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Treasury bonds higher after economic reports

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Treasury bonds continued their rally on Wednesday, with another dose of negative economic reports ushering investors into safer positions.

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Colombia seeks arrests in pyramid scheme

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Colombia asked Panama on Wednesday to arrest the leader of a company that allegedly ran a money laundering and pyramid scheme that caused a national panic over hundreds of millions of dollars in lost investments.

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Dow plunges nearly 430 to fall below 8,000 mark

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Wall Street hit levels not seen since 2003 on Wednesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average plunging below the 8,000 mark as the fate of Detroit's Big Three automakers amid a slumping economy disheartened investors.

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Teen lives 4 months with no heart, leaves hospital

Updated: 11/19/2008 - D'Zhana Simmons says she felt like a "fake person" for 118 days when she had no heart beating in her chest. "But I know that I really was here," the 14-year-old said, "and I did live without a heart."

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Shawnee County Health Agency Offer Quit Kits to Smokers

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The Shawnee County Health Agency is marking the Great American Smokeout by offering free "Quit Kits" to smokers. They contain tips on quitting, smoking substitutes to fight cravings and information on Kan-Stop, the state's toll-free quitline.

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Peru's hot economy wracked by growing conflicts

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Peru's president is seizing every opportunity at this week's Pacific Rim economic summit to sell his country as investment-worthy growth engine to visiting Asian business leaders.

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Italy OKs euro1 billion-plus offer for Alitalia

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The Italian government has approved an offer from a group of investors to buy the assets of the bankrupt Alitalia airline after getting them to raise the bid to at least euro1.052 billion ($1.33 billion).

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Seaman High School's Principal Earns Top Honors

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals named Ron Vinduska of Seaman High School as its MetLife High School Principal of the Year. He's in his seventh year as Seaman's principal.

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Pentagon defends military effort against pirates

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The Pentagon offered a spirited defense Wednesday of its efforts to thwart an "alarming" spate of pirate attacks off Somalia's coast, saying the world's militaries are doing more than ever against the high-seas crime.

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`Fake Steve Jobs' stops blogging as the 'Real Dan'

Updated: 11/19/2008 - It was bad enough when Dan Lyons stopped sharing his musings about the technology scene in a hilarious satire of what Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs would be like as a blogger.

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Retail shares drop sharply as market woes linger

Updated: 11/19/2008 - With Black Friday just around the corner, two new forecasts Wednesday pointed toward a tough holiday season for retailers and offered evidence that consumers simply may not be in a spending mood.

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Minnesota recount under way in US Senate showdown

Updated: 11/19/2008 - City and county workers across Minnesota began a laborious recount Wednesday of more than 2.9 million ballots in the tight U.S. Senate contest between incumbent Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken.

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FBI offers reward for ecoterrorism suspects

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The FBI is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest of four alleged environmental extremists accused of sabotage attacks in five Western states - including a 1998 firebombing at a Colorado ski resort that caused $12 million in damage.

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Heartland Visioning Plan Awaits Action

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The Heartland Visioning Strategic Plan was released Wednesday. A committee will meet Thursday to determine what actions will be taken first.

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FBI agent killed serving warrant near Pittsburgh

Updated: 11/19/2008 - A former police officer who had been an FBI agent for less than two years was fatally shot Wednesday as he served a warrant at the home of an alleged cocaine dealer near Pittsburgh.

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Boeing to Slash 800 Jobs at Kansas Facility

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Boeing says it will cut 800 positions at its Wichita facility next year. Layoff notices will go to about 76 workers Friday. The rest will continue throughout the year ahead.

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Indian navy sinks suspected pirate "mother" ship

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The ship, operating off the coast of Oman in the lawless waters of the Gulf of Aden, was crewed by heavily armed men, some carrying rocket-propelled grenade launchers. Behind it were a pair of speedboats - the sort pirates often use when they launch attacks on merchant ships in these violent seas.

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Student bonfire blamed for 1 of 3 Calif. wildfires

Updated: 11/19/2008 - A group of college students who lit a ridge-top bonfire is being blamed for accidentally sparking one of three ferocious wildfires that collectively destroyed about 1,000 homes and blacked more than 65 square miles.

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