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Hogs, residents compete for Kansas county’s water supply

TRIBUNE, Kan. — Only 1,200 people live in Kansas’ smallest county, where using irrigation to quench thirsty crops is no longer an option for many because the water source underneath this flat, arid prairie is nearly exhausted due to decades of overuse. Recognizing that economic development was at a standstill, county residents narrowly voted five years […]

More deaths blamed on wintry storm moving through central US

DALLAS — A slow-moving wintry storm system that has been blamed for more than a dozen deaths began moving eastward out of Texas on Saturday but kept coating some states to the north in ice, making driving dangerous. The band of storms that has been moving through parts of the Plains and the Midwest since […]

Where’s death penalty in push for criminal justice overhaul?

WASHINGTON — Even as President Barack Obama tries to make a hard case for overhauling sentences, rehabilitating prisoners and confronting racial bias in policing, he has been less clear about the death penalty. Obama has hinted that his support for capital punishment is eroding, but he has refused to discuss what he might call for. […]

Trump called out for appearing to mock disability

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump denied Thursday that he mocked a reporter with a disability in a South Carolina speech, despite appearing to imitate mannerisms of the “poor guy” and make fun of him. A statement posted on his Twitter account said Trump doesn’t know the reporter personally or what he looks like and was only […]

Ukraine stops buying Russian gas, closes airspace

MOSCOW — Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated Wednesday as Ukraine decided to stop buying Russian natural gas — hoping to rely on supplies from other countries — and closed its airspace to its eastern neighbor. Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014 and its support for separatist rebels in the east has […]

Pope urges Kenyans to work for peace

NAIROBI, Kenya — Brushing aside security concerns, Pope Francis arrived in Kenya on Wednesday on his first-ever trip to Africa and urged Kenyans to work for peace and forgiveness amid a wave of extremist violence on the continent that threatens to disrupt his trip. Francis was received upon arrival at Nairobi’s airport by President Uhuru […]

4 arrested in vandalism of San Francisco Bay Area dam

FREMONT — Police say they have arrested four men for allegedly cutting an inflatable dam in Fremont in May, resulting in the loss of nearly 50 million gallons of water. KRON-TV reports Fremont police on Tuesday announced the arrests of Dylan Jeffery, Drake Elkhouri, Gavin Palmon and Zackory Morton in connection with the vandalism. All […]

Woman sought for series of California wedding thefts

SAN DIEGO — Southern California authorities are looking for a wedding thief who steals wallets, credit cards and other valuables on the couple’s happiest day without so much as an “I do.” The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department says an arrest warrant has been issued for 50-year-old Denise Louise Burns — also known as Denise […]

Man charged with killing artist working on peace mural

OAKLAND — The man charged with gunning down an artist as he worked on a mural in Oakland had to be forcibly removed from a courtroom Tuesday after he began shouting expletives at a judge reading a litany of charges against him. Marquise Holloway, 20, of Oakland was arrested Friday at his mother’s home in […]

APNewsBreak: Feds revising wary stance on self-driving cars

LOS ANGELES — Federal transportation officials are rethinking their position on self-driving cars with an eye toward getting the emerging technology into the public’s hands. Just two years ago, the U.S. Department of Transportation struck a cautious tone. Its official policy statement, published in May 2013, says cars should be limited to testing and not […]

Protesters call for prosecution of police in fatal shooting

MINNEAPOLIS — Dozens of demonstrators huddled around bonfires Saturday evening, maintaining their presence at a Minneapolis police station where they have established an encampment following the death of a black man who was shot by police last weekend. Minneapolis civil rights activist Mel Reeves said the primary goal of the protests is to see the officers […]

Footage released of student shot trying to stop a robbery

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Police released surveillance footage of a Tulane University medical student being shot while trying to stop an apparent armed robbery in New Orleans. According to The Times-Picayune the footage, captured by a nearby business, shows a man in a hooded shirt dragging a woman down a street early Friday morning. She […]

Louisiana picks Democrat as next governor, rejecting Vitter

NEW ORLEANS — Democrat John Bel Edwards won the runoff election for Louisiana governor Saturday, defeating the once-heavy favorite, Republican David Vitter, and handing the Democrats their first statewide victory since 2008. Edwards, a state lawmaker, will take over the office from term-limited Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal in January. Voters’ rejection of Vitter was a […]

Rancher pleads guilty to falsely claiming cattle losses

RAPID CITY, S.D. — A South Dakota rancher has pleaded guilty in federal court to falsely claiming he lost more than a hundred cattle during the autumn blizzard of 2013 that left ranchers in the state reeling with financial losses. Karl Knutson pleaded guilty Friday as part of a deal with prosecutors, the Rapid City […]

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