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Second person arrested in Christmas Day killing of mother

JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a second person has been arrested in the Christmas Day killing of a mother of two in Kansas. Junction City police say 33-year-old Mashaun Jay Baker was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of capital murder in...

 

Moran says Medicaid expansion could help Kansas hospitals

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran says many rural hospitals in Kansas are "hanging on by a thread" and could benefit from the additional revenue that Medicaid expansion would generate. But Moran said Wednesday, after speaking...

 

Lawrence police: Online date turns out to be armed robber

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a man was robbed after inviting a date whom he met online to his Lawrence apartment. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the robbery happened around 7:10 p.m. Friday. Police Sgt. Amy Rhoads says the victim...

 

Killing of 16-year-old robbery suspect deemed justified

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a 16-year-old suspect in a Wichita gas station robbery was armed when a customer shot and killed him. The Wichita Eagle reports that a police report lists the teen's death as a justifiable homicide. Police say...

 

New Kansas insurance chief names KDOT official top assistant

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Insurance Commissioner-elect Vicki Schmidt has picked a high-ranking Kansas Department of Transportation official to serve as her top deputy. Schmidt announced Wednesday that upon taking office, she will appoint Barbara Rankin...

 
 By Morgan Lee    Regional    January 4, 2019

New Mexico governor suspends student testing system

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday set in motion the replacement of the current statewide standardized testing system with a pair of executive orders that also calls for removing those exam results from...

 

Sheriff: Texas teacher tried to sell underage girl for sex

MEXIA, Texas (AP) — A junior high school teacher in Central Texas has been arrested on charges she tried to sell an underage family member for sex with men in the African country of Morocco. The Freestone County Sheriff's Office said in a...

 

El Chapo jury hears testimony from cartel cohort

NEW YORK (AP) — A former Mexican drug trafficker who once claimed he was a double agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration took center stage on Thursday against infamous kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman at a U.S. trial. Vicente Zambada...

 

Texas man killed in North Dakota oil patch crash identified

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Authorities have identified a Texas man who died in a crash in the western North Dakota oil patch. The Highway Patrol says 26-year-old Daniel Navarrete-Resendiz of Perryton, Texas, was driving a pickup that went in the ditch...

 

Day 13: Dems prepare to pass funding plan, Trump digs in

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats prepared Thursday to pass a plan to re-open the government without funding President Donald Trump's promised border wall, after Trump made a surprise appearance pledging to keep up the fight for his signature...

 

Detecting depression: Phone apps could monitor teen angst

Rising suicide rates and depression in U.S. teens and young adults have prompted researchers to ask a provocative question: Could the same devices that some people blame for contributing to tech-age angst also be used to detect it? The idea has spark...

 

As health law case goes to appeals court, sign-ups steady

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic attorneys general on Thursday appealed a federal court ruling that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional, as new enrollment numbers underscored the staying power of the Obama-era law. The government reported that...

 

Environmental groups threaten lawsuit over air quality

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A coalition of environmental groups filed a notice of intent to sue on Thursday, warning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency it must hold Utah and Arizona accountable for missing deadlines to submit plans to clean up air...

 

Judge denies Arkansas teen's request for school service dog

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a plea by a 16-year-old Arkansas girl who sought to bring her service dog to school to help ease panic attacks that can debilitate her. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that federal Judge Brian...

 

Agency: 3 more flu deaths in New Mexico as activity spikes

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials say flu activity in New Mexico has sharply increased in recent weeks and that there have been three additional flu deaths in the state, raising the total so during the current flu season to four. The...

 

US average mortgage rates fall; 30-year at 4.51 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week, starting the year with an inducement to prospective homebuyers. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on the benchmark 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage declined to...

 

China lunar probe sheds light on the 'dark' side of the moon

BEIJING (AP) — China's burgeoning space program achieved a lunar milestone on Thursday: landing a probe on the mysterious and misnamed "dark" side of the moon. Exploring the cosmos from that far side of the moon, which people can't see from Earth,...

 

Oregon again sees huge marijuana harvest

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — For the second year in a row, Oregon cannabis farmers have harvested more than a million pounds of usable marijuana. The huge harvest (more than 453,592 kilograms) is again driving down prices for consumers and putting pressure...

 

Side of the moon you can't see 'is not dark, it's just far'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite the name of Pink Floyd's best-selling album, the side of the moon you can't see isn't always dark. But it is far. So scientists call the area where a Chinese spacecraft just landed the far side, not the dark side. "The...

 

Scientists show off space snowman, Ultima Thule, in 3D

LAUREL, Md. (AP) — The newly visited space snowman — the most distant object ever explored — is now appearing in 3D. At a news conference Thursday, scientists and others put on 3D glasses to see the city-size, two-sphered cosmic body in stereo,...

 

350-pound headstone stole from Massachusetts business

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts business owner doesn't know who broke into her company, but she does know they had to have been pretty strong. Donna Brewer, owner of Savino Empire Monuments in Pittsfield, tells the Berkshire Eagle that...

 

Baby Jesus figurine returned after theft from nativity scene

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A baby Jesus figurine stolen from a nativity scene at a Montana residence on New Year's Day was returned Thursday with two notes from someone pretending to be God. Jack McCormick said he was relieved to see the 15-inch...

 

Krispy Kreme delivers doughnuts to officers over pastry loss

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Krispy Kreme has stepped in to comfort Kentucky police officers mourning the loss of a doughnut truck that caught fire. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the company and a police escort delivered dozens of doughnuts to the...

 

Sketch released of suspect in shooting of Texas girl

HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities on Thursday released a composite sketch of a man accused in the death of a 7-year-old black girl during a Houston-area shooting that her family believes might have been racially motivated. The suspect is described as a...

 

Powerful Chicago council member charged in federal probe

CHICAGO (AP) — One of the most powerful and longest-serving City Council members in Chicago history appeared in federal court Thursday on a charge that he tried to shake down a major fast-food restaurant chain seeking city remodeling permits. Alder...

 

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