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Lawmakers Announce Redistricting Plan

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Four Kansas legislators met Tuesday morning in the Senate Chamber to announce a plan Wednesday that would give the task of redrawing district lines to legislative research staff. The Legislature would vote to accept or reject the proposal without making changes.

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Larned Patient Pleads Not Guiltty to Murder

Updated: 02/25/2009 - A former patient at the Larned State Hospital pleads innocent to intentionally killing another patient in 2007. Twenty-six-year-old Daniel T. Cook entered the plea to one count of second-degree murder during a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

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Topekan Guilty of Stabbing Over $20 Bag

Updated: 02/25/2009 - A Shawnee County District Court jury on Tuesday convicted 42-year-old Darwin David Law in the stabbing of 45-year-old Jon A. Chiselom on Sept. 19 in an apartment.

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Leavenworth Rep. Off to War Replaced by Former Opponent

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Democratic precinct officials in Leavenworth County voted 5-1 Monday night to replace state Rep. Melanie Sanders Meier of Leavenworth with Don Navinsky, a former Leavenworth County commissioner from Easton.

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Sheriff Who Probed Phelps Ready For `Pot Shots'

Updated: 02/25/2009 - The South Carolina sheriff who investigated Michael Phelps after he was photographed smoking from a marijuana pipe is joking about the uproar it caused, but standing by his decision to probe the superstar swimmer.

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Dentists Wary Of Salon Teeth-Whitening Treatments

Updated: 02/25/2009 - When Kelly Markos started offering teeth whitening in her upscale salon, she thought it would be a nice addition to her lineup of eyelash extensions, temporary tattoos and custom makeup.

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The 21st-Century Fireside Chat: Did Obama Connect?

Updated: 02/25/2009 - At a harrowing national moment, Franklin D. Roosevelt commandeered the young airwaves for a "fireside chat" with the American people - a candid talk about big troubles and how to fix them. He was confident and strong, a father figure to a nation that was losing its way.

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7 Wounded By Gunfire On Mardi Gras Parade Route

Updated: 02/25/2009 - The shootings of seven people, including a toddler, marred Fat Tuesday partying as ear-piercing gunfire sent revelers ducking for cover and brought Mardi Gras' final stream of truck floats to a horrifying halt.

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Troops To Leave Iraq In 18 Months, Officials Say

Updated: 02/25/2009 - President Barack Obama is expected to order all U.S. combat troops to leave Iraq by August of next year, administration officials said, closing the door on a war that has led to the deaths of at least 4,250 American soldiers.

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J.M. Smucker 3Q Profit Rises 84%

Updated: 02/25/2009 - J.M. Smucker says fiscal third-quarter earnings rose 84% as acquisitions helped drive a sharp increase in sales for the nation's top maker of jams and jellies.

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Nine Die in Plane Crash In Amsterdam

Updated: 02/25/2009 - A Turkish Airlines plane with 135 people aboard slammed into a field while attempting to land at Amsterdam's main airport Wednesday, killing nine people and injuring more than 50, the area's acting mayor said.

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Banks Help Push World Markets Higher

Updated: 02/25/2009 - World stock markets rose sharply Wednesday after Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke said the U.S. government had no plan to fully nationalize any of the country's distressed banks.

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Just a Joke: Cowell Has no Deep-freeze Plan

Updated: 02/25/2009 - LOS ANGELES – A spokeswoman for Simon Cowell says reports that the "American Idol" judge wants to be frozen after death are greatly exaggerated.

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More Evidence Links Alcohol, Cancer in Women

Updated: 02/25/2009 - A study of nearly 1.3 million British women offers yet more evidence that moderate alcohol consumption increases the risk of a handful of cancers. British researchers surveyed middle-aged women at breast cancer screening clinics about their drinking habits, and tracked their health for seven years.

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NASA Rocket Failure Blow to Earth Watching Network

Updated: 02/25/2009 - A new satellite to track the chief culprit in global warming crashed into the ocean near Antarctica after launch Tuesday, dealing a major setback to NASA's already weak network for monitoring Earth and its environment from above.

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Kansas Equal Rights Amendment Considered

Updated: 02/25/2009 - A Senate committee head testimony Tuesday on a proposed equal rights amendment to the Kansas Constitution. Supporters say prohibitions on gender discrimination are only in statutes which can be easily changed.

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