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Illinois Governor Removed from Office

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was convicted at his impeachment trial and thrown out of office Thursday. He says he will continue to fight to clear his name.

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Seaman District Gives Gift of Life

Updated: 01/29/2009 - The Community Blood Center reports collecting 66 units of blood during a drive at Seaman High School Thursday.

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Topeka Students Mark 100th Day of School

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Topeka's USD 501 had its 100th day of school Thursday. Students at McEachron Elementary were among those celebrating with various activities based on the number.

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Man Stabbed in Neck, Dropped Off at Hospital

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Topeka Police say a 29 year old man was dropped off at a local hospital with life-threatening stab wounds Wednesday night. The person who dropped him off fled the scene. Police continue investigating.

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Tips Needed in Unsolved Topeka Murder

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Topeka Police are putting out a request for the public's helping solving a nearly year-old homicide. Michael Holley died after being shot several times outside of Deep Pockets Billiards, 4310 SW 21st St., overnight February 23, 2008.

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Obama Seeks GOP Help

Updated: 01/29/2009 - President Barack Obama's economic stimulus legislation is headed for the Senate after a surprisingly partisan vote in the House in which Republicans united in opposition and 11 mostly conservative Democrats defected.

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New Home Sales Hit Record Low

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Caution returned to Wall Street Thursday as unemployment claims reached a record high and new home sales hit a record low — two glaring signs that the economy is still in a deep slump. The major stock indexes gave back all of Wednesday's gains, and then some.

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Suspects Used Cold as Weapon

Updated: 01/29/2009 - A 19-year-old woman who thought she was going to a party was instead driven to a rural wooded area and abandoned in 8-degree weather in a long-planned attack by three friends angry with her over an insurance claim, police said Thursday.

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Senate Republicans: GOP Needs to Define Principles

Updated: 01/29/2009 - After crushing defeats in back-to-back elections, the top Senate Republican warned Thursday that the GOP risks remaining out of power in the White House and Congress unless it better explains its core principles to woo one-time faithful and new loyalists.

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UN Visits Boat People Detained in Thailand

Updated: 01/29/2009 - U.N. officials were allowed to meet Thursday with boat people detained by Thailand and interviewed a dozen migrants as young as 14 about their perilous journey and allegations they were abused.

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Obama Criticizes Wall Street Behavior

Updated: 01/29/2009 - President Barack Obama issued a withering critique Thursday of Wall Street corporate behavior, calling it "the height of irresponsibility" for employees to be paid more than $18 billion in bonuses last year while their crumbling financial sector received a bailout from taxpayers.

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U-Haul Truck Driver Leads CHP on High-Speed Chase

Updated: 01/29/2009 - A woman in a U-Haul truck led authorities on a high-speed chase for more than two hours - going through downtown Los Angeles and star-studded Malibu - before she was finally arrested.

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Obama Spokesman Defends Economic Stimulus Plan

Updated: 01/29/2009 - White House press secretary Robert Gibbs says President Barack Obama is going to continue to work with Republicans to craft a stimulus package supported on both sides of the aisle.

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Sony's Quarterly Net Profit Tumbles 95 Percent

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Sony said Thursday its net profit plunged 95 percent in the October-December quarter, as the holiday shopping season provided no respite for the struggling electronics giant and tepid sales of TVs, digital cameras and cell phones hit its bottom line.

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Google Sets up Online Broadband Testing Lab

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Google Inc. and two nonprofit partners Wednesday launched a Web site that lets consumers test their Internet connections to reveal possible interference and traffic management by service providers.

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Manager's Luxe Life on the Line in Madoff Case

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Walter Noel Jr. and his wife Monica had it all: Luxurious houses on Connecticut's wealthy coast, Palm Beach and the Hamptons, a Park Avenue pied-a-terre and, most of all, a hilltop retreat on an exclusive island in the Caribbean named after a goddess. They hobnobbed with Mick Jagger and Tommy Hilfiger, who sounded a bit jealous of their view.

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Ruble Takes a Big Hit as Oil Slides Below $42

Updated: 01/29/2009 - The ruble dropped sharply in early afternoon trading Thursday as oil prices dipped below $42 a barrel and officials forecast a further devaluation of the Russian currency.

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Iraqi shoe hurler inspires art in Saddam hometown

Updated: 01/29/2009 - When an Iraqi journalist hurled his shoes at George W. Bush last month at a Baghdad press conference, the attack spawned a flood of Web quips, political satire and street rallies across the Arab world.

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Arkansas Panel Rejects Resolution Congratulating Obama

Updated: 01/29/2009 - An Arkansas House committee has rejected a resolution congratulating President Barack Obama on his electoral victory after some lawmakers questioned wording that referred to the United States being founded by slave owners.

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Iraq bars Blackwater, tarnished by civilian deaths

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Iraq said Thursday it will bar Blackwater Worldwide from providing security protection for U.S. diplomats because its contractors used excessive force, sanctioning a company whose image was irrevocably tarnished by the 2007 killings of 17 Iraqi civilians.

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KS Big and Little "Brothers" Learn From Each Other

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Bob and Daniel met eight years ago as a pair matched through Big Brothers Big Sisters. Now Daniel is 16 and learning to drive while Bob talks about how they've both helped steer each other through life.

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Colorado man accused of threatening Obama

Updated: 01/29/2009 - A Colorado man has been indicted on charges of threatening to kill President Barack Obama and blow up the Mall of America in suburban Minneapolis.

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