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Pilot dies as plane splits Florida home in half

Updated: 04/17/2009 - A small plane sputtered and dove into a house shortly after taking off from a local airport Friday morning, slicing the home down the middle into two charred pieces.

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Pirate hostage captain praises SEAL 'superheroes'

Updated: 04/17/2009 - The unassuming ship captain who escaped the clutches of Somali pirates made a triumphant return home Friday, insisting he's no hero, just an ordinary seaman. Richard Phillips said the U.S. Navy, which pulled off the daring high-seas rescue that ended his five-day captivity, deserves the credit.

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WU Students Showcase Knowledge, Talents

Updated: 04/17/2009 - A select group of Washburn University student got the opportunity to show off their skills. Officials say Friday's performances help show the quality of the university.

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Kansas Tax Revenues Lowered $744M

Updated: 04/18/2009 - The new forecast will force legislators to consider revising the $13 billion budget already approved for fiscal 2010, which begins July 1. They also could be forced to consider raising new revenues.

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Career Day at Pauline South School

Updated: 04/17/2009 - 6th graders learned what it takes to be a photojournalist and reporter today at Career Day at Pauline South School.

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Group Graduates to Better Lives

Updated: 04/17/2009 - Improving the lives of those in need is the goal of an organization that celebrated the graduation of four members Friday.

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Formal Charges Filed in Burning of One-Year Old

Updated: 04/17/2009 - 24-year old Jason Lopez was formally charged Friday with one count of aggravated battery, intentionally causing great bodily harm or disfigurement. One-year old Fabian Hackett suffered 3rd degree burns over 70-percent of his body while in Lopez' care.

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Sebelius to Speak at Harvard Graduation

Updated: 04/17/2009 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has been chosen to give the commencement address to graduates of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government June 3.

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Topeka Cabbie Dodges Bullets

Updated: 04/17/2009 - Police say a Topeka cab driver dodged bullets from a would-be robber Friday morning. Police say they got the call just before 4:30 Friday morning of an attempted robbery around the 800 block of Southeast Overton.

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Sewer system fails in flood-threatened ND town

Updated: 04/17/2009 - The mayor of a flood-threatened North Dakota town asked all residents to leave Friday after the sewer system backed up, flooding buildings in a four-block area with murky water.

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VA: 3 patients HIV-positive after clinic mistakes

Updated: 04/17/2009 - The Department of Veterans Affairs says three patients exposed to contaminated medical equipment have now tested positive for HIV. The VA said Friday initial tests show one patient each from its Murfreesboro, Tenn.; Augusta, Ga.; and Miami medical facilities has the virus that causes AIDS.

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Hostage captain returns home, praises US military

Updated: 04/17/2009 - The shipping captain rescued from the clutches of Somali pirates says he's not a hero - the military is. Capt. Richard Phillips arrived home to Vermont a week-and-a-half after being taken by pirates. His wife and children went on board the corporate jet to greet him in Burlington, Vt. Phillips waved to a small crowd and hugged his daughter as he walked inside a building for a private reunion.

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Mich. mayor gets speeding warning, demands ticket

Updated: 04/17/2009 - A Michigan mayor says a warning wasn't enough after he was stopped for speeding. So he asked for a ticket instead - and got it. Warren Mayor Jim Fouts was pulled over Monday on the way to City Hall for going 45 mph in a 40 mph zone. The officer told him to watch it next time.

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Colo. woman, 20, accused of taping dog to fridge

Updated: 04/17/2009 - Police say a Colorado woman wrapped her boyfriend's dog in packing tape and stuck the animal upside down to a refrigerator because he wouldn't get rid of it.

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Kansas couple married for 67 years die hours apart

Updated: 04/17/2009 - Residents of a northeast Kansas town are mourning the deaths just hours apart of an elderly couple who were married 67 years. Arnita Yingling died in her sleep early Saturday at the family's home in Troy. She was 93. Six hours later her 95-year-old husband, Lyle, died at a nursing home in the nearby town of Wathena.

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Obama envoy: Two-state solution is only solution

Updated: 04/17/2009 - A Palestinian state alongside Israel is the only way to end the Mideast conflict, President Barack Obama's Mideast point man said Friday, sending a stern message to Israel's hardline leaders, who have expressed misgivings about a two-state solution.

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British spy agency searches for `Q'

Updated: 04/17/2009 - He was James Bond's go-to guy for inventions that included dagger-embedded shoes, radioactive lint and a deadly sofa that swallowed people.

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Vatican decries reaction to pope's condom remarks

Updated: 04/17/2009 - Critics of the Catholic Church's social teachings are trying to intimidate Pope Benedict XVI into silence, the Vatican charged Friday in responding to attacks on the pontiff's remarks about AIDS and condom use.

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US sending top envoy to Somali conference

Updated: 04/17/2009 - France will offer to train Somali forces and the United States will send its top Africa envoy to an international conference on Somalia next week as the world tries new initiatives to stabilize the country and quash piracy off its coast, officials said Friday.

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Indy driver Castroneves acquitted in tax case

Updated: 04/17/2009 - Brazilian race car driver and "Dancing With The Stars" champ Helio Castroneves was acquitted Friday of most charges that he worked with his sister and lawyer to evade more than $2.3 million in U.S. income taxes. A federal jury acquitted Castroneves on six counts of tax evasion but hung on one count of conspiracy. When the sentence was read, Castroneves broke into sobs and leaned against his attorneys for support.

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Governor Sebelius Signs the Kelsey Smith Act

Updated: 04/17/2009 - Governor Kathleen Sebelius has signed the Kelsey Smith Act, allowing law enforcement to gather cell phone information more quickly during an emergency situation.

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Spy plane shows worth as flood-fighting tool

Updated: 04/17/2009 - As the swollen Red River threatened Fargo this spring, thousands of eyes were trained on the city's miles of sandbag walls. But just in case the townspeople missed something, the eye in the sky was watching, too.

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