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3.5 magnitude earthquake shakes parts of northern Oklahoma

MEDFORD, Okla. (AP) — An earthquake has shaken parts of northern Oklahoma. The US Geological Survey says the 3.5 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 10:22 a.m. Thursday about four miles south-southwest of Medford in Grant County. The quake...

 

Students who complete new drone program can earn $150-hour

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A Middle Georgia school is helping train skilled workers for a high-demand and high-flying industry. Students at Putnam County High School can become commercially licensed drone pilots through a new career pathway there. The...

 

Children's advocate to revisit poverty in Mississippi Delta

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The founder of a children's advocacy group returns to Mississippi next week to examine how poverty affects people's lives, much like Sen. Robert F. Kennedy did 50 years ago. Marian Wright was a civil rights attorney working...

 
 By Will Weissert    Regional    July 7, 2017

Cruz faces hecklers, calls Senate health plan 'precarious'

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz held a lengthy but civil debate with a small group of hecklers defending former President Barack Obama's health care law in his home state's capital Thursday night — even as he expressed doubts about...

 

How being friends with someone who has dementia can be good for you both

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Each year, in the final few hours of the last day of December, many people all across North America gather with...

 

Painkiller maker stops sales at FDA request because of abuse

The maker of opioid painkiller Opana ER is pulling the drug off the market at the request of federal regulators because it's being abused. Endo International PLC said Thursday it will voluntarily stop selling the pills, approved for use in patients...

 
 By Mike Stobbe    Regional    July 7, 2017

Opioid prescribing is falling in the US, but not everywhere

NEW YORK (AP) — Overall opioid prescription rates have been falling in recent years, but the powerful drugs have become more plentiful in more than than 1 in 5 U.S. counties, a report released Thursday finds. The amount of opioids prescribed fell...

 

Red Cross says blood donations urgently needed amid shortage

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The American Red Cross says its blood supply is facing a serious shortage after receiving fewer donations than expected in recent months. The Red Cross says it's facing a nationwide shortage and its region covering 120...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    July 7, 2017

Sen. Moran gets tough health care questions in Trump country

PALCO, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran faced tough questions Thursday at a town hall meeting in his home county packed with critics of Republican efforts to overhaul health care, showing that even a tiny town deep in Trump territory in a...

 

Virginia set for 1st execution under more secretive protocol

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is set to carry out its first execution Thursday under a new, more secretive protocol after the state's Democratic governor declined to intervene in the case of a man who killed two people during a 2006 escape....

 
 By Claudia Lauer    Regional    July 7, 2017

A year after slayings, Dallas police train in 'mindfulness'

DALLAS (AP) — Only hours after the ambush that killed five Dallas law enforcement officers, mental health experts began thinking ahead, searching for ways to ease the long-term effects of the attack on the men and women who patrol the nation's nint...

 
 By Elvyn Jones    Regional    July 7, 2017

Autistic teen gains confidence officiating soccer in Eudora

EUDORA, Kan. (AP) — Jimmy Kegin says his decision to hire Braeden Herron as a youth league soccer referee was no big deal. "I didn't even think twice about it," the assistant director of the Eudora Parks and Recreation Department told the Lawrence...

 

Tumor gene testing urged to tell if drug targets your cancer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Colon cancer. Uterine cancer. Pancreatic cancer. Whatever the tumor, the more gene mutations lurking inside, the better chance your immune system has to fight back. That's the premise behind the recent approval of a landmark...

 

Vaccine shown to protect prairie dogs from bacterial disease

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A vaccine developed in Wisconsin has been shown to protect prairie dogs from plague, a bacterial disease that has sickened three people in New Mexico this year. The Wisconsin State Journal says (http://bit.ly/2sQ9QXK )...

 

Hobby Lobby accused of hypocrisy amid smuggling case

Hobby Lobby, the arts-and-crafts chain whose devout Christian owners won a landmark Supreme Court ruling on religious freedom, is caught up in an antiquities-smuggling scandal that has opened the company to accusations of hypocrisy. The Oklahoma...

 

Experts create air potato patrol to battle invasive plant

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Agriculture experts in Florida are enlisting the state's residents in a war against an invasive species, and are recruiting people to something called the "air potato patrol." A news release sent Thursday by the...

 

Physicists find new particle with a double dose of charm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have found an extra charming new subatomic particle that they hope will help further explain a key force that binds matter together. Physicists at the Large Hadron Collider in Europe announced Thursday the fleeting...

 

Alligators, snakes found at LA-area home where cobra escaped

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities found alligators and venomous snakes at a Southern California home where animal control officers say a cobra had gotten loose and terrified neighbors. Los Angeles County officials served search warrants...

 

Professional runner outruns 2 bears while training in woods

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A professional runner from Kenya who was out training on a nature trail in the woods near his home in Maine says he encountered two charging black bears but was able to outrun them during a frantic sprint to a nearby vacant hou...

 

Device thought to be WWII-era bomb is actually time capsule

NEW YORK (AP) — Workers at a construction site dug up what first appeared to be an unexploded World War II-era bomb but turned out to be a time capsule from a nightclub that helped launch Madonna's career. Police found the device Wednesday in the...

 

Georgia man pleads guilty in scheme that cost Kansas county

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Georgia man pleaded guilty in a fraud scheme that cost Sedgwick County more than $566,000. U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said in a statement Thursday that 49-year-old George James, of Brookhaven, Georgia, pleaded guilty to wire...

 

Former state Rep. Jan Pauls of Hutchinson has died

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Former state Rep. Jan Pauls has died at the age of 64. The Elliott Mortuary says Pauls, of Hutchinson, died Wednesday at St. Francis Select Specialty Hospital. A cause of death was not immediately available. Pauls, an...

 

Prairie Village Democrat announces run for 3rd District

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. (AP) — A teacher from northeast Kansas says he will run for the Democratic nomination for a Kansas congressional seat currently held by Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder. Tom Niermann, a 49-year-old teacher from Prairie Village,...

 

Kansas election officials appeals fine to district judge

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has now appealed to a federal district judge a $1,000 fine levied against him for misleading the court. His court filing late Wednesday evening came hours after U.S. Magistrate Judge James...

 

Kansas man gets 2 life sentences in child sex abuse case

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man has been ordered to spend at least 50 years in prison for sexually attacking two 7-year-old children in 2013. Forty-five-year-old Eric Landeo was sentenced Wednesday in Johnson County to two life sentences on two...

 

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