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Chairman Troy Waymaster, left, R-Bunker Hill, confers with Rep. Kyle Hoffman, R-Coldwater, following a meeting of the Kansas House Appropriations Committee, Thursday, April 27, 2017, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. In a preliminary decision on budget matters, the committee has rejected a proposal from Gov. Sam Brownback to spend $24 million over two years to upgrade security at state hospitals so they do not have to allow concealed guns starting in July (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas governor seeks $24M to ban guns at state hospitals

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Gov. Sam Brownback proposed Thursday spending an additional $24 million over two years on armed guards and other security measures that would allow Kansas to continue banning concealed guns at state hospitals for the mentally...

Police: Man pepper-sprayed autistic man eating free cookies

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — A former security guard faces charges after allegedly pepper-spraying an autistic man who was eating free cookies at a Minnesota grocery store. Timothy Knutsen of St. Paul is charged with two misdemeanor counts of fifth-degree...

Police detain teen in fatal beating of 86-year-old woman

NORTH HIGHLANDS, Calif. (AP) — California police said Thursday they have detained a young man in the apparently random sexual assault and beating death of an 86-year-old woman on a morning walk around a high school track. Authorities say Fusako Petrus was...

White House wants to push tax overhaul without Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior administration official says the White House plans to push its tax overhaul without any support from congressional Democrats. It’s a sign of the intense partisanship over the administration’s outlines for cutting tax...

The Latest: California authorities identify slain woman, 86

NORTH HIGHLANDS, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the apparent random beating death of an elderly California woman (all times local): 4:20 p.m. Authorities have identified Fusako Petrus as the 86-year-old woman sexually assaulted and beaten to death while on a...

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New York bus terminal project shifts focus to existing site

NEW YORK (AP) — A plan to replace the nation’s busiest bus terminal has shifted focus to the facility’s existing site in the heart of the city after a previous plan to move it a block west encountered strong resistance from lawmakers. Officials...

The Latest: Amid shouts, city delays anti-profiling measure

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Latest on a proposed police anti-profiling ordinance in Providence, Rhode Island (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Leaders of Rhode Island’s largest city have tabled a sweeping new proposal to ban discriminatory profiling by...

Woman reported man was abused at home for mentally disabled

FULTON, Mo. (AP) — The former guardian for a central Missouri man who police believe was recently found dead in a concrete-encased container said she once called an abuse hotline because she believed he was being mistreated at a home for the mentally...

Omarosa Manigault, political aide and communications director for the Office of Public Liaison at the White House under President Donald Trump's administration, speaks at the Women's Power Luncheon of the 2017 National Action Network convention, in New York, Thursday, April 27, 2017. Manigault was a contestant on Trump's reality competition series, "The Apprentice." (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Aide: Blacks not trying hard enough to work with Trump

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s liaison to the black community, the former “Apprentice” star Omarosa Manigault, says African-American activists aren’t trying hard enough to work with the new administration. The White House...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows death-row inmate Jack Jones, who is one of two Arkansas killers set to die Monday, April 24, 2017, in the nation's first double execution in more than 16 years. Jones was given the death penalty for the 1995 rape and killing of Mary Phillips. (Arkansas Department of Correction via AP, File)

Inmates put to death in Arkansas during the past week

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas planned Thursday to execute a fourth inmate in eight days. Here is a look at the three inmates the state has put to death since last week: ___ LEDELL LEE Lee, 51, was sentenced to die for the 1993 death of his neighbor...

Cops: Pit bull kills owner during attack outside home

BREINIGSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Police say a pit bull mix killed its owner during an attack on the deck of the woman’s Pennsylvania home. Police say they were called to the home in Upper Macungie Township Thursday afternoon by neighbors who reported hearing...

