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Kansas Raises Grade in Oral Health

Updated: 01/14/2009 - The latest report card from Oral Health America gives Kansas an overall grade of "B," up from a "D-plus" in 2003. The state scored lowest in state policy and access.

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Changes to iTunes prices raise music labels' hopes

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Although Apple Inc. announced this month that some songs sold on its market-leading iTunes online service would be available for 69 cents instead of the 99-cent tag Apple had insisted on for years, the change won't necessarily put more money into the pockets of music lovers.

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Regulators to eye Hawaii's analog TV shutoff

Updated: 01/14/2009 - With the nation's Feb. 17 shutdown of analog TV signals in doubt, federal regulators will be closely watching what happens Thursday in Hawaii, when the state makes the move early because of an endangered bird.

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Ex-officer Testifies about Kosovo War Crimes

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Slobodan Milosevic's police transported the bodies of slain Kosovo Albanians to Serbia during the war and buried them in mass graves to cover up atrocities, a former senior Serbian security officer said in court Wednesday.

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`American Idol' Sues Texas Strip Joint

Updated: 01/14/2009 - FremantleMedia North America, which owns the popular TV show American Idol, has sued in federal court to stop the weekly "Stripper Idol" contest at Palazio Men's Club in Austin. The company also wants to seize Palazio's profits from the amateur stripping contest.

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Coffee Chain Cancels Ad with Slogan Nazis Used

Updated: 01/14/2009 - A German chain of coffee shops has stopped an ad campaign that featured an ancient slogan co-opted by the Nazis for use on the gate to the Buchenwald concentration camp.

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China cuts Fuel Prices Amid Stimulus Efforts

Updated: 01/14/2009 - China cut fuel prices Wednesday for the second time in a month, giving another break to struggling companies and motorists as it steps up efforts to break out of a deepening economic slump.

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Clinton Navigates Confirmation Hearing Smoothly

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton smoothly took on policy questions, from the acute to the arcane, in a gentle job interview to be the nation's top diplomat, but she could not dispel tougher questions about whether her husband's charity work poses an ethical conflict.

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EU Commission: Economy is Getting Worse

Updated: 01/14/2009 - The EU Commission's president warned Wednesday that the European economy is getting worse and that EU leaders should hurry to approve a proposed stimulus program.

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Report: Swayze says he's almost over pneumonia

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Days after checking himself into a Los Angeles hospital for pneumonia, Patrick Swayze says his condition is improving. The 56-year-old actor, who is battling pancreatic cancer, tells People magazine: "I am alive and plan on continuing to stay that way. ... I am almost in the clear."

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Agent: Pilot mutters 'die' as run from law ends

Updated: 01/14/2009 - An investment manager who apparently staged a plane crash to evade personal and financial ruin was barely conscious and muttered the word "die" when federal agents found him bleeding from a slashed wrist, an investigator said Wednesday.

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Blowing snow and frigid temperatures assail nation

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Arctic air extended its grip Wednesday with below-zero temperatures stretching from Montana to northern New England and frost nipping the Gulf Coast. A few ski areas in Vermont and northern Minnesota closed for the day because of the cold - 38 below zero at International Falls, with the wind chill during the night estimated at 50 below.

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Obama: Geithner will be confirmed despite mistake

Updated: 01/14/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama called disclosures about Treasury choice Timothy Geithner's tax problems an embarrassment Wednesday but said Geithner's "innocent mistake" shouldn't keep him from confirmation as the new administration's top official in urgent efforts to revive the economy.

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Osage Co. Sheriff: Father Killed 3 Children

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Osage Co. Sheriff Laurie Dunn says three children found dead in a Scranton home Monday were killed by their father, who then tried to kill himself and set their home on fire. The victims are Michael Shirley, 52, Ethan Shirley, 14, Ashten Shirley, 11, and Caleb Shirley, 9.

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Police: Calif. Dad Sold 14-Year-Old Into Marriage

Updated: 01/14/2009 - A California man has been arrested for arranging for his 14-year-old daughter to marry a neighbor in exchange for $16,000, 100 cases of beer and several cases of meat, police said.

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FDA Probe Finds No Link With Asthma Drugs, Suicide

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Federal health officials said Tuesday that asthma drugs, including Merck's Singulair, do not appear tied to suicide - though regulators continue to examine possible links to behavioral problems.

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China Raises '07 Economic Growth, Passing Germany

Updated: 01/14/2009 - China surpassed Germany to become the world's third-largest economy behind the United States and Japan after Beijing on Wednesday raised its estimate of economic growth in 2007.

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Bin Laden Urges Jihad Against Israel

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden has issued a new audiotape urging Muslims to launch a jihad, or holy war, to stop the Israeli offensive in Gaza.

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Wash. Court: Sex Between Teachers, 18-Year-Olds OK

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Washington state law does not bar teachers from having consensual sex with 18-year-old students, an appeals court ruled Tuesday in dismissing a case against a former high school choir teacher.

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Stock Futures Point Lower after Citi-Morgan Deal

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Wall Street headed toward a lower open Wednesday as investors questioned whether banks would need more help from the government. The market also awaited a slate of economic reports.

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