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Feds charge California man, 2 gamers in deadly hoax call

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Federal prosecutors indicted Wednesday two online gamers and the California man accused of making the hoax calls that led a police officer to fatally shoot an unarmed man in Kansas. The indictment charged Tyler Barriss, 25, of...

 

2 Kansas, 1 Missourian accused in 'rent-a-vet' scheme

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are alleging that two Topeka businessmen and a Kansas City-area man operated a $352 million business fraud scheme that involved using minority or disabled military veterans to obtain federal business...

 

Robbery suspect shot by Wichita liquor store manager

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police say a liquor store manager shot and wounded man allegedly tried to rob the store. Police were called Tuesday to F&K Liquors in southeast Wichita after employees reported two men walked into the store, showed a...

 

Kansas renews economic partnership with Japan

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer says the state will renew its partnership with a group that strengthens economic ties between the state and Japan. In 2012, then-Gov. Sam Brownback dropped the state's membership in the Midwest...

 
 By David Vail    Regional    May 24, 2018

Farmers and cropdusting pilots on the Great Plains worried about pesticide risks before 'Silent Spring'

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) It is easy to frame conservation as a clash between environmentalists and polluters. But this view can greatly...

 

Fire official: Extent of university library damage unknown

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — A fire official says he doesn't know the extent of damage at the main Kansas State University library where a blaze broke out. Manhattan Assistant Fire Chief Mike Kaus says 70 firefighters from four agencies responded to the...

 
 By Casady Fletcher    Sports    May 24, 2018

Four Lady Bison Headed to Championships

SHAWNEE – Oklahoma Baptist will compete in two events at the 2018 NCAA Division II Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships later this week. Four athletes will compete at the championships in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Irwin Belk Complex....

 
 By Casady Fletcher    Sports    May 24, 2018

Bison Qualify for Outdoor Championships

SHAWNEE – Oklahoma Baptist qualified in two events for the 2018 NCAA Division II Men's Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Five Bison athletes will head to the championships in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Irwin Belk Complex. Johnson C. Smith...

 

Hawaii volcano generates blue flames from burning methane

HONOLULU (AP) — Blue flames from burning methane are the latest natural phenomena being seen at the eruption of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii. Nighttime photos released Wednesday by the U.S. Geological Survey show the flames spouting from cracks...

 

Nuclear waste storage project in New Mexico draws criticism

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A plan to temporarily store spent fuel from U.S. commercial nuclear reactors at a site in southeastern New Mexico is drawing opposition from critics who say the risks are too great. Dozens of people spoke out against the...

 

Fed gives stocks a boost; technology and retailers rally

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks turned higher Wednesday after the Federal Reserve indicated it's not in a hurry to raise interest rates too quickly. Retailers and technology companies led the way as the market erased some early losses. Stocks opened...

 

Why the offshore wind industry is about to take off

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) There are only five wind turbines operating in U.S. waters today. But that will likely soon change, partly because...

 

Iran's Khamenei criticizes US over hard-line stance

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader criticized the U.S. on Wednesday over its hard-line stance toward the country since President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from a landmark nuclear deal with Western powers. Supreme Leader Ayatollah...

 

A sustainable, energy-saving way to make the key ingredient in fertilizers

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Ammonia, with its unmistakable urinous odor, is a critical ingredient in agricultural fertilizers. With more than...

 

Study offers new look at why our brains evolved to be so big

NEW YORK (AP) — Why do people have such big brains? Some researchers asked a really powerful brain — a computer — and got back a surprising answer. In relation to body size, our brains are huge, about six times larger than one would expect...

 
 By NOAH TRISTER    Sports    May 24, 2018

As retirement approaches, is Danica Patrick a Hall of Famer?

DETROIT (AP) — As Danica Patrick prepares for her farewell at this weekend's Indianapolis 500, another big event on the auto racing calendar looms earlier in the week: The vote for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Jeff Gordon is the big name among the nomi...

 

China pledges to work seriously with US ahead of Ross' visit

BEIJING (AP) — China's government pledged Wednesday to work conscientiously with Washington ahead of a visit by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to Beijing to work on resolving a sprawling trade dispute between the world's two biggest economies....

 

As more solar and wind come onto the grid, prices go down but new questions come up

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Wind and solar energy are growing rapidly in the U.S. As these energy sources become a bigger part of the electricity...

 

Workers plugging energy wells as lava flows nearby

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Authorities were racing Tuesday to close off production wells at a geothermal plant threatened by a lava flow from Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island. Workers were capping the 11th and last well at the plant to prevent...

 

UN to vote on resolution on link between conflict and famine

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is expected to vote soon on a resolution recognizing the link between conflict and the threat of famine. Dutch Ambassador Karel Van Oosterom, whose country sponsored the resolution, says the text was...

 

Fed minutes: Another rate hike likely 'soon'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials earlier this month suggested that another rate hike was on the way soon, while also noting several risks facing the economy, ranging from rising wage pressures to potential harm from the Trump...

 

Trump eager to sign bill rolling back Dodd-Frank regulations

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump indicated Wednesday that he's eager to sign a bill that would dismantle a chunk of the rules framework for banks, installed to prevent recurrence of the 2008 financial crisis that brought millions of lots...

 

A healthy diet isn't always possible for low-income Americans, even when they get SNAP benefits

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) While researching how hard it is for low-income Americans to eat healthy on tight budgets, I’ve often found a misma...

 

Israeli military hits Hamas sites in Gaza after infiltration

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it has struck Hamas infrastructure in Gaza after a group of militants entered Israel and torched a military post. The military says it hit an underground security site and Hamas naval targets Tuesday. The...

 

Congress OKs Trump bid to widen private care at besieged VA

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress delivered a victory to President Donald Trump by expanding private care for veterans as an alternative to the troubled Veterans Affairs health system. The Senate cleared the bill on a 92-5 vote Wednesday, also averting a...

 

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