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Hurricane Paloma heads to Cayman Islands

Posted: 11/07/2008 - Late-season Hurricane Paloma bore down on the rain-drenched Cayman Islands on Friday, triggering a run on stores and stranding hundreds as the airport closed on the chain of tiny Caribbean islands.

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Death toll in Haiti school collapse rises to 30

Posted: 11/07/2008 - A hillside school where roughly 500 students usually crowded into several floors collapsed during classes on Friday, killing at least 30 people and injuring many more. Rescuers used bare hands to pull bleeding students from the wreckage.

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GM Workers to be Indefinitely Laid Off

Posted: 11/07/2008 - General Motors says about 3,600 workers will be laid off indefinitely beginning early next year as the automaker slows down production at 10 of its assembly plants.

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Topeka Hotels Give Back

Updated: 11/08/2008 - TOPEKA, Kan. - With a chilly holiday season just weeks away, three local hotels are spreading a little warmth

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Obama to center stage, promises action on economy

Posted: 11/07/2008 - Inheriting an economy in peril, President-elect Obama warned on Friday that the nation faces the challenge of a lifetime and pledged he would act urgently to help Americans devastated by lost jobs, disappearing savings and homes seized in foreclosure.

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Westar Reports Lower Earnings for Third Quarter

Posted: 11/07/2008 - Westar Energy has released its third quarter earnings, and blames cooler weather on the lower numbers. The company reported Friday earnings of $88 million, or 81 cents per share for the quarter.

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Sebelius Names New Judge for 2 Kansas Counties

Posted: 11/07/2008 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has named a Tonganoxie attorney to be the new district judge for Leavenworth and Atchison counties. Michael Gibbens, 58, was named to the bench on Friday, filling the vacancy left by retiring Judge Philip C. Lacey.

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Arguments Heard Friday in Daycare Death Case

Posted: 11/07/2008 - The trial continued Friday for a day care provider accused in the death of a child who was in her care at the time. 35-year-old Michelle Bolze-Sann is charged with involuntary manslaughter and aggravated endangering of a child in the July 2007 death of Zachary Typer.

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Minimal Damage Caused in Friday Apartment Fire

Posted: 11/07/2008 - Firefighters were called to an apartment fire early Friday morning in Topeka. Police received the call around four in the morning that there was smoke throughout an apartment building at the 1200 block of S.W. Topeka Blvd.

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Gun Sales Increase After Election

Posted: 11/07/2008 - Some Kansas gun dealers say Barack Obama's election to the presidency has sparked an increase in firearms sales. Retailers say sales have risen 10 to 15 percent in the past month, when polls showed Obama leading John McCain.

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Director goes on leave amid probe of Ohio plumber

Posted: 11/07/2008 - Ohio's governor placed on leave Friday an agency director who was questioned over why state computers were used to find personal information on a man who became known as "Joe the Plumber" during the presidential campaign.

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Army general to investigate recruiter suicides

Posted: 11/07/2008 - The Army has agreed to investigate a disproportionate cluster of suicides among recruiters in an East Texas battalion, as well as allegations by other soldiers and family members that they were pressured to cover up serious problems in the battalion, Army Secretary Pete Geren said.

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OJ Simpson loses bid for new trial in Las Vegas

Posted: 11/07/2008 - O.J. Simpson was denied a new trial Friday by the Nevada judge who presided over his conviction in the gunpoint robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room.

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Power crews battle aftermath of Dakota blizzard

Posted: 11/07/2008 - Crews fought mud and water Friday as they tried to restore power after a fierce storm spread a wintry mix across the Dakotas, while authorities worked to remove snow-stranded vehicles that littered an interstate highway hours after their occupants were rescued.

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Microsoft CEO: No Interest in Buying Yahoo

Posted: 11/07/2008 - Yahoo Inc. shares dived nearly 13 percent after the chief executive of Microsoft Corp. said Friday the software giant is not interested in renewing its bid for the struggling Internet company.

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Illinois Hopes 'Obama Buzz' Will Boost Tourism

Posted: 11/07/2008 - Tourism officials in Illinois say they expect a boost from Barack Obama's election, and they're doing what they can to capitalize on the Obama buzz.

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Emanuel pick gets mixed reaction

Posted: 11/07/2008 - (CNN) -- President-elect Barack Obama's first major appointment received mixed reaction from Democrats and Republicans.

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Courthouse shooter guilty of murder, faces death

Posted: 11/07/2008 - ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- Brian Nichols was convicted Friday of murdering four people in a shooting rampage that began at a courthouse in Atlanta, Georgia. The jury next must decide whether he should be executed for his crimes.

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