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American Family Closing Office in Topeka

Updated: 02/25/2009 - American Family Insurance announced plans Wednesday to close its claim office in Topeka. The office employs 27 people. Twenty of them will be moved to Wichita.

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Lt. Gov Parkinson Joins Leadership Commitee

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Kansas Lieutenant Governor Mark Parkinson has been named to a top leadership position. Parkinson will serve as a member at large of the leadership committee for the National Lieutenant Governor's Association.

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C.R.E.W. Files Complaint Against Brownback

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or C.R.E.W. says a fundraising letter by the senator on behalf of Catholic Advocates violates senate ethics committee rules because it's sent on what looks like official Senate stationary.

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Injured Good Samaritan Ticketed for Jaywalking

Updated: 02/25/2009 - A good Samaritan who pushed three people out of the path of a pickup before he was struck and injured has been ticketed for jaywalking. Family members say 58-year-old Jim Moffett and another man were helping two elderly women cross a busy Denver street in a snowstorm when he was hit Friday night.

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House OKs $410B spending, reverses Bush policies

Updated: 02/25/2009 - The Democratic-controlled House pushed through a $410 billion measure Wednesday that boosted domestic programs, bristled with earmarks and chipped away at policies left behind by the Bush administration.

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US Interior secretary scraps oil-shale leasing

Updated: 02/25/2009 - In a second reversal of the Bush administration, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Wednesday he is scrapping leases for oil-shale development on federal land in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.

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Some US forces will face combat after Iraq pullout

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Some of the U.S. forces likely to remain in Iraq after President Barack Obama fulfills his pledge to withdraw combat troops would still have a combat role fighting suspected terrorists, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

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Napolitano orders review of Wash. immigration raid

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Immigration agents this week conducted their first work-site raid since President Barack Obama took office, but it was news to their boss, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who on Wednesday ordered a review of the action.

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Closing arguments begin in slaying of Fla. family

Updated: 02/25/2009 - A family of four gunned down on a dark stretch of Florida's Turnpike could have been killed by Mexican drug dealers over an unpaid debt, a defense attorney said Wednesday during closing arguments in the trial of two men charged in the shootings.

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Key Coleman witness tossed from Minn. Senate trial

Updated: 02/25/2009 - An argument that Republican Norm Coleman hoped would draw him closer to Democrat Al Franken suffered a hard blow Wednesday in the Minnesota Senate trial when the judges threw out the testimony of the only witness to claim seeing errors that may have given some people two votes.

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Bones of 11th body found on mesa near Albuquerque

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Police said Wednesday that they have unearthed an 11th body from Albuquerque's largest crime scene ever: a mesa west of the city where remains were discovered after the area was razed for a housing development.

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Napolitano orders review of Wash. immigration raid

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Immigration agents this week conducted their first work-site raid since President Barack Obama took office, but it was news to their boss, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who on Wednesday ordered a review of the action.

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NY judge sets $5M bail for Fla. hedge manager

Updated: 02/25/2009 - A Florida hedge fund manager who disappeared for two weeks as investigators closed in on him can be freed on $5 million bail after being accused of ripping off investors of as much as $350 million, a judge said Wednesday.

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4 charged in multi-state suicide assistance probe

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Four members of an alleged assisted suicide ring were charged Wednesday with helping a 58-year-old Georgia man end his life, and investigators in eight other states were also looking into whether the group was involved in more deaths.

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Body rots in hearse, Ala. funeral director charged

Updated: 02/25/2009 - A funeral director accused of leaving a woman's body to decay in a parked hearse after her relatives failed to pay the bill was arrested on a felony charge of abusing a corpse, police said Wednesday.

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Paint Expert Discusses Trends

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Area designers had the chance to learn about color from a national expert Wednesday. A representative from Pittsburgh Paint made a stop in Topeka to answer questions.

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Carjacking Spree Hits Topeka

Updated: 02/26/2009 - With four carjackings in less than two days, Topeka police say it's imperative to stay alert. Lt. Chris W. Heaven said the recent carjacking spree can most likely be attributed to a few individuals, rather than a wider trend in the city.

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FEMA investigating La. hurricane recovery office

Updated: 02/25/2009 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency is investigating allegations of cronyism and other misconduct at the New Orleans office overseeing efforts to rebuild the hurricane-battered Gulf Coast, officials said Wednesday.

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Tests confirm salmonella at Texas peanut plant

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Tests show ground peanuts at a Texas plant were contaminated with the same strain of salmonella that has sickened hundreds of people across the nation, state health officials said Wednesday.

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Police: Miami music teacher kills family, self

Updated: 02/25/2009 - A gifted musician and teacher whose piano students included his neighbors' kids fatally shot his wife and two daughters then himself in the family's Miami home, police say, leaving those who described him as friendly and helpful to wonder what happened.

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Store to balsamic vinegar thief: 'We will get you'

Updated: 02/25/2009 - A sign hangs amid the bottles of vinegar at Newport Avenue Market. It's simple, to the point: "Thanks to the Balsamic Vinegar Thief this area is now under surveillance. We will get you." The last sentence, it should be noted, is underlined. For about a year, a thief pinched bottle after bottle of balsamic vinegar from the store - and not the low-end stuff.

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