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KU Studying Distracted Driving, Crash Link

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Researchers at the University of Kansas go before a national research group with a new report ranking distracted driving high among today's transportation issues.

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Bush Comments on Katrina Sound Sour in New Orleans

Updated: 01/12/2009 - President George W. Bush can defend the federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina. But to Gertrude LeBlanc, the view from her home in the city's Lower 9th Ward is all the evidence she needs to believe it was a failure.

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Suspected Drunken Driver Rams Funeral-bound Hearse

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Police said a man has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after he crashed head-on into a hearse taking a body to a funeral with a sheriff's deputy watching. Covina police Sgt. Ray Marquez said the Los Angeles County deputy pulled up behind a car Saturday and said the driver appeared unconscious as he sat idling at a green light.

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Mafioso Hunted Through Italian Sewers

Updated: 01/12/2009 - One of Italy's most-wanted mafia fugitives eluded capture Monday by climbing through a trap door and into the sewer as police closed in on his hideout in southern Italy, authorities said.

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Crime Fell In Early 2008, FBI Says

Updated: 01/12/2009 - The FBI says crime declined in the first half of 2008, despite an alarming spike in small-town murders.

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Burris "Humbled" To Be Next Ill. Senator

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Roland Burris says he's "humbled and honored" to be Illinois' next junior senator, and is thankful for the opportunity to serve.

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Madoff To Remain Free On Bail In Penthouse

Updated: 01/12/2009 - A judge allowed disgraced investor Bernard Madoff to remain free on bail Monday, rejecting an attempt by prosecutors to send him to jail for mailing more than $1 million in jewelry to family and friends over the holidays.

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Hedge Funds Took A Serious Hit In 2008

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Year after year, the hedge fund industry dazzled Wall Street by delivering "absolute returns" - outsized profits whether markets rose or fell. Using sophisticated trading models, the pools of managed capital made wealthy people wealthier with eye-popping returns that carried seemingly moderate risk.

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Judge Denies Contempt Motion in Kansas 'Pill Mill'

Updated: 01/12/2009 - A federal judge refuses to take up a government request to hold a Kansas doctor, his wife and their attorneys in contempt in the case against a Haysville clinic linked to 59 deaths.

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New Wellness Spa Opens in Downtown Topeka

Updated: 01/12/2009 - A group gathered to cut the ribbon on Changes at 807 S. Kansas Ave. Changes is a spa and salon business, designed to address problem areas of the body without surgery.

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Biden meets with Iraqi leaders; bombings kill 10

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Vice President-elect Joe Biden conferred Monday with Iraqi leaders after a trip to Afghanistan, capping a tour of U.S. battlefronts on a day when police reported bombings killed 10 people in Baghdad.

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Russia to restart gas pumps to Europe on Tuesday

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Russia's state gas monopoly has promised to resume shipping Europe-bound gas through Ukraine on Tuesday morning, nearly a week after it shut off the taps and forced countless Europeans to huddle cold and resentful in freezing homes.

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Officer called hero during mall shooting resigns

Updated: 01/12/2009 - An Ogden police officer hailed for helping to end a deadly Salt Lake City mall shooting nearly two years ago has resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor.

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Four Dead in Scranton Home

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Officials confirm four people are dead at home in Scranton. They were called just before 11am that there was smoke coming from the home. They arrived on scene to find the bodies.

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Voinovich retiring, like 3 other GOP senators

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Sen. George Voinovich said Monday he won't seek re-election in 2010, becoming the fourth Republican to make departure plans since the Democratic landslide in November.

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ND gets blizzard on top of December's record snow

Updated: 01/12/2009 - A fast-moving blizzard brought snow and high winds to North Dakota on Monday, closing schools and causing more headaches for residents still trying to dig out from a record snowfall last month.

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