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2009 Topeka Farm Show Opens

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Farmers and ranchers from around the Topeka area gathered at the Kansas Expocentre for the 20th annual Topeka Farm Show.

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Coleman sues over Minnesota Senate recount result

Updated: 01/06/2009 - ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Republican Norm Coleman filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging Democrat Al Franken's apparent recount victory in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race, delaying a resolution of the contest for weeks or months.

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Prosecutor: Ex-Calif. sheriff cheated to get job

Updated: 01/06/2009 - SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- A former Orange County sheriff gave power and influence to those who helped him win his first election through bribes and kickbacks laundered as campaign contributions, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday in closing arguments.

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Police arrest parishioners at New Orleans church

Updated: 01/06/2009 - NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Police on Tuesday cleared out two New Orleans Catholic churches occupied by former parishioners opposed to the archdiocese's decision to close them, breaking down a door at one.

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Hutchinson Men Plead Guilty to Racial Attacks

Updated: 01/06/2009 - A case involving racially motivated attacks on two black patrons at an Iowa bar is nearing a close as more defendants entered guilty pleas yesterday to federal charges.

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State unemployment claim systems overwhelmed

Updated: 01/06/2009 - ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Electronic unemployment filing systems have crashed in at least three states in recent days amid an unprecedented crush of thousands of newly jobless Americans seeking benefits, and other states were adjusting their systems to avoid being next.

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Death of Travolta's son raises medical questions

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Millions of children and adults have seizures in the United States, but dying from one is rare. That only adds to the confusion and mystery surrounding the life and death of Jett Travolta, the 16-year-old son of actors John Travolta and Kelly Preston.

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Jenkins Takes Oath in Washington

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Former Kansas state treasurer Lynn Jenkins was sworn in as one of Congress' freshman members when the new Congress convened Tuesday.

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Blagojevich race card lands softly in Senate fight

Updated: 01/06/2009 - The first race card of the Obama era is now in play. In an apparent bid to save his political life - or perhaps just irritate and confound his enemies - Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is trying to wedge a black man into the all-white Senate. On Tuesday, Blagojevich's choice, Roland Burris, was turned away on Capitol Hill when he tried to take his seat.

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Feinstein says Senate should seat Burris

Updated: 01/06/2009 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- The chairman of the Senate Rules Committee has parted with many of her Democratic colleagues and says that the Senate should seat former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris.

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Gambling Regulators To Make Layoffs

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Kansas gambling regulators to lay off and reduce hours for 21 staffers because expanded gambling plans did not work out in the state.

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Giambi close to completing deal to return to A's

Updated: 01/06/2009 - OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Jason Giambi might just finish his career where it began more than a decade ago. The free-agent first baseman was close to completing a deal Tuesday to return to the Oakland Athletics nearly 14 years after making his debut with the club, according to two people familiar with the negotiations. The sides had reached a preliminary agreement, pending a physical, on what is expected to be a one-year contract with an option.

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Lou the mule credited with saving woman from fire

Updated: 01/06/2009 - McMINNVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Jolene Solomon is beginning the new year with her life, her mule named Lou and little else. The Southern Standard in McMinnville reported Solomon had just finished eating supper on New Year's Day when Lou's braying and acting up got her attention.

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Daughter Raises Reward In Cold Case

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Gail Parker was many things to many people. She was an environmentalist who wrote about Love Canal and gave speeches about America's polluted waterways. She volunteered at the local hospital, helped the elderly and cancer patients. And she read to the blind. Now her daughter is raising the stakes to find her killer.

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Death of Travolta's son raises medical questions

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Millions of children and adults have seizures in the United States, but dying from one is rare. That only adds to the confusion and mystery surrounding the life and death of Jett Travolta, the 16-year-old son of actors John Travolta and Kelly Preston.

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Grand Canyon, Loch Ness compete as nature wonders

Updated: 01/06/2009 - GENEVA (AP) -- The Grand Canyon, Mount Everest and Loch Ness will vie with more than 200 other spectacular places in the next phase of the global competition for the New 7 Wonders of Nature, organizers said Wednesday. The 261 nominees from 222 countries include some of the most famous mountain peaks, lakes, and other attractions, such as the Great Barrier Reef and Niagara Falls.

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Anthrax Suspect "Nasty" Before Suicide

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Dr. Bruce Ivins, the former government scientist blamed for a string of deadly 2001 anthrax attacks, behaved oddly and was "sarcastic and nasty" to his wife in the final weeks of his life, police documents said.

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Police arrest parishioners at New Orleans church

Updated: 01/06/2009 - NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Police on Tuesday cleared out two New Orleans Catholic churches occupied by former parishioners opposed to the archdiocese's decision to close them, breaking down a door at one.

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Coleman sues over Minnesota Senate recount result

Updated: 01/06/2009 - ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Republican Norm Coleman said Tuesday he is suing to challenge Democrat Al Franken's apparent recount victory in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race, delaying a resolution of the contest for weeks or months.

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CIA Unveils Obama's New Wheels

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Obama's Presidential limo will be hybrid vehicle. It will be part car and part truck.

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FBI Hiring Blitz Is On

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Despite a bleak economic environment featuring wide-ranging layoffs and rising unemployment, the nation's premier law enforcement agency is touting "one of the largest hiring blitzes in our 100-year history."

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Richardson Withdrawal Upsets Latino Community

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Bill Richardson's withdrawal from his commerce secretary nomination Sunday didn't just leave a major gap in the new administration, but it also sorely disappointed Latinos who view the New Mexico governor as their most prominent representative.

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Purple Heart Will Not Be Awarded For PTSD

Updated: 01/06/2009 - The Purple Heart medal, awarded to service members who have been physically wounded in combat, will not be given for a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder, a Pentagon statement said.

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