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Geological Survey: 4 quakes in 24 hours in southern Kansas

HARPER, Kan. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says four earthquakes ranging in magnitude from 3.0 to 3.8 were registered in Harper County in less than 24 hours. KWCH reports the agency reported a 3.0 magnitude earthquake just before 7 p.m....

 

Released man seeks state compensation in doppelganger case

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man is petitioning the state of Kansas for compensation after serving 17 years for a robbery conviction that was dismissed after his attorneys found another suspect who looked just like him and who lived near the crime...

 

2-month-old boy found dead at Wichita motel

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Police have arrested the parents of a 2-month-old boy who died at a west Wichita motel. Police spokesman Charley Davidson says the boy was found dead early Thursday at the Scotsman Inn. His twin brother was unharmed. Davidson...

 

Kansas football stadium to be renamed for generous alumni

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The football stadium at the University of Kansas will be renamed David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium on Saturday. The renaming ceremony to honor Booth will be held during halftime of the Kansas game against Nicholls State....

 

Kansas child welfare agency failed to meet 16 standards

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' child welfare agency failed to meet more than half of 30 federal and state performance standards last year, according to a report that used the agency's data. The Department for Children and Families released the report...

 

Election official Kansas' most populous county keeps job

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has reappointed to a four-year term the election commissioner responsible for the state's most populous county. The announcement Thursday that Johnson County Election Commissioner Ronnie...

 

Pair in stolen vehicle charged in Kansas crime spree

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a fire that broke out in a suburban Kansas City house after two people who lived there were arrested in a spree of car thefts and burglaries. The Kansas City Star reports that 29-year-old Rita Lee...

 

Man arrested in fatal shooting on Colorado Springs campus

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Police have arrested a man in connection with a fatal shooting on the campus of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. The Gazette reports 22-year-old Micahi Hughes, of Colorado Springs, was arrested Thursday...

 

College student finds 5-foot snake in dorm room

CLINTON, N.Y. (AP) — A college student in central New York has to collect a 5-foot (1.5-meter)-long boa constrictor from a local wildlife center after a fellow student found the pet reptile hiding behind her dorm room refrigerator. Syracuse.com...

 

Russia holds up release of report on North Korea sanctions

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia said Thursday it is holding up release of a report by U.N. experts who said North Korea is violating U.N. sanctions including by not stopping its nuclear and missile programs and by "a massive increase in illicit...

 

Canada court halts Pacific pipeline in blow to Trudeau

TORONTO (AP) — Canada's Federal Court of Appeal on Thursday halted the contentious Trans Mountain pipeline expansion that would nearly triple the flow of oil from the Alberta oil sands to the Pacific Coast — a setback that comes just as the...

 

Word that more China tariffs could come knock stocks lower

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks skidded late Thursday following a report that the Trump administration could put tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods as early as next week. After a weak start, stocks fell further after Bloomberg News said the U.S....

 

Injecting wastewater underground can cause earthquakes up to 10 kilometers away

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Earthquakes in the central and eastern United States have increased dramatically in the last decade as a result of...

 

Global warming could spur more and hungrier crop-eating bugs

WASHINGTON (AP) — A warmer world likely means more and hungrier insects chomping on crops and less food on dinner plates, a new study suggests. Insects now consume about 10 percent of the globe's food, but that will increase to 15 to 20 percent by...

 

Ameren Missouri announces $5M in energy assistance

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis-based electric utility Ameren Missouri says it's setting aside $5 million to help low-income customers with energy bills. Ameren on Thursday announced about $1 million of that will go to groups including the...

 

US consumer spending up a solid 0.4 percent in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending rose a solid 0.4 percent in July, the sixth straight month of healthy gains. At the same time, a key gauge of inflation posted its sharpest annual gain in six years, likely keeping the Federal Reserve on...

 

Booming oil industry creates business, challenges for Pecos

PECOS, Texas (AP) — Ted and Murlene Godfrey nearly tripled the size of their RV park, and people are still clamoring to live there. The Midland Reporter-Telegram reports as oil field-related jobs draw people to Reeves County, the Godfreys receive...

 

Texas retail gas prices down penny before holiday weekend

COPPELL, Texas (AP) — Retail gasoline prices in Texas and across the country have moved in opposite directions leading into the Labor Day holiday weekend. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump statewide was down a penny to...

 

Oil-rich South Sudan to resume production in war-hit region

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Emboldened by a new peace deal, civil war-torn South Sudan says it will resume oil production in a key region next month to make up for more than $4 billion of revenue lost during years of fighting. South Sudan, with...

 

Trump's UN ag ambassador pick talks climate change

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to be the next U.S. agriculture ambassador to the United Nations says coping with climate change would be one of his priorities if he's confirmed. Indiana agribusiness executive Kip Tom told...

 

Cattle feeders agree to penalties for water law violations

Federal regulators have reached settlements with two northeast Nebraska livestock feeders accused of violating the Clean Water Act. The Environmental Protection Agency says in a Thursday news release that both facilities have agreed to pay civil...

 

Time-restricted eating can overcome the bad effects of faulty genes and unhealthy diet

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Timing our meals can fend off diseases caused by bad genes or bad diet. Everything in our body is programmed to run o...

 

State Dept. lacked long-term care for Cuba health incidents

WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal review submitted to Congress Thursday says the State Department had "insufficient resources" to support long-term care following mysterious health incidents in Cuba. However, the Accountability Review Board, convened...

 

Know what to say when postpartum depression hits a loved one

NEW YORK (AP) — Gwyneth Paltrow, Chrissy Teigen, Adele: The charge to destigmatize postpartum depression has never before had so many high-profile sufferers willing to share their stories. Add Serena Williams to the list. The 23-time Grand Slam...

 

Useful or creepy? Machines suggest Gmail replies

NEW YORK (AP) — Google is toeing the line between helping you save time and creeping you out as it turns to machines to suggest email replies on your behalf. The customized auto-responses come in the latest version of Gmail on the web and expand on...

 

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