FILE - In this March 22, 2017 file photo, Labor secretary-designate Alexander Acosta testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate is poised to confirm Acosta as President Donald Trump’s secretary of labor. The vote expected Thursday, April 27, 2017, would make Acosta the only Hispanic in the Cabinet and complete Trump’s Cabinet as he approaches the 100-day mark of his presidency. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

The Latest: Senate confirms Acosta as Trump’s man at labor

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Alex Acosta’s confirmation as President Donald Trump’s secretary of labor (all times EDT): 6:40 p.m. The Senate has confirmed law school dean Alex Acosta as President Donald Trump’s secretary of labor. The...

FILE - In this Dec. 14, 1984, file photo, fugitive Don Nichols, right, is lead into custody along with his son, Dan Nichols, after their capture several hours earlier near the Bear Trap Canyon about 30 miles west of Bozeman, Mont. The two men were charged with homicide, kidnapping, aggravated assault and intimidation for the kidnapping of Bozeman biathlete Kari Swenson and the murder of Alan Goldstein on July 16, 1984. Self-described "mountain man" Don Nichols was granted parole Thursday, April 27, 2017, after serving nearly 32 years for kidnapping the work class athlete on a training run in July 1984 and killing her would-be rescuer. (AP Photo, File)

Self-described ‘mountain man’ granted parole in 1984 killing

DEER LODGE, Mont. (AP) — Self-described “mountain man” Don Nichols was granted parole Thursday after serving nearly 32 years in the Montana State Prison for kidnapping a world class athlete out on a training run in 1984 and killing her would-be...

A glance at some of the recent executions around the globe

As Arkansas moved ahead Thursday with plans to execute a fourth inmate in eight days, The Associated Press checked into executions during the same period in other countries where the death penalty is regularly carried out. Experts cautioned that international...

FILE - This combination of file photos shows one of the three drugs that the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC) purchased to perform several executions. The top photo, provided by the ADC, shows a bottle of Midazolam, with the manufacturer's information blacked out by the ADC. The bottom photo, provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, shows the label for Midazolam. Arkansas has executed three inmates in the past week using midazolam, a sedative that’s been the subject of multiple court challenges since it was first used by Florida in 2013. (Arkansas Department of Correction/FDA via AP, File)

3 Arkansas execution drugs used for surgery, cardiac cases

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ execution protocol includes three drugs, two of which are used in surgery and one that benefits cardiac patients. A look at the drugs: ___ MIDAZOLAM Midazolam is the first of the three drugs administered to sedate...

Court: Employers can pay women less based on past salaries

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Employers can legally pay women less than men for the same work based on differences in the workers’ previous salaries, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. The decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a...

How a proposed soda tax in Santa Fe would affect consumers

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Residents of Santa Fe, N.M., are considering a new tax on sugary sodas and other sweetened beverages to boost access to pre-kindergarten. The tax is being condemned by the soft drink industry as a burden on working families, while...

Minnesota appeals court rejects bid to move officer’s trial

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals has rejected moving the manslaughter trial of a police officer charged in the fatal shooting of a black motorist. Attorneys for St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez asked the appeals court to...

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, right, as he prepares to sign an Executive Order on "Improving Accountability and Whistleblower Protection" at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump signs order creating accountability office at VA

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday created an office at the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve accountability and protect whistleblowers, calling it a “bold step forward.” Trump, who made improving veterans’ care a...

File - This June 6, 2016 file photo taken in Honolulu shows a bumper sticker Hawaii officials distributed in a campaign for a Hawaii boy who disappeared 20 years ago. The child, known as "Peter Boy," became the face of missing and abused children in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The father of a Hawaii boy who went missing 20 years ago has led police to the site Sunday, April 23, 2017, where he disposed his son's remains. Peter Kema Sr. is providing information about the location of the boy's body as part of a plea deal reached earlier this month. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, File)

Mother of Hawaii boy missing for 20 years released from jail

HONOLULU (AP) — The mother of a Hawaii boy who disappeared 20 years ago was released from jail Thursday after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the 6-year-old’s death. A judge granted supervised release for Jaylin Kema, who has served a year in jail....

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