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Airline Worker Takes Nap, Then 'Slips Through the Cracks'

Intoxicated baggage handler fell asleep in American Airlines cargo hold

(Newser) - United Airlines was plagued with canine passenger problems earlier this year. This time it's American that's making headlines, and it involves a human—an apparently drunk one. USA Today reports on a baggage handler said to be in his mid-20s who had an interesting flight on board a... More »

'Rising Democratic Star' Drops Out of Race, Cites PTSD

Democrat Jason Kander says he's 'done hiding' his post-traumatic stress disorder, depression

(Newser) - "I suffer from depression and have PTSD symptoms. After 11 years, I'm finally ready to do something about it." That was the surprise tweet Tuesday from Jason Kander, an Afghanistan war veteran and "rising Democratic star" who'd hoped to become the next mayor of Kansas... More »

Millionaire Accused of Killing Lawyer a Week After Judgment

David Jungerman's $33M in assets are now under care of a Kansas City police commissioner

(Newser) - Millionaire David Jungerman should be enjoying his golden years. Instead, his assets are now under the control of police in Kansas City, who've charged him with murder. It's something of a tale: Per the Kansas City Star , the 80-year-old is accused of shooting and killing attorney Tom Pickert... More »

Arson That Killed 2 Firefighters Wasn't Salon Owner's First

Thu Hong Nguyen faces up to 30 years in prison

(Newser) - The 2015 deaths of two firefighters were caused by a woman who set fire to her own nail salon, and not for the first time, a judge ruled Monday. Thu Hong Nguyen was found guilty of two counts each of first-degree arson, second-degree murder, and second-degree assault after using flammable... More »

Traffic Alert: Kansas Bans Cop Sex With Motorists

Police were allegedly abusing their power

(Newser) - Kansas has passed a law that most people probably assumed the state already had. The new law bans police officers from having sex with motorists that they pull over, reports the Wichita Eagle . Although Kansas did have a law prohibiting police from having sex with people in jail, the new... More »

Dog Gets New Family After 445 Days in Shelter

Mastiff mix was found wandering streets in 2016

(Newser) - A big Mastiff mix with droopy eyes that endured a heartbreakingly long stay at a Kansas City animal shelter has finally found a home. After 445 days at the Kansas City Pet Project shelter, where more than 10,000 pets pass through annually, Polina was finally adopted, the AP reports.... More »

There's a Dead Body Hiding in 1889 Van Gogh

It belongs to an unlucky grasshopper

(Newser) - Painting outdoors allowed Vincent Van Gogh a firsthand look at the landscapes that would become the subjects of his masterpieces. But the routine wasn't without, well, pests. As part of a study of 104 paintings from France, conservator Mary Schafer at Kansas City's Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art recently... More »

Metal Detectorist Saves the Day After Proposal Gone Wrong

Man finds $3K engagement ring that Seth Dixon dropped in pond while proposing

(Newser) - It was the "little plop" heard 'round the world. Seth Dixon and Ruth Salas likely thought they'd never find Salas' $3,000 engagement ring again after Dixon accidentally dropped it off a wooden footbridge and into a pond while proposing in Kansas City earlier this month. But... More »

Man Learns Hard Way Not to Propose Over Body of Water

'You could hear a little plop'

(Newser) - It started with a wedding proposal and ended with a dozen churchgoers up to their armpits in pond water. The Kansas City Star reports Maddie Villareal was supposed to be filming a romantic engagement between her friends Seth Dixon and Ruth Salas Saturday in Kansas City's Loose Park. Her... More »

Guy Who Robbed Bank to Escape Wife Must Stay Home

Sorry, Lawrence

(Newser) - Lawrence John Ripple told police he robbed a Kansas City bank in September to get out of living with his wife. During sentencing Tuesday, he got the very opposite of his wish. In a rare move, a federal judge sentenced 71-year-old Ripple, who pleaded guilty to bank robbery in January,... More »

