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Midwest likely to encounter ‘mega-drought’ this century, researchers say
February 15, 2015
Global warming will bring the” risk of a decades-long mega-drought in the American Southwest and Great Plains during the second half of the century, researchers say. The forecast, published online in the new journal Science Advances, contrasts sharply with other recent assessments that report more uncertainty about future droughts, according to study authors. By The Associated Press
FCC chairman proposes regulating Internet like phone service
10:54 a.m., February 4, 2015 Updated 11:13 a.m.
A top government regulator says Internet service providers — including those selling wireless broadband — should be regulated more heavily to prohibit them from slowing down or speeding up web traffic.
Second Harper Lee novel to be published in July
February 3, 2015
“To Kill a Mockingbird” will not be Harper Lee’s only published book after all.
Report: Modest economic growth likely in Midwest, Plains
09:16 a.m., February 2, 2015 Updated 10:01 p.m.
Weakness in the agriculture and energy sectors will slow the economy in nine Midwestern and Plains states this spring, according to a monthly survey of business leaders released Monday.
Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline
03:58 p.m., January 29, 2015 Updated 10:33 p.m.
The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment.
Justices sympathetic to man deported over minor drug crime
January 14, 2015
The Supreme Court has been receptive in recent years to immigrants who are fighting deportation from the United States over minor drug crimes.
House overwhelmingly approves Keystone XL pipeline
09:38 a.m., January 9, 2015 Updated 12:31 p.m.
The House overwhelmingly passed a bill Friday authorizing the Keystone XL oil pipeline, despite a renewed pledge by the White House to veto the legislation after a Nebraska court removed a major obstacle.
Senate panel approves Keystone bill despite veto threat
11:30 a.m., January 8, 2015 Updated 10:38 p.m.
A bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline cleared a key Senate committee Thursday, setting up a fight next week pitting newly empowered Republicans against President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats.
Report shows improved Midwest economic outlook
09:55 p.m., January 2, 2015 Updated 09:55 p.m.
Falling grain and fuel prices have hurt businesses tied to those industries, but have helped consumers open their pocketbooks, leading to an improved economic outlook for nine Midwestern and Plains states, according to a monthly report released Friday.
Dow tops 18,000 points as U.S. economy surges ahead
December 23, 2014
In a year full of market milestones, Wall Street crushed a couple more Tuesday, lifting the Dow Jones industrial average past the 18,000-point mark for the first time and delivering the Standard & Poor’s 500 index its second record-high close in two days.
Sony re-gifts ‘The Interview’ in limited release; KC theater to show film
December 23, 2014
“The Interview” was put back into theaters Tuesday when Sony Pictures Entertainment announced a limited Christmas Day theatrical release for the comedy that provoked an international incident with North Korea and outrage over its canceled release.
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.