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Some criticize Calif. police in missing girl case

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Police called the disappearance of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu a missing persons case, not an abduction, for 10 days - until some farm workers drained an irrigation pond and found her body stuffed in a suitcase.

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US to attend group nuclear talks with Iran

Updated: 04/08/2009 - The Obama administration said Wednesday it will participate directly in group talks with Iran over its suspect nuclear program, another significant shift from President George W. Bush's policy toward a nation he labeled part of an axis of evil.

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Steel Pipe Makers File Trade Case against China

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Producers of steel pipe used in oil and gas drilling on Wednesday filed complaints with U.S. trade officials over alleged unfair competition from Chinese imports they say have flooded the domestic market.

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Quake funerals begin in Italy as more bodies found

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Bells tolled in hilltowns across central Italy on Wednesday as the first funerals got under way for victims of the country's devastating earthquake. The Vatican granted a dispensation so a funeral Mass for most of the 272 dead could be celebrated on Good Friday.

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10 Holy Cross priests object to Obama invitation

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Ten priests from the order that founded the University of Notre Dame say the school risks its "true soul" and could distance itself from the Roman Catholic Church by inviting President Barack Obama to campus next month.

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For US, few military options to deter piracy

Updated: 04/08/2009 - The U.S. sent warships speeding to the scene. But they were hours away when the brazen pirates attacked, and the world's greatest sea power had to face the fact that it had only limited options to respond to the startling seizure of American merchant seamen.

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New Revenue Figures Make Kansas Budget Shakier

Updated: 04/08/2009 - A report Tuesday from the Kansas Legislative Research Department said the state took in about $374 million, or 12 percent less than anticipated. That means lawmakers may have to adjust their just-approved 2010 budget bill.

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New Kansas Law Aims to Attract Green Energy Firms

Updated: 04/08/2009 - A law taking effect April 16th allows Kansas to issue up to $5 million in bonds to help firms who manufacture solar and wind energy equipment. Eligible companies would invest $30 million in the state and hire at least 200 workers within 5 years.

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Crew retakes US ship from pirates, captain held

Updated: 04/08/2009 - In a riveting high-seas drama, an unarmed American crew wrested control of their U.S.-flagged cargo ship from Somali pirates Wednesday and sent them fleeing to a lifeboat with the captain as hostage. U.S. warship and at least six others were speeding toward the ship - the first with an American crew to be taken by pirates off the Horn of Africa - as crew members negotiated with the pirates for the return of the captain.

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Woman Finds $357,959 Cashiers Check and Returns It

Updated: 04/08/2009 - As she walked from a post office, Talon Curtis thought she'd found one of those gimmicky sweepstakes offers on the ground that scream something like "$357,959.55" in big bold letters and "This is not a real check" in much smaller type. But just as she was about to do her part for a cleaner planet and deliver the paper from the parking lot to a trash can, she noticed it was a real cashier's check with a real signature.

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Duo Accused of Trying to Steal Restaurant Grease

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Two Detroit-area men face larceny and trespassing charges after authorities say they tried to steal used restaurant grease. Westland police Sgt. Steve Borisch said 52-year-old Christopher Kind and 44-year-old Richard Tallent were arrested early Tuesday at a restaurant in the city 10 miles west of Detroit.

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Woman's Tofu License Plate Curdles in Colorado

Updated: 04/08/2009 - One Colorado woman's love for tofu has been judged X-rated by state officials. Kelly Coffman-Lee wanted to tell the world about her fondness for bean curd by picking certain letters for her SUV's license plate. Her suggestion for the plate: "ILVTOFU." But the Division of Motor Vehicles blocked her plan because they thought the combination of letters could be interpreted as profane.

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Philly Drug Kingpin Charged In Arson

Updated: 04/08/2009 - A convicted drug kingpin and three other men were charged Wednesday with a dozen murders, including a row house arson that killed six people, four of them children, in retaliation for an informant's testimony.

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10 Holy Cross Priests Object to Obama Invitation

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Ten priests from the order that founded the University of Notre Dame say the school risks its "true soul" and could distance itself from the Roman Catholic Church by inviting President Barack Obama to campus next month.

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Topeka Tourism Expo

Updated: 04/08/2009 - The Topeka Tourism Exposition was held today at the Great Overland Station. The annual event is designed to show people what the city has to offer right in their own backyard.

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Jackson says he's Cooperating with Ethics Inquiry

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. confirmed Wednesday that he is the subject of a preliminary inquiry from a congressional ethics board looking into his attempts to be appointed to the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama.

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Educators Honored By Topeka North Rotary Club

Updated: 04/08/2009 - The Topeka North Rotary Club held its annual educator appreciation and scholarship luncheon Tuesday. Two students were awarded scholarships and Terri Current of Heritage Christian School was named the group's Educator of the Year.

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Obama wins praise from many Muslims

Updated: 04/08/2009 - The Middle East is finding, to its amazement, that it may actually like America's new leader. Barack Obama has impressed many Arabs and Muslims with promises to open a new page after years of distrust during his first presidential venture to the Islamic world this week.

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100,000 Thais rally against king's adviser

Updated: 04/08/2009 - About 100,000 protesters seeking to topple Thailand's government turned their wrath Wednesday on the 88-year-old top adviser to the country's revered king, accusing him of undermining democracy by orchestrating a pivotal 2006 coup.

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