Man Kills Woman Near Park Named for Her Murdered Sister

Casey Eaton's mother says she's still dealing with the 1999 murder

(Newser) - A woman in Kansas City, Kansas, will soon bury a second daughter. In 1999, Cherri West's 10-year-old daughter Pamela Butler was kidnapped and killed, and last week West's oldest daughter Casey Eaton was shot dead—less than a block from the park named in Butler's memory. "... More »

Skulls Found This Week May Belong to Missing Women

Authorities are hoping to identify the remains found outside Kansas City

(Newser) - The families of two missing women have been notified after the discovery of a pair of skulls this week outside Kansas City, the Kansas City Star reports. Kara Kopetsky was last seen in 2007; Jessica Runions disappeared last September. Neither woman's body has ever been found. The first skull... More »

Missing Waitress Found in Car in Missouri River

Toni Anderson had gone missing after leaving work at bar in January

(Newser) - A Kansas City woman missing for two months has been found in her car at the bottom of the Missouri River, reports the Kansas City Star . "We just got the news—there’s a body in her car," said Liz Anderson, mother of 20-year-old Toni Anderson, on Friday... More »

Search for Missing Woman Turns Up a Man's Body, Again

Group searching for Jessica Runions has found two other bodies

(Newser) - Since Jessica Runions went missing in September, family and friends have formed a search party and combed the Kansas City area week after week. And while they have yet to find the 21-year-old Missouri woman or clues as to her possible whereabouts, on each of the past two Saturdays the... More »

Student Was Pulled Over by Cops, Then She Disappeared

Family fears Toni Anderson of Kansas City woman has been abducted

(Newser) - Family members fear a missing student was abducted after she vanished in Missouri early Sunday. Toni Anderson, 20, a student at University of Missouri-Kansas City, was last seen leaving the Kansas City bar where she worked around 4am after telling coworkers she was going to a gas station. She never... More »

Cops Shoot, Kill Man Outside Kansas Walmart

Police say they fired after 50-year-old attacked one of their own with long wooden rod

(Newser) - Police say officers fatally shot a man outside a suburban Kansas City, Kan., retail store after he hit one of them with a long wooden rod, the AP reports. Lenexa police spokesman Dan Friesen says the man was shot near a Walmart in Olathe around 10:30pm Sunday after striking... More »

World's Tallest Water Slide to Close for Good After Death

Schlitterbahn water park's 168-foot Verruckt slide to be taken down

(Newser) - The 10-year-old son of a Kansas lawmaker died on the world's tallest water slide this summer, and that ride is now closed for good. Caleb Schwab, the son of state Rep. Scott Schwab, suffered a "fatal neck injury" Aug. 7 on the 168-foot Verruckt slide at the Schlitterbahn... More »

Man Arrested, Charged For Asking Controversial Question at KC Library

A library official is 'outraged'

(Newser) - The executive director of the Kansas City library system says he is "outraged" that prosecutors continue to pursue charges against a man who was arrested after asking pointed questions during a library discussion about the Middle East peace process and an employee who tried to intervene. Although the arrests... More »

Kansas Police Captain Killed in Shooting

Robert Melton is the 2nd Kansas City, Kansas, officer killed in 2 months

(Newser) - A police officer in Kansas City, Kansas, was shot and killed Tuesday, becoming the second Kansas City officer killed in the line of duty in the past two months, the Kansas City Star reports. Officers responded to reports of people shooting from a car and arrived at the scene to... More »

26 Months, 3 Sets of Twins, Zero Fertility Treatments

This 20-year-old Kansas mom has her hands full

(Newser) - A mother in Kansas has her hands full after giving birth to her third set of twins in just over two years, the AP reports. Per WDAF-TV , 20-year-old Danesha Couch of Kansas City, Kan., says she hasn't undergone any fertility treatments and realizes that some people might consider her... More »

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