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6-Year-Olds Prove To Be Awful Drivers During Joyride

They left a 3-block trail of destruction in their wake

(Newser) - Police say two 6-year-old boys took a joyride in a pickup truck through a central Kansas town, damaging five other vehicles and two mailboxes along the way. Newton police Sgt. Josh Millspaugh says the boys' three-block journey ended about 4:30pm Tuesday when they rammed another truck. One of the... More »

2-Year-Old Found With Octopus Stuck in Throat

Mom's boyfriend is arrested

(Newser) - Doctors must have been shocked when they pulled a small octopus from the throat of a 2-year-old boy who arrived at the hospital not breathing. The boy's 21-year-old mother arrived home from work Tuesday night to find her 36-year-old boyfriend, Matthew Gallagher, giving CPR to her son, according to... More »

Dad Ends Hunger Strike Amid Fight to Get Kids Back

Raymond Schwab lost custody of 5 kids amid abuse allegations

(Newser) - Raymond Schwab, a Gulf War veteran and father of six, has ended his 17-day hunger strike on the steps of the Kansas Statehouse now that an LA-based attorney is filing a lawsuit on his behalf. Schwab, who says he uses medical marijuana to manage chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder,... More »

University Rules on Prof Who Used N-Word in Class

University of Kansas gives Andrea Quenette a pass

(Newser) - A four-month investigation into a University of Kansas professor who used a racial slur in class has concluded the word was used in an educational context and not intended to be racist, the AP reports. Assistant communication studies professor Andrea Quenette has been on paid leave since November, when a... More »

Mom of 5 Dies 10 Days After Birthing Triplets

Cassia Rott died just after returning home from hospital

(Newser) - A Kansas woman has died from a blood clot just 10 days after the premature birth of her triplets, leaving behind a husband and two older children. Cassia Rott died the day she came home from the hospital to see her two older daughters, Chloe, 7, and Tenley, 2, for... More »

Fugitive Arrested in Kansas-Missouri Killing Spree

5 are dead in 2 states

(Newser) - A man suspected of fatally shooting four people at his neighbor's home in Kansas before killing another man about 170 miles away in a rural Missouri house was taken into custody early Wednesday morning after an extensive manhunt, the Missouri State Highway Patrol says. The Highway Patrol tells the... More »

Cruz, Trump Each Win 2; Trump Tells Rubio to Fold

'I want Ted one on one'

(Newser) - Ted Cruz picked up two double-digit victories against Donald Trump Saturday night with wins in Kansas and Maine, though Trump won much tighter contests in Louisiana and Kentucky. Trump will retain a sizable overall lead in delegates, but the Cruz wins show "there's no quick end in sight... More »

90 Minutes Before Kansas Shooting, a Protective Order

Cedric Ford was given it at the Excel Industries plant where he worked

(Newser) - Just an hour and a half before cops say Cedric Ford went on a shooting rampage in Hesston, Kansas, killing three and injuring more than a dozen before being shot and killed by police, he received something that may have been the fatal trigger. Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton tells... More »

Sources Identify Kansas Gunman

He worked at the plant, official confirms

(Newser) - Law enforcement sources have identified the gunman who killed three people and wounded more than a dozen others in a series of shootings in south-central Kansas as Cedric Ford, CBS New York reports. The first officer at the scene of the rampage, which culminated at Excel Industries in Hesston, north... More »

4 Dead, 14 Injured in Kansas Shootings

Gunman is among those killed

(Newser) - Four people including the gunman are dead and 14 more are injured after a series of shootings in south-central Kansas, police say. Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton said at a news conference there are "a number of crime scenes involved," including the Excel Industries plant in Hesston, north... More »

Kansas Senator to 'Ladies': No Mini-Skirts, Please

Mitch Holmes has implemented a controversial dress code

(Newser) - A Kansas state senator has some people's knickers in a twist after implementing a new dress code that singles out women who wear "skimpy skirts or blouses with plunging necklines," the Topeka Capital-Journal reports. Mitch Holmes is the chairman of the state's ethics and elections committee,... More »

Georgia Officials Stumped by Mutilated Cows

Also, new cases in Kansas and Missouri

(Newser) - The case of two cows found dead and mutilated has authorities in Jackson County, Ga., baffled. With both cows, there was no discernible cause of death and the animals had a complete circle cleanly cut around the rectal area, the Augusta Chronicle reports. Of the first cow, found Dec. 16,... More »

Family Seeks Long-Lost Triplets via Facebook

They were born March 9, 1972, in Kansas

(Newser) - Cynthia Bush says her parents were "appalled" when she became pregnant with triplets at 16 in 1971. They sent her from upstate New York to stay with an aunt in Kansas until she gave birth and adoptions were arranged through Catholic Charities. Bush eventually married the biological father of... More »

1st Basketball Game Was Basically a Giant Fight

According to a newly discovered audio recording of James Naismith

(Newser) - If any of the old-timers at your holiday gatherings this year complain about how basketball players have gotten soft and the fouls aren't as hard as they used to be, tell them to blame the game's inventor. A newly discovered audio recording of James Naismith—thought to be... More »

Brother's Suicide Note Frees Man Jailed for 16 Years

Kansas man killed himself when new evidence surfaced

(Newser) - Kansas man Tom Bledsoe has confessed to raping and murdering the 14-year-old sister of his brother's wife, but he won't spend a day behind bars for the crime. The confession came in suicide notes that led to his younger brother's release from prison after 16 years, reports... More »

Deadly Weather Hits Central US for Holiday Weekend

At least 6 people have been reported dead since Thursday

(Newser) - Deadly weather hit the central US at the beginning of the holiday weekend, with at least six people reported dead across multiple states as of Friday morning. WFAA reports four fatalities due to heavy flooding in north Texas. One body was pulled from a submerged Hyundai after the driver apparently... More »

8-Year-Old Girl Killed While Driving Car

'My heart is dying; there are no words'

(Newser) - A driver died Sunday in Kansas after losing control of her 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, rolling down an embankment, and landing upside down in a creek, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports. The driver? An 8-year-old girl. "Grandpa said he gave her permission to drive and she crashed," a Kansas Highway... More »

Sentenced to Death, Man Shouts 'Heil Hitler'

Frazier Glenn Cross says his 'spirit will rise from the grave'

(Newser) - Frazier Glenn Cross, the white supremacist whose poisonous beliefs led him to murder three people at two Jewish sites in Kansas last year , was unrepentant after he was sentenced to death on Tuesday. The 73-year-old, who also goes by the name Frazier Glenn Miller, shouted "Heil Hitler!" after... More »

Teen Driver Swats at Spider; It Ends Badly for 11 People

Kansas teen let go of wheel to try to kill arachnid

(Newser) - A teenage girl in Kansas is the latest arachnophobic driver to have become more dangerous than any spider. The Kansas Highway Patrol says 17-year-old Diana Nicole Bell was on the highway east of Great Bend when she noticed a spider on her lap and let go of the steering wheel... More »

10 Best Cities for Families

A city in Kansas tops the list (and one in Mississsippi brings up the rear)

(Newser) - Everyone wants the best for their families, and picking a place to live is usually among the top priorities. WalletHub has tried to make this task easier for you by comparing the 150 most populous cities in the US based on five categories: home affordability, education and child care, health... More »

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