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How did Amelia Earhart die?
A newly revealed photo suggests Amelia Earhart did not die in a plane crash over the Pacific. Instead, the photo suggests, she crash-landed, was captured by the Japanese and later died, Donna McGuire and Lisa Gutierrez report.
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Moran’s town hall
A small Kansas town is preparing for the spotlight in the health care debate as U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran will hold a town hall Thursday, Bryan Lowry reports. Moran is one of the only swing votes holding a town hall during the congressional break.
Hand amputated after fireworks-related injury
More than 90 people were treated for fireworks-related injuries during this Fourth of July holiday. One injury required the amputation of a hand, Robert A. Cronkleton reports, and another person suffered 40 percent burns over a patient’s body.
Kobach’s data quest deserves backlash
The Star’s editorial board writes that Kris Kobach’s quest for voter data from every state deserves bipartisan backlash. Secretaries of state across the country, including Republicans, denounced it as intrusive and improper and are refusing to comply.
Royals win in extra innings
Salvador Perez clubbed a two-run homer in the top of the 10th against the Seattle Mariners — the decisive blow in a 9-6 victory, Rustin Dodd reports. The Royals are now just a half game behind the first-place Cleveland Indians in the AL Central.