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The San Francisco Giants' Brandon Belt can't reach the Kansas City Royals' Alcides Escobar as he slides safely to first base on an infield single Tuesday night during the second inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series in Kansas City, Mo. Escobar eventually would score the Royals' fourth run.

Royals Force Game 7, Rest Bullpen In Dominant 10-0 Win

Jake Peavy is having a rough World Series. The second pitcher in the Giants' starting rotation gave up four runs in the team's 7-2 Game 2 loss to Kansas City. Game 6 went even worse.

On Tuesday night, Peavy gave up five runs after recording just four outs. His series ERA sits at 12.79.

WATCH: Unmanned Antares Rocket Explodes Shortly After Takeoff

A unmanned rocket carrying 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments to the International Space Station exploded shortly after blastoff on Tuesday at NASA's facility on Wallops Island, Va.

The rocket was made by Orbital Sciences, which was contracted by NASA to ship supplies up to the International Space Station.

On Twitter, Orbital said there had been a "vehicle anomaly."

A Citi Bike user pedals off from a bicycle station. The company that owns the service in New York and other cities has been sold, after suffering problems tied to its supply chain and the weather.

Firm Buys Big Bike-Share Service; Expansion And Higher Rates Seen

Alta Bicycle Share, the company that manages bike-sharing programs in New York, Washington, Chicago, San Francisco, and other cities, has been sold to an investment group that includes executives in fitness club operator Equinox and real estate firm Related Companies. The new owners say they'll expand the service in New York, where customers now take more than 1 million trips a month on Citi Bike.

The U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Beefs Up Security At Some Federal Buildings

The United States is beefing up security at some federal installations across the country, the Department of Homeland Security said on Tuesday.

In a statement, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said it would not detail the changes because they were "law-enforcement sensitive." But, he said, the new measures will enhance Federal Protective Service presence and security at government buildings in D.C. and across the country.

Johnson went on:

Farms outside Baghdad as seen from a U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopter. Much of Iraq's soil has a high salt content because of flooding and poor drainage.

Who Should Pay To Fix The World's Salt-Damaged Soils?

Imagine losing about 5,000 acres, or 15 average-sized farms in Iowa, every day. That's how much productive farmland has succumbed to salt damage in the last 20 or so years, according to a paper published Tuesday by a group of international researchers. And, they say, all that degraded land is costing farmers $27.3 billion a year.

NPR producer Rolando Arrieta approaches the Ebola screening station at the airport in Monrovia, Liberia.

No Hand-Washing, Spotty Temperature-Taking At Liberia's Airport

Ebola screening for passengers flying out of Monrovia's airport on Monday night wasn't functioning as a well-oiled machine. Parts of it were chaotic and slightly concerning.

After ten days of reporting in Liberia, we arrived at the airport to take two of the same flights that Thomas Eric Duncan did last month: Monrovia to Brussels and then onto Dulles in Virginia. There were three of us: myself along with another reporter and a producer.

Before we went inside the terminal, a woman from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention greeted us outside.

FBI Spoofs News Story To Send Spyware To Suspect

It was already known that the FBI uses spyware to investigate people — that was clear in federal documents obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. What hasn't been fully appreciated until now was the lengths to which the FBI will go to infect a target's computer.

"Presumably, your typical Nigerian scam email offering $10 million dollars isn't going to work," says Christopher Soghoian of the ACLU.

A statue of Jesus Christ called "Cristo Rey" is prominently located near the entrance of the Dimitrov neighborhood, which used to be so violent, people joked the Christ was being held up at gunpoint.

With A Soft Approach On Gangs, Nicaragua Eschews Violence

As the sun sinks just below the horizon, Jorge Sandoval strolls across a dusty street.

He's a small man in his 50s, who runs volunteer patrols. The neighborhood is poor. The houses are cobbled together out of leftover wood and pieces of metal.

Two years ago, Sandoval says, these streets used to be desolate and controlled by gangs.

"They would shoot at each other at all hours," Sandoval says. "Suddenly you'd find someone injured, someone innocent, because they just didn't care."

Home health care workers Jasmine Almodovar (far right) and Artheta Peters (center) take part in a Cleveland rally for higher pay on Sept. 4.

Home Health Workers Struggle For Better Pay And Health Insurance

Holly Dawson believes her job is a calling.

She is one of about 2 million home care workers in the country. The jobs come with long hours and low pay.

Each workday, Dawson drives through the Cleveland suburbs to help people take their medicines, bathe and do the dishes. She also takes time to lend a sympathetic ear.

Vincent Flewellen leads a lesson on Ferguson during his eighth-grade multicultural studies course at Ladue Middle School.

Some St. Louis Teachers Address Ferguson With Lessons On Race

This story is a consolidated version of a three-part series by St. Louis Public Radio that profiles how issues of race and class sparked by Ferguson are being discussed in St. Louis-area schools.

It was early September and Vincent Flewellen had just wrapped up his day teaching at Ladue Middle School, in an affluent suburb about 13 miles south of where protests erupted in Ferguson.