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 By KEN MILLER    Regional    May 27, 2018

Oklahoma restaurant shooting victims recovering

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The family of a woman and girl who were wounded in an Oklahoma restaurant shooting said Saturday that the victims didn't know the gunman or why he attacked them as they walked into the lakeside restaurant for a birthday party. D...

 

Resisting Trump in a bright red state

EDMOND, Oklahoma (AP) — Vicki Toombs was watching the returns on election night 2016 when her phone buzzed — a text from her 22-year-old son Beau in Chicago. Beau, who is gay, was afraid that the new administration would end the Affordable Care Act...

 
 By JAMES NEAL    Regional    May 27, 2018

Oklahoma Muslim groups lead interfaith events for Ramadan

ENID, Okla. (AP) — The Muslim holy month of Ramadan has begun, and members of Oklahoma's Muslim community are working to increase interfaith understanding during the monthlong observance. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar durin...

 
 By JOHN KLEIN    Regional    May 27, 2018

Tulsa Rotary Club funds clean water project in Nicaragua

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A project to bring clean water to a small village in Nicaragua has grown into one of the largest aid programs by any Rotary Club in the world. That project, to finance the drilling of a water well, has ballooned into a massive e...

 

Man gets probation for pointing laser pointer at aircraft

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to aiming a laser pointer at an Oklahoma City Police Department helicopter has been sentenced to probation. Federal court records show that U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton sentenced 30-year-old Travis A...

 

Police: Woman in Wellington killed; man arrested

WELLINGTON, Kan. (AP) — Police in southern Kansas say a woman has been killed and a man arrested on suspicion of murder. The Wichita Eagle reports that the woman's body was found in Wellington around 8 p.m. Thursday. Police have not released the w...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    May 27, 2018

Fundraising, geography key issues in Kansas governor tickets

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Major party candidates for Kansas governor are using their running-mate picks to bolster key campaign themes, help with potential political trouble spots and ensure that their ticket represents different regions of the state. S...

 

New Kansas website to help find high-demand jobs

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A new state website can assist residents in Wichita and Sedgwick County to find jobs that are in the greatest demand and show how much they pay and where and how much training is necessary. The Kansas Career Navigator website h...

 

In ambassador's job, ex-Kansas governor looser, more relaxed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sam Brownback appears relaxed, looser and more convivial as he settles into his ambassador's job, miles both geographically and emotionally from where he was during his final, difficult months as Kansas' governor. When Brownback lef...

 

Kansas Senate leader retires from teaching after 43 years

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The longest serving legislator in Kansas history has retired from his career outside politics as a public school teacher after 43 years. Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley's last day in a classroom was Thursday when schools i...

 

New $6.5 million dinosaur-themed park opens in Derby

DERBY, Kan. (AP) — Dinosaur fans now have a new place to indulge their interest. The new Field Station: Dinosaurs park has opened in Derby. The 14-acre dinosaur theme park features 44 life-size animatronic dinosaurs spread among three distinct a...

 

'Quiet revolution' leads to abortion rights win in Ireland

DUBLIN (AP) — In the end, it wasn't even close. Irish voters — young and old, male and female, farming types and city-bred folk — endorsed expunging an abortion ban from their largely Catholic country's constitution by a two-to-one margin, refer...

 

Lujan Grisham criticized for past ties to health care firm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The past ties of one of New Mexico's Democratic gubernatorial candidates to a consulting company that repeatedly landed contracts to help run a state high-risk insurance pool are drawing criticism from her opponents. U.S. C...

 

7 bodies found in central Mexico near troubled refinery

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials in the central state of Guanajuato say seven bodies have been found in the city of Salamanca and they appear to be members of a criminal organization. The state attorney general's office says three of the victims...

 

Real-world debates permeate Venice Biennale on architecture

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Real-world debates permeate this year's Venice Biennale on architecture, from commemorating spaces once part of the U.S. slave trade to maintaining the delicate status quo at religious sites in the Holy Land. The sprawling e...

 

Teacher out of hospital after stopping school shooting

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana science teacher was released from a hospital a day after he was shot while tackling an armed student inside his classroom, a congresswoman said Saturday. Republican U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks posted a video on T...

 

Woman reaches goal of doing a headstand in all 50 states

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A 71-year-old woman has completed her mission of performing a headstand in all 50 states. The Ketchikan Daily News reports retiree Anne Bruinooge checked the last state off her list Thursday as she laid down a mat and did a...

 

Backchannel with 'Dracula' helped free Utah man in Venezuela

WASHINGTON (AP) — A secret backchannel led by a veteran Republican Senate staffer and a flamboyant Venezuelan official nicknamed "Dracula" broke through hostile relations between the two governments to secure the release of American prisoner J...

 

Seoul: North Korea committed to US summit, denuclearization

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's president says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un remains committed to holding a summit with President Donald Trump and to the "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula." South Korean President Moon J...

 

With US talks in limbo, Korean leaders hold surprise summit

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met Saturday for the second time in a month, exchanging a huge bear hug and broad smiles in a surprise summit at a border village to discuss Kim's p...

 

American jailed in Venezuela for 2 years arrives in US

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joshua Holt, who traveled to Venezuela from Utah in 2016 to marry a Spanish-speaking Mormon woman but soon found himself jailed and later branded the CIA's top spy in Latin America, was set free by the anti-American Maduro g...

 

More LGBT issues loom as justices near wedding cake decision

WASHINGTON (AP) — A flood of lawsuits over LGBT rights is making its way through courts and will continue, no matter the outcome in the Supreme Court's highly anticipated decision in the case of a Colorado baker who would not create a wedding cake f...

 

Amid anti-immigrant sentiment, some Spanish speakers wary

PHOENIX (AP) — Until recently, Lilly Mucarsel has spoken Spanish just about everywhere since arriving in the United States from Ecuador three decades ago: at the library, the movies, the grocery store. She raised three daughters who also speak S...

 

Legal hurdles may make Weinstein's prosecution an exception

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Harvey Weinstein's arrest in New York Friday is a landmark moment in the #MeToo movement. Yet as authorities work through dozens of cases against famous figures in entertainment and other industries brought on by the Weinstein-insp...

 

Oklahoma restaurant shooting victim in good condition

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City hospital says a 12-year-old girl is recovering after being shot at a local restaurant where the gunman was later shot dead by armed bystanders. A spokeswoman for Oklahoma Children's Hospital said Sunday that t...

 

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