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Obama urged not to backburner climate change

Updated: 01/30/2009 - Don't put off action on global warming just because times are lean - that's the message Al Gore, world environmental leaders and U.S. executives sent Friday to President Barack Obama.

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Thieves Use Vehicle Burglaries to Access Homes

Updated: 01/31/2009 - Leaving a garage door opener in your vehicle can be a free pass for burglars to break in and steal it, look up your address on your registration or insurance, and go to your house to rob you.

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Duane Fager Named SMEI Topeka 2008 Executive of the Year

Updated: 01/30/2009 - Sales and Marketing Executives of Topeka will present its 2008 Sales and Marketing Executive of the Year award to Duane Fager, President and Chief Executive Officer, CoreFirst Bank and Trust.

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Kansas Tax Collections Short Again in January

Updated: 01/30/2009 - The Department of Revenue reported Friday that the state took in $513 million during the month. Officials had expected tax collections of $534 million. The difference is about 4 percent.

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Octuplets' Family Filed For Bankruptcy

Updated: 01/30/2009 - CBS News has learned that the family of the octuplets born this week outside Los Angeles filed for bankruptcy and abandoned a home a little over a year-and-a-half ago.

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Calif. Rejects Bid For New Oil Drilling

Updated: 01/30/2009 - The State Lands Commission on Thursday rejected a proposal that could have led to the first new oil drilling project off the California coast in 40 years.

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Simpson Scrutinized For Weight Gain

Updated: 01/30/2009 - It's not easy being a celebrity, especially as a woman whose body image is constantly being scrutinized.

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Police: Sister Beats Up Bride At Wedding Reception

Updated: 01/30/2009 - A woman who wasn't invited to her sister's wedding reception showed up anyway and attacked the bride, pulling out clumps of her hair, police said. Annmarie Bricker, 23, of Valparaiso, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of battery.

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Ex-Congo Soldier Admits Training Children

Updated: 01/30/2009 - A former Congolese militia fighter testified Friday that he trained children to use assault rifles and fought alongside them in the ethnic conflicts of eastern Congo.

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Air Force to Train Combat Docs to Use Acupuncture

Updated: 01/30/2009 - Chief Warrant Officer James Brad Smith broke five ribs, punctured a lung and shattered bones in his hand and thigh after falling more than 20 feet from a Black Hawk helicopter in Baghdad last month.

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Dino-right! Fix is in for misnamed Texas dinosaur

Updated: 01/30/2009 - Pleurocoelus has served ably as the official dinosaur of Texas. Sure, it was a plant-noshing herbivore in a fiercely barbecue-proud state, but the sauropod dwarfed most other dinos and lumbered with a 20-ton swagger.

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Ill.'s new gov: We'll `fumigate state government'

Updated: 01/30/2009 - Gov. Pat Quinn moved quickly Friday to put Rod Blagojevich's scandal-ridden tenure behind him, signing his first executive order and saying he wants to "fumigate state government."

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Volcano Threat Puts Alaskans On Alert

Updated: 01/30/2009 - Hardware stores and auto parts shops scored a post-holiday run of business this week as Anchorage-area residents stocked up on protective eyewear and masks ahead of a possible eruption of Mount Redoubt.

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Family: Octuplets' mother has 6 other children

Updated: 01/30/2009 - The woman who gave birth to octuplets this week already had six children but refused the option of reducing the number of embryos she was carrying last year, her mother said.

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Obama Looks To Boost Middle Class

Updated: 01/30/2009 - President Barack Obama reached out to the working and middle classes Friday, re-announcing the creation of a Middle Class Task Force and reversing a number of George W. Bush's executive orders that critics regard as bad for labor unions.

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Death row inmate aids in search for his SC victim

Updated: 01/30/2009 - Monica Caison figured it was worth a shot, so she fired off a letter, a single paragraph, to the man on death row for kidnapping and killing Alice Donovan during a two-week, 2,300-mile crime spree.

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Embattled Fla. House speaker steps down for now

Updated: 01/30/2009 - The speaker of Florida's House of Representatives said Friday he is stepping down temporarily to deal with a probe into his hiring by a state college for which he obtained millions of dollars in funding.

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ExxonMobil Shatters Annual Profit Record

Updated: 01/30/2009 - Exxon Mobil Corp. on Friday reported a profit of $45.2 billion for 2008, breaking its own record for a U.S. company, even as its fourth-quarter earnings fell 33 percent from a year ago.

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Change in distress beacons could strand boaters

Updated: 01/30/2009 - Like callers dialing 911 and getting no answer, boaters could end up stranded - or worse - if they haven't upgraded their emergency distress beacons by this weekend. But the improved technology will speed rescues and spare agencies from many false alarms.

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Fla. mom's lawyers can view wooded crime scene

Updated: 01/30/2009 - A judge on Friday denied a motion from Casey Anthony's defense attorneys to remove prosecutors from her murder trial but ruled that the defense team can inspect woods where the remains of her slain toddler were found. Casey Anthony is charged with killing her daughter, Caylee, who was 2 when she disappeared last summer.

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