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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.
Supreme Court ends states’ delays on same-sex marriage, clears way for Kansas unions
09:02 a.m., October 6, 2014 Updated 03:03 p.m.
The Supreme Court unexpectedly cleared the way Monday for a dramatic expansion of gay marriage in the United States and may have signaled that it’s only a matter of time before same-sex couples can marry in all 50 states.
Eisenhower Memorial wins key design approval in DC
October 2, 2014
The long-delayed effort to build a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower near the National Mall has won a key approval, despite ongoing objections to architect Frank Gehry’s design.
Survey shows Midwest economic growth slower this fall
09:24 a.m., October 1, 2014 Updated 09:54 a.m.
The economy will likely grow more slowly this fall in nine Midwestern and Plains states, according to a monthly survey of business leaders released Wednesday.
Officials confirm first Ebola case diagnosed in US
04:10 p.m., September 30, 2014 Updated 04:37 p.m.
A patient being treated at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola, the first case of the disease to be diagnosed in the United States, federal health officials announced Tuesday.
Eisenhower Memorial panel considers new design
September 17, 2014
A federal commission planning a memorial near the National Mall honoring the late President Dwight D. Eisenhower considered whether to move forward Wednesday with a famed architect’s design after years of controversy surrounding the project.

World news

Lawrence couple’s organization making strides to rebuild, sustain HIV-stricken African community
August 22, 2014
When Jenny Peck and Geoff Knight arrived in Tanzania in 2006, their area’s HIV rate was about 35 percent but virtually no one was seeking treatment for it. Less than 10 years later, they say, 2,500 people are in treatment. That’s just one of the milestones the Lawrence couple count as a point of pride for Mufindi Orphans, a charity for which they are the directors and bridge to resources from the United States. They are in town now giving presentations about their efforts in hopes of drumming up financial support, medical volunteers and other partnerships. By Sara Shepherd
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.