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Backward green comet makes one-time only visit

Posted: 02/17/2009 - An odd, greenish backward-flying comet is zipping by Earth this month, as it takes its only trip toward the sun from the farthest edges of the solar system. The comet is called Lulin, and there's a chance it can be seen with the naked eye - far from city lights, astronomers say. But you'll most likely need a telescope, or at least binoculars, to spot it.

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Burris acknowledges trying to raise money for gov.

Posted: 02/17/2009 - U.S. Sen. Roland Burris has acknowledged trying to raise money for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich before being appointed to the Senate. According to a transcript posted on the Chicago Tribune's Web site, Burris told reporters in Peoria Monday night that he talked to some friends about putting together a fundraiser after being called by the ex-governor's brother.

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Teen Girl Found Dead In Army Barracks

Posted: 02/17/2009 - A 16-year-old girl was found dead and another teenage girl was discovered unconscious in a barracks of Fort Lewis Army base south of Tacoma, the Army said Monday.

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California to begin layoff proceedings today

Posted: 02/17/2009 - California lawmakers gathered again Tuesday in another bid to end the state's multibillion-dollar budget stalemate, as the state was poised to start laying off as many as 20,000 government workers.

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US, North Korea trade barbs as Clinton visits Asia

Posted: 02/17/2009 - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton talked tough on her first overseas trip as America's top diplomat, delivering a sharp warning to North Korea on Tuesday over its threat to conduct a missile test.

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Former Trump-Run Casinos Go Bust

Posted: 02/17/2009 - The three Atlantic City casinos once run by Donald Trump filed for bankruptcy protection on Tuesday - for the third time.

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Burris acknowledges trying to raise money for gov.

Posted: 02/17/2009 - U.S. Sen. Roland Burris has acknowledged trying to raise money for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich before being appointed to the Senate. According to a transcript posted on the Chicago Tribune's Web site, Burris told reporters in Peoria Monday night that he talked to some friends about putting together a fundraiser after being called by the ex-governor's brother.

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Obama Signs Stimulus Plan Into Law

Posted: 02/17/2009 - President Obama has signed into law the most sweeping economic package in decades, a rescue plan designed to create millions of jobs and boost consumer spending.

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AP source: GM, UAW close to deal as deadline nears

Posted: 02/17/2009 - General Motors Corp. and the United Auto Workers were getting close to an agreement on concessions, a person briefed on the negotiations said Tuesday, just hours before GM and Chrysler LLC must submit a restructuring plan to the Treasury Department to justify its federal loans.

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Obama signs stimulus bill, readies homeowner plan

Posted: 02/17/2009 - President Barack Obama put his own indelible imprint on the nation's distressed economy Tuesday, signing the huge recovery package into law, readying a $50 billion proposal to help homeowners fend off foreclosure and awaiting emergency restructuring plans from flailing automakers. Obama said the sprawling legislation, which congressional Democrats pushed to passage last week over near-unanimous opposition from Republicans, would "set our economy on a firmer foundation."

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Wal-Mart Profits Fall 7 Percent In 4Q

Posted: 02/17/2009 - Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, said Tuesday that its fourth-quarter profit fell 7.4 percent as it was hurt by the strong dollar and a charge from settling a labor lawsuit. The company also said first-quarter earnings could miss Wall Street expectations.

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Sec. of State Accepts Offer To Participate in Veterans' Memorial

Posted: 02/17/2009 - Topeka 8th grader Sydney Barlow visited Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh Tuesday to invite him to speak at a May 3 event honoring World War II veterans. Thornburgh accepted. The event is at the Gage Park Memorial, 2pm, May 3.

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Gardner's Talents and Hard Work Earn Him YMCA Character Award

Posted: 02/17/2009 - With spring approaching, its just about time to get back outside and enjoy the natural beauty of northeast Kansas. One of this year's YMCA Character Values award winners has made Shawnee county's natural beauty his priority.

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Jury Recommends Death for Thurber

Updated: 02/17/2009 - Jurors had deliberated for about four hours over two days before returning their decision Tuesday in the case of 25-year-old Justin Thurber. The same jury had convicted the Arkansas City man last week of capital murder in the January 2007 death of Jodi Sanderholm.

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Wall Street Tumbles in Early Trading

Posted: 02/17/2009 - Stocks tumbled Tuesday, sending the Dow Jones industrials near their November lows as investors grew more doubtful that the government can quickly turn around the still-weakening economy.

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Wal-Mart's 4Q Earnings Decline 7%

Posted: 02/17/2009 - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says its fourth-quarter profit has fallen 7%. The world's largest retailer saw its results hurt by the strong dollar and a charge that stemmed from settling a labor lawsuit.

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Iraqi Women Get Posts, But Want Power And Respect

Posted: 02/17/2009 - Women candidates are expected to fill many of the seats on provincial governing councils when results of last month's nationwide elections are certified later this week. But winning public acceptance in this male-dominated society is another matter.

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