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Despite Drama, Jackson's Mother Wins Kids' Custody

Posted: 08/04/2009 - The wishes Michael Jackson expressed in his will began to come into reality Monday during a lengthy court hearing, with his mother placed firmly in charge of rearing his children and the two men he designated still at the reins of his financial empire.

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Party Leaders Offer Differing Views Of Sotomayor

Posted: 08/04/2009 - The U.S. Senate is preparing to debate Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Party leaders are offering differing views on her qualifications.

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Costner Wants To Help Canada Festival Victims

Posted: 08/04/2009 - Kevin Costner says he hopes to return to Alberta to support those affected by the collapse of an outdoor stage during a severe thunderstorm that killed one person and injured dozens more at a country music festival.

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Police: Dad Fatally Shoots Daughter, Doster Dad

Posted: 08/04/2009 - Neighbors in Tennessee are asking why a teenage girl fatally shot by her father was placed with a foster family just two doors down after he was accused of abusing her.

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Ohio Man Arrested In Skateboard Dispute

Posted: 08/04/2009 - Police say the owner of an Ohio sports bar took an 11-year-old girl's skateboard at gunpoint and has been charged with armed robbery.

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North Korea: 2 U.S. Journalists Pardoned

Posted: 08/04/2009 - Former President Bill Clinton met Tuesday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il on the first day of a surprise mission to Pyongyang to negotiate the release of two Americans, holding "exhaustive" talks on a wide range of topics, state-run media said.

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Consumer Spending Rises In June, Incomes Drop

Posted: 08/04/2009 - Consumers opened their wallets and pocketbooks a bit more in June, increasing their spending for the second straight month while saving less, even as incomes fell sharply.

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4 Wis. Women Accused In Lovers' Quadrangle Plot

Posted: 08/04/2009 - A married man who planned to rendezvous with one of his handful of lovers at an eastern Wisconsin motel instead found himself bound, blindfolded and assaulted by a group of women out for revenge, according to court documents.

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Police: Dad Fatally Shoots Daughter, Foster Dad

Posted: 08/04/2009 - Neighbors in Tennessee are asking why a teenage girl fatally shot by her father was placed with a foster family just two doors down after he was accused of abusing her.

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Former Attorney General Phill Kline Law License Inactive

Posted: 08/04/2009 - Phill Kline, who became Johnson County district attorney after failing to win re-election as attorney general in 2006, registered for inactive status for his Kansas law license in July. Inactive status does not require continuing education.

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Nebraska Abortion Provider Plans Kansas Clinic

Posted: 08/04/2009 - Dr. LeRoy Carhart said Monday his ``main choice'' would be to locate a clinic providing late-term abortions in Wichita, where Dr. George Tiller practiced until he was shot and killed May 31st.

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Feds: NC Terror Suspect Told Family Of Jihad

Posted: 08/04/2009 - Federal authorities said Tuesday the accused ringleader of a group of North Carolina terrorism suspects talked about loving jihad, fighting for Allah and loathing a U.S. military presence at Muslim holy sites.

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Storm-Fed Flash Floods Hit Kentucky, Indiana

Posted: 08/04/2009 - Heavy thunderstorms fed floods in Kentucky and Indiana on Tuesday, shutting down a university campus in Louisville, closing highways and cutting power to thousands of people.

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Battle Lines Set; Senate Readies Sotomayor Debate

Posted: 08/04/2009 - The Senate's top Republican said Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor fails the test of impartiality despite her impressive background, while the leading Democrat defended her as a mainstream moderate, as the Senate prepared to debate the judge expected to be confirmed as the first Hispanic and third female justice.

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Obama Administration Withholds Data On Clunkers

Posted: 08/04/2009 - The Obama administration is refusing to quickly release government records on its "cash-for-clunkers" rebate program that would substantiate — or undercut — White House claims of the program's success, even as the president presses the Senate for a quick vote for $2 billion to boost car sales.

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Dillons Plans Expansion At North Topeka Store

Posted: 08/04/2009 - Hutchinson-based Dillons Food Stores announced Tuesday it will begin renovating and expanding its store on NW 25th street in the next few weeks.

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Lawrence Shelter Cuts Fees To Prevent Euthanizing

Posted: 08/04/2009 - Humane Society executive director Midge Grinstead says the humane society is near capacity. She says the reduction in fees is aimed at avoiding euthanizing some of the animals, which the Lawrence group has not done since 2000.

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