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Stock Futures Rise On Hopes For Economy

Posted: 07/15/2009 - Investors who have been looking for signs the economy is on the mend are pushing stock futures higher Wednesday in the wake of better-than-expected earnings reports from Intel and Goldman Sachs.

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Missile Crew Discharged After Falling Asleep

Updated: 07/15/2009 - The Air Force discharged three North Dakota ballistic missile crew members who fell asleep while holding classified launch code devices, the military announced Tuesday. Officials said the codes were outdated and remained secure at all times.

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Clinton Aims To Retake Foreign Policy Center Stage

Updated: 07/15/2009 - Eclipsed by a globe-trotting president, a foreign policy-savvy vice president and a bevy of special envoys, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is struggling to re-emerge this week as the Obama administration's diplomatic heavyweight.

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House Bill Would Make Health Care A Right

Updated: 07/15/2009 - House Democratic leaders, pledging to meet the president's goal of health care legislation before their August break, are offering a $1.5 trillion plan that for the first time would make health care a right and a responsibility for all Americans. Left to pick up most of the tab were medical providers, employers and the wealthy.

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Sotomayor Return For More Senate Questions

Updated: 07/15/2009 - Sonia Sotomayor is relying on her 17-year record as a federal judge to rebut criticism that she is concealing a liberal agenda that will show up if she is confirmed to the Supreme Court.

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Seven People In Custody For Florida Couple's Slaying

Updated: 07/14/2009 - Melanie and Byrd Billings were shot to death in their home near Pensacola on Thursday night. Authorities have seven people in custody for the crime. The couple was known for adopting developmentally disabled children.

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Sotomayor Pushes Back On Racial Bias Charges

Updated: 07/14/2009 - Sonia Sotomayor rejected Republicans allegations that she would bring bias if confirmed as the first Hispanic to the Supreme Court during her confirmation hearings Tuesday.

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US Airways To Cut 600 Airport Positions

Posted: 07/14/2009 - U.S. Airways says it will close its Las Vegas US Airways Club and reduce the staff at its club in Phoenix. It will also shift to outside contractors for ramp service work at nine airports, including Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in Kansas.

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Topeka Potter Fans Pack Theaters

Updated: 07/14/2009 - Topeka's Hollywood Theaters reports four midnight showings of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince are sold out.

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Jalapeno Eating Contest At Fiesta

Updated: 07/14/2009 - The jalapeno eating contest at Fiesta Mexicana filled the street with spectators to watch the action.

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Man Uses Beer To Distract Intruder

Posted: 07/14/2009 - Police said a homeowner in Maine used a beer to entice an intoxicated intruder to leave. The intruder apparently didn't realize that it was a nonalcoholic beer. Bar Harbor police said the homeowner awoke early Monday to find 22-year-old Scott Cote in the bedroom and used the beer to convince him to carry on.

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Senator Blocked By Bias Claims Now Raises Them

Posted: 07/14/2009 - Sen. Jeff Sessions, the Republican equating Sonia Sotomayor's supposed empathy with racial bias, was blocked from the federal bench himself two decades ago for making insensitive remarks about the Ku Klux Klan and the NAACP.

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Nurse: Police Say Jackson's Body Had Track Marks

Posted: 07/14/2009 - A nurse-nutritionist who worked with Michael Jackson says she was interviewed by Los Angeles homicide detectives who told her that needle marks were found on the pop singer's body.

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Obama Goes Low With First All Star Pitch

Posted: 07/14/2009 - President Barack Obama was true to his word: He didn't bounce it. Obama's ceremonial first pitch at the All-Star game barely reached the plate Tuesday night. St. Louis Cardinals star Albert Pujols helped the president, moving up on the plate and reaching out to scoop the low toss.

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1st Infantry HQ Gets Iraq Orders

Posted: 07/14/2009 - The Pentagon says the 1st Infantry Divisoin's headquarters unit of some 800 soldiers will be part of the next round of deployments to Iraq that start this fall and continue into early 2010. A specific date wasn't announced.

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Sotomayor Strikes Back Against "Bias" Claims

Posted: 07/14/2009 - Sonia Sotomayor pushed back vigorously Tuesday against Republican charges that she would bring bias and a liberal agenda to her seat as the first Hispanic woman on the Supreme Court.

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House Dems Roll Out Health Plan

Posted: 07/14/2009 - House Democrats on Tuesday rolled out a far-reaching $1.5 trillion plan that for the first time would make health care a right and a responsibility for all Americans, with medical providers, employers and the wealthiest picking up most of the tab.

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Goodyear, Steelworkers Extend Contract 4 Weeks

Posted: 07/14/2009 - Goodyear and the United Steelworkers agreed to extend their national contract four weeks. The deal covers more than 10,000 workers at seven Goodyear plants in the U.S., including Topeka.

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Obama Administration Hits Back At Senator

Posted: 07/14/2009 - The Obama administration is firing back at Sen. Jon Kyl for calling for an end to economic stimulus spending, and it's aiming where it hurts the most — at home in Arizona.

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Emporia Teen Takes Next Step In Recovery

Posted: 07/14/2009 - Mariah Serrano's Caring Bridge site says she has left Stormont-Vail and is now in an intensive rehab program at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Nebraska.

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Colors Could Vanish From Terror Alerts

Posted: 07/14/2009 - The Obama administration has begun a review that could spell the end of the color-coded terrorism advisories, long derided by late night TV comics and portrayed by some Democrats as a tool for Bush administration political manipulation.

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Cottonwood Falls Teen Sentenced In Fatal Accident

Posted: 07/14/2009 - David Leynherr was 17-years old at the time of the wreck that took the life of Brittney Hajny and injured four others. Leynherr was sentenced to 28 days in jail, which is the maximum for a juvenile on a misdemeanor charge of vehicular homicide.

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