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FBI report shows 17 percent spike in hate crimes in 2017

NEW YORK — Hate crimes across the United States spiked 17 percent in 2017 — marking a rise for the third straight year — with a 37 percent increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes, according to an FBI report released Tuesday. There were 7,175 reported hate crimes last year, up from 6,121 in ...

New exercise guidelines: Move more, sit less, start younger

CHICAGO — Move more, sit less and get kids active as young as age 3, say new federal guidelines that stress that any amount and any type of exercise helps health. The advice is the first update since the government's physical activity guidelines came out a decade ago. Since then, the list of ...

Democrats assessing what happened in 2nd District campaign

TOPEKA — Going into the 2018 elections, Democrat Paul Davis looked like he had a clear advantage in the race for Kansas' 2nd District congressional seat. He was a well-known candidate who had carried the district in his unsuccessful bid for governor in 2014. And he was running in a year that ...

Trump administration finalizes birth-control opt out

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is finalizing an exemption that allows some employers with religious or moral objections to opt out of providing no-cost birth control for women workers. The new regulations were announced Wednesday, a day after Republicans retained their Senate ...

Trump forces out Sessions as attorney general after year of attacks

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions was pushed out Wednesday as the country's chief law enforcement officer after enduring more than a year of blistering and personal attacks from President Donald Trump over his recusal from the Russia investigation. Trump announced in a tweet that ...

Political novice Steve Watkins wins 2nd District race over Paul Davis

TOPEKA – Republican political newcomer Steve Watkins declared victory in the 2nd District congressional race Tuesday night, preventing what was otherwise considered a “blue wave” in U.S. House races from reaching fully into eastern Kansas. With all but four precincts reporting in the ...

Democrats on track to take control of U.S. House, but Republicans retain Senate

WASHINGTON — Democrats were on track to gain House control Tuesday night, but Republicans held their Senate majority as voters rendered a mixed verdict in the first nationwide election of Donald Trump's turbulent presidency. The Democrats picked up the 23 seats they would need to take from ...

Candidates remain hopeful as voting begins in Kansas

TOPEKA - Candidates in two close races on Tuesday's ballot expressed cautious optimism as they went into the polls to cast their own ballots. Laura Kelly, the Democratic candidate for governor, cast her vote in central Topeka around 9 a.m., while Steve Watkins, the Republican candidate in the ...

Candidates make final pleas in advance of Election Day

TOPEKA – The major candidates in this week’s general election spent much of Monday crisscrossing Kansas as part of their last-minute get-out-the-vote drives. Voters in Kansas are selecting a new governor and at least one new member of the U.S. House. Also on the ballot are all the other ...

With three close races in Kansas, outcomes may be a matter of chance

TOPEKA – For the first time in many years, the reliably Republican state of Kansas has three major races on the ballot, all with national implications, that could swing either way on Tuesday. The race for governor and the 2nd District congressional race in eastern Kansas are both rated ...

Technical glitches, other problems plaguing voters nationwide

Atlanta — Political activist Leah McElrath was reviewing her electronic ballot at a polling place in Houston when she was shocked to find Republican Ted Cruz listed as her choice in Texas’ high-profile U.S. Senate race. McElrath had voted a straight ticket for Democrats, but the machine ...

East Coast hospitals help patients vote via absentee ballots

PHILADELPHIA — The midterm elections are just around the corner, but efforts to “get out the vote” don’t mean much if voters unexpectedly find themselves unable to get out of their hospital bed on Election Day. Dozens of doctors, nurses and volunteers at Penn Presbyterian Medical ...

Appendix removal linked to lower risk of Parkinson’s

WASHINGTON — Scientists have found a new clue that Parkinson’s disease may get its start not in the brain but in the gut — maybe in the appendix. People who had their appendix removed early in life had a lower risk of getting the tremor-inducing brain disease decades later, researchers ...

Sen. Jerry Moran’s staff to be available Friday in Eudora

A member of U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran’s staff will be available to constituents during an open office event Friday in Eudora. The event will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the Eudora Recreation Center Community Room, 1630 Elm St. During that time, staff will be available to area residents ...

Federal court hears arguments in Dodge City polling place controversy

UPDATED STORY - Judge rules against opening new Dodge City polling site days before election TOPEKA — A federal judge in Topeka said Thursday that he will rule soon on a request from the American Civil Liberties Union for an order directing Ford County to reopen the one polling place that ...

U.S. election integrity depends on security-challenged firms

It was the kind of security lapse that gives election officials nightmares. In 2017, a private contractor left data on Chicago's 1.8 million registered voters — including addresses, birth dates and partial Social Security numbers — publicly exposed for months on an Amazon cloud ...