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Man pleads guilty in scheme to promote country music career

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Texas man has pleaded guilty in a Tulsa federal courtroom for his role in a scheme that defrauded investors of more than $875,000 that was used to promote his country music career ambitions. U.S. Attorney Trent Shores says...

 

Colorado farmers hurt by drought worry it could get worse

OLATHE, Colo. (AP) — John Harold charges his Chevy through chest-high stalks of sweet corn. He's talking on his phone, scribbling notes. He's got corn-harvesting crews spread across the Uncompahgre Valley, picking more than 100,000 ears a day of...

 

Thompson's 3 TDs lift Kansas St. in 41-17 rout of UTSA

MANHATTAN, Kansas (AP) — For the last eight to nine months, Skylar Thompson has had to hear about the ongoing debate about who will be the starting quarterback for Kansas State. It may have taken longer than he or any Kansas State supporters may...

 

Takeaways, run game lead Kansas to 55-14 blowout of Rutgers

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Six takeaways, including two pick-6s, and an explosive running game carried Kansas to a 55-14 blowout over Rutgers on Saturday, marking the Jayhawks' first back-to-back wins over FBS opponents since 2009. Bryce Torneden and Mi...

 

Police: Man fatally stabbed early Saturday in Wellington

WELLINGTON, Kan. (AP) — A south-central Kansas man has died after being stabbed in the chest, and another person has been arrested. Officials say the stabbing happened around 2:30 a.m. Saturday in Wellington. Police say officers who arrived on the...

 

Different county policies could impact Kansas voting

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The chances of a Kansas voter's ballot being counted might depend on which county he or she lives in — especially if they vote by mail. The issue of counties having different standards for determining whether a ballot should b...

 

Licenses to grow industrial hemp could be ready by spring

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Department of Agriculture hopes to start issuing licenses for farmers to grow industrial hemp in time for next year's spring planting season. Agency spokeswoman Heather Lansdowne told the Lawrence Journal-World on...

 

Firefighter charged with sexual exploitation of a child

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A 33-year-old Kansas City, Kansas, firefighter has been charged with sexual exploitation of a minor after he allegedly solicited sex from someone he thought was 15. Wyandotte County District Attorney Mark Dupree says that...

 

Transgender ex-student sues Alabama school over mistreatment

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A former student has sued a north Alabama school district, saying she was harassed and physically assaulted because she was transgender, while administrators turned a blind eye. Zelda Menefee filed a federal civil rights...

 

Rains from Florence cause collapse at NC coal ash landfill

Duke Energy said Saturday night that heavy rains from Florence caused a slope to collapse at a coal-ash landfill at a closed power station near the North Carolina coast. Duke spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said about 2,000 cubic yards (1,530 cubic...

 

Investigator: No evidence gas explosions intentional

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — There's no evidence to suggest the gas explosions that rocked communities north of Boston were intentional, a federal investigator said Saturday. As federal officials opened their investigation into Thursday's disaster,...

 

Former Colorado nuke site opens to public as wildlife refuge

DENVER (AP) — Cyclists and hikers explored a newly opened wildlife refuge at the site of a former nuclear weapons plant in Colorado on Saturday, while a protester in a gas mask brought signs warning about the dangers of plutonium. With no fanfare,...

 

Typhoon aims at south China after killing 12 in Philippines

TUGUEGARAO, Philippines (AP) — Typhoon Mangkhut roared toward densely populated Hong Kong and southern China on Sunday after ravaging across the northern Philippines with ferocious winds and heavy rain that left at least 12 dead in landslides and...

 

Arkansas AmeriCorps program takes year off amid host search

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — GardenCorps is looking for a new program host site to continue helping community gardens in Northwest Arkansas and across the state. Arkansas GardenCorps is a six-year, state-based AmeriCorps program currently hosted by...

 

Niece: Family won't take in Elizabeth Smart's kidnapper

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Once an accomplished organ player in Salt Lake City, Wanda Barzee became a disturbing figure for members of her own family after she helped in the 2002 kidnapping of then-teenager Elizabeth Smart. Days before the 72-year-old...

 

NASA satellite launched to measure Earth's ice changes

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A NASA satellite designed to precisely measure changes in Earth's ice sheets, glaciers, sea ice and vegetation was launched into polar orbit from California early Saturday. A Delta 2 rocket carrying...

 

Change urged amid spike in deadly semi, big truck crashes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Tractor-trailers and other large trucks aren't required to have crash-avoidance technology, despite thousands of crashes annually and repeated calls for it to be mandated. Federal data shows that more than 4,300 people were...

 

2 storms, Florence and Mangkhut, different as water and wind

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nature expresses its fury in sundry ways. Two deadly storms — Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut — roared ashore on the same day, half a world apart, but the way they spread devastation was as different as water and...

 

Did climate change play a role in the 2013 flood?

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Using dynamic forecasting models, climate scientists like Andreas Prein are looking at how intense rainstorms are changing over the coming decades. Prein, a climate modeling scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric...

 

Prosecutor: Border Patrol agent charged with murdering 4

HOUSTON (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol supervisor was charged Saturday with murder in the deaths of four female sex workers following what authorities called a two-week killing spree that ended when a fifth woman escaped from him at a Texas gas...

 

Skepticism rising in S. Korea ahead of 3rd summit with North

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The shine is starting to come off South Korean President Moon Jae-in's engagement strategy with the North. The liberal politician, who reversed nearly a decade of conservative hard-line policy toward North Korea after his...

 

Gunmen wearing mariachi garb kill 5, wound 8 in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexicans heading into the weekend's Independence Day celebrations were jolted by a brazen shooting by men dressed as mariachi musicians who killed five people and wounded eight in Garibaldi Plaza, an iconic square in the capital...

 

Report: Trump going ahead with plans for new China tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is going ahead with plans to impose new tariffs on about $200 billion of Chinese imports, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday. Both sides were preparing to hold new talks on their tariff dispute. Last...

 

Manafort plea deal raises key question: What does he know?

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Trump associates folded one by one over the last year under the pressure of federal investigators, there was always Paul Manafort. Until suddenly there wasn't. Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, who for months stood...

 

Russia's biggest war games include submarine hunt in Pacific

KLERK PENINSULA, Russia (AP) — Russian naval forces have conducted a submarine search using an anti-submarine ship and a helicopter in the Sea of Okhotsk as part of Russia's largest-ever military exercises. About 3,200 troops from China have...

 

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