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 By John Lovett    Regional    April 4, 2019

Fort Smith home became hideout for 'Pretty Boy' Floyd family

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — It would be hard to tell it today, but a little brick house on North 36th Street in Fort Smith served as the home for infamous bank robber "Pretty Boy" Charles Floyd and his family for the fall of 1931 and spring of 1932....

 

More racist graffiti found on Democratic office in Oklahoma

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Racist, anti-gay and anti-Semitic remarks were found spray-painted Wednesday on a Democratic Party office in Oklahoma for the second time in as many weeks, and authorities said vandals left similar graffiti at a nearby school...

 

Report: Dead Texas man dumped in Oklahoma had been strangled

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Investigators say a Texas man was strangled before he was buried in Oklahoma alongside the body of a woman whose MMA fighter ex-boyfriend is suspected in the deaths. Oklahoma's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner released an...

 

Bodies of 2 Kansas men found separately in Oklahoma, Kansas

LIBERAL, Kan. (AP) — Authorities in Kansas and Oklahoma are investigating the deaths of two men from southwest Kansas. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says a farmer reported on Tuesday that he found the body of 25-year-old Timothy Martin, of...

 

Oklahoma officials to highlight Route 66 in tourism push

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Route 66 will be the focus of promotions in Oklahoma as officials work to boost the state's tourism industry, officials said. Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell toured the historic highway Tuesday, The Tulsa World reported. The state's new...

 

Judge from Oklahoma City bombing trial appointed as regent

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Kevin Stitt has appointed a former Supreme Court justice who presided over the state's only trial involving the Oklahoma City bombing to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. The Republican governor said...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    April 4, 2019

Oklahoma lawmakers grumble openly about opioid settlement

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A $270 million settlement between the state of Oklahoma and the maker of OxyContin praised last week as an innovative way to help combat opioid addiction is facing bipartisan criticism from Oklahoma lawmakers who say the...

 

Kansas governor's school aid plan moves closer to passage

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators are moving closer to passing Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's plan for increasing funding for public schools. House Republicans gave up Wednesday night on trying to find an alternative to Kelly's proposal to...

 

3 Midwest states demand more power over river after floods

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Three Midwestern Republican governors of states ravaged by recent flooding on Wednesday demanded more authority over management of the Missouri River system. Following a meeting with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    April 4, 2019

Kansas GOP struggles for votes to override tax relief veto

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Top Republican lawmakers in Kansas struggled Wednesday to find enough GOP votes to override Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's veto of a tax relief bill despite a strong push to save the measure from the state Republican Party. The...

 

Ohio gamer pleads guilty in deadly Kansas hoax case

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An Ohio gamer upset over a $1.50 bet in an online game pleaded guilty Wednesday to asking a prankster to make a bogus emergency call, then trying to hide his involvement when he realized the antic had gotten a Kansas man...

 

16-year-old Kansas girl charged with murder of another teen

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a 16-year-old girl has been charged with murder in the killing of another teenage boy in a suburban Kansas City community. The Kansas City Star reports Wednesday that the Olathe girl was charged in Johnson...

 

Sedgwick County Sheriff: Woman kills husband, then herself

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are investigating an apparent murder-suicide in northeast Sedgwick County. Sedgwick County Lt. Tim Myers said deputies responding to a residential alarm a home early Tuesday found a man and woman in bed suffering...

 

Creepy cargo: Philippines seizes 757 tarantulas from Poland

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine customs officials were astonished when they opened nicely gift-wrapped boxes of cookies and oatmeal flown in all the way from Poland and found a hair-raising contraband: hundreds of live tarantulas. Bureau of...

 

House chairman asks IRS for 6 years of Trump's tax returns

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee chairman on Wednesday formally asked the IRS to provide six years of President Donald Trump's personal tax returns and the returns for some of his businesses as Democrats try to shed light on his complex...

 
 By MARY HUDETZ    Regional    April 4, 2019

Autopsy: Migrant boy who died in US had flu infection

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An autopsy report confirmed Wednesday that an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died while in custody of the U.S. Border Patrol on Christmas Eve succumbed to a flu infection — one of two deaths of Central American children in...

 

As celebs hit court in bribe case, 1 parent to plead guilty

BOSTON (AP) — A packaged-food entrepreneur from California became the first of the 33 parents charged in the college bribery scandal to agree to plead guilty, disclosing the deal Wednesday as Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin...

 

'He hugs everybody': Women divided over defense of Biden

NEW YORK (AP) — It's simply a "human touch." He's a "warm, affectionate person." ''He hugs everybody." In the days since allegations surfaced of uninvited touching on the part of Joe Biden, several women in politics and beyond have been coming to...

 

Researchers find more cases of Facebook app data exposure

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Security researchers have uncovered more instances of Facebook user data being publicly exposed on the internet, further underscoring its struggles as it deals with a slew of privacy and other problems. The researchers from the...

 

APNewsBreak: US condemns 'broken' Alabama prison system

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has the nation's deadliest prisons, where violence is "too common, cruel, of an unusual nature, and pervasive" the Department of Justice found Wednesday in a scathing report that said male inmates are housed in...

 

14-year-old says he is Illinois boy who went missing in 2011

A 14-year-old boy who said he escaped from two kidnappers in Ohio told authorities he is from Illinois, where he went missing nearly eight years ago when his mother apparently took her own life. Police in suburban Cincinnati's Sharonville wrote in a...

 

Texas bans clergy from executions after Supreme Court ruling

DALLAS (AP) — Texas prisons will no longer allow clergy in the death chamber after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the scheduled execution of a man who argued his religious freedom would be violated if his Buddhist spiritual adviser couldn't accompa...

 

AP Explains: What's next in Venezuela's political stand-off?

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A previously little-known Venezuelan congressman, Juan Guaidó, leaped to the front stage of Venezuela's political conflict early this year by declaring himself interim president in a bid to force the removal of President...

 

Study: Safe to transplant hepatitis C-infected hearts, lungs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctors can safely transplant hepatitis C-infected lungs and hearts into people desperate for a new organ, say researchers who may have found a way to protect those patients from getting the risky virus. The experiment, reported...

 

Trump team and China resume uphill effort to end trade rift

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and China opened a ninth round of talks Wednesday, aiming to further narrow differences in an ongoing trade war that has deepened uncertainty for businesses and investors and cast a pall over the outlook for the global...

 

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