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Obesity Rates Rise; Kansas Ranks 18th Fattest

Updated: 07/01/2009 - The nation's annual obesity rankings show Mississippi is still the most portly state among baby boomers, with some 32.5 percent of its baby boomer residents classified as obese.

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Bad Economy Brings Out Scammers, Crackdown

Updated: 07/01/2009 - The economic downturn appears to be bringing out the worst in some people. The Federal Trade Commission announced a major crackdown Wednesday on scammers trying to take advantage of people worried about the tough economy by promising jobs that don't exist, get-rich-quick schemes, debt-reduction scams and other phony service

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Staten Island Ferry Boat's Hard Docking Injures 15

Updated: 07/01/2009 - A hard docking at the St. George ferry terminal in Staten Island happened Wednesday night at the end of rush hour. About 800 people were on board. 15 people were injured, none seriously.

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Public Memorial Planned For Jackson; Neverland Won't Be Site

Updated: 07/01/2009 - Michael Jackson's family says memorial plans don't include his Neverland ranch. The Los Angeles Coliseum and Staples Center are reportedly potential sites, but a source says those talks are preliminary.

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Prison Guard Fired, Rehired Before Near Death

Updated: 07/01/2009 - -- An Arkansas prison guard fired after an inmate was left in his own excrement for a weekend and nearly died had been previously fired for having stolen food and rehired by the prison system, documents obtained by The Associated Press show.

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Police: Robbers hit NY gas station, ran out of gas

Updated: 07/01/2009 - State police in New York say two Pennsylvania men robbed a gas station and might have gotten away if they had also fueled up. Troopers said they caught 29-year-old Lonnie Meckwood, of Carbondale, and 51-year-old Phillip Weeks, of Tunkhannock, after their getaway car ran out of gas while the were trying to escape late Monday night.

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Trio Charged With Visa Fraud

Updated: 07/01/2009 - An indictment unsealed Wednesday charges Mahesh Gangineni and his wife, Komali Donavalli, of Topeka along with Sankar Chava of Littleton, Colorado with conspiracy to fraudulantly obtain an H-1B visa.

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At Least 14 Bodies Found In Mexico Mass Grave

Updated: 07/01/2009 - Police said Wednesday that they have uncovered a mass grave in central Mexico with the remains of 14 or 15 people believed to have been executed by the Zetas drug gang.

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Shawnee County Judge Allows Witnesses In Judd Hearing

Updated: 07/01/2009 - Shawnee Co. Judge Nancy Parrish has rejected a prosecution motion to block witnesses at an evidentiary hearing on whether to dismiss charges against Topeka Police officer Jason Judd related to an off-duty shooting.

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"Miracle" Crash Survivor Taken to Paris

Updated: 07/01/2009 - The apparent lone survivor of this week's jet crash from Yemen to Comoros, clung to the debris for more than 13 hours before she was saved.

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Environmental Officials To Discuss Sludge Probe

Updated: 07/01/2009 - Department of Natural Resources Director Mark Templeton says tests in four northwest Missouri counties where sludge from Prime Tanning was used as fertilizer did not contain high enough levels of chromium 6, a known carcinogen, to pose a health problem.

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Kansas Again Delays Aid Payments To Schools

Updated: 07/01/2009 - For the second time in a month, Kansas delayed aid payments to public school districts because of budget problems. Budget Director Duane Goossen said Wednesday that the state also delayed $31 million worth of tax refunds from June into next week.

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Amtrak Passenger Found Dead On Kansas Train Tracks

Updated: 07/01/2009 - A man who'd been a passenger on Amtrak's Southwest Chief was found dead along the tracks in the Marion County town of Florence Tuesday morning. It's not known how he got off the moving train.

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EPA To Kansas: Start Over On Coal Plant Proposal

Updated: 07/01/2009 - The Environmental Protection Agency's acting regional administrator sent a letter Wednesday to Kansas Health and Environment Secretary Rod Bremby. The federal agency wants to make sure that KDHE has public hearings on Sunflower Electric's coal plant proposal.

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Man Receives Award For Working To Stop Crime

Updated: 07/01/2009 - Sending a message to criminals has earned a group an honor. Organizers of Topeka's National Night Out Against Crime accepted the award as they prepare for the August event.

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Germany To Overturn Nazi Treason Convictions

Updated: 07/01/2009 - Germany's governing parties agreed Wednesday on a blanket measure to overturn Nazi-era verdicts convicting people of treason, nearly 65 years after the end of World War II, and it will go before parliament next month.

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SC Gov's Revelations Befuddle Residents, Lawmakers

Updated: 07/01/2009 - South Carolina residents — and the simply curious around the world — have watched Gov. Mark Sanford's lovelorn saga unfold, the central character spewing an odd script that would seem more appropriate for a soap opera than state government.

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Mississippi's Still Fattest But Alabama Closing In

Updated: 07/01/2009 - Mississippi's still king of cellulite, but an ominous tide is rolling toward the Medicare doctors in neighboring Alabama: obese baby boomers. It's time for the nation's annual obesity rankings and, outside of fairly lean Colorado, there's little good news. In 31 states, more than one in four adults are obese, says a new report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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