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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 »

School Tells Autistic Boy: Take Off That Varsity Letter

Michael Kelley incident sparks debate on varsity jackets

(Newser) - Did Michael Kelley, a boy with Down Syndrome and autism, have his letter jacket taken off him at school? The accusation has triggered squabbling, an online petition, and debate about how to recognize special-needs children in high-school athletics in Wichita, Kansas, KSN reports. Michael's mom, Jolinda, first said a... More »

Beloved Clown Found in Sex Offender's Home

It disappeared from amusement park years ago

(Newser) - If you're not from Wichita, Kan., Louie the mechanical clown may seem a little creepy—but where he was discovered is a lot creepier. The life-size clown, who played the Wurlitzer organ at the city's now-closed Joyland amusement park for decades, was found this week in the home... More »

3 in Flight Simulator Killed by Actual Plane Crash

Pilot of Beechcraft King Air also among 4 dead

(Newser) - In what may be a deeply unfortunate first, three people in a flight simulator died in a plane crash at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport yesterday. The three died when a twin-engine Beechcraft King Air, whose pilot was also killed, crashed into a flight training center just after takeoff. Around 100... More »

4 Dead, 4 Missing in Plane Crash at Kansas Airport

Beechcraft King Air reported losing engine power after takeoff

(Newser) - At least four people are dead after a small plane crashed at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport this morning, sending up "towering plumes of black smoke that could be seen for miles," in the words of AP . The twin-engine Beechcraft King Air reported losing engine power just after takeoff,... More »

FBI: Worker Planned Suicide Bombing of Wichita Airport

Technician, 58, arrested in vehicle with (fake) explosives

(Newser) - An FBI sting has resulted in the arrest of an airport worker in Wichita who authorities say intended to blow up his place of employment—the Mid-Continent Regional Airport. A suspect identified as 58-year-old Terry Lee Loewen was arrested this morning at the airport inside a vehicle he thought was... More »

Woman Uses Sledgehammer to Stop Attack on Friend

Cops hail 60-year-old neighbor as hero

(Newser) - Superheroes are fine to have around, but a 60-year-old neighbor who's handy with a sledgehammer will do in a pinch. Wichita police say that when the 60-year-old woman heard her 48-year-old neighbor cry for help from the apartment next-door, she bolted over to help, reports the Wichita Eagle . When... More »

Cops: Teen Shoots Sis, Kills Beau During Cuddle

Boy was on a weekend pass from a children's home

(Newser) - A teenage boy on a weekend pass from a children's home shot his 17-year-old sister and her boyfriend after finding them in a romantic situation, killing the beau and critically injuring her, reports AP . “The brother of the female victim came in and was upset over his sister... More »

Roeder Guilty of Murder in Abortion Doc Slaying

Jury deliberated only 37 minutes before conviction in George Tiller's death

(Newser) - A jury in Kansas City convicted Scott Roeder today of first-degree murder in the death of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller. The jury deliberated only 37 minutes. Roeder testified yesterday that he fatally shot Tiller, one of the few late-term abortion providers in the US, to protect unborn children. He... More »

Successor Continues Tiller's Battle

Provider of late-term abortions plies dangerous trade

(Newser) - It's not easy being the leading provider of late-term abortions. Since Leroy Carhart decided to take up the work of slain colleague and friend George Tiller, he's become the target of intense opposition from anti-abortion groups. Carhart has adapted his Omaha-area clinic to his dangerous new line of work, adding... More »

Pro-Lifers Eye Slain Abortion Doc's Clinic

Operation Rescue's offer to buy is publicity stunt: Tiller's lawyer

(Newser) - The pro-life group that long tried to shut down the abortion clinic of slain doctor George Tiller wants to buy the Kansas site for office space, an offer Tiller’s attorney dismisses as a publicity stunt, the AP reports. The Tiller family announced yesterday that the clinic offering third-trimester abortions... More »

Tiller 'Knew Something Was Coming'

Murdered abortion doc worried about upsurge in protests, threats

(Newser) - George Tiller noticed a worrying rise in protesters outside his clinics and threats against him and his staff in the weeks before his death, the Kansas City Star reports. The abortion doctor shared his concerns with a colleague in North Carolina two weeks before he was shot. "I said,... More »

'Everyone' Thought Tiller Suspect Was Crazy: Ex-Wife

(Newser) - The ex-wife of the man suspected in yesterday’s fatal shooting of a Kansas abortion doctor says Scott Roeder underwent a mental evaluation and that, though he didn’t consider himself unstable, “everyone else did.” Lindsey Roeder says Scott’s views on abortion were so fierce she stopped... More »

Abortion Doc Was Dedicated Despite Dangers

Kansas physician believed passionately in right to choose

(Newser) - Dr. George Tiller persevered as one of the nation’s highest-profile abortion providers despite decades of violence against him and his clinic because he was a staunch believer in a woman’s right to choose, reports the Wichita Eagle. The Kansas physician—who was shot to death yesterday in the... More »

Police Arrest Suspect in Murder of Abortion Doc

Obama 'shocked and outraged' by killing

(Newser) - Police in Wichita, Kan., have arrested a 51-year-old male suspect in the murder of abortion doctor George Tiller, who was gunned down today as he walked into church, the Wichita Eagle reports. Wichita police Capt. Brent Allred did not name the suspect but did say other agencies, including the FBI,... More »

Top 10 US Cities for Jobs

Salt Lake City's still tops, but Texas boasts work aplenty, Forbes reports

(Newser) - Where to get that new job this year? The Lone Star State is boasting work aplenty, but Salt Lake City—still high on tech jobs—takes the top spot. Forbes lists its top10 job-growth towns:
  1. Salt Lake City, Utah
  2. Wichita, Kan.
  3. Austin, Texas
  4. Atlanta, Ga.
  5. Fort Worth, Texas
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Missing Co-ed Starred in Porn Site

Police fear foul play in Kansas teen's disappearance

(Newser) - A missing Kansas college student apparently led a secret life as an internet porn star, according to police who suspect foul play in her disappearance. Emily Sander, 18, disappeared last week after leaving a bar outside Wichita with a man whose motel room was later found trashed and covered in... More »

Shoppers Ignore Dying Murder Victim

Wichita convenience-store patrons snapped photos, kept shopping

(Newser) - Convenience store murders rarely make national news, but when shoppers at a Witchita store did nothing to help a stabbing victim who lay bleeding to death on the floor—except to snap cell phone photos of her—the lack of response did. Wichita Eagle columnist Mark McCormick reported that shoppers... More »

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