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Stars, Relatives Honor Special Effects Wiz, Winston

Posted: 06/23/2008 - Friends, relatives and show-business colleagues gathered Sunday to remember Oscar-winning special-effects maestro Stan Winston, the man responsible for bringing the dinosaurs of "Jurassic Park" and other iconic movie creatures to life.

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Mayor: No Support For Claims Of Pregnancy Pact

Posted: 06/23/2008 - School counselors, teachers and families of students the principal said made a pact to get pregnant and have babies together have no information to back the claim, the mayor of Gloucester said Sunday.

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Zoos ask, What To Do With An Aged Lemur?

Posted: 06/23/2008 - At 17, Rollie — a resident of Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo — is a senior citizen of his species. In the wilds of the Amazon, his keepers say, he almost certainly would never have made it this long.

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Can The Martian Arctic Support Extreme Life?

Posted: 06/23/2008 - Could exotic life emerge in the frigid arctic plains of Mars? NASA's Phoenix spacecraft could soon find out. Since plopping down near the Martian north pole a month ago, the three-legged lander has been busy poking its long arm into the sticky soil and collecting scoopfuls to bake in a test oven and peer at under a microscope.

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New Clue To Alzheimer's Found

Posted: 06/23/2008 - Researchers have caused Alzheimer's symptoms in rats by injecting them with one particular form of beta-amyloid. Injections with other forms of beta-amyloid did not cause illness, which may explain why some people have beta-amyloid plaque in their brains but do not show disease symptoms.

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GOP Frets Barr Could Play Spoiler In Prez Race

Posted: 06/23/2008 - A fiery former GOP congressman who gained national prominence for doggedly pursuing impeachment of President Clinton has some Republicans worried he'll play spoiler in a tight presidential contest.

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Obama Braces For Race-Based Ads

Updated: 07/02/2008 - Though the election is more than four months away, the campaigns of Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain are shaping their strategies for dealing with such appeals.

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Forecaster: End is Near to Mississippi River Rise

Posted: 06/23/2008 - The water is still well above the banks of the upper Mississippi River, but residents of both flooded towns and those protected by levees and sandbags can see an ending: The river is cresting.

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Candy a Sweet Spot in Sour Economy

Posted: 06/23/2008 - Many analysts say the candy business is likely to fare better than other nonessentials in these economically trying times, even as prices for commodities such as sugar, milk and cocoa have risen.

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Oil Rises Despite Saudi Output Pledge

Posted: 06/23/2008 - Traders again shrugged off a pledge by Saudi Arabia to increase its oil production if needed and oil prices rose Monday, with the focus on disruptions to Nigerian supply and heightened Middle East tensions.

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Comedian George Carlin Dead At 71

Updated: 06/23/2008 - A publicist for George Carlin says the legendary comedian has died of heart failure at a hospital in Santa Monica, Calif.

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Missouri Drownings On Fast Pace

Posted: 06/22/2008 - It's been a deadly spring on Missouri's lakes and rivers. Twenty-one people have drowned, which is almost half as many as in all of last year. And the busy summer recreation season is just starting.

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Zimbabwe opposition leader pulling out of election

Posted: 06/22/2008 - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai pulled out of Zimbabwe's violence-wracked presidential runoff Sunday, declaring that the election was no longer credible and the loss of life among his supporters was simply too high.

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