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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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Army to Execute Guilty Former Soldier

Updated: 11/20/2008 - Former cook Ronald Gray is scheduled to be executed December 10 at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Ind.

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Walters Fires Back At Rosie

Updated: 11/20/2008 - Friction keeps obstructing "The View." While she never mentioned Rosie O'Donnell by name, it was clear who Barbara Walters was referring to when she opened Thursday's show by complaining about "some people who have done this show" who criticize the daytime gabfest after leaving.

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Britney Yearns For Less Control

Updated: 11/20/2008 - Britney Spears is craving more freedom — and less of the "control" that's stabilized her personal life and reinvigorated her career over the last several months.

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Pill As Good As Chemo

Updated: 11/20/2008 - Some advanced lung cancer patients already treated with chemotherapy might be able to skip some of the bad side effects of another series of chemo by taking a pill instead, a study suggests.

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Ted Stevens Gives Final Speech

Updated: 11/20/2008 - "Uncle Ted" Stevens, an old-style Senate giant and the chamber's longest-serving Republican, delivered his swan song address and yielded the floor for the final time

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Gates May Stay On

Updated: 11/20/2008 - What Robert Gates once called "inconceivable to me" — his remaining as defense secretary beyond Inauguration Day — is looking a bit more conceivable to the rest of Washington.

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Dems to Automakers: Bring Us A Plan

Updated: 11/20/2008 - The $25 billion rescue plan for the auto industry, desperately sought by Detroit's beleaguered Big Three, collapsed Thursday as Congress drew the line at one more bailout and Democrats said they wouldn't even consider it until the companies produced a convincing plan for rebuilding their once-mighty industry.

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Guantanamo Bay Detainees Released

Updated: 11/20/2008 - A federal judge on Thursday ordered the release of five Algerians held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and the continued detention of a sixth in a major blow to the Bush administration's strategy to keep terror suspects locked up without charges.

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Remains Of Copernicus Found

Updated: 11/20/2008 - Researchers said Thursday they have identified the remains of Nicolaus Copernicus by comparing DNA from a skeleton and hair retrieved from one of the 16th-century astronomer's books.

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Joe The Plumber Records Search "Improper"

Updated: 11/20/2008 - An agency director improperly used state computers to find personal information on "Joe the Plumber," a government watchdog said in a report released Thursday. There was no legitimate business purpose for the head of Ohio's Department of Job and Family Services to order staff to look up the records, Inspector General Tom Charles said.

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Cell Phone Saves Man's Life

Updated: 11/20/2008 - A man says his cell phone saved his life. A stray .45-caliber bullet hit R.J. Richard's chest while he was mowing the lawn — hitting so hard he thought it was a stone kicked out by his tractor.

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Heartland Visioning Announces Key Strategies for First Year

Updated: 11/03/2009 - Skills training and intrastructure for revitalization are among seven key strategies for 2009. They were identified by the Heartland Visioning steering committee, less than 24 hours after releasing a strategic plan for Topeka and Shawnee County.

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Activists say tobacco settlement is being wasted

Updated: 11/20/2008 - In 2006, Alaska desperately needed cash to complete a museum featuring a mummified bison and other natural wonders of the frozen north. So the state dipped into its share of the landmark 1998 tobacco settlement.

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Mexican emigration dropped 42 percent in 2 years

Updated: 11/20/2008 - Mexican emigration has dropped 42 percent over the last two years, a government study released Thursday showed, confirming that America has become less appealing amid an economic downturn and stepped up raids against illegal migrants.

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New York Times Co. cuts dividend by 74 percent

Updated: 11/20/2008 - The New York Times Co. is slashing its quarterly dividend by 74 percent amid a worsening advertising slump, a move that will save the company money but also curtail the income of the Sulzberger family, the controlling shareholders of the storied newspaper publisher.

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Gates May Stay on at Pentagon

Updated: 11/20/2008 - What Robert Gates once called "inconceivable to me" - his remaining as defense secretary beyond Inauguration Day - is looking a bit more conceivable to the rest of Washington.

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