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  • Michelle Obama joins Laura Bush in denouncing border family separation practices

    Former first lady Michelle Obama is adding her voice to the rising chorus of criticism of the Trump administration’s policy of family separation at the border. On Twitter Monday, Michelle Obama re-tweeted a message from former first lady Laura Bush promoting a column Bush wrote decrying the policy. Obama added: “Sometimes truth transcends party.” Laura Bush called the separation policy “cruel” and “immoral” in a guest column for The Washington Post Sunday. Sometimes truth transcends party. — Michelle Obama […]

  • Mom says Overland Park wants $132K after son topples sculpture

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas mother says an insurance company wants her family to pay $132,000 after her 5-year-old son accidentally knocked over a sculpture at a city community center. Sarah Goodman tells the Kansas City Star the incident happened last month at Overland Park’s Tomahawk Ridge Community Center while her family was attending a wedding reception. Goodman says she didn’t see the artwork hit the ground but her son suffered minor injuries when it fell. She says the sculpture […]

  • Cameron, Mo. prison still on lockdown a month after riot

    CAMERON, Mo. — A Missouri prison remains on lockdown more than a month after a protest turned into a riot, and officials with the union representing corrections officers worry that a staffing shortage could lead to more violence. Inmate activities have been restricted at Crossroads Correctional Center in Cameron since May 12, when dozens of inmates angered by loss of programs and recreation time due to staffing shortages damaged dining halls, the kitchen and other property. Corrections spokeswoman Karen Pojmann […]

  • Kilauea Volcano spews out lava everywhere leaving many homeless

    HONOLULU, Hi. — A volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island has destroyed more than 700 homes since it began spraying lava out of a vent on a residential street last month. Kilauea volcano has covered large parts of the island multiple times over the past century. People who lived through past eruptions speak of profound despair at losing homes and their way of life, but also about new opportunities and perspectives they gained. Mary Dressler says losing her home gave her […]

  • Oklahoma police officer shoots 70 year old man wanted for stalking

    TONKAWA, Okla. — A police officer shot and wounded a 70-year-old man wanted by authorities in Kansas following a traffic stop in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said in a statement Saturday that Ronald Dean Minix was stopped by an officer in Tonkawa, along Interstate 35 in the northern portion of the state. The city is about four hours southwest of Kansas City, Missouri. Authorities say Minix put a gun to his head during the stop late Friday. […]

  • Pope Francis compares abortion to Nazi-era tactics

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis denounced abortion on Saturday as the “white glove” equivalent of the Nazi-era eugenics program and urged families to accept the children as God given. Francis spoke off-the-cuff during a meeting at an Italian family association. The Vatican didn’t immediately provide a transcript of his remarks, but the ANSA news agency and the SIR agency of the Italian bishops’ conference quoted him. The agencies claim he denounced pre-natal tests that can result in parents choosing […]

  • Police say Missouri man arrested with 53 stolen firearms

    HIGHLANDVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man faces several charges accusing him of aiming a gun at a deputy before being caught with dozens of stolen firearms. The Springfield News-Leader reports that 33-year-old Jason Roy Anderson of Boonville is held without bond following his arrest on Thursday in southwestern Missouri. Christian County Deputy Lachlan Hicks was conducting traffic enforcement on Highway 65 when a pickup truck sped by and drove erratically before being stopped. A probable cause statement says Anderson emerged […]

  • Missouri denies legal bills for lawyers of former governor Eric Greitens

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The private attorneys who represented former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens’ office against potential impeachment proceedings won’t be paid by the state for more than $180,000 of legal bills, a top official decided Thursday. Office of Administration Commissioner Sarah Steelman said it appears the primary beneficiary of the lawyers’ work was Greitens individually and that the attorneys weren’t needed for the governor’s office itself. Steelman provided The Associated Press copies of letters to the attorneys denying […]

  • Warrensburg man sentenced to nearly 200 years behind bars for abusing two girls

    WARRENSBURG, Mo. (AP) — A 40-year-old Missouri man will likely spend the rest of his life in prison after being sentenced to 189 years in prison for sexually and physically abusing two girls. Robert Brown, of Warrensburg, was sentenced Monday for numerous counts of child abuse, neglect, endangerment, statutory sodomy and witness tampering. The Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal reports prosecutors said Brown whipped the 10- and 8-year-old girls with a window blind rod and padlocked them in their rooms in April 2017. He […]

  • Netflix extends run for ‘Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown’

    With a licensing deal set to expire later this week, Netflix announced on Tuesday that “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” will remain streaming for the foreseeable future following an outcry from fans. “Some fans have noticed that Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown was scheduled to come off Netflix US on June 16. As of today, we’ve extended our agreement that will keep Parts Unknown on the service for months to come.” the company stated in a release. Bourdain was found dead in […]

  • Federal judge approves $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge approved the $85 billion mega-merger of AT&T and Time Warner on Tuesday, a move that could usher in a wave of media consolidation while shaping how much consumers pay for streaming TV and movies. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon green-lit the merger without adding major conditions to the deal. The Trump Justice Department had sued to block the $85 billion merger, arguing that it would hurt competition in cable and satellite TV and jack […]

  • Missouri House chairman says state shouldn’t pay Greitens’ legal bills

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The chairman of a Missouri House panel that investigated former Gov. Eric Greitens says the state shouldn’t pay more than $150,000 of legal bills submitted by attorneys who represented Greitens’ office. State Rep. Jay Barnes sent a letter to the Office of Administration urging it to reject the payments requested by the Kansas City-based Graves Garrett law firm and the Connecticut-based Shipman & Goodwin law firm. The letter was publicly released Tuesday. An Office of […]