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Zoos, Aquariums Face The Ax In NY, Elsewhere

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Even porcupines could get pink slips in the slumping economy as states consider cutting or eliminating funding that supports zoos, aquariums and botanical gardens.

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Closing Gitmo Requires Tough Judgments On Inmates

Updated: 01/13/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama's planned review of Guantanamo Bay prisoners, a prelude to closing the detention center, must weigh the threats posed by an extraordinarily diverse group, from die-hard jihadists to innocent men swept up in war.

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Topeka Home Fully Engulfed In Flames

Posted: 01/13/2009 - Crews were on the scene for hours on a fully engulfed house fire that broke out early Tuesday morning in Topeka.

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Preventing Colds Might Be As Easy As Vitamin ZZZZ

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Fluff up the pillows and pull up the covers. Preventing the common cold may be as easy as getting more sleep. Researchers paid healthy adults $800 to have cold viruses sprayed up their noses, then wait five days in a hotel to see if they got sick. Habitual eight-hour sleepers were much less likely to get sick than those who slept less than seven hours or slept fitfully.

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New Restrictions on Madoff, but No Jail

Updated: 01/12/2009 - A judge on Monday allowed Bernard Madoff to remain confined to his Manhattan penthouse, rejecting a bid to jail the disgraced financier but imposing new restrictions to keep him from mailing any more valuables to family and friends.

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Preventing Colds May be as Easy as Vitamin ZZZ

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Fluff up the pillows and pull up the covers. Preventing the common cold may be as easy as getting more sleep. Researchers paid healthy adults $800 to have cold viruses sprayed up their noses, then wait five days in a hotel to see if they got sick.

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Bush Gets Emotional, Defends Record in Iraq, Home

Updated: 01/12/2009 - With rare public emotion, George W. Bush sat in judgment on his controversial, consequential presidency on Monday, lamenting mistakes but claiming few as his own, heatedly defending his record on disasters in Iraq and at home and offering kindly advice to a successor who won largely because the nation ached for something new.

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Shawnee County Judges and Elected Officials Sworn In

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Shawnee County's judges and elected officials took their oaths of office Monday morning. Newly elected District Attorney Chad Taylor was among those sworn in at the county courthouse.

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Emergency Sirens Silent Monday in Shawnee County

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Shawnee County's emergency sirens were silent at noon Monday, but they were supposed to be. Emergency Management Director Dave Sterbenz says they've learned cold temperatures are too taxing on the county's older sirens.

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Governor Focuses on Energy, Economy

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius says it will take a cooperative effort for Kansas to work out of a budget hole. She delivered her State of the State message Monday. Republicans criticized it as short on details.

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Sebelius Honors Long-time Leaders Monday

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Governor Kathleen Sebelius took time Monday night to honor some long-time leaders including the state's newly retired Chief Justice Kay McFarland.

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Burris "Humbled" To Be Next Ill. Senator

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Eager and anxious to move beyond the scandal-tainted standoff, Senate Democrats have accepted Rod Blagojevich's appointee to Barack Obama's Senate seat.

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Missing pilot likely faked distress, bailed out

Updated: 01/12/2009 - An Indiana businessman whose financial management companies were under investigation apparently made a fake distress call, bailed out of his small plane and then let it crash in a Florida panhandle swamp.

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ND gets blizzard on top of December's record snow

Updated: 01/12/2009 - A fast-moving blizzard clogged roads and closed schools in North Dakota on Monday, causing more headaches for residents still trying to dig out from a record snowfall last month.

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CDC: Tainted peanut butter, 3 deaths may be linked

Updated: 01/12/2009 - The salmonella bacteria that has sickened more than 400 people in 43 states has been conclusively linked to peanut butter, Minnesota health officials announced Monday. Federal officials said the outbreak may have contributed to three deaths.

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Finger length may predict financial success

Updated: 01/12/2009 - The length of a man's ring finger may predict his success as a financial trader. Researchers at the University of Cambridge in England report that men with longer ring fingers, compared to their index fingers, tended to be more successful in the frantic high-frequency trading in the London financial district.

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Victim in Polanski case urges dismissal

Updated: 01/12/2009 - The woman who was raped by fugitive director Roman Polanski three decades ago when she was 13 lashed out at the Los Angeles County district attorney's office on Monday, saying she is being victimized again by prosecutors' focus on lurid details of what happened to her.

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