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Clash over water continues between Kansas farmers, refuge

ST. JOHN, Kan. (AP) — The clash over water rights between the operators of a federal wildlife refuge in south central Kansas and farmers could potentially wind up in court if the two sides don't reach an agreement on water usage. The Quivira Nation...

 

Big Pharma empire behind OxyContin now selling overdose cure

The gleaming white booth towered over the medical conference in Italy in October, advertising a new brand of antidote for opioid overdoses. "Be prepared. Get naloxone. Save a life," the slogan on its walls said. Some conference attendees were...

 

Proposal to prevent cyberattacks included in defense bill

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's independent senator is touting legislation designed to protect the energy grid from cyberattacks that is slated to be included in the 2020 defense authorization bill. Sen. Angus King introduced the bipartisan...

 

Greta Thunberg, German railway company in tweetstorm

BERLIN (AP) — Climate activist Greta Thunberg and Germany's national railway company created a tweetstorm Sunday after she posted a photo of herself sitting on the floor of a train surrounded by lots of bags. The image has drawn plenty of comment...

 

Babe Ruth's 500th homer bat sells for more than $1 million

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) — Babe Ruth has hit another one out of the ballpark. The bat used by the legendary baseball player to hit his 500th home run was auctioned on Saturday for more than $1 million. SCP Auctions didn't identify the buyer. The...

 

Searcher dies while seeking missing California hiker

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The search for a missing Mount Baldy hiker has been suspended after a searcher died Saturday, authorities said. Tim Staples, 32, was a teacher and a volunteer for nine years with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Wes...

 

Racy New Jersey Mannequins are back, with Christmas flair

CLIFTON, N.J. (AP) — It's Day 8 of Wayne Gangi's "12 Babes of Christmas" display, and things are getting weird. A mannequin in red-lace lingerie with a plunging neckline tries to tempt Cookie Monster. Two female figures in garters and candy-cane...

 
 By Doug Self    Sports    December 15, 2019

Bulldogs Drop Final Contest of Fall Semester

SHAWNEE, Okla. – SWOSU Men's Basketball made a valiant second-half comeback, but came up short in a 113-96 defeat at Oklahoma Baptist on Saturday at the Noble Complex in Shawnee. OBU controlled the game from the outset and led by as many as 25...

 

Group seeks to legalize adult use of marijuana in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two Oklahoma City women have launched an initiative petition for a statewide vote on whether to legalize the use of marijuana in the state by adults 21 and older. A proposed ballot title was submitted to the Secretary of...

 

Toddler killed by gunshots fired into Oklahoma City home

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Bullets were fired into an Oklahoma City home early Monday, killing a 2-year-old girl and wounding her grandmother as the two were sleeping in bed, authorities said. Investigators have no idea who fired the shots that killed...

 

Kansas man whose granddaughter died bonds out of jail

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A man who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 4-year-old granddaughter has been released from jail after his bond was reduced. Timothy Funk Sr., 57, of Silver Lake, was released Friday after his $500,000...

 

Child sexual abuse substantiated against ex-Oklahoma priest

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City said Monday it has substantiated an allegation of child sexual abuse against another priest. The archdiocese said in a news release that Father Papa-Rao Pasala admitted to "inappropriate though...

 

3 lessons for today's teachers and students from coach Vince Lombardi

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Richard Gunderman, Indiana University (THE CONVERSATION) This Dec. 21 marks the 50th anniversary of the last football game Vince...

 

FBI: 19-year-old arrested, charged in Houston mercury spill

HOUSTON (AP) — A 19-year-old man has been arrested after mercury was found spilled in Houston, leading dozens of people to be decontaminated as a precaution, FBI said Monday. The agency's Houston office said on Twitter that Christopher Lee Melder...

 

Judge criticized by abortion foes named to top Kansas court

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Democratic governor on Monday named a veteran trial-court judge who is opposed by the state's most influential anti-abortion group to the state Supreme Court — an appointment that's likely to further stoke...

 

Winter storm closes Kansas schools, causes crashes

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A winter storm that dumped up to 11 inches (27.94 centimeters) of snow in Kansas has closed schools, snarled traffic and caused a fatality crash. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory Monday for...

 

Oklahoma appeals judge's $465 million order in opioid case

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A judge didn't order Johnson & Johnson to pay enough when he said the company must pay $465 million to address Oklahoma's opioid crisis, the state said in an appeal filed Monday. Attorney General Mike Hunter's office argues...

 

Amazon bans sellers from using FedEx for some deliveries

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is banning its third-party merchants from using FedEx's ground service to deliver to Prime members, suggesting that it thinks the service is too slow to get packages to their destinations in time for Christmas. The temporary...

 

Budget deal puts access to health care above curbing costs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The bipartisan budget deal announced in Congress protects access to health care under the Affordable Care Act but it also ditches one of that law's main cost controls. The deal would repeal a cost-control measure in "Obamacare"...

 

Planetary confusion -- why astronomers keep changing what it means to be a planet

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Christopher Palma, Pennsylvania State University (THE CONVERSATION) As an astronomer, the question I hear the most is why isn't Pluto a...

 

Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2019

A sharecropper's son who rose through the seats of power to become one of the nation's most influential voices. A Republican who went on to lead the U.S. Supreme Court's liberal wing. A lauded writer who brought to light stories overshadowed by...

 

25 years later, Mariah Carey's Christmas original is No.1

NEW YORK (AP) — Christmas has come early for Mariah Carey: the pop star's original holiday classic, "All I Want for Christmas Is You," has reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart 25 years after its release. Billboard announced that...

 

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