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New England pastor houses child killer, riles town

Updated: 03/17/2009 - A pastor in this quiet, picturesque New England town thought he was doing the Christian thing when he took in a convicted child killer who had served his time but had nowhere to go.

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White House Says NATO is no Threat to Russia

Updated: 03/17/2009 - The White House says Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's pledge to strengthen its military was meant for "domestic consumption" and not intended to worry Washington.

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Brownback "Outraged" by AIG Bonuses

Updated: 03/17/2009 - The Republican senator lashed out at the insurance giant for paying out a reported $165 million in bonuses after receiving bailout money from the government.

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Caterpillar to Lay Off 2,454 Workers in 3 States

Updated: 03/17/2009 - Caterpillar Inc. on Tuesday announced plans to lay off more than 2,400 employees at five plants in Illinois, Indiana and Georgia as the heavy equipment maker continues to cut costs amid the global economic downturn.

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GM CEO Says Bankruptcy Would Cause Liquidation

Updated: 03/17/2009 - If General Motors Corp. were forced into Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the company would end up being liquidated because a long bankruptcy would scare customers away, CEO Rick Wagoner said Tuesday.

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Obama taps Steelers' Rooney as Irish ambassador

Updated: 03/17/2009 - President Barack Obama on Tuesday selected Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney to be U.S. ambassador to Ireland, turning to a lifelong Republican who provided the Democrat critical campaign support during the White House race.

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Few Caught By Steroid Testing in High School

Updated: 03/17/2009 - At one time, testing high school athletes for steroids was seen as the best way to fight performance-enhancing drug use among the young. Now, those efforts are losing steam because of high costs and few positive results.

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Cops Arrest Man Passed Out In Car At Drive-through

Updated: 03/17/2009 - Police said a 27-year-old man was arrested on Saturday after he was found passed out in his vehicle in a restaurant drive-through. Police said they found the man behind the wheel with his 4-year-old daughter in the running car.

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Mass. Officer Finds Crack Inside Sack Of Dog Food

Updated: 03/17/2009 - Finding a bag of dog food in a car carrying a dog is not unusual. But a sharp-eyed Massachusetts state trooper knew something was awry when he noticed a plastic bag inside the sack of food in the back seat of a car he pulled over on the ramp from the Massachusetts Turnpike to Interstate 290 in Auburn on Monday night.

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Justice Ginsburg Will Have Chemotherapy

Updated: 03/17/2009 - Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she will begin chemotherapy later this month, following her surgery in February for pancreatic cancer.

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Mich. Teen Turns To Web For Help Getting To UND

Updated: 03/17/2009 - The name of Rachel Harris' Web site says it all. The 17-year-old high school senior recently launched http://iwanttogotonotredame.com to help her raise money to pay for an education at the school. The site includes copies of her Notre Dame application form, letters of recommendation and her high school transcript.

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Research: Diabetes Ups Alzheimer’s Risk

Updated: 03/17/2009 - Diabetes can hurt the heart, the eyes and the kidneys. New research indicates a more ominous link: That diabetes increases the risk of getting Alzheimer's disease and may speed dementia once it strikes.

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8 Americans Killed In Mexico Bus Crash

Updated: 03/17/2009 - A tractor-trailer slammed into a bus carrying Canadian and U.S. tourists in northern Mexico, killing 11, officials said Tuesday.

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Prison Living: Sex, Drugs And Recliners

Updated: 03/17/2009 - Inside the small brick building across from the courthouse, inmates had the run of the place, having sex with their jailer girlfriends, bringing in recliners, taking drugs and chatting on cell phones supplied by friends or guards, according to authorities.

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Legally Blind Mo. Man Saves Woman From Attacker

Updated: 03/17/2009 - A legally blind man was credited with saving a woman after authorities said a 45-year-old man broke into her apartment on Saturday night. Authorities said the man, a convicted rapist, was waiting for the woman to return home from work.

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China's Milk Victims Claim Intimidation

Updated: 03/17/2009 - Families whose children fell ill from tainted milk have come under pressure to drop compensation lawsuits, victims' advocates said Tuesday, showing the government's lingering uneasiness over one of China's worst contamination scandals.

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China Voices Concern as Tensions Flare in Koreas

Updated: 03/17/2009 - China expressed concern Tuesday over tensions on the Korean peninsula, as North Korea's premier arrived in Beijing ahead of his country's plans to launch a rocket next month.

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Advance Voting Ballots Sent Out Today

Updated: 03/17/2009 - Anyone wanting to vote in advance may either download and application from the county Web site or by calling the Election Office at (785) 256-0285 and request that an application be mailed.

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$50M Lawsuit Brewing Over Chimp Attack

Updated: 03/17/2009 - The family of a Connecticut woman mauled by a chimpanzee last month filed preliminary legal papers seeking $50 million in damages against the primate's owner.

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New Home Construction Makes Big Jump

Updated: 03/17/2009 - The number of new housing projects that builders broke ground on in February rose sharply, defying economists' forecasts for yet another drop in activity.

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Madoff Victims Get Relief From IRS

Updated: 03/17/2009 - The Internal Revenue Service issued guidelines Tuesday that will allow tax relief and refunds for some Bernard Madoff victims who were levied for investment earnings that turned out to be nonexistent.

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