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Man convicted in 2015 Dodge City homicide

DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) — A 31-year-old Dodge City man has been found guilty of first-degree murder in a 2015 shooting death. Julio Fraire was convicted Tuesday after a five-day trial. Prosecutors say 32-year-old Ramiro Nicolas Bernal was shot to...

 

Kansas pharmacy to pay $9.5 million settlement in fraud case

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A small pharmacy based in Overland Park will pay $9.5 million to settle a federal health care fraud lawsuit. The Kansas City Star reports $1.5 million of that will go to Emily Barnes, of Lenexa, who filed a whistleblower...

 

Kansas man indicted for threatening anti-abortion workers

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have accused a Wichita man of threatening workers of the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue. A four-count indictment on Wednesday charges 22-year-old Christopher M. Thompson with making threats to injure...

 

Proposed amendment would effectively ban abortion in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas House will consider a state constitutional amendment that would grant human rights from the moment of fertilization, even as lawmakers await a state Supreme Court ruling on whether the constitution guarantees a right...

 

Mom went to Kansas bar, left 2 toddlers in car on cold night

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a mother has been arrested after going to a Lawrence bar and leaving her two toddlers in a vehicle parked outside on a dangerously cold night. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that police responded around...

 

Shawnee man wins $22K in Kansas Lottery

SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) — A suburban Kansas City man says he discovered he had won $22,000 in the Kansas Lottery when he was bickering with his wife about how much he spends on lottery tickets. Shawnee resident and avid lottery player Louis Kronawitter...

 

KBI helping investigate hidden camera at girls' tournament

LINCOLN, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is helping with an investigation into a hidden video camera at a girls basketball tournament in north-central Kansas. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says the camera was found Jan. 16 in...

 

Judge dismisses lawsuit over Dodge City polling site

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against a western Kansas county after the only polling site in Dodge City was moved outside of town before the November election. U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree on Wednesday...

 

Kansas man faces hearing in home break-in sexual assaults

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Prosecutors will make their case Wednesday that there is a sufficient evidence for a suburban Kansas City man to be tried in the sexual assaults of three women during home break-ins. The Kansas City Star reports that...

 

2 bills aim to protect students accused of sex assault

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican lawmakers are proposing an overhaul of how Missouri universities handle sexual harassment and assault claims to add more protections for the accused. The Kansas City Star reports that two measures in the...

 

Sheriff: 6 middle school students in school violence threat

LAUREL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina have accused six children ages 12 and 13 of discussing a 'Columbine-style attack' on their middle school on social media. WRAL in Raleigh reports the Scotland County Sheriff's Office said the...

 

Vigil planned for 11-year-old girl who killed herself

CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) — Parents at a Connecticut elementary school have planned a vigil for an 11-year-old girl who killed herself, allegedly because she was bullied. The vigil planned for Friday evening in front of Cheshire's First Congregational...

 

US secretly shipped plutonium from South Carolina to Nevada

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy revealed on Wednesday that it secretly shipped weapons-grade plutonium from South Carolina to a nuclear security site in Nevada months ago despite the state's protests. The Justice Department notified...

 

Jewish collector's heirs want US painting on loan in Germany

BERLIN (AP) — The heirs of a Jewish collector say a painting from a Texas museum on loan in Germany was stolen from their family by the Nazis, and have filed a legal request for its return, a German newspaper reported Wednesday. German daily Bild...

 

With Democrats in charge, Colorado now backs clean air rule

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's new attorney general said Wednesday the state will withdraw from a lawsuit challenging one of the Obama administration's biggest climate change initiatives. Democrat Phil Weiser's announcement signaled a reversal from his...

 

Stocks jump after Fed indicates patience on rate increases

Stocks powered higher Wednesday after the Federal Reserve signaled it could hold off on interest rate increases in the coming months, citing muted inflation. The Fed's announcement allays one of the biggest concerns for investors: That the economy, a...

 

New Mexico may open Medicaid to paying customers

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico would open its Medicaid program to new paying customers in an effort to expand affordable health care options under proposed legislation unveiled on Wednesday. The measure from Democratic Rep. Deborah Armstrong of A...

 

FDA OKs 1st generic version of popular Advair asthma inhaler

The first generic version of the popular Advair asthma inhaler has been approved by U.S. regulators. The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved Mylan's version in three strengths for ages 4 and up. The inhalers are used twice daily to...

 

Montana considers bills to address missing Native women

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers are considering legislation meant to address what officials call the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women. The Great Falls Tribune reports that supporters of the bills testified for hours before...

 

Opposition protesters fill streets of Venezuelan capital

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans of every age, class and profession poured into the streets of the capital on Wednesday to demand that President Nicolas Maduro step down and to express their support for the young opposition leader who has...

 

Nurse indicted on charges of raping incapacitated woman

PHOENIX (AP) — A nurse suspected of raping an incapacitated woman who later gave birth at a long-term care facility in Phoenix has been indicted on charges of sexual assault and abuse of a vulnerable adult. The document filed Tuesday mirrors...

 

E-cigs outperform patches and gums in quit-smoking study

WASHINGTON (AP) — A major new study provides the strongest evidence yet that vaping can help smokers quit cigarettes, with e-cigarettes proving nearly twice as effective as nicotine gums and patches. The British research, published Wednesday in the...

 

Elephant seals take over California beach during shutdown

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A colony of elephant seals took over a beach in Northern California during the government shutdown when there was no staff to discourage the animals from congregating in the popular tourist area, an official said. Now they're...

 

'It's too cold!' Mr. Hot Dog says no school in South Dakota

PARKER, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota school district is using a talking hot dog to announce closures due to the extreme cold . In a video posted to the Parker School District's Facebook page, Mr. Hot Dog says: "I'm a hot dog! I need some heat! I'm...

 

Parole recommended for Manson follower Leslie Van Houten

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California panel on Wednesday recommended that Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten be paroled after serving more than four decades in prison. After a hearing at the women's prison in Corona, California, commissioners of...

 

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