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Asian, European Stocks Advance on Citigroup Report

Posted: 02/23/2009 - Asian and European stock markets advanced Monday, as investors digested reports the U.S. government might expand its stake in troubled banking giant Citigroup to ease the financial crisis.

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Oil Rises on Views US May Step Up Banks Rescue

Posted: 02/23/2009 - Improved confidence in financial markets, helped by reports the U.S. government may increase its ownership in Citigroup, boosted oil prices above $40 a barrel Monday despite a steady stream of bleak corporate and economic news.

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Hawaii is latest civil unions battleground

Posted: 02/22/2009 - Hawaii, the state that adopted the nation's first "defense of marriage" constitutional amendment a decade ago, has now become the latest battleground in the fight for same-sex civil unions.

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Warden: Jail can't accommodate slaying suspect, 11

Posted: 02/22/2009 - A jail warden said Sunday he will ask a judge to move an 11-year-old boy accused of killing his father's pregnant girlfriend from an adult lockup to a juvenile detention center because the jail cannot accommodate the boy.

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Family to seek guardianship of chimp attack victim

Posted: 02/22/2009 - The family of a woman who was mauled by a 200-pound chimpanzee says her twin brother plans to go to court this week to seek guardianship of the victim and her daughter.

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Looking to 2012, GOP Governors Step Into Spotlight

Posted: 02/22/2009 - With an eye toward the 2012 presidential contest, leading Republicans used this weekend's meeting of the National Governors Association to lay out divergent views of President Obama's stimulus plan — and competing visions of their party's future.

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Stars Give The Oscars The One-Shoulder Treatment

Posted: 02/22/2009 - Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet and Sean Penn among them — went with black at Sunday's Academy Awards, but light colors and asymmetrical gowns topped the broader fashion trends.

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Official: Investigator to Lead Stimulus Oversight

Posted: 02/22/2009 - President Barack Obama plans to announce Monday a former Secret Service agent who helped expose lobbyists' corruption at the Interior Department as his pick to oversee the $787 billion economic stimulus plan.

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Winslet Wins Best-Actress Oscar For 'Reader'

Posted: 02/22/2009 - Kate Winslet has won the best-actress Academy Award for the Holocaust-themed drama "The Reader," while best-picture favorite "Slumdog Millionaire" has cruised to seven Oscars, including best director for Danny Boyle.

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No Luck For NYC Santa in Parking Ticket Fight

Posted: 02/22/2009 - A New York City man who fought a parking ticket he got while dressed as Santa Claus and giving out toys says the city's response is more ho-hum than ho-ho.

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Homemade Bomb in Cairo bazaar kills 1, injures 21

Posted: 02/22/2009 - A homemade bomb exploded in a 650-year-old bazaar packed with tourists Sunday, killing a French woman and wounding at least 21 people, most of them foreigners.

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Charges in Deaths of Curry's Ex-Girlfriend, Baby

Posted: 02/22/2009 - A 36-year-old attorney fatally shot the former girlfriend and infant daughter of New York Knicks player Eddy Curry during a domestic-related dispute, according to police and published reports.

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Penelope Cruz, `WALL-E' Among Early Oscar Winners

Posted: 02/22/2009 - Penelope Cruz won the supporting-actress Academy Award on Sunday for the Spanish romance "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," while the blockbuster robot romance "WALL-E" made off with the prize for feature-length animation.

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Obama Seeks To Halve Budget Deficit

Posted: 02/22/2009 - Barack Obama wants to cut the federal deficit in half by the end of his first term, mostly by scaling back Iraq war spending, raising taxes on the wealthiest and streamlining government, an administration official said Saturday as the president worked to finalize his first budget request.

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74 Dead, 114 Injured In China Mine Blast

Posted: 02/22/2009 - A gas explosion ripped through a coal mine in northern China on Sunday, killing 74 miners and trapping dozens in the still-burning shaft, an official said. It was the country's deadliest coal mine accident in more than a year.

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Oscar Race Now Down To The Wire

Posted: 02/22/2009 - The young stars of "Slumdog Millionaire" were greeted with cheers and blew kisses in return as they walked the red carpet into Sunday's Academy Awards, where the rags-to-riches story was a surefire favorite.

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ATF, State Fire Marshal Investigating Explosives Incidents

Posted: 02/22/2009 - A reward up to $5000 is offered for information on four incidents involving molotov cocktails and a pipe bomb in neighborhoods near Lake Shawnee. The State Fire Marshal and ATF are investigating.

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Kansas Transportation Gives Citizens the Wheel

Updated: 02/22/2009 - If you want to become a state official, here's your chance. Kansans can make decisions about running the transportation department through an online interactive game called the T-Link Calculator.

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Restricted Books Cause Controversy

Posted: 02/22/2009 - The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Board recently voted to restrict access to four books with sexual themes. That has sparked controversy and brought national attention to Topeka.

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