• USDA awards $200,000 in federal funding to NDSU for research

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded researchers at North Dakota State University $200,000 to research wheat diseases. U.S. Sen. John Hoeven announced the funding on Friday. Hoeven says that $150,000 will go to NDSU researcher's to develop a new approach to address wheat tan spot disease. He says $50,000 will go to support the deployment of sustainable disease and pest resistance in wheat. The funding comes from the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Hoeven says researchers at NDSU are on the cutting edge of the agriculture industry.

  • UK's Cameron: Review how prisons treat pregnant women

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron is calling for an urgent review of how pregnant women are handled by prisons in light of figures showing 100 babies spent time in prison last year. He said Sunday it is "absolutely terrible" for the infants to spend time behind prison walls and suggested the government look at alternative approaches. Pregnant women who give birth while incarcerated are typically placed in a mother and baby unit inside the prison for up to 18 months. Cameron says some prison staff workers are able to make these environments pleasant but that better alternatives should be studied. "Think of the damage done to the life chances of these children," Cameron said. He plans a spee

  • 1 dead, 2 injured after apparent carbon monoxide poisoning

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    HIGHSPIRE, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say one person died and two others were injured by apparent carbon monoxide poisoning in a northeastern Pennsylvania home. Police in Dauphin County were called to the Highspire residence at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday and found the three victims overcome by the fumes. Authorities said one man was later pronounced dead while a second man was in critical condition. A woman was listed in fair condition. Investigators tested the air quality of the home and found high levels of carbon monoxide, but the source hasn't been determined. WHP reports that one of the victims said some work had been done on the house in the last few days that may have led to the leak.

  • Afghanistan hopes for talks with Taliban this month

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan expects to hold direct talks with the Taliban by the end of this month, an official said Sunday. Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmad Shakib Mostaghani told reporters that Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States agreed on a roadmap toward peace talks at a meeting in Islamabad the day before. He said the government hopes to "put an end to the futile violence which is imposed on our people." The last direct talks between Kabul and the Taliban broke down after just one session last summer when Kabul announced that the Taliban's reclusive, longtime leader Mullah Mohammad Omar died two years earlier. The next four-country meeting is scheduled for Feb. 23 in Kabul.

  • Duchess of Cambridge: Support children's mental health

    Yesterday

    LONDON (AP) — The Duchess of Cambridge says in a new video that she and Prince William want all children to get support during difficult times to help them overcome mental health challenges. The content of the video was revealed Sunday to mark the start of Children's Mental Health Week. The former Kate Middleton says in the video that the royal couple wants to help schools prioritize the mental well-being of their students as well as emphasizing academic success. She says that would allow every child to have a "firm foundation for the happy, healthy future they deserve." In the video she speaks to several children who have been helped by school programs for mental health. Charity workers say Kate's involvement is help

  • Date set for appeal by ex-doctor in Vegas hepatitis C case

    Yesterday

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada Supreme Court is scheduling oral arguments April 5 on an appeal by a once-prominent Las Vegas doctor serving 18 years to life in prison for the largest hepatitis C outbreak in state history. Attorneys for Dipak Desai (DEE'-pahk deh-SEYE') argue he didn't get a fair trial before being convicted in July 2013 of second-degree murder and 26 other charges including neglect of patients and insurance fraud. The lawyers argue that Desai was demonized by prejudicial pretrial publicity, and couldn't assist in his defense after suffering several strokes about the same time the 2007 hepatitis outbreak became public. Desai is now 66.

  • Rally for AIDS awareness planned for North Carolina capitol

    Yesterday

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Religious groups and elected leaders are holding a rally at the North Carolina capitol for AIDS awareness. The event called I Am My Brother/Sister's Keeper is set to start at 5 p.m. Sunday and is being held on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Organizers say there are about 36,000 people in North Carolina who have HIV, which is the virus that causes AIDS. The rally will call for better health care and support for people who have the disease.

  • Evolution of public health will be focus of event

    Yesterday

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The evolution of public health policy will be the subject of the next Omaha Science Cafe. Barbara Hewins-Maroney is an associated professor of urban studies and urban administration. She will talk about how public health policy is changing. The event will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. Science Cafes are free educational events sponsored by the university to increase people's science literacy. They are open to everyone 21 and older. Go to www.unmc.edu/sciencecafe for more information about Science Cafes.

  • AP FACT CHECK: Skewed GOP claims on taxes, health insurance

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Viewers of the latest Republican presidential debate didn't get a straight story from the candidates on U.S. taxes vs. the world, the state of the health insurance marketplace under "Obamacare" or what might happen if that law is taken away. Among other fumbles: —Marco Rubio seemed unaware that Kurds are Sunnis. —In his zeal to condemn the Obama administration's immigration record, Ted Cruz once again vastly overstated deportations under the previous two presidents. And he continued, as in a previous debate, to struggle with the meaning of carpet-bombing. —Chris Christie misstated the U.S. policy on paying ransom to hostage-takers.

  • Orlando hospital pilots ER program to help kids with Autism

    Yesterday

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — An Orlando children's hospital is piloting a new program to reduce stress for children with Autism when they visit the emergency room. Nemours Children's Hospital officials say emergency rooms tend to be overstimulating and can exacerbate symptoms for children with autism or other behavioral conditions. The program offers family a separate, quiet waiting room or playroom or headphones or sensory brushes to help distract children from overwhelming sights and sounds. A child life specialist is brought in to assess the situation and frontline staff are trained to reduce use of unnecessary monitors and limiting the number of caregivers in the room. Consults, test and medications are also expedited.

