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Obama seizes bully pulpit online to pitch budget

Updated: 03/26/2009 - President Barack Obama seized the bully pulpit Thursday and reprised the best of his acclaimed campaign skills in an unprecedented Internet town hall from the White House - a direct sales pitch for Americans to get behind his $3.6 trillion budget and be patient as he tries to right the tottering economy.

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Sen Coburn (R-OK) Endorses Moran

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Moran is a Republican who was elected last year to his seventh term representing the sprawling 1st District that includes western Kansas. He is running for the Senate seat being vacated by Republican Sam Brownback, who has launched a campaign for governor.

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Boeing, Union Strike 3-Year Deal

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Negotiators for the union representing engineers at the Boeing Co.'s Wichita defense plant agreed Thursday to a three-year contract they don't like very much.

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7,500 GM Employees To Resign

Updated: 03/26/2009 - About 7,500 General Motors Corp. workers have signed up to take buyout and early retirement incentives to leave the company, the automaker said Thursday.

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Condom Uproar Latest Message Problem for Pope

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Pope Benedict XVI has gone on YouTube and his speeches appear in Chinese on the Vatican Web site, but judging from the uproar over a Holocaust-denying bishop and his pronouncement that condoms deepen the AIDS crisis, he's clearly struggling with his message.

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Report: Madonna Trying To Adopt Child

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Madonna is to trying to adopt a second child from the impoverished African country of Malawi, officials said Thursday. An official at the Malawi welfare department said the pop star had filed adoption papers.

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Jobless claims set new record; GDP down more in 4Q

Updated: 03/26/2009 - For a 10th straight week, the number of people who are continuing to claim jobless benefits increased, fresh evidence that the labor market remains weak despite other hopeful signs that the recession may be nearing a bottom.

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Charges Dropped Against Priest who Taped Police

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Connecticut prosecutors on Thursday dropped charges against a Roman Catholic priest who was arrested while videotaping East Haven police officers in an attempt to document alleged harassment of Hispanics.

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Hundreds of Pa. juvenile convictions reversed

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Pennsylvania's highest court on Thursday overturned hundreds of juvenile convictions issued by a corrupt judge accused of taking millions of dollars in kickbacks to send kids to privately owned detention centers.

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Kidney Stones in Kids Rising

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Doctors are puzzling over what seems to be an increase in the number of children with kidney stones, a condition some blame on kids' love of cheeseburgers, fries and other salty foods.

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White House Warns North Korea

Updated: 03/26/2009 - White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday that any rocket launch would be "provocative" and violate Security Council resolutions.

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Democrats Turn Back Republicans Calling For Reduced Spending

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee defeated a Republican attempt Thursday to reduce recommended spending across hundreds of programs over the next five years as they moved toward approval of a blueprint that preserves President Barack Obama's top priorities.

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Obama To Send More Troops to Afghanistan

Updated: 03/26/2009 - President Barack Obama plans to dispatch additional U.S. troops plus hundreds of civilian advisers in hopes of turning around a faltering war in Afghanistan and will recommend increasing aid to neighboring Pakistan so long as leaders there confront militancy, people familiar with the forthcoming plan said Thursday.

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Woman arrested 3 times in 3 days for drunk driving

Updated: 03/26/2009 - A 60-year-old Washington woman arrested for drunken driving three times in three days while vacationing in Wisconsin has been sentenced to a month in jail. The woman was arrested first at 2 p.m. March 11, 2008. A deputy saw her try to drive out of a ditch, wearing only one shoe and had a blood-alcohol level of 0.21, authorities said. The legal driving limit is .08.

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Indian Taco Sale to Benefit LULAC

Updated: 03/26/2009 - An Indian taco sale will be held April 24 to benefit LULAC residents. It will assist their transportation needs.

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Shuttle gets 1 more inspection before heading home

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Crew members aboard space shuttle Discovery on Thursday combed the outside of the vehicle with a laser-tipped tool in a final inspection before they head back to Earth.

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Democrats turn back GOP call to reduce spending

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee defeated a Republican attempt Thursday to reduce recommended spending across hundreds of programs over the next five years as they moved toward approval of a blueprint that preserves President Barack Obama's top priorities.

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Obama wants high-paying, high-skill jobs in future

Updated: 03/26/2009 - President Barack Obama fielded questions on jobs, the auto industry, universal health care, mortgages, education, veterans' care and legalization of marijuana as he kicked off a first-of-its-kind Internet era Town Hall at the White House. Obama said job creation in America is difficult in a time of economic hardship and that the work of the future should be in more high-paying, high-skill areas like clean energy technology.

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W. Kansas farmers Welcome Snow

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Only 2.4 percent of the average rainfall has been recorded so far this year, perhaps the driest period on record. But the National Weather Service on Thursday predicts rain, then heavy snow.

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Judge to Consider Dismissing Charges Against Police Officer

Updated: 03/27/2009 - Judge Nancy Parrish will consider a special prosecutor's motion to dismiss charges against Jason Judd, a Topeka police officer. At a hearing Thursday the prosecution and defense gave the judge their reasons for and against the dismissal.

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Study: Male Circumcision Helps Prevent 2 STDs

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Circumcision not only protects against HIV in heterosexual men, but it also helps prevent two other sexually transmitted infections, a large new study found. Circumcised males reduced their risk of infection with HPV, or human papillomavirus, by 35 percent and herpes by 28 percent.

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