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NASA: Keeping shuttle costs $3 billion yearly

Updated: 01/09/2009 - The cost of continuing the life of the space shuttle past next year's planned retirement is $3 billion a year plus extending the risk of a deadly accident, NASA's chief said Thursday.

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Man gets jail for fleeing before probation verdict

Updated: 01/09/2009 - A man who would have been on probation for his drug conviction will now have to spend six months in jail — all because he fled before hearing a jury's sentencing verdict.

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Local Cupcake Bakery Makes Rachael Ray's Magazine

Updated: 01/09/2009 - It's been a few months since we first featured Daddy Cakes, but since then our newsroom has developed quite a crush on their cupcakes! So when "Every Day with Racheal Ray" decided to feature them, it was no surprise to us.

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Web Startup to Offer Foreign News As Papers Cut

Updated: 01/09/2009 - As budget cuts force many U.S. newspapers to retrench on their foreign coverage, veteran journalist Charles Sennott saw virtually no chance of getting another assignment abroad.

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Ex-`Sopranos' Actor Gets 10 Years in Prison

Updated: 01/09/2009 - A former actor on "The Sopranos" was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for a botched burglary in the Bronx in which an accomplice shot and killed an off-duty police officer.

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Somali Pirates Reportedly Release Saudi Tanker

Updated: 01/09/2009 - Somali pirates released an oil-laden Saudi supertanker after receiving a $3 million ransom, a negotiator for the bandits said Friday. A photo appeared to show the money delivered by parachute to the ship's deck.

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Gazprom May Resume Gas Shipments to Europe Friday

Updated: 01/09/2009 - Russia's Gazprom said it could restart gas shipments to Europe on Friday if an agreement can be signed allowing an EU-led monitoring mission to track gas flows through Ukrainian pipelines, but hopes for a quick resumption of gas flow faded amid continuing arguments.

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Stocks Slump After Jump in Unemployment Rate

Updated: 01/09/2009 - Investors sent stocks sharply lower Friday after the U.S. unemployment rate shot above 7 percent, signaling that Americans will be sticking to their tightened budgets for a while. The Dow Jones industrials were down more than 100 points.

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Coupon Woes Are Only Part of Digital TV Concerns

Updated: 01/09/2009 - In less than six weeks, the nation's television broadcasters are due to shut off their analog signals and begin transmitting in digital — potentially blacking out as many as 8 million U.S. households that rely on analog TV sets to pick up over-the-air channels.

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School Bus Liquor-Store Run Gets Cops' Attention

Updated: 01/09/2009 - A school bus driver made an unscheduled stop at a liquor store, then allegedly asked a student to help hide her purchases when police stopped her, the district superintendent said. It does not appear the driver had been drinking, Billings Public Schools Superintendent Jack Copps said. No charges had been filed but the driver quit her job this week.

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Man Allegedly Caused Flats With Nails in Driveways

Updated: 01/09/2009 - Police in upstate New York say a man has been sprinkling roofing nails on the driveways of people he didn't like to cause flat tires for two years. Stony Point police Lt. Peter Quinn said Michael Delisio was arrested Tuesday after an officer staking out one victim's home saw nails being thrown from Delisio's car.

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Illinois House Impeaches Gov. Rod Blagojevich

Updated: 01/09/2009 - The Illinois House voted overwhelmingly Friday to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich, an unprecedented action that sets up a Senate trial on whether he should be thrown out for abuse of power, including allegations that he tried to sell President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat.

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Budget Woes Lead List for Kansas Lawmakers

Updated: 01/09/2009 - When legislators start their annual session Monday, the budget will be their biggest issue. Everything else from emotional topics to minor fixes for their communities will be less important.

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Sebelius Proposes State Energy Policy

Updated: 01/09/2009 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is proposing a comprehensive energy policy she says will help boost the use of renewable energy in Kansas.

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