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Israel tests system to shoot down Iranian missiles

Updated: 04/07/2009 - Israel successfully tested an anti-missile system designed to protect the country against Iranian attack, the Defense Ministry said, perfecting technology developed in response to failures of similar systems during the 1991 Gulf War.

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White House invites gay families to Easter event

Updated: 04/07/2009 - The White House is allocating tickets for the upcoming Easter Egg Roll to gay and lesbian families as part of the Obama administration's outreach to diverse communities.

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Biden says Cheney 'dead wrong' on security policy

Updated: 04/07/2009 - Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday his predecessor, Dick Cheney, is "dead wrong" when he says President Barack Obama's national security policies are making the United States less safe. Biden said the exact opposite is true and added that President George W. Bush's vice president was part of a dysfunctional decision-making system.

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Prescribed Burners Learn Safe Burning Tips

Updated: 04/07/2009 - Warmer weather, wind and dry conditions increase chances for out-of-control brush fires. So Tuesday the Kansas Department of Health and Environment offered helpful information about prescribed burns.

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Obama in Baghdad, tells troops Iraq must take over

Updated: 04/07/2009 - Flying unannounced into a still-dangerous war zone, President Barack Obama told U.S. troops and Iraqi officials alike Tuesday it is time to phase out America's combat role in a conflict he opposed as a candidate and has vowed to end as commander in chief.

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"Building Partnerships to Wellness" Conference Comes to Topeka

Updated: 04/07/2009 - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment Center for Health Disparities is recognizing Minority Health Awareness Month by hosting the 4th Annual Health Disparities Conference. The theme of the conference is "Building Partnerships to Wellness."

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Half Of New Citizens Hispanic, Report Says

Updated: 04/07/2009 - Hispanics made up nearly half of the more than 1 million people who became U.S. citizens last year, according to a Hispanic advocacy group.

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Man Decides To Clean With Gasoline While Smoking

Updated: 04/07/2009 - A man faces an arson charge after telling authorities he wasn't thinking when he decided to use gasoline for cleaning up his apartment, and then tossed a lit cigarette into a pile of gas-soaked cushions and clothes.

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Man Hoping To Be Deported Streaks Down Fla. Street

Updated: 04/07/2009 - Authorities said a man claiming to be an illegal immigrant ran naked down a Port St. Lucie street so that he would be sent back to Mexico. Police responded to a home Saturday night where they found a 28-year-old man arguing with his boyfriend.

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Gunman Kills Woman, Self In German Court

Updated: 04/07/2009 - A man opened fire at a courthouse in Bavaria on Tuesday, killing his sister-in-law and injuring two other people, German officials said. He then shot himself dead.

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Somali Pirates Are Back, Seizing 5 Ships

Updated: 04/07/2009 - For the first three months of 2009, Somalia's notorious pirates faded from the headlines as a massive international naval force moved in, and many observers thought the pirates were running scared.

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NYC Banks Used To Help Iran With Nukes?

Updated: 04/07/2009 - A Chinese businessman has been indicted on charges of illegally using New York City banks to help Iran's military agencies buy materials to make nuclear weapons, Manhattan's chief prosecutor said Tuesday.

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Fidel Castro Meets With 3 U.S. Lawmakers

Updated: 04/07/2009 - Fidel Castro met Tuesday with three members of the Congressional Black Caucus, the former Cuban president's first meeting with American officials since falling ill in July 2006.

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GM, Segway Team Up To Build Urban Vehicle

Updated: 04/07/2009 - A solution to the world's urban transportation problems could lie in two wheels not four, according to executives for General Motors Corp. and Segway Inc.

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City Departments Team Up to Test Fire Hydrants

Updated: 04/07/2009 - The Topeka Fire Department has teamed up with Topeka Water to ensure more than 5,000 City fire hydrants within the City limits are in working condition when needed to fight fires.

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Shawnee Heights Names New H.S. Principal

Updated: 04/07/2009 - The Shawnee Heights Board of Education selected Alan Beam as the district's new high school principal. Beam has spent 17 years at Holton High School.

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Pentagon Bill To Fix Cyber Attacks: $100M

Updated: 04/07/2009 - The Pentagon spent more than $100 million in the last six months responding to and repairing damage from cyber attacks and other computer network problems, military leaders said Tuesday.

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Police: Cessna Pilot Hoped To Be Shot Down

Updated: 04/07/2009 - A man suspected of stealing a plane in Canada and flying erratically across three states was trying to commit suicide, hoping he would be shot down by military fighter planes, a state trooper said Tuesday.

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Topeka Man Sentenced for Fatal Stabbing

Updated: 04/07/2009 - 42-year-old Darwin David Law was sentenced Tuesday to nearly 11 years in prison. He was convicted in the Sept. 19, 2008 stabbing death of Jon Chiselom.

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