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Former ICE agent back in jail for alleged parole violation

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former agent with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement who sent a Wichita television news anchor sensitive law enforcement material is back in jail after allegedly violating his parole. A prosecutor said Wednesday...

 

Recommendations made on bond, fees in state municipal courts

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A committee formed at the direction of the Kansas Supreme Court has made 18 recommendations to improve the bond system in municipal courts. Brenda Stoss, municipal court judge from Salina and New Cambria, led the committee. She...

 

Police: Kansas couple allegedly drinking before baby's death

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas couple had "been drunk for about a week" before one of their 2-month-old twins died in a Wichita motel room where mold and curdled-milk filled bottles were found, authorities allege. Sedgwick County District Court...

 

Woman claims self-defense in boyfriend's stabbing death

WELLINGTON, Kan. (AP) — A 29-year-old Kansas woman who was arrested after her boyfriend was stabbed to death has been released from jail after she claimed the killing was self-defense. Sumner County Kerwin Spencer says Ashley Pearson was arrested...

 

Prosecutors want 89-year sentence in firefighters' deaths

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Prosecutors are requesting an 89-year prison term for a woman who set fire to a nail salon resulting in the deaths of two Kansas City firefighters. Forty-six-year-old Thu Hong Nguyen is scheduled to be sentenced Friday. She...

 

Sheriff: Wounded Kansas deputy saved lives before dying

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A wounded Kansas sheriff's deputy managed to kill his attacker and likely saved the lives of two witnesses before he collapsed and died from a gunshot wound, according to a Kansas sheriff. Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter...

 

Accused leader in New Mexico soccer hazing faced charges

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — The suspected ringleader of a hazing on a New Mexico high school soccer team faced criminal charges in a sexual misconduct case last year but the case was dismissed, prosecutors and police records say. News of the charges come...

 

Regulators: NC flooding too bad to tally environmental harm

Aerial photographs show widespread devastation to farms and industrial sites in eastern North Carolina, with tell-tale trails of rainbow-colored sheen indicating potential contamination visible on top of the black floodwaters. However, conditions...

 

Report: One-third of households struggle to pay energy bills

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly a third of U.S. households have trouble paying their energy bills, and the problem mainly impacts racial minorities, according to a report released Wednesday by the Energy Information Administration. One in five households...

 

US, Canada will keep talking Thursday to revamp NAFTA

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. and Canadian negotiators — facing a deadline at the end of the month — will extend until at least Thursday their negotiations to keep Canada in a North American trade bloc. After her second meeting of the day with U.S....

 

No way out? US, China tariffs may become the 'new normal'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The path to peace in a trade war between the United States and China is getting harder to find as the world's two biggest economies pile ever more taxes on each other's products. The United States is scheduled to slap tariffs on...

 

2 patients drown as van swept into floodwaters

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As South Carolina rivers overflowed from Florence's torrential rain, deputies taking two women to a mental health facility drove into floodwaters that swamped their van and trapped the women inside, officials said Wednesday....

 

Administration sends states $1B in grants to battle opioids

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is awarding more than $1 billion in grants to help states confront the opioid epidemic, with most of the money going to expand access to treatment and recovery services. Officials say more than $900...

 

Monsanto asks judge to throw out $289M award in cancer suit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Agribusiness company Monsanto has asked a San Francisco judge to throw out a jury's $289 million award to a former school groundskeeper who said the company's Roundup weed killer left him dying of cancer. DeWayne Johnson failed...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's undue credit for slowing health costs

WASHINGTON (AP) — What a difference a year makes. From predicting that the Affordable Care Act would "implode" and "explode," President Donald Trump is now claiming credit for modest average premium increases expected next year. In remarks this...

 

Florence death toll climbs to 37; Trump visits stricken area

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The death toll from Hurricane Florence climbed to at least 37, including two women who drowned when a sheriff's van taking them to a mental health facility was swept away by floodwaters, and North Carolina's governor pleaded...

 

Biopharmaceutical company fined for misleading investors

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado-based biopharmaceutical company has been penalized more than $20 million for misleading investors about the efficacy of a lung cancer drug under development before raising $300 million in a public stock offering....

 

Lawmaker: US Senate, staff targeted by state-backed hackers

Foreign government hackers continue to target the personal email accounts of U.S. senators and their aides — and the Senate's security office has refused to defend them, a lawmaker says. Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, said in a Wednesday...

 

Why women – including feminists – are still attracted to 'benevolently sexist' men

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) If a man offers to help a woman with her heavy suitcase or to parallel park her car, what should she make of the...

 

Nevada elementary selling chicken to save teacher position

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada elementary is trying to save a teacher position through a unique fundraiser — selling chicken. KVVU-TV reports parents at Lamping Elementary in Henderson, Nevada, held a fundraiser Wednesday at a Chick-Fil-A in...

 

Kim, Moon head to North Korea's sacred volcano on final day

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — The two Korean leaders took to the road for the final day of their summit Thursday, heading to a beautiful volcano considered sacred in the North and used in its propaganda to legitimize the Kims' three generations of...

 

Judge: US can't deny passport over refusing to pick gender

DENVER (AP) — U.S. officials cannot deny a passport application from an intersex Colorado resident based solely on a refusal to select male or female for gender, a federal judge said Wednesday. The U.S. State Department's varied explanations for...

 

How 65 women came to Kavanaugh's defense in matter of hours

NEW YORK (AP) — It started as a series of phone calls among old high-school friends and ended up embroiling 65 women in the firestorm over a sexual assault allegation that could shape the Supreme Court. In a matter of hours, they all signed onto a...

 

Police kill gunman who shot 4 in Pennsylvania court lobby

A gunman opened fire outside a crowded Pennsylvania courtroom Wednesday afternoon, shooting at police and others before an officer fired multiple shots at him, killing him. Fayette County District Attorney Richard Bower said Wednesday evening that a...

 

Federal agency says it lost track of 1,488 migrant children

Twice in less than a year, the federal government has lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children after placing them in the homes of sponsors across the country, federal officials have acknowledged. The Health and Human Services Department recently...

 

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