Gramercy Park Hotel's Rose Bar just before 1 a.m. Wednesday accompanied by a relative. He went out to smoke a cigarette around 2:30 a.m. and fell backward as he tried to re-enter through a revolving door, they said.
   He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:25 a.m., police said. The cause of his death will be determined by the medical examiner's office.
   Shand, 62, was known for his work as a travel writer and conservationist. He was the author of several books including "Elephant Tales" and "River Dog: A Journey Down the Brahmaputra."
   British royal officials at Clarence House said in a statement that Camilla, Prince Charles and all of her family members are "utterly devastated by this sudden and tragic loss."
   "Mark Shand was a man of extraordinary vitality, a tireless campaigner and conservationist whose incredible work through The Elephant Family and beyond remained his focus right up until his death," it said.
   Sotheby's said it was "deeply saddened" by the news of Shand's death and it was honored to have helped him raise money for his causes.
   Police detectives were at the Manhattan hotel on Wednesday afternoon, taking a look at the locations of security cameras. A worker at a building across the street said detectives had asked if the building had any security video, which it didn't.
   A call to the hotel's representatives was not immediately returned.
   Camilla and Charles are due to go on a tour of Canada next month.
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   The St. Louis Rams will open the 2014 season at home against the Minnesota Vikings on September 7th.  
   The 2014 schedule released Wednesday also shows the Rams will play two prime-time games at the Edward Jones Dome.  They'll host the San Francisco 49ers for a Monday night game in Week 6 and the Arizona Cardinals for a Thursday night contest in Week 15.  
   Week four is the Rams' bye week.
   For the fourth time in five years, the Rams will close out the season in Seattle.
   Here's a link to the Ram's 2014 schedule.
   The Rams have also announced dates and times for preseason games. They host the Saints Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. and the Packers Aug. 16 at 3 p.m., with night games Aug. 23 at Cleveland and Aug. 28 at Miami.
 
 
 
 
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Lucas Duda hit a long home run and the New York Mets threw out the potential tying run at the plate in the ninth inning to hold off the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Wednesday night with a stiff wind whipping through Citi Field.
 
Jonathon Niese earned his first win of the season, and shortstop Ruben Tejada cut down Matt Carpenter for the second out of the ninth on a strong relay from center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis.
 
St. Louis manager Mike Matheny challenged the call by plate umpire Marty Foster, which was upheld following a replay review of 1 minute, 20 seconds that showed catcher Travis d'Arnaud nicked Carpenter with a sweep tag near his armpit.
 
Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha (2-2) set career highs with 10 strikeouts and five walks in the shortest of his 14 regular-season starts in the majors. A bizarre outing if ever there was one - but it was that sort of night.
 
With a runner on second, Kyle Farnsworth retired Matt Holliday on a fly to right to end it.
 
Curtis Granderson snapped his career-worst hitless skid at 22 at-bats with a first-inning single, and the Mets got 6 2-3 effective innings from Niese (1-2) before turning it over to the bullpen.
 
Carlos Torres and Scott Rice escaped an eighth-inning jam before Farnsworth worked the ninth for his second save. He gave up consecutive singles and an RBI double to pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso that one-hopped the wall in left-center, but New York's defense saved Farnsworth.
 
Carpenter had four hits and Yadier Molina added three for the Cardinals, but Jhonny Peralta's hitless streak reached 21 at-bats. Peralta popped out with runners at second and third in the eighth before pinch-hitter Matt Adams flied out to end the inning.
 
Niese improved to 4-1 in six career starts against St. Louis.
 
The game began in 31 mph wind gusting up to 41 mph on a 51-degree night at a mostly empty stadium. Workers hustled between innings to clean up all the flying napkins and hot dog wrappers that littered the outfield - even bundled-up second base umpire Rob Drake helped out during a stoppage in play.
 
High popups and flyballs were an adventure. Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada dropped one after retreating into the outfield, then scampering back to the infield. New York still got an easy forceout on the play.
 
Wacha's red cap blew right off his head as he was waiting for a new ball and rolled, like tumbleweed, to second baseman Mark Ellis.
 
Duda homered against Seth Maness leading off the sixth, a laser beam of a line drive that cut under the wind and nearly reached the Shea Bridge walkway above the bullpens in right-center.
 
It was the first home run for the Mets in their last seven home games, ending their longest such drought since May 2012.
 
Early on, it appeared the 22-year-old Wacha was headed to a record-setting performance.
 
Last year's NL championship series MVP overpowered the Mets with nine strikeouts in the first three innings but soon lost his control. He walked three in the fourth, including No. 8 batter Tejada and Nieuwenhuis with the bases loaded, forcing in two runs.
 
Wacha was pulled for a pinch hitter in the fifth after throwing 93 pitches. Coming in, he had issued only three free passes in 26 innings this season.
 
Molina doubled home a run with two outs in the first, extending his hitting streak to 14 games, after Tejada and the Mets botched a rundown that should have resulted in an inning-ending double play.
 
NOTES: Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright expects to make his next scheduled start Sunday against Pittsburgh, Matheny said. Wainwright left Tuesday night's game after seven shutout innings with a hyperextended right knee. "We're just real grateful because that looked like it was going to be pretty bad," Matheny said. ... Left-handed hitters were 0 for 13 with five strikeouts against Niese this season until Carpenter began the game with a single. Carpenter, the only lefty in the Cardinals' starting lineup, went 3 for 4 with a double against Niese. ... Wacha's first major league win was June 11 last year at Citi Field. ... Mets leadoff hitter Eric Young Jr. was rested.
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