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Home of Marlboro Man Mulls Smoking Restrictions

Updated: 02/09/2009 - In a sign of how vilified smoking has become, Virginia — where the world's largest cigarette factory churns out Marlboros — is considering restrictions on smoking in public places.

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Jar Peanut Butter Sales Fall Amid Salmonella Fears

Updated: 02/09/2009 - Shoppers are leaving jarred peanut butter off their grocery lists, according to sales figures, even though familiar brands have not been affected by the salmonella outbreak that has sickened hundreds and led to one of the largest product recalls in U.S. history.

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Man Reported For Loud Music Accused Of Threats

Updated: 02/09/2009 - Police said a Manchester, N.H., man threatened to slit his neighbors' throats after they reported him for playing loud music. A 32-year-old man was charged with three counts of criminal threatening and two of criminal mischief after he admitted punching a hole in the neighbors' wall.

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4 Gitmo Prisoners Transferred To Iraq

Updated: 02/09/2009 - Four Iraqi prisoners have been transferred from the U.S. military detention center in Guantanamo Bay to Iraqi custody, two senior Iraqi security officials said Monday.

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New AG Holder Eyes Bush's State Secrets

Updated: 02/09/2009 - The new U.S. attorney general, Eric Holder, has ordered a review of all claims of state secrets, which were used under President George W. Bush to shield controversial anti-terrorism programs from lawsuits.

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Cuts Loom as GM, Chrysler Finish Viability Plans

Updated: 02/09/2009 - Fear of more plant closures and other cuts that are likely to cost thousands of jobs is spreading through General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC as the companies approach a Feb. 17 deadline to show the government they can be viable.

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Amazon's New Kindle e-book Reader Gets Slimmer

Updated: 02/09/2009 - Amazon.com Inc. is releasing a slimmer version of its Kindle electronic reading device, but it still costs $359 — making it unclear how mainstream even an improved Kindle can be during a brutal recession.

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On Darwin's 200th, a theory still in controversy

Updated: 02/09/2009 - It's well known that Charles Darwin's groundbreaking theory of evolution made many people furious because it contradicted the Biblical view of creation. But few know that it also created problems for Darwin at home with his deeply religious wife, Emma.

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Germans Await OK on Cairo Trip to Check Nazi Death

Updated: 02/09/2009 - German authorities are awaiting approval from Egypt to travel to Cairo and investigate claims that a notorious Nazi doctor died there in 1992, a police spokesman said Monday.

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Death Toll in Australian Wildfires Rises Past 170

Updated: 02/09/2009 - Disaster teams found charred bodies on roadsides and in crashed cars — grim signs of the futile attempt to flee raging wildfires fed by 60 mph winds, record heat and drought that caught even fire-savvy Australians by surprise.

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Bailout, Take 2: Investors want US to share risk

Updated: 02/09/2009 - Investors want the Obama administration to sweeten the deal before they agree to buy risky debt from U.S. banks as part of the government's retooled program to rescue the ailing financial industry.

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Scholastic chided for selling toys in book clubs

Updated: 02/09/2009 - Scholastic Corp., the U.S. publisher of the Harry Potter books, has come under criticism from a children's advocacy group for using its vast, venerable network of school-based book clubs to market toys and other non-educational items such as video games to lip gloss.

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Italian woman in right-to-die debate dies

Updated: 02/09/2009 - A 38-year-old woman who ignited a fierce right-to-die debate that convulsed Italy and dragged in the Vatican died Monday just as lawmakers in Parliament rushed to pass a bill designed to keep her alive.

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Mummies found in newly discovered tomb in Egypt

Updated: 02/09/2009 - A storeroom housing about two dozen ancient Egyptian mummies has been unearthed inside a 2,600-year-old tomb during the latest round of excavations at the vast necropolis of Saqqara south of Cairo, archaeologists said Monday.

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Big Read Dialogue Heats Up

Updated: 02/09/2009 - Locals discussed a wide range of topics today at the latest Big Read event. The Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library hosted a book discussion for a group of avid readers.

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Emporia Man Found Dead in Fire

Updated: 02/09/2009 - An Emporia man was found dead inside a central Emporia home Sunday after fire was discovered inside.

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Octuplet mom was treated at Beverly Hills clinic

Updated: 02/09/2009 - The Southern California mother of octuplets was implanted with embryos at a Beverly Hills fertility clinic run by a well-known — and controversial — specialist who pioneered a method for helping women conceive. Dr. Michael Kamrava's name emerged Monday as a result of an interview aired Monday on NBC with Nadya Suleman, who gave birth to eight babies Jan. 26.

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Locals Enjoy High-Flying Presentation

Updated: 02/09/2009 - Members of the Topeka Combat Air Museum gathered for their monthly meeting at the Mulvane Art Museum today. World War II pilot Lee Lamar gave a presentation on his adventures in Croatia.

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Octuplet Mom was Treated at Beverly Hills Clinic

Updated: 02/09/2009 - The Southern California mother of octuplets was implanted with embryos at a Beverly Hills fertility clinic run by a well-known - and controversial - specialist who pioneered a method for helping women conceive. Dr. Michael Kamrava's name emerged Monday as a result of an interview aired Monday on NBC with Nadya Suleman, who gave birth to eight babies Jan. 26.

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KMAJ Lays Off Rose

Updated: 02/09/2009 - Another popular Topeka radio personality is off the air.

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Obama to Pitch For Stimulus Plan on Prime-Time TV

Updated: 02/09/2009 - President Barack Obama pushed for his emergency economic stimulus with an urgent one-two punch Monday, addressing the nation in the first prime-time news conference of his presidency after taking his campaign directly to recession victims in hard-hit Indiana.

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