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Kansas Lawmakers Pass $13B State Budget

Updated: 03/31/2009 - It uses federal stimulus dollars to protect higher education funding and avoid all but a modest reduction in aid to public schools.

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Payless ShoeSource Opens in Middle East

Updated: 03/31/2009 - Payless ShoeSource has opened its first locations in the Middle East as the retailer expands overseas despite a challenging economy at home.

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Campaign Finance Topeka

Updated: 03/31/2009 - Campaign Finance Reports for Mayor and City Council are in.

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Biden, Central American Leaders Hold Talks in Costa Rica

Updated: 03/31/2009 - Vice President Joseph Biden is meeting Monday with Costa Rican President Oscar Arias and other Central American leaders to discuss U.S. aid to the area, the war on drugs and the global economic downturn.

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Critics Slam Microsoft Bridge As Waste Of Stimulus Money

Updated: 03/31/2009 - Should a bridge that would connect two campuses at Microsoft's headquarters be funded with $11 million from the federal stimulus package? Critics of using stimulus money for the bridge say it would give the software giant a break on a pet project. Supporters argue the bridge is an ideal public-private partnership that will benefit an entire community while fulfilling the stimulus package's goal of getting people back to work.

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Hundreds Feared Dead Off Coast of Libya

Updated: 04/27/2009 - Hundreds of people were feared dead on Tuesday after high winds and heavy seas capsized boats carrying African migrants heading for Europe off the coast of Libya.

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Is Twitter's Breakneck Growth Causing A Backlash?

Updated: 03/31/2009 - The conversational Web site, Twitter, which lets users post 140-character microblogs, saw a 1,374 percent jump in unique visitors between February 2008 and February this year, up to 7 million from only 475,000, according to Nielsen NetView.

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Madonna Confirms Her Adoption Push In Malawi

Updated: 03/31/2009 - Madonna has confirmed her attempts to adopt a young Malawian girl and said through a spokeswoman that she is following standard procedures in adopting the child amid criticism by some that she was using her fame to quicken the process.

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Makeup and Fashion Gurus Sue Queen Latifah

Updated: 03/31/2009 - A makeup artist and a fashion stylist claim in coordinated lawsuits that they got ugly treatment from Queen Latifah when she cheated them out of $1 million.

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Honda Connects Brain Thoughts With Robotics

Updated: 03/31/2009 - Honda Motor Co. has developed a way to read patterns of electric currents on a person's scalp as well as changes in cerebral blood flow when a person thinks about four simple movements - moving the right hand, moving the left hand, running and eating. Honda succeeded in analyzing such thought patterns, and then relaying them as wireless commands for Asimo, its human-shaped robot.

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New Israeli Government May Be Out Of Sync With US

Updated: 04/27/2009 - The new government taking power in Israel Tuesday supports expanded Jewish settlement in the West Bank and does not explicitly endorse an independent Palestinian state, a course that could put the country at odds with the Obama administration.

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US Home Price Drops Set Records In January

Updated: 03/31/2009 - Home prices sank by the sharpest annual rate on record in January, and the pace continues to accelerate, but there were a handful battered metro areas where price declines slowed, according to data released Tuesday.

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US, Iran, The Offstage Drama At Afghan Meet

Updated: 04/27/2009 - U.S. Sec. of State Hillary Rodham Clinton shared a conference table Tuesday with a senior Iranian diplomat at an international session on the future of Afghanistan, but did not react to the Iranian's call for a buildup of Afghan security.

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World Leaders Brace For High-Stakes Economy Summit

Updated: 04/27/2009 - A U.S.-British push for more stimulus spending and widespread European agitation for tougher financial rules amid a global economic crisis will likely get a cool greeting at a G20 summit of receding expectations.

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