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Carol Ann Duffy Chosen as UK Poet Laureate

Updated: 05/02/2009 - The centuries-old post of British poet laureate, bard to kings and queens, has been held by William Wordsworth, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Ted Hughes - but never, until Friday, by a woman.

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Winehouse Blocks Paparazzi from Her Home

Updated: 05/02/2009 - Amy Winehouse has won a court order banning the paparazzi from pursuing her outside her London home, a source close to the singer's management team said Saturday.

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Madonna Adoption Woes

Updated: 05/02/2009 - The father of an African girl Madonna hopes to adopt says he wants to take care of his daughter himself - even though he's never met her.

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Notre Dame's Obama Invite Riles Catholic Bishops

Updated: 05/02/2009 - This coming week, Bishop Thomas Wenski of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orlando, Fla., will take the unusual step of celebrating a Mass of Reparation, to make amends for sins against God.

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Canada: 1st Pigs Found With New Swine Flu Virus

Updated: 05/02/2009 - Pigs on a Canadian farm have been infected with the new swine flu virus - apparently by a farm worker back from Mexico - and are under quarantine, officials said Saturday. It is the first known case of pigs having the virus.

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Mine That Bird Pulls off Upset in Kentucky Derby

Updated: 05/02/2009 - Trainer Bennie Woolley Jr. hitched Mine That Bird to the back of his pickup and drove to the Kentucky Derby from New Mexico. With an inspired ride on the rail from Calvin Borel, it all added up to one of the greatest upsets in 135 years of America's most famous horse race.

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Fatal Accident Follows Pursuit

Updated: 05/02/2009 - The Kansas Highway Patrol says an early-morning chase ended in the death of a 28-year-old Wichita man.

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Jenkins Chides Obama on Stimulus Package

Updated: 05/02/2009 - In the party's weekly radio and Internet address, Rep. Lynn Jenkins chided Obama and Democrats in Congress for pushing through a $787 billion stimulus package and a $3 trillion federal budget for next year that she said will waste taxpayers' dollars and burden future generations.

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Buffet Says Government Heading in Right Direction

Updated: 05/02/2009 - Billionaire Warren Buffett said Saturday the U.S. government is generally taking the right actions to help the economy recover, and it should be given some benefit of the doubt because officials have been reacting in the middle of a crisis.

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Democrats See Gay Marriage Opportunity

Updated: 05/02/2009 - Gay marriage legalization in several states and the public's growing acceptance of same-sex unions have Democrats sensing political opportunity and some Republicans re-evaluating their party's hard-line opposition to an issue that long has rallied its base.

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Mexico Hopes Worst is Over

Updated: 05/02/2009 - Mexico reported no new deaths from swine flu overnight — more reason to be optimistic that the worst is over at the epicenter of the outbreak

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"Wolverine" Soars at Box Office

Updated: 05/02/2009 - Jackman's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" kicked off the summer movie season with a howl by taking in $35 million on its opening day Friday.

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Sedgwick County Requests Sandbags

Updated: 05/02/2009 - Flooding continues to be a concern in parts of southern and eastern Kansas after heavy rains caused some rivers and creeks to swell.

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60-Day Jail Term Given for Sex Crime

Updated: 05/01/2009 - 19-year old Lawrence Gritten, Jr. was given a 60-day jail term Friday along with a two-year suspended sentence and 18 months probation. In an agreement with prosecutors, Gritten pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful voluntary sexual relations and one count of sodomy.

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Child Sex Offenses Garner 17+ Years

Updated: 05/01/2009 - A Shawnee County judge sentenced 20-year-old Keith Massey Friday for convictions of rape, criminal sodomy and aggravated indecent liberties with a child.

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Kansas House Rejects Budget-Balancing Bill

Updated: 05/01/2009 - The Kansas House voted Friday night was 62-53 against giving a budget-cutting bill first-round approval, despite removing a provision cutting state worker pay by 5-percent.

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Regents Warn of Budget-Cutting Consequences

Updated: 05/01/2009 - The Kansas Board of Regents says further cuts to higher education funding could mean increases in tuition at their schools and hikes in local property taxes to support community colleges.

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