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Peanut Recall Grows as Feds Find Problems at Plant

Updated: 01/28/2009 - The salmonella outbreak spawned one of the largest ever product recalls Wednesday by a Georgia peanut plant where federal inspectors reported finding roaches, mold, a leaking roof and other sanitary problems.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboardist dies at Florida home

Updated: 01/28/2009 - Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboard player Billy Powell, who played on such hits as "Sweet Home Alabama" and survived the 1977 plane crash that killed three band members, died Wednesday. He was 56.

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Cable television ratings for week of Jan. 19-25

Updated: 01/28/2009 - Rankings for the top 15 programs on cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Jan. 19-25. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses:

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Report: LA cardinal subject of federal probe

Updated: 01/28/2009 - Federal prosecutors are investigating Cardinal Roger M. Mahony and other officials of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles over their handling of alleged clergy child molestation cases, according to reports published Wednesday.

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NY teens accused of hate crime face new charges

Updated: 01/28/2009 - Seven teenagers already accused in the racially motivated stabbing death of an Ecuadorean immigrant were charged Wednesday with taking part in attacks on eight other Hispanics over 14 months.

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Ill. governor wants to speak at impeachment trial

Updated: 01/28/2009 - Gov. Rod Blagojevich has asked to make a statement at the impeachment trial he has so far avoided, but still refuses to answer questions from the lawmakers who will decide whether to remove him from office, the Illinois Senate president announced Wednesday.

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Hospital: Calif. octuplets doing 'amazingly well'

Updated: 01/28/2009 - The nation's second set of live-born octuplets were all breathing on their own Wednesday, 48 hours after a woman gave birth to the surprising bunch in Southern California.

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Report: LA cardinal subject of federal probe

Updated: 01/28/2009 - Federal prosecutors are investigating Cardinal Roger M. Mahony and other officials of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles over their handling of alleged clergy child molestation cases, according to reports published Wednesday.

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Offshore Calif. drilling deal could be scuttled

Updated: 01/28/2009 - An agreement paving the way for the first oil drilling off the California coast in nearly 40 years has run into unexpected opposition that may sink it altogether Thursday.

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Hudson crash co-pilot hopes to fly again in weeks

Updated: 01/28/2009 - The co-pilot who helped to safely crash-land a passenger plane into the Hudson River hopes to fly again in a few weeks and praised everyone involved in the rescue.

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Texas executes former security guard for killing 4

Updated: 01/28/2009 - Texas executed a former Houston security guard Wednesday for gunning down four people, including his ex-girlfriend and her two small children, during an October 1996 shooting frenzy.

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Boeing Posts Loss, Announces 10,000 Job Cuts

Updated: 01/28/2009 - The world's second-largest airplane maker Wednesday announced job cuts totaling 10,000 and forecast 2009 earnings that missed Wall Street expectations. Boeing says it was hurt by a labor strike.

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CFC Honors Charitable Efforts

Updated: 01/28/2009 - Federal Organizations that participated in the Combined Federal Campaign were treated to breakfast at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library for their outstanding fundraising efforts for charity during 2008.

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Commissioner Ensley Receives Parks Honor

Updated: 01/28/2009 - Shawnee County Commissioner Ted Ensley was named the 2008 Distinguished Elected Official by the Kansas Recreation and Park Association.

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US envoy urges stronger Gaza truce amid airstrikes

Updated: 01/28/2009 - As Israeli-Hamas violence flared, President Barack Obama's new Mideast envoy promised on Wednesday a vigorous push for peace, saying Gaza militants must end their weapons smuggling and the blockaded borders must be pried open if a cease-fire is to take hold.

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Mana de Topeka Meets, Plans Improvements

Updated: 01/28/2009 - Members of the Mana de Topeka group had their first meeting of 2009 Wednesday. The meeting was held at the Capitol Plaza where members discussed improvements for the new year.

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Mississippi Mayor Indicted In Katrina Fraud

Updated: 01/28/2009 - Gulfport's mayor, walking in this picture with former Vice President Cheney, faces 16 fraud counts linked to disaster assistance from the devastating storm.

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Fed Moves to Help Distressed Homeowners

Updated: 01/28/2009 - The Federal Reserve is taking steps to keep some distressed borrowers in their homes, but it may not make much of a dent in the nation's housing crisis.

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Community Blood Center Blood Drive Thursday and Friday

Updated: 01/28/2009 - Community Blood Center is holding a blood drive from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friday at its facility at 800 Lane. All donors will receive football-related gifts.

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Topeka Gym Owner Sentenced for Alleged Assault

Updated: 01/28/2009 - A judge sentenced 48-year old David Byrd to 30 months in prison for aggravated indecent liberties with a child, unlawful criminal restraint and criminal threats.

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