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Marine Exchange Fire With Taliban In Soaring Heat

Updated: 07/02/2009 - U.S. Marines hiked through searing heat and took fire from small pockets of militants Thursday after landing in this Taliban-controlled southern region of tree-lined fields, mud homes and crisscrossing waterways in the first major operation under President Barack Obama's strategy to stabilize Afghanistan.

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Biden In Iraq, Meets With Troops

Updated: 07/02/2009 - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Iraq on Thursday to visit U.S. soldiers, just two days after all American combat troops withdrew from Baghdad and all of Iraq's cities and towns.

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Obama" Putin Has "One Foot In Old Ways"

Updated: 07/02/2009 - On the eve of a trip to Moscow, President Barack Obama chided Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Thursday for keeping "one foot in the old ways of doing business."

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Obama Confident In Recovery Despite Jobs Report

Updated: 07/02/2009 - President Obama says he's confident the economy will rebound despite a report that employers cut a larger-than-expected 467,000 jobs in June. The unemployment rate climbed to a 26-year high of 9.5 percent.

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OAS Chief Says Sanctions Likely In Honduras

Updated: 07/02/2009 - OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza says the international community has done ``practically everything that can be done'' to persuade interim leaders to give up power and restore ousted President Manuel Zelaya.

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Topeka Motorcyclist Succumbs To Injuries

Updated: 07/02/2009 - 56-year old Robert Wehmeyer passed away Monday. He was injured May 30th when authorities say he lost control of his motorcycle near 46th and Menoken Road.

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Topeka Railroad Crossings Close

Updated: 07/02/2009 - The Union Pacific Railroad will permanently close two of its crossings - one at NW Howard just west of Lincoln and one at NW Grant Street just west of Tyler - beginning around 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 7.

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AMA Open To Government-Funded Health Insurance Option

Updated: 07/02/2009 - The new president of the American Medical Association, which represents the interests of the nation's doctors, said Wednesday the group is open to a government-funded health insurance option for people without coverage.

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One Count Dismissed in Judd Case

Updated: 07/03/2009 - Judge Nancy Parrish listened to arguments Thursday morning in the evidentiary hearing in the case against Topeka Police officer Jason Judd. She decided to drop one of the four charges against Judd.

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Police Looking For Parents Of Found 5-Year-Old

Posted: 07/02/2009 - At 4:50 a.m. Topeka Police Officers came across a 5-year-old boy walking in the area of Munson and LaneThe child is safe and sheltered. The parents or guardians may call 368-9464 for further information.

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Child Found Wandering Topeka Streets Returned To Mother

Updated: 07/02/2009 - Topeka Police say the mother of a boy found wandering the streets early Thursday morning contacted them and they have been reunited. Initial reports were a babysitter was watching the 5-year old when he somehow got out of the house.

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French: Air France Plane Hit Sea Vertically

Updated: 07/02/2009 - Air France Flight 447 plunged vertically into the Atlantic Ocean intact at a very high speed, a top French investigator said Thursday, adding that problems with the plane's speed sensors were not the direct cause of the crash.

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Bombs Against Pakistan Police, Govt Workers Kill 8

Updated: 07/02/2009 - Two bombs targeting police and government workers killed up to eight people and wounded scores more Thursday — latest attacks to hit Pakistan as it battles Taliban insurgents near the border with Afghanistan.

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North Korea Test-Fires 4 Short-Range Missiles

Updated: 07/02/2009 - North Korea test-fired four short-range missiles Thursday, South Korea's Defense Ministry said, a move that aggravates already high tensions following Pyongyang's recent nuclear test and U.N. sanctions imposed as punishment.

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US Marines Launch Major Offensive In Afghanistan

Updated: 07/02/2009 - Thousands of U.S. Marines poured from helicopters and armored vehicles into Taliban-controlled villages in southern Afghanistan on Thursday in the first major operation under President Barack Obama's strategy to stabilize the country.

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467K Jobs Cut In June; Jobless Rate At 9.5 Percent

Updated: 07/02/2009 - Employers cut a larger-than-expected 467,000 jobs in June and the unemployment rate climbed to a 26-year high of 9.5 percent. Workers also saw weekly wages fall, suggesting Americans will have little appetite to spend and the economy's road to recovery will be bumpy.

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Audit Finds 2 Lottery Workers Made Big Overtime

Updated: 07/02/2009 - A state audit has found that two Kansas Lottery employees made a total of $36,000 in overtime pay in one year. Lottery officials say the high overtime was caused in part by computer problems.

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Nominations For 8 Wonders Of Kansas Customs Sought

Updated: 07/02/2009 - Nominations are being sought for the "8 Wonders of Kansas Customs.'' It's the latest contest by the Kansas Sampler Foundation, an organization that educates people about the state.

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Poll: 64% Say Too Much Jackson Coverage

Updated: 07/02/2009 - Nearly two in three Americans say news organizations have given too much coverage to the death of Michael Jackson, but half say the media have struck the right balance between covering the pop star's personal life and musical career.

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State Audits Kansas High School Group

Updated: 07/02/2009 - A state audit has found that Kansas high schools get to keep a much smaller percentage of gate receipts for athletic events than most schools in surrounding states.

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