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Economy keeps more Americans home for Thanksgiving

Updated: 11/26/2008 - Scott Fuchs will spend Thanksgiving with his family in Florida like he's done for 20 years or so. But like thousands of other Americans, his brother is staying home - travel isn't possible after he was laid off from his job in Maryland.

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Former 1st lady Barbara Bush has surgery for ulcer

Updated: 11/26/2008 - Former first lady Barbara Bush was resting and in good spirits in a Houston hospital Wednesday morning following surgery for a perforated ulcer, a family spokesman said.

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Obama reassures nervous nation on ailing economy

Updated: 11/26/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama sought to reassure the nation and nervous holiday shoppers about the ailing economy Wednesday as beleaguered stores braced for their most important month of the year.

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Some share the bounty this bleak Thanksgiving

Updated: 11/26/2008 - A Thanksgiving ago, many of us were fretting over delays at the airport, our holiday season shopping lists, even things like whether to get another Botox injection or a new set of wheels.

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Jury convicts mom of lesser charges in online hoax

Updated: 11/26/2008 - A Missouri mother on trial in a landmark cyberbullying case was convicted Wednesday of three minor offenses instead of the main conspiracy charge in a cruel Internet hoax that apparently drove a 13-year-old girl to suicide.

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Thief uses lubricant to swipe ring on woman's hand

Updated: 11/26/2008 - Police said a thief used a Vaseline-like lubricant to swipe an expensive ring off an elderly woman's hand in broad daylight. Authorities said two men bumped 80-year-old Helen Artim's car, then asked her to open her trunk to check for damage.

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Solid or striped? Woman blogs about Williams' ties

Updated: 11/26/2008 - Each night after watching Brian Williams deliver the "NBC Nightly News," an English teacher in Ohio is moved to go to her computer and write - about what Williams wore around his neck.

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Plumes spewing from Saturn moon may contain water

Updated: 11/26/2008 - Astronomers looking at the spectacular supersonic plumes of gas and dust shooting off one of Saturn's moons say there are strong hints of liquid water, a key building block of life.

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Iraqi factions haggle ahead of US pact vote

Updated: 11/26/2008 - Iraq delayed until Thursday a crucial vote in parliament on a pact that would keep U.S. troops in Iraq through 2011 after lawmakers, many of them Sunni Arabs, demanded concessions from the Shiite-led government in return for supporting the deal.

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Obama reassures nervous nation on ailing economy

Updated: 11/26/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama sought to reassure the nation and nervous holiday shoppers about the ailing economy Wednesday as beleaguered stores braced for their most important month of the year.

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NY subway terror threat emerges on busy travel day

Updated: 11/26/2008 - Police bolstered security in subways and trains Wednesday after the government warned that al-Qaida suicide bombers were contemplating an attack on New York's mass-transit systems during the holiday season.

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Web searches revealed in missing Fla. girl case

Updated: 11/26/2008 - Someone performed Internet searches for "neck breaking" and "household weapons" on the home computer of a Florida mother charged with killing her missing 3-year-old daughter, according to court documents released Wednesday.

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Gunmen kill at least 78 in 7 attacks in Mumbai

Updated: 11/26/2008 - Teams of heavily armed gunmen stormed luxury hotels, a popular tourist attraction and a crowded train station in at least seven attacks in India's financial capital, killing at least 78 people and wounding at least 200, officials said Thursday. The gunmen were specifically targeting Britons and Americans and a top police official said the gunmen are holding hostages at two luxury hotels, the Taj Mahal and Oberoi hotels.

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Feds Warn of Terror Plotting Against NYC Subways

Updated: 11/26/2008 - Federal authorities are warning police of a possible terror plot against the New York City subway and train systems during the holiday season, prompting local officials to beef up security at stations.

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Economy Keeps More People Home for holidays

Updated: 11/26/2008 - A troubled economy is casting a shadow over the country on this Thanksgiving weekend, and thousands are opting to stay home instead of embark on costly voyages to see loved ones

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Obama Promises Economic Plan on 1st Day

Updated: 11/26/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama pledged on Wednesday to have an economic plan ready for action on the nation's financial crisis on his first day in office. "Help is on the way," he declared.

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Gunmen Kill at Least 78 in 7 Attacks in Mumbai

Updated: 11/26/2008 - The teams of heavily armed gunmen were reportedly targeting Britons and Americans in at least seven attacks in Mumbai, killing at least 78 people and wounding at least 200, officials said Thursday.

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Mom Guilty for Lesser Charges in Online Hoax

Updated: 11/26/2008 - A jury on Wednesday convicted a Missouri woman of three minor offenses for her role in an Internet hoax that apparently drove a 13-year-old girl to suicide.

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Bush Pardons Pumpkin, the T-Giving Turkey

Updated: 11/26/2008 - With a smile and some nostalgic words, President George W. Bush spared the national Thanksgiving turkey on Wednesday, honoring a tradition that dates to Harry Truman's presidency.

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All-White Jury at Center of Murder Appeal

Updated: 11/26/2008 - The Wichita Eagle reported Wednesday that Elgin "Ray Ray'' Robinson Jr. said in a jailhouse interview that when he saw that there were no minorities on the jury, he knew he had no chance of acquittal.

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New Tool Tests Water Quality in Kaw

Updated: 11/26/2008 - The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks has been conducting a fish study on the Kansas River for what will eventually serve as an early-warning of whether water quality in the Kaw is declining.

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Natural Gas Price Rise Less than First Feared

Updated: 11/26/2008 - Officials at Black Hills Energy, formerly Aquila, predict a rise of 10 percent to 15 percent over year-ago prices, rather than the 40 percent originally forecast.

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Man Killed in Topeka Cycle Accident ID'd

Updated: 11/26/2008 - A Topeka motorcyclist was killed Wednesday morning when his bike collided with an oncoming Buick that turned left in front of him at the intersection of Huntoon and Gage in Topeka.

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Obama Names Volcker to Head New Economic Advisers

Updated: 11/26/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama chose former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker Wednesday to head a new White House panel to help create jobs and bring stability to the ailing financial system.

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Stocks Trade Mixed after Steep Rally

Updated: 11/26/2008 - A mostly downbeat batch of economic news gave investors a reason to cash in some of their recent gains Wednesday, leaving stock prices widely mixed. Blue chips pulled back, while tech stocks that have lagged the market were rallying.

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