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Unemployment Rises in March

Updated: 04/17/2009 - Unemployment was up again in March in Kansas, rising to 6.5 percent. That's up from 6.2 percent in February and 4.2 percent in March 2008. The data was released Friday ahead of a new fiscal forecast for state revenues.

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King family draws fees from DC memorial project

Updated: 04/17/2009 - The family of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has charged the foundation building a monument to the civil rights leader on the National Mall about $800,000 for the use of his words and image - an arrangement one leading scholar says King would have found offensive.

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Vatican decries reaction to pope's condom remarks

Updated: 04/17/2009 - Critics of the Catholic Church's social teachings are trying to intimidate Pope Benedict XVI into silence, the Vatican charged Friday in responding to attacks on the pontiff's remarks about AIDS and condom use.

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New pollution limits seen for cars, big plants

Updated: 04/17/2009 - Cars, power plants and factories could all soon face much tougher pollution limits after a government declaration Friday setting the stage for the first federal regulation of gases blamed for global warming.

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CIA objections slowed torture memos release

Updated: 04/17/2009 - Four former CIA directors opposed releasing classified Bush-era interrogation memos, officials say, describing objections that went all the way to the White House and slowed release of the records.

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Military chief: No plan to ramp up border presence

Updated: 04/17/2009 - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff toured a portion of the U.S.-Mexico border Friday but said there are no plans to send troops there as some politicians are seeking.

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Mom suspected of killing daughter, stabbing fetus

Updated: 04/17/2009 - Fang Chi-Xue's neighbors in her modest Quincy neighborhood didn't know her well. Once in a while, they would see her outside with her children. She would wave and say hello politely in Mandarin. On Friday, Chi-Xue lay in a hospital bed after she allegedly killed her 9-year-old daughter, tried to strangle her 14-year-old daughter and stabbed herself in the abdomen, killing her unborn fetus.

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King family draws fees from DC memorial project

Updated: 04/17/2009 - - The family of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has charged the foundation building a monument to the civil rights leader on the National Mall about $800,000 for the use of his words and image - an arrangement one leading scholar says King would have found offensive.

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Police: Hospital rampage motive may never be known

Updated: 04/17/2009 - Disbelief shrouded a modest cluster of nondescript bungalows Friday where Mario Ramirez had lived with his wife and two sons, sometimes jogged through the neighborhood and seemed to have a smile, a wave or a joke for everyone he met.

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Spring snowstorm shuts down Colo., Wyo. roads

Updated: 04/17/2009 - More than a foot of wet, heavy snow closed highways and canceled flights in parts of Colorado and Wyoming on Friday, snarling traffic and forcing school closures and flight cancellations.

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Plant fire forces evacuation of entire Minn. town

Updated: 04/17/2009 - Authorities evacuated this southeastern Minnesota town of about 3,600 Friday afternoon as a large fire at a meat processing plant threatened the anhydrous ammonia tanks inside.

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VA: 3 patients HIV-positive after clinic mistakes

Updated: 04/17/2009 - Three patients exposed to contaminated medical equipment at Veterans Affairs hospitals have tested positive for HIV, the agency said Friday. Initial tests show one patient each from VA medical facilities in Murfreesboro, Tenn.; Augusta, Ga.; and Miami has the virus that causes AIDS, according to a VA statement.

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Pilot dies as plane splits Florida home in half

Updated: 04/17/2009 - A small plane sputtered and dove into a house shortly after taking off from a local airport Friday morning, slicing the home down the middle into two charred pieces.

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Pirate hostage captain praises SEAL 'superheroes'

Updated: 04/17/2009 - The unassuming ship captain who escaped the clutches of Somali pirates made a triumphant return home Friday, insisting he's no hero, just an ordinary seaman. Richard Phillips said the U.S. Navy, which pulled off the daring high-seas rescue that ended his five-day captivity, deserves the credit.

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WU Students Showcase Knowledge, Talents

Updated: 04/17/2009 - A select group of Washburn University student got the opportunity to show off their skills. Officials say Friday's performances help show the quality of the university.

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Kansas Tax Revenues Lowered $744M

Updated: 04/18/2009 - The new forecast will force legislators to consider revising the $13 billion budget already approved for fiscal 2010, which begins July 1. They also could be forced to consider raising new revenues.

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Career Day at Pauline South School

Updated: 04/17/2009 - 6th graders learned what it takes to be a photojournalist and reporter today at Career Day at Pauline South School.

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Group Graduates to Better Lives

Updated: 04/17/2009 - Improving the lives of those in need is the goal of an organization that celebrated the graduation of four members Friday.

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Formal Charges Filed in Burning of One-Year Old

Updated: 04/17/2009 - 24-year old Jason Lopez was formally charged Friday with one count of aggravated battery, intentionally causing great bodily harm or disfigurement. One-year old Fabian Hackett suffered 3rd degree burns over 70-percent of his body while in Lopez' care.

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Sebelius to Speak at Harvard Graduation

Updated: 04/17/2009 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has been chosen to give the commencement address to graduates of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government June 3.

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Topeka Cabbie Dodges Bullets

Updated: 04/17/2009 - Police say a Topeka cab driver dodged bullets from a would-be robber Friday morning. Police say they got the call just before 4:30 Friday morning of an attempted robbery around the 800 block of Southeast Overton.

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Sewer system fails in flood-threatened ND town

Updated: 04/17/2009 - The mayor of a flood-threatened North Dakota town asked all residents to leave Friday after the sewer system backed up, flooding buildings in a four-block area with murky water.

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VA: 3 patients HIV-positive after clinic mistakes

Updated: 04/17/2009 - The Department of Veterans Affairs says three patients exposed to contaminated medical equipment have now tested positive for HIV. The VA said Friday initial tests show one patient each from its Murfreesboro, Tenn.; Augusta, Ga.; and Miami medical facilities has the virus that causes AIDS.

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