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2 former NYC cops sentenced to life for mob hits

Updated: 03/06/2009 - Two former New York police detectives convicted of moonlighting as contract killers in eight mob hits were sentenced Friday to life in prison after telling a judge they were innocent.

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Peace Corps Comes to Topeka Collegiate

Updated: 03/06/2009 - Topeka Collegiate students learned what its like to be in the Peace Corps Friday. Nineteen returned volunteers dropped by the school to share their experiences.

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Twitter Boosts Public Access to Federal Courtrooms

Updated: 03/06/2009 - In a victory for news technology in federal courts, a judge is allowing a reporter to use the microblogging service Twitter to provide constant updates from a racketeering gang trial this week.

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Shawnee County Elections Office Canvasses Votes

Updated: 03/06/2009 - The Shawnee County Commission met Friday morning as the Board of Canvassers to review all the provisional ballots from Tuesday's primary. Of 88 ballots reviewed, 57 counted. It didn't change any outcomes.

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Galliani Denies Report of Deal to Keep Beckham

Updated: 03/06/2009 - AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani said Friday that negotiations are "on the right track" to keep David Beckham at the Italian club for the rest of the season.

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Horses First Domesticated 5,000 Years Ago

Updated: 03/06/2009 - Medieval knights, the warriors of Saladin, Roy Rogers and fans lining racetracks around the world all owe a debt to the Botai culture, residents of Central Asia who domesticated horses more than 5,000 years ago.

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New Estimate for Kansas Budget Deficit is $682M

Updated: 03/06/2009 - The state's projected budget deficit is projected at $682 million for the fiscal year beginning July. That's up from a previous estimate of $654 million.

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Clinton Assures Europe on Efforts with Russia

Updated: 03/06/2009 - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is assuring Europeans that the Obama administration's push for closer ties to Russia will not undermine U.S. support for Europe.

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Iraqi PM reaches out to Saddam supporters

Updated: 03/06/2009 - In an overture to Sunnis, Iraq's prime minister called on Iraqis Friday to reconcile with former supporters of Saddam Hussein's Sunni-dominated regime who have been shunned by the Shiite government that rose to power after the U.S. invasion.

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Mattel Opens Flagship Barbie Store in Shanghai

Updated: 03/06/2009 - A half-century after Barbie's first appearance in a demure black-and-white striped swimsuit, a six-story, pink and sparkling Barbie Shanghai flagship store opens Saturday to a Chinese public that less than a decade ago couldn't even buy the iconic doll in local stores.

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Racial Wounds Resurface in Detroit Election Year

Updated: 03/06/2009 - Cobo convention center, one of the many aging buildings downtown, is threatening to become the latest tinderbox in resurgent racial hostilities between the mostly black city and its predominantly white suburbs.

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Gator Accused of Starting Fire at Abandoned School

Updated: 03/06/2009 - A four-foot alligator rescued in an abandoned school on fire in western Pennsylvania may have also started the blaze. North Beaver Township officials are not identifying the owner of the former elementary school that burned Thursday afternoon near New Castle, about 40 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

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Rock Hall of Fame Puts Focus on Springsteen

Updated: 03/06/2009 - Seeking something fresh and exciting to complement its upcoming induction ceremony, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has gotten its fondest wish — the cooperation of 1999 inductee Bruce Springsteen in launching a new exhibit solely dedicated to the Boss.

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For Laid Off Workers, So Hard to E-mail Goodbye

Updated: 03/06/2009 - When Jim Neill got laid off, he sent around a farewell e-mail with a subject line designed to get people's attention: "Free food in the employee lounge."

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TV Converter Box Coupons Start Flowing Again

Updated: 03/06/2009 - The agency that mails out coupons for digital TV converter boxes expects to eliminate its wait list in two and a half weeks, an official said Thursday.

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Horses First Domesticated 5,000 Years Ago

Updated: 03/06/2009 - Medieval knights, the warriors of Saladin, Roy Rogers and fans lining racetracks around the world all owe a debt to the Botai culture, residents of Central Asia who domesticated horses more than 5,000 years ago.

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Stocks Falter as Focus Returns to Bank Problems

Updated: 03/06/2009 - Stocks moved broadly lower Friday as concerns over U.S. banks and the potential for a General Motors bankruptcy wiped out an early advance. Market indicators plumbed levels not seen in more than a decade.

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