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Plane with unresponsive pilot crashes off Jamaica
September 5, 2014
A private U.S. plane with an unresponsive pilot crashed into the ocean north of the Caribbean island of Jamaica Friday after a journey of more than 1,400 miles.
Report: Kansas gasoline prices continue downward trend
August 18, 2014
As average gasoline prices continue a downward trend across the country, Kansas is no exception, according to a report released Monday by
Obama appeals for ‘peace and calm’ in Ferguson
12:26 p.m., August 14, 2014 Updated 04:27 p.m.
Appealing for “peace and calm,” President Barack Obama on Thursday said there is no excuse for excessive use of force by police in a St. Louis suburb against crowds protesting the death of an unarmed black teenager shot by a white police officer. At the same time, he said there was no excuse for violence against police.
U.S. airstrikes attempt to curb Islamic State militants
August 8, 2014
Thousands of displaced Iraqis fled their camp in the face of advancing fighters of the Islamic State group, deepening the humanitarian crisis in the north of the country as the United States carried out its first airstrikes against the militants to blunt their assault.
Federal judge strikes down Kentucky’s ban on gay marriage
12:01 p.m., July 1, 2014 Updated 12:21 p.m.
A federal judge in Kentucky has struck down the state’s ban on same-sex couples getting licenses and marrying in the state.
Former U.S. Sen. Howard Baker Jr. dies
12:42 p.m., June 26, 2014 Updated 12:49 p.m.
Former U.S. Sen. Howard Baker Jr., who asked what President Richard Nixon knew about Watergate, has died. He was 88.
Two KU professors say U.S. should engage Iran’s help in Iraq
June 17, 2014
As President Barack Obama on Tuesday deployed several hundred troops to provide security for U.S. personnel in Iraq amid a growing insurgency, two Kansas University professors urged caution and talks with longtime foe Iran to help reach a political solution. By Scott Rothschild
House Majority Leader Cantor defeated in Virginia primary stunner
June 10, 2014
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated Tuesday by a little-known economics professor in Virginia’s Republican primary, a stunning upset and major victory for the tea party.
Taking the beach at Normandy a ‘pure miracle’
June 3, 2014
In honor of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, this week we are publishing historic columns from noted war correspondent Ernie Pyle, courtesy of Scripps Howard.
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.”