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School Bus Driver Accused of Fondling Girl, 6

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Prosecutors say Billy J. Reynolds, a 16-year Durham employee, engaged in lewd touching of the girl in October, November, December and on Jan. 6, the day he was arrested.

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Wichitan Pleads to Lesser Charge in Street Killing

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Police say 20-year-old Brandon Hardyway didn't like the way someone in a car next him was looking at him, so he opened fire on the car. The bullets killed Ridge, who was a passenger in the car.

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KU Laying Off 11, Won't Rehire 110

Updated: 01/22/2009 - The University of Kansas is cutting 11 jobs and not filling 110 others to satisfy a legislative mandate to cut 7 percent of its budget for the 2010 fiscal year.

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GOP Leaders Want $300M Cut from KS Budget

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Senate GOP leaders announced their new target during a Thursday morning caucus meeting. There were no objections from the Republican senators present.

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Crime Down in Capital City

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Topeka Police Chief Ron Miller said Wednesday crime in Topeka is down. But, Miller says property crime continues to be a serious issue his department will continue to work on.

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Fire Burns NYC Hospital; 600 Patients Moved

Updated: 01/22/2009 - A fire at a major hospital sent smoke pouring through an emergency room Wednesday, injuring at least six firefighters and forcing 600 patients to be moved across the sprawling complex.

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2 Condemned To Death For Role In China Milk Crisis

Updated: 01/22/2009 - A Chinese court condemned two men to death and handed a life term to a dairy boss Thursday for their roles in the country's contaminated milk scandal, which ignited public anger and accusations of cover-ups.

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Palin To News Organizations: Leave My Kids Alone

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is going on the offensive against news organizations and bloggers she says are perpetuating malicious gossip about her and her children.

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Study: Cleaner Air Adds 5 Months To US Life Span

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Cleaner air over the past two decades has added nearly five months to average life expectancy in the United States, according to a federally funded study.

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Southwest Airlines Reports 4Q Loss

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Southwest Airlines says it lost money in the fourth quarter as its fuel-hedging strategy lost punch.

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Batman & Bollywood? Oscars Eye `Knight,' `Slumdog'

Updated: 01/22/2009 - "The Dark Knight" is the box-office behemoth with the deceased acting front-runner whose name everyone knows. "Slumdog Millionaire" is the out-of-nowhere surprise with a cast no one ever heard of before.

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Sony Forecasts First Annual Net Loss in 14 Years

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Sony projected it would report its first annual net loss in 14 years Thursday, and Chief Executive Howard Stringer vowed to turn around the company with pay cuts, job reductions and trendier gadgets.

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UnitedHealth 4Q Profit Falls, Meets Expectations

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Managed-care provider UnitedHealth Group Inc. said Thursday its fourth-quarter profit fell 40 percent compared with last year, as it settled a lawsuit and dealt with rising expenses.

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Oil Hits $45 as US Company News Improves

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Positive news from U.S. companies and economic optimism spurred by the U.S presidential inauguration boosted prices Thursday, with crude trading around $45 a barrel.

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Wall Street Headed for a Mostly Lower Opening

Updated: 01/22/2009 - After a volatile start to the week, Wall Street headed for a mostly lower opening Thursday ahead of key data on jobs and housing and another round of earnings reports.

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World Markets Rise as Bank Stocks Rebound

Updated: 01/22/2009 - World stock markets rose Thursday as investors bought up what they saw as cheap bank stocks, which had fallen sharply in recent days on worries about steep losses amid the global financial crisis.

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Kennedy Withdraws From Consideration For NY Senate

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Caroline Kennedy withdrew from consideration for the U.S. Senate seat once held by her slain uncle, Bobby Kennedy, after a night of turmoil and uncertainty over her intentions.

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As Banks Teeter Again, Wall St. Looks for Answers

Updated: 01/21/2009 - Wall Street is losing faith in Washington's efforts to fix the financial crisis. As bank losses pile up and bank stocks plunge, investors have an urgent question for the new Obama administration: What's the plan?

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Three-quarters of Stimulus to go in 18 Months

Updated: 01/21/2009 - Facing Republican resistance to a massive economic stimulus plan, the Obama administration on Wednesday said $3 of every $4 in the package should be spent within 18 months to have maximum impact on jobs and taxpayers.

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Asian Stocks up Despite Signs of Deepening Slump

Updated: 01/21/2009 - Most Asian stock markets were modestly higher Thursday, as gains on Wall Street offset alarming new signs the region's economies were slowing faster than expected amid plummeting demand for their goods.

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