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US Roads, Water and Basic Systems Earn 'D' Grade

Updated: 01/28/2009 - America's roads, public transit and aviation have gotten worse in the past four years. Water and sewage systems are dreadful. The basic physical backbone of American society is barely above failing, a report by top engineers says.

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World Stock Markets Rise; SKorea Jumps 6%

Updated: 01/28/2009 - Most Asian stock markets rose Wednesday, with South Korea's benchmark jumping nearly 6 percent in a catch-up rally, after U.S. earnings showed companies are still scraping together profits despite the worst recession in decades. European markets opened higher.

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Fed in Uncharted Waters, Eyes New Tools

Updated: 01/28/2009 - With the country reeling from a recession, Federal Reserve policymakers are weighing what other tools they can use to brace the economy.

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Steel Makers Forecast Grim First Quarter

Updated: 01/27/2009 - Two steel makers forecast a grim first quarter Tuesday as the recession continues to slow demand for everything from washing machines to SUVs, suggesting that more plant shutdowns and job cuts could be on the way.

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Sumner School Sale Not Final

Updated: 01/27/2009 - The Topeka City Council will wait a week before giving a final yes or no to the sale of the Sumner School building. The council made the decision Tuesday to get further answers on what their options are.

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Citigroup Will Not Take Possession of New Aircraft

Updated: 01/27/2009 - Citigroup won't be getting a new corporate jet after all. Under pressure from President Barack Obama, one of the nation's largest banks reversed course, announcing that it will not take delivery of the jet it had planned to purchase before the credit crisis unfolded.

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Stocks Rise Following US Steel, Amex Earnings

Updated: 01/27/2009 - The market had its second straight moderate advance Tuesday, rising after companies including United States Steel Corp. and American Express Co. managed to post profits in a difficult recession.

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FDA Inspectors Find Many Problems at Peanut Plant

Updated: 01/27/2009 - The Georgia peanut processing plant at the center of a national salmonella outbreak had a history of problems it failed to correct, federal health officials said Tuesday.

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Rare 1,800-year-old Figurine Found in Jerusalem

Updated: 01/27/2009 - An 1,800-year-old figurine believed to have originated from the eastern stretches of the Roman Empire has been discovered by archaeologists outside the walls of the old city, the Israeli Antiquities Authority said. The 2-inch marble bust depicts the head of a man with a short curly beard and almond-shaped eyes who may portray a boxer, the authority said.

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LA Man Upset Over Job Kills Wife, 5 Kids, Himself

Updated: 01/27/2009 - A man fatally shot his wife, five young children and himself, claiming in a note he faxed to a TV station Tuesday that the couple had just been fired from their hospital jobs and together planned the killings as an escape for the whole family.

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Obama Open to Compromise on $825B Stimulus Bill

Updated: 01/27/2009 - On the eve of a key vote, President Barack Obama privately promised Republicans he stands ready to accept changes in the $825 billion economic stimulus legislation, invoked Ronald Reagan to rebut conservative critics and urged lawmakers to "put politics aside" in the interest of creating jobs.

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Kansans Attend Drug Endangered Children Training Program

Updated: 01/27/2009 - People from all across the state were in Topeka Tuesday learning about how to help children in drug abusive homes. A training session was held at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library for the Kansas Alliance for Drug Endangered Children program.

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Car Dealers Shuttering Showrooms

Updated: 01/27/2009 - With America's car business stuck in reverse, the annual convention of America's car dealers is no party.

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Band, "Burn," Blamed For Thai Club Fire

Updated: 01/27/2009 - Thai police have charged the singer of a band named Burn with negligence for allegedly setting off fireworks that started a New Year's Eve nightclub blaze that killed 66 partygoers in Bangkok.

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Firefighter Suspended From Band Over Nod To Obama

Updated: 01/27/2009 - An Ohio firefighter has been given a six-month suspension from his role in a pipe and drum band because he nodded to President Barack Obama during last week's inaugural parade in Washington.

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Medicare Expands Cancer Rx Coverage

Updated: 01/27/2009 - Medicare has quietly expanded its coverage for cancer drugs to include some treatments that haven't gotten the Food and Drug Administration's full seal of approval.

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Gates Sees Long Road Ahead In Afghanistan

Updated: 01/27/2009 - Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday there is too little "time, patience or money" for the United States to set unrealistic goals for war-torn Afghanistan.

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OSHA Investigating Manhattan Trench Collapse

Updated: 01/27/2009 - Twenty-five year old Christopher Kramer died Monday while working at a new house construction site on McMillin Road, just off Highway 24 east of Manhattan. OSHA is investigating the accident.

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Bill Clinton Made Millions From Foreign Sources

Updated: 01/27/2009 - Former President Bill Clinton earned nearly $6 million in speaking fees last year, almost all of it from foreign companies, according to financial documents filed by his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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U.S. Fights Information War With Taliban

Updated: 01/27/2009 - Angry villagers protested the raid which they claim killed 17 of their neighbors. U.S. forces say it killed 15 enemy fighters.

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