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WASHINGTON (AP) - Missouri's two U.S. senators want the Pentagon to reconsider a proposed troop realignment that could reduce the number of soldiers stationed at Fort Leonard Wood in south-central Missouri by nearly 4,000.
 
   Republican Sen. Roy Blunt and Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, wrote a joint letter Monday to U.S. Army Secretary John McHugh saying they're concerned about possible plans to reconfigure brigade combat teams at the Pulaski County installation. A preliminary report by the Army's Environmental Command includes a possible force reduction of 3,900 of the more than 27,000 troops at Fort Leonard Wood in fiscal year 2011. Blunt and McCaskill are on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
 
   The Army is holding a public meeting on the proposal Tuesday evening at Fort Leonard Wood.
 
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 ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - A St. Charles man charged in the death of a 4-month-old girl now faces additional charges, including first-degree murder and forcible sodomy.

 

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Monday that 24-year-old Jordan Lafayette Prince is also charged with child abuse in the baby's December 2012 death. He was originally charged with second-degree murder and endangering the welfare of a child.

 

   Court records show that the cause of death was asphyxiation, but the child also suffered serious injuries related to sodomy, which caused internal bleeding.

 

   Prince told police he became frustrated with the baby because she wouldn't stop crying. He's been jailed on 150,000, cash bail.

 

   A lawyer representing Prince didn't immediately return a call seeking comment Monday.

 
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The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Seth Maness  from Memphis (AAA) and optioned left-handed pitcher Marc Rzepczynski to the triple-A club.

Maness, 24, was the Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2012 and will be making his Major League debut  for tonight’s series opener against the Reds and will wear uniform # 61.

Maness was 2-2 with a 4.32 ERA in four starts at Memphis this season, striking out 18 and walking just three in 25.0 innings pitched. Maness was an 11th round selection for the Cardinals out of East Carolina University in 2011.
The 6-0, 190-pound North Carolina native has displayed impeccable control throughout his pro career, allowing just 18 total walks in 247.2 innings pitched. Maness worked six or more innings in each of his four starts at Memphis and has done so in 27 of his 38 career minor league starts.
 
Rzepczynski made nine appearances to begin the 2013 season with St. Louis, allowing seven runs in 8.0 innings of work with no decisions.
 
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 NEW YORK (AP) - NBA veteran center Jason Collins has become the first male professional athlete in the major four American sports leagues to come out as gay.Collins wrote a first-person account posted Monday on Sports Illustrated's website.

The 34-year-old Collins has played for six NBA teams in 12 seasons. He finished this past season with the Washington Wizards and is now a free agent. He says he wants to continue playing.

   

 
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