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Senate Advances Kansas Minimum Wage Bill

Posted: 02/19/2009 - The Kansas Senate 33-7 to increase the state's minimum wage. The current state hourly minimum wage is $2.65. On Jan. 1, 2010, it would go to $7.25, which will be the federal minimum as of July 24. The measure now goes to the House.

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What a mess! Experts ponder space junk problem

Posted: 02/19/2009 - Think of it as a galactic garbage dump. With a recent satellite collision still fresh on minds, participants at a meeting in the Austrian capital this week are discussing ways to deal with space debris - junk that is clogging up the orbit around the Earth.

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Woman says Connecticut chimpanzee bit her in '96

Posted: 02/19/2009 - A woman said Thursday that she was bitten more than a decade ago by the chimp who severely mauled his owner's friend this week, and that both the owner and police should have done more in response.

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Judge dismisses charges in GOP phone jamming case

Posted: 02/19/2009 - A federal judge has dismissed the latest charges against a former Republican official who was cleared of taking part in a plot to jam Democratic phone lines in New Hampshire on Election Day 2002.

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Beloved parts of border changed almost overnight

Posted: 02/19/2009 - Every weekend he can, Gene Elwell heads to the desert and races his buggy over the largest sand dunes in the U.S. Nearly 200 miles west, on California's Pacific shores, the Rev. John Fanestil spends every Sunday at Friendship Park, where people on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border touch hands and talk through holes in a chain-link fence.

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Police: Cancer researcher killed in Atlanta condo

Posted: 02/19/2009 - A prominent researcher who studied the links between cancer and obesity was beaten to death in her condominium after a chance encounter with a man who claimed to be interested in buying it, police said Thursday.

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Texas may let hunters shoot pigs from choppers

Posted: 02/19/2009 - Millions of wild pigs weighing up to 300 pounds have been tearing up crops, trampling fences and eating just about anything in their path in Texas. But now they had better watch their hairy backs. A state lawmaker is proposing to allow ordinary Texans with rifles and shotguns to shoot the voracious, tusked animals from helicopters.

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Arizona 9-year-old pleads guilty in shooting death

Posted: 02/19/2009 - A 9-year-old boy accused of methodically shooting his father and his father's roommate to death last fall pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of negligent homicide, settling the case that shocked the nation.

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N. Korea Steps Up Rhetoric Ahead Of Clinton Trip

Posted: 02/19/2009 - North Korea stepped up its war rhetoric Thursday, saying its troops are "fully ready" for war with South Korea just hours before a visit to Seoul by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Late-night Trading Yields Hope for Calif. Budget

Posted: 02/19/2009 - An early morning vote began Thursday on a deal that brought hope of a budget passage inside California's Capitol after legislative leaders agreed to make major election and government reforms in exchange for one last vote from a moderate Republican.

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Oil Above $35 Amid Grim Economic News

Posted: 02/19/2009 - Markets shrugged off a steady barrage of grim U.S. economic news to push oil prices above $35 a barrel Thursday, with a drop in the dollar encouraging investors to buy crude.

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Roland Burris Feels The Heat As Questions Swirl

Posted: 02/19/2009 - U.S. Sen. Roland Burris is pleading with ordinary Illinoisans to stop a "rush to judgment" amid growing fury over the new senator's shifting accounts of how he came to be appointed to the Senate.

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Cops And Their Horses Train For Mardi Gras Madness

Posted: 02/19/2009 - Blaring bands and waving flags, stumbling drunks and splashing beer, glittery trinkets flying toward curb-to-curb crowds numbering in the hundreds of thousands - Mardi Gras could almost have been invented to spook horses.

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CVS Caremark says 4Q Profit Grew 17%

Posted: 02/19/2009 - CVS Caremark Corp. says its profit rose 17 percent in the fourth quarter because of improved results for its drugstores.

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'American Idol' Selects First 3 Finalists

Posted: 02/19/2009 - Tatiana Del Toro had something else to cry about. The emotional 28-year-old crooner from San Juan, Puerto Rico, was one of nine "American Idol" semifinalists sent packing Wednesday.

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Clinton Hammers Home Obama Message In Asia

Posted: 02/19/2009 - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham on Thursday relentlessly hammered home the Obama administration's message that America is under new management and ready to listen and engage the world.

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New Reports Due On Jobs, Wholesale Prices

Posted: 02/19/2009 - After releasing a grim assessment of the economy yesterday, the government is set to report on weekly jobless claims, wholesale prices and leading indicators this morning.

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Is Sebelius Headed to Washington?

Updated: 02/19/2009 - Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is a leading contender to become the next secretary of the Health and Human Services department, two senior administration officials told CNN.

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