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Relationship gets official for Roberts and Obama

Updated: 01/20/2009 - WASHINGTON (AP (AP) -- Chief Justice John Roberts swore in Barack Obama as president Tuesday in the first of what could be many important interactions for the two men of differing politics who rose quickly to power. The encounter was briefly awkward after Obama stepped on Roberts' opening lines from the 35-word constitutionally prescribed oath of office. The chief justice wandered into a verbal detour of his own.

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Inaugural prayers aim for a more diverse America

Updated: 01/20/2009 - The clergy were Protestant, and so was the new head of state. But the inauguration Tuesday of President Barack Obama aimed for a much broader audience: an increasingly diverse America, where people want their beliefs acknowledged in the nation's most important ceremony. In his address, Obama referred to God and Scripture, saying, "the time has come to set aside childish things," from 1 Corinthians.

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Bush tells cheering Texans 'it is good to be home'

Updated: 01/20/2009 - MIDLAND, Texas (AP) -- Waving cardboard red, white and blue "W"s, thousands welcomed President George W. Bush and his wife on Tuesday to their post-presidential home in Texas.

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Sen. Kennedy OK after seizure at Obama's luncheon

Updated: 01/20/2009 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, ill with a brain tumor, was hospitalized Tuesday but quickly reported feeling well after suffering a seizure at a post-inauguration luncheon for President Barack Obama. "After testing, we believe the incident was brought on by simple fatigue," Dr. Edward Aulisi, chairman of neurosurgery at Washington Hospital Center said in a statement released by the senator's office.

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Obama takes historic spot as first black president

Updated: 01/20/2009 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Before a jubilant crowd of more than a million, Barack Hussein Obama claimed his place in history as America's first black president, summoning a dispirited nation to unite in hope against the "gathering clouds and raging storms" of war and economic woe.

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Bush Leaves White House For Final Time

Updated: 01/20/2009 - Leaving the White House for the last time on Tuesday, President George W. Bush blew a kiss out the window of his presidential limousine, a gesture that capped an eight-year administration marked by two wars, recession and the biggest terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

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Crowds Gather For Bush's Return to Texas

Updated: 01/20/2009 - Waving cardboard red, white and blue "W"s, thousands gathered in Midland's town square Tuesday to welcome former President George W. Bush and his wife to their post-presidential home in Texas.

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Stocks Tumble on Fresh Worries About Banks

Updated: 01/20/2009 - The dawn of the Obama presidency could not shake the stock market from its dejection over the rapidly deteriorating state of the banking industry.

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Man Burned With No Sign of Fire

Updated: 01/20/2009 - Investigators are baffled as to how a man suffered second- and third-degree burns inside his apartment — even though the only sign of a fire was a candle in the bathroom. Knoxville Fire Department crews found the 56-year-old victim inside his apartment bathroom Monday afternoon with third-degree burns to his face and second-degree burns to his hands.

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Kansas GOP Ready To Support Obama

Updated: 01/20/2009 - Kansas Republicans who supported John McCain in the 2008 election now say it is time to support President Barack Obama.

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Inauguration Prayers Aim For Diversity

Updated: 01/20/2009 - The inauguration Tuesday of President Barack Obama aimed for a much broader audience: an increasingly diverse America, where people want their beliefs acknowledged in the nation's most important ceremony.

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Kansas State Senators Work Through Inauguration

Updated: 01/20/2009 - Members of the state Senate Ways and Means Committee missed the inauguration of President Barack Obama because they were working on Governor Kathleen Sebelius' budget.

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Kansas State Senator Watches Obama With Guests

Updated: 01/20/2009 - About 10 middle school students from the Democrat's Topeka district joined Senator Anthony Hensley in watching Barack Obama become the 44th president Tuesday.

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Salmonella in Mo., Kan. Linked to Peanut Butter

Updated: 01/20/2009 - Consumers are being warned to avoid any food in which peanut butter is an ingredient. The current national recall does not include peanut butter in jars sold in stores.

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Bush Era Ends With Handshake

Updated: 01/20/2009 - With one last handshake with President Barack Obama, George W. Bush boarded a helicopter on Tuesday at the Capitol and began his post-presidential life, closing a two-term administration marked by war, recession and the biggest terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

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Blagojevich Misses Second Deadline For Answers

Updated: 01/20/2009 - Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Tuesday missed his second deadline for filing formal answers to an impeachment charge, with a Senate trial over his ouster now less than a week away.

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Gaza Declares Victory in Middle East Conflict

Updated: 01/20/2009 - Waving green Islamic flags atop the ruins of Gaza, Hamas proclaimed victory in rallies attended by thousands of supporters Tuesday, saying it survived Israel's military onslaught despite the destruction and massive death toll suffered by Gazans.

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New York Firefighters Trapped in Burning Maze

Updated: 01/20/2009 - The firefighters were trapped in what amounted to a burning maze: a Bronx apartment illegally divided into extra rooms for the sake of making a buck in this cramped city.

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Only Small Victory Likely For Madoff Investors

Updated: 01/20/2009 - Investing a dollar and getting 10 cents back in return is a bad deal even in today's market. But recovering 10 cents on the dollar might be optimistic for investors who gave their cash to Bernard Madoff.

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