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Video clerks power new movie recommendation engine

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Even as technology threatens the survival of video rental stores, serial entrepreneur Stuart Skorman thinks there's still a place for the movie-matchmaking advice of veteran video store clerks.

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Outgoing House Speaker Gets Plum Committee Spot

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Kansas Hous Speaker-elect Mike O'Neal announced committee chairmanships for the 2009 session. Among them, appointing the man he defeated, Melvin Neufeld, as chair of the Federal and State Affairs Committee.

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U.K. TV to Air Assisted Suicide Film

Updated: 12/10/2008 - The 2006 suicide of 59-year-old Craig Ewert was to be shown Wednesday evening in a documentary on the Sky Real Lives digital channel.

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`Nightline' producer doesn't feel saved

Updated: 12/10/2008 - ABC, and the late-night time slot held by ``Nightline,'' would have been a strong possibility for Jay Leno had he not decided to stay at NBC. But the show's producer says there would have been room for both.

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Attorney: US Rep. Jesse Jackson is 'Candidate 5'

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says he is not a target of the investigation that led to this week's arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. His attorney says Jackson never had a ``pay-to-play'' conversation with Blagojevich.

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WU Art Students Raise Funds

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Washburn Universtiy art students held a sale of their creations at the Memorial Union Wednesday. Everything from ornaments and cards to fuse glass, jewelry, platters and bookmarks was available.

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Bad economy helping Web scammers recruit `mules'

Updated: 12/10/2008 - The worsening economy appears to be helping computer crooks with one of their toughest tasks: tricking people into opening their homes and bank accounts and becoming "mules" for laundering money or stolen goods.

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Big cat bites Santa during photo shoot at NJ store

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Santa Claus posed with a very large kitty on his lap - and now, unfortunately, he might need rabies shots. Jonathan Bebbington was playing the jolly old elf during a Santa Paws photo event at a PetsMart store when he was bitten Sunday on the wrist and hand. The event was to raise money for Penny Angel's Beagle Rescue group.

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Google updates search index with old magazines

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Google has added a magazine rack to its Internet search engine. As part of its quest to corral more content published on paper, Google Inc. has made digital copies of more than 1 million articles from magazines that hit the newsstands decades ago.

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Massive World War II collection debuts online

Updated: 12/10/2008 - An online collection of World War II documents, billed as the world's largest, debuted last week. Footnote.com, which archives historical documents on the Web, developed the collection with the National Archives and Records Administration.

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Video clerks power new movie recommendation engine

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Even as technology threatens the survival of video rental stores, serial entrepreneur Stuart Skorman thinks there's still a place for the movie-matchmaking advice of veteran video store clerks.

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Web site charts shortcuts through voice menus

Updated: 12/10/2008 - In Dante's epic poem "Inferno," the main character has a guide, the Roman poet Virgil, to show him through the nine circles of hell. Seven centuries later, a Web site wants to be our Virgil, guiding us through the torments of automated phone menus.

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Calif. KFC workers in hot water after sink baths

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Three employees of a Kentucky Fried Chicken have been suspended for bathing in a deep sink used to clean dishes. The prank was discovered after one of the young women posted photos on a social networking site of the trio posing and cavorting in the steaming water in their underwear and swim wear.

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GPS, hidden cameras watching over Baby Jesus

Updated: 12/10/2008 - When Baby Jesus disappeared last year from a Nativity scene on the lawn of the Wellington, Fla., community center, village officials didn't follow a star to locate him.

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Honest woman finds $97K in restroom, returns it

Updated: 12/10/2008 - A Murfreesboro woman says she returned $97,000 she claims to have found in a Cracker Barrel restroom, but police said Tuesday they have no report of the find. Billie Watts, 75, told The Daily News Journal that she discovered the money inside a tapestry bag hanging from a hook on a stall door last Thursday.

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Pastor prays over deposit slip, gets $1.5M gift

Updated: 12/10/2008 - A $1 million bank deposit slip wish by a Longview minister to pay for a new church came true - and then some. The Rev. Thomas McDaniels of LifeBridge Christian Center said a businessman, who chooses to remain anonymous, wrote him a $1.5 million check.

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Emporia Group Gains Tax Credits to Help Mothers Overcome Addiction

Updated: 12/10/2008 - The Department of Commerce awarded Corner House of Emporia $140,000 in Kansas Community Service tax credits. Corner House will use the donations to renovate a building for its new "Mother Child Project," helping mothers fight alcohol and drug addictions.

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Widower seeks help after jet crash kills family

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Overwhelmed with anguish, Dong Yun Yoon walked unsteadily to a pile of rubble where his home once stood and pleaded for advice on how to cope after losing his family.

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Cruise lets off passengers to avoid pirate threat

Updated: 12/10/2008 - A cruise ship let off hundreds of passengers in Yemen on Wednesday so they could fly to the other side of the Arabian Peninsula and avoid the dangerous Gulf of Aden where pirates have attacked dozens of boats.

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Suicide on TV condemned in Britain

Updated: 12/10/2008 - The scene is difficult to watch, even for viewers inured to the subject of dying by a steady diet of violent Hollywood and television fare. Craig Ewert, a former computer scientist from Chicago, is shown lying in bed with his wife at his side while he takes barbiturates.

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Police say Indian helped smuggle Pakistani gunmen

Updated: 12/10/2008 - The Pakistani-based militant group blamed for the Mumbai attacks kept an Indian militant as a "point man" to shepherd gunmen across India's porous borders to stage attacks, police said Wednesday.

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Princeton settles suit, keeps control of donation

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Princeton University will keep control of most of an estimated $600 million fund as it settles a lawsuit by descendants of the money's original donor, who said the school strayed from their relatives' original intent for the gift.

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Countries agree on goals for new UN climate treaty

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Delegates from nearly 190 countries agreed Wednesday on a series of goals to be included in a global warming treaty, but the U.N. conference failed to make a real commitment to reduce the amount of carbon emissions.

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6 Afghan police killed in mistaken US strike

Updated: 12/10/2008 - U.S. Special Forces killed six Afghan police and wounded 13 Wednesday in a case of mistaken identity by both sides after the police fired on the Americans during an operation against an insurgent commander.

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