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Man sprays 'toilet-papering' teens with fox urine

Updated: 12/12/2008 - A 50-year-old man told authorities he was fed up with teens toilet-papering his house during homecoming week. This year, he decided to defend his property - with a squirt gun filled with fox urine.

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Scientists find 2,000-year-old brain in Britain

Updated: 12/12/2008 - British archaeologists have unearthed an ancient skull carrying a startling surprise - an unusually well-preserved brain. Scientists said Friday that the mass of gray matter was more than 2,000 years old - the oldest ever discovered in Britain. One expert unconnected with the find called it "a real freak of preservation."

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Rivals Continue Fight over Power Lines

Updated: 12/12/2008 - A Michigan-based company attempting to build ultra high-voltage transmission lines in Kansas denied reports from a rival that they've reached a compromise.

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Reflective Bush delivers commencement address

Updated: 12/12/2008 - A reflective President George W. Bush told graduates of Texas A&M University on Friday that popularity is capricious and what matters is whether they think they've done what is right.

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Climate Concern Defines Energy Dept. Pick

Updated: 12/12/2008 - The man tapped to be the next secretary of energy, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Chu, recently compared the danger of climate change to a problem with electrical wiring in a house.

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Anti-smoking groups hope Obama will be role model

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Of all the things President-elect Barack Obama needs right now, one of them surely isn't a new set of lofty expectations on his well-burdened shoulders. But recent attention to Obama's on-and-off smoking habit has pinned a new kind of audacious hope to him. Anti-smoking advocates are counting on Obama as a role model for others trying to kick the habit, showing them - and himself - that while it's hard, all things are indeed possible in America.

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Vatican hardens opposition to stem cell research

Updated: 12/12/2008 - The Vatican hardened its opposition Friday to using embryos for stem cell research, cloning and in-vitro fertilization. But in a major new document on bioethics, it showed flexibility on some forms of gene therapy and left open questions surrounding embryo adoption.

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White House readies new rescue for auto industry

Updated: 12/12/2008 - With Congress gridlocked and the economy flailing, the Bush administration declared Friday it would step in and prevent the "precipitous collapse" of the U.S. auto industry and the disastrous economic impact of the hundreds of thousands of job losses sure to follow.

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Illinois AG asks high court to declare gov. unfit

Updated: 12/12/2008 - In an unprecedented move, the Illinois attorney general asked the state's highest court Friday to strip scandal-plagued Gov. Rod Blagojevich of his powers. Lisa Madigan took the action as pressure on the governor intensified to step down and lawmakers considered impeachment. And the fallout over the scandal continued Friday as the governor's chief of staff resigned; John Harris was arrested along with the governor on Tuesday.

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Rivals Offer Compromise in Power Line Fight

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Prairie Wind Transmission said Friday it and ITC Great Plains have submitted a compromise plan to the Kansas Corporation Commission for building high-voltage transmission lines for wind energy.

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Media Panel Joins Jim Cates

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Politics and the economy were just a couple of topics a media panel discussed during the Jim Cates Online show Friday morning.

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Retail Sales, Wholesale Prices Fall Again in November

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Consumers reduced their spending at retail stores again in November while the costs of goods before they reach store shelves also continued to drop, more bad signs in a recession that appears to be deepening.

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Report: Ex `Idol' producer responds to Abdul

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Former "American Idol" producer Nigel Lythgoe has fired back at criticism by Paula Abdul that the show put her in peril by allowing an alleged stalker to audition.

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Hugh Jackman to Host New-Look Oscars

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Hugh Jackman will host the 81st annual Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirmed Friday.

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Actor Van Johnson, '40s heartthrob, dies at 92

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Van Johnson, whose boy-next-door wholesomeness made him a popular Hollywood star in the '40s and '50s with such films as "30 Seconds over Tokyo," "A Guy Named Joe" and "The Caine Mutiny," died Friday of natural causes. He was 92.

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November video game sales near $3 billion

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Americans may be cutting back on holiday shopping, but they are still buying video games — to the tune of nearly $3 billion in November, according to data from market researcher NPD Group.

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GM to temporarily close 20 plants to slash output

Updated: 12/12/2008 - General Motors Corp. said Friday it will temporarily close 20 factories across North America and make sweeping cuts to its vehicle production as it tries to adjust to dramatically weaker automobile demand.

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1950s pinup model Bettie Page dies in LA at 85

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Bettie Page, the 1950s secretary-turned-model whose controversial photographs in skimpy attire or none at all helped set the stage for the 1960s sexual revolution, died Thursday. She was 85.

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White House readies new rescue for auto industry

Updated: 12/12/2008 - With Congress gridlocked and the economy flailing, the Bush administration declared Friday it would step in and prevent the "precipitous collapse" of the U.S. auto industry and the disastrous economic impact of the hundreds of thousands of job losses sure to follow.

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Luke Skywalker Lightsaber Sells For $240K

Updated: 12/12/2008 - No, it doesn’t really work, and it doesn’t make that infamous humming sound that "Star Wars" fans happily mimic when mock-fighting Darth Vader. But one fan spent nearly a quarter-million dollars to get the ultimate Christmas present: Luke Skywalker's lightsaber.

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