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Wichita police hand out gift cards to motorists

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Lucky motorists are being pulled over by Wichita police officers and handed $50 gift cards instead of citations. The gift giving is part of a community-relations project launched by the city's police department, according to...

 

Kansas educators seek return to familiar school aid formula

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — While Republican Gov. Sam Brownback argues that Kansas should adopt a new approach to funding its public schools, educators want lawmakers to return to a familiar, per-student formula for distributing state dollars. Brownback...

 

2 Kansas wind farms are now operating

KINGMAN, Kan. (AP) — Two wind farms in central Kansas are now online and supplying electricity to Westar Energy. The farms came online within the last two weeks, even though a civil lawsuit seeking an injunction against one of them is still...

 

Man sentenced to 18 years in 2015 killing of Wichita man

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — One of five people charged in the stabbing death of a Wichita man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison. KAKE-TV (http://bit.ly/2hYvFmu ) reports that Diego Olivas was sentenced Wednesday for second-degree murder and...

 

Montana ski town roiled by white supremacist 'troll army'

The email to a group that promotes diversity in northwestern Montana warned that white supremacists would encircle the advocacy organization's office and end with someone "swinging by a rope from the nearest lamp post." "Those days are not far off...

 

Epidemic: DEA chemists race to identify synthetic opioids

WASHINGTON (AP) — Emily Dye walked down the echoing white hallway and into a dim room known as "the vault." The evidence was wrapped in plastic. She checked it out and placed it into a steel lockbox. New drugs were appearing every other week in...

 

Final test results confirm Ebola vaccine highly effective

GENEVA (AP) — Final test results confirm an experimental Ebola vaccine is highly effective, a major milestone that could help prevent the spread of outbreaks like the one that killed thousands in West Africa. Scientists have struggled to develop...

 

US: Students wrongly removed from school over HIV concerns

PEA RIDGE, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas school district violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by removing some students until they were tested for HIV, the U.S. Justice Department says. The Pea Ridge School District removed three students, all...

 

OSU receives DOE grant for wave energy test facility

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State University has landed a federal grant for the design, permitting and construction of an advanced wave energy test facility. The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports (http://bit.ly/2hXdX0f ) that the U.S. Department...

 

Police: Sandwich links man to recent burglaries in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A half-eaten peanut butter and jelly sandwich found at the scene led Wyoming police to arrest a burglary suspect. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/2hZsgUt ) that Zachery Munoz has pleaded not guilty to three...

 

Rambo the pet alligator can stay, Florida officials say

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman is being allowed to keep her 6-foot-long pet alligator at home following a fight with state wildlife officials over the growing size of the reptile. A spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation...

 

In humorous video, dad shares downsides of kid's visit

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (AP) — Clothes all over the house, milk left out of the fridge, loud gatherings with friends. These are some of a Maine dad's complaints about his college daughter being home for Christmas. Dan Howard, of Cape Elizabeth,...

 

Canadians sent home for trying to sneak cat into New Zealand

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A Canadian woman who authorities say managed to hide her 4-year-old pet cat Bella in her handbag during a trans-Pacific flight had her vacation cut short when border agents discovered the ruse at a New Zealand...

 

Ho, Ho, No: Man playing Santa arrested after skipping court

WATERLOO, Ill. (AP) — Santa Claus was arrested in southern Illinois — but not in front of kids. Authorities say Cody Alexander, a federal fugitive, was discovered portraying Santa outside a business in Waterloo on Monday night. He's been wanted...

 

New Mexico OKs reopening troubled nuclear dump

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators have approved restarting normal operations at the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository, a major step for U.S. officials aiming to reopen the facility nearly three years after a radiation...

 

Harry Potter-inspired class focuses kids on magic of science

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Ximena Molina isn't your average Harry Potter fan. She has seen all the movies, knows all the characters and can tell you every fact. The 16-year-old's eyes light up when she talks about the characters in the books and the...

 

Don't cut the cord too fast; a pause benefits most newborns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Don't cut that umbilical cord too soon: A brief pause after birth could benefit most newborns by delivering them a surge of oxygen-rich blood. New recommendations for U.S. obstetricians, the latest in a debate over how quick to sn...

 

Tissue, organ research institute to benefit injured soldiers

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Department of Defense is providing $80 million to establish a bio-research and manufacturing institute in Manchester, New Hampshire, to develop transplant tissues and organs for injured American soldiers and other patients....

 

5 things to know about America's synthetic-opioid epidemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government scientists say they're seeing the emergence of a new class of deadly drugs built to mimic the potent prescription painkiller fentanyl. What you need to know: ___ DOZENS OF VARIANTS The U.S. Drug Enforcement...

 

Report: Oversight needed at Nebraska animal research center

CLAY CENTER, Neb. (AP) — A recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says a federal livestock research facility near Clay Center should improve oversight of animal welfare and be more transparent with its research. The Lincoln Journal...

 

Uber moves self-driving cars from California to Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) — A fleet of self-driving Uber cars left for Arizona on Thursday after they were banned from California roads over safety concerns. The announcement came after Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey took to social media on Wednesday and Thursday...

 

Jury urges death penalty for sex offender who killed 4 women

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Jurors on Wednesday recommended a death sentence for a California sex offender who abducted and killed four women over six months while wearing an electronic monitoring device. A judge will make the final decision Feb. 3...

 

Oklahoma's Joe Mixon tearfully apologizes for punching woman

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon made a tearful public apology Friday, more than two years after punching a woman and breaking bones in her face. As Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops looked on, Mixon spoke at a news conference Friday...

 

Attorney: Oklahoma lawmaker didn't know about settlement

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A sexual harassment complaint against a Republican state lawmaker was settled without the representative's knowledge or input, attorneys for the Oklahoma House said Friday. The former legislative assistant to Rep. Dan Kirby of...

 

Several earthquakes, 1 of magnitude 3.5, hit north Oklahoma

MOORELAND, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says several earthquakes have struck northern Oklahoma, including one with a preliminary magnitude of 3.5. No injuries or damage are reported from the quakes that occurred Friday afternoon near...

 

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