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Wheat Harvest Underway Across Most Of Kansas

Updated: 06/29/2009 - In its daily harvest update, the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers said Sunday only extreme northeast Kansas has not yet begun its wheat harvest.

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Medical Examiner: Pitchman Mays Had Heart Disease

Updated: 06/29/2009 - Hillsborough County Medical Examiner Vernard Adams said Monday the boisterous, bearded 50-year-old Billy Mays, known for hawking Oxiclean, suffered from hypertensive heart disease. Adams said an autopsy found no evidence of head trauma.

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Court Rejects Missouri Appeal On Funeral Protest Law

Updated: 06/29/2009 - The justices refused without comment Monday to hear Missouri's appeal of an order preventing it from enforcing a law limiting protests near funerals. The state enacted a law aimed at religious picketers who have turned up at soldiers' funerals.

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Man Dies In Southern Kansas House Fire

Updated: 06/29/2009 - The man killed Sunday in a house fire in southern Kansas has been identified as 64-year-old Jack Greever. Sgt. Chad Gordon of the Winfield Police Department said the coroner has ordered an autopsy.

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Bernard Madoff Gets Maximum 150 Years

Updated: 06/29/2009 - Convicted swindler Bernard Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison Monday for fraud so extensive that the judge said he needed to send a symbolic message to those who might imitate his fraud and to victims who need relief.

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Abu Ghraib Scandal Haunts W.Virginia Reservist

Updated: 06/29/2009 - More than two years since leaving her prison cell, the woman who became the grinning face of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal spends most of her days confined to the four walls of her home.

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Police: Virginia Dad Lured Son Home, Then Shot Him

Updated: 06/29/2009 - A college student who was wounded in a shooting that killed his mother and brother told police his father lured him to the family's house in southwest Virginia. The father later killed himself, authorities said.

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NFL Players Put The Heavy In Metal

Updated: 06/29/2009 - Marc Colombo lowers his bald head and leans his sweaty, 6-foot-8, 318-pound frame toward the microphone, growling to the crowd that the next song will "rip your face off."

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Autopsy Planned For TV Pitchman Billy Mays

Updated: 06/29/2009 - Television viewers knew him as the OxiClean guy: the bearded, boisterous pitchman on commercials airing hundreds of times a week nationwide. "Hi. Billy Mays here," he would begin, before showing off his latest cleaning product or gadget.

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SC Governor Resolves To Stay Put Despite Scandal

Updated: 06/29/2009 - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford says he's not quitting - though he considered it - despite intense scrutiny and criticism over his affair with a woman from Argentina.

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KCK Police Identify Man Shot By Officer

Updated: 06/29/2009 - The police department on Monday said 39-year-old Christopher Utter, Kansas City, Kan., was shot and killed Saturday after he tried to hit an officer with his car.

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Hutchinson To Host Two Astronauts

Updated: 06/29/2009 - Maj. Gen. Joe Engle, a native of Chapman, and spacecraft commander on space shuttle missions, will speak at the Kansas Cosmosphere on Friday. On July 10, Brig. Gen. Charlie Duke Jr. will speak.

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Air Force Test Fires Missile From Calif Coast

Updated: 06/29/2009 - The Air Force says it has successfully launched an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile from a California base, firing it to targets in the Pacific Ocean.

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Spiritual Adviser: 'Darkness' Gripped Sanford

Updated: 06/29/2009 - In an interview with The Associated Press this weekend at his Columbia office, just blocks from the State House, Warren Culbertson said he believed his friend when he said that this was his only marital transgression.

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Study Finds Widening Generation Gap In US

Updated: 06/29/2009 - A new study released Monday by the Pew Research Center found Americans of different ages increasingly at odds over a range of social and technological issues.

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High Court Rules On Funeral Protests

Updated: 06/29/2009 - WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Supreme Court has left in place a court order barring Missouri from enforcing a law limiting protests near funerals.

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Endangered Birds Nest In West Wichita

Least Tern

Updated: 06/29/2009 - The group of six male and six female least terns arrived near a west Wichita construction company from the Gulf of Mexico last month. After the birds built nests and began laying eggs, The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks closed off a section of sand bar.

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Kansas Supreme Court Rules For Water District

Updated: 06/29/2009 - The Kansas Supreme Court has affirmed a water district's right to test drill for groundwater on the private property of Gregory and Charlee Shipe of Lawrence in their case against the Public Wholesale Water Supply District No. 25.

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IEA Sees Oil Demand Up 0.6% A Year Through 2014

Updated: 06/29/2009 - World oil demand is likely to grow by an average of 0.6% annually over the 2008-2014 period, the International Energy Agency forecast Monday, revising its mid-term expectations downward amid the global recession.

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Stocks Open Higher Ahead Of Week's Key Data

Updated: 06/29/2009 - Stocks are slightly higher in early trading Monday, following mixed moves in overseas markets. Stocks in Asia were lower, while European markets advanced.

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Court Fight Over Michael Jackson's Children Looms

Updated: 06/29/2009 - Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine, is taking care of the singer's three children and the family will go to court Monday in part to protect her rights to custody, the family's spokesman said Monday.

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Oil Hovers Near $69 As Traders Eye US Economy

Updated: 06/29/2009 - Oil prices hovered near $69 a barrel Monday as traders looked to macroeconomic indicators due later this week for signs of improvement in the U.S. economy.

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Spectators Flock To Court For Madoff Sentencing

Updated: 06/29/2009 - Several hundred spectators have arrived at federal court in New York to witness the sentencing of Bernard Madoff for a multibillion-dollar fraud scheme.

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