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Two found dead in Kansas City home, police investigating

Jul. 11, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City, Missouri, police are investigating after two people were found dead in a home Friday afternoon. Police spokesman Capt. Dave Jackson said in a news release that a woman had not heard from her parents for several days and went to check on them. She said she found two...

Two arrested in case of missing Kansas girl after body found

Jul. 11, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The father of a missing 3-year-old Kansas girl was arrested late Friday after police said they believe they found her body. Howard Jansen III, 29, of Kansas City, Kansas, has not been formally charged in the death of Olivia Ann Jansen. Jansen was booked into the Wyandotte County...

FILE - In this Friday, June 12, 2020 file photo, a nurse uses a swab to perform a coronavirus test in Salt Lake City. On Friday, July 10, 2020, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting that the nasal swab test commonly used for diagnosing COVID-19 involves obtaining a sample from a protective layer of cells known as the blood-brain barrier, which can result in inflammation of the brain. The swab goes so far back into the nose that it can be uncomfortable, even causing some people’s eyes to water. But it doesn't touch the area where blood vessels and the brain exchange important nutrients. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jul. 10, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ CLAIM: The nasal swab test commonly used for to diagnose COVID-19 involves...

Kansas City official calls to remove more racist monuments

Jul. 10, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City councilwoman is calling for a plan to remove monuments and rename streets that honor figures who were slaveholders or racists. Councilwoman Melissa Robinson of the 3rd District introduced a legislation that would establish a 12-member commission to research and make...

Missouri cities requiring masks as reported virus cases rise

Jul. 10, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — The rapidly rising number of confirmed new coronavirus cases has prompted facial- covering requirements in several areas of Missouri, including the state's largest city. The state health department on Friday reported 662 new cases of the COVID-19 virus. A day earlier, the 795 reported...

Kansas City sharply divided over police chief's performance

Jul. 10, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — After several nights of protest at the Country Club Plaza ended with tear gas and arrests, Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith waded into a crowd that was demanding reform. Demonstrators wanted answers about police shootings of Black men, about Smith’s lack of cooperation...

Missouri to get federal help for costly May storms

Jul. 10, 2020 11:14 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — President Donald Trump has approved Missouri’s request for a federal disaster declaration for severe storms in early May. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson's office said Friday in a news release that the declaration means federal assistance will be available to help 19 counties...

Kansas City strips marijuana possession from its city code

Jul. 10, 2020 10:32 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City will no longer punish people for marijuana possession, effectively decriminalizing it throughout much of the city. City council members voted 9-4 on Thursday to strip the crime from the city code, The Kansas City Star reported. The change does not legalize its...

4 children die when semi slams into car on Indiana highway

Jul. 10, 2020 10:12 AM EDT

CAMBRIDGE CITY, Ind. (AP) — Four young siblings were killed when a semitrailer slammed into their car that had slowed down for a construction zone on Interstate 70 in eastern Indiana, state police said. The car was pushed into another semitrailer and burst into flames Thursday evening. A passerby was able...

4 ex-guards sentenced in beating of cuffed Missouri inmate

Jul. 9, 2020 7:54 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Four former guards at a Kansas City jail have been sentenced to prison terms ranging from two years to nearly four years for beating a handcuffed inmate as a punishment. The U.S. attorney's office said in a news release that 30-year-old Travis Hewitt and 34-year-old Jen-I Pulos were...