  • Florida students create app to prevent football concussions

    Yesterday

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A group of South Florida middle school students has won a $20,000 grant from Verizon for inventing an app that helps prevent football concussions. Students at Pine Crest Middle School in Fort Lauderdale won the award this past week for their mobile app concept to reduce concussions among athletes, by monitoring the force of impact sustained on player helmets. They'll also get the chance to work with MIT experts to learn coding to turn their concept into a working mobile app. Once complete, the team will own the full rights to their app, which becomes available for download in Google Play. In June, they will present their apps in person at a national conference in Nashville.

  • N. Korea praises launch, others see as covert missile test

    Updated: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Sunday defied international warnings and launched a long-range rocket that the United Nations and others call a cover for a banned test of ballistic missile technology. The rocket was fired from North Korea's west coast and its path was tracked separately by the United States, Japan and South Korea; no damage from debris was reported. At an emergency national security council meeting in Seoul, the country's president called the firing an "intolerable provocation.

  • The Latest: GOP candidates offer closing arguments to NH

    Updated: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Latest on the race for president, with candidates focusing on New Hampshire, which holds the first primary in the 2016 race on Tuesday (all times local): 10:40 p.m. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is reminding New Hampshire voters that they've "gotten to know my heart" after the New Jersey governor has campaigned in the state for combined 70 days. Ted Cruz is trumpeting his Iowa caucus victory in his closing statement in the New Hampshire presidential debate. Candidates gave their closing arguments at the eighth Republican debate to New Hampshire voters ahead of the state's Feb. 9 primary. Marco Rubio says he can unite the Republican Party, "grow the conservative movement" and de

  • Mormon church comes out against Utah medical marijuana bill

    Updated: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church has come out against a Utah bill that would allow the medical use of edible pot products, a position that could be a serious blow to one of two medical marijuana proposals before state lawmakers. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said leaders are worried about the unintended consequences of the measure proposed by Republican Sen. Mark Madsen of Eagle Mountain. A majority of Utah lawmakers are members of the Salt Lake City-based faith, and the church's position on an issue can be decisive. The church doesn't object to another, more restrictive medical marijuana bill that would allow access to a marijuana-infused oil, church spokesman Eric Hawkins said in a statement.

  • Chicago officer sues estate of teen he shot, claiming trauma

    Updated: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) — A white Chicago police officer who fatally shot a black 19-year-old college student and accidentally killed a neighbor has filed a lawsuit against the teenager's estate, arguing the shooting left him traumatized. The highly unusual suit was filed Friday in the middle of the city's effort to grapple with serious questions about the future of its police force. Those questions include the adequacy of its system for investigating police shootings and how to win back public trust after several cases of alleged misconduct. The U.S. Justice Department is conducting a wide-ranging civil rights investigation, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel has promised a major overhaul of the Police Department and steps to heal its fraught relation

  • Rubio faces barrage of attacks in Republican debate

    Updated: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Marco Rubio, a first-term senator on the rise in the presidential race, faced a barrage of attacks in Saturday night's Republican debate, with rivals vigorously challenging his readiness to be president and depth of his expertise as they sought to salvage their own White House hopes. Sen. Ted Cruz, fresh off his victory in the Iowa caucuses, also came under withering criticism for controversial political tactics, with rivals disparaging him for having "Washington ethics" and being willing to test the campaign's legal limits. The candidates faced off just three days before the New Hampshire primary, a contest that could further winnow an already shrinking GOP field.

  • New York moves to stop gay conversion therapy for youths

    Updated: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York is taking steps to stop therapists from trying to change young people's sexual orientation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday, joining a number of states that have acted against what's known as gay conversion therapy. The Democratic governor's move, announced Saturday, comes as gay rights advocates have campaigned state by state with mixed results to try to ban a practice that major mental health organizations have repudiated. Using executive power in a state where legislative bids to ban the therapy have stalled, Cuomo announced planned regulations that would bar insurance coverage for the therapy for minors and prohibit mental health facilities under state Office of Mental Health jurisdiction f

  • Wichita woman finds her home on the road

    Updated: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    Erica Prather has been traveling the last couple of years. She’s dipped her toes in Australians seas, taught English in South Korea, knocked on hobbit doors in New Zealand, led wildlife tours in Alaska and hiked the Andes in South America. She stopped home in Wichita for a couple of months recently to spend time with family. She took a job as a barista at Whole Foods and sometimes bumped into old friends from Kapaun Mount Carmel High School, who are married and raise kids in expensive homes on the east side, she said. They sometimes tell her that they are jealous of her lifestyle, although other times she interprets their expressions as “What are you doing with your life?” She’s 30, a woman and from Kansas

  • Bob Ford: Panthers’ Newton does it his way

    Updated: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    I don’t know if anyone else picked up on this, but glancing through the Super Bowl coverage leading up to Sunday’s big game, I discovered last week that Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is African American. This came as a big shock, as you might imagine, and must have been to a lot of other people as well, because there were news stories and columns and TV live shots, and all of them confirmed it, including Cam himself. “I’ve said this since day one — I’m an African American quarterback,” Newton said. “That scares people because they haven’t seen nothing that they can compare me to.

  • 'Affluenza' teen Ethan Couch transferred to adult jail in Fort Worth

    Updated: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    Ethan Couch, who came home to Fort Worth in handcuffs last week, was transferred from juvenile detention to Tarrant County’s maximum-security jail for adults on Friday. The 18-year-old known as the “affluenza teen” was placed in isolation at the downtown Lon Evans Corrections Center, Sheriff Dee Anderson said. The jail’s booking area was cleared of other inmates while Couch was being processed, he said. Ethan Couch transferred to maximum-security adult jail Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson announced that "affluenza" teen Ethan Couch has been transferred to a downtown Fort Worth adult jail. Star-Telegram video by Paul Moseley pmoseley@star-telegram.




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