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AG Holder says closing Guantanamo won't be easy

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday the Guantanamo detention center is a well-run, professional facility that will be difficult to close - but he's still going to do it. Holder visited the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Monday and spoke to reporters about his trip during a news conference Wednesday.

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Obama offers 3rd pick, Gary Locke, for Commerce

Updated: 02/25/2009 - President Barack Obama introduced former Washington Gov. Gary Locke as his nominee for commerce secretary Wednesday, trying a third time to fill a key Cabinet post for a country in recession.

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Scores survive Turkish airliner crash in Amsterdam

Updated: 02/25/2009 - A Turkish Airlines jetliner plummeted out of the mist and plowed into a muddy field Wednesday near Amsterdam's main airport, but nearly everyone on board - 125 people - survived. The nine dead included both pilots.

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House OKs $410B bill to boost domestic programs

Updated: 02/25/2009 - The Democratic-controlled House approved $410 billion legislation Wednesday that boosted domestic programs, bristled with earmarks and chipped away at policies left behind by the Bush administration. The vote was 245-178, largely along party lines.

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Obama seeks $634B over 10 years for health care

Updated: 02/25/2009 - President Barack Obama's first budget will seek $634 billion over 10 years as a down payment on health care reform, a senior administration official said Wednesday.

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Army manual raises emphasis on electronic warfare

Updated: 02/25/2009 - For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the Army is updating its manual for the electronic battlefield - a move aimed at protecting soldiers against roadside bombs and other nontraditional warfare used by increasingly sophisticated insurgents.

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Gay Asians Criticize Oscar Speech's TV Censorship

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Gay Asians voiced indignation Wednesday after television broadcasts of the Academy Awards in their region censored the words "gay" and "lesbian" in speeches that called for equal rights for homosexuals.

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Texas town survives despite new border barrier

Updated: 02/25/2009 - When the government announced plans to build a new fence along portions of the Mexican border, residents of this sleepy town along the Rio Grande feared the barrier would cut them off from their backyards and even destroy some homes.

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Police: Miami man kills wife, 2 children and self

Updated: 02/25/2009 - A 53-year-old music teacher fatally shot his wife and two daughters Wednesday before killing himself, while his 16-year-old son who survived the attack managed to call 911 as he escaped uninjured from the Miami home, authorities said.

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Cops hit wall in hunt for LA serial killer

Updated: 02/25/2009 - They have a sample of his DNA, a description from a survivor and a $500,000 reward, but detectives investigating the city's most notorious serial killer have hit a wall.

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City Bans Board from Texting during Meetings

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Members of the Billerica board of selectmen voted 3-2 Monday night to ban its members from sending text messages and e-mails during its public meetings.

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Komodo Dragon Attacks Indonesian Park Ranger

Updated: 02/25/2009 - A Komodo dragon climbed a ladder to a park ranger's hut and mauled his hand and foot, officials said Wednesday. The victim received severe lacerations but appeared to be recovering.

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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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Gondry in Talks to Direct 'Green Hornet'

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Columbia Pictures says it is in talks with "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" director Michel Gondry to replace Hong Kong comedian Stephen Chow at the helm of its adaptation of "The Green Hornet."

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Officials Consider Privatizing Kansas City Airport

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Kansas City, MO Mayor Pro Tem Bill Skaggs confirmed Tuesday that city officials are discussing applying for one of the remaining spots in a federal program to privatize airports for Kansas City International. Officials say a sale of KCI could bring in about $1 billion.

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Kansas Plan Takes Lawmakers out of Redistricting

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Senate GOP and Democratic leaders announced a plan Wednesday that would give the task of redrawing district lines to legislative research staff. The Legislature would vote to accept or reject the proposal without making changes.

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Kansas Hospital Ends Heart Transplant Program

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Via Christi Regional Medical Center in Wichita says it's ending its heart transplant program because it falls short in the volume requirements set by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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Western Kansas County Aims Again at Prairie Dogs

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Logan County is poisoning a 90-foot border surrounding 1500 acres of western Kansas farmland to reduce the prairie dog population, despite objections of the land's owners.

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Federal Indictment on Kansas Bank Embezzlement

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Scott D. Becker, former president of Countryside Bank in Meriden; a former vice president, Stephanie R. Smith; and Michael R. Wurm, all of Meridan, are indicted on charges of stealing more than $2 million from the bank.

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Kansas Governor Will Revise 2010 Budget over Stimulus

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius told reporters Wednesday that she'll present a revised budget to legislators by the end of the week in light of the federal stimulus. Fiscal 2010 begins July 1.

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Lion Mauls Western Kansas Man at Animal Refuge

Updated: 02/25/2009 - A man staying at a motel next to a wildlife refuge near Oakley got into an outer perimeter lion cage Saturday and a lion grabbed his arm. The lion's owner discovered the scene when he showed up to feed the animal. He beat the lion with a pipe to release the man.

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