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Rain threatens start of Daytona 500

Posted: 02/15/2009 - Intermittent showers were expected to move across Daytona International Speedway a few hours before the start of the NASCAR race, which could potentially delay the green flag. It takes about two hours to completely dry the 2 1/2-mile superspeedway after a rainstorm.

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Israel links truce with Hamas to soldier's release

Posted: 02/15/2009 - Israel's outgoing prime minister on Saturday ruled out a long-term truce in Gaza without the release of an Israeli soldier held in the Hamas-ruled territory - a sign that a month of negotiations may have stalled.

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Axelrod: Effects of stimulus will be seen soon

Posted: 02/15/2009 - President Barack Obama's senior White House adviser says Americans will soon see positive effects of the massive economic stimulus plan passed last week by Congress.

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Obama focusing on stimulus, foreclosure crisis

Posted: 02/15/2009 - President Barack Obama promotes his economic agenda this week with trips outside Washington to sign the $787 billion stimulus package and to tackle the home mortgage foreclosure crisis.

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Clinton Urges N. Korea To Not Take Provocative Actions

Posted: 02/15/2009 - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, making her first major policy speech, urged North Korea Friday not to take any "provocative" actions that could undermine peace efforts.

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GOP Leaders May Probe Burris

Posted: 02/15/2009 - Leading Republicans in the Illinois Legislature are expected to call for an outside investigation of whether U.S. Sen. Roland Burris testified truthfully at the impeachment of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

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Remains of 15 Victims Recovered From Flight 3407

Posted: 02/15/2009 - The remains of 15 people have been recovered from the wreckage of Flight 3407, authorities said Sunday as crews raced to finish their work before a snowstorm arrives later in the week.

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Obama Focusing on Stimulus, Homes

Posted: 02/15/2009 - President Barack Obama promotes his economic agenda this week with trips outside Washington to sign the $787 billion stimulus package and to tackle the home mortgage foreclosure crisis.

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Gunshots Hit Two Vechicles

Posted: 02/14/2009 - Topeka police say they responded to a call of gunshots heard on the 1100 block of Woodward. They found two SUV's, one Cadillac Escalade and the other a Lincoln Navigator which had sustained damage from three gunshot rounds being fired.

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Scheduled Fight Turns Into Robbery

Posted: 02/14/2009 - Topeka Police say two groups met at 3101 southwest MacVicar just before 1:30 a.m. to fight. Just before the fight began one of the spectators pulled out a handgun.

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Ariz. district cuts school week to save cash

Posted: 02/14/2009 - A school district has decided to shrink the school week from five days to four in an effort to save cash because of the deepening recession and falling enrollment.

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Recession, fires: double trouble for the Red Cross

Posted: 02/14/2009 - The worsening recession, coupled with a seasonal surge of house fires, has depleted the resources of many American Red Cross chapters as they struggle to meet rising demands at a time of dwindling donations.

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Wreckage, remains being gathered at NY crash site

Posted: 02/14/2009 - Investigators began gathering pieces of the incinerated wreckage of a commuter airliner early Saturday in search of clues to the cause of the fiery crash that killed 50 people.

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Savoring win, Obama celebrates `major milestone'

Posted: 02/14/2009 - Savoring his first big victory in Congress, President Barack Obama on Saturday celebrated the newly passed $787 billion economic stimulus bill as a "major milestone on our road to recovery."

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Democrats Muscle Stimulus Package Through the Senate

Posted: 02/13/2009 - In the late Friday night roll call, the Senate passes the $787 billion recovery bill, 60-38, including three crucial Republican votes. The President plans to sign it on President's Day.

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KDOT Expects $380 Million From Stimulus

Posted: 02/13/2009 - State transportation officials now expect Kansas to receive about $380 million for transportation projects from the federal stimulus plan that passed the House and Senate today.

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Deadly Kansas Blaze Ruled Accidental

Posted: 02/13/2009 - Authorities say an Abilene fire that killed three children was sparked by combustible materials left too close to the furnace.

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Democrats Muscle Huge Stimulus Through Congress

Posted: 02/13/2009 - In a major victory for President Barack Obama, Democrats muscled a huge, $787 billion stimulus bill through Congress late Friday night in hopes of combating the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Republican opposition was nearly unanimous.

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Wanted US Marine Commits Suicide in Canada

Posted: 02/13/2009 - A Marine wanted by the U.S. military for abandoning his unit sneaked across the border into Canada and fatally shot himself outside his mother's farmhouse, police said Friday.

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