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Senators weigh tax increase to pay for health care

Updated: 05/12/2009 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senators are considering limiting - but not eliminating - the tax-free status of employer-provided health benefits to help pay for President Barack Obama's plan to provide coverage to 50 million uninsured Americans.

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Soldier charged in comrades' deaths showed stress

Updated: 05/12/2009 - BAGHDAD (AP) -- The U.S. military command launched an investigation Tuesday into whether it offers adequate mental health care to its soldiers, a day after a sergeant finishing up his third tour of Iraq allegedly shot and killed five comrades at a clinic on a U.S. base.

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Social Security and Medicare finances worsen

Updated: 05/12/2009 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Social Security and Medicare are fading even faster under the weight of the recession, heading for insolvency years sooner than previously expected, the government warned Tuesday.

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Man Arrested in Connection with Topeka Arsons

Updated: 05/13/2009 - Russell Eugene King, 49, Topeka, Kan., is charged with one count of arson to a dwelling without consent, a severity-level 6 person felony; and burglary, a severity-level 7 person felony. The crimes are alleged to have occurred May 10, 2009 at 820 SW 6th Street.

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Brownback to Visit Guantanamo

Updated: 05/12/2009 - Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback is heading to Guantanamo Bay to review detainee operations at the U.S. base in Cuba.

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First lady: Take opportunity to serve

Updated: 05/12/2009 - Saying public service is near and dear to her heart, first lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday encouraged Americans to lend each other a hand.

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Screams, 'We're down,' recorded in cockpit of crashing plane

Updated: 05/12/2009 - The pilot of a doomed plane that crashed, killing 50 people, said "Jesus Christ" and "We're down," seconds before the plane hurtled from the night sky into a house outside Buffalo, New York, in February.

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Man who spent 22 years on death row is cleared

Updated: 05/12/2009 - A former death row inmate in Tennessee has been cleared of murder, three years after the Supreme Court raised repeated questions about his conviction.

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Police to Hold 'Sale in the Park'

Updated: 06/01/2009 - The Citizens Academy Ambassadors (CAA) of the Topeka Police Department will be having its first fundraiser, “Sale in the Park”, beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, in the Crestview Shelter House, 4801 SW Shunga Drive, Topeka.

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Trump brings peace to Miss California USA imbroglio

Updated: 05/12/2009 - Donald Trump will let Miss California USA Carrie Prejean keep her title despite controversy over seminude photos and charges by state pageant officials that she had abandoned her duties to devote time to opposition to same-sex marriage.

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Space shuttle suffered 'minor' damage at launch

Updated: 05/12/2009 - A survey of space shuttle Atlantis' outer body has revealed that four tiles on the right side have "some dings" in them, the flight director said Tuesday.

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Recession hits Social Security hard

Updated: 05/12/2009 - Geithner unveils report on entitlement programs. Social Security trust fund may be exhausted 4 years sooner than earlier forecast. Medicare is much worse off.

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YWCA Leadership Luncheon

Updated: 05/12/2009 - Hundreds of people came together to celebrate the accomplishments of women in the work place.

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Murder trial delayed for Great Bend mother

Updated: 05/12/2009 - The trial has been postponed indefinitely for a Great Bend woman charged with second-degree murder after her 3-month-old son died from a beating at a hospital.

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2009 YWCA Leadership Luncheon

Updated: 05/12/2009 - In its 21st year, the YWCA Leadership Luncheon annually recognizes area women and employers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, dedication, commitment, and excellence at work in our community.

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Former Nebraska Brokers Charged with Fraud

Updated: 05/12/2009 - Two former Nebraska City brokers who have been accused in lawsuits of improperly selling risky investments in several interrelated Florida companies are now facing criminal charges of securities fraud.

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Tearful Yoko Ono Talks about John Lennon Exhibit

Updated: 05/12/2009 - A new John Lennon exhibit is particularly emotional for his widow, Yoko Ono. Besides Lennon's guitars, letters and other personal effects, it also includes a paper bag containing the bloody clothes from the night he was shot to death.

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Students Get Books About Self

Updated: 05/12/2009 - A personalized book given to students at Highland Park Central is intended to help students with both self-esteem and education.

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Former Catholic bishop of Milwaukee says he's Gay

Updated: 05/12/2009 - A Roman Catholic archbishop who resigned in 2002 over a sex and financial scandal involving a man describes his struggles with being gay in an upcoming memoir about his decades serving the church.

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