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U.S. Contacts N. Korea About Journalists

Updated: 03/22/2009 - The United States has contacted representatives of North Korea about two detained American journalists and is waiting for a reply, a U.S. official said Saturday.

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Four French Bank Execs Return Stock Options

Updated: 03/22/2009 - Four top executives of Societe Generale say they are handing back tens of thousands of stock options that the French bank gave them to defuse a political firestorm over the payouts.

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Sexual Orientation Bill Likely Held Up

Updated: 03/22/2009 - Supporters of a bill prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation are happy it was passed out of committee.

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Fire Devastates Home on North Meriden Road

Updated: 03/23/2009 - The Soldier Township Fire Department was called Sunday morning to a home fully engulfed by fire in the 3800 block Northeast Meriden Road.

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Firefighter Rescuers Learn the Ropes

Updated: 03/22/2009 - First responders from across the area gathered in Topeka Sunday to learn the ropes of how to rescue people from a dangerous accident -- so when the situation is real, they will get it right.

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War Protests in Washington, California

Updated: 03/22/2009 - Before war protesters ended their demonstration Saturday afternoon, several placed cardboard coffins in front of the offices of northern Virginia defense contractors such as KBR Inc. and Lockheed Martin Corp. as riot police stood by.

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Singer Bedingfield Weds in Malibu

Updated: 03/22/2009 - People Magazine reports the pop songstress wed California businessman Matthew Robinson in a 30-minute outdoor ceremony overlooking the Pacific Ocean on Saturday.

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Iran Rebuffs American Talks

Updated: 03/22/2009 - The Iranian leader's rebuff on Saturday to President Barack Obama's offer for dialogue was swift and sweeping: Words from Washington ring hollow without deep policy changes.

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Richardson's Casket Moved To Up-State Home

Updated: 03/22/2009 - A mahogany casket bearing Natasha Richardson's body was taken Saturday to the country home where she married Liam Neeson in 1994, according to a published report.

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Nearly 100 Monks Arrested

Updated: 03/22/2009 - Hundreds of Tibetans attacked a police station and government officials in northwestern China despite heightened security, prompting the arrests Sunday of nearly 100 monks, state media reported.

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Activists Protest AIG Homes

Updated: 03/22/2009 - A busload of activists representing working- and middle-class families paid visits Saturday to the lavish homes of American International Group executives to protest the tens of millions of dollars in bonuses awarded by the struggling insurance company after it received a massive federal bailout.

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South By Kanye West

Updated: 03/22/2009 - The rapper performed twice Saturday at the annual South By Southwest music conference and festival, dominating the final night of the live music event mostly populated by lesser known acts.

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Tata Motors to Release Nano Car

Updated: 03/22/2009 - Tata Motors said it will launch its ultra-cheap Nano car in Mumbai on Monday — a vehicle meant to herald a revolution by making it possible for the world's poor to purchase their first car.

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Reality Star Goody Dies

Updated: 03/22/2009 - Jade Goody, a dental assistant turned reality-TV star whose whirlwind journey from poverty to celebrity to tragedy became a national soap opera and morality tale in Britain, has died. The 27-year-old had cancer and died in her sleep early Sunday at her home in Essex, southeast England, her publicist Max Clifford said.

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Pope Decries African Wars

Updated: 03/22/2009 - Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass Sunday with hundreds of thousands of Angolans and decried the "clouds of evil" over Africa that have spawned war, tribalism and ethnic rivalry that he said condemned poor people to virtual slavery.

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Obama Defends Geithner, Won't Fire Him

Updated: 03/22/2009 - Amid the continuing backlash over AIG bonuses, President Barack Obama is defending his embattled treasury secretary and touting his ambitious $3.6 trillion budget proposal as a boon for ordinary Americans.

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Oakland Gunmen Kills 3 Cops, Wounds 1

Updated: 03/22/2009 - A police officer was battling for his life and three more were dead after a parolee with an "extensive criminal history" opened fire at a routine traffic stop and hours later gunned down members of a SWAT team searching for him.

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Jayhawks to Face Flyers in NCAA Second Round, 1:30 p.m. Sunday

Posted: 03/21/2009 - Coming off an 84-74 win against North Dakota State, No. 3 seed Kansas (26-7, 14-2 Big 12) will face No. 10 seed Dayton (27-7, 11-5 Atlantic 10) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis on Sunday, March 22, at 1:30 p.m.

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