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 By John Hanna    Regional    March 8, 2020

Kansas confirms 1st coronavirus case, Kansas City-area woman

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas City-area woman who recently traveled to the Northeast is the first case of coronavirus in Kansas, officials confirmed Saturday. Gov. Laura Kelly and health officials said the woman, who's under 50, is isolating...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 8, 2020

Kansas GOP leader's Medicaid expansion move roils Statehouse

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Jim Denning once symbolized what for Medicaid expansion supporters was wrong with the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature. Now, the Kansas Senate majority leader is an expansion champion who's under fire from some GOP...

 

Harris endorses Biden; Jesse Jackson backs Sanders

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris endorsed Joe Biden on Sunday and said she would "do everything in my power'' to help elect him, becoming the latest dropout from the Democratic race for president to line up behind the former vice president in his...

 

Behind the scenes, scientists prep for COVID-19 vaccine test

WASHINGTON (AP) — A team of scientists jostled for a view of the lab dish, staring impatiently for the first clue that an experimental vaccine against the new coronavirus just might work. After weeks of round-the-clock research at the National...

 

Royal farewell: Harry, Meghan on final duty before new life

LONDON (AP) — It's definitely a farewell. But will it be fond? Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will fulfill their final royal commitment when they appear Monday at the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in...

 

Targets of crackdown in China fear government's reach in US

WASHINGTON (AP) — The photo of his father was barely recognizable. The old man looked unusually pale and tired, and his customary beard was shaved off. The son who received the photo over WhatsApp was immediately suspicious. He hadn't heard from...

 

With painted faces, artists fight facial recognition tech

LONDON (AP) — As night falls in London, Georgina Rowlands and Anna Hart start applying makeup. Instead of lipstick and eyeliner, they're covering their faces with geometric shapes. Rowlands has long narrow blue triangles and thin white rectangles...

 

Yeshiva basketball team reaches first Sweet 16

BALTIMORE (AP) — First came the prayer ceremony at the conclusion of the Sabbath with their families, then, the celebration on the basketball court and the overflowing joy of March Madness victory. Yeshiva University beat Penn State Harrisburg...

 

Civil rights: The road to Bloody Sunday began 30 miles away

MARION, Ala. (AP) — Della Simpson Maynor remembers the mounted police officer cracking her elbow with a baton. She recalls the panicked marchers unable to escape the onslaught, and the scuffle between officers and a young church deacon who was...

 

Venezuela on agenda for Trump's meeting with Brazil's leader

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump would not commit Saturday to continue holding off on hitting Brazil with tariffs on imports of its aluminum and steel, saying "I don't make any promises." Trump commented in the presence of Brazilian...

 

Argentina announces first coronavirus death in Latin America

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A 64-year-old man died in Argentina as a result of the new coronavirus, the first such death in Latin America, health authorities announced Saturday. The Ministry of Health said the patient lived in Buenos Aires and h...

 

Official: White House didn't want to tell seniors not to fly

NEW YORK (AP) — The White House overruled health officials who wanted to recommend that elderly and physically fragile Americans be advised not to fly on commercial airlines because of the new coronavirus, a federal official told The Associated...

 

Iditarod looks for relevance as race across Alaska starts

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — When 57 mushers line up Sunday for the official start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, it will be the second-smallest field in the past two decades. Only last year's field of 52 was smaller. Interest in the world's most...

 

UN chief: Gender inequality biggest human rights challenge

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Calling himself "a proud feminist," U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres lashed out at men who abuse power and declared before Sunday's observances of International Women's Day that the fight for gender equality is "the...

 

Tear gas sprayed across migrants at Turkey-Greece border

EDIRNE, Turkey (AP) — A group of migrants on Saturday tried to bring down a fence in a desperate attempt to bust through the border into Greece while others hurled rocks at Greek police. Greek authorities responded, firing volleys of tear gas at...

 

Officials discuss 2019 Arkansas River flooding, preparedness

VAN BUREN, Ark. (AP) — State, local, federal officials gathered in western Arkansas last week to discuss the response to historic flooding along the Arkansas River in Arkansas and Oklahoma and ways to reduce damage in the future. Following the...

 

Two wounded in parking lot shooting at Oklahoma Walmart

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Police say two people were wounded in a shooting in the parking lot outside a Walmart in southwestern Oklahoma. A man and woman injured in the shooting in Lawton are expected to recover, police Sgt. Tim Jenkins said Sunday. No...

 

Kansas inmate escapes from state prison on Sunday

LARNED, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas inmate escaped from a state prison Sunday morning. The Kansas Department of Corrections says 52-year-old Ronald Smith was reported missing Sunday from the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility after he failed to...

 

Oil plunges 20% as another virus-fueled trading week begins

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil prices are plunging amid worries that an OPEC dispute will lead an economy weakened by COVID-19 to be awash in an oversupply of crude. Brent crude, the international standard, lost $8.77, or 19.3%, to $36.50, as of 7:23 p.m....

 

Protests and celebrations mark Women's Day, despite threats

NEW YORK (AP) — From the streets of Manila to the plazas of Santiago, Chile, people around the world marked International Women's Day on Sunday with calls to end exploitation and increase equality. But tensions marred some celebrations, with...

 

Nashville church worships in the rubble after deadly tornado

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Bobbie Harris, 79, lost her rental home, her job and her church when a deadly tornado struck her community in North Nashville. But all she could think about was her blessings. "Through it all, God is good," Harris said....

 

Nursing homes face unique challenge with coronavirus

MIAMI (AP) — From Miami to Seattle, nursing homes and other facilities for the elderly are stockpiling masks and thermometers, preparing for staff shortages and screening visitors to protect a particularly vulnerable population from the...

 

Saudis' arrest of 2 princes called a warning to royal family

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's King Salman was shown in state media Sunday in apparent good health and working, just days after the arrest of two senior princes triggered speculation about a possible coup attempt or a sudden dete...

 

Anxiety grips companies across the world as virus spreads

WASHINGTON (AP) — Since breaking out of China, the coronavirus has breached the walls of the Vatican. It's struck the Iranian holy city of Qom and contaminated a nursing home in Seattle. And around the world, it's carrying not just sickness and...

 

New Mexico brings in over $108M in oil, gas royalty payments

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Oil and natural gas royalty payments for development on state trust lands netted nearly $109 million for New Mexico in one month. Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard announced the record revenues Friday, saying the...

 

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