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Missouri "Munchkin": Mickey Carroll Dies

Updated: 05/08/2009 - Mickey Carroll was one of more than 100 adults and children who were recruited to play the movie natives of what author L. Frank Baum called Munchkin Country in his 1900 book "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."

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FDA: Kids At Risk From Testoterone Gel

Updated: 05/08/2009 - A little testosterone might be good for adults, but it can cause serious harm to children, federal health officials warned Thursday. The Food and Drug Administration said adults using prescription testosterone gel must be extra careful not to get any of it on children to avoid causing serious side effects.

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Gov't Sticks With Bush-Era Polar Bear Rule

Updated: 05/08/2009 - The Obama administration on Friday let stand a Bush-era regulation that limits protection of the polar bear from global warming, saying that a law protecting endangered species shouldn't be used to take on the broader issue of climate change.

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Baby Names: Barack, Miley Move Up; Emma, Jacob Rule

Updated: 05/08/2009 - Emma ended Emily's 12-year reign as the No. 1 baby name for girls in 2008, the Social Security Administration announced Friday. Jacob was at the top for the 10th straight year.

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Obama: Encouraging Signs, But Too Many Out of Work

Updated: 05/08/2009 - President Barack Obama said Friday there have been "somewhat encouraging" improvements in the country's stricken labor markets, but the rate of joblessness is "still a sobering toll."

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Wall Street Pushes Higher after Jobs Data

Updated: 05/08/2009 - Investors pushed stocks higher Friday, relieved by better-than-expected jobs data and confirmation that big banks don't need as much capital as some had feared.

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Layoffs Slow to 539K in April; Jobless Rate Rises

Updated: 05/08/2009 - The pace of layoffs slowed in April when employers cut 539,000 jobs, the fewest in six months. But the unemployment rate climbed to 8.9 percent, the highest since late 1983, as many businesses remain wary of hiring given all the economic uncertainties.

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Strip Mall Explosion Caught on Tape

Updated: 05/08/2009 - The incident occurred Thursday at the Penn Mar shopping center in Forestville, Maryland. Crews were called to the center for a report of a natural gas leak.

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Amateur Video Catches US-Taliban Fighting

Updated: 05/08/2009 - The U.S. military said Friday that reports that as many as 147 civilians died in fighting involving American forces and the Taliban were "extremely over-exaggerated.

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Bank Robbery Suspect Leaves Wallet Behind

Updated: 05/08/2009 - A Kansas City man robbed a bank, but maybe it easy for police to find him by leaving behind his wallet, which held his driver's license.

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Kan. Teen Offers Sister in Craigslist Joke

Updated: 05/08/2009 - A Craigslist posting offering a 4-year-old Kansas girl to anybody willing to take her off the seller's hands has been found to be a joke. But police aren't laughing.

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House Takes Up Energy Bill, Budget Issue

Updated: 05/08/2009 - The Kansas House is expected to approve an energy bill that would allow a new coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas. Legislators are also continuing work on the state budget.

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Illinois Ex-Cop Charged in Death of 3rd Wife

Updated: 05/08/2009 - Drew Peterson, the former police sergeant who went on a high-profile media blitz after his fourth wife's disappearance more than 1 1/2 years ago, is facing murder charges in the death of a previous wife.

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KDHE Celebrates National Women’s Health Week

Updated: 05/08/2009 - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is joining the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health in celebrating National Women’s Health Week May 10 – 16 to call attention to the importance of women’s health.

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Bollywood Boycott Dulls Indian Sreens

Updated: 05/08/2009 - The dispute between Bollywood producers and Indian multiplexes over revenue sharing hardened this week, with no end in sight to the monthlong boycott of new releases.

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Wesleyan Slaying Suspect Due in Conn. Court Friday

Updated: 05/08/2009 - A 29-year-old man accused of stalking a college student and then killing her inside a bookstore was expected to make his first court appearance Friday, a day after seeing his photo in a newspaper and asking a convenience store clerk to call police.

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Red Sox Great Dom DiMaggio, Joe's Brother, Dies

Updated: 05/08/2009 - Dominic DiMaggio, the bespectacled Boston Red Sox center fielder who was overshadowed by his older brother Joe's Hall of Fame career, died early Friday at his Massachusetts home. He was 92.

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Statue of Liberty Crown to Reopen July 4

Updated: 05/08/2009 - The crown of the Statue of Liberty will reopen July 4 for the first time since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Friday.

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Illinois Ex-cop Charged in Death of 3rd Wife

Updated: 05/08/2009 - Drew Peterson, the former police sergeant who went on a high-profile media blitz after his fourth wife's disappearance more than 1 1/2 years ago, is facing murder charges in the death of a previous wife.

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Hundreds of Thousands Flee Pakistan Fighting

Updated: 05/08/2009 - Pakistani jets screamed over a Taliban-controlled town Friday and bombed suspected militant positions as hundreds of thousands fled in terror and other trapped residents appealed for a pause in the fighting so they could escape.

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