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Zimbabwe to pay soldiers, teachers in US dollars

Posted: 02/18/2009 - Zimbabwe tried to combat the world's highest inflation by widening the use of foreign currency Wednesday - the first act of a coalition government that gave the longtime opposition control of much economic policy.

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Schools are no longer nitpicky about head lice

Posted: 02/18/2009 - For generations, children with signs of head lice were summarily sent home by the school nurse to their everlasting shame. Now schools have become less nitpicky.

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Work for America: Nonprofits see applications rise

Posted: 02/18/2009 - Meghan McCloskey heard the call to service when she was in college, applying to the Peace Corps during her senior year. That call only got louder as she realized her shrinking job options in the faltering economy.

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Kansas Budget Cash Crunch Averted, Refunds Resume

Updated: 02/19/2009 - The Kansas budget cash crunch has been averted. Legislative leaders Wednesday approved moving money into the state's main bank account from other state agencies. Moving that $225 million gives the state enough cash to pay its bills on time.

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Geronimo's kin sue Skull and Bones over remains

Posted: 02/18/2009 - Geronimo's descendants have sued Skull and Bones - the secret society at Yale University linked to presidents and other powerful figures - claiming that its members stole the remains of the legendary Apache leader decades ago and have kept them ever since.

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Conchita Cintron, Famed Woman Bullfighter, Dies

Posted: 02/18/2009 - Conchita Cintron, who broke into the male-dominated sport of bullfighting at age 13 and became one of the world's first famous woman matadors, has died. She was 86.

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4 teams of surgeons needed for chimp's victim

Posted: 02/18/2009 - Doctors say a Connecticut woman mauled by a 200-pound chimpanzee is making slight progress after more than seven hours of surgery by four teams of surgeons. Dr. Kevin Miller of Stamford Hospital says 55-year-old Charla Nash suffered extensive facial and hand injuries when she was attacked Monday. He says stabilizing her condition took more than seven hours of surgery.

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Fla. smoker widow gets $8 million damages

Posted: 02/18/2009 - Philip Morris was ordered by a jury to pay $8 million in damages to the widow of a smoker who died of lung cancer in a case that could set a standard for some 8,000 similar Florida lawsuits.

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Facebook Backtracks on Terms of Use after Protests

Posted: 02/18/2009 - In an about-face following a torrent of online protests, Facebook is backing off a change in its user policies while it figures how best to resolve questions like who controls the information shared on the social networking site.

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Danny Gokey Wows Judges on 'American Idol'

Posted: 02/18/2009 - Danny Gokey was proclaimed the "Hero" of "American Idol." Three of the show's four judges heaped praise on the 28-year-old church music director from Milwaukee on Tuesday, following his rendition of the Mariah Carey tune "Hero" at the end of the Fox singing competition's first performance show of season eight.

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Verizon Wireless Picks Vendors for New Network

Posted: 02/18/2009 - Verizon Wireless, the largest cellular carrier in the U.S., announced Wednesday that it has picked LM Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent as its main suppliers for a new, nationwide, high-speed wireless data network.

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Japanese, Russian Leaders Meet in Sakhalin

Posted: 02/18/2009 - The leaders of Russia and Japan met Wednesday on an island close to their shared border, but made no visible progress on resolving the territorial dispute that has prevented them from signing a treaty formally ending World War II.

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Tough New York City Law Cracks Down on Idling Cars

Posted: 02/18/2009 - The fumes from idling taxicabs and delivery trucks can be so bad outside city schools that teachers race to close their classroom windows at certain times of the day to protect their students.

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Silver Lake Kicks Off Testing Season

Updated: 02/18/2009 - Silver Lake Junior and Senior High School students began statewide assessment tests Wednesday. A special assembly was held to motivate them for success.

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Coffeyville Bank Robbery Suspect, Victim Id'd

Updated: 02/18/2009 - Police Cmdr. Mike Brown said in a news release that 39-year-old Ross A. Williams of Claremore, Okla., was arrested without incident at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Williams is suspected of holding up a Bank of America branch in Coffeyville shortly before 5 p.m.

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Sebelius Signs Budget Bill, Softens School Cuts

Updated: 02/18/2009 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius announced Tuesday she signed a budget balancing bill, but vetoed some of the school funding cuts it included. It sets the stage for a Wednesday Finance Council meeting that could keep state worker paychecks on track.

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Comcast 4Q Profit Falls with Clearwire Writedown

Posted: 02/18/2009 - Comcast Corp., the nation's largest cable TV provider, said Wednesday its fourth-quarter earnings fell 32 percent, hampered by a $600 million write-down of its investment in wireless technology provider Clearwire Corp.

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Deere Fiscal 1Q Profit Falls 45 Percent

Posted: 02/18/2009 - Agricultural equipment maker Deere & Co. says its fiscal first-quarter earnings slid 45 percent, as the global economic slowdown, higher raw material costs and currency fluctuations hurt results.

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Goodyear Cutting Nearly 5,000 Jobs after 4Q Loss

Updated: 02/18/2009 - Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., the biggest U.S. tire maker, said Wednesday it plans to cut 5,000 jobs this year after swinging to a fourth-quarter loss as sales sank 21 percent.

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Hundreds Of Television Stations Cut Analog Signals

Posted: 02/18/2009 - About a quarter of the nation's TV stations cut off their analog signals Tuesday, causing sets to go dark in households that were not prepared for digital television despite two years of warnings about the transition.

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