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Natural Gas Price Rise Less than First Feared

Updated: 11/26/2008 - Officials at Black Hills Energy, formerly Aquila, predict a rise of 10 percent to 15 percent over year-ago prices, rather than the 40 percent originally forecast.

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Man Killed in Topeka Cycle Accident ID'd

Updated: 11/26/2008 - A Topeka motorcyclist was killed Wednesday morning when his bike collided with an oncoming Buick that turned left in front of him at the intersection of Huntoon and Gage in Topeka.

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Obama Names Volcker to Head New Economic Advisers

Updated: 11/26/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama chose former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker Wednesday to head a new White House panel to help create jobs and bring stability to the ailing financial system.

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Stocks Trade Mixed after Steep Rally

Updated: 11/26/2008 - A mostly downbeat batch of economic news gave investors a reason to cash in some of their recent gains Wednesday, leaving stock prices widely mixed. Blue chips pulled back, while tech stocks that have lagged the market were rallying.

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BTK Survivor Returns to Wichita

Updated: 11/26/2008 - After 34 years, a survivor of the first BTK murder is moving back to Wichita. After the attack, Charlie Otero, his sister Carmen and brother Danny moved to New Mexico.

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Why Won't Polar Bears Mate? They're Both Female

Updated: 11/26/2008 - Puzzled Japanese zookeepers have cleared up a mystery over a lack of chemistry between a couple of polar bears as both turn out to be female, a Japanese zoo said Wednesday.

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Thai Army Chief Calls for Elections to End Crisis

Updated: 11/26/2008 - Thailand's army commander urged protesters Wednesday to leave Bangkok airport and called for elections to end the country's political crisis after a day of chaos in which thousands of travelers were stranded.

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4 New Reports Reveal Battered Economy

Updated: 11/26/2008 - Jobless claims remain at recessionary levels, Americans cut back on their spending by the largest amount since the 2001 terrorist attacks, orders to U.S. factories plummeted and homes sales fell to the lowest level in nearly 18 years.

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Iran Claims Over 5,000 Centrifuges Spinning

Updated: 11/26/2008 - Iran has more than 5,000 centrifuges to process uranium at its enrichment plant, its nuclear chief said Wednesday, in the country's latest defiance of U.N. demands that it halt the controversial program.

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Stocks Open Lower after Report on Jobless Claims

Updated: 11/26/2008 - Wall Street gave back some of its recent gains Wednesday as investors absorbed mixed economic readings on jobless claims, orders for big-ticket items and personal spending.

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Iraqi Parliament Delays Vote on US Pact

Updated: 11/26/2008 - Intense dealmaking among Iraq's political factions on Wednesday delayed by one day a parliamentary vote on a security pact that would allow American forces to stay in the country through 2011.

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New Jobless Claims Drop From 16-Year High

Updated: 11/26/2008 - New jobless claims fell more than expected last week from a 16-year high, the government said Wednesday, though they remain at elevated levels due to the slowing economy.

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Thanksgiving In Space: Stiff Turkey, Bland Yams

Updated: 11/26/2008 - The smoked turkey resembles sliced deli meat but stiffer, the candied yams are bland inside, the green beans taste like they've been microwaved to death and the corn bread stuffing has a broth-heavy, institutional flavor.

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New Jobless Claims Drop from 16-year High

Updated: 11/26/2008 - New jobless claims fell more than expected last week from a 16-year high, the government said Wednesday, though they remain at elevated levels due to the slowing economy.

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Thanksgiving Sky: Jupiter, Venus, Moon Together

Updated: 11/26/2008 - It's not just families that are getting together this Thanksgiving week. The three brightest objects in the night sky - Venus, Jupiter and a crescent moon - will crowd around each other for an unusual group shot.

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MTV To Host Inaugural Ball In Washington For Obama

Updated: 11/26/2008 - The network announced Tuesday that it will host the "Be the Change Inaugural Ball" at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington on Jan. 20.

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US Stocks Head for Lower Open after Rally

Updated: 11/26/2008 - Wall Street appeared ready to take a break Wednesday, ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, after a steep market rally. Stock futures pointed moderately lower as investors awaited reports on jobless claims and orders on big-ticket items.

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Encouraging Dip In Rate Of New Cancers, Deaths

Updated: 11/26/2008 - The rate of new cancer cases finally may be inching down - cautiously optimistic news but a gain that specialists worry could be derailed by economic turmoil.

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Official Says Sunken 'Pirate' Ship Was Thai Boat

Updated: 11/26/2008 - The pirate "mother ship" sunk last week by the Indian navy was actually a Thai fishing trawler seized hours earlier by pirates, a maritime agency said Wednesday.

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Obama To Name Board Of Economic Advisers

Updated: 11/26/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama is naming a board of economic experts outside government to advise him on ways to create jobs and bring stability to the ailing financial system.

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Paulson Tries More Ideas To Bolster US Economy

Updated: 11/26/2008 - With the economy showing further signs that it is headed into a steep swoon, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is pulling more tricks out of his bag to try bolster the country's battered financial sector.

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