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Kansas senators split on supporting Trump on border security

WASHINGTON — Kansas' two Republican U.S. senators have split over supporting President Donald Trump's declaration of an emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border. Sen. Jerry Moran was among 12 Republican senators joining Democrats in passing a resolution that would terminate Trump's declaration on ...

Former KU tennis coach, TV stars charged in college admissions bribery scheme

Story updated at 4:07 p.m. Tuesday BOSTON — Fifty people, including a former University of Kansas tennis standout-turned-coach and Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, were charged Tuesday in a scheme in which wealthy parents allegedly bribed college coaches and other insiders ...

CDC: Unvaccinated Oregon boy almost dies of tetanus

PORTLAND, Ore. — An unvaccinated 6-year-old Oregon boy was hospitalized for two months for tetanus and almost died of the bacterial illness after getting a deep laceration on his forehead while playing on a farm, according to a case study published Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease ...

Flu may have peaked, but experts eye jump in nastier strain

NEW YORK — There's a strong chance this flu season has peaked, but health officials are watching a recent wave of illnesses from a nastier flu strain. Flu was reported to be widespread in 48 states last week, down from 49 the week before, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said ...

Farm loan delinquencies reach 9-year high

Wichita — The nation’s farmers are struggling to pay back loans after years of low crop prices and a backlash from foreign buyers over President Donald Trump’s tariffs, with a key government program showing the highest default rate in at least nine years. Many agricultural loans come ...

How ‘completely avoidable’ measles cases continue to climb

WASHINGTON — The U.S. has counted more measles cases in the first two months of this year than in all of 2017 — and part of the rising threat is misinformation that makes some parents balk at a crucial vaccine, federal health officials told Congress on Wednesday. Yet the vaccine is hugely ...

Former Kansas Gov. Brownback tours Middle East as U.S. religious freedom envoy

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES — Pakistan has “a desire to change” its ways and be removed from an American blacklist of countries that infringe on religious freedoms, a U.S. special envoy said Sunday on a tour of a Mideast long riven by faith. Sam Brownback, the U.S. ...

Lawmakers: Budget compromise included funding for Amtrak route through Kansas

Lawmakers say a federal budget compromise approved by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump provides $50 million of additional federal funding to maintain Amtrak rail passenger service through Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico. The funding for the Southwest Chief route will enable Amtrak ...

Kansas senators ‘worried’ about precedent set by Trump’s border declaration

TOPEKA — Kansas' two Republican U.S. senators worry about the precedent set by President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the border with Mexico to secure more money for a wall. Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts said Saturday that they are concerned that a future ...

Youth smoking decline stalls in the U.S., and vaping may be to blame

NEW YORK — Cigarette smoking rates have stopped falling among U.S. kids, and health officials believe youth vaping is responsible. For decades, the percentage of high school and middle school students who smoked cigarettes had been declining fairly steadily. For the past three years, it has ...

In address, Trump calls for hard line on immigration, end to investigations

WASHINGTON — Face to face with emboldened Democrats, President Donald Trump called on Washington to cast aside "revenge, resistance and retribution" and end "ridiculous partisan investigations" in a State of the Union address delivered at a vulnerable moment for his presidency. Trump ...

Nearly half of U.S. adults have heart or blood vessel disease

A new report estimates that nearly half of all U.S. adults have some form of heart or blood vessel disease, a medical milestone that's mostly due to recent guidelines that expanded how many people have high blood pressure. The American Heart Association said Thursday that more than 121 million ...

Yielding to pressure amid disruption, Trump agrees to reopen government for 3 weeks

WASHINGTON — Submitting to mounting pressure and growing disruption, President Donald Trump agreed to a deal Friday to reopen the government for three weeks, backing down from his demand that Congress give him money for his border wall before federal agencies get back to work. Standing alone ...

‘Outsider’ Steve Watkins now hiring veteran GOP insiders to guide him

After touting himself as a political outsider during last fall's campaign, Rep. Steve Watkins has surrounded himself with veteran political insiders and people with deep roots in Kansas' Republican Party in the early stages of his term in Congress. Watkins' new hires collectively have more ...

For the poor, the safety net in a shutdown doesn’t feel safe

WASHINGTON — Doris Cochran, a disabled mother of two young boys, is stockpiling canned foods these days, filling her shelves with noodle soup, green beans, peaches and pears — anything that can last for months or even years. Her pantry looks as though she's preparing for a winter storm. But ...

Less beef, more beans: Experts say the world needs a new diet

NEW YORK — A hamburger a week, but no more — that's about as much red meat people should eat to do what's best for their health and the planet, according to a report seeking to overhaul the world's diet. Eggs should be limited to fewer than about four a week, the report says. Dairy foods ...

U.S. flu season poised to be milder than last year’s harsh one

NEW YORK — It's early, but the current flu season is shaping up to be gentler than last winter's unusually brutal one, U.S. health officials said. In most parts of the country, most illnesses right now are being caused by a flu strain that leads to fewer hospitalizations and deaths as the ...

Experimental app might spot drug overdoses in time to help

WASHINGTON — Too often, people die of an opioid overdose because no one's around to notice they're in trouble. Now scientists are creating a smartphone app that beams sound waves to measure breathing — and summon help if it stops. The app is still experimental. But in a novel test, the ...

Kansas state treasurer running for U.S. Senate seat in 2020

TOPEKA — Kansas State Treasurer Jake LaTurner is running for the U.S. Senate in 2020. LaTurner declared his candidacy Tuesday for the Republican nomination, less than a week after four-term GOP Sen. Pat Roberts announced that he will not run for re-election. The 30-year-old LaTurner said ...