• BC-KS--Kansas News Digest 1 pm, KS

    Updated: Sun, May 17, 2015

    Hello! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Kansas. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Kansas City bureau at 816-421-4844 or apkansascity@ap.org. Heather Hollingsworth is on the desk. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

  • Illinois Marine among 8 dead in Nepal helicopter crash

    Updated: Sun, May 17, 2015

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says a U.S. Marine Corps combat photographer from Illinois made "the ultimate sacrifice" while helping the people of Nepal. Cpl. Sara A. Medina is among the eight dead who were aboard a Marine helicopter that crashed during a relief mission in the earthquake-hit country. Officials identified the victims Sunday. Rauner says Medina's dedication to serving and protecting others makes her a role model and "she will never be forgotten." Six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers lost their lives in the crash. The UH-1 "Huey" helicopter went missing Tuesday while delivering rice and tarps. The wreckage was found Friday following days of searching in the mountains northeast of Ka

  • Suicide car bomb by Kabul airport kills 3, including Briton

    Updated: Sun, May 17, 2015

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban suicide car bomber attacked a convoy from the European Union police training mission Sunday near the Afghan capital's international airport, killing at least three people, including a Briton, authorities said. The attack in Kabul comes amid a stepped-up Taliban campaign that saw its militants attack a guesthouse days earlier in Kabul, killing 14 people, including nine foreigners. The assaults show the challenges facing Afghan security forces, which have been in charge of their country's war since NATO and U.S. troops ended their combat mission at the end of last year.

  • Bodies of 6 US Marines, 2 Nepalese in crash identified

    Updated: Sun, May 17, 2015

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The bodies of six U.S. Marines and two Nepalese soldiers who were aboard a Marine helicopter that crashed during a relief mission in earthquake-hit Nepal have been identified, officials said Sunday. The wreckage of the UH-1 "Huey" was found Friday following days of intense searching in the mountains northeast of Kathmandu, Nepal's capital. The first three charred bodies were retrieved Friday by Nepalese and U.S. military teams, and the rest were found Saturday. The U.S. Marines who were killed were Capt. Dustin R. Lukasiewicz, from Nebraska, Capt. Christopher L. Norgren, from Kansas, Sgt. Ward M. Johnson IV, from Florida, Sgt. Eric M. Seaman, from California, Cpl. Sara A. Medina, from Illinois, and L

  • AP PHOTOS: Migrants arrive in Indonesia after ordeal at sea

    Updated: Sun, May 17, 2015

    LANGSA, Indonesia (AP) — More than 2,000 desperate members of Myanmar's ethnic Rohingya community fleeing persecution and Bangladeshis trying to escape poverty have landed on the shores of Indonesia's Aceh province in recent weeks, as well as in neighboring Malaysia. Thousands more are still believed to be stranded at sea, with Southeast Asian nations unwilling to accept them amid an escalating humanitarian crisis. Many of the migrants have described killings, extortion and near-starvation after a long, harrowing journey. Most of those reaching Indonesia were crammed onto three boats that Indonesian fishermen towed ashore in the Aceh city of Langsa.

  • Melbourne Victory win A-League title, beat Sydney FC 3-0

    Updated: Sun, May 17, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Albanian striker Besart Berisha added to his team-leading goal total in the biggest match of the season, helping the Melbourne Victory to a 3-0 win over Sydney FC in the A-League grand final Sunday. Berisha came into the match with 14 goals. He notched his 15th in the 33rd minute when he gained possession in the box and fired home the opening goal. Kosta Barbarouses and Leigh Broxham added clinching goals in the final seven minutes. It was an eventful first half for Berisha, who was also shown a yellow card for contact with Sydney's Matthew Jurman. It was the third A-League title for the Victory, equaling the Brisbane Roar's total since the A-League took over the National Soccer League in

  • Neither China nor US giving ground over projects dispute

    Updated: Sun, May 17, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) — China and the United States are budging not a bit over Beijing's assertive development in disputed parts of the South China Sea, with Chinese officials politely but pointedly dismissing Washington's push for U.S.-proposed ways to ease tensions. As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped up a visit to China on Sunday, both sides stressed the importance of dialogue to resolve competing claims in the waterway. But neither showed any sign of giving ground over Chinese land reclamation projects that have alarmed the United States and China's smaller neighbors. Kerry met Sunday with Chinese President Xi Jinping, who will be making an official visit to the United States this fall and sought to highlight U.S.-Chin

