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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the U.S. is re-establishing long-broken diplomatic relations with Cuba on Wednesday, declaring an end to America’s “outdated approach” to the communist island in a historic shift aimed at ending a half-century of Cold War enmity.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.
Obama health adviser apologizes for ‘glib’ remarks
December 9, 2014
MIT economist Jonathan Gruber — an often-quoted adviser on the president’s health care law — told Congress on Tuesday he was glib and “inexcusably arrogant” when he said it was “the stupidity of the American voter” that led to the law’s passage. Democrats tried to limit the damage as Republicans raked Gruber at a four-hour hearing, but acknowledged he gave the GOP a political gift “wrapped in a bow.”
Ferguson businesses torched in overnight protests
November 25, 2014
Smoke billowed from burned-out buildings and sidewalks were strewn with broken glass Tuesday morning after Ferguson erupted over a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the killing of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Grand jury won’t indict Ferguson cop in shooting
02:13 p.m., November 24, 2014 Updated 03:45 p.m.
A grand jury has reached a decision about whether to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown, a spokesman for St. Louis County’s top prosecutor said Monday.

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.