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Holiday weather frightful for some, with snow and storms

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The weather outside will be frightful for some holiday travelers this weekend, with snow stretching from the Rocky Mountains to the upper Midwest on Christmas Eve and possible severe weather in the middle of the U.S. on...

 

Suspect in Kansas deputy's rape charged in Missouri assault

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — One of two men charged with kidnapping and raping a Kansas sheriff's deputy has been charged with sexual assaulting a Missouri woman in February while the woman's 2-year-old daughter was in the same bed. Jackson County,...

 

Wichita man gets more than 6 years for killing friend

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita man has been sentenced to six years and five months in prison for killing a friend during a drug-fueled argument. The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/2i0ar5g ) reports that 27-year-old Joshua Thomas was sentenced...

 

Even in death, daughter prompts Christmas acts of kindness

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Suzanne and Cory Ozbun didn't realize their baby daughter's birth would someday have the makings of a modern Christmas story. At the time, there was only heartbreak and sadness. Last year at this time, Suzanne was pregnant with...

 

A local artist's secret weapons: glitter and gore

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Picking a dead opossum for a canvas comes naturally to artist Devon Devaughn. Devaughn recently created a photo series depicting roadkill in various stages of decomposition, covered in glitter and surrounded by Lisa...

 

Cheerleader tackles life changes after leukemia diagnosis

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — It was Tuesday and Hutchinson High had a home game that night, but cheerleader Kiley Flanagan wasn't there. Instead she was wrapped in a fleece giraffe-print blanket, curled on her side in a hospital bed as chemo-drugs...

 

Wichita moms struggle with school, homelessness

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Heidi sleeps most nights in her pickup with her two boys, ages 1 and 5. She parks in one of Wichita's truck stops. They allow public access and don't seem inclined to run people off, she told The Wichita Eagle...

 

Eldest Bundy son wants hearing to challenge detention status

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The eldest son of jailed Nevada cattleman Cliven Bundy asked again Friday for a chance to argue that he's no threat to others and wouldn't skip town if he's released from custody ahead of his trial on charges stemming from an...

 

US rig count up 16 this week to 653; Oklahoma adds 6

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 16 this week to 653. A year ago, 700 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have curtailed exploration, although the rig count has been rising in...

 

Probing for a lost colonial church in Jamestown

JAMESTOWN, Va. (AP) — When the first archaeological excavations began at Jamestown in 1894, the study of the past through digging was not merely new but still being born. Just 15 years had passed since 108 amateur enthusiasts founded America's firs...

 

Railroad in fiery derailment agrees to changes

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The nation's largest railroad has agreed to more thorough inspections and maintenance improvements after a fiery derailment and the discovery of more than 800 potential safety violations across its sprawling network. Details...

 

Car-raising airbags free cattle from river's mucky bottom

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Using airbags generally inflated to raise cars, rescuers in east Mississippi freed cattle from a mucky river bottom. The Commercial Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2hkKGiU) reports that Columbus Fire and Rescue workers rescued three...

 

25 congressional members question plant-based "milk" label

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Got milk? Twenty-five bipartisan members of Congress say if it's from soybeans, almond or rice, it should not be labeled as milk. Democratic Vermont Rep. Peter Welch and Republican Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson, leading the charge...

 

Judge rules in favor of opponents of Missouri hog farm

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A judge has ruled in favor of a group of people attempting to stop a large hog operation in Callaway County. Cole County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Green sided on Wednesday with Friends of Responsible Agriculture, who had...

 

Oil field services company sued for harassment of gay worker

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing an oil field services company, alleging a gay worker was harassed at the company's North Dakota location. The lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court claims Wyoming-based...

 

FDA OKs first treatment for rare genetic disorder

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the first treatment for children and adults with spinal muscular atrophy, a rare genetic disorder marked by progressive muscle weakness that's the most common genetic cause of...

 

3 Illinois group home residents found, 3 remain missing

CHICAGO (AP) — Three of six people with developmental disabilities have been found after they went missing when their network of group homes in Illinois lost its license due to safety concerns. One person was found Dec. 16, and another was...

 

After online threats, gaming engineer plans run for Congress

BOSTON (AP) — In the gaming world, Brianna Wu has earned a reputation battling the online harassment campaign known as Gamergate, a fight that led to rape and murder threats from the darker recesses of the male-dominated realm. Now the 39-year-old...

 

Honk if you want to know what the 'om telolet om' meme means

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Honk if you want to know what the internet's latest meme "om telolet om" means. The expression was started by Indonesian children standing on the side of the road yelling for bus and truck drivers to toot their horns,...

 

A new Christmas classic? Chewbacca roars out 'Silent Night'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chewbacca is no Bing Crosby, but the Wookie's rendition of "Silent Night" is adding some "Star Wars" flair to the Christmas classic. The site How It Should Have Ended re-mixed audio of Chewie's grunts and growls with clips from...

 

Russian man drives into airport, says he did it for love

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian man who drove his car into an airport terminal and reached the departure gates says he did it for love. The Kazan airport administration says an intoxicated man rammed through the terminal's door late Wednesday and drove...

 

Christmas cards get holy touch with Bethlehem postmark

BETHLEHEM, N.H. (AP) — Instead of mailing her Christmas cards from her local post office, Sherry Wareing drove 20 miles roundtrip to a small post office in a White Mountains town of about 2,500. Convenience didn't matter to Wareing, of Twin...

 

2 men arrested after chase over illegal ninja sword

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say two men have been arrested after one chased the other after he stole his ninja sword at a New Jersey train station. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said that 61-year-old Leon Cureton was arrested...

 

Man charged with 2 slayings in infamous Australian cold case

SYDNEY (AP) — A man was charged with two counts of murder on Friday in a notorious, 20-year-old case that terrified residents of Western Australia and became one of the country's longest-running investigations. The development in the so-called "Cla...

 

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