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US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord
10:24 a.m., December 17, 2014 Updated 02:46 p.m.
President Barack Obama abruptly announced the U.S. is re-establishing long-broken diplomatic relations with Cuba on Wednesday, declaring an end to America’s “outdated approach” to the communist island in a historic shift aimed at ending a half-century of Cold War enmity.
Gas prices fall more than 40 cents since November; Lawrence fuel prices lower than state average
December 12, 2014
Kansas drivers have reason to be pumped this holiday season as average fuel prices have been steadily declining. Since this time last month, the average gas price in the state has dropped about 42 cents to $2.42 per gallon, according to AAA’s fuel gauge report for Friday. Since December 2013, the average price is down about 60 cents per gallon, the report said. By Caitlin Doornbos
Senate probe catalogs CIA brutality against detainees
December 9, 2014
The United States brutalized scores of terror suspects with interrogation tactics that turned secret CIA prisons into chambers of suffering and did nothing to make America safer after the 9/11 attacks, Senate investigators concluded Tuesday.
Few campus sex assaults reported
December 9, 2014
Only a fraction of campus sexual assault victims go to police. Senators on Tuesday grappled with the thorny issue of why some just let their college handle it — or don’t report it at all.
Obama health adviser apologizes for ‘glib’ remarks
December 9, 2014
MIT economist Jonathan Gruber — an often-quoted adviser on the president’s health care law — told Congress on Tuesday he was glib and “inexcusably arrogant” when he said it was “the stupidity of the American voter” that led to the law’s passage. Democrats tried to limit the damage as Republicans raked Gruber at a four-hour hearing, but acknowledged he gave the GOP a political gift “wrapped in a bow.”
Ferguson businesses torched in overnight protests
November 25, 2014
Smoke billowed from burned-out buildings and sidewalks were strewn with broken glass Tuesday morning after Ferguson erupted over a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the killing of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Grand jury won’t indict Ferguson cop in shooting
02:13 p.m., November 24, 2014 Updated 03:45 p.m.
A grand jury has reached a decision about whether to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown, a spokesman for St. Louis County’s top prosecutor said Monday.
Kansas has lower private-sector job growth than U.S. as a whole
November 24, 2014
Federal statistics show Kansas is seeing slower private-sector job growth than the U.S. as a whole, while unemployment in the state declined in October to 4.4 percent.
Members of Lawrence retirement community start veterans group to share war stories
November 10, 2014
Once a month, a group of Presbyterian Manor residents gather at the Lawrence retirement community to swap stories of serving in World War II, whether they were dodging kamikaze pilots or being held as prisoners of war.
Appeals court in Cincinnati rules for gay marriage bans, sets up Supreme Court review
03:44 p.m., November 6, 2014 Updated 04:48 p.m.
A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld anti-gay marriage laws in four states, breaking ranks with other courts that have considered the issue and setting up the prospect of Supreme Court review.
Report: Midwest economic growth slowing down
09:17 a.m., November 3, 2014 Updated 11:55 a.m.
The economy likely will slow to a crawl in nine Midwestern and Plains states in the months ahead, according to a monthly economic survey released Monday.
Chevy makes the best of exec’s nervous speech after World Series game
October 30, 2014
Shortly before 9 a.m. on the day after the worst night of his life, Rikk Wilde got the phone call from his big boss at General Motors. Yes, he committed a nationally televised, major-league blooper while presenting pickup truck keys to the World Series MVP. No, he wouldn’t be fired. Now get out there and sell some trucks.
Two dead, including gunman, in Washington high school shooting
02:11 p.m., October 24, 2014 Updated 03:54 p.m.
A student opened fire in a high school cafeteria north of Seattle on Friday, killing at least one person and shooting several others in the head, officials said. The gunman also died in the attack.
US jobless aid applications fall to 14-year low
October 16, 2014
The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid dropped to the lowest level in 14 years last week, the latest sign of a strengthening labor market that could help blunt worries about the impact of weak global growth.
First Ebola patient diagnosed in the US has died
October 8, 2014
The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States died Wednesday morning in a Dallas hospital, according to a hospital spokesman.

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