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  • Tonganoxie not on the list of 3 Kansas sites selected as finalists for Tyson chicken-processing plant

    TOPEKA, Kan. — Local officials have confirmed that three Kansas counties are finalists for a new Tyson Foods Inc. chicken-processing plant. The sites are in Cloud County in north-central Kansas, Montgomery County in southeastern Kansas and Sedgwick County in south-central Kansas. Montgomery County proposed a site in Coffeyville. State Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Heather Lansdowne said Wednesday that 16 communities in Kansas pursued the project, and Tyson narrowed the list to three. The company has been searching for a new […]

  • Man charged with driving car onto Missouri basketball court

    COLUMBIA, Mo. — A University of Missouri graduate has been charged with driving onto the school’s basketball court this summer and causing more than $100,000 in damage. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the four property damage counts were filed earlier this month against 23-year-old Nathaniel Conant. His attorney didn’t immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press. Court records say video shows a car being driven through several gates, a garage door and striking two golf carts on June […]

  • Sen. John McCain recalls America’s role as leader, warns of isolationist and nationalist policies

    PHILADELPHIA — U.S. Sen. John McCain jabbed Monday night at unnamed pushers of isolationist politics, saying at his National Constitution Center Liberty Medal ceremony in Philadelphia that abandoning America’s role as an international leader is “unpatriotic.” The six-term Republican senator from Arizona made the remarks after receiving the award for a lifetime of service and sacrifice to the country. In addition to recalling his more than two decades of Navy service and his imprisonment in a Vietnam prisoner of war […]

  • School board member resigns after calling African-American board members ‘darkies’ in email

    FLORENCE, S.C. — A former school board member in South Carolina has apologized for sending an email where he called African-American board members “darkies.” But one black Florence School District One member says that is not enough and he wants a state and federal investigation into possible discrimination. Glenn Odom sent the email to a district employee in August asking for a ride and also asking her not to “send it to the darkies.” Odom resigned Oct. 2, and the Morning […]

  • Bergdahl pleads guilty; says he understands what he did caused others to search for him

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl told a military judge Monday morning he’s pleading guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. His lawyer says the prosecution and defense have not agreed to a stipulation of facts in the case, which is an indication that they did not reach a deal to limit his punishment. Bergdahl is charged with endangering his comrades by walking away from a remote post in Afghanistan in 2009. He told the judge that […]

  • Many who fled wildfires return home, but at least 40 lives lost

    SANTA ROSA, Calif. — With the winds dying down, fire crews gained ground as they battled the wildfires that have devastated California wine country and other parts of the state over the past week, and thousands of people got the all-clear to return home. While the danger from the deadliest, most destructive cluster of blazes in California history was far from over, the smoky skies started to clear in some places. People were being allowed to go back home in […]

  • Bruce Arena resigns as coach after US men’s soccer team fails to qualify for World Cup

    NEW YORK  — Bruce Arena resigns as coach after U.S. men’s soccer team fails to qualify for World Cup. Twenty-eight years after one of the United States’ most important victories came in stunning fashion at Trinidad to end a four-decade World Cup absence, the Americans’ chances for the 2018 tournament in Russia ended on this island nation off the coast of Venezuela. The U.S. was eliminated from World Cup contention Tuesday night, a shocking 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago […]

  • Entire neighborhoods leveled by California wildfires; at least 26 dead

    SONOMA, Calif. — Search-and-rescue teams, some with cadaver dogs, started looking for bodies Thursday in parts of California wine country devastated by wildfires, authorities said, sounding a warning that more dead were almost sure to emerge from the charred ruins. At least 26 people have died and some 3,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed by the blazes, which were well on their way to becoming the deadliest and most destructive in California history. Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano said […]

  • President Trump nominates deputy chief of staff to lead DHS

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will nominate his deputy chief of staff, Kirstjen Nielsen, as his next secretary of Homeland Security, the White House announced Wednesday. Nielsen formerly served as John Kelly’s chief of staff when he held the position of Trump’s first DHS secretary. She moved with Kelly to the White House when Trump tapped him to serve as his own chief of staff, and was quickly named principal deputy. Nielsen, an expert in homeland and national security policy, […]

  • Missouri gets grace period for Real ID license compliance

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri has more time to comply with stricter identification requirements under the Real ID Act. The Department of Homeland Security is giving Missouri a grace period through Jan. 22, 2018 as it reviews the state’s request for another extension. The last extension expired Tuesday. At issue is a federal law with tougher proof-of-identity requirements needed at airports, some federal facilities and military bases. Some Missouri lawmakers worried about privacy pushed back against compliance with the federal […]

  • Hotel worker warned of shooter before Las Vegas massacre

    LAS VEGAS — A maintenance worker said Wednesday he told hotel dispatchers to call police and report a gunman had opened fire with a rifle inside Mandalay Bay before the shooter began firing from his high-rise suite into a crowd at a nearby musical performance. The revised timeline has renewed questions about whether better communication might have allowed police to respond more quickly and take out the gunman before he committed the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Worker […]

  • Boy Scouts to let girls in some programs

    IRVING, Texas — In a historic change, the Boy Scouts are announcing plans to admit girls into the Cub Scouts starting next year and to establish a new program for older girls using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts. Under the plan announced Wednesday, Cub Scout dens — the smallest unit — will be single-gender, either all-boys or all-girls. The larger Cub Scout packs will have the option to welcome both genders if they choose. The program for older […]