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Winfrey Gives The Nod To David Wroblewski's Novel

Posted: 09/19/2008 - Oprah Winfrey announced Friday she'd chosen David Wroblewski's "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" as her latest book club pick, calling the debut novel a classic and the "best novel I've read in a long, long, long time."

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Additional Charges Filed in Riley County Rape Case

Posted: 09/19/2008 - Ben Hinchsliff will stand trial on 68 counts of rape in Riley County, plus 11 additional counts of criminal sodomy prosecutors filed in light of evidence presented at his preliminary hearing. Arraignment is set for Sept. 29.

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Oil Rises Near $100 A Barrel On Bank Bailout Plan

Posted: 09/19/2008 - Oil prices rose past $100 a barrel Friday, gaining for a third day as a government plan to absorb billions of dollars of banks' toxic debt emboldened investors to put money back into the markets.

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Key Senator Says Rescue Will Be "Costly"

Posted: 09/19/2008 - The Senate Banking Committee chairman says the government's financial rescue plan will be costly, and is demanding more details about the program to confront the worst financial crisis in decades.

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Detroit's New Mayor Sworn In, Says `Time For Hope'

Posted: 09/19/2008 - Ken Cockrel Jr. was sworn in as mayor Friday, vaulted into office by a sex scandal that destroyed the reign of Kwame Kilpatrick and threw the nation's 11th-largest city into chaos for months.

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Investigator: Palin Probe to End before Election

Posted: 09/19/2008 - Alaska state Sen. Hollis French says the investigator's report on whether Gov. Sarah Palin improperly fired her public safety commissioner will be done by Oct. 10. None of the people ordered to testify Friday showed up.

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Galveston Lays Out Plan For Residents' Return

Posted: 09/19/2008 - Authorities laid out a plan Friday — a week after Hurricane Ike began lashing the Texas coast with 110-mph winds and relentless storm surge — to let about 45,000 anxious evacuees back onto Galveston Island for good.

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O.J. Jury Taken On Unannounced Trip To Vegas Hotel

Posted: 09/19/2008 - Testimony resumed Friday in the O.J. Simpson armed robbery and kidnapping trial after jurors made an unannounced field trip to the scene of the alleged crime at a casino hotel.

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Prosecutor to Stay in Kansas "Pill Mill" Case

Posted: 09/19/2008 - Defense attorneys for a Kansas doctor and his wife linked to 58 accidental overdose deaths wanted prosecutors on the case thrown off for misconduct. A federal judge refused, saying there are other procedures in place for such complaints.

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Kansas Mall Caught Up in Ripples from Fraud Case

Posted: 09/19/2008 - A Miami man is accused of defrauding investors of $132 million. Edward Okun owns Investment Properties of America, which bought Salina's Central Mall in 2006.

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Kansas State Wants to Help Revive Aggieville

Posted: 09/19/2008 - Kansas State University plans to help spark the revival of Aggieville, the popular shopping and entertainment district bordering the campus in Manhattan.

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Autism Summit Hosted in Topeka

Posted: 09/19/2008 - With growing concern over autism, Easter Seals Capper Foundation in Topeka convened a summit on the issue Friday. The goal is to share resources and make recommendations for any changes the community may need to consider.

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Prosecutor to Stay in Kansas 'Pill Mill' Case

Posted: 09/19/2008 - A federal judge refuses to disqualify a prosecutor accused by defense attorneys of prosecutorial misconduct in the case against a Kansas doctor and his wife linked to 58 accidental overdose deaths.

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Creditor Seeks Action Against Pratt Ethanol Plant

Posted: 09/19/2008 - A Minnesota-based investment bank that holds more than $63 million of debt on Pratt's Gateway Ethanol wants the troubled plant placed in emergency receivership.

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David Wroblewski's Novel Gets Nod From Winfrey

Posted: 09/19/2008 - Sure to make one of the summer's hottest reads even hotter, Oprah Winfrey has chosen David Wroblewski's "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" as her latest book club pick.

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Tom Cruise Praises Katie Holmes' Broadway Performance

Posted: 09/19/2008 - When asked for his verdict on Holmes' performance, Cruise stopped for a moment while moving through the crowd at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on Thursday night, telling The Associated Press: "Did you see it? ... It was extraordinary."

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Speedway Owners Win Wyandotte Casino

Posted: 09/19/2008 - The Kansas State Lottery Gaming Facility Review Board awards the contract to build and manage the casino in Wyandotte Co. to Kansas Entertainment, a combo of the speedway and the Cordish Company of Baltimore; Ford Co. decision delayed.

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China's Tainted Formula Shows Risk Of Dairy Boom

Posted: 09/19/2008 - A generation ago, when today's new Chinese parents were infants, milk powder was so scarce that it was one of the top items requested from travelers visiting from overseas.

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