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Westar To Apply For ``Smart Grid'' Funds

Posted: 07/16/2009 - Westar Energy has filed a letter of intent to apply for $20 million in stimulus funds to upgrade its power delivery system, making it more efficient.

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Wal-Mart Exec Foresees Eco-Ratings For All

Posted: 07/16/2009 - Wal-Mart's top executive says the world's largest retailer hopes efforts to develop eco-ratings for products the company sells can result in international environmental standards that all retailers can apply to all suppliers.

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GOP Envisions August Senate Vote On Sotomayor

Posted: 07/16/2009 - Republicans cleared the way Thursday for a Senate vote next month to confirm Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, placing her firmly in line to become the first Hispanic justice.

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Mourners Weep For Slain Russian Rights Activist

Posted: 07/16/2009 - Weeping mourners walked through Chechnya's capital on Thursday to honor activist Natalya Estemirova, whose brazen kidnapping and execution-style killing shocked Russia's beleaguered human rights community and prompted international outrage.

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Somali terror suspect returns to court

Posted: 07/16/2009 - A Somali man from Minnesota who has been indicted on terrorism charges is scheduled to be back in federal court for a detention hearing.

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Ex-POWs Rally Against Time In Bid To Tell Stories

Posted: 07/16/2009 - Museums are seeing an increase in donations and oral histories from the swell of former U.S. prisoners of war eager to leave their legacies. But museum officials still worry that too many POWs approaching their late 80s and 90s will go to their graves without publicly telling their stories.

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Taliban Threatens To Kill Captured US Soldier

Posted: 07/16/2009 - Local Taliban commanders threatened Thursday to kill a captured American soldier unless the U.S. military stops operations in two districts of southeastern Afghanistan.

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Ky. Sen. Bunning Raises Less Money Than Rivals

Posted: 07/16/2009 - Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning raised $302,466 from April through June for his re-election campaign next year, about half the haul of a potential GOP rival.

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Craigslist Suspect Loses Bid For Media Leak Probe

Posted: 07/16/2009 - A former medical student charged with killing a masseuse he met on Craigslist has lost his request for an investigation into media leaks he claimed may have tainted the grand jury that indicted him.

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Fight For Swine Flu Vaccine Could Get Ugly

Posted: 07/16/2009 - An ugly scramble is brewing over the swine flu vaccine — and when it becomes available, Britain, the United States and other nations could find that the contracts they signed with pharmaceutical companies are easily broken.

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Man Jailed For Not Supporting Someone Else's Child

Posted: 07/16/2009 - A Georgia man spent more than a year behind bars for failing to pay child support for a child that wasn't his, but he was released after DNA tests showed he wasn't the father.

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Crews Start Cleanup After Fiery Detroit Area Crash

Posted: 07/16/2009 - Smoke filled the air Thursday above the collapsed bridge where a tanker carrying 13,000 gallons of fuel exploded a day earlier, and highway officials vowed to quickly start clearing the rubble on the major Detroit-area freeway.

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NASA Refurbishes Video Copies Of Moon Landing

Posted: 07/16/2009 - NASA still can't find its lost original moon landing videotapes. But that first moonwalk never looked better, thanks to new digitally refurbished copies unveiled Thursday.

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House Dems Move To Votes On Health Bill

Posted: 07/16/2009 - House Democrats on Thursday pushed ahead with legislation that would deliver on President Barack Obama's promise to remake the health care system and cover some 50 million uninsured, despite concerns from their own party's moderate and conservative lawmakers that the $1.5 trillion plan costs too much.

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JPMorgan 2Q Profit Jumps 36 pct, Topping Fforecasts

Posted: 07/16/2009 - JPMorgan Chase & Co. posted a 36 percent jump in second quarter profit that easily surpassed analysts' expectations as strength in investment banking offset a jump in credit losses.

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Foreclosures Rise 15 Percent In First Half Of 2009

Posted: 07/16/2009 - The number of U.S. households on the verge of losing their homes soared by nearly 15 percent in the first half of the year as more people lost their jobs and were unable to pay their monthly mortgage bills.

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`30 Rock' Leads Emmy Nominations With 22 Bids

Posted: 07/16/2009 - Tina Fey's urbane sitcom "30 Rock" received a leading 22 Emmy Award nominations Thursday, while the '60s retro series "Mad Men" led the drama pack with 16 bids.

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Sotomayor signals support for Supreme Court TV

Posted: 07/16/2009 - Judge Sonia Sotomayor signaled an openness to television coverage of Supreme Court proceedings Thursday as she neared the end of three grueling days of questioning, all but assured of confirmation.

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