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Rocket With NASA Satellite Crashes

Updated: 02/25/2009 - A rocket carrying a NASA satellite crashed near Antarctica after a failed launch early Tuesday, ending a $280 million mission to track global warming from space.

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Sully: Pilot Pay Cuts Put Planes In Peril

Updated: 02/25/2009 - The pilot who safely ditched a jetliner in New York's Hudson River said Tuesday that pay and benefit cuts are driving experienced pilots from careers in the cockpit.

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Controller thought plane that ditched was doomed

Updated: 02/25/2009 - The air traffic controller who handled Flight 1549 thought ditching in the Hudson River amounted to a death sentence for all aboard. Now the veteran pilot who pulled off the feat safely says harsh pay cuts are driving experienced pilots from the cockpit.

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Court upholds conviction in guns case

Updated: 02/25/2009 - The Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed the use of a federal law barring people convicted of domestic violence crimes from owning guns, the first firearms case at the high court since last year's decision in support of gun rights.

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Health Care Costs To Top $8,000 Per Person

Updated: 02/25/2009 - A new government report on medical costs paints a stark picture for President Barack Obama, who is expected to call for a health care overhaul in a speech Tuesday night to a joint session of Congress.

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Obama Poised To Unveil Iraq Pullout Plan

Updated: 02/25/2009 - The United States will withdraw most of its troops from Iraq by August 2010, 19 months after President Barack Obama's inauguration day, according to administration officials who expect Obama to make the announcement this week.

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Authorities: 1 injured in helicopter crash at Xe

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Federal authorities say one person is seriously injured following a helicopter crash on the North Carolina campus of the private security contractor Xe (zee).

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Salina Smoking Ban Faces Repeal Effort

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Opponents of a smoking ban in Salina want new city commissioners taking office in April to vote to repeal the ordinance before it takes effect in May. Failing that, they will ask commissioners to approve a special election.

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Officials: US troops to leave Iraq by August 2010

Updated: 02/25/2009 - The United States will withdraw most of its troops from Iraq by August 2010, 19 months after President Barack Obama's inauguration day, according to administration officials who expect Obama to make the announcement this week.

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Police: Several Shot along Mardi Gras Parade Route

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Police say several people have been shot along a Mardi Gras parade route, and two suspects are in custody. Authorities don't believe the injuries are life threatening.

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Kansas Governor Still Hasn't Talked to Obama on HHS

Updated: 02/25/2009 - In Washington, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is considered a leading contender for health and human services secretary. She says she saw the President several times while at the Governor's Assoc. meeting, but did not talk about the HHS job.

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Kansas House Gets New Member to Replace Deployed Rep

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Former Rep. Melanie Meier, a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, resigned Saturday after receiving orders to deploy. She wanted former Rep. Candy Ruff to replace her while she's gone, but party precinct officials instead chose her former opponent, Don Navinsky.

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Kansas Governor Sees Hope for Budget in Stimulus Money

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday that she and other governors were pleased that states are receiving the first round of stimulus funds this week. The money for Medicaid will free up general tax revenue.

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Kansan Wins 60th Pancake Race

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Twenty-two-year-old Tasha Gallegos of Liberal won the 60th Pancake Day Race with a time of 57.5 seconds. Jane Hughes won the Olney race in 1 minute, 2 seconds. A Kansas woman living in England also took part in the trans-Atlantic race.

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Homeland Chief Orders Gulf Coast Recovery Review

Posted: 02/24/2009 - In one of her first moves as Homeland Security secretary, Janet Napolitano has ordered a fresh review of hurricane recovery efforts in the gulf coast 3 1/2 years after two killer hurricanes swept ashore.

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Consumer Confidence Plummets to New Low in Feb.

Posted: 02/24/2009 - Americans' already battered confidence in the economy went into free fall in February, sinking to new lows as consumers grow more fearful over massive job cuts and shrinking retirement accounts.

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How Heart Handles Anger Predicts Irregular Beat

Posted: 02/24/2009 - How the heart handles anger seems to predict who's at risk for a life-threatening irregular heartbeat. Negative emotions like hostility and depression have long been considered risks for developing heart disease, and deaths from cardiac arrest rise after disasters such as earthquakes.

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Bernanke: Economy Suffering 'Severe Contraction'

Posted: 02/24/2009 - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress Tuesday the economy is suffering through a "severe contraction" and pledged to use all available tools to lift the country out of the recession that already has cost millions of Americans their jobs.

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