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Woman sentenced to life for killing of man who was burned

COLUMBUS, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas woman has been sentenced to life in prison for killing a man whose burned body was found after he reported the woman was threatening to kidnap her children from foster care. Crystal Galloway, 38, of Scammon, must...

 

Report: Too early to know extent of damage on Kansas wheat

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Participants in the Kansas winter wheat tour say it is too early to know the full extent of storm damage on the state's crop. The first day of the annual tour on Tuesday covered wheat fields from Manhattan to Colby. The 70...

 
 By Maria Danilova    Regional    May 4, 2017

Trump pushes school choice, making good on campaign promise

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday asked Congress to work with him on extending school choice programs nationwide to benefit millions of students, including low-income African-American and Hispanic children. While Trump gave no...

 
 By Collin Binkley    Regional    May 4, 2017

US colleges send warm welcome overseas amid dip in interest

Many U.S. colleges and universities, seeing declining numbers of applications from overseas, are trying to reassure potential international students they will be welcome on campus despite what they see in the news. Schools are ramping up marketing ef...

 

Police: 2 dead in suspected murder-suicide at Texas college

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Two people died Wednesday in an apparent murder-suicide at a Texas community college, prompting an active-shooter alert that instructed students and employees to barricade themselves in rooms. It was the second deadly attack...

 

Baylor University the focus of 2nd federal investigation

WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor University is the focus of a second federal investigation, this one focusing on how the university compiles and reports crimes that occur on campus. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports that a Baylor vice president, Brian...

 

Groups sue to stop Trump from renewing offshore drilling

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Environmental and Alaska Native groups sued Wednesday to maintain a U.S. ban on oil and gas exploration in most of the Arctic Ocean and select areas of the Atlantic after President Donald Trump took steps to put the waters...

 

Colorado bill would extend, change energy office's mandate

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado Senate committee on Wednesday passed a bill to save a state energy agency from extinction — but with caveats that would drastically reduce the agency's renewable energy portfolio and make it easier for some utilities to...

 

AP Interview: Ag leader supports renegotiating trade pact

WASHINGTON (AP) — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who last week helped persuade President Donald Trump not to abandon the North American Free Trade Agreement, said Wednesday that the administration would renegotiate the pact with Canada and Mex...

 

US services firms grow faster in April

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. services companies expanded at a faster pace in April, good news for the overall American economy. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Wednesday that its services index rose last...

 

Top Texas court reduces killer's death sentence to life

HOUSTON (AP) — A man on death row for abducting a sheriff's deputy, keeping him handcuffed inside a patrol car trunk while demanding money from a bank and then killing the officer will serve life in prison instead after Texas' highest criminal...

 

New deals for drugs: No heart attack or your money back

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Warranties and money-back guarantees, long used to entice buyers of products like hand tools and kitchen gadgets, are now being used to sell something more crucial: pricey new-generation drugs for diseases like rheumatoid...

 

Google warns of phishing scam that impersonates Google Docs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is warning users to beware of a phishing scam spread by a fraudulent invitation to share a Google Doc. According to online reports — in particular, a detailed user thread on Reddit — clicking on the share link was...

 

Facebook ramps up its response to violent videos

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is stepping up its efforts to keep inappropriate and often violent material — including recent high-profile videos of murders and suicides, hate speech and extremist propaganda — off of its site. On Wednesday, the...

 

Alphabet's new plan to track 10,000 people could take wearables to the next level

(THE CONVERSATION) Verily – the life sciences research arm of Google parent company Alphabet – wants to track the health of 10,000 people. On April 19, the group announced that it was starting to recruit for Project Baseline, in partnership with...

 

Can blockchain technology help poor people around the world?

(THE CONVERSATION) Big Wall Street companies are using a complicated technology called blockchain to further increase the already lightning-fast speed of international finance. But it’s not just the upper crust of high finance who can benefit from...

 

Student developing new pine beetle predators study methods

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The mountain pine beetle epidemic that swept through the area a few years ago has left its mark, with thousands of acres of trees dead and dying across southeast Wyoming. The beetle's population has declined locally, but...

 

What are the odds? 2 caught trying to steal statistics exam

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Call it a statistical error: Police say two University of Kentucky students crawled through an air duct to steal a statistics exam from their professor's office but were caught because he was working late. The Lexington...

 

Deputies help barefoot man who ends up being runaway inmate

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Sheriff's deputies had spotted a man walking barefoot down a New Mexico road with his feet full of cactus, so they offered him a ride. Turns out, the man had escaped from the state penitentiary by walking out the front door....

 

Woman hit by stray bullet during Cardinals game

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police said Wednesday they were investigating after a woman attending a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game was grazed in the arm by a stray bullet that apparently originated outside Busch Stadium. The 34-year-old victim was inside...

 

Rhino horn stolen from University of Vermont; reward offered

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A black rhinoceros horn stolen from a locked room at the University of Vermont is likely destined for the international black market, said a law enforcement agent with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service who has worked on...

 

Foul-smelling water floods New York Penn Station concourse

NEW YORK (AP) — Commuters were holding their noses when foul-smelling water rained from the ceiling at New York's Penn Station. Witness video Wednesday showed water overflowing from trash receptacles arranged in a roped-off area in the Long Island...

 

Donkey offers Finals Week stress relief at Montana State

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A donkey named Oliver joined several therapy dogs offering stress relief during Finals Week at Montana State University in Bozeman. The 8-year-old brown and white donkey was standing inside the front entrance of the...

 

Drunken driving suspect gives her name as Hillary Clinton

CHALKHILL, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a drunken driving suspect who was chased by police from Maryland into Pennsylvania identified herself as Hillary Clinton. Pennsylvania State Trooper Robert Politowski says the woman he arrested early Tuesday...

 

85 songbirds die while being smuggled into United States

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California man had been arrested last month at Los Angeles International Airport for attempting to smuggle 93 songbirds into the country. All of the birds except for eight died during transit. The Orange County Register...

 

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