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FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, file photo, shipping containers are offloaded at a BNSF Railway intermodal facility as the sun sets in Edgerton, Kan. Federal regulators say the nation’s four largest railroads, Union Pacific, BNSF, CSX and Norfolk Southern, shouldn’t be able to exclude all the details of their conversations from a lawsuit challenging the way they set rates in the past. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Regulators say railroad talks can be included in lawsuits

Jul. 14, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Federal regulators say the nation’s four largest railroads shouldn’t be able to exclude all the details of their conversations from a lawsuit challenging the way they set rates in the past. Dozens of major companies filed lawsuits last year against Union Pacific, BNSF, CSX...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Alexandria Sheriff's Office in Virginia shows William Burgamy. Burgamy pleaded guilty Friday, July 10, 2020, to federal charges after he and another man plotted to firebomb a Nebraska pharmacy to benefit their own online black market drug dealing. (Alexandria Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Video game pals admit to plot to firebomb Nebraska pharmacy

Jul. 10, 2020 7:28 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A pharmacist and a drug abuser who met while playing online video games pleaded guilty Friday to federal charges after they plotted to firebomb a Nebraska pharmacy to benefit their own online black market drug dealing. William Burgamy, 32, of Hanover, Maryland, ran a website called...

In this image provided by Kathy Long VanVoorhis, a large tree rests on top of a car, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Fergus Falls, Minn., following a severe storm the day before. (Kathy Long VanVoorhis via AP)

Authorities: 1 dead after tornadoes hit western Minnesota

Jul. 9, 2020 6:11 PM EDT

DALTON, Minn. (AP) — Powerful tornadoes that ripped across farmland in western Minnesota, killing one person and injuring two others, could have exacted a higher death toll if the twisters had struck a more populous area, authorities said Thursday. Severe storms that swept through parts of the Midwest on...

Ex-USOC spokesman Mike Moran dead at 78 after short illness

Jul. 7, 2020 11:20 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (AP) — Former US Olympic Committee spokesman Mike Moran died Tuesday after a short illness at age 78, according to the University of Colorado. Moran served as the Buffaloes’ sports information director for 11 years before his stint as chief communications officer and...

Tara Carlson poses for a photo outside her home in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, July 7, 2020. Carlson pulled her kids out of summer camp at the last minute, losing $300 in deposits. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Missouri summer camp virus outbreak raises safety questions

Jul. 7, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

Missouri leaders knew the risk of convening thousands of kids at summer camps across the state during a pandemic, the state's top health official said, and insisted that camp organizers have plans in place to keep an outbreak from happening. The outbreak happened anyway. An overnight summer camp in rural...

Corps decreasing water flowing into lower Missouri River

Jul. 7, 2020 3:07 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The amount of water being released into the Missouri River from a dam on the Nebraska-South Dakota border is being decreased because less water is expected to flow into the river this year, so the risk of a repeat of last year's massive flooding along the river has been reduced,...

Business leaders say area's economy improving with reopening

Jul. 1, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Business leaders say the economy has begun to recover as businesses reopened in the past month in nine Midwest and Plains states, but it remains weaker than before the coronavirus outbreak began, according to a monthly survey released Wednesday. The overall index for the region jumped...

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2002, file photo, the sun rises on Mt. Rushmore National Memorial near Keystone, S.D. as the flag is flown at half staff in honor of the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks against the United States. President Donald Trump is planning to kick off Independence Day weekend in South Dakota with a show of patriotism _ fireworks popping, fighter jets thundering overhead and revelers crowding beneath a piece of classic Americana _ Mount Rushmore. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch, File)

Native Americans protesting Trump trip to Mount Rushmore

Jun. 26, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s plans to kick off Independence Day with a showy display at Mount Rushmore have angered Native Americans, who view the monument as a desecration of land violently stolen from them and used to pay homage to leaders hostile to Indigenous people. Several...

In this Nov. 4, 2016, photo, Nebraska Democratic Party chairwoman Jane Kleeb is about to introduce Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., during a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, in Omaha, Neb. Kleeb published a book in 2020 about how her party could return from relative irrelevance in rural America and once again win elections, but the last few months have shown just how difficult that task can be. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Democrats fight for relevance in red-state Nebraska

Jun. 26, 2020 10:37 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — It's never been easy to be a Democrat in Nebraska, but somehow it keeps getting even harder. The 29% of Nebraska voters registered as Democrats is the smallest in at least 50 years, and that’s only one indication of the party’s problems. Just in the last week, the party...

Omaha man gets prison for more than $800K in Medicare fraud

Jun. 24, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha man has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison and ordered to pay more than $809,000 in restitution for Medicare fraud he conducted in 16 states. Nereus Sutko, 38, visited assisted-living facilities, retirement centers and low-income housing complexes in Nebraska, Iowa,...