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Kansas GOP lawmakers divided over proposed budget fixes

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican legislators are divided over many of GOP Gov. Sam Brownback's proposals to close a shortfall in the Kansas budget by summer, and a few said Wednesday they don't like any of the ideas he's put forward. The job at...

 

Suspect in death, baby's kidnapping returned to Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The woman accused of murdering a Wichita woman and kidnapping her newborn baby is now in a Kansas jail. Online jail records show Yesenia Sesmas was booked Wednesday afternoon into the Sedgwick County Detention Center in...

 

Judge sets hearing for Kansas man accused in bomb plot

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge has set date to hear arguments this month on whether to keep jailed pending trial a Kansas man accused of plotting to attack Somali immigrants. U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren scheduled a Feb. 24 hearing for...

 

Key legal test approaches for Arkansas LGBT measure

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — With a gay pride parade that organizers tout as the largest in Arkansas and a reputation as a liberal haven in a conservative state, college-town Fayetteville took what seemed like a logical step in guaranteeing civil...

 

Proposal filed to put voter ID in Arkansas constitution

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A state senator wants to ask Arkansas voters next year to reinstate a voter ID law that was struck down as unconstitutional. Republican Sen. Bryan King on Wednesday filed a resolution that would place a proposed...

 

Arkansas governor signs $50 million tax cut into law

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed into law his $50 million plan to cut income taxes for thousands of low-income residents. The Republican governor on Wednesday signed into law bills outlining his proposal to cut...

 

Pork industry says not to worry about a bacon shortage

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An insatiable demand for bacon depleted frozen pork belly supplies in the U.S. to a record low level for December, but the pork industry is confident it can keep up with demand and avoid any serious shortages. Bottom line:...

 

Chasing a cow with a drone? Utah bill would put you in jail

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah lawmaker wants to send people to jail for harassing farm animals with drones, all-terrain vehicles and even dogs under a proposal that is unique in the U.S. but has gained an unlikely opponent. Republican Rep. Scott...

 

Idaho spending $650,000 to feed elk, deer and antelope

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho is spending about $650,000 this winter to feed elk, deer and antelope at 110 sites around the southern half of the state. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game on Wednesday said the severe winter prompted officials to...

 

Wisconsin panel finalizes wasting disease recommendations

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An advisory committee working on revisions to Wisconsin's long-term chronic wasting disease plan wrapped up its work Wednesday, finalizing recommendations that include limited culling of the state's herd and stiffer regulations...

 

Facebook's Oculus facing $500 million bill in copyright case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook's virtual-reality subsidiary and two of its founders are facing a sobering reality after a jury hit them with a $500 million bill for violating the intellectual property rights of video-game maker ZeniMax Media. The ve...

 

Chicago police now using high-tech effort to fight crime

CHICAGO (AP) — The head of the Chicago Police Department said Wednesday that his officers are now using high-tech strategies and equipment to fight crime, an announcement that came as the city's police released statistics showing no letup in the...

 

Islamic State turns to drones to direct suicide car bombers

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Faced with a diminishing number of fighters, the Islamic State group is relying on retrofitted commercial drones to guide suicide car bombers to their targets and to launch small-scale airstrikes on Iraqi forces. The extremist...

 

Why Facebook keeps pushing you to go 'live' with video

NEW YORK (AP) — From billboards to TV ads to endless notifications, Facebook is furiously promoting its live video feature as it tries to get more users to shoot and watch such videos. But will it be a big business for the social network? The...

 

Whoosh! Swish! Meet Bat Bot, the new flying batlike drone

WASHINGTON (AP) — Holy drone, Batman! Mechanical masterminds have spawned the Bat Bot, a soaring, sweeping and diving robot that may eventually fly circles around other drones. Because it mimics the unique and more flexible way bats fly, this 3-oun...

 

Tinder for apes? Dutch orangutans test out computer dating

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — How does a primate find a date when they're confined to an urban jungle? Orangutans in a Dutch zoo may get a high-tech helping hand thanks to a research project that is being likened to a Tinder dating app for apes. Th...

 

Women are, very slowly, getting more seats in the boardroom

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of women sitting at the table in corporate boardrooms across the country is rising very slowly, but it's rising. Just over 15 percent of all director seats at publicly traded U.S. companies were held by women as of Dec....

 

Lawyer: 3 charged with treason in Russia cybersecurity case

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian news agencies are reporting that former members of the domestic security agency and a cybersecurity expert have been formally charged with treason. Reports emerged last week that three officials of the Federal Security...

 

Long-running Texas evolution debate has big classroom impact

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Board of Education on Wednesday voted preliminarily to ease — but not completely eliminate — state high school science curriculum requirements that experts argue cast doubt on the theory of evolution. How...

 

Congressional Republicans move to dismantle Obama rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving to dismantle former President Barack Obama's legacy on the environment and other issues, House Republicans approved a measure Wednesday that scuttles a regulation aimed at preventing coal mining debris from being dumped int...

 

Georgia debates bill at odds with US rules on campus assault

ATLANTA (AP) — A panel of Georgia lawmakers has approved a bill requiring college officials and employees to report sexual violence and other crimes to law enforcement, clashing with existing federal guidance laying out specific requirements under...

 

DeVos nomination in trouble as 2 senators announce dissent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's nomination of school choice advocate Betsy DeVos as education secretary appeared in jeopardy Wednesday with two Republican senators saying they will vote against her. Amid fierce criticism from Democrats and...

 

Report: Officials hid years of sex abuse at boarding school

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Teachers at a Pennsylvania boarding school sexually preyed on children for half a century while administrators turned a blind eye, a grand jury said in a report Wednesday. No charges were expected, mostly because the crimes...

 

College fraternity accused of hazing sued for $8 million

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An $8 million lawsuit against a fraternity at a northwestern Oregon college says a hazing incident resulted in a 20-year-old man losing his right eye. KOIN-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2kQc5Yq ) that the lawsuit filed Tuesday...

 

Beyonce, Tebow for prez? Invalid votes spiked in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Beyonce, Tim Tebow or the Norse god Thor for prez? Those were some of Florida's more unusual picks for president this past election. And the number of Florida voters who didn't cast a vote for either Donald Trump, Hillary...

 

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