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Kansas woman charged in death of 19-month-old son

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A northeast Kansas woman has been charged in the death of her 19-month-old son. The Leavenworth Times reports that 31-year-old Catherine Smith made her first appearance Wednesday on a second-degree murder charge and...

 

Wyandotte County latest to sue opioid makers, distributors

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Wyandotte County has become the latest municipality to sue opioid makers and distributors, alleging that they "pushed highly addictive, dangerous" drugs. The Kansas City Star reports that the county filed the lawsuit...

 

Kansas to pay $1.1M in wrongful conviction look-alike case

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas has agreed to pay $1.1 million to a man who spent 17 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of a robbery that he says was committed by someone who looks just like him. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt...

 

Police: Attentive student stops school shooting plot

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) — Police say an attentive student helped foil an alleged school shooting plot at a Vermont middle school. The principal at Middlebury Union Middle School called police Saturday after a student overheard two other students plott...

 

US sanctions Russians for election meddling, nerve agent use

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department imposed new sanctions on Wednesday against 15 Russians over hacking, interference in U.S. elections and a nerve agent attack in England. In a separate action, the agency also announced plans to lift...

 

Stocks skid to 15-month low after Fed raises rates again

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks gave up a big rally and took a dive in afternoon trading Wednesday after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates again and signaled it's likely to keep raising them next year. The market finished at its lowest level since...

 

Governors agree to study sending gas to Asia through Mexico

PHOENIX (AP) — The governors of Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico's Sonora state signed an agreement Wednesday to study a plan to export natural gas to Asia by connecting existing pipelines to move the fuel south to the Gulf of California. The non-bin...

 

Senate poised to vote to keep government running into 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate was prepared to vote Wednesday on legislation to temporarily fund the government, a key step toward averting a federal shutdown after President Donald Trump backed off his demand for money for a border wall with...

 

Missouri farmer charged in $140M organic grain fraud scheme

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Missouri farmer and businessman ripped off consumers nationwide by falsely marketing more than $140 million worth of corn, soybeans and wheat as certified organic grains, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. The long-running...

 

Budweiser maker teams up with Tilray to explore pot drinks

NEW YORK (AP) — The maker of Budweiser is partnering with medical cannabis company Tilray in a $100 million deal to research cannabis-infused drinks for the Canadian market. The alliance announced Wednesday is the latest foray by a major beer...

 

Obama health law sign-ups beat forecast despite headwinds

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Affordable Care Act has yet again beaten predictions of its downfall, as government figures released Wednesday showed unexpectedly solid sign-ups for health coverage next year. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services...

 

US adults aren't getting taller, but still putting on pounds

NEW YORK (AP) — You don't need to hang the mistletoe higher but you might want to skip the holiday cookies. A new report released Thursday shows U.S. adults aren't getting any taller but they are still getting fatter. The average U.S. adult is...

 

Kinetic Kids in San Antonio helps special needs children

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Wade DeRousse never thought he'd be able to share athletics with his first son, Samuel, who was born with cerebral palsy and was unable to use his arms or legs. "Long story short, he couldn't walk," DeRousse said. The San...

 

Proposed Denver conversion therapy ban for minors advances

DENVER (AP) — Denver's City Council will soon consider a ban on psychotherapy that seeks to change the sexual orientation of minors. Denver's Safety, Housing, Education and Homeless Committee voted Wednesday to send the proposal to the full...

 

Missouri begins to process toward medical marijuana

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri has begun the move toward legalized medical marijuana by naming an outgoing lawmaker to a leadership role and announcing the start of the process for those who want to grow, make or sell marijuana products. The Missouri...

 

Report: 53 journalist deaths tied to work so far in 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of journalists killed in retaliation for their work nearly doubled this year, according to a report released Wednesday by the Committee to Protect Journalists. The New York-based organization found that at least 34...

 

US cybersecurity firm: Hackers stole EU diplomatic cables

LONDON (AP) — Hackers have spent years eavesdropping on the diplomatic communications of European Union officials, a U.S. cybersecurity firm said Wednesday, an operation disrupted only after researchers discovered hundreds of intercepted documents...

 

Ryan uses farewell address to assail politics of 'outrage'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan decried the outrage and bitterness that he said now color American politics in a farewell speech that also acknowledged his inability to achieve two top goals: controlling surging federal debt and...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Facebook defines 'permission' loosely

Facebook gave companies such as Apple, Amazon and Yahoo extensive access to users' personal data, effectively exempting them from the company's usual privacy rules, according to a New York Times report . Facebook enabled partners to offer services...

 

Should I kill spiders in my home? An entomologist explains why not to

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) I know it may be hard to convince you, but let me try: Don’t kill the next spider you see in your home. Why?...

 

Mom pins down man trying to steal her SUV

NEW YORK (AP) — A mother taking her child to school says she stopped a man from stealing her car and held him down until New York City police arrived. Tihisha Jones says she started her car with an automatic car starter before leaving her Bronx...

 

Black leaders forged alliance with Trump on sentencing deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — A rare bipartisan deal in Congress to overhaul federal sentencing laws passed after a few black ministers, leaders and lawmakers forged an alliance with President Donald Trump, who some have condemned as racist for the last two...

 

Fed lifts rates for 4th time this year but sees fewer hikes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve raised its key interest rate Wednesday for the fourth time this year to reflect the U.S. economy's continued strength but signaled that it expects to slow its rate hikes next year. Despite the forecast for...

 

'A moral disaster': AP reveals scope of migrant kids program

Decades after the U.S. stopped institutionalizing kids because large and crowded orphanages were causing lasting trauma, it is happening again. The federal government has placed most of the 14,300 migrant toddlers, children and teens in its care in d...

 

Judge blocks restrictions on who can apply for asylum

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday blocked Trump administration policies that prevented immigrants who suffered gang violence or domestic abuse in their home countries from seeking asylum. U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan...

 

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