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AP Exclusive: Secret tally has 87,000 Iraqis dead

Updated: 04/23/2009 - At least 87,215 Iraqis have been killed in violence since 2005, according to a previously undisclosed Iraqi government tally obtained by The Associated Press. Combined with tallies based on hospital sources and media reports since the beginning of the war and a review of available evidence by the AP, the figures show that more than 110,000 Iraqis have died in violence since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.

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Fla. judge's career finished over ties to stripper

Updated: 04/23/2009 - Thomas E. Stringer spent more than three decades quietly building his legal career in Florida, working his way up from an assistant state attorney to appeals court judge in the Tampa Bay area. In 2007, he was inducted into his law school's hall of fame.

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Students Learn History and Conservation

Updated: 04/23/2009 - Westar Energy held a retirement party Thursday at the Kansas Museum of History for the incandescent light bulb. Elementary school students joined the celebration by flipping a giant light switch to represent the new generation of energy efficient lighting.

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Senate Vote on Sebelius Likely to Slip

Updated: 04/23/2009 - Republican leader Mitch McConnell objected to raising Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' nomination as Health and Human Services Secretary in the full Senate Thursday, citing opposition in the Finance Committee. The move means a vote likely won't come until next week.

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Calif. expected to adopt low-carbon fuel rules

Updated: 04/23/2009 - California air regulators are considering first-in-the nation rules to require low-carbon fuels as part of the state's wider effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Ind. money manager competent for trial in Florida

Updated: 04/23/2009 - A troubled Indiana money manager accused of trying to fake his death and escape financial ruin by parachuting before crashing his plane is competent for a June trial, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

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$68 million mystery: Who's behind college gifts?

Updated: 04/23/2009 - It's the question on everyone's lips in philanthropy: Who is the mysterious donor giving away millions of dollars to at least a dozen colleges across the country?

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AP Source: Freddie Mac CFO told to take time off

Updated: 04/23/2009 - Freddie Mac's acting chief financial officer had met with the mortgage giant's human resources office and had been making plans to take time off only a day before authorities found him dead in an apparent suicide, a person close to the company said Thursday.

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Chiefs trade TE Gonzalez to Atlanta

Updated: 04/23/2009 - The Chiefs have traded all-pro tight end Tony Gonzalez to the Atlanta Falcons for a 2nd round pick in the 2010 draft.

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Top Prospect Henry Ditches Calipari, Picks Kansas

Updated: 04/23/2009 - Oklahoma City high school star Xavier Henry announced Thursday that he would not follow Calipari after he left Memphis, and committed instead to play at Kansas.

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Motorcycle Passenger Dies After Three Vehicle Accident

Updated: 04/23/2009 - The Shawnee County Sheriff's Office confirms Leanna Raine, 45, of Topeka, died at a local hospital after the motorcycle she was a passenger on was involved in an accident Wednesday evening.

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UPS 1Q Profit Plunges more than 55%

Updated: 04/23/2009 - UPS Inc., the world's largest shipping carrier, says first-quarter profit plunged more than 55 percent to $401 million as revenue dropped more than 13 percent, compared to profit of $906 million a year ago.

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Oil Prices Rise, but still under $50 per Barrell

Updated: 04/23/2009 - Oil prices rose but stayed well below $50 a barrel Thursday as rising U.S. crude inventories and a stark demand forecast by the IMF doused investor optimism for a near-term recovery from the global recession.

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European Stocks Steady Despite US Cheer over Apple

Updated: 04/23/2009 - European stock markets were little changed Thursday ahead of an expected solid opening on Wall Street, where investors appear to have been cheered by upbeat earnings from technology firm Apple Inc.

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Items Link Craigslist Suspect To Victims

Updated: 04/23/2009 - Victims' belongings were found in Philip Markoff's apartment; settlng gambling debts is eyed as a possible motive in the attacks.

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President Talks Up Wind Energy in Iowa

Updated: 04/23/2009 - President Obama traveled to hard-hit Newton, Iowa for Earth Day, touting green jobs as energy legislation stalls back in Washington.

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Brockovich Spearheads Lawsuit in Cameron, MO Cancer Cluster

Updated: 04/23/2009 - Environmentalist Erin Brockovich helped file a lawsuit alleging sludge from Prime Tanning Corp. of St. Joseph contained high levels of hexavalent cromium, which led to a rash of brain tumors in the Cameron, MO area.

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Seaman Senior Details Holocaust Survivor's Life

Updated: 04/23/2009 - Shelby Marshall talked about her documentary on Simone-Arnold Liebster for this week's "Good Kids." She'll compete in the category at Kansas History Day this weekend at Washburn.

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Car, Motorcycle Wreck Near Lake Shawnee Injures 2

Updated: 04/23/2009 - A car and motorcycle collided at SE 45th and West Edge Road Wednesday night, with the vehicles crashing into a third vehicle. The driver and passenger on the motorcycle suffered critical injuries.

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USD 501 Honors Distinguished Staffers

Updated: 04/23/2009 - Topeka Public School's recognized some distinguished staff members Wednesday. The honor is their version of "Employees of the Year."

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Wittig Attorneys Need Paperwork to Receive Money

Updated: 04/23/2009 - Former Westar Executive David Wittig's Attorneys need to file the proper paperwork if they want the company to pay them more than a million dollars in legal fees.

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On Your Side: Pavement Work to Close Lane

Updated: 04/23/2009 - You might need to change your route through Central Topeka Thursday. Westbound lanes at the intersection of SW 17th Street and Fillmore will be closed for pavement work.

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Dover Firefighter Sent to Hospital with Heat Exhaustion

Updated: 04/23/2009 - A Dover firefighter was taken to the hospital Wednesday suffering from apparant heat exhaustion. He'd spent several hours battling an out-of-control pasture fire at K-4 and Massasoit Road.

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