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Mint testing ways to make coins cheaper
December 20, 2012
When it comes to making coins, the Mint isn’t getting its two cents worth. In some cases, it doesn’t even get half of that. A penny costs more than two cents and a nickel costs more than 11 cents to make and distribute.
Kansas exhumes bodies of ‘In Cold Blood’ killers
December 18, 2012
The bodies of the two men executed for the 1959 murders of a Kansas family that became infamous in Truman Capote’s true-crime book “In Cold Blood” were exhumed Tuesday in an effort to solve slayings of a Florida family killed weeks later.
Study: ‘Fiscal cliff’ may cost Kansas 40,000 jobs, $2.75 billion GDP
December 13, 2012
Kansas could lose more than 40,000 jobs next year, most of them in the private sector, if no deal is reached to avert mandatory tax hikes and spending cuts to defense and other federal operations under the “fiscal cliff,” according to an economic analysis.
Teen: Easy-Bake Oven should appeal to boys
December 8, 2012
Four-year-old Gavyn Boscio loves to cook and asked for an Easy-Bake Oven for Christmas. But when his big sister went to buy one, she discovered to her disappointment that it comes only in girly pink and purple, with girls — and only girls — on the box and in the commercials.
U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear same-sex marriage cases
01:40 a.m., December 8, 2012 Updated 05:26 p.m.
The Supreme Court plunged into the contentious issue of gay marriage Friday when it agreed to take up California’s ban on same-sex unions and a separate dispute about federal benefits for legally married gay couples.
For Washington state, legal pot — and now what?
December 6, 2012
People openly lit joints under the Space Needle and on Seattle’s sidewalks — then blew the smoke at TV news cameras. To those looking to “get baked,” the city’s police department suggested pizza and a “Lord of the Rings” movie marathon. What, exactly, is going on in Washington state?
Med tech in hepatitis C case pleads not guilty
December 3, 2012
A traveling hospital worker accused of stealing drugs and infecting patients with hepatitis C through contaminated syringes pleaded not guilty to the charges in federal court on Monday.
Congress looks at doing away with the $1 bill
November 30, 2012
American consumers have shown about as much appetite for the $1 coin as kids do their spinach. They may not know what’s best for them either. Congressional auditors say doing away with dollar bills entirely and replacing them with dollar coins could save taxpayers some $4.4 billion over the next 30 years.
Texas inmate waits more than 30 years for retrial
November 29, 2012
A Kansas man who remains in a Texas prison more than 30 years after his murder conviction was overturned has become the subject of a fight between the state, which insists he’s being legally held, and a federal appeals court that says he’s wrongly imprisoned.
Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized
11:19 a.m., November 29, 2012 Updated 05:32 p.m.
Former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston for treatment of a lingering cough.
1 of 2 winning Powerball tickets sold in Kansas City area
09:30 a.m., November 29, 2012 Updated 10:47 a.m.
Two lucky ticket holders — one in Arizona and another in Missouri — are waking up Thursday to new lives as multimillionaires after the largest Powerball jackpot drawing ever.
Ex-Sen. Dole hospitalized for routine procedure
November 27, 2012
Former Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas has checked himself into Walter Reed Army Medical Center for what his spokeswoman described as a routine procedure.
Kansas honor flights halted after money goes missing
02:10 p.m., November 23, 2012 Updated 03:19 p.m.
As many as 100 World War II veterans missed their chance to travel to Washington to see their war’s memorial after about $110,000 disappeared from a Kansas nonprofit that organized free trips for them.
Army’s failure to provide records of son’s death in Iraq multiplies family’s anguish
Parents piece together details of tragedy
November 23, 2012
Nine years after his son was killed in Iraq, Jim Butler is still waiting for a report he may never get. As an investigation by ProPublica and The Seattle Times revealed, the Army has lost or failed to keep that document and many other field records from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Drought worsens after weeks of improvement
November 21, 2012
The worst U.S. drought in decades has deepened again after more than a month of encouraging reports of slowly improving conditions, a drought-tracking consortium said Wednesday, as scientists struggled for an explanation other than a simple lack of rain.