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In memoriam: Leonard Pitts pays tribute to Aretha Franklin

The Queen is dead. Aretha Louise Franklin, a preacher’s daughter from Memphis who was broadly acclaimed the greatest singer of the last half-century — indeed, one of the greatest singers in the history of American song — died of pancreatic cancer Thursday at her home in Detroit, ...

‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin has died

NEW YORK — Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from pancreatic cancer. Publicist Gwendolyn ...

Report: Trump commission did not find widespread voter fraud

PORTLAND, Maine — The now-disbanded voting integrity commission launched by the Trump administration uncovered no evidence to support claims of widespread voter fraud, according to an analysis of administration documents released Friday. In a letter to Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas ...

Changes proposed for University of Missouri’s greek system

Columbia, Mo. — University of Missouri recommendations to improve its fraternity and sorority system could sharply reduce the number of freshmen students living in chapter houses. The university released a task force’s report Tuesday outlining proposed changes in rules governing ...

U.S. announces billions to help farmers hurt by Trump tariffs

Washington — The government announced a $12 billion plan Tuesday to assist farmers who have been hurt by President Donald Trump’s trade disputes with China and other trading partners. The plan focuses on Midwest soybean producers and others targeted by retaliatory measures. The ...

Board recommends Cosby be found a sexually violent predator

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Bill Cosby should be classified as a sexually violent predator, according to an assessment issued by Pennsylvania’s Sexual Offenders Assessment Board. A court document filed by the Montgomery County district attorney’s office Tuesday asks to schedule a hearing on the ...

Lawmakers chide Pompeo on perceived lack of transparency

Washington — Senior lawmakers from both political parties are complaining to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over what they see as a lack of transparency in dealing with the public, press and Congress. In a letter sent to Pompeo on Monday, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations ...

Duck boat probe will check if Coast Guard rules were ignored

Story updated at 2:41 p.m. Monday, July 23, 2018. The investigation into the sinking of a sightseeing boat that claimed 17 lives will look at whether operators violated Coast Guard rules by venturing onto a Missouri lake as thunderstorms rolled in, a Coast Guard official said Monday. More ...

Kansas City family blames Trump after mom’s deportation

BOCA DEL RÍO, Mexico — It’s almost as if Letty Stegall is there, back home in the United States, beside her daughter to prod her awake for school. When her husband goes to the grocery store, she fusses over the list with him. At the bar she helped run, she still gives regulars a warm ...

Liberal icon, new Democratic star wade into GOP-heavy Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The new face of an emerging democratic socialist movement joined its patriarch in the most unlikely place Friday, calling on Kansans unhappy with the direction of the country to get off the sidelines in a pivotal Republican-held congressional district. "We know that ...

NY Times: Trump was recorded talking of paying Playboy model

Story updated at 3:35 p.m. Friday, July 20, 2018. New York — President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer secretly recorded Trump discussing a potential payment for a former Playboy model’s account of having an affair with him, people familiar with an investigation into the attorney ...

Death toll from Branson duck boat accident climbs to 17

Story last updated at 12:45 p.m. Friday, July 20. BRANSON, Mo. — Divers found four more bodies Friday in a Missouri lake where a duck boat packed with tourists capsized and sank in high winds, bringing the death toll to 17 in the tourist town of Branson, authorities said. Investigators ...

Trump endorses GOP Rep. Yoder’s re-election in Kansas 3rd

TOPEKA — President Donald Trump on Wednesday gave his “full and total endorsement” to Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder in a Kansas district that Democrats see as competitive after Hillary Clinton narrowly carried it in the last presidential election. Trump tweeted his support for the ...

Trump questions U.S. intel, not Putin, on Russia 2016 meddling

HELSINKI — Standing next to Russia's Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump openly questioned his own intelligence agencies' conclusions that Moscow was to blame for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election to Trump's benefit and seemed to accept Putin's insistence that Russia's hands were ...

Kansas Republicans offer support for Trump’s Supreme Court pick

TOPEKA - Both U.S. Senators from Kansas, as well as Gov. Jeff Colyer, issued statements of support Monday night for President Donald Trump's latest nominee for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, while Democrats vowed to make the nomination a key issue in the upcoming midterm elections. At a ...

Trump picks Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — After days of frenzied lobbying and speculation, President Donald Trump decided on federal appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh for his second nominee to the Supreme Court, setting up a ferocious confirmation battle with Democrats as he seeks to shift the nation's highest court further ...

Moran presses Russia on election meddling

TOPEKA — U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, of Kansas, said Friday that he pressured Russian government officials about meddling in U.S. elections. Moran was part of a Republican congressional delegation that traveled to Moscow over the July 4 holiday to meet with Russian officials in advance of ...

Moran, other visiting U.S. senators urge Russia not to meddle in midterm election

MOSCOW — Visiting U.S. senators on Wednesday urged Russia not to meddle in the U.S. midterm election in November if it wants to improve strained bilateral ties. The senators were in Russia as part of a congressional visit taking place two weeks ahead of a summit between the nations' ...

Moran says he’ll discuss election interference during Russia trip

KANSAS CITY, MO. — U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran says he plans to discuss election interference during an upcoming trip to Russia with a small group of Republican lawmakers. The Kansas City Star reports that Moran also will be visiting Norway and Finland during the Senate's holiday break. The visit ...

Gunman kills 5 in attack targeting Maryland newspaper

Story updated at 10:07 a.m. June 29 ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A man armed with smoke grenades and a shotgun attacked a newspaper in Maryland's capital Thursday, killing four journalists and a staffer before police quickly stormed the building and arrested him, police and witnesses said. The shooting ...