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Whole Foods, FTC Agree On Wild Oats Settlement

Updated: 03/06/2009 - Whole Foods Market says it will sell 13 stores to resolve the Federal Trade Commission's challenge against the grocer over its purchase of Wild Oats Markets.

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Jobless Rates Bolt To 8.1 Percent

Updated: 03/06/2009 - The nation's unemployment rate bolted to 8.1 percent in February, the highest since late 1983, as cost-cutting employers slashed 651,000 jobs amid a deepening recession.

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Gupta Withdraws From Surgeon General Search

Updated: 03/06/2009 - Gupta, 39, a neurosurgeon with star appeal, was seen as President Barack Obama's first pick for the job. He would have brought instant recognition to the office of surgeon general, a post that has lacked visibility since the days of C. Everett Koop during Ronald Reagan's presidency.

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Obama: Every Voice Must Be Heard On Health Reform

Updated: 03/06/2009 - President Barack Obama pumped health care allies and skeptics alike for ways to overhaul the nation's costly and frustrating system Thursday and heard only applause and agreement when he told them there's "a clear consensus that the need for health care reform is here and now."

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Horses First Domesticated 5,000 Years Ago

Updated: 03/06/2009 - Medieval knights, the warriors of Saladin, Roy Rogers and fans lining racetracks around the world all owe a debt to the Botai culture, residents of Central Asia who domesticated horses more than 5,000 years ago.

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Hunt On For Ohio Gunman Who Killed 4 Kids, Woman

Updated: 03/06/2009 - Police were searching early Friday for a man suspected in the slayings of four children and his wife in what authorities were calling one of the city's most horrific shootings in years.

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Calif. High Court Weighs Gay Marriage Ban

Updated: 03/06/2009 - The mood was somber among gay rights supporters after a bruising, three-hour hearing before the justices of California's highest court, who expressed considerable skepticism at the idea of overturning the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.

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Ex-NY Gov. Spitzer Makes D.C. Real Estate Deal

Updated: 03/06/2009 - Disgraced former Gov. Eliot Spitzer is working as a commercial real estate investor and has bought an office building just a block from the site of the infamous encounter with a high-class prostitute that led to his downfall.

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Oil Rises Above $44 Despite Grim US Corporate News

Updated: 03/06/2009 - Oil prices rose above $44 a barrel Friday on investor optimism that falling U.S. gasoline costs amid the worst recession in decades may increase demand for crude.

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H&R Block Posts Profit in Fiscal 3rd Quarter

Updated: 03/06/2009 - Kansas City based H&R Block Inc. said Friday its third-quarter profits surged as it prepared more tax returns in the early season and saw smaller losses from discontinued operations.

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Jobless Rate Is Expected To Jump To 7.9 Percent

Updated: 03/06/2009 - The Labor Department will release a report today that is expected to show the unemployment rate rising to 7.9 percent and a loss of 648,000 jobs in February, making it an especially cruel month for America's workers.

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Stock Futures Fall Ahead of Feb. Jobs Report

Updated: 03/06/2009 - Traders weren't taking any chances Friday, sending stock futures lower ahead of what's likely to be another unnerving reading on the job market. Ahead of the market's opening, Dow futures fell 41 points, or 0.62 percent, to 6,590.

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Boeing Union Rejects Contract; No Strike Authorized

Updated: 03/05/2009 - Members of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace voted 180-84 to reject a contract offer from Boeing. But they also voted 140-118, with six absententions, against a strike.

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Barbara Bush Joking as She Recovers from Surgery

Updated: 03/05/2009 - Dr. Gerald Lawrie told reporters in Houston that Mrs. Bush is expected to be released from the intensive care unit on Saturday. She'll then be hospitalized another week for observation.

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Dry Conditions Fuel Fire in Silver Lake

Updated: 03/05/2009 - Fire officials say high brush and weeds just east of the former lake area in Silver Lake caught fire. Crews from several departments spent four hours fighting it.

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Topeka Man Accused of Sex Crimes with Child

Updated: 03/05/2009 - A Topeka man is accused of sex crimes involving a child. The Shawnee County District Attorney's Office Thursday charged 19-year old Lawrence Gritten Jr. with one count of raping a child under the age of 14 and two counts of aggravated criminal sodomy.

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Lawmakers Honor Slain KU Law Students

Updated: 03/05/2009 - The Kansas Senate heard a resolution honoring Jana Mackey Thursday. The 25-year old was killed by her ex-boyfriend last July in Lawrence.

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