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Veterans groups irate at Obama's private insurance proposal

Updated: 03/18/2009 - Veterans groups are angry after President Obama told them Monday that he is still considering a proposal to have treatment for service-connected injuries charged to veterans' private insurance plans.

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Smallest known North American dinosaur found

Updated: 03/17/2009 - Canadian researchers say they have discovered the smallest known North American dinosaur, a carnivore that roamed areas of the continent 75 million years ago and weighed less than most modern-day house cats.

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Analysts: Next bailout will be a tougher sell

Updated: 03/18/2009 - The American International Group debacle could be setting President Barack Obama up for trouble, should his administration try to move forward with additional bailouts.

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Bonaparte Not Allowed to Participate in Review

Updated: 03/17/2009 - City Manager Norton Bonaparte was evaluated by the Topeka City Council Tuesday evening for his annual review, but was not even allowed in the council chambers while his performance was discussed.

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Kansas House Panel Finishes Work on State Budget

Updated: 03/17/2009 - The House Appropriations Committee completed its work today on next year's state budget that would trim school funding by $26 million. Legislators factored into their decisions the assumption that state revenues will continue to sag through June 30, leaving the state with nearly $80 million less than anticipated.

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Sources: US to Sign UN Gay Rights Declaration

Updated: 03/17/2009 - The Obama administration will endorse a U.N. declaration calling for the worldwide decriminalization of homosexuality that then-President George W. Bush had refused to sign, The Associated Press has learned.

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Cut and Paste and Other iPhone Enhancements Coming

Updated: 03/17/2009 - Apple Inc. is updating its software for iPhones so that users can cut, copy and paste text — a basic computing feature that was missing from the gadget that seems to do everything.

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Gov't Steps Up Scrutiny of Madoff's Assets, Bail

Updated: 03/17/2009 - Prosecutors stepped up their scrutiny of Bernard Madoff's family and assets Tuesday, telling a judge they want to seize jewelry, business interests and more than $30 million that the disgraced money man and his wife lent to their two sons.

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Amy Winehouse Pleads Innocent to Assault

Updated: 03/17/2009 - Singer Amy Winehouse turned a court appearance into a spring fashion show Tuesday as she pleaded innocent to assaulting a fan at a party last year.

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New England pastor houses child killer, riles town

Updated: 03/17/2009 - A pastor in this quiet, picturesque New England town thought he was doing the Christian thing when he took in a convicted child killer who had served his time but had nowhere to go.

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Booted Idols Say They Lived Like Stars

Updated: 03/17/2009 - Jorge Nunez and Jasmine Murray may not be the next American idols but at least they got to feel like they were for a short time.

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Discovery Sues Amazon.com Over Kindle Patent

Updated: 03/17/2009 - Discovery Communications Inc. says the Kindle electronic book readers from Amazon.com Inc. violate a patent that Discovery registered in 2007. Discovery sued Amazon in Delaware on Tuesday.

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Google Taps Top UK Ad Exec to Run US Sales

Updated: 03/17/2009 - Moving rapidly to fill a pivotal job, Google Inc. promoted a top advertising executive in Europe to oversee sales in the United States and neighboring markets that produce most of the Internet search leader's revenue.

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Bush Declines to Criticize Obama in Canada Speech

Updated: 03/17/2009 - Former President George W. Bush said on Tuesday that he won't criticize Barack Obama because the new U.S. president "deserves my silence," and said he plans to write a book about the 12 toughest decisions he made in office.

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AP Interview: Leader of Suicide Ring Defends Work

Updated: 03/17/2009 - A former assisted suicide network leader being prosecuted in a Georgia man's death is defending his group's practice of guiding people who want to kill themselves because they're suffering but not necessarily dying.

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Police: California Student Missing Since '07 Overdosed

Updated: 03/17/2009 - Police said Tuesday they think a 19-year-old college student who went missing almost two years ago died of a drug overdose at a party, and they charged a convicted sex offender with involuntary manslaughter.

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Scientists gain in struggle against wheat rust

Updated: 03/17/2009 - Researchers are deploying new wheat varieties with an array of resistant genes they hope will baffle and defeat Ug99, a highly dangerous fungus leapfrogging through wheat fields in Africa and Asia.

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Rare Vine in Hawaii Designated Endangered Species

Updated: 03/17/2009 - A rare Hawaii vine has been added to the endangered species list, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday. It's the second species to be classified as endangered by the Obama administration. The first was the reticulated flatwoods salamander, an amphibian native to south Georgia, north Florida and coastal South Carolina. It was put on the list last month.

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Wolf Numbers Up Again, But Expansion Slowing

Updated: 03/17/2009 - Federal officials say a record 1,645 gray wolves counted in the Northern Rockies this winter shows the predators' population remains strong, but is no longer expanding as rapidly as in past years.

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