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At least 16 hurt in blast and fire at Kansas City restaurant

At least 16 people were hurt and a popular wine bar was destroyed by an apparent natural gas explosion and ensuing fire at an upscale shopping district in Kansas City, Mo., Tuesday evening.


Bits Blog: Google Unveils Superfast Internet in Kansas City, Mo.

Google Fiber

Google unveiled Fiber, its long-awaited Internet service that it says will operate at a speed 100 times faster than a typical broadband connection, in Kansas City. The company, which says it is trying to spur innovation, has put broadband providers on edge.


Southwest Flight Lands After Cockpit Break-in Try

Southwest Flight Lands After Cockpit Break-in Try

A man was arrested Tuesday after his unruly behavior aboard a Southwest Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Kansas City compelled the flight crew to make an emergency landing in Texas. Ali Reza Shahsavari, 29, of Indialantic, Fla., has been charged with interfering with a flight crew, said Patrick Rhodes, Amarillo's aviation director. He was booked into the Randall County Jail in Canyon, where he awaited an appearance before a magistrate.


Google chooses Kansas City, Kan., to get first ultra-fast broadband network

Google chooses Kansas City, Kan., to get first ultra-fast broadband network

The company envisions systems that will let consumers to download a high-definition, full-length feature film in less than five minutes, allow rural health clinics to send 3-D medical images over the Internet and let students collaborate with classmates around the world while watching live 3-D video of a university lecture.


Farmers fear pigs may get "swine" flu from people

Farmers fear pigs may get

Humans have it. Pigs don't. At least not yet, and U.S. pork producers are doing everything they can to make sure that the new H1N1 virus, known around the world as the "swine flu," stays out of their herds.


Fire Department program reduces emergency calls

The Kansas City Fire Department’s Citizen Assist Program, or CAP, started as a pilot program in 2006 and recently got a major grant to continue and expand. CAP targets people who have “fallen through the cracks,” said program originator Richard Gist, principal assistant to Fire Chief Smokey Dyer.


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