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Obama Says Automakers Need 'Drastic Changes'

Updated: 03/27/2009 - President Barack Obama plans to announce a new aid package for General Motors and Chrysler in the coming days and says the carmakers must make "pretty drastic changes" to save their industry.

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Red River Tops Historic Marker, Undermines Dike

Updated: 03/27/2009 - The Red River broke a 112-year-old record early Friday and was eroding a dike in an area south of downtown, forcing authorities to issue a mandatory evacuation order covering about 150 homes.

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Bomb Kills Nearly 50 At Pakistan Mosque

Updated: 03/27/2009 - A suicide bomber blew himself up in a mosque packed with hundreds of worshippers for Friday prayers in a town near the Afghan border, killing at least 48 people and injuring scores more, officials said.

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Sluggish Economy Spurs Depression

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Job losses and savings slumps have a lot of people worried. For some, it's even sparking full-blown depression, but people can get help.

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Tough Financial Rules Proposed — Will they Work?

Updated: 03/26/2009 - The Obama administration's aggressive plan for strict scrutiny of hedge funds and other freewheeling investors, part of the biggest expansion of financial restraints since the Great Depression, is drawing instant opposition from Republican lawmakers and the rules' targets. And skeptics are questioning whether the new rulebook would work anyway.

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Not Worth a Spit? Dubai Targets Popular Asian Chew

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Be warned: Spitting here could get you deported. We're not talking just any kind of spit. In this case, it's the red-tinted juice of a popular Asian leaf that's causing the fuss as Dubai tries to buff the image of its less-posh districts.

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Interviews Support Israeli Army Misconduct in Gaza

Updated: 03/26/2009 - When Israeli soldiers expelled Abir Hijeh, her five children and their neighbors from homes in a Gaza war zone, she said they warned her in broken Arabic: Go south or you might get shot.

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Afghan Intel Chief: Pakistan Spies Support Taliban

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Afghanistan's intelligence chief accused Pakistan's spy agency of helping Taliban militants carry out attacks in his country, highlighting one of the biggest challenges facing the Obama administration as it prepared Thursday to launch a new strategy for the Afghan conflict.

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Officials: Madonna Trying to Adopt Malawian Child

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Madonna is planning to adopt a second child from Malawi, officials said Thursday, but questions have already been raised over whether the newly divorced pop star will face obstacles because of her single mom status.

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GM Says 7,500 Hourly Workers Decide to Leave

Updated: 03/26/2009 - About 7,500 General Motors Corp. workers — roughly 12 percent of the automaker's U.S. hourly work force — have signed up to take buyout and early retirement incentives to leave the company, GM said Thursday.

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Biologists Worry Over Increased Turtle Harvest

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Surging demand for turtle meat in southeast Asia has prompted a huge jump in turtle harvesting, leading to concerns that populations of the reptiles could suffer permanent damage.

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Obama to Appear on "Face the Nation" on CBS

Updated: 03/26/2009 - The President will sit down with Bob Schieffer this Sunday, two days after his announcement on an Afghanistan policy, and ahead of his summit journey to Europe.

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Final in-orbit Shuttle Inspection Complete

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Astronauts aboard space shuttle Discovery conducted a final inspection of the vehicle Thursday and at first glance found no significant damage which would prevent it from returning to Earth.

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Kan. Legislators Close to Finishing Predator Bill

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Kansas legislators are close to finishing work on a bill limiting how many violent sexual predators the state can put in a single county. The measure would block a plan from Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to expand a treatment program for predators at Osawatomie State Hospital.

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13 News at 4: District 5's Bill Haynes

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Councilman Bill Haynes talks with Ralph on "13 News at 4" about whether being the incumbent is a disadvantage, and his sponsorship of the half-cent sales tax increase.

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10 Year Old Wins Kansas Contest

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Hannah Judy's entry into the KBI's Missing Children Poster Competition could earn her a trip to Washington, DC to meet the new Attorney General.

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Alaska Volcano Erupts Twice, Sends Ash 12 Miles Up

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Alaska's Mount Redoubt erupted twice Thursday, spewing a more than 12-mile-high cloud that could drop ash on Anchorage for the first time since the volcano began erupting Sunday night.

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Jobless Rolls Swell Again as Recession Persists

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Hopes that the economy may be poised for a recovery got a splash of reality Thursday: The unemployment rolls are still getting bigger as the recession maintains its grip.

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