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The Latest: 2 Arkansas levees topped by flood waters

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on severe flooding in Oklahoma and Arkansas (all times local): 4:25 p.m. State emergency officials say the Arkansas River has topped two levees in Arkansas, where historic flooding has inundated some communities....

 

Intense rainfall in central US causing southern flooding

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Historic flooding is hitting communities along the Arkansas River despite little rain in the region, thanks to downpours in areas father north and efforts by officials to control the powerful surge of water. Intense rain...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    May 29, 2019

Oklahoma attorney blames corporate greed for opioid crisis

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Corporate greed is responsible for an opioid crisis that has cost Oklahoma thousands of lives and will take billions of dollars to repair, the state's attorney general told a judge Tuesday at the start of the nation's first...

 

Medical Examiner identifies 2 victims of Oklahoma tornado

EL RENO, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's medical examiner has identified two people killed when a tornado ripped through a trailer park over the weekend. Spokeswoman Amy Elliott said Tuesday that 54-year-old Timothy Solis and 47-year-old Bridget Brockwell...

 

Oklahoma's canola and wheat crops hindered by severe weather

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's canola and wheat harvests could be smaller and come later than expected due to recent severe weather, agriculture officials said. Josh Lofton, the state's agriculture secretary and Mike Schulte, executive director...

 

Oklahoma City bombing trial judge Richard Matsch dies at 88

DENVER (AP) — U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch, who ruled his courtroom with a firm gavel and a short temper and gained national respect in the 1990s for his handling of the Oklahoma City bombing trials, died Sunday. He was 88. The clerk of the...

 

Man drowns in Oklahoma lake in rescue of girl who survived

VERDEN, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a 34-year-old man has drowned in a southwestern Oklahoma lake while helping to save a girl who survived. Troopers say the body of Zachary A. Tryon of Chickasha was recovered at 8:18 p.m. Monday...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    May 29, 2019

Large and dangerous tornado touches down in Kansas City

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A large and dangerous tornado touched down on the western edge of Kansas City, Kansas, Tuesday and was headed toward a heavily populated and popular entertainment and shopping area, the National Weather Service said. The NWS...

 

1 dead, 130 injured as twisters rip through Ohio and Indiana

BROOKVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A swarm of tornadoes so tightly packed that one may have crossed the path carved by another tore across Indiana and Ohio overnight, smashing homes, blowing out windows and ending the school year early for some students...

 
 By Jim Salter    Regional    May 29, 2019

Planned Parenthood: Missouri's last abortion clinic may shut

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri's only abortion clinic could be closed by the end of the week because the state is threatening to not renew its license, Planned Parenthood officials said Tuesday. Planned Parenthood officials said in a teleconference...

 

Wichita police fatally shoot man who allegedly pointed gun

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita, Kansas, man called police to his home twice claiming people were outside before they returned a third time early on Memorial Day and fatally shot him when he allegedly fired a gun at them. Police said Tuesday that...

 

Northeast Kansas woman killed when huge tree falls on house

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A northeast Kansas woman has been killed by a massive tree falling on her home while she was in the living room. The death occurred Tuesday morning in Leavenworth. Authorities have not yet released the victim's name....

 

Ex-city treasurer charged with defrauding small Kansas town

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A former town treasurer has been charged in federal court with defrauding her small northeast Kansas community and is accused of spending taxpayer dollars at a casino. Prosecutors last week filed felony charges of wire...

 

Kansas governor seeks federal disaster declaration

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly is seeking a federal disaster declaration, citing severe weather and flooding that continue to ravage the state. Kelly, a Democrat, announced the request to President Donald Trump on Monday, the same day...

 

Interior secretary, tribes meet amid drilling fight

CHACO CANYON NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt met with leaders of the Navajo Nation and Pueblo tribes at Chaco Canyon National Historical Park on Tuesday, saying the remote, ancient site that's been...

 

US does not brand China as currency manipulator

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has again decided not to label China or any other country as a currency manipulator. But in a report to Congress on Tuesday, the administration is keeping China on a list of countries whose trade...

 

Disaster aid bill again blocked in House by GOP conservative

WASHINGTON (AP) — A second conservative Republican on Tuesday blocked another attempt to pass a long-overdue $19 billion disaster aid bill, delaying again a top priority for some of President Donald Trump's most loyal allies on Capitol Hill. Rep....

 

6 months later, gene-edited babies stir new interest, debate

Six months after a Chinese scientist was widely scorned for helping to make the world's first gene-edited babies, he remains out of public view, and new information suggests that others may be interested in pursuing the same kind of work outside the...

 

Officials: Fund reductions hurting addiction treatment

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Substance abuse treatment providers in Arkansas have been laying off employees and turning away some patients since the state slashed federal subsidies, and officials warn this could lead to more homelessness, kids in the...

 

Snake slithers out of toilet, bites Florida man on arm

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a ball python slithered out of a toilet and bit a South Florida man on the arm. Coral Springs police spokesman Chris Swinson said the man was treated at the scene after the 4-foot (1.2-meter) snake bit...

 

Health paradox: New US diabetes cases fall as obesity rises

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of new diabetes cases among U.S. adults keeps falling, even as obesity rates climb, and health officials aren't sure why. New federal data released Tuesday found the number of new diabetes diagnoses fell to about 1.3...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump takes credit for Obama's gains for vets

WASHINGTON (AP) — Boastful on the occasion of Memorial Day, President Donald Trump and his Veterans Affairs secretary are claiming full credit for health care improvements that were underway before they took office. Trump said he passed a private-s...

 

US scientist pleads not guilty to lying about China contact

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A longtime scientist for a U.S. laboratory in New Mexico pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he lied about contacts he had with a state-run program in China that seeks to draw foreign-educated talent. Turab Lookman,...

 
 By David A. Lieb    Regional    May 29, 2019

AP: Flood buyout costs rise as storms intensify, seas surge

MOSBY, Mo. (AP) — The residents of this small riverside town have become accustomed to watching floods swamp their streets, transform their homes into islands and ruin their floors and furniture. Elmer Sullivan has replaced his couch, bed and telev...

 

German police: "Guardian angel" pigeon protected speeder

BERLIN (AP) — Police in western Germany say divine intervention saved a speeding driver from getting a ticket, after a pigeon photobombed a traffic enforcement camera at just the right moment. Perhaps inspired by this week's Ascension Day national...

 

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