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Here Are the Best, Worst States for Gender Equality

Maine is looking good for women's rights

(Newser) - Despite making up more than half the US population, women are still lagging behind their male counterparts in pay and in leadership positions, and still claiming the lion's share of minimum-wage jobs. Some states are making better strides than others in closing the gender gap, per WalletHub , which looked... More »

Kansas City Police Shoot 'Very Angry' Rifle-Toting Man

Suspect told hotel manager he had killed wife

(Newser) - Police in Kansas City, Kansas, shot and killed a man on Tuesday who told a hotel manager that he had killed his wife and was heading to a popular shopping and restaurant area. The "very angry and distraught" man entered the Country Inn & Suites near the Legends Outlet... More »

Body of 'Miss Molly' Exhumed in Kansas

Police hope DNA will finally ID woman found dead in 1986

(Newser) - Police in Kansas have exhumed the body of a woman killed more than 30 years ago in the hope of arriving at her real name. The partially clothed body of the woman nicknamed " Miss Molly " was found face-down in a creek along Interstate 70 in rural Saline County... More »

Teen Helping Family Friend Found Dead

Kansas girl, sister had been helping a man clean out a semi when he called her back

(Newser) - Jasmine Mills, 17, left her home in Olathe, Kansas, early Thursday intending to help an adult friend remove trash from the cab of a semi-truck. Days later, her body was found in the back of a semi-truck in nearby Kansas City, leaving her family desperate for answers. Jasmine's 16-year-old... More »

Cops Apologize for 'Lighthearted' Father's Day Tweet

They asked people to turn in dad with outstanding warrants

(Newser) - The Topeka Police Department said it was a "lighthearted" Father's Day tweet—but a lot of people weren't laughing. "Does your child’s father have warrants? Is he carrying around any drugs? Has he been committing any crimes?" the Sunday morning tweet asked. "Want to... More »

This Is the Most Fun US State

California tops the list for 2019

(Newser) - You know the safest , least stressful , healthiest , greenest , and happiest places to live, but what about the most fun? To figure that out, WalletHub looked at 26 factors related to entertainment, nightlife, and recreation—things like restaurants, amusement parks, golf courses, theaters, arcades, music festivals, casinos, and marinas per capita;... More »

Kansas Court Delivers Big Victory for Abortion Rights

Justices say state constitution protects those rights

(Newser) - Kansas' highest court ruled for the first time Friday that the state constitution protects abortion rights and blocked a first-in-the-nation ban on a common second trimester method for ending pregnancies. The state Supreme Court's ruling represented a big victory for abortion rights supporters in a state with a Republican-controlled... More »

'Daddy Did It': NFL Player Suspended After Tape Airs

Kansas City Chief Tyreek Hill's fiancee allegedly accuses him of child abuse

(Newser) - A wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs has been suspended after a local news station got its hands on a recording that suggests domestic violence involving a young child. The Kansas City Star reports on an 11-minute audio file sent to KCTV5 that appears to contain a conversation between... More »

After Parents Disowned Her, Queer Eye Fans Raise $90K

Jess Guilbeaux is going back to school, thanks to help from strangers who saw her on 'Queer Eye'

(Newser) - When a GoFundMe was set up for Jess Guilbeaux, the goal of $100,000 for the 23-year-old— whose story of being disowned by her adoptive parents after they discovered she was gay appeared on Netflix's third season of Queer Eye—seemed far off. Now that crowdfunding initiative has reached... More »

School Offers Course in 'Angry White Males'

The University of Kansas delves into the topic

(Newser) - Want to learn more about the angry white male? Head to the University of Kansas, where a course called "Angry White Male Studies" is slated for next school year. The course catalog says it will delve into the history of angry white men beginning in the US and Britain... More »

Woman Buys Out Shoe Store, for a Cause

Addy Tritt's kind act benefits Nebraska flood victims

(Newser) - A Kansas woman donated 204 pairs of shoes to Nebraska flood victims after buying everything that was left at a closing Payless store , per the AP . The Hays Post reports the shoes, with a retail price of more than $6,000, were part of a flood relief shipment taken to... More »

'Insanity Plea' Cases May Never Be the Same

The US Supreme Court takes up James Kahler's case

(Newser) - The day after Thanksgiving in 2009, James Kahler went to the home of his estranged wife's grandmother, where he shot the two women, along with his two teenage daughters. No one—not even Kahler's attorneys—disputes that he killed the four relatives. Instead, his lawyers argue that he... More »

ACLU Asks Why Police Handcuffed Man Moving Into His New House

Veteran was stopped while carrying a large-screen TV

(Newser) - The Kansas ACLU wants to know why a black man was detained by police while he was moving into his new house late at night. Police stopped Karle Robinson, 61, as he was carrying a large-screen television into the house. He was handcuffed outside for 8 minutes last August, the... More »

She Was Disowned for Being Gay. Then the Queer Eye Guys Stepped In

Netflix episode featuring Jess Guilbeaux has proved to be an 'ugly cry' one

(Newser) - Netflix recently started streaming the third season of Queer Eye, and one episode in particular is causing people to "ugly cry." NBC News reports on "Black Girl Magic," the fifth episode, which puts 23-year-old Jess Guilbeaux in the spotlight. Guilbeaux, a waitress in Lawrence, Kan., was... More »

'Gun-Toting' Doctor Gets Life After Patient Dies

Steven Henson is accused of unlawfully distributing prescription drugs

(Newser) - The courtroom gasped. The accused showed no emotion. The judge made his ruling clear: Kansas doctor Steven Henson was getting life in prison for distributing prescription drugs that took a patient's life, NBC News reports. Found guilty in October on charges including conspiracy to distribute prescription drugs outside a... More »

Lawmaker: New Laptops, Phones Must Block Porn

Kansas legislator's proposed bill runs into free-speech criticism

(Newser) - A state legislator in Kansas has generated controversy with a proposed new law: He wants all computers and phones sold in the state to block pornography by default, reports the Topeka Capital-Journal . Under Republican Randy Garber's bill in the House, any business that sells the devices must first install... More »

Guy Says Wife Was on His Case When He Won $22K

Louis Kronawitter was taking heat until lady luck rolled in

(Newser) - A Kansas man says he was in hot water with his wife for buying lottery tickets—when he suddenly won $22,000, per Fox News . Seems Louis Kronawitter was taking grief while reviewing a pile of 2by2 and Pick 3 tickets at their home in Shawnee, a Kansas City suburb,... More »

They Blamed Politics for Their Plot. A Judge Didn't Buy It

Members of 'The Crusaders' militia group get 25+ years each

(Newser) - They blamed America's divisive politics, but a judge dismissed that. "We have extremely divisive elections because our system is to resolve those through elections and not violence," said US District Judge Eric Melgren at an emotional hearing Friday for three men convicted of plotting to blow up... More »

Black Teen: My Ex-Coach Wrote Text That 'Sickened' Me

Camille Sturdivant's suit says she was told she was 'too dark' to dance, faced retaliation for complaining

(Newser) - What should have been one of the best years of Camille Sturdivant's life turned into one that left her "sickened." That's per a lawsuit the African-American teen has filed against her former Kansas school district, an ex-dance coach there, and others after she says she was... More »

They Were Told He Was Gifted. He'll Be Proving It This May

16-year-old Braxton Moral will be first to graduate from high school and Harvard at same time

(Newser) - Like many kids, Braxton Moral dreams of one day being president. Unlike many kids, the 16-year-old forged an unusual path in his quest to get there. Per Time , Braxton will graduate on May 19 from Ulysses High School in his Kansas hometown, then don a cap and gown on May... More »

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