Big Sur, Los Padres National Forest fires raging along California coast
By The Associated Press BIG SUR, Calif. -- A pair of out-of-control wildfires roared along California's central coast Friday, chewing through opposite ends of a parched forest and threatening a total of more than 4,500 homes. While flames from the stubborn fire in the northern flank of the Los Padres National Forest inched closer to Big Sur's historic vacation retreats, state emergency officials said hot winds had caused a newer blaze 200 ...
Vacation Bible school gets a pricey facelift
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- It's a wonder vacation Bible school made it out of the 1960s. Back in the days of black-and-white TV, churches offered kids lemonade, cookies and flannel-board stories about Jesus, all set to a clanging piano. Children sat in short wooden chairs and listened to the tales for what seemed like an eternity. Things are different in 2008. DVDs and video screens are everywhere, along with professionally recorded music, d...
Jesse Helms dies at 86
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Former Sen. Jesse Helms, who built a career along the fault lines of racial politics and battled liberals, Communists and the occasional fellow Republican during 30 conservative years in Congress, died on the Fourth of July.
He was 86.
"It's just incredible that he would die on July 4, the same day of the Declaration of Independence and the same day that Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died, and he certainly is a patriot in t...
Companies begin quest for oil, gas near Florida
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) -- Oil companies once viewed drilling in the deep waters off Florida as cost prohibitive. Politicians feared even the slightest sign of support would be career suicide.
No more. Record crude oil prices are fueling support for oil and natural gas exploration off the nation's shores. In Florida, movement was underway even before President Bush called on Congress last month to lift a federal moratorium that's barred new offs...
BoSox pop Yankees
NEW YORK (AP) -- Mike Lowell hit a go-ahead, three-run homer Friday helping spark the Red Sox to a soggy come-from-behind 6-4 victory over the New York Yankees. Lowell's homer came two innings after Kevin Youkilis' shot squirted out of Johnny Damon's glove, bounced off the top of the left-field wall three times, and sat on the fence for several tantalizing seconds. Youkilis' ball rolled back to the field for a tying, two-run triple, Damon...
Sheets picks up 10th win for Brewers
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- J.J. Hardy and Bill Hall hit two-run homers, Ben Sheets worked out of several jams to earn his 10th win and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-1 on Friday.
Sheets (10-2) stranded eight runners in the first five innings, allowing one run and eight hits before departing with two outs in the sixth after throwing 120 pitches. He became the sixth 10-game winner in the NL this season.
Carlos Villanueva picked up h...
The Weather Elsewhere
Temperatures indicate Friday's high and overnight low to 7 p
The Weather Elsewhere Temperatures indicate Friday's high and overnight low to 7 p.m. Friday. Hi Lo Prc Otlk Albany,N.Y. 80 60 .02 cdy Albuquerque 90 65 .01 cdy Amarillo 92 59 cdy Anchorage 69 53 .11 cdy Asheville 84 59 .62 rn Atlanta 90 71 .01 cdy Atlantic City 90 66 .01 rn Austin 92 66 cdy Baltimore 85 69 .01 rn Billings 102 66 cdy Birmingham 95 74 .25 rn Bismarck 84 49 cdy Boise 93 70 clr Boston 67 63 .20 rn Brow...
Students study bees
LAWRENCE (AP) -- Bees. They can be a nuisance, hovering around picnics and menacing pets and children. But researchers at the University of Kansas think they might be the key to harnessing new types of engineering technology. Rudolf Jander, professor of animal behavior, and two students, Jason Palikij and Daniel Najera, are studying how European honeybees find their way back to their hives when disoriented. It's research that could produce ...
Lawsuit filed against Wiz
KANSAS CITY, Mo
Lawsuit filed against Wiz
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A former Kansas City Wizards employee has filed a lawsuit alleging she and other female workers were subjected to regular sexual harassment.
Kathryn Carver filed the lawsuit Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court against OnGoal LLC, the Major League Soccer team's ownership group; Greg Cotton, executive vice president and general counsel for OnGoal; and Robert Thomson Jr., the company's vice p...
High and low temperatures and precipitation for the 24 hours ending at 7 p
High and low temperatures and precipitation for the 24 hours ending at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Hi Lo Prec.
Chanute 90 71 0.00
Coffeyville 91 71 0.00
Concordia 94 68 0.00
Dodge City 100 71 T
Elkhart 99 67 0.00
Emporia 93 72 0.52
Garden City 97 66 0.00
Goodland 94 58 T
Hays 95 70 0.00
Hill City 96 63 0.00
Hutchinson 95 73 0.00
Lawrence 93 72 0.16
Liberal 100 70 0.00
Manhattan 92 75 0.03
Medicine Lodge 98 71 0.29
Olathe 89 73 T...
Colombian hostages released
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia freed Ingrid Betancourt and three U.S. military contractors from leftist guerrillas on Wednesday, saying military spies tricked rebels into giving them up without a single shot fired.
Betancourt, who was seized while campaigning for president six long years ago, appeared thin but healthy as she strode down the stairs of a military plane and held her mother in a long embrace. She called the operation that resc...
Big Sur, Calif., evacuated for fire
BIG SUR, Calif
Big Sur, Calif., evacuated for fire
BIG SUR, Calif. -- Authorities ordered the remaining residents of this scenic coastal community to leave Wednesday because an out-of-control wildfire, one of hundreds in California, had jumped a fire line and was threatening more homes.
Flames raged in the hills above and ash fell from orange skies as evacuees in packed cars streamed north along Highway 1, the only major road out of Big Sur. Sheriff's deput...
Cabrera stymies Royals
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Daniel Cabrera pitched a seven-hitter Wednesday night to earn his first victory since May 20, Aubrey Huff homered and the Baltimore Orioles beat Gil Meche and the Kansas City Royals 5-2.
Cabrera (6-4) retired 13 straight batters before David DeJesus singled with two out in the eighth inning. The right-hander struck out two and walked none in his second complete game of the season, both of which have come against the Royals.
Beasley injured in first practice
MIAMI (AP) -- Welcome to the NBA, rookie.
Michael Beasley's first official practice with the Miami Heat ended quickly.
Beasley was struck in the chest by an inadvertent elbow during a defensive drill about 45 minutes into Miami's first summer-league workout session Wednesday, and the No. 2 overall pick in last week's NBA draft was taken to a doctor for observation.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the move was strictly precautionary and should ...
Federer beats Ancic to reach semifinals
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Five-time champion Roger Federer outclassed Mario Ancic -- the last man to beat him at Wimbledon -- in straight sets Wednesday to reach the semifinals and extend his grass-court winning streak to 64 matches on the first day of significant rain delays at the All England Club.
Riding his dominant serve and punishing forehand, Federer put on a masterful performance to beat Ancic 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 and move another step clos...
Payment shortage to cost firm
TOPEKA (AP) -- A home mortgage company that shorted Shawnee County on property tax payments by about $9.25 may end up paying about $9,000. County Treasurer Larry Wilson said Monday that Wells Fargo Home Mortgage has agreed to pay $9.75 for each transaction involving 925 properties. That will cover both delinquent taxes and costs the county incurred in pursuing them. The county said Wells Fargo shorted it by 1 cent each on property tax bill...
D.A. clears Poison drummer
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- A rape charge against Rikki Rockett has been dropped after authorities determined that the Poison drummer was not in the state at the time of the alleged crime.
Authorities say they are now looking for a man with a history of passing himself off as a rock musician to pick up women.
Rockett was accused of raping a woman at a central Mississippi casino in September 2007 and arrested in March. The Neshoba County district a...