Florida State quarterback and Heisman hopeful Jameis Winston will not face any charges in a sexual assault case, mostly because there were too many gaps in his accuser's story, a prosecutor said Thursday.
State Attorney Willie Meggs said the woman's memory lapses about the events last December were problematic and there was not enough evidence to win a conviction.
"It's not inconsistencies, it's lack of memory most of the time," Meggs said.
Nelson Mandela, who became one of the world's most beloved statesmen and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa, has died. He was 95.
South African President Jacob Zuma made the announcement at a news conference late Thursday, saying "we've lost our greatest son."
His death closed the final chapter in South Africa's struggle to cast off apartheid, leaving the world with indelible memories of a man of astonishing grace and good humor. Rock concerts celebrated his birthday. Hollywood stars glorified him on screen. And his regal bearing, graying hair and raspy voice made him instantly recognizable across the globe.
On one end of the court, Thomas Gipson fought his way to the rim and made a contested layup. On the other, he blocked back-to-back shots and helped his teammates score in transition.
The crowd at Bramlage Coliseum, easily the largest of the season, roared in approval.
That sequence didn’t go down as the decisive moment in Kansas State’s 61-58 victory over Mississippi on Thursday in the Big 12/SEC challenge, but it might have been the most important. Not only did it bring energy to an arena that has felt lifeless this year, it showed the Wildcats were willing to fight for every inch against an opponent that entered the game undefeated.
If there’s such a thing as an old-fashioned billboard going viral, it’s happened to a poster ad showing a U.S. soldier and a Muslim woman embracing.
After weeks of slowing traffic on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, the billboard is now up in downtown Chicago, where cars honk and passersby stop to stare.
But there will be no similar sensation in New York City.
Delving into the case of a former journalist turned disability activist, a presidential panel pressed state officials Thursday to explain why some Kansans with disabilities no longer qualify for the services they got before the state privatized the health-care system.
Members of the National Council on Disability pointedly put that question to Shawn Sullivan, director of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, and Susan Mosier, state Medicaid director. The council, appointed by the president to advise his administration and Congress on national disability policy, has held two days of hearings in Topeka this week.
It spent almost all of Thursday focused on KanCare, the state’s new managed-care program for the poor and disabled.
The Wichita chapter of the Red Cross is hosting a series of blood donation drives across Wichita and the surrounding area throughout the holidays, according to a news release.
All blood types are needed, according to the release.
• Dec. 16-19 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day at American Red Cross, 707 N. Main St. in Wichita.
If you have an old bike that has been kept indoors and isn’t rusty, you might consider donating it to the Toys for Tots program.
Bob and Ruth Holliday at the Bicycle Pedaler, 330 N. Rock Road, are currently refurbishing them for the program. Now in their 24th year working for the program, the Hollidays have fixed between 250 and 400 bikes a year, with their staff devoting six weeks a year to the project, from Halloween to the Toys for Tots distribution.
They will take any color, size and model of bike, although smaller bikes are preferred.
A fire Thursday night caused extensive damage to a southeast Wichita duplex, a fire official said.
No one was injured, and everyone has been accounted for, said fire Battalion Chief Sid Newby.
It’s possible that two adults and two children were at home at the time the fire broke out, Newby said.
A Wichita State administrative assistant was unaware of which apparel items she ordered for baseball players, unknowingly committing NCAA violations, according to her lawyer.
Shelley Wombacher, a long-time employee of the baseball program, is at the center of an internal review regarding improper clothing and apparel benefits to members of the team. On Wednesday, sources at WSU identified Wombacher as the person with access to a discounted Under Armour account. Players ordered non-baseball items such as hunting gear at as much as a 50-percent discount, a violation of NCAA rules.
Randy Rathbun, Wombacher’s lawyer, said he is angry that the university is using her as a scapegoat after her 20-plus years of work. According to Rathbun, coaches, administrators and athletes, from the baseball program and other sports and departments within the athletic department, often ordered from Under Armour through Wombacher. The practice was common, he said, for several years.
An American chemistry teacher was shot to death as he was jogging in Benghazi on Thursday, highlighting persistently tenuous security in the eastern Libyan city where the U.S. ambassador was killed last year.
There were no credible claims of responsibility, but suspicion was likely to fall on Islamic militants active in Benghazi. It came five days after al-Qaida's American spokesman called upon Libyans to attack U.S. interests everywhere as revenge for U.S. special forces snatching an al-Qaida suspect off the streets of Tripoli in October and whisking him out of the country.
