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Kan. Legislators Pass Bill on Sexual Predators

Updated: 04/01/2009 - Kansas legislators have passed a bill limiting how many violent sexual predators can be housed in a single county while they're waiting to be released from custody.

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Authorities seize Bernard Madoff's 2 boats in Fla.

Updated: 04/01/2009 - Federal authorities seized disgraced financier Bernard Madoff's vintage yacht and a smaller boat from two Florida marinas early Wednesday, part of an effort to recoup assets to pay back his swindled investors. The 55-foot yacht named "Bull" and a 24-foot motor boat were taken from marinas on Florida's east coast, said Barry Golden, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service. The yacht, a 1969 Rybovich, is worth $2.2 million.

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No Forensic Match for Ammo in Blackwater Shooting

Updated: 04/01/2009 - FBI scientists were unable to match bullets from a deadly 2007 Baghdad shooting to guns carried by Blackwater Worldwide security guards, according to laboratory reports that leave open the possibility that insurgents also fired in the crowded intersection.

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Cop Who Stopped NFL Player in Hospital Lot Resigns

Updated: 04/01/2009 - The police officer who pulled out his gun and threatened an NFL player with jail instead of allowing him inside a hospital where his mother-in-law was dying resigned Wednesday.

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Cop who stopped NFL player in hospital lot resigns

Updated: 04/01/2009 - The police officer who pulled out his gun and threatened an NFL player with jail instead of allowing him inside a hospital where his mother-in-law was dying resigned Wednesday. Officer Robert Powell had been placed on leave for the March 18 incident when he stopped Houston Texans running back Ryan Moats' SUV outside Baylor Regional Medical Center in suburban Plano after the vehicle rolled through a red light. Moats' wife, Tamishia, and other relatives were also in the car.

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Obama accepts invitations to visit China, Russia

Updated: 04/01/2009 - President Barack Obama has accepted an invitation to visit China later this year. The White House said Wednesday that Obama has accepted an invitation from President Hu Jintao. Obama and Hu met in London ahead of the G-20 economic summit.

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"Vote Yes" Group Holds Informational Meeting

Updated: 04/01/2009 - Some area residents learned a little about the news business, as well as the proposed one-half cent sales tax increase Topeka voters will decide Tuesday.

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Automakers post steep sales drops for March

Updated: 04/01/2009 - March proved to be another dismal month of steep declines for U.S. auto sales, as low consumer confidence and job uncertainty kept buyers away from showrooms.

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Republicans propose big tax cuts, spending curbs

Updated: 04/01/2009 - Republicans in the House Wednesday pressed a budget plan that would cut taxes and radically overhaul Medicare, offering a stark alternative to blueprints offered by President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies.

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Obama, Brown talk at G-20 about ending recession

Updated: 04/01/2009 - President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown exuded optimism about a global deal to help pull the world out of recession on Wednesday, downplaying a rift with French President Nicolas Sarkozy ahead of the imminent Group of 20 leaders summit.

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Obama tries to rally world to cope with downturn

Updated: 04/01/2009 - On the eve of a global economic summit, President Barack Obama promised world leaders he would listen, not lecture, as they seek a common fix to the financial crisis. "We can only meet this challenge together," he said Wednesday as the U.S. and Russia spoke on the summit sidelines about nuclear warhead reduction.

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Governor Sebelius Appoints Hays Resident to INK

Updated: 04/01/2009 - Governor Kathleen Sebelius has appointed Travis Rozean, Hays, to the Information Network of Kansas, Inc. The group's job is to provide Kansans equal access to governmental data and the public information of agencies via the internet.

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Federal Tobacco Tax Increase Encourages Tobacco Users to Quit

Updated: 04/01/2009 - Tobacco users will have additional motivation to quit with the rise in price of cigarettes and other tobacco products due to an increase in the federal tax on these products, along with further price increases by tobacco manufacturers.

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Woman Says Others Beat, Abandoned Her

Updated: 04/01/2009 - A 23 year old Topeka woman called 911 saying four other woman gave her a ride then dropped her off and beat her near an entrance to the Clinton Wildlife area.

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Governor Sebelius Appoints to Library Board

Updated: 04/01/2009 - Barbara Robison, of Quincy, has been appointed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D-Kan.) to the Southeast Library System. Robison is a former teacher and currently city clerk for Virgil, Kan.

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Two More Celebrities Kicked off ABC's `Dancing'

Updated: 04/01/2009 - Playboy model Holly Madison and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak were booted from the "Dancing With the Stars" ballroom Tuesday during the ABC show's first midseason double elimination.

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White House: President Barack Obama Plans to Visit China

Updated: 04/27/2009 - President Barack Obama has accepted an invitation to visit China later this year. The White House said Wednesday that Obama has accepted an invitation from President Hu Jintao. Obama and Hu met in London ahead of the G-20 economic summit.

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CBS Cancels Soap Opera `Guiding Light' after 72-year Run

Updated: 04/01/2009 - CBS says the show will have its final episode in September. Like most daytime dramas, "Guiding Light" has suffered from declining ratings and CBS is looking for a lower-cost alternative to the hour of programming.

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Pakistan: Suspected US Missile Kills 14 Militants

Updated: 04/27/2009 - A suspected U.S. drone fired two missiles Wednesday at an alleged hide-out connected to a Taliban leader who has threatened to attack Washington, killing 14 people and wounding several others, officials said.

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Calipari excited to take over as Kentucky coach

Updated: 04/01/2009 - John Calipari cautioned the Kentucky faithful that he was not the "grand poobah" or "emperor" - even if his eight-year, $31.65 million contract as the Wildcats' new coach pays him like one.

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Ford's US sales drop 41 percent in March

Updated: 04/01/2009 - Ford Motor Co. says its March sales in the U.S. fell 41 percent from a year earlier as low consumer confidence and job uncertainty continued to keep buyers away from showrooms.

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