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Alleged US Missiles Kill 5 In Northwest Pakistan

Updated: 07/17/2009 - A suspected U.S. missile strike in a Pakistani tribal region killed at least five alleged militants Friday, officials said, showing America's unwillingness to abandon the tactic even as Pakistani officials say it could interfere with army offensives in the northwest.

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Unemployment Tops 10 Percent In 15 States In June

Posted: 07/17/2009 - Unemployment topped 10 percent in 15 states and the District of Columbia last month, according to federal data released Friday. The rate in Michigan surpassed 15 percent, the first time any state hit that mark since 1984.

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Bank Of America Earns $2.4B, Ahead Of Estimates

Posted: 07/17/2009 - Bank of America joined other major banks in reporting better-than-expected second quarter income Friday, earning $2.42 billion even as losses from failed loans continued to rise.

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GOP Senators Weigh Options In Sotomayor's Wake

Posted: 07/17/2009 - Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor won her first public pledge of support from a Republican senator Friday, after a smooth performance at her confirmation hearings that has placed her firmly on track to become the high court's first Latina and the first Democratic-named justice in 15 years.

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Suicide Blasts At Jakarta Ritz, Marriott Kill 8

Posted: 07/17/2009 - Suicide bombers posing as guests attacked American luxury hotels in Indonesia's capital and set off a pair of blasts Friday that killed eight people and wounded more than 50, authorities said.

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Police Tear-Gas Iran Protesters During Prayer

Posted: 07/17/2009 - Tens of thousands of government opponents packed Iran's main Islamic prayer service Friday, chanting "freedom, freedom" and other slogans as their top clerical backer Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani delivered a sermon bluntly criticizing the country's leadership over the crackdown on election protests.

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Pope Breaks Wrist, Has Surgery, Leaves Smiling

Posted: 07/17/2009 - Pope Benedict XVI emerged smiling from the hospital Friday after undergoing surgery for a broken wrist due to a fall at his Alpine vacation chalet. Doctors said his right arm would be in a cast for a month.

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House Dems Push Ahead On Portions Of Health Bill

Posted: 07/17/2009 - Working day and night, House Democrats advanced major health care legislation through two committees on Friday and struggled to line up the votes necessary to prevail in a third.

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Summers: Economy Has Moved Back From Catastrophe

Posted: 07/17/2009 - President Barack Obama's top economic adviser says the nation has moved back substantially from the brink of an economic catastrophe it faced at the beginning of the year.

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AP Sources: Feds Arrests One In McNair Killing

Posted: 07/17/2009 - Federal agents have arrested a convicted felon for allegedly providing the gun later used to kill ex-NFL quarterback Steve McNair, The Associated Press learned Friday.

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Debbie Rowe Sues Woman Over TV Interview

Posted: 07/17/2009 - Michael Jackson's ex-wife Deborah Rowe is striking back at a woman who claimed in a TV interview that Rowe told her she didn't want custody of the pop star's children.

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Regulators Mull Future Of Kansas Racetracks

Updated: 07/17/2009 - The commission moved last year toward revoking the tracks' licenses because they weren't running races. But the owners persuaded the commission to put off revocations to see whether legislators would revise a law allowing slot machines at racetracks.

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Dedication For Expanded Hwy. 69 Set

Posted: 07/17/2009 - The Kansas Department of Transportation plans a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony next week for the expanded stretch of U.S. 69 between Louisburg and Fort Scott.

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Boot Hill Museum Unveils New Exhibit Sunday

Posted: 07/17/2009 - The exhibit, called The First Union Church Building, tells how several churches helped the town transition from an isolated outpost on the frontier to a civilized permanent city.

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NOW RebuildsIn Wichita After Tiller Shooting

Posted: 07/17/2009 - The Kansas chapter of the National Organization for Women is working to rebuild its abortion rights activities in the state following the death of Dr. George Tiller.

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13 Year-Old Girl Dies In Police Chase

Posted: 07/17/2009 - Cherokee County sheriff's deputies say the accident occurred Thursday night on U.S. 69 just south of Pittsburg. The Kansas Highway Patrol says Cherokee County sheriff's deputies were chasing a Nissan Maxima when it rear-ended a Pontiac Vibe.

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Topekan Pleads Guilty To Five Robberies

Lenard Chauncy Dixon

Posted: 07/17/2009 - Lenard Chauncy Dixon was charged with five counts of armed robbery and one county of unlawful possession of a firearm. He admitted committing the robberies in Topeka between Aug. 5-24 in 2007.

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Budget Cuts Force KDHE To End Meth Lab Cleanup Program

Posted: 07/17/2009 - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced Friday that it will discontinue the Clandestine Drug Lab Response Program, effective immediately. The program helped law enforcement with about 170 illegal drug labs last year.

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State Unemployment Rate Hits 7%

Posted: 07/17/2009 - Labor Secretary Jim Garner said Friday that Kansans are receiving between $20 million and $21 million in unemployment benefits a week. That figure includes $4 million in emergency federal benefits.

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Wichita Man Gets Maximum For 2nd Degree Murder

Posted: 07/17/2009 - Felton Talib Williams Jr., 29, was convicted last month of second-degree murder in the death of 21-year-old Kenneth White on Sept. 1, 2008, after a break-in at White's home.

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