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If we were going to be curmudgeonly about it — and "St. Vincent" is, after all, a movie about a curmudgeon — we'd focus on the one major flaw in the film, and not on its pleasures.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Billy Butler hit a tiebreaking single, Salvador Perez and Omar Infante drove in two runs each with big hits in a five-run sixth inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 7-2 Wednesday night to even the World Series at one game apiece.

DALLAS — Facing an even bigger mountain of packages this holiday season, FedEx and UPS are hiring more workers to avoid the delays that frustrated shoppers and gift-recipients a year ago.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — The Oak Ridge Animal Shelter has closed until next week after canine distemper tests came back positive.

ORLANDO, Fla. — A history of hazing among Florida A&M band members can be mentioned by prosecutors in the trial of four ex-members charged in a drum major's 2011 death, but the judge said Wednesday there should be no mention that the student killed was gay.

A person familiar with the case has told The Associated Press that an arbiter has ruled that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should testify in Ray Rice's appeal of his indefinite suspension.

CONROE, Texas — A prosecution request to remove the judge handling the felony child abuse case against Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson was denied on Wednesday.

ST. LOUIS — Michael Brown's official autopsy indicates he was shot in the hand at close range during a struggle, but a medical examiner not involved in the investigation says there's no way to conclude whether the injury meant the unarmed 18-year-old was trying to grab the gun of the officer who killed him.

WASHINGTON — Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a war gone horribly wrong.

OTTAWA, Ontario — A gunman with a scarf over his face shot to death a Canadian soldier standing guard at the nation's war memorial Wednesday, then stormed Parliament in a hail of gunfire before he was killed by the usually ceremonial sergeant-at-arms, authorities and witnesses said.

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