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Consumer Spending Worries Send Stocks Lower

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Wall Street got another dose of painful reality Tuesday and sent stocks diving as investors recognized that few industries are safe from the consumer spending slump — whether they're building homes, making cars or selling coffee. The Dow Jones industrial average lifted off its lows of the day, but still closed down nearly 180 points.

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Bush wistfully salutes veterans on Intrepid in NYC

Updated: 11/18/2008 - President Bush wistfully saluted the nation's veterans Tuesday as he prepares to hand two ongoing wars over to his successor, saying he'll "miss being the commander in chief of such a fabulous group." Bush marked his last Veterans Day as president at a New York pier, speaking to a crowd of thousands bundled against the windy November chill for the rededication ceremony of the USS Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.

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Man Allegedly Steals Communion Wafers During Mass

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Police in Florida said they arrested a Connecticut man after he tried to steal communion wafers during a church service. The Martin County Sheriff's Office said a 33-year-old man was cornered by fellow churchgoers when he grabbed a handful of wafers from the priest during communion services Saturday.

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Drill Planned at Kansas Nuclear Power Plant

Updated: 11/18/2008 - A drill involving a hostile-action scenario will take place Wednesday at Wolf Creek Nuclear Generating Station in Coffey County. National guard members, federal and local law enforcement officials and Wolf Creek personnel will take part.

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Kansas to Start Using Debit Cards for Unemployment

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Starting next week, Kansas unemployment checks will be replaced with a Visa debit card issued by the state Department of Labor. The switch affect about 25,000 people and will save the state about $300,000 annually in postage and paper costs.

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Gray County World Warr II Veterans Record Memories

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Nearly 40 World War II Veterans in Gray County have already recorded their memories as part of an oral history project. It's being house in the Gray County Courthouse's Veterans Memorial Resource Center.

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Lawmaker Wants Appointed Lt. Govs. to be Confirmed

Updated: 11/18/2008 - State Sen. Dennis Pyle, R-Hiawatha, says he'll introduce legislation requiring Senate confirmation if a lieutenant governor is appointed by the governor. The proposal comes amid speculation Gov. Kathleen Sebelius could take a job with the Obama administration.

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Kansas National Guard to Teach Farming to Afghans

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Kansas National Guard troops will be part of an agribusiness development team, teaching people in Afghanistan better ways to farm. About 60 Guard members will travel there in February for a year-long deployment.

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Jon Stewart, Lily Tomlin honor George Carlin

Updated: 11/18/2008 - The late comedian George Carlin - famous for those "Seven Words You Can Never Say on TV" - was honored Monday with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the only award he saw as a legitimate comedy prize.

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After banning YouTube, military launches TroopTube

Updated: 11/18/2008 - The U.S. military, with help from Seattle startup Delve Networks, has launched a video-sharing Web site for troops, their families and supporters, a year and a half after restricting access to YouTube and other video sites.

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Sirius XM Radio posts $4.88B loss after charge

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Sirius XM Radio Inc. said its loss widened to $4.88 billion in the third quarter after the satellite-radio provider booked a hefty impairment charge related to a drop in the company's stock.

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Gasoline continues plunge; crude tumbles below $60

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Retail gasoline prices dipped for a 17th week since July 4, falling below $2 a gallon in a number of states and approaching $1.50 at some service stations. The price of crude fell again too, hitting a 20-month low.

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Myanmar: Long sentences for democracy advocates

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Courts in military-ruled Myanmar delivered a devastating blow Tuesday to the nation's pro-democracy movement, sentencing two dozen activists to harsh prison terms that will keep them behind bars long past a 2010 election.

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NM teens deny hazing charges

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Six former high school athletes have denied charges they sexually assaulted younger teammates during a hazing incident at a preseason football camp.

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Hawaii's quarter marks end of nationwide program

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Still reveling in the election of the first Hawaii-born U.S. president, the islands marked the issuance of its state quarter - the last in the 50-state quarter program.

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No. 2 Klan group on trial in Ky. teen's beating

Updated: 11/18/2008 - The 28-acre compound that the nation's second-largest Ku Klux Klan outfit calls home features a high gate with armed guards, a stage for the group's annual gatherings and an open field for burning crosses.

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Sheriff to ban deputies from mixing drinking, guns

Updated: 11/18/2008 - The sheriff of Los Angeles County plans to prohibit his off-duty deputies from carrying their guns while drinking because several have been accused in recent years of firing weapons while intoxicated.

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Ice, snow make travel treacherous on Plains

Updated: 11/18/2008 - A layer of ice and nearly a foot of snow made some Nebraska highways treacherous Tuesday, part of a storm system that also interfered with Minnesota schools.

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Mormon comments give gays hope for new Utah laws

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Gay-rights activists see opportunities for their cause in Utah thanks to Mormon church officials, who strongly supported California's proposition denying same-sex couples the right to marry but said they did not object to granting those couples certain other rights.

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Emporia Celebrates Veterans Day

Updated: 11/18/2008 - It's the birthplace of Veterans Day and after 51 years Emporia still rolls out the red carpet for all Veterans.

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