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NASA Scales Back Flagship Mars Mission

Updated: 11/22/2008 - NASA is scrapping a controversial piece of hardware from its next-generation Mars rover that would have allowed the spacecraft to store rock fragments in a mini-basket for a future mission.

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NASA's Space Water Recycling System has Hiccups

Updated: 11/22/2008 - NASA's revolutionary new space water recycling system is having serious hiccups. The $154 million device for turning astronauts' urine and sweat into drinking water aboard the international space station shut down again Friday, and engineers on the ground were scrambling to figure out what was wrong.

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Bulgarian Archaeologists Unearth Ancient Chariot

Updated: 11/22/2008 - Archaeologists have unearthed an elaborately decorated 1,800-year-old chariot sheathed in bronze at an ancient Thracian tomb in southeastern Bulgaria, the head of the excavation said Friday.

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Automakers Need to Make Case for Government Aid

Updated: 11/22/2008 - Democratic leaders have ordered GM, Chrysler and Ford to give accounts of how the government would be reimbursed if lawmakers approve a $25 billion loan for the auto industry. They've set a Dec. 2 deadline.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Luncheon Friday

Updated: 11/22/2008 - Topekans showed their support for children at a luncheon Friday. Big Brothers and Big Sisters members welcomed mentor Joey Little to share his experiences with the program..

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Obama Pushes for Action on Auto Rescue Plan

Updated: 11/22/2008 - Barack Obama is said to be working behind the scenes on an effort to help the struggling auto industry. Obama has talked to congressional leaders, and his chief aides are being dialed into conference calls.

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Manhattan Man Gets Life for Killing Ex-Roommate

Updated: 11/22/2008 - A 20-year-old Manhattan man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his former roommate and stuffing body parts into the victim's Jeep. Under the sentence Friday, Kevin Hernandez will not be eligible for parole for at least 50 years.

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Kansas University Army ROTC Numbers Up

Updated: 11/22/2008 - Officials at the University of Kansas and at Kansas State report an increase of at least 20 percent in the number of Army ROTC cadets on campus this semester.

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Shawnee County District Judge Gets Cease and Desist Order

Updated: 11/22/2008 - Vouching for the man accused in a fatal hunting accident. earned a Shawnee County district judge a Cease and Desist order. Friday's order from the Commission on Judicial Qualifications stemmed from testimony in the case against Thomas Kent.

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Topeka Man Wins Bon Jovi Saturn Outlook

Updated: 11/22/2008 - One lucky Kansas man gets to drive home in a brand new ride and didn't pay a dime for it. Michel Horton, of Topeka, today got to claim his prize, a special edition Bon Jovi Saturn Outlook.

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Mukasey: "Clean Bill of Health"

Updated: 11/22/2008 - The Attorney General was back at work after he fainted during a Thursday night speech.

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Council Grove Dedicates New City Hall Building

Updated: 11/21/2008 - Council Grove cut the ribbon on its new city hall Friday night. Community members were invited to check it out. The building is dedicated in memory of the late Cecil Claire "C.C." Hutchinson.

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Engineers sentenced to 1 year for espionage case

Updated: 11/21/2008 - Two engineers from China were sentenced to a year in prison Friday for stealing computer chip designs from their Silicon Valley employers and trying to smuggle the secrets to their homeland to launch a government-backed startup there.

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Daughter defends mother in Internet hoax trial

Updated: 11/21/2008 - A Missouri woman's daughter says her mother had wanted an Internet account shut down even before cruel messages were sent from it to a teenage neighbor who later committed suicide.

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NYC bouncer convicted of a third murder

Updated: 11/21/2008 - A bouncer already sentenced to lengthy prison terms for two New York City murders has been convicted of shooting another man dead and wounding three others outside a Manhattan nightclub.

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Cops: Man steals woman's rings after grabbing dog

Updated: 11/21/2008 - Police are looking for a man they say stole two rings worth nearly $25,000 from a woman after grabbing her dog. Brunswick police Detective William Collins said a woman was walking her Shih Tzu on Monday when a man picked up the dog and demanded the rings if she wanted the dog back.

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FBI says Ohio man threatened to bomb airports

Updated: 11/21/2008 - FBI officials said Friday they arrested a man who threatened to blow up Cincinnati's football stadium, two airports, Ohio River bridges, and other landmarks.

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Neb. lawmakers OK age limit for safe-haven law

Updated: 11/21/2008 - Gov. Dave Heineman signed into law Friday a bill adding a 30-day age limit to a safe-haven law that allowed 35 children - including teenagers as old as 17 - to be abandoned at state hospitals. The law, approved hours earlier by the Legislature in a 45-3 vote, goes into effect Saturday, and makes Nebraska the 14th state with a 30-day age cap.

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Germany drops attempt to ban Scientology

Updated: 11/21/2008 - Federal regulators have shut down two big thrifts based in California, saying they fell victim to the acute distress in the housing market in that state.

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Emporia Celebrates Theatre Restoration

Updated: 11/21/2008 - The Granada Theatre in Emporia has reopened following a 14-year restoration effort. The 1929 structure had been slated for demolition.

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Topeka Fire Departments Views "Cold Fire" Products

Updated: 11/21/2008 - Cold Fire Law Enforcement demonstrated its fire suppression products at the Topeka Fire headquarters Friday. Company reps say the foam substance attaches itself to the actual source of the fuel causing the fire, and extinguishes it.

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