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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.

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KU law students create organization to provide clothing, blankets to Bangladesh poor
March 20, 2014
Two students from the Kansas University School of Law traveled to Dhaka, Bangladesh, last summer. While visiting with residents of Dhaka’s slums, they formed the idea of starting a nonprofit organization with the goal of providing people in the country with basic necessities such as clothing and blankets. This week, their organization, United Across Borders, will kick off its “Buy a Shirt — Give a Shirt” program, and donation drives will be held later this spring at KU and its 63 Alumni Association chapters. By Nikki Wentling
Lawrence woman attends public viewing of Nelson Mandela’s casket
December 15, 2013
A Lawrence woman was one of 100,000 people who viewed the body of former South African President Nelson Mandela as it lay in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa this week. Donna Reynolds, 61, of Lawrence, has been volunteering near Johannesburg for six months. On Thursday, she stood in a three-hour line to catch a glimpse of Mandela’s remains. “Mostly, the feeling was one of celebration,” Reynolds said. By Nikki Wentling
Natives of Philippines concerned for relatives in typhoon’s path
November 13, 2013
Since late last week, natives of the area hit by Typhoon Haiyan have been glued to news of what’s happening in their homeland and anxiously awaiting word on loved ones. “I hope they’re safe,” Ray Arnado said of yet unaccounted for relatives. “I’m just praying.” By Sara Shepherd
Lawrence flair shines bright through new public mural in Korean ‘city of the future’
May 27, 2013
Hailed as the city of the future, Songdo, South Korea, was built from the ground up and opened for business in 2009. Against the city’s modern, concrete-and-steel-heavy architectural landscape, a shot of color from a brand-new outdoor mural really pops. If “A City on the Rise” looks similar to something you’d see on the side of a building in Lawrence, your eyes aren’t mistaken. By Sara Shepherd
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has prostate cancer
October 2, 2012
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced Monday that he has prostate cancer. He said the tumor was caught early and would be removed this week.
Protests against film spread in Mideast; 1 killed
September 14, 2012
Angry demonstrations against an anti-Islam film spread to their widest extent yet around the Middle East and other Muslim countries Friday. Protesters smashed into the German Embassy in the Sudanese capital and set part of it on fire and climbed the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, waving an Islamist banner.
US official: Marine team sent to Yemen
September 14, 2012
An elite Marine rapid response team arrived in Yemen’s capital Friday in the wake of violence and protests at the U.S. Embassy, the Pentagon said.