Updated: 12/29/2008 - Hollywood loves breaking box-office records, yet studio executives aren't griping that their 2008 lineup will fall a bit shy of the all-time high set a year earlier.
Updated: 12/29/2008 - Late at night, the neighbors saw a little girl at the kitchen sink of the house next door. They watched through their window as the child rinsed plates under the open faucet. She wasn't much taller than the counter and the soapy water swallowed her slender arms.
Updated: 12/29/2008 - Obesity surgery can reverse diabetes in teens, just as it does in adults, according to a small study.
Updated: 12/29/2008 - Tensions generated by a widening conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants sent crude prices up sharply to above $40 a barrel Monday, with gasoline and heating oil also making sizable gains.
Updated: 12/29/2008 - The president of Somalia's U.N.-backed government resigned Monday amid deepening international pressure, a move that could usher in more chaos as a strengthening Islamic insurgency scrambles for power.
Updated: 12/29/2008 - Israel obliterated symbols of Hamas power on the third day of what the defense minister described Monday as a "war to the bitter end," striking next to the Hamas premier's home, and devastating a security compound and a university building.
Updated: 12/29/2008 - A utility plans to push again next year for legislative approval of two proposed coal-fired power plants in western Kansas.
Updated: 12/29/2008 - The New York Jets fired coach Eric Mangini on Monday, a day after a team that harbored Super Bowl hopes with five games left failed to make the playoffs.
Updated: 12/29/2008 - The Cleveland Browns have fired coach Romeo Crennel following a 4-12 season.
Updated: 12/29/2008 - The Detroit Lions fired coach Rod Marinelli on Monday, a day after the team became the first in NFL history to finish with an 0-16 record.
Updated: 12/29/2008 - Days after the passage of a key deadline, the financing arm of General Motors Corp. remained silent Monday on if it cleared a final hurdle to become a bank-holding company and gain access to billions in federal bailout money.
Updated: 12/29/2008 - BET and TV One, the television networks aimed primarily at a black audience, haven't paid much attention to presidential inaugurations before. This time will be different.
Updated: 12/29/2008 - Wall Street retreated Monday on concerns that Israel's attack on Gaza might disrupt oil production and shipments from the Middle East.
Updated: 12/29/2008 - The Ursuline sisters plan to sell their grand convent in Paola and move to Kentucky to merge with another Ursuline order.
Updated: 12/29/2008 - Authorities say the 44-year-old man had tied together about 50 sparklers at around noon Sunday, and lit a homemade fuse. The bundle exploded, ripping his fingers and leaving burns on his arm.
Updated: 12/29/2008 - A shooting Sunday night sends one man to the hospital and has Topeka police searching for a pair of suspects.
Updated: 12/29/2008 - Topeka Police have arrested one man in connection with a robbery at local Pizza Hut, 500 SW 10th. Casey Blackwell, 24, was booked for aggravated robbery.
Updated: 12/29/2008 - Attackers wielding machetes hacked to death dozens of people at a church in remote eastern Congo, witnesses said Monday, and the Ugandan army accused the Lord's Resistance Army rebels of the massacre.
Updated: 12/29/2008 - In this sleepy country town, which sprang up around a railroad junction and the start of the Chisholm trail, folks give out their phone numbers by the last four digits, the annual Tom-Tom festival culminates with the crowning of the Tomato King and Queen, and everybody knows Doc Watson.
Updated: 12/29/2008 - Nine people went on trial Monday in connection with China's tainted milk scandal, state media reported, following the announcement of steps to compensate the families of hundreds of thousands of children harmed by contaminated infant formula.
Updated: 12/29/2008 - The lead attorney for Gov. Rod Blagojevich said he plans to submit President-elect Barack Obama's internal report on contacts with the scandal-plagued governor to the Illinois House committee weighing impeachment.
Updated: 12/29/2008 - The CEO and president of the nation's largest public utility vowed to clean up a community encased in sludge after a major coal ash spill, where many residents fear toxic elements could seep into their drinking water.
Updated: 12/29/2008 - The number of young black men and teenagers who either killed or were killed in shootings has risen at an alarming rate since 2000, a new study shows.
Updated: 12/29/2008 - Fewer police officers died in the line of duty in 2008 compared to last year, reflecting better training and tactics, two law enforcement support groups reported Sunday.