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Few crime victims helped by visa law OK'd in 2000

Updated: 02/07/2009 - A 2000 federal law promised visas to illegal immigrants who were crime victims if they came out of the shadows to help police catch their attackers. More than 13,000 people took the government's offer but so far only 65 - just 0.5 percent - have gotten their reward.

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Film, TV actor James Whitmore dies of lung cancer

Updated: 02/07/2009 - James Whitmore, the many-faceted character actor who delivered strong performances in movies, television and especially the theater with his popular one-man shows about Harry Truman, Will Rogers and Theodore Roosevelt, died Friday, his son said. He was 87.

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Octuplet fertility doctor under investigation

Updated: 02/07/2009 - The spotlight on the mother of octuplets is turning to the fertility doctor who helped her give birth not once but 14 times by implanting Nadya Suleman with fertilized embryos.

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Biden to Iran: US will talk, but is ready to act

Updated: 02/07/2009 - Vice President Joe Biden warned Saturday that the U.S. stands ready to take pre-emptive action against Iran if it does not abandon nuclear ambitions and its support for terrorism.

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Sheriff: 1 dead, 100-plus rescued from Lake Erie

Updated: 02/07/2009 - A miles-wide ice floe broke away Saturday from Lake Erie's shoreline, trapping more than 100 fishermen, some for as long as four hours. One person fell into the water and later died.

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Obama And Senate GOP Bicker Over Stimulus

Updated: 02/07/2009 - President Barack Obama and Senate Republicans bickered Saturday over his economic recovery plan after states and schools lost billions of dollars in a late-night bargain to save it.

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Boston Cop Accused Of Escorting Porn Stars To Club

Updated: 02/07/2009 - A Boston police officer is being investigated for allegedly helping two gay porn stars cut through traffic to get to a nightclub. Police said the officer, whose name has not been released, has been placed on desk duty for allegedly using his cruiser to escort a car from Logan International Airport to the Roxy nightclub last October.

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City Council Talks Charter Proposals

Updated: 02/07/2009 - The Topeka City Council came together Saturday to discuss possible changes to the city's charter ordinance. They could only agree to continue to pursue changing the charter to allow the city council to override mayoral vetoes.

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Senate Moves Closer To Passing Stimulus

Updated: 02/07/2009 - The U.S. Senate has gone back into session this afternoon, as it moves closer to a vote on President Barack Obama's economic recovery plan.

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Obama's Economic Recovery Plan on Track in Senate

Updated: 02/07/2009 - President Barack Obama's economic recovery plan is on track to pass the Senate after a handful of moderate Republicans and Democrats forced more than $100 billion in cuts in programs that wouldn't create many jobs right away.

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The Rise and (Almost) Fall of America's Banks

Updated: 02/07/2009 - These days, you can roll up to an ATM at the grocery, the pharmacy, the gas station, the hardware store, the office, even the ballpark. You can check your Bank of America balance on your iPhone. You can text Chase, and Chase will text you back.

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Versatile Actor James Whitmore Dies

Posted: 02/06/2009 - The famed Tony And Emmy award winner even graced the stage of the Topeka Performing Arts Center with his portrayal of Will Rogers. Best known for his work in theatre, he was also a fixture on television and the movies, including "The Shawshank Redemption."

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Deal Reached On Stimulus - But No Vote Yet

Updated: 02/06/2009 - Three Republicans agree to a trimmed down $780 billion package, after the original version of the stimulus bill ballooned to nearly one trillion dollars.

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Oil Near $40 Again on Dismal Jobs Report

Updated: 02/06/2009 - Oil prices sank below $41 a barrel Friday as the government reported that U.S. employers slashed more than a half million jobs last month, the most in 35 years.

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Homebuyers Turn Frugal to Save for Down Payments

Updated: 02/06/2009 - She's not ready to audition for the Top Chef TV show, but Nicole Nagel's home cooking is helping her save for a house. The Miami resident is skipping fancy restaurants so she has enough money for a down payment.

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Nazi find sheds Light on Egypt's Sensitive Past

Updated: 02/06/2009 - Nazi hunters urged Egypt on Friday to come clean about how much it knew about a fugitive dubbed "Dr. Death," who reportedly lived here for decades until he died in 1992. But Egypt has long kept a strict silence about former Nazis reported to have taken refuge on its soil.

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Harvard to Cut 50 Endowment Jobs

Updated: 02/06/2009 - Harvard University said Friday it will cut about a quarter of staff - or about 50 jobs - from the company that manages its endowment after the fund's value tumbled $8 billion in four months.

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US Rep. Davis Seeks to be 1st Black Alabama Governor

Updated: 02/06/2009 - U.S. Rep. Artur Davis, an early supporter of Barack Obama with uncanny similarities to the new president, announced his Democratic candidacy for governor Friday in a bid to become the first black to win Alabama's top office.

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