The U.S. State Department identified the teacher as Ronald Thomas Smith II. The State Department did not provide Smith's hometown, and it was not possible to immediately confirm a statement from a Libyan official that he was from Texas. The University of Texas in Austin said he graduated from the school in 2006 with a master's degree in chemistry.
As solicitation letters go, it looked pretty official. Perhaps even from your local government.
Homeowners throughout Kansas, including in the Wichita area, received the letter in the mail this week imploring them to buy a water service line plan that would help cover costs of any repairs.
It came complete with a label with the homeowners’ address for their convenience and detailed reasons why buying the plan was important. A tri-fold pamphlet spelled out the homeowner’s “responsibilities.”
A Washington state woman who regularly monitors police scanner traffic unknowingly live-tweeted about her husband's death in a freeway crash.
In a series of gut-wrenching tweets on Wednesday that grew more frantic, the Vancouver, Wash., mother first tweeted how horrible it was when she learned someone had died on Interstate 205 near the Oregon border.
Caran Johnson, who uses the handle @ScanCouver, then told her Twitter followers that she was trying not to panic because her husband, who drives the freeway, wasn't picking up his phone and was late getting home.
A donation fund has been set up to help a family who suffered a fatal fire on Nov. 26 in east Wichita.
The fund has been established with Wells Fargo bank locations, a Wells Fargo spokeswoman confirmed Thursday.
The fund has been set up in memory of Amanda Nichols, 21, and her son Isaaca, nearly 2, who died in the fire.
WICHITA — Marriage and family therapist Mac McKenzie has left the Parker Group at Occidental Plaza downtown, but he hasn't gone far.
"I am branching out on my own," McKenzie says.
His new practice, McKenzie & Associates, also will be at Occidental Plaza at Second and Main.
A 33-year-old man was taken into custody Wednesday after police said he pulled nunchaku on an officer who had stopped him on suspicion of shoplifting.
The incident happened at 4:45 p.m. at 7700 E. Kellogg at Towne East Square. According to Lt. Doug Nolte, spokesman for the Wichita Police Department, officers were in the area because of a report of a shoplifting at Von Maur.
An officer was across the street in a computer lot when he noticed a person who fit the description of the shoplifting suspect. When the officer tried to stop the individual, Nolte said, the person took off running. The officer gave chase. The suspect then stopped running, turned around and pulled out the Asian martial arts weapon and threatened the officer. The officer pulled out his Taser and promptly stunned the man and took him into custody.
Baker University has named a top administrator from Gallaudet University as its next president.
The private university in northeast Kansas announced the appointment of Lynne Murray on Thursday. She will succeed Pat Long, who's retiring next year.
Murray is currently Gallaudet's vice president of development and alumni and international relations. The Washington, D.C., school is the nation's leading university for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
The future of Wichita’s O.J. Watson Park goes before the community Saturday afternoon during a public meeting.
The 3 p.m. meeting at the park, 3022 S. McLean Blvd., near 31st Street South, is to gather ideas for the park’s future, said Doug Kupper, the city’s parks and recreation director. There will be 15-minute walking tours at 3:10, 3:50, and 4:10 p.m. Also included is a 3:30 p.m. overview of the planning process for the park’s future, and examples of the amenities offered by similar parks around the country.
One of the centerpiece attractions in the park is its half-size train, which is not currently operating. The engine of the miniature train is 30 years old and on its last legs. It needs to be replaced at a cost the city estimates at $175,000.
The National Security Agency tracks the locations of nearly 5 billion cellphones every day overseas, including those belonging to Americans abroad, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.
The NSA inadvertently gathers the location records of "tens of millions of Americans who travel abroad" annually, along with the billions of other records it collects by tapping into worldwide mobile network cables, the newspaper said in a report on its website.
Such data means the NSA can track the movements of almost any cellphone around the world, and map the relationships of the cellphone user. The Post said a powerful analytic computer program called CO-TRAVELER crunches the data of billions of unsuspecting people, building patterns of relationships between them by where their phones go. That can reveal a previously unknown terrorist suspect, in guilt by cellphone-location association, for instance.
An eastern Missouri man is jailed after brawling down two flights of stairs with police officers.
The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills, Mo. (http://bit.ly/1kf0FVD ) reports that 42-year-old Eddie Gibbs of Park Hills is charged with two counts of assault on law enforcement.
The incident happened Nov. 27 when police went to a Park Hills apartment to question Gibbs about the non-fatal shooting of a woman.