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Health care launch ‘terribly flawed,’ Sebelius admits
April 13, 2014
The Obama administration’s timeline for having ready the new health care law’s online sign-up system “was just flat out wrong,” outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in an interview that aired Sunday.
Can’t do it alone’: KU scholarship winner navigates system for husband disabled by PTSD
December 30, 2013
Her husband — the smiling 6-foot-5-inch soldier who’d respond to “Jump!” with “How high?” and whom friends once teased about being whipped — had forgotten they were having a baby that day. Jennifer Thornton was furious. But not surprised. By that time, she knew what post-traumatic stress disorder could do. By Sara Shepherd
Report questions the effectiveness of tax incentives given by states to lure businesses
September 23, 2013
States are spending billions of dollars on tax incentives to lure businesses, but policymakers often don’t know if the incentives work, according to a report released today. By Scott Rothschild
Redesigning Eisenhower Memorial could cost $17M
July 12, 2013
Scrapping a disputed design for a planned Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial near the National Mall and developing an alternate concept over the next five years would cost about $17 million, analysts have found.
States assert they have rights to reject federal laws
June 24, 2013
Imagine the scenario: A federal agent attempts to arrest someone for illegally selling a machine gun. Instead, the federal agent is arrested — charged in a state court with the crime of enforcing federal gun laws. Farfetched? Not as much as you might think.
Missouri governor vetoes tax cut
June 5, 2013
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed legislation Wednesday that would have cut Missouri’s income tax rate for the first time in more than 90 years, denouncing it as an “ill-conceived, fiscally irresponsible experiment.”
Boston rejoices as bombing suspect in custody
07:53 p.m., April 19, 2013 Updated 11:57 p.m.
Boston Police say a 19-year-old college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings is in custody after a manhunt that left the city virtually paralyzed and his older brother and accomplice dead.
Boston manhunt: Gunfire, explosions, suspect dead, officer dead, city locked down
April 19, 2013
An extensive manhunt for a suspect linked to the Boston Marathon bombings was underway Friday morning after a night of terror and violence left another suspect dead, one police officer killed and one wounded.
Search on for survivors, victims of Texas blast
April 19, 2013
Rescuers searched the smoking remnants of a Texas farm town Thursday for survivors of a thunderous fertilizer plant explosion, gingerly checking smashed houses and apartments for anyone still trapped in debris while the community awaited word on the number of dead. Initial reports put the fatalities as high as 15, but later in the day, authorities backed away from any estimate and refused to elaborate. More than 160 people were hurt.
Blast levels building at Kansas City’s Plaza
09:01 p.m., February 19, 2013 Updated 11:23 p.m.
A gas explosion that sparked a massive, block-engulfing blaze in an upscale Kansas City shopping district injured 14 people, a city official said Tuesday evening, adding it is believed that an accident by a utility contractor may have caused the blast.
U.S. Postal Service to cut Saturday mail delivery to trim costs
February 6, 2013
The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service said Wednesday it will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to disburse packages six days a week, an apparent end-run around an unaccommodating Congress. The service expects the Saturday mail cutback to begin the week of Aug. 5 and to save about $2 billion annually, said Postmaster General and CEO Patrick R. Donahoe. By The Associated Press
Super Bowl advertising blitz has date with destiny
February 4, 2013
Super Bowl ads this year morphed into mini soap operas. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson shrugged off aliens so he could get more milk for his kids in a Super Bowl spot for the Milk Processor Education Program. Anheuser-Busch’s commercial told the story of a baby Clydesdale growing up and returning to his owner for a heartfelt hug years later. And a Jeep ad portrayed the trials and triumphs of families waiting for their return of family members. By The Associated Press
Adele Hall, wife of Hallmark chairman, dies at age 81
January 29, 2013
Kansas City civic leader Adele C. Hall, the wife of Hallmark Cards Chairman Donald J. Hall, has died. She was 81.
Congress sends Obama legislation to avoid ‘fiscal cliff’
January 1, 2013
Past its own New Year’s deadline, a weary Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation to avoid a national “fiscal cliff” of middle class tax increases and spending cuts late Tuesday night in the culmination of a struggle that strained America’s divided government to the limit.
Netflix says video streaming out of service Monday night
December 24, 2012
Families across the United States may have to find movies elsewhere, as Netflix’s video streaming service was hit by a Christmas Eve outage.