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New Kan. Law Focuses on Rape Cases

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Governor Sebelius signed new legislation Wednesday which she says will protect victims and strengthen penalties against offenders involved with rape.

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New Kansas Law Takes Aim at Open Meetings Act

Updated: 04/08/2009 - A new law tries to keep government officials from flouting changes made last year to state's Open Meetings Act. Governor Sebelius signed it Tuesday.

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Former NBA Star Found Dead in Tulsa

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Marvin Webster helped lead the Seattle SuperSonics to the NBA Finals 30 years ago. Now he's gone at age 56.

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Pulte Homes agrees to buy Centex in $1.3B deal

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Pulte Homes Inc. is buying Centex Corp. for $1.3 billion in stock in a deal that will create the nation's largest homebuilder that caters to everyone from first-time homebuyers to grandparents looking to move into retirement communities.

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Germany's Karmann files bankruptcy

Updated: 04/08/2009 - German auto company Karmann, which made the classic VW Karmann Ghia two-seater from the 1950s to the 1970s and also has built convertibles for Audi and Chrysler, filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday, blaming the sharp decline in demand for cars for its predicament.

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US accountant granted bail in UBS tax case

Updated: 04/08/2009 - A wealthy accountant who is the first U.S. citizen charged in a wide-ranging tax probe of Swiss banking giant UBS AG was released from jail Wednesday on $12 million bail.

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Oil settles back, almost where it started

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Oil prices took off Wednesday after new government data showed bulging crude inventories grew less than what analysts expected, but settled only slightly above where they started the session.

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Man Dies In Opening Day Fistfight

Updated: 04/08/2009 - The fight occurred at about 8:45 p.m., as the crowds were clearing the stadium after the Angels defeated the A's 3-0.

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Wholesale inventories drop by most in 17 years

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Wholesalers cut their inventories in February by the steepest amount in more than 17 years, while sales rose for the first time since the summer, encouraging signs that companies may be getting their inventories under control.

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Oil settles back, almost where it started

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Oil prices took off Wednesday after new government data showed bulging crude inventories grew less than what analysts expected, but settled only slightly above where they started the session.

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Say amen: Arkansas Church Holds Easter Service in Bar

Updated: 04/08/2009 - A fledging Arkansas church will see if distilled spirits can mix with the Holy Spirit this Easter weekend. A new Little Rock church called The River will hold both of its Easter services at The Rev Room, a bar and nightclub in the city's River Market.

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Are You a Twit if you don't Want to Twitter?

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Eily Toyama gave in after friends pestered her to join Facebook. But she used her cat's name instead of her own so she could avoid networking requests from people she didn't really want to connect to. And don't even ask her about Twitter unless you want to get an eye roll.

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Will Wright to leave Electronic Arts

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Will Wright, the video game designer behind such hits as "The Sims" and "Spore," is leaving game publisher Electronic Arts Inc. after 12 years.

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Are you a twit if you don't want to Twitter?

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Eily Toyama gave in after friends pestered her to join Facebook. But she used her cat's name instead of her own so she could avoid networking requests from people she didn't really want to connect to. And don't even ask her about Twitter unless you want to get an eye roll.

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AP source: Spies compromised US electric grid

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Spies hacked into the U.S. electric grid and left behind computer programs that would let them disrupt service, exposing potentially catastrophic vulnerabilities in key pieces of national infrastructure, a former U.S. government official said Wednesday.

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For young Somalis, piracy offers power, prosperity

Updated: 04/08/2009 - For young Somalis, piracy offers a life of adventure and money: At sea, they are armed with automatic weapons, rockets and grenades. On land, they are a cross between a town official and a gangster rapper - with grand houses, luxury cars and beautiful wives.

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A "Mud Bog" for Phoenix

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Phoenix Entrikin celebrates his 1st birthday later this month. But the big party is the "mud bog" truck racers will participate in this Saturday. Learn more in Ralph's interview with Phoenix's dad, and a family friend.

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North Korea stages huge rally to celebrate rocket

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Tens of thousands of North Koreans rallied Wednesday in Pyongyang to support Kim Jong Il as he embarks on his third term as leader and to celebrate a rocket launch that was criticized elsewhere as a violation of U.N. sanctions.

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Deer Smashes through Doors, 3 Vehicles in Arkansas

Updated: 04/08/2009 - A deer somehow survived being hit by a car near Little Rock, but that was only the first part of what soon became a very rough day. On Tuesday morning in White Hall, the vehicle struck the animal on U.S. Highway 270.

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100,000 Thais rally against king's adviser

Updated: 04/08/2009 - About 100,000 protesters seeking to topple Thailand's government turned their wrath Wednesday on the 88-year-old top adviser to the country's revered king, accusing him of undermining democracy by orchestrating a pivotal 2006 coup.

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Indonesians vote for new parliament

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Parliamentary elections Thursday could determine if President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will have enough support to win a second five-year term needed to push through aggressive economic and institutional reforms.

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NORAD: Shooting Down Stolen Plane not Considered

Updated: 04/08/2009 - The agency charged with defending North American air space never seriously considered shooting down a rogue pilot who flew into U.S. airspace because it quickly determined that he had no hostile intent, a spokesman said Wednesday.

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Suspected US missile kills 3 in northwest Pakistan

Updated: 04/08/2009 - A suspected U.S. missile struck a car in a lawless northwest Pakistani tribal region Wednesday, intelligence officials said, killing two insurgents and a civilian a day after the country again told visiting U.S. officials it opposes such attacks.

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