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Independent Alaska Air can't rule Out Merger

Posted: 02/20/2009 - Alaska Air Group Inc., operator of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air and a partner of Delta Air Lines Inc., would consider a combination with another carrier if the right deal was proposed, but for now is committed to its independence and isn't thinking about a merger, executives said Wednesday.

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AP IMPACT: Most Fertility Clinics Break the Rules

Posted: 02/20/2009 - The California fertility doctor who implanted the octuplet mom with lots of embryos was no lone wolf: Fewer than 20 percent of U.S. clinics follow professional guidelines on how many embryos should be used for younger women.

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Major Indexes Fall More Than 6 Percent for Week

Posted: 02/20/2009 - Wall Street ended another terrible week Friday, leaving major indexes down more than 6 percent as investors worried that the recession will persist for at least the rest of the year and that government intervention will do little to hasten a recovery.

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Trustee: Some Madoff Stock Trades Were Fiction

Posted: 02/20/2009 - Investors wiped out by the Bernard Madoff scandal got more bad news on Friday: Investigators have confirmed suspicions that the monthly statements showing the disgraced financier was making stock trades for them were pure fiction.

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3 Teens Fatally Shot on Chicago's South Side

Posted: 02/20/2009 - Three teenagers, including a 13-year-old, were killed Friday in a shooting on Chicago's South Side that authorities believe involved an assault rifle. It appears "several individuals" attacked the teens, and shell casings found at the scene point to at least one assault rifle, said Police Superintendent Jody Weis.

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Dems Kill Plan for Lessening Kansas Gov.'s Power

Posted: 02/20/2009 - A proposal that would have amended the Kansas Constitution to strip the governor's power to fill vacancies in four statewide offices fell Friday 65-54. Constitutional changes require a two-thirds majority, or 84 of 125 votes.

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Sebelius' Struggles with GOP on Health Care Recalled

Posted: 02/20/2009 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is reportedly a top candidate for Health and Human Services Secretary. In Kansas, she has often found her efforts to address health care issues at odd with GOP lawmakers.

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AG: Wayward Box Shouldn't Stop Kansas Abortion Case

Posted: 02/20/2009 - The Kansas attorney general's office says patient medical records mailed to former AG Phill Kline's new address should not derail the case against abortion provider Dr. George Tiller.

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Kansas Man Gets Life in Christmas Eve Stabbing

Posted: 02/20/2009 - Thirty-year-old Stephen Jones will not be eligible for parole for 25 years under the life sentence imposed Thursday in Reno County District Court. He was convicted of stabbing his wife to death on Christmas Eve.

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Man Charged with Standoff at Kansas Law Firm

Posted: 02/20/2009 - The Hutchinson News is reporting that 31-year-old Nathan Cunningham of Hutchinson appeared Friday in Reno County District Court on numerous counts, including kidnapping. He is being held on $500,000 bond. Charges stem from a 7-hour standoff Thursday.

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Wreck near Beto Junction Injures 5

Posted: 02/20/2009 - The Kansas Highway Patrol says a northbound vehicle on Hwy. 75 hit a car trying to pull out of the Beto Junction parking lot, near the I-35 interchange, then hit a southbound semi. Five people were injured. The injuries weren't life-threatening.

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Sheriff Plans Another Search for Missing Kansas Boy

Posted: 02/20/2009 - Adam Herrman disappeared in 1999 from a Towanda mobile home park where he lived with his adoptive parents. Butler County Sheriff Craig Murphy says investigators plan to finish searching Saturday along the Whitewater River for the remains of an 11-year-old boy.

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Thousands Get Free Dental Care in Manhattan

Posted: 02/20/2009 - A trip to the dentist is leaving thousands with a healthy smile. People who can't afford to see a dentist but need their teeth checked are taking advantage of a free clinic. The National Guard Armory in Manhattan is hosting this year's clinic put on by Kansas Mission of Mercy.

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Sprint Loses $1.6B But Investors See Rays of Hope

Posted: 02/20/2009 - Sprint Nextel Corp., the nation's third-largest wireless carrier, said Thursday it continued to lose customers and money in the fourth quarter and wrote down the remaining value of Sprint's 2005 purchase of Nextel Communications Inc.

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Backward green comet makes one-time only visit

Posted: 02/20/2009 - An odd, greenish backward-flying comet is zipping by Earth this month, as it takes its only trip toward the sun from the farthest edges of the solar system. The comet is called Lulin, and there's a chance it can be seen with the naked eye — far from city lights, astronomers say. But you'll most likely need a telescope, or at least binoculars, to spot it.

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White House tries to end bank nationalization talk

Posted: 02/20/2009 - The White House on Friday insisted it's not trying to take over two ailing financial institutions, even as stocks tumbled again. On Wall Street, talk of nationalization of Citigroup Inc., and Bank of America Corp., prompted investors to continue to balk, worried that the government would have to take control and wipe out shareholders in the process.

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Ex-death row inmate's DNA not found on evidence

Posted: 02/20/2009 - DNA from key evidence in a Tennessee woman's slaying does not match the man who spent more than two decades on death row for killing her, according to new FBI lab tests.

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