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Life Plus 85 Years for 'Joe Cool' Boat Killings

Updated: 05/06/2009 - A judge sentenced a former security guard Wednesday to five consecutive life prison sentences plus 85 years for taking part in the 2007 hijacking of the "Joe Cool" charter boat and killings at sea of its captain, his wife and two crew members.

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Woman Shows Her Face Transplant

Updated: 01/14/2010 - When Connie Culp heard a little kid call her a monster because of the shotgun blast that left her face horribly disfigured, she pulled out her driver's license to show the child what she used to look like. Years later, as the nation's first face transplant recipient, she's stepped forward to show the rest of the world what she looks like now.

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Driver in Fatal Bus Wreck Arrested at Border

Updated: 05/06/2009 - Authorities in New Mexico say a bus driver wanted in connection with a bus crash that killed two people has been caught by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents.

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Mayors Urge Obama to Show Support for Aviation

Updated: 05/06/2009 - A letter about aviation that nearly 70 mayors sent to President Obama was made public Wednesday. The letter, dated April 22, calls on Obama to protect the 1.2 million jobs and $150 billion a year in economic output created by general aviation.

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Aiden, Addison Top Kansas Baby Names

Updated: 05/06/2009 - The Kansas Department of Health on Wednesday released lists of the top 25 baby names for boys and girls in 2008, based on birth certificates. Aiden topped the boys list while Addison was the favorite among girls.

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University Forgoes Handshakes at Graduation

Updated: 05/06/2009 - Wichita State University says the traditional handshake between graduates and school leaders at commencement won't happen this weekend because of concerns over the H1N1 virus.

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Ford invests $550M to bring new Focus to market

Updated: 05/06/2009 - Ford Motor Co. stripped "truck" from the name of one its Detroit-area plants Wednesday as it announced plans to build its next-generation Focus here, including a battery-electric version Ford expects will run up to 100 miles without using gas or emitting greenhouse gas.

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Somali pirates seize German ship, 11 crew

Updated: 05/06/2009 - A German cargo ship carrying 11 crew members in the Gulf of Aden called for help as it was being attacked by Somali pirates, but by the time a helicopter arrived to render assistance the pirates were already in control, officials said Wednesday.

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Maine becomes 5th state to allow same-sex marriage

Updated: 05/06/2009 - Maine's governor signed a freshly passed bill Wednesday approving gay marriage, making it the fifth state to approve the practice and moving New England closer to allowing it throughout the region.

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'Class of Katrina' graduating, 4 years after storm

Updated: 05/06/2009 - In the months after Hurricane Katrina swamped the University of New Orleans campus in August 2005, the basketball team had to practice across the state line in Texas and played its entire season on the road, winning just three games.

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Topeka's U.S. Bank Moving to New Kansas Ave. Building

Updated: 05/06/2009 - A bare spot at 719 South Kansas Avenue where an old department store once stood downtown will soon be occupied by a new six-story building. The first two floors will house U.S. Bank.

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Rx Assistance Bus Pulls into Kansas

Updated: 05/06/2009 - The "Help is Here Express" pulled into Topeka's Marian Clinic Wednesday morning. The big orange bus is sponsored by the Partnership for Prescription Assistance to help people find free or low-cost prescription medications.

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Lil Kim is Eliminated From Dancing With the Stars

Updated: 05/06/2009 - Lil Kim was booted from "Dancing With the Stars." The curvaceous, pint-sized rapper - known for her flamboyant, hip-wiggling performance style - consistently earned high scores throughout the competition, twice topping the judges' leaderboard. But she was eliminated from the hit ABC show Tuesday.

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Toni Braxton Impersonator Faces Trial in Suriname

Updated: 05/06/2009 - A Las Vegas-based entertainer has been jailed after prosecutors said she tried to pass herself off as Toni Braxton at a concert, prompting the disappointed crowd to jeer and pelt the stage with trash. Her husband says she's the victim of a local con artist.

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A Larger Kindle Could Upend Textbooks, Periodicals

Updated: 05/06/2009 - Amazon.com Inc. is widely expected to unveil a new Kindle electronic book device with a larger screen Wednesday, which would be geared for textbooks, magazines and newspapers and possibly shake up the economics of multiple industries at once.

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Oil Prices Jump to New High for the Year

Updated: 05/06/2009 - Oil prices hit a new high for the year Wednesday ahead of a government report on the levels of crude in storage that have neared 19-year highs recently.

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Obama to Press Pakistan on Fight Against Taliban

Updated: 05/06/2009 - President Barack Obama wants Pakistan to step up its commitment to fighting Taliban militants who are growing in strength and compromising vital U.S. interests.

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Face Transplant Recipient: 'I'm Not a Monster'

Updated: 05/06/2009 - When Connie Culp heard a little kid call her a monster because of the shotgun blast that left her face horribly disfigured, she pulled out her driver's license to show the child what she used to look like. Years later, as the nation's first face transplant recipient, she's stepped forward to show the rest of the world what she looks like now.

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