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Police: Galena school board member fired shot

Updated: 03/18/2009 - Authorities say a member of the Galena School Board may face several charges after a long-standing feud boiled over and led him to fire a shot at his neighbors' home.

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Kansas ethanol company announces 98 layoffs

Updated: 03/18/2009 - Ethanol plant designer ICM Inc. has announced plans to lay off 98 employees as the economic downturn hinders the opportunity for new investment.

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Fed Scopes Out Options with Key Rate Near Zero

Updated: 03/18/2009 - With a key interest rate already near zero, Federal Reserve policymakers are weighing what other tools they can use to jolt the country out of recession.

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First Celebrity Cast Off of `Dancing'

Updated: 03/18/2009 - The lead Go-Go is gone from "Dancing With the Stars." Belinda Carlisle was the first celebrity eliminated from the eighth season of the hit ABC show.

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Richardson's Family Gathers near Injured Actress

Updated: 03/18/2009 - Members of Natasha Richardson's family gathered at a New York hospital where the Tony-winning actress was reportedly taken with a serious head injury after falling on a Canadian ski slope.

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Sun Shares Soar on Report of IBM Deal Talks

Updated: 03/18/2009 - Sun Microsystems Inc. shares soared Wednesday after a published report said International Business Machines Corp. is in preliminary talks to buy Sun for at least $6.5 billion in cash.

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Reports of sexual assault in military rise in 2008

Updated: 03/17/2009 - Reports of sexual assault among U.S. troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan rose 26 percent from the previous year, according to an annual Pentagon report presented to Congress on Tuesday.

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Pope visits Africa, reaffirms ban on condoms

Updated: 03/17/2009 - Pope Benedict XVI refused Wednesday to soften the Vatican's ban on condom use as he arrived in Africa for his first visit to the continent as pope.

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Veterans groups irate at Obama's private insurance proposal

Updated: 03/18/2009 - Veterans groups are angry after President Obama told them Monday that he is still considering a proposal to have treatment for service-connected injuries charged to veterans' private insurance plans.

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Smallest known North American dinosaur found

Updated: 03/17/2009 - Canadian researchers say they have discovered the smallest known North American dinosaur, a carnivore that roamed areas of the continent 75 million years ago and weighed less than most modern-day house cats.

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Analysts: Next bailout will be a tougher sell

Updated: 03/18/2009 - The American International Group debacle could be setting President Barack Obama up for trouble, should his administration try to move forward with additional bailouts.

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Bonaparte Not Allowed to Participate in Review

Updated: 03/17/2009 - City Manager Norton Bonaparte was evaluated by the Topeka City Council Tuesday evening for his annual review, but was not even allowed in the council chambers while his performance was discussed.

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Kansas House Panel Finishes Work on State Budget

Updated: 03/17/2009 - The House Appropriations Committee completed its work today on next year's state budget that would trim school funding by $26 million. Legislators factored into their decisions the assumption that state revenues will continue to sag through June 30, leaving the state with nearly $80 million less than anticipated.

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Sources: US to Sign UN Gay Rights Declaration

Updated: 03/17/2009 - The Obama administration will endorse a U.N. declaration calling for the worldwide decriminalization of homosexuality that then-President George W. Bush had refused to sign, The Associated Press has learned.

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Cut and Paste and Other iPhone Enhancements Coming

Updated: 03/17/2009 - Apple Inc. is updating its software for iPhones so that users can cut, copy and paste text — a basic computing feature that was missing from the gadget that seems to do everything.

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Gov't Steps Up Scrutiny of Madoff's Assets, Bail

Updated: 03/17/2009 - Prosecutors stepped up their scrutiny of Bernard Madoff's family and assets Tuesday, telling a judge they want to seize jewelry, business interests and more than $30 million that the disgraced money man and his wife lent to their two sons.

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Amy Winehouse Pleads Innocent to Assault

Updated: 03/17/2009 - Singer Amy Winehouse turned a court appearance into a spring fashion show Tuesday as she pleaded innocent to assaulting a fan at a party last year.

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