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Kenya: Somali Pirates Make $150M In A Year

Updated: 11/21/2008 - Somali pirates have collected more than $150 million in ransoms over the past year, Kenya's foreign affairs minister said Friday, calling on ship owners not pay when their vessels are hijacked.

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Putin Grabs Spotlight, Vows Russia Will Thrive

Updated: 11/21/2008 - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin used a meeting of his powerful political party to take center stage Thursday, casting himself as an indispensable leader even as the global financial meltdown threatens the achievements of his boom-time presidency.

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China: 19,000 Victims Identified From May Quake

Updated: 11/21/2008 - A little over a quarter of the 70,000 people who died in a massive earthquake that struck Sichuan province in May have been identified, a Chinese official said Friday, as authorities rushed to prepare stricken areas for the coming winter.

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Bush Effigy Burned In Anti-US Protest In Baghdad

Updated: 11/21/2008 - Followers of a Shiite cleric on Friday stomped on and burned an effigy of President George W. Bush in the same central Baghdad square where Iraqis beat a toppled statue of Saddam Hussein with their sandals five years earlier.

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Madonna, Ritchie Granted Preliminary Divorce

Updated: 11/21/2008 - The show-business marriage that began in a Scottish castle came to an end in a drab London courtroom Friday as Madonna and Guy Ritchie were granted a preliminary decree of divorce.

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Witness Recalls Last Messages In MySpace Hoax Case

Updated: 11/21/2008 - A Missouri woman knew her 13-year-old neighbor was depressed and suicidal when she sent cruel Internet messages to the teenager, her former assistant testified. The girl killed herself after being told the world would be better off without her.

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Americans Still Giving, Despite Economic Meltdown

Updated: 11/21/2008 - As more Americans turn to charity amid worsening economic gloom, operators of food banks and other aid groups are relying on the surprisingly resilient generosity of their neighbors and finding that even when times are tough, people still give.

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St. Francis Health Center Announces Job Cuts

Updated: 11/21/2008 - St. Francis Health Center announced the elimination of 29 jobs Thursday. The hospital says jobs were cut from support areas that won't affect patient care.

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"Thoroughly Modern Millie" Opening Night at WRHS

Updated: 11/20/2008 - You can check it out for yourself, it runs Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 dollars and can be purchased at the door, in advance at the WRHS Bank, or by calling the WRHS box office at 339-4945.

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Gingerbread "Home for the Holidays" Event Kicks Off

Updated: 11/20/2008 - Locals got to show off their skills Thursday for a good cause, using graham crackers. The Topeka Performing Arts held an open house to kick off its annual gingerbread "Homes for the Holidays" event.

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Hecht Honored by Youth Court

Updated: 11/20/2008 - The Topeka Shawnee County Youth Court is showing its appreciation for its founding member.

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Madonna, Ritchie Set For Divorce

Updated: 11/20/2008 - A judge will likely grant Madonna and Guy Ritchie an initial divorce decree on Friday, according to the schedule for London's High Court.

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Bush Would Sign Unemployment Benefits Legislation

Updated: 11/20/2008 - With weekly jobless claims benefits at a 16-year high, the White House said Thursday that President George W. Bush would quickly sign legislation pending in Congress to provide further unemployment benefits.

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Taco Bell Gets Tough With 50 Cent

Updated: 11/20/2008 - Lawyers for the fast-food chain are calling his federal lawsuit, filed in Manhattan, another attempt to "burnish his gangsta rapper persona by distorting beyond all recognition a bona fide, good faith offer."

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