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Sotomayor Counters GOP Critics

Updated: 06/02/2009 - Judge Sonia Sotomayor on Tuesday countered Republican charges that she would let her background dictate her rulings as Americans signaled a favorable first impression of President Barack Obama's first Supreme Court choice.

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ACLU Defends Girl's Lewd MySpace Principal Parody

Updated: 06/02/2009 - A federal appeals court must decide whether a Pennsylvania middle school can suspend a student who, at home on her own time, created a lewd MySpace page aimed at her principal.

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Man Angry at Solicitor Fires Rifle, Hits Own Car

Updated: 06/02/2009 - A door-to-door solicitor apparently rubbed a Michigan man the wrong way, prompting him to grab a rifle and fire two shots - one of which hit his own car. Police said the 20-year-old apparently was intoxicated when the solicitor paid a visit Monday afternoon. In irritation, they said he fired once inside and once outside the suburban Detroit house.

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Brazil confirms Air France jet crashed in ocean

Updated: 06/02/2009 - Brazilian military planes found a 3-mile (5-kilometer) path of wreckage in the Atlantic Ocean, confirming that an Air France jet carrying 228 people crashed in the sea, Defense Minister Nelson Jobim said Tuesday. Jobim said the discovery "confirms that the plane went down in that area" hundreds of miles (kilometers) from the Brazilian archipelago of Fernando de Noronha.

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Tiller Slaying Suspect Charged with Murder

Updated: 06/02/2009 - Scott Roeder was in court Tuesday afternoon. He made his first appearance on one count of first degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault in the death of Dr. George Tiller.

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Tiller's Funeral Saturday Morning in Wichita

Updated: 06/02/2009 - The funeral service for slain abortion provider George Tiller has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at College Hill United Methodist Church in Wichita.

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State Sen. Barnett Candidate for Kansas Congressional Seat

Updated: 06/02/2009 - State Sen. Jim Barnett, R-Emporia, announced his candidacy Tuesday for the 1st Congressional District seat. Barnett joins five other Republicans in the race to replace current U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran.

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Tiller Family: No Plan to Reopen Wichita Clinic

Updated: 06/02/2009 - The family of Dr. George Tiller issued a written statement through Tiller's attorneys Tuesday, saying there is no plan to reopen his clinic. A Nebraska doctor had earlier said it would reopen next week.

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Workers Prep for Germanfest

Updated: 06/02/2009 - A group from Sacred Heart Church has been working hard all week to prepare for their annual fundraiser. Germanfest is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

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Residents in the Area Without Power

Updated: 06/02/2009 - At one point 1,200 customers were without power after an electricity pole caught fire near 30th and Wanamaker. At noon on Tuesday, about 700 people were without power.

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Children of Slain Kansas Woman Safe

Updated: 06/02/2009 - Authorities in central Kansas say a boy and girl who witnessed the shooting deaths of their mother and a friend are safe and with other family members.

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Eisenhower Center Readies for D-Day Event

Updated: 06/02/2009 - Crews are making preparations at the Eisenhower Center in Abilene for the upcoming celebration of the 65th anniversary of D-Day.

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Kansas Gets More Time to Seek Flood Aid

Updated: 06/02/2009 - Gov. Mark Parkinson has been granted more time to file for federal assistance for damage caused by floods and storms between April 25 and May 8.

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Staples Profit Falls 33% in 1st Quarter

Updated: 06/02/2009 - Recession-weary customers are still putting off big-ticket purchases from office-supply chain Staples Inc., but the retailer said it's beginning to see smaller declines in foot traffic and sales to small businesses.

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