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Lenexa-based nonprofit sending team to Ecuador

A suburban Kansas City nonprofit has sent an official team to Ecuador to determine what type of medical assistance the group can provide in the wake of the deadly earthquake.

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Aggrandizing 'El Chapo' in song: KU professor studies Mexican 'narcocorridos'

It was 2009, and Rafael Acosta was at a party in his native Mexico dancing to a lively traditional corrido, when he realized this corrido wasn’t the old-fashioned kind. “Suddenly I paid attention to the lyrics of what I was dancing to,” said Acosta, an assistant professor of Spanish at Kansas University. “And there was a guy singing, ‘if you are not good for killing, you are good to be killed.’"

In Cuba, Pope calls for more freedom

Pope Benedict XVI demanded more freedom for the Catholic Church in communist-run Cuba and preached against “fanaticism” in an unusually political sermon Wednesday before hundreds of thousands at Revolution Plaza, with President Raul Castro in the front row.

Officials say 3 killed in Canadian train derailment

A Canadian Via Rail passenger train derailed west of Toronto on Sunday, killing three railroad employees and injuring dozens of passengers, officials said.

Peru court sentences Joran Van der Sloot to 28 years

A Peruvian court on Friday sentenced Joran van der Sloot to 28 years in prison for murder of a young woman he met at a Lima casino.

Joran Van der Sloot pleads guilty to killing Peru woman

Joran van der Sloot pleaded guilty on Wednesday to the 2010 murder of a 21-year-old Peruvian woman he met at a Lima casino who was killed five years to the day of the unsolved disappearance in Aruba of an American teen in which he remains the main suspect.

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KU professor, students help rewrap 450-year-old mummy

The mummy was really more like a funeral bundle of bones that had been burned or broken and wrapped up and placed in a vessel.

Joran van der Sloot hints he'll plead guilty

Joran van der Sloot asked for more time Friday to decide how to plead as his trial opened in the murder of a 21-year-old Peruvian woman. The Dutch citizen said he was inclined to confess but doesn't accept the aggravated murder charges sought by the prosecution.

Officials investigate case of American teen deported to Colombia

15-year-old, now in Colombian custody, lied to authorities, giving same name as illegal alien

The grandmother of a Dallas teen who was deported to Colombia is hoping the 15-year-old can come back soon and says federal officials should have done more to identify the girl after she gave a fake name and claimed to be an adult.

Trial for Joran van der Sloot, suspected of killing Natalee Holloway and a Peruvian woman, begins Friday in Peru

Joran van der Sloot goes on trial in the murder of a young Peruvian woman Friday, nearly seven years after he became the prime suspect in the unsolved disappearance of an American teenager on holiday in Aruba.

Optometrist’s spring break to bring eye care to Honduras

A local optometrist will continue his visionary work in Central America this spring.