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Budget Umpire: Health Care Bills Would Raise Costs

Posted: 07/16/2009 - Democrats' health care bills won't meet President Barack Obama's goal of slowing the ruinous rise of medical costs, Congress' budget umpire warned on Thursday, giving weight to critics who say the legislation could break the bank.

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Foreclosures Rise 15 Percent First Half Of 2009

Posted: 07/16/2009 - The number of U.S. households on the verge of losing their homes soared by nearly 15 percent in the first half of the year as more people lost their jobs and were unable to pay their monthly mortgage bills.

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NASA Refurbishes Moon Footage

Posted: 07/16/2009 - With the help of Hollywood, those historic, grainy images of the first men on the moon never looked better. NASA unveiled refurbished video Thursday of the July 20, 1969, moonwalk restored by the same company that sharpened up the movie "Casablanca."

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Republicans Clear Way For Sotomayor Vote

Posted: 07/16/2009 - Republicans cleared the way Thursday for a Senate vote next month to confirm Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, placing her firmly in line to become the first Hispanic justice.

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Sorting Out Acetaminophen Fact From Fear

Posted: 07/16/2009 - The FDA is considering new warnings for the popular painkiller acetaminophen, but health workers say if people read labels and use it as directed it is still a valuable medicine.

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Kansas Senate Race Expected To Play To GOP Base

Posted: 07/16/2009 - Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt are building statewide organizations, collecting endorsements and trying to raise several million dollars. That's crucial early work for the August 2010 primary election campaign.

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Kansas Infant Deaths Declined In 2008

Posted: 07/16/2009 - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Thursday there were 7.2 infant deaths per 1,000 live births last year, compared with 7.9 deaths per 1,000 births in 2007. Overall, 303 infants died statewide last year, 30 fewer than the year before.

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Stage For French Madonna Show Collapses; 1 Dead

Posted: 07/16/2009 - A stage being built for a Madonna concert in the French port city of Marseille collapsed Thursday, leaving one dead and six injured, the fire department said.

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Fight For Swine Flu Vaccine Could Get Ugly

Posted: 07/16/2009 - An ugly scramble is brewing over the swine flu vaccine — and when it becomes available, Britain, the United States and other nations could find that the contracts they signed with pharmaceutical companies are easily broken.

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Westar To Apply For ``Smart Grid'' Funds

Posted: 07/16/2009 - Westar Energy has filed a letter of intent to apply for $20 million in stimulus funds to upgrade its power delivery system, making it more efficient.

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Wal-Mart Exec Foresees Eco-Ratings For All

Posted: 07/16/2009 - Wal-Mart's top executive says the world's largest retailer hopes efforts to develop eco-ratings for products the company sells can result in international environmental standards that all retailers can apply to all suppliers.

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GOP Envisions August Senate Vote On Sotomayor

Posted: 07/16/2009 - Republicans cleared the way Thursday for a Senate vote next month to confirm Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, placing her firmly in line to become the first Hispanic justice.

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Mourners Weep For Slain Russian Rights Activist

Posted: 07/16/2009 - Weeping mourners walked through Chechnya's capital on Thursday to honor activist Natalya Estemirova, whose brazen kidnapping and execution-style killing shocked Russia's beleaguered human rights community and prompted international outrage.

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Somali terror suspect returns to court

Posted: 07/16/2009 - A Somali man from Minnesota who has been indicted on terrorism charges is scheduled to be back in federal court for a detention hearing.

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Ex-POWs Rally Against Time In Bid To Tell Stories

Posted: 07/16/2009 - Museums are seeing an increase in donations and oral histories from the swell of former U.S. prisoners of war eager to leave their legacies. But museum officials still worry that too many POWs approaching their late 80s and 90s will go to their graves without publicly telling their stories.

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Taliban Threatens To Kill Captured US Soldier

Posted: 07/16/2009 - Local Taliban commanders threatened Thursday to kill a captured American soldier unless the U.S. military stops operations in two districts of southeastern Afghanistan.

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Ky. Sen. Bunning Raises Less Money Than Rivals

Posted: 07/16/2009 - Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning raised $302,466 from April through June for his re-election campaign next year, about half the haul of a potential GOP rival.

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Craigslist Suspect Loses Bid For Media Leak Probe

Posted: 07/16/2009 - A former medical student charged with killing a masseuse he met on Craigslist has lost his request for an investigation into media leaks he claimed may have tainted the grand jury that indicted him.

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Fight For Swine Flu Vaccine Could Get Ugly

Posted: 07/16/2009 - An ugly scramble is brewing over the swine flu vaccine — and when it becomes available, Britain, the United States and other nations could find that the contracts they signed with pharmaceutical companies are easily broken.

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