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Man, 27, arrested after 1-year-old shot, wounded in Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A 27-year-old Tulsa man was being held without bond Monday in connection with a shooting that left a 1-year-old toddler in critical condition, police said. Javontay Jones was arrested on three complaints of shooting with intent...

 

Former TV meteorologist to seek Kansas Senate seat

SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas City area TV meteorologist has announced plans to seek a Kansas Senate seat being vacated by the retirement of one of the Legislature's most conservative members. Mike Thompson, who served as chief...

 

Homeless man charged in death of 72-year-old Wichita woman

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A homeless man has been charged with killing a 72-year-old Wichita woman during a sexual assault. Fifty-five-year-old John Pepper was charged Monday in Sedgwick County District Court with capital murder in the death of Rita...

 

Kansas officer resigns, faked story of expletive on his cup

JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas police officer has resigned after he admitted to making up a story that a McDonald's employee wrote an expletive and the word "pig" on a coffee cup, the police chief announced Monday. Herington Police Chief...

 

Person still hospitalized after Kansas aircraft plant blast

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — One of the 15 people injured in a explosion at the Beechcraft aircraft manufacturing facility in Wichita remains hospitalized. KWCH-TV reports that a spokesperson for Wesley Medical Center said Monday that the injured...

 

Sedgwick County deputy fatally shoots woman after chase

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Sedgwick County Sheriff's deputy fatally shot a woman who tried to run down deputies with a car during a police chase, according to authorities. Sedgwick County Sheriff's Col. Brian White said a woman in her 50s died after be...

 

Wichita VA hospital fires doctor under scrutiny in Missouri

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Department of Veteran Affairs hospital in Wichita has fired a doctor who is under scrutiny for allegedly harming patients in Missouri while performing robot-assisted surgeries that were beyond his capabilities. The VA...

 

Young bull moose spotted twice in north-central Kansas

SCANDIA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a young bull moose has been spotted twice in north-central Kansas. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism said Friday that the moose was captured on a trail camera along the Republic River near...

 

Plane carrying Kansas team forced to return to California

SAN JOSE, Cal. (AP) — A plane carrying the Kansas men's basketball team was forced to return to a California airport after one of its engines failed. The university said in a tweet that issues arose Sunday following a road victory over Stanford....

 

Drag queen, lime among New Year's "drops" in Florida Keys

There are going to be plenty of things dropping for New Year's Eve in Key West, Florida. The Sunshine State's hedonistic, subtropical island has six different "drops" Tuesday evening modeled after New York City's famous ball drop. Among them is Gary...

 

Tennessee wildlife officials remove bear from campus stadium

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A 200-pound (90 kilogram) black bear showed up as a walk-on at the University of Tennessee's baseball stadium, but ended up being sent back to its home territory. Tennessee wildlife officials removed the wild creature that...

 

Minister: Texas gunman grew angry in past over cash requests

WHITE SETTLEMENT, Texas (AP) — The man who opened fire inside a Texas church, killing two people before being shot to death, visited the church several other times this year and was given food but got angry when officials refused to give him...

 

Trump says he'll sign first-step China trade deal on Jan. 15

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump says he will sign the first phase of a trade deal with China at the White House next month. Trump says Tuesday in a tweet that he'll then travel to Beijing at a later date to open talks on other...

 

Militiamen breach US Embassy in Baghdad; Trump blames Iran

BAGHDAD (AP) — Dozens of Iraqi Shiite militiamen and their supporters broke into the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Tuesday, smashing a main door and setting fire to a reception area, angered over deadly U.S. airstrikes targeting the...

 

Revelers around the world usher in the new decade

Revelers around the globe are bidding farewell to a decade that will be remembered for the rise of social media, the Arab Spring, the #MeToo movement and, of course, President Donald Trump. A look at how the world is ushering in 2020: ___ AUSTRALIA...

 

Governor fires 34 prison guard trainees who gave Nazi salute

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (AP) — West Virginia's governor has fired 34 correction officer trainees who were photographed giving a Nazi salute, and he fired their instructor. He also says four instructors are being suspended without pay. Republican Gov....

 

Lawsuit: Famed Jesuit abused boy 1,000 times around world

CHICAGO (AP) — One day in May of 1970, an 11-year-old boy and his disabled sister were sitting on the curb outside a Chicago tavern, waiting for their mother to come out. When a priest with crinkly eyes and a ready smile happened by and offered the...

 

Raging wildfires trap 4,000 at Australian town's waterfront

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Wildfires burning across Australia's two most populous states on Tuesday trapped residents of a seaside town in apocalyptic conditions, destroyed many properties and caused at least two fatalities. About 5 million hectares...

 

Trump signs law to reduce robocalls, though they won't end

NEW YORK (AP) — An anti-robocalls measure signed into law Monday by President Donald Trump should help reduce the torrent of unwanted calls promising lower interest rates or pretending to be the IRS, though it won't make all such calls disappear....

 
 By Tim Reynolds    Sports    January 1, 2020

The NBA's East is loaded at the top, and might stay that way

The West is used to being loaded at the top. The East, not so much. But a new year is arriving with a new look in the NBA's Eastern Conference. The league will wake up on Wednesday — the first day of 2020 — with six teams with winning...

 

Williams Completes Gateway Expansion Project Ahead of Schedule to Help Serve Growing Demand for Natural Gas in Northeastern U.S.

TULSA, Okla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 31, 2019-- Williams (NYSE: WMB) announced today that it has successfully placed into full service its Gateway Expansion Project – approximately 11 months ahead of schedule – to meet growing natural gas demand...

 

Community remembers Oklahoma girls missing for 20 years

VINITA, Okla. (AP) — A community in northeastern Oklahoma held a candlelight vigil to remember the lives of two girls who went missing more than two decades ago. Lauria Bible and Ashley Freeman were 16 years old when they disappeared. About 200 peo...

 

Wichita officer helps pull 2 women from crashed, burning car

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita police officer helped pull two women from a burning car after the driver crashed and ran away. The Wichita Eagle reports that the 25-year-old driver was arrested near the accident early Tuesday morning on suspicion...

 
 By Sean Pyles    Regional    January 1, 2020

Millennial Money: Focus on monthly tasks to hit 2020 goals

A year is built one day at a time. It's the busy Tuesdays when you never have a moment and the lazy Sundays when you can finally relax. Focusing on small, cumulative actions can take you far, whether you want to train for a marathon, clean out your...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    January 1, 2020

AG: Treatment funding key to Kansas criminal justice reform

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' top law enforcement official says boosting spending on services for the mentally ill and treating substance abuse is crucial to reforming the state's criminal justice system. Attorney General Derek Schmidt contends...

 

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