Comic Bill Maher, who performs Sunday at the Midland, is known for making waves

Bill Maher, the comedian, satirist and host of the HBO show “Real Time With Bill Maher,” is no stranger to controversy. The most recent came in the wake of comments he made about the movie “Noah,” when Maher said God is a “psychotic mass murderer who gets away with it.” Maher was nonplussed about the reaction and surprised his comments aroused much anger.

Democrats turn up the pressure for pay equity

President Barack Obama signed executive actions barring federal contractors from retaliating against workers for comparing salaries and requiring those employers to report compensation data to the government by gender and race. That came as Democratic lawmakers blasted congressional Republicans for opposing legislation to expand measures aimed at preventing gender-based pay discrimination.

Kansas City voters overwhelmingly approve all five ballot questions

Kansas City will be able to replace about 28 miles of water mains each year for the next decade and make other crucial water facility improvements after voters agreed to authorize up to $500 million in additional water bonds. Question 1 was among five ballot questions that city voters considered in a low-turnout election. All five were approved by comfortable margins.

Hickman Mills elects school board members despite smear campaign

Voters went to the polls to settle money issues in several school districts and elect board members around the area, including in Hickman Mills, where a last-minute mailing turned things nasty. In Hickman Mills, the winners were incumbents Dan Osman and Bonnaye Mims and newcomer Karry Palmer.

Voters favor many ballot issues in Missouri

Lee’s Summit will get a new highway interchange, and Excelsior Springs was on its way to approving a community center. Peculiar will seek a recount after falling just short of the two-thirds majority needed to pass a fuel tax.

'Cuban Twitter' _overtly political, poking Castros

Draft messages produced for a Twitter-like network that the U.S. government secretly built in Cuba were overtly political and poked fun at the Castro brothers, documents obtained by The Associated Press show. The messages conflict with claims by the Obama administration that the program had no U.S.-generated political content and was never intended to stir unrest on the island.

Bipartisan critics slam Kerry on foreign policy

Secretary of State John Kerry pushed back Tuesday against withering criticism by Republicans and some fellow Democrats, defending the Obama administration's response to an emboldened Russia, nuclear talks with Iran and the Syrian civil war.

Ex-President Carter: US 'dormant' on inequality

Former President Jimmy Carter on Tuesday night lamented continuing inequalities between black and white Americans during a 50th anniversary celebration of the Civil Rights Act in Texas that will feature four of the five living U.S. presidents this week.