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Stocks Jump Following Rebound in Home Sales

Updated: 02/03/2009 - Major stock indexes jumped more than 1 percent Tuesday, and the Dow Jones industrials rose more than 140 points to snap a three-day slide as some of the day's data turned out to be more upbeat than expected. Still, analysts cautioned that the economy will keep showing fresh bruises in the coming months and that stock trading will remain volatile.

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'Idol' Axes 43 Hopefuls in 1st Round in Hollywood

Updated: 02/03/2009 - Hollywood was just a layover for the 43 hopefuls cut Tuesday during the first round of Hollywood Week on "American Idol." The 147 contestants plucked from nationwide auditions performed an a cappella song of their choosing on the Kodak Theatre stage with 104 singers advancing to the next step in the Fox singing competition.

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Bat-killing Syndrome Spreads in Northeast

Updated: 02/03/2009 - A mysterious and deadly bat disorder discovered just two winters ago in a few New York caves has now spread to at least six northeastern states, and scientists are scrambling to find solutions before it spreads across the country.

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Pentagon Study: US Should Pare Afghanistan Goals

Updated: 02/03/2009 - A classified Pentagon report urges President Barack Obama to shift U.S. military strategy in Afghanistan, de-emphasizing democracy-building and concentrating more on targeting Taliban and al-Qaida sanctuaries inside Pakistan with the aid of Pakistani military forces.

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Job Prospects Unclear for the Ousted Blagojevich

Updated: 02/03/2009 - Ousted as Illinois governor and looking for a job, Rod Blagojevich returned to national television on Tuesday to proclaim his innocence on corruption charges — perhaps angling for a future book deal or talk show.

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Supporters Reach Out to Jodi Sanderholm's Mother

Updated: 02/03/2009 - The mother of Jodi Sanderholm is getting support during the trial of her daughter's accused killer from women who've been there. The mothers of murder victims Kelsey Smith and Rachel Dennis sat with her in court on the first days of Justin Thurber's trial.

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Topeka City Council Approves Sumner Auction

Updated: 02/03/2009 - Zaire Thomas, representing True Foundation World Ministries, is now the owner of the historic Sumner School. Sandra Lassiter, representing Community First, would not rule out a lawsuit against the city.

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Bike Shop Ruling Could Take Weeks

Updated: 02/03/2009 - The Topeka Capital Journal reports Tuesday Shawnee County District Judge Franklin Theis says he couldn't say when he will issue a ruling.

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Long-Range Rocket From Gaza Hits Israel

Updated: 02/03/2009 - A long-range Grad rocket from Gaza landed in the Israeli city of Ashkelon on Tuesday as delegates of the militant Islamic Hamas organization met in Cairo for talks with Egyptian officials striving to mediate a long-term truce with Israel.

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Jet Lands Safely After Bird Hits Engine

Updated: 02/03/2009 - A United Airlines jet returned safely to the Denver airport Tuesday after a bird was sucked into one of its engines shortly after takeoff.

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Mob Sweep Nets 30 Alleged Wiseguys In R.I.

Updated: 02/03/2009 - Rhode Island authorities investigating organized crime have arrested 30 people, including a man sent to prison for the 1973 shooting death of a Boston detective.

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With Rare Candor, China Airs Shoe Throwing

Updated: 02/03/2009 - It hesitated for hours over the sensitive footage of a protester in Britain shouting "dictator" and throwing a shoe at Premier Wen Jiabao. But finally, China's carefully controlled state broadcaster ran it Tuesday.

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Johansson On Love's Unwritten Rules

Updated: 02/03/2009 - Actress Scarlett Johansson has found herself "Lost in Translation" before, but in her latest film, she's trying to translate the language of love in the romantic comedy "He's Just Not That Into You."

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Bailed-Out Bank Nixes Lavish Vegas Junket

Updated: 02/03/2009 - Wells Fargo & Co. is canceling a pricey Las Vegas casino junket for employees after a torrent of criticism that it was misusing $25 billion in taxpayer bailout money.

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Man Arrested In Suspicious Powder Mailings

Updated: 02/03/2009 - A man apparently upset about losing more than $60,000 when the government took over a failed bank has been arrested on charges alleging he mailed threatening letters containing suspicious powder to banks and federal offices, authorities said Tuesday.

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N.H. Gov. Taps GOP Sen. To Replace Gregg

Updated: 02/03/2009 - Democratic Gov. John Lynch on Tuesday named Republican Bonnie Newman as his pick for the U.S. Senate, a selection that allows departing GOP Sen. Judd Gregg to become U.S. commerce secretary without handing his old Democratic colleagues a filibuster-proof majority.

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