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OMG!: Text messaging an important part of response

Updated: 01/17/2009 - Soon after US Airways Flight 1549 took off from LaGuardia Airport, Vallie Collins heard a boom and started smelling smoke. When the captain urged passengers to brace for impact, she immediately reached for her phone.

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America: What in the world does it want

Updated: 01/17/2009 - George Washington, first president, said this: "It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world."

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Kansas Casino Regulators Ask for Salary Cut

Updated: 01/17/2009 - Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission members want Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to consider cutting their pay for the rest of the current budget year.

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Panel Departs From Kan. Gov's Deficit Plan

Updated: 01/17/2009 - The Senate Ways and Means Committee will continue to work on Governor Kathleen Sebelius' budget plan when they're back at work Tuesday.

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Community Pays Respects To Shirley Children

Updated: 01/17/2009 - Community members from Scranton and Carbondale came together to say goodbye to three children who were killed by their father earlier this week.

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Obama Rides Rails to Capital, as Onlookers Cheer

Updated: 01/17/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama, tracing the train route Abraham Lincoln took nearly a century and a half earlier, undertook the final leg of his inaugural journey to the nation's capital Saturday, pledging to reclaim America's spirit but also warning of steep challenges facing the country.

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Trial Begins In Italy Student Slaying

Updated: 01/17/2009 - An American college student and her Italian former boyfriend went on trial Friday accused of sexually assaulting and murdering her roommate in a slaying that shocked Italy.

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Bush Admin. Issues Offshore Drilling Plan

Updated: 01/17/2009 - The Interior Department on Friday issued a detailed proposal for widespread oil and gas drilling off both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts in areas that have not had energy exploration for decades.

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Teen Sentenced In "Mortal Kombat" Death

Updated: 01/17/2009 - A Colorado teen has been sentenced to 36 years in prison for his role in the death of a 7-year-old girl during an apparent imitation of the "Mortal Kombat" video game.

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Group: Thai Navy Left 400 Migrants To Die

Updated: 01/17/2009 - Thailand's navy abandoned hundreds of illegal migrants on a barge in the Indian Ocean where about 300 desperate people with little food and water later drowned, a refugees' advocacy group said.

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Bush's Final Approval Rating: 22 Percent

Updated: 01/17/2009 - President Bush will leave office as one of the most unpopular departing presidents in history, according to a new CBS News/New York Times poll showing Mr. Bush's final approval rating at 22 percent.

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Kellogg's Recalls Peanut Butter Products

Updated: 01/17/2009 - What began as an investigation of peanut butter shipped to U.S. nursing homes and cafeterias has broadened with the Kellogg Co. recalling 16 products and federal officials confirming salmonella contamination at a Georgia facility that ships peanut products to 85 food companies.

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Crane To Raise Sunken Jet From Hudson

Updated: 01/17/2009 - Investigators encountered more treacherous conditions Saturday as they embarked on the delicate task of trying to hoist the miracle US Airways jet from the Hudson River without damaging the airplane.

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Both Engines Missing In Hudson River Crash

Updated: 01/16/2009 - NTSB investigators are seeking video evidence of what happened in the final minutes before US Airways Flight 1549 hit the water. All 155 people on board walked away.

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Paint the Parks 100 National Exhibit in Topeka

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Works from some of the nation's finest artists are in Topeka. The Paint the Parks 100 national exhibit opened at the Westboro Fine Arts Gallery on Huntoon Friday night.

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SRS Accepting Applications for Low Income Households Heating Bills

Updated: 01/16/2009 - The Department of Social and Rehabilitation Service said Friday it will take applications from Tuesday through the end of March. The program provides assistance for qualified households to pay winter heat bills. The average benefit last year of $533.23 was provided to 41,793 households.

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Governor Prepares for Obama Inauguration

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D-Kan.) will leave for Washington, D.C. Saturday and return Wednesday after participating in inaugural events. Sebelius is looking forward to watching history in the making, attending the Midwestern Inaugural Ball and watching the parade.

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