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Bush Gets Emotional, Defends Record in Iraq, Home

Updated: 01/12/2009 - With rare public emotion, George W. Bush sat in judgment on his controversial, consequential presidency on Monday, lamenting mistakes but claiming few as his own, heatedly defending his record on disasters in Iraq and at home and offering kindly advice to a successor who won largely because the nation ached for something new.

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Shawnee County Judges and Elected Officials Sworn In

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Shawnee County's judges and elected officials took their oaths of office Monday morning. Newly elected District Attorney Chad Taylor was among those sworn in at the county courthouse.

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Emergency Sirens Silent Monday in Shawnee County

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Shawnee County's emergency sirens were silent at noon Monday, but they were supposed to be. Emergency Management Director Dave Sterbenz says they've learned cold temperatures are too taxing on the county's older sirens.

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Governor Focuses on Energy, Economy

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius says it will take a cooperative effort for Kansas to work out of a budget hole. She delivered her State of the State message Monday. Republicans criticized it as short on details.

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Sebelius Honors Long-time Leaders Monday

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Governor Kathleen Sebelius took time Monday night to honor some long-time leaders including the state's newly retired Chief Justice Kay McFarland.

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Burris "Humbled" To Be Next Ill. Senator

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Eager and anxious to move beyond the scandal-tainted standoff, Senate Democrats have accepted Rod Blagojevich's appointee to Barack Obama's Senate seat.

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Missing pilot likely faked distress, bailed out

Updated: 01/12/2009 - An Indiana businessman whose financial management companies were under investigation apparently made a fake distress call, bailed out of his small plane and then let it crash in a Florida panhandle swamp.

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ND gets blizzard on top of December's record snow

Updated: 01/12/2009 - A fast-moving blizzard clogged roads and closed schools in North Dakota on Monday, causing more headaches for residents still trying to dig out from a record snowfall last month.

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CDC: Tainted peanut butter, 3 deaths may be linked

Updated: 01/12/2009 - The salmonella bacteria that has sickened more than 400 people in 43 states has been conclusively linked to peanut butter, Minnesota health officials announced Monday. Federal officials said the outbreak may have contributed to three deaths.

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Finger length may predict financial success

Updated: 01/12/2009 - The length of a man's ring finger may predict his success as a financial trader. Researchers at the University of Cambridge in England report that men with longer ring fingers, compared to their index fingers, tended to be more successful in the frantic high-frequency trading in the London financial district.

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Victim in Polanski case urges dismissal

Updated: 01/12/2009 - The woman who was raped by fugitive director Roman Polanski three decades ago when she was 13 lashed out at the Los Angeles County district attorney's office on Monday, saying she is being victimized again by prosecutors' focus on lurid details of what happened to her.

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Paris area synagogue hit in firebomb attack

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Two Molotov cocktails were hurled at a synagogue north of Paris, the latest attack in what France's interior minister said Monday is a new wave of anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim attacks over the violence in Gaza. No injuries were reported.

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Seagate replaces CEO, plans to cut 800 workers

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Seagate Technology has replaced its top two executives and said it plans to cut 800 jobs — 10 percent of its U.S. work force — as the hard drive maker endures a bruising slowdown in technology spending. Its stock fell more than 15 percent.

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Sequels, prequels, remakes lead 2009 pack

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Hollywood boldly goes where we've all been before in 2009, with dozens of sequels, prequels, remakes, updates and adaptations based on books, video games and toys.

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Top Army recruiter weighs fat camp for recruits

Updated: 01/12/2009 - The Army has been dismissing so many overweight applicants that its top recruiter, trying to keep troop numbers up in wartime, is considering starting a fat farm to transform chubby trainees into svelte soldiers.

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GM unveils battery plan, may need more loans

Updated: 01/12/2009 - General Motors Corp., a wounded company living on cash borrowed from the government, didn't behave like one Monday as it unveiled ambitious plans to research and assemble lithium-ion batteries in Michigan and picked a Korean company to supply the cells to power the Chevrolet Volt electric car.

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