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Bin Laden Urges Jihad Against Israel

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden has issued a new audiotape urging Muslims to launch a jihad, or holy war, to stop the Israeli offensive in Gaza.

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Wash. Court: Sex Between Teachers, 18-Year-Olds OK

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Washington state law does not bar teachers from having consensual sex with 18-year-old students, an appeals court ruled Tuesday in dismissing a case against a former high school choir teacher.

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Stock Futures Point Lower after Citi-Morgan Deal

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Wall Street headed toward a lower open Wednesday as investors questioned whether banks would need more help from the government. The market also awaited a slate of economic reports.

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Israel Again Hit By Rockets Fired From Lebanon

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Militants in Lebanon sent rockets crashing into northern Israel on Wednesday, while Israeli aircraft pounded a Gaza cemetery, Hamas weapons positions and tunnels used for smuggling, witnesses and the military said Wednesday.

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Yahoo Picks tough-talking Carol Bartz as new CEO

Updated: 01/14/2009 - It didn't take long for Carol Bartz, Yahoo Inc.'s new chief executive, to demonstrate that her style will differ dramatically from that of her predecessor — Jerry Yang, the genial, soft-spoken co-founder of the struggling Internet company.

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Death Knell for Citigroup's 'Supermarket' Model

Updated: 01/14/2009 - The original financial supermarket is dead. Citigroup signaled the end of a decade-long experiment to create one-stop shopping for financial services with Tuesday's announcement that it was merging its Smith Barney brokerage into a joint venture with Morgan Stanley.

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Gas-starved EU Nations Seek End to Energy Crisis

Updated: 01/14/2009 - The leaders of two gas-starved European nations traveled to Ukraine and Russia on Wednesday, pressing them to restore supplies as the EU threatened both nations with legal action for halting energy deliveries in the middle of a bitter winter.

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Asian Stocks Rise after Bernanke Talks Up Stimulus

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Asian markets rose modestly Wednesday, as exporters like Sony Corp. recovered from the previous day's sell-off after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said a big stimulus package could help revive the U.S. economy.

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Oil Rises to Near $39 on Bernanke Comments

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Oil prices rose to near $39 a barrel Wednesday in Asia after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said a stimulus package could help revitalize the ailing U.S. economy.

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Our Sharp Cold Waves is Heading East

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Kansas will hit the zero mark tonight. Temperatures have already plunged below zero in many Midwest areas. One death is blamed on the cold weather.

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Yahoo Names Tech Veteran Carol Bartz as New CEO

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Yahoo Inc. named technology veteran Carol Bartz as its new chief executive Tuesday, bringing in a no-nonsense leader known for developing a clear focus — something that has eluded the struggling Internet company during a three-year slump.

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Police: Calif. Dad Sold 14-year-old Into Marriage

Updated: 01/13/2009 - A California man has been arrested for arranging for his 14-year-old daughter to marry a neighbor in exchange for $16,000, 100 cases of beer and several cases of meat, police said.

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Largest Study of US Child Health Begins

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Scientists begin recruiting mothers-to-be in North Carolina and New York this week for the largest study of U.S. children — aiming eventually to track 100,000 around the country from conception to age 21.

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Possible Mammoth Tusk Found on SoCal Island

Updated: 01/13/2009 - A complete tusk believed to belong to a prehistoric mammoth was uncovered on Santa Cruz Island off the Southern California coast, researchers reported Tuesday. If the discovery is confirmed, it would mean the tusked beasts roamed 62,000-acre Santa Cruz Island more widely than previously thought.

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Citigroup, Morgan Stanley Merge Brokerages

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Citigroup Inc. and Morgan Stanley agreed Tuesday to combine their brokerages in a deal that shows how much Citigroup wants to slim down and build up cash.

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With Economy Sour, Consumers Sweet on Herbal Meds

Updated: 01/13/2009 - The choice between $75 prescription sleeping pills or a $5 herbal alternative is a no-brainer for Cathy and Bernard Birleffi, whose insurance costs have skyrocketed along with the nation's financial woes.

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House Fire in Topeka Causes $10,000 in Damage

Updated: 01/13/2009 - A house fire in Topeka Tuesday night caused about $10,000 worth of damage. The cause is not known at this time. Four people were home at the time. All made it out safely.

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Helicopter Evaluation: Washburn Accident Was Avoidable

Updated: 01/13/2009 - A new evaluation of the Topeka Police helicopter unit finds poor leadership, a lack of training and that the April 2008 Washburn University Campus crash could have been avoided. Chief Ron Miller says this will change the way the unit operates.

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Smithsonian OKs Tweak to Caption on Bush Portrait

Updated: 01/13/2009 - U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders has persuaded the Smithsonian Institution to change the caption on a new portrait of President George W. Bush that said Bush's time in office was ``marked by a series of catastrophic events'' including ``the attacks on September 11, 2001, that led to wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.''

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Ohio Judge: Boy Can Testify about Mom's Slaying

Updated: 01/13/2009 - A judge in Ohio will allow a grand jury to hear testimony from a 5-year-old boy who authorities say was kidnapped then abandoned by a man who killed the boy's mother.

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Israeli Forces Storm Gaza City Neighborhood

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Witnesses say an Israeli warplane fired a missile at the former Gaza city hall, used as a court building in recent years. The Israeli military says three soldiers were wounded, including an officer.

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