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'I Didn't Get It': Oncology Nurse's Note to Patients After Own Diagnosis

Now that she has cancer herself, Lindsay Norris is offering apologies

(Newser) - Lindsay Norris has a lot to say to the cancer patients she's helped in her role as an oncology nurse, but in a recent blog post she penned after finding out she has cancer herself, the prevailing theme is: "I didn't get it." Per People , Norris... More »

Judge Rules Sperm Donor Not on Hook for Child Support

Two women used William Marotta's sperm to have a daughter then split

(Newser) - A Kansas man who answered a Craigslist ad to donate sperm so two women could have a baby together is not legally the child's father and isn't required to provide financial support, a judge ruled. The state Department for Children and Families, which sought to force William Marotta... 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 »

Murder, Kidnapping Suspect Says Victim Promised Her a Baby

Yesenia Sesmas claims she had a deal

(Newser) - A Texas woman accused of fatally shooting a new mom and kidnapping her baby has told police she did so because the child had been promised to her, reports KWCH . Suspect Yesenia Sesmas, 34 is a former co-worker of 27-year-old Laura Abarca-Nogueda, who was found dead in her Wichita home... More »

Kansas Guy Is Pimping Cold War-Era Sub

Scott Waters is rehabbing Pisces VI submarine he found in Wisconsin

(Newser) - A Kansas man and 10 experts are refurbishing a Cold War-era submarine to put it back into the deep seas for exploration. Scott Waters, 29, of Salina, has a team that gathers a few times a year north of Salina to tear apart and modernize a submarine that is one... More »

Missing Newborn of Mom Shot to Death Found Alive

Cops find baby Sophia Abarca-Nogueda in Dallas days after mom killed in Kansas

(Newser) - Authorities have found a week-old baby who was reported missing Thursday after her mother was shot to death in Kansas, police said Saturday. Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said baby Sophia Abarca-Nogueda was found alive after authorities executed a search warrant before dawn at a Dallas home, the Wichita Eagle... More »

Kansas Mom Shot Dead, Newborn Missing

Kansas father found girlfriend dead, baby missing

(Newser) - Police in Kansas suspect that whoever murdered Laura Abarca-Nogueda on Thursday kidnapped her newborn baby—and may now be pretending that baby Sophia is theirs. Police have asked the public to look out for people who now have an unexpected addition to the family, the Wichita Eagle reports. "We'... More »

Kansas House Leader Points to 'Great Quote From Hitler'

Peggy Mast says she meant to link Hitler and Planned Parenthood

(Newser) - Praising Hitler is never a good move, even more so when you're a high-ranking state lawmaker. And yet: Kansas' House Speaker Pro Tem Peggy Mast described a quote from Hitler as "profound" in a since-removed Facebook post on Thursday. "Great quote from Hitler in the video,"... More »

Cops: 70-Year-Old Robs Bank to Get Out of Living With Wife

The couple had a fight, he explained to investigators

(Newser) - Home life not going so well? Just rob a bank and get yourself relocated to jail. That's what a 70-year-old Kansas man allegedly did Friday, the Kansas City Star reports. Police say Lawrence John Ripple walked into Kansas City's Bank of Labor and gave the teller a note... More »

Girl's First Day at New School Ruined by Pair of Leggings

A mother is irate after her 11-year-old was punished for wearing a tunic and leggings

(Newser) - It's safe to say that 11-year-old Bella's first day of middle school in Lansing, Kan., didn't go according to plan. Just after 8am last Wednesday she texted her mother, Kimberly Jones, to say that she "got dress coded" and had to wear sweatpants over her flowered... More »

Source: Kansas Boy Was Decapitated on Waterslide

Other riders say their raft flew into the air

(Newser) - The death of 10-year-old Caleb Schwab on the world's tallest waterslide was even more horrific than early reports indicated, a source tells the AP . The source says the boy, son of Kansas lawmaker Scott Schwab, was decapitated in the accident, which is being investigated but hasn't been explained... More »

Kansas Couple Sues Over Hellish IP Address Quirk

And that made Kansas couple suspects in countless internet crimes

(Newser) - A Kansas couple whose farmhouse became the nexus of seemingly the entire country's internet misdeeds is suing the company they say is responsible, Courthouse News Service reports. James and Theresa Arnold rented a farmhouse in Potwin in 2011. That's when the problems started. According to the Wichita Eagle... More »

Cops: Neck Injury Caused Boy's Waterslide Death

Questions still surround death of Kansas boy

(Newser) - The death of 10-year-old Caleb Thomas Schwab on the world's tallest waterslide Sunday was the result of a "fatal neck injury," police said Monday—but they have not disclosed what caused the injury. As the investigation into the boy's death at the Schlitterbahn Kansas City Water... More »

Lawmaker's Son Dies on World's Tallest Waterslide

Kansas waterpark shuts down after death of boy, 10

(Newser) - The world's tallest waterslide has been shut down indefinitely while authorities investigate the tragic death of a lawmaker's son. Caleb Thomas Schwab, 10, died Sunday afternoon on the "Verruckt" waterslide at the Schlitterbahn waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas. The boy, son of state Rep. Scott Schwab, was... More »

Skydiving Student Found Dead With 'No Harness'

'She came completely out of whatever and dropped to the ground'

(Newser) - Sheralynn Neff took part in at least five skydives over the weekend, so her last on Sunday should have been routine, reports the Hutchinson News . Instead, the 26-year-old's parachute landed without her. Crews in Cushing, Okla., searched for 16 hours before discovering the body of the Kansas woman—whom... 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 »

Top 10 College Towns in US

California's got three; Iowa has two

(Newser) - Business Insider , with help from Niche, has a list of the top 30 college towns in the US. That's based on cost of living, the real-estate market, diversity, access to amenities, crime rates, and more. To qualify as a college town, places had to be home to a... More »

Cop Fired for Facebook Threat to 5-Year-Old Black Girl

'We'll see how much her life matters soon,' Kansas cop posted

(Newser) - On Thursday night, someone posted a chilling comment on LaNaydra Williams' Facebook page under images of her young daughter. "We'll see how much her life matters soon," the post on the Dallas woman's page read. "Better be careful leaving your info open where she can... More »

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