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House Fire Kills Pratt Man, 72

Posted: 09/26/2008 - A police news release said members of the City Fire Department arrived Thursday to find the house fully engulfed in flames. Soon firefighters discovered the body of the 72-year-old resident, John Thornton.

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Mama's milk ice cream cone, anyone?

Posted: 09/26/2008 - Mooove over, Holsteins. PETA wants world-famous Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream to tap nursing moms, rather than cows, for the milk used in its ice cream.

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Charge dropped against man accused of passing gas

Posted: 09/26/2008 - A West Virginia man accused of passing gas and fanning it toward a police officer no longer faces a battery charge. The Kanawha County prosecutor's office requested that the charge be dropped against 34-year-old Jose Cruz.

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NY driver rattled by snake under hood

Posted: 09/26/2008 - Here's one carpooler you'd rather leave at home. A 5-foot rattlesnake stowed away in the nice, warm engine compartment of a New Yorker's pickup truck.

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Melgren Wins Senate Confirmation to Federal Bench

Posted: 09/26/2008 - U.S. Attorney for Kansas Eric Melgren won confirmation to a seat on the federal bench in Wichita. He and nine other judicial nominees were approved by unanimous consent of the U.S. Senate.

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Now It'll be Judge Eric Melgren

Posted: 09/26/2008 - The state's top federal prosecutor wins confirmation for a lifetime appointment on the bench in Wichita.

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Skeptical bank teller scares off would-be robber

Posted: 09/26/2008 - Police say a bank teller in Long Island, New York, had a simple question for a would-be robber: Are you serious? The skeptical teller's question was apparently enough to spook the female suspect, who fled the Roslyn Savings Bank in Centereach late Thursday afternoon without a dime.

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Olathe Company Picked for Casino in Ford County

Posted: 09/26/2008 - The Lottery Gaming Facility Review Board chose Butler National Service of Olathe to run a state-owned casino in Ford County. Butler National won out over Dodge City Resort and Gaming. It's one of four state-owned casinos planned for Kansas.

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US Mint Suspends Sale Of 24-Karat Gold Coins

Posted: 09/26/2008 - The U.S. Mint is temporarily halting sales of its popular American Buffalo 24-karat gold coins because it can't keep up with soaring demand as investors seek the safety of gold amid economic turbulence.

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Global Warming Pollution Increases 3 Percent

Posted: 09/26/2008 - The world pumped up its pollution of the chief man-made global warming gas last year, setting a course that could push beyond leading scientists' projected worst-case scenario, international researchers said Thursday.

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Chinese Astronauts Prepare Suits For Spacewalk

Posted: 09/26/2008 - Astronauts aboard China's Shenzhou 7 spacecraft prepared for the country's first-ever spacewalk on Friday by readying the space suits to be used the following day.

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Letterman Keeps Up Verbal Assault On John McCain

Posted: 09/26/2008 - David Letterman kept up his verbal assault on John McCain, commiserating with Paris Hilton and saying he felt like an "ugly date" because the GOP presidential candidate backed out of an appearance on the "Late Show."

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Calif. Warns People Not to Flush Pharmaceuticals

Posted: 09/26/2008 - The state of California has a warning for its 36 million residents: Do not flush pharmaceuticals down the toilet or drain, or they may end up in a river near you.

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Baby Cereal Latest Problem In China Milk Scandal

Posted: 09/26/2008 - The list of products caught in China's tainted milk scandal grew Friday to include baby cereal in Hong Kong and snack foods in Japan, while Taiwan reported three children and a mother with kidney stones in the island's first cases possibly linked to the crisis.

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BYOC: Company Gives Workers Unusual Laptop Leeway

Posted: 09/26/2008 - In a nod to how finicky people have become about the gadgets they use, software company Citrix Systems Inc. is rolling out a new program for its workers: BYOC — Bring Your Own Computer.

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Japan's Online Social Scene Isn't So Social

Posted: 09/26/2008 - It's got pictures of the funky Tokyoite modeling the clothes she designs in her spare time, along with her name, plus personal details and ramblings in slightly awkward English about her love life.

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Letterman Keeps Up Verbal Assault On John McCain

Posted: 09/26/2008 - David Letterman kept up his verbal assault on John McCain, commiserating with Paris Hilton and saying he felt like an "ugly date" because the GOP presidential candidate backed out of an appearance on the "Late Show."

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