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Obama administration ignored warnings about energy loan program

Washington ? The Obama administration ignored repeated warnings about a clean-energy loan program that has become an embarrassment for the White House amid the collapse of a California solar energy company that received more than $500 million in federal loans.At least three reports by federal ...

Postal Service proposes cuts in processing centers

Washington ? The financially troubled Postal Service said Thursday it may close more than 250 mail processing facilities across the country and plans to reduce service standards for first-class mail in an effort to cut costs.The steps are part of a broad effort to cut costs for the agency that ...

Kansas expected to have hand in developing national science curriculum standards

Topeka ? Kansas is expected to be named one of six lead states for developing national science curriculum standards, meaning it could provide strong input into the formation of those standards, state education commissioner Diane DeBacker said."We have it on pretty good authority that we will be ...

New data shows 1 in 7 Kansans classified as poor

Washington ? A newly released report shows that 1 in 7 people in Kansas are poor.The Census Bureau's annual report released Tuesday offers a snapshot of the economic well-being of U.S. households for 2010, when joblessness hovered above 9 percent for a second year. Nationally, nearly 1 in 6 ...

Remains of Flight 93 victims buried in Pa.

SHANKSVILLE, Pa. ? Three caskets of unidentified remains from the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 were buried Monday in a private ceremony that filled the air with bagpipes, taps and a three-gun salute.Some family members of the 40 passengers and crew who died on Sept. 11, 2001, faced ...

‘Peaceful’: 9/11 memorial in N.Y. opens to public

New York ? Exactly 10 years ago, ground zero was a smoking, fire-spitting tomb, a ghastly pile of rubble and human remains. On Monday it was a place of serenity — an expanse of trees and water in the middle of a bustling city — as the 9/11 memorial opened to the public.As they walked ...

Jobs plan splits leaders of strapped states

Jefferson City, Mo. ? President Barack Obama’s latest jobs plan calls for $130 billion in aid to state and local governments, providing either a welcome infusion of cash for those struggling with budget gaps, government layoffs and crumbling roads or merely a temporary patch for budget holes ...

Proposed tax hikes for bill hit political note

Washington ? In a sharp challenge to the GOP, President Barack Obama proposed paying for his costly new jobs plan Monday with tax hikes that Republicans have already emphatically rejected. The reception to his new proposal was no more welcoming, setting the stage for a likely new fight with ...

KC airport detains ex-officer

A former New York City police officer was detained Sunday at Kansas City’s main airport after security screeners detected suspicious items inside his carry-on luggage, a local official with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.The official, who spoke to the AP on condition of ...

Jets safely escort NYC, Detroit flights

New York ? Fighter jets escorted two flights — one to New York City, another to Detroit — after passengers’ use of the bathrooms aroused suspicions Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.On a Los Angeles-to-New York American Airlines flight, three passengers made repeated ...

Baker University 9/11 commemoration emphasizes diversity, thanks to troops

Baker University Minister Ira DeSpain was on the Baldwin City campus when the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks took place in 2001. He remembers students gathering in Osborne Chapel that evening to mourn and pray as a community.“It was a very fearful night. It was full of lots of tears, lots of ...

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran recalls 9/11 memories at Leavenworth ceremony

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, then a U.S. representative, visited ground zero.He visited a makeshift memorial people had made near the World Trade Center rubble and remembered a message written on a piece of notebook paper. The note was from ...

America pauses to remember dark, defining day of Sept. 11, 2001

New York ? Determined never to forget but perhaps ready to move on, the nation gently handed Sept. 11 over to history Sunday and etched its memory on a new generation. A stark memorial took its place where twin towers once stood, and the names of the lost resounded from children too young to ...

In Lawrence, 9/11 commemoration a time for looking back, moving forward

As the nation reflected on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, local community and religious leaders honored the victims and urged Lawrence residents to overcome their fears inflicted by the tragedy.More than a hundred residents filled the Dole Institute of Politics on Kansas ...

A changed America marks 10 years since Sept. 11 attacks

New York ? Ten years on, Americans come together today where the World Trade Center soared, where the Pentagon stands as a fortress once breached, where United Airlines Flight 93 knifed into the earth.They will gather to pray in cathedrals in our greatest cities and to lay roses before fire ...

Indelible effects: 9/11 has lasting impact on children, parents, teachers

Ahmed Jakmouj was just 6 weeks old on 9/11. “Change his name,” a family friend begged Ahmed’s parents. “Don’t make his life harder.”The friend was also named Ahmed. He was a professor back home in Morocco, where baby Ahmed’s father was from. He knew the world, and he saw ...

Retired KU journalism professor creates quilted 9/11 homage

In the weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, journalism professor Sharon Bass spent weeks living with the visual coverage of the destruction. She and some of her students at Kansas University created an exhibit showing the front pages of newspapers across the world on 9/11. After spending so much time ...

Commentary: 9/11 is editor’s most memorable day working in the newsroom

Twice a year for the past five years I’ve been visiting Southwest Middle School teacher Sally Landoll’s class of eighth-graders to do mock interviews. The object is for the students to get a sense of what it’s like to apply for a job.The students are usually nervous and uncomfortable. The ...

Post-9/11 call to service united couple

Jake and Katherine Robinson were teenagers during the 9/11 attacks, a few years away from high school graduation.But the day would affect both of their futures — and would lead to an unusual love story.Katherine, originally from Coeburn, Va., and Jake, from Oberlin, said the attacks were a ...

Vigil protests lack of clergy prayer at ground zero ceremony

Carrying Bibles and singing “Amazing Grace,” a group of pastors knelt on the street outside ground zero on Saturday to protest New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision not to include a clergy-led prayer in the ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.About 50 ...