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LA man kills wife, 5 children, himself

Updated: 01/27/2009 - A Los Angeles man who fatally shot his wife, five children and himself sent a note to a TV station claiming the couple had just been fired from a medical center and they planned the killings together.

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John Updike, prize-winning writer, dead at age 76

Updated: 01/27/2009 - John Updike, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, prolific man of letters and erudite chronicler of sex, divorce and other adventures in the postwar prime of the American empire, died Tuesday at age 76.

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FBI tapes played at Ill. gov's impeachment trial

Updated: 01/27/2009 - Illinois senators for the first time have heard FBI recordings of Gov. Rod Blagojevich that are part of a corruption investigation that led to his impeachment.

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Baghdad Seeks `Normal' Footing on Unsteady Legs

Updated: 01/27/2009 - Iraqi pop music poured from loudspeakers in Baghdad's popular Zawraa Park as families enjoyed picnics and children squealed on the "Space Gun," a thrill ride that looped them around in a full circle. Then the sounds of a happy Friday afternoon were drowned out by the deep thump of low-flying U.S. military helicopters.

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US Pays $40,000 After 15 Afghans Die in Raid

Updated: 01/27/2009 - U.S. commanders on Tuesday traveled to a poor Afghan village and distributed $40,000 to relatives of 15 people killed in a U.S. raid, including a known militant commander. The Americans also apologized for any civilians killed in the operation.

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Ill. Governor's Own Words to Haunt Him at Trial

Updated: 01/27/2009 - Gov. Rod Blagojevich called President Barack Obama's vacant U.S. Senate seat a "golden" opportunity that could help him make money, an FBI agent testified Tuesday at the governor's impeachment trial.

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Obama, GOP Lawmakers Meet Face to Face on Stimulus

Updated: 01/27/2009 - President Barack Obama met face-to-face Tuesday with congressional Republicans who have been chafing over parts of a $825 billion plan to pull the country out of recession, and he urged lawmakers to "keep politics to a minimum" and quickly approve the measure.

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Deputy Mayor to Challenge Mayor in Spring Election

Updated: 01/27/2009 - City of Topeka Mayor Bill Bunten faces four challengers in the Spring 2009 election, including Deputy Mayor Jeff Preisner. Preisner filed Tuesday before the noon deadline to run for the office. In total, 25 people have filed for City of Topeka City Council and Mayor.

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Krause Resigning as K-State AD

Updated: 01/27/2009 - Kansas State Athletics Director Bob Krause announced his resignation Tuesday to accept the position of Director of Development for the K-State Olathe Innovation Campus, effective March 31, 2009.

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5 Pardoned After Wrongful Conviction In Neb.Crime

Updated: 01/27/2009 - Five people imprisoned for the 1985 rape and murder of a 68-year-old woman were pardoned Monday, two months after investigators said DNA evidence proved they were innocent.

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Corning Cuts 3,500 Jobs as 4Q Profit Slumps

Updated: 01/27/2009 - Corning Inc. said Tuesday it is cutting 3,500 jobs, or 13 percent of its payroll, as demand slumps for glass used in flat-screen televisions and computers.

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Verizon 4Q Earnings Up 15%

Updated: 01/27/2009 - Verizon says its earnings increased 15 percent in the fourth quarter, as it kept adding wireless and broadband subscribers.

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Stocks Signal Mostly Higher Open Amid Earnings

Updated: 01/27/2009 - Wall Street showed some relief Tuesday that big companies like American Express Co. and Texas Instruments Inc. managed to post profits in a difficult recession.

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Obama Chooses Arab Network For First TV Interview

Updated: 01/27/2009 - President Barack Obama on Tuesday chose an Arabic satellite TV network for his first formal television interview as president, delivering a message to the Muslim world that "Americans are not your enemy."

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Delta Reports $1.4B 4Q Loss

Updated: 01/27/2009 - Delta Air Lines Inc., the world's biggest carrier, said Tuesday it lost $1.4 billion in the final three months of last year as it recorded a massive charge related to employee stock awards and wasn't able to fully benefit from the decline in oil prices because of bad bets on fuel hedges.

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DuPont Swings to 4Q Loss, Lowers 2009 Forecast

Updated: 01/27/2009 - DuPont Co. reported a $629 million loss for the fourth-quarter, reflecting a hefty restructuring charge, and lowered its earnings forecast for the full year due to weak industrial demand for its chemicals.

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NATO: 3,000 US Troops Deploy Near Afghan Capital

Updated: 01/27/2009 - Thousands of U.S. troops originally destined for Iraq have deployed south of Afghanistan's capital in the first illustration of a new military focus on the increasingly difficult fight in the South Asian nation, NATO said Tuesday.

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Ill. Governor's Own Words To Haunt Him At Trial

Updated: 01/27/2009 - A day after Gov. Rod Blagojevich's loudly proclaimed his innocence during a media blitz, the governor's more private words are to take center stage at his impeachment trial.

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Deadly Roadside Bombing Threatens Gaza Truce

Updated: 01/27/2009 - Palestinian militants detonated a bomb next to an Israeli army patrol along the border with Gaza on Tuesday, killing one soldier and wounding three others in the first serious clash since a cease-fire went into effect more than a week ago.

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Gene Roddenberry, Wife To Spend Eternity In Space

Updated: 01/27/2009 - The creator of "Star Trek" and his wife will spend eternity together in space. Celestis Inc., a company that specializes in "memorial spaceflights," said Monday that it will ship the remains of Gene Roddenberry and Majel Barrett Roddenberry into space next year.

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Senate Votes to Delay Digital TV Conversion

Updated: 01/26/2009 - The federally mandated conversion date has now been moved back four months, from February 17th to June 12th. The switch is called a victory for the Obama Administration, whose transition team was pushing the delay.

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