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Trump's move may nudge holdout GOP states to expand Medicaid

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an ironic twist, the Trump administration's embrace of work requirements for low-income people on Medicaid is prompting lawmakers in some conservative states to resurrect plans to expand health care for the poor. Trump's move...

 

Schumer takes back wall offer in new immigration push

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer has taken back his offer of billions of dollars for President Donald Trump's long-promised U.S.-Mexico border wall. Schumer spokesman Matt House says Schumer's office notified the White House...

 

Avalanche prompts Italy hotel evacuation, snow blankets Alps

MILAN (AP) — Four helicopters were evacuating some 100 tourists and hotel workers from a four-star mountainside hotel and a nearby guesthouse in northern Italy after an avalanche overnight, civil protection authorities said Tuesday as heavy snow...

 

Ex-sports doctor's victims draw strength from each other

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Clasina Syrovy would change the subject whenever someone asked if she knew former sports doctor Larry Nassar or mentioned news coverage of the unfolding scandal over his sexual abuse of young gymnasts. She didn't want to be...

 

Official: Americans killed, injured in attack on Kabul hotel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Multiple American citizens were killed and injured in the Taliban's 13-hour siege of an upscale hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, the State Department said Tuesday. No exact figures were immediately available for either the U.S....

 

Skepticism, worry amid preparation for Rohingya repatriation

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar says it's ready for a gradual repatriation of Muslim Rohingya refugees chased out by the Buddhist-majority country's military. Bangladesh says it's preparing for the transfer, but it might need more time. And the...

 

Philippine volcano spews lava fountains, 56,000 people flee

LEGAZPI, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' most active volcano spewed fountains of red-hot lava and massive ash plumes anew Tuesday in a dazzling but increasingly dangerous eruption that has sent more than 56,000 villagers fleeing to evacuation...

 

Senators strike a deal re-opening government after 69 hours

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a bill reopening the government late Monday, ending a 69-hour display of partisan dysfunction after Democrats reluctantly voted to temporarily pay for resumed operations. They relented in return for R...

 

Cosby jokes in 1st show since 2015 he 'used to be' comedian

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby performed in public for the first time since a sex abuse scandal embroiled him in 2015, joking that he "used to be a comedian" and playing with a jazz band in his hometown as a retrial looms in his criminal sexual...

 

Burlington School Board extends superintendent contract to Elliott for 27th year

Burlington Superintendent Glen Elliott had his contract renewed for the 2018-19 school year. Burlington’s Board of Education thanked Elliott for his 27 years at Burlington as superintendent. He has 45 years in education. The board met for their...

 

The Latest: Report: Uncontrolled gas release led to rig fire

QUINTON, Okla. (AP) — The Latest on a fiery explosion at an Oklahoma gas drilling rig (all times local): 4 p.m. An initial report into a deadly natural gas rig explosion in Oklahoma indicates there was an uncontrolled release of gas that caught...

 

Sheriff: Remains of 5 missing gas rig workers recovered

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The remains of five gas rig workers missing since a fiery explosion in eastern Oklahoma have been recovered, authorities said Tuesday. Pittsburg County Sheriff Chris Morris said once the natural gas drilling rig was stabilized...

 

$5,000 reward offered in shooting death of Oklahoma woman

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is authorizing a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those involved in the death of an Oklahoma woman who was found floating in a reservoir. The governor issued an executive order...

 

Court: Oil company can be sued when worker injured or killed

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that oil and natural gas companies can be sued when a worker is killed or injured on the job. The state's highest court struck down a state workers' compensation law that exempted oil...

 

Oklahoma House distributes nearly $127K in pay raises

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House of Representatives has distributed nearly $127,000 in pay raises to 14 employees since Jan. 1. According to the state Office of Management and Enterprise Services, the largest pay increase was $20,000, a 30...

 

Tulsa sees first officer-involved homicide of 2018

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Two Tulsa police officers have been place on administrative leave pending an investigation of the shooting death of a man after a low-speed pursuit and standoff. Police spokeswoman Jeanne MacKenzie says 40-year-old Joseph E....

 

Kansas lawmakers in both parties push transparency measures

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers in Kansas outlined proposals Tuesday for making state government more transparent after Republican leaders said they're taking steps to give the public more information about who is behind the legislation...

 

Man admits sexual assault of minors at McConnell base

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man who lived in base housing at McConnell Air Force Base has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for sexually abusing two 16-year-old girls. U.S. Attorney Tom Beall says 38-year-old Random Shane Smith, of Wichita,...

 

Father sues ICE over handling of man charged with killing 5

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — U.S. immigration officials missed two chances to detain and deport a Mexican national who was in the country illegally before he allegedly killed four men in Kansas and another man in Missouri in 2016, according to a...

 

Kansas school board member keeps tradition in swearing oath

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A new Wichita school board member considered placing his hand on a science fiction novel when being sworn into office but ultimately decided to stick with tradition. The Wichita Eagle reports that Ben Blankley decided to...

 

4 men bound over for trial in contract killing of Salina man

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — A judge has found sufficient evidence for four men to stand trial in the contract killing of a Salina man. The Salina Journal reports that 31-year-old Charles Rodgers and 40-year-old James Pavey were bound over for trial Monday...

 

Wichita wig store manager shoots, wounds would-be robber

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a manager of a Wichita wig store has shot a man as he attempted to rob the store. Wichita police Lt. Ronald Hunt says the shooting happened Monday at Honie's Wig & Beauty Supply. The Wichita Eagle reports that...

 

Shawnee Mission revisits ban on complaints against board

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — The governing body for the state's third-largest school district is considering reversing a rule that prohibits complaints about school board members. At issue is a policy regarding public participation at meetings in...

 

Pre-teens arrested for cyberbullying before girl's suicide

Two 12-year-olds in Florida were arrested for cyberbullying in connection with the death of a middle-school student who police say hanged herself two weeks ago. The circumstances around the death of 12-year-old Gabriella Green on Jan. 10 led to the...

 

Maryland youth sentenced for threatening schools in 5 states

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A juvenile from Maryland who made more than a dozen hoax calls to schools in five states has been sentenced to serve two years in a detention center. The teen was charged with making the hoax call in April 2017 to Terre...

 

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