  • Cambodia deports fugitive Russian tycoon

    Updated: Sun, May 17, 2015

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia deported a fugitive Russian tycoon Sunday who was living illegally in the Southeast Asian country after he was accused of embezzling $175 million in his homeland. Accompanied by Russian authorities, Sergei Polonsky was put on a flight to Moscow via Vietnam early Sunday morning, said immigration official Ouk Hey Sela. Polonsky was arrested Friday in the southern Cambodian coastal town of Sihanoukville, where authorities said he had been living for two years with an expired visa. The real estate tycoon was charged in Russia in June 2013 with embezzling more than 5.7 billion rubles ($175 million) from 80 property investors.

  • Guam residents who lost homes in typhoon face future

    Updated: Sat, May 16, 2015

    HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — The future is uncertain for Guam residents who lost their homes during a powerful Pacific typhoon. The Pacific Daily News reported (http://bit.ly/1QSYSaW ) that many residents flocked to shelters during the storm Saturday and later found out their homes were severely damaged. Nineteen-year-old Atson Nameta played cards and entertained seven of his younger siblings in the Machananao Elementary School cafeteria. The future living situation for his family was uncertain. "My dad just came from the house, and there was a lot of damage that happened," Nameta said. "I'm not sure if we have a place to stay anymore, because the rooftop flew off.

  • Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin stops Monroe in 6th

    Updated: Sat, May 16, 2015

    INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Gennady Golovkin's latest big drama show had a few extra twists and turns. The middleweight champion still finished it with his usual show-stopping flourish. Golovkin stopped Willie Monroe Jr. 45 seconds into the sixth round Saturday night, retaining the 160-pound belts with his 20th consecutive knockout victory. Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) put on another masterful performance in his adopted home, knocking down Monroe twice in the second round and again in the sixth round of his 14th consecutive title defense. The former Kazakh Olympian has stopped each of his 20 opponents since June 2008, and even a surprisingly strong fourth round from Monroe couldn't throw Golovkin off his path to the top. <

  • Stuttgart, Germany awarded 2019 world gymnastics titles

    Updated: Sat, May 16, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has awarded the 2019 world championships to Stuttgart, Germany. The federation said on its website Sunday that Stuttgart was chosen over the only other competing city, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, during the FIG council meeting in Melbourne on Saturday. FIG said under a new Olympic qualification system accepted by the council, the top nine teams from the 2019 worlds — not including teams already qualified from 2018 — will qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Games. On Saturday, FIG said it had approved "with an overwhelming majority" a new format that will see the number of gymnasts in the team competition be reduced from five to four for the Tokyo Oly

  • France's Perrine Delacour leads Kingsmill Championship

    Updated: Sat, May 16, 2015

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — France's Perrine Delacour took advantage of Alison Lee's late two-hole meltdown to take the third-round lead Saturday in the Kingsmill Championship. The 21-year-old Delacour birdied three of the final five holes for a 4-under 67. She had an 11-under 202 total on Kingsmill Resort's River Course. "I think tomorrow I will be nervous because that's the first time in the lead," Delacour said. "So, I'm going to be nervous, but I'll try to do my best and we'll see after 18 holes." She's comfortable on the River Course. "It's good," said Delacour, winless in 19 career starts in two seasons on the LPGA Tour. "Pretty similar to European golf courses. It's good for my game.

  • Phelps, Lochte still winless in Charlotte meet

    Updated: Sat, May 16, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Olympic champions Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte remained winless heading into the final day of the Arena Pro Swim Series-Charlotte meet. Lochte finished fourth Saturday in the 100-meter backstroke, won by Serbia's Arkady Vyatchanin. Meanwhile, Phelps — in his second meet since serving a six-month suspension — was seventh in the 200 butterfly, won by Chase Kalisz. Lochte finished the event in 54.43 seconds — nearly three-quarters of a second behind Vyatchanin, who won in 53.69. Lochte barely missed out on medaling, coming in 0.01 seconds behind Japan's Junya Koga. "That was my best in-season time," Lochte said. "It was a good day. I'm thinking about getting better day after day.

