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Keith Nunez, left, takes pictures of his wife, Carolina, at the first-ever Hello Kitty fan convention,  Hello Kitty Con, held at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Los Angeles. The convention was held to honor the character's 40th birthday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Hello Kitty fans jam LA’s Little Tokyo

- Associated Press

Hello Kitty cuteness is taking over Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles as the city hosts the first Hello Kitty fan convention.

In this image from his television ad provided by the Roberts campaign, Republican Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, right, talks with Kansas State University football coach Bill Snyder. Roberts' campaign launched a statewide spot Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 with Snyder endorsing the three-term incumbent just five days before the election, which has Roberts locked in a tough contest with independent candidate Greg Orman. (AP Photo/Pat Roberts Campaign)

Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder endorses Sen. Roberts

- Associated Press

Beloved Kansas State University football coach Bill Snyder on Thursday endorsed Sen. Pat Roberts for re-election and is appearing in a television ad for the three-term Republican incumbent, potentially giving the GOP a boost in a race with national implications.

‘House of Cards’ actress Elizabeth Norment dies

Associated Press

Actress Elizabeth Norment, who portrayed the secretary to Kevin Spacey’s hard-driving politico Frank Underwood in the Netflix series “House of Cards,” has died. She was 61 years old.

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In this Oct. 27, 2014, photo, people react to a mock execution in the Gates of Hell haunted house in Las Vegas. The haunted house is billed as an "R-rated haunted attraction" and according to JT Mollner, a managing partner of Freakling Bros that runs the attraction, about one in five groups are so terrified they exit the house early. (AP Photo/John Locher)

AP PHOTOS: Haunted houses horrify on Halloween

- Associated Press

JT Mollner likes to compare haunted house visitors to bungee jumpers and skydivers - they want to be safe, but they also want an adrenaline rush.

Hello Kitty's 40 years of cuteness and cool

- Associated Press

When she came to life in 1974, she was a kitty without a name, sitting sideways in blue overalls and a big red bow, on a coin purse for Japanese girls. On Saturday, fans around the world celebrate the 40th anniversary of this global icon of "cute-cool." That is, Hello Kitty.

Buck collection coming to WVU

Associated Press

A collection of literary manuscripts by Nobel laureate Pearl Buck are coming to West Virginia University.

Former Sedalia resident builds handmade guitars

- Associated Press

What do soup pot lids, old car transmissions, wooden salad bowls and cigar boxes have in common? Well if Jack Herndon, formerly of Sedalia, has anything to do with it, they will come together in perfect harmony and play beautiful music.

Honorees Robert Downey Jr., from left, Emma Watson and Judi Dench appear on stage at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Downey, Watson, Dench honored by British Academy

- Associated Press

There was a bit of a British invasion at the Beverly Hilton hotel, as BAFTA Los Angeles hosted its annual Britannia Awards, honoring film and television talent from both sides of the pond, including director Mike Leigh and actors Dame Judi Dench, Emma Watson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Robert Downey Jr.

NBA Capsules

- Associated Press

LeBron James struggled from the start in his first game with Cleveland in four years, and the New York Knicks ruined the megastar's emotional homecoming with a 95-90 victory over the Cavaliers on Thursday night.

News briefs from around Tennessee at 1:58 a.m. EDT

Associated Press

The passage of several months since a heated legislative debate over the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey has done little to mellow the dispute between two global liquor giants and the growing number of craft distillers caught between them.