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FILE - In this June 5, 2020, file photo, a surfer walks on a sparsely populated Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Hawaii's governor says that starting Oct. 15, travelers arriving from out of state may bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

The Latest: Honolulu to allow some activities to resume

Sep. 22, 2020 11:34 PM EDT

HONOLULU -- Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says the city plans to allow some activities that were shut down last month to control the spread of the coronavirus to resume under new guidelines. The mayor said Tuesday the city will allow social gatherings of up to five people, including at beaches and hiking trails. ...

More Kansas schools ending in-person classes, sports

Sep. 22, 2020 1:29 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — More Kansas schools have ended in-person classes and canceled sports because of coronavirus exposure and team quarantines. Both Haysville and Derby have quarantined their high school football teams, but Derby still plans to hold Friday night’s game, the Wichita Eagle reported....

PGA Tour heads to Caribbean, Europe begins another UK swing

Sep. 22, 2020 10:27 AM EDT

PGA TOUR CORALES PUNTACANA RESORT & CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP Site: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Course: Puntacana Resort & Club (Corales). Yardage: 7,666. Par: 72. Purse: $4 million. Winner's share: $720,000. Television: Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m. (NBC). Defending...

Wichita man pleads guilty to having 20 pounds of meth, guns

Sep. 21, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man who had 11 weapons and about 20 pounds of methamphetamine at his rental home in Wichita pleaded guilty Monday to drug and weapons charges, federal prosecutors said. Wichita police officers who searched the home of Luis M. Hernandez, 40, in December 2018 found baggies of...

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks at the

Ginsburg's death puts Roe v. Wade on the ballot in November

Sep. 21, 2020 12:13 AM EDT

It's been a throwaway line in presidential campaigns for years: Roe v. Wade is on the ballot. This time it is very real. The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg so close to a presidential election and the vacancy it creates on the Supreme Court, coupled with President Donald Trump's political imperative to...

Pedestrian dies after running onto Kansas interstate

Sep. 20, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

HARVEY COUNTY, Kan. (AP) — A pedestrian died after he ran onto an interstate in south-central Kansas Saturday night. The Kansas Highway Patrol said 20-year-old Kalub Rowson of Minneapolis, Kansas, died after he was struck by an SUV on Interstate 135 about 12 miles north of Wichita. The crash happened...

Performer shot during Kansas history museum reenactment

Sep. 19, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A performer has been wounded during a reenactment at a Kansas history museum in a shooting that police say appears to be accidental. The shooting was reported at 9:05 p.m. near the Old Cowtown Museum at an event in which reenactors were supposed to use blank rounds, The Wichita Eagle...

Lee Norman, Kansas secretary of health and environment, speaks to the press at the Statehouse during the coronavirus pandemic at a weekly briefing, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Topeka, Kan. (Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)

Kansas pauses release of data about coronavirus clusters

Sep. 17, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' health department has suspended its reporting on individual businesses and locations where clusters of coronavirus cases have occurred after only a week, saying it wants to make sure the data does not include cases that aren't current. The department's top administrator, Dr. Lee...

Wichita police sergeant charged with battery on coworker

Sep. 17, 2020 9:48 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita police sergeant has been charged with misdemeanor battery for an incident involving a coworker, the Wichita Police Department said. Sgt. Maurice Mitchell has been charged with a single count of battery in Wichita’s municipal court, the department said in a news...

Plan calls for more testing of people without virus symptoms

Sep. 16, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials are considering spending $50 million to dramatically ramp up testing of people who aren't showing obvious signs of the coronavirus. A state task force this week backed Kansas Health Secretary Lee Norman’s recommendation to use the federal stimulus money on...