  • Myanmar says it's not to blame for migrant crisis

    Updated: Sat, May 16, 2015

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar refused to shoulder the blame for an escalating crisis involving thousands of persecuted Rohingya Muslims stranded at sea, and doubts whether it will attend a regional meeting in Thailand later this month to find an urgent solution on how to deal with the boats of refugees. Boats filled with more than 2,000 desperate and hungry people have landed in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, and thousands more migrants are believed to be adrift at sea after a crackdown on human traffickers prompted captains and smugglers to abandon their human cargo. All three countries have dispatched their navies to push boats away or execute a so-called "help-on" policy of giving the boats food and water — and poi

  • Bodies of Marines, Nepalese recovered from crashed chopper

    Updated: Sat, May 16, 2015

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The bodies of six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers who were aboard a U.S. Marine helicopter that crashed during a relief mission in earthquake-hit Nepal have been recovered, Nepal's army said. The wreckage of the UH-1 "Huey" was found Friday following days of intense searching in the mountains northeast of capital Kathmandu. The first three charred bodies were retrieved the same day by Nepalese and U.S. military teams, and the rest on Saturday, the Nepalese army said in a statement . The aircraft went missing while delivering aid on Tuesday. Lt. Gen. John Wissler, commander of the Marine-led joint task force, said in Kathmandu on Friday that his team could not immediately determine the cause o

  • Pampling shoots 69 to keep lead in BMW Charity Pro-Am

    Updated: Sat, May 16, 2015

    GREER, S.C. (AP) — Australia's Rod Pampling shot a 2-under 69 at Thornblade Club on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Web.com Tour's BMW Charity Pro-Am. The 45-year-old Pampling had a 20-under 195 total. He opened with consecutive 9-under 63s at The Reserve at Lake Keowee and Green Valley Country Club to take a four-stroke lead. "It's still foot down and I'm sure second is closer than it was yesterday," Pampling said. "You can't take your foot off the accelerator. It's foot down the whole way and you just take advantage of good shots and I didn't do that today." Mark Blakefield and Kelly Kraft were tied for second. Blakefield had a 64 at Green Valley, and Kraft shot a 66 at Thornblade Club

  • McIlroy sets course record with 61, leads at Wells Fargo

    Updated: Sat, May 16, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — When Rory McIlroy rolled in an 8-foot birdie putt on the 13th hole, he started thinking about shooting 59. He didn't quite get there Saturday, settling for an 11-under 61 to break the Quail Hollow record and take a four-shot lead in the Wells Fargo Championship. After making nine birdies in a 10-hole stretch, the top-ranked McIlroy pushed his 7-iron on the par-3 17th hole to the right side of the green 40 feet from the cup. He settled for par and the dream was dashed. "I was little disappointed with not finishing it off the way I wanted to, but still it was a great run," McIlroy said. It was McIlroy's best round on the PGA Tour, but not his best ever.

  • Jeff Maggert leads Champions Tour's Regions Tradition

    Updated: Sat, May 16, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The 18-round battle between Jeff Maggert and Kevin Sutherland ended with dueling putts in a sudden downpour. Round 18 went to Maggert. He birdied the final two holes for a 4-under 68 and sole possession of the lead Saturday after the third round of the Champions Tour's Regions Tradition. Finishing in heavy rain, Maggert reached 14 under after entering the day tied for the top spot with Sutherland at Shoal Creek. Sutherland was left a stroke back when his birdie attempt on No. 18 was short by a couple of inches to set up a tap-in for a 69 under the driving rain. Both had huddled under umbrellas with their caddies on the suddenly wet green. "That green, I think, slowed up a little bit," Mag

  • Pakistan officials: US drone strike kills 5 militants

    Updated: Sat, May 16, 2015

    DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani intelligence officials say missiles fired from a U.S. drone struck a compound in the North Waziristan tribal region near the Afghan border, killing five militants. The two officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters, said three of the militants killed Saturday were Uzbeks and the other two were Pakistanis. They say the compound had been used by the Pakistani Taliban. U.S. drone strikes have killed several leading militants in rugged areas of Pakistan over the years, but are deeply unpopular in Pakistan because they have also killed civilians.

  • Afghan official says Taliban block roads, kidnap civilians

    Updated: Sat, May 16, 2015

    GARDEZ, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban militants blocked roads in an eastern province of Afghanistan bordering Pakistan, forcing cars to stop and kidnapping the occupants at gunpoint, an Afghan official said Saturday. Gen. Zelmai Oryakhail, the police chief of Paktia province, said a number of civilian vehicles had been stopped by Taliban gunmen in Sayad Karm district early in the morning. Six people were still being held out of the 22 initially abducted, he said, adding that police reinforcements have been deployed in an attempt to free the remaining captives. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in tweets from an account associated with the group.




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