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Oklahoma DA says officers justified in death of armed man

OWASSO, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma prosecutor says police officers in a Tulsa suburb were justified when they fatally shot a man who authorities say threatened them with an AK-47 assault rifle. Authorities say 39-year-old Duane Preciado was shot and...

 

Oklahoma tribes to provide statue for Marshals Museum

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — The Five Civilized Tribes of Oklahoma will contribute to the U.S. Marshals Museum in Arkansas a statue of a native lighthorseman who worked with federal marshals to keep order in the Indian Territory. The Arkansas...

 

2 gamers plead not guilty in Kansas 'swatting' death

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Two online gamers whose dispute over a $1.50 Call of Duty WWII video game bet allegedly led police to fatally shoot a Kansas man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges in a "swatting" case that drew national attention. Casey...

 

Kansas officials ask Yoder to seek end of family separations

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Dozens of elected officials in Rep. Kevin Yoder's congressional district in Kansas are pushing him to demand an end to the forced separation of families caught crossing the U.S. border illegally. Democratic state Rep. Jarrod...

 

St. Luke's to use $25M for spine care, new rehab center

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City hospital network plans to use $25 million in donations to expand spine care offerings and establish a new rehab center in the area. St. Luke's Health System will invest the donation by the Marion and Henry...

 

Officer pleads not guilty to wounding Wichita girl

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former Wichita police officer who wounded a 9-year-old girl when he fired at her family's dog has pleaded not guilty to aggravated battery. Dexter Betts entered the plea Wednesday. Prosecutors say Betts shot at a Wichita...

 

Kansas officer dies in motorcycle crash; pedestrian charged

CONCORDIA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a Kansas police officer died when his motorcycle crashed into another vehicle that had slowed to avoid a pedestrian walking on the highway. The pedestrian was later arrested and faces charges of second-degree...

 

Celebrity deaths force media to examine suicide reporting

NEW YORK (AP) — The deaths of designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain have caused media organizations to look at how they cover suicide and whether more could be done to prevent copycat killings, without neglecting the duty to...

 

Arkansas may combine children's Medicaid programs

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas legislative committee has approved rules that could tighten the eligibility requirements for state Medicaid programs serving children with developmental disabilities or delays. The rules approved Tuesday by the...

 
 By Jim Salter    Regional    June 14, 2018

St. Louis to end prosecution of low-level marijuana crimes

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis prosecutors will no longer pursue charges for most low-level marijuana offenses, joining their counterparts in some other cities who have opted to redirect their resources toward more serious crimes. Circuit Attorney Kim...

 

3 plead not guilty in death of disabled Missouri man

FULTON, Mo. (AP) — Three of five people charged in the case of a developmentally delayed Missouri man whose body was found encased in concrete have pleaded not guilty. The Fulton Sun reports that Sherry Paulo, Anthony R. Flores and Mary Paulo...

 

AG: New Mexico's opioid case to be heard in New Mexico court

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Attorney General's Office says the state's lawsuit against major opioid manufacturers will be heard by a state court in New Mexico where it was originally filed, not in a federal court in Ohio. The Attorney...

 

Texas company recalls 205 tons of beef smoked sausage

WAELDER, Texas (AP) — A Texas company is recalling more than 205 tons (186 metric tons) of beef smoked sausage due to an ingredient issue. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the recall by J Bar B Foods of Waelder involves beef brisket smoked...

 

NASA rover knocked out as gigantic dust storm envelops Mars

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's seemingly unstoppable Mars rover Opportunity has been knocked out by a gigantic dust storm that is enveloping the red planet and blotting out the sun. Officials said Wednesday they're hopeful the rover will...

 

After AT&T's win, here comes the expected Comcast-Fox bid

NEW YORK (AP) — After AT&T-Time Warner comes the deluge. Comcast bid $65 billion for Fox's entertainment business on Wednesday, a day after a federal judge has cleared AT&T's $85 billion takeover of Time Warner. If Comcast succeeds in outbidding...

 

Court rules no privacy for cellphone with 1-2-3-4 passcode

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A man serving 18 years in prison in South Carolina for burglary was rightfully convicted in part because he left his cellphone at the crime scene and a detective guessed his passcode as 1-2-3-4 instead of getting a warrant, th...

 

Study: 2014 Napa quake may be linked to groundwater changes

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Research suggests the magnitude 6.0 earthquake that rocked California wine country in 2014 may have been caused by an expansion of Earth's crust because of seasonally receding groundwater under the Napa and Sonoma valleys. The...

 

St. Paul raccoon set free after scaling 25-story tower

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A raccoon that became an internet sensation by scaling a 25-story office tower in downtown St. Paul was safely trapped Wednesday and released back into the wild. The raccoon looked a bit bedraggled but healthy after it was...

 

Exhaust-ing ordeal: Woman gets head stuck in tailpipe

WINSTEAD, Minn. (AP) — A young woman endured an exhaust-ing ordeal when she got her head stuck in a truck's oversized tailpipe at a Minnesota music festival. Firefighters used a power saw to free the woman from her predicament at last weekend's...

 

'Dead' husband returns after Japan police send wrong body

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese wife has told police the body she thought was of her missing husband belonged to a stranger after her spouse turned up alive a year later. Tokyo police acknowledged Wednesday that the body found in a river in eastern Tokyo...

 

Texan takes dead cockroaches to meeting to protest palms

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A South Texas woman gave a small bag of dead cockroaches to a city official to protest newly planted palm trees that she blames for more unwanted bugs in her neighborhood. Patricia Polastri on Tuesday told the Corpus...

 

Trump claim raises eyebrows: NKorea no longer a nuke threat?

WASHINGTON (AP) — America and the world can "sleep well tonight," President Donald Trump declared on Wednesday, boasting that his summit with Kim Jong Un had ended any nuclear threat from North Korea though the meeting produced no details on how...

 

Worker protections seen at risk in Trump health care shift

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's latest move against "Obamacare" could jeopardize legal protections on pre-existing medical conditions for millions of people with employer coverage, particularly workers in small businesses, say law and...

 

GOP leaders sell immigration bills, with Trump's blessing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders began the problematic task of finding support for an immigration compromise Wednesday, telling lawmakers that President Donald Trump was backing the still-evolving bill. But cracks within the party were on full...

 

Fed raises key rate and sees possible acceleration in hikes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve took note of a resilient U.S. economy Wednesday by raising its benchmark interest rate for the second time this year and signaling that it may step up its pace of rate increases. The Fed now foresees four rate...

 

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