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Congress mulls elections to fill Senate vacancies

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Following tumultuous turnovers in Illinois and New York, lawmakers on Wednesday asked whether it was time to change the Constitution so that voters, and not state governors, fill Senate vacancies.

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Toyota concerned about needs of parts suppliers

Updated: 03/11/2009 - A top Toyota executive said Wednesday the Japanese automaker is concerned about the fate of 20 percent of its parts suppliers who face a cash crunch because of the sluggish economy.

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Mandy Moore weds Ryan Adams in Georgia

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Mandy Moore is a married woman. Publicist Jillian Fowkes confirms the actress-singer and her fiance, rock musician Ryan Adams, quietly tied the knot Tuesday in Savannah, Ga. No further details were provided. The 24-year-old Moore confirmed her engagement to Adams last month.

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Gandolfini's vocal rest cancels B'way matinee

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Under doctors' order, James Gandolfini is giving his vocal cords a rest - so the Wednesday matinee performance of "God of Carnage" on Broadway was canceled.

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Alaska Gov. Palin's daughter's, boyfriend break up

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin, the teenage daughter of Gov. Sarah Palin, have broken off their engagement, he said Wednesday, about 2 1/2 months after the couple had a baby.

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Man survives Niagara Falls plunge, resists rescue

Updated: 03/11/2009 - A man jumped into Niagara Falls on Wednesday and survived the 180-foot plunge, then resisted rescue attempts before he eventually was pulled from the icy water to safety, police said.

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Alleged Nazi camp guard charged 29,000 times

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Retired Ohio auto worker John Demjanjuk was charged Wednesday with 29,000 counts of acting as an accessory to murder while working as a guard at a Nazi death camp in occupied Poland. The arrest warrant could move the 30-year global legal battle over his fate closer to conclusion.

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Billionaire Stanford to take the 5th in fraud case

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Texas billionaire R. Allen Stanford and one of his top officials have asserted their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in the federal government's fraud case against them and Stanford's companies, according to court documents filed Wednesday.

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Catholics protest 'maltreatment' by Conn. leaders

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Thousands of Roman Catholics descended on the Connecticut statehouse Wednesday, as simmering resentment over bills they consider anti-Catholic reached a boiling point with a recent legislative attempt to give parishioners more say over parish financing.

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Soldier pleads guilty to 1995 NC shootings

Updated: 03/11/2009 - A sniper who pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing an officer in 1995 said he waited in a foxhole-like position for the morning fog to clear before firing into a crowd of 1,300 fellow soldiers, calling it "the right thing at the time."

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Man survives Niagara Falls plunge, resists rescue

Updated: 03/11/2009 - A man jumped into Niagara Falls on Wednesday and survived the 180-foot plunge, then resisted rescue attempts before he eventually was pulled from the icy water to safety, police said.

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Soldier pleads guilty to 1995 NC shootings

Updated: 03/11/2009 - A sniper who pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing an officer in 1995 said he waited in a foxhole-like position for the morning fog to clear before firing into a crowd of 1,300 fellow soldiers, calling it "the right thing at the time."

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Catholics protest 'maltreatment' by Conn. leaders

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Thousands of Roman Catholics descended on the Connecticut statehouse Wednesday, as simmering resentment over bills they consider anti-Catholic reached a boiling point with a recent legislative attempt to give parishioners more say over parish financing.

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Octuplets mom says she's paying for new LA house

Updated: 03/11/2009 - The Southern California mother of octuplets said in a video posted online Wednesday that she - not her parents - is paying for the four-bedroom, three-bath home where she plans to raise her brood.

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Teacher told son 'I love you,' then killed family

Updated: 03/11/2009 - A music teacher who fatally shot his wife and two of his daughters last month said "I love you" before firing at a son who escaped, the teen told investigators, according to a report released Wednesday.

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Feds spending millions on Kennedy legacy in Mass.

Updated: 03/11/2009 - More than one out of every five dollars of the $126 million Massachusetts is receiving in earmarks from a $410 billion federal spending package is going to help preserve the legacy of the Kennedys.

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AP countersues artist over famous Obama image

Updated: 03/11/2009 - The Associated Press countersued an artist Wednesday over his famous image of Barack Obama, saying the uncredited, uncompensated use of an AP photo violated copyright laws and signaled a threat to journalism.

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GOP candidate for Minn. Senate seat warns of leak

Updated: 03/11/2009 - As Minnesota's drawn-out Senate saga took another step toward conclusion in a courtroom Wednesday, thousands of donors to Republican Norm Coleman's legal fund learned that their identities and some of their credit card information had been posted on the Web.

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Alaska Gov. Palin's daughter's, boyfriend break up

Updated: 03/11/2009 - The engagement is off for the teenage daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and the father of her baby. Levi Johnston told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he and Bristol Palin mutually decided "a while ago" to end their relationship. The 19-year-old Johnston declined to elaborate.

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Sheltered Living Breaks Ground For New Homes

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Sheltered Living broke ground Wednesday on a partnership with Medallion Homes to build three new duplexes. The units will give 30 Sheltered Living clients long-term, accessible places to live.

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"Vote Yes" Group Holds Conference on City Street

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Union leaders are joining with the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce in supporting a half-cent sales tax increase for Topeka to fund street improvements. Topeka voters decide the issue April 7th.

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Sesame Workshop announces layoffs

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit producer of "Sesame Street" and other kids' programs, says it's cutting 20 percent of its work force because of the recession.

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