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Nominations For 8 Wonders Of Kansas Customs Sought

Updated: 07/02/2009 - The Kansas Sampler Foundation, an organization that educates people about the state, is calling on the public to submit their ideas for what is ``uniquely Kansas.''

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Missouri Woman Pleads Guilty In Staged Assault

Updated: 07/02/2009 - Lindsey D. Crawford pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to a charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The 23-year-old acknowledged that she and another woman hired a man to physically assault the two and then sexually assault Crawford in her garage.

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Feds Seize Madoff Penthouse, Wife Leaves

Updated: 07/02/2009 - Federal marshals took possession of disgraced financier Bernard Madoff's $7 million Manhattan penthouse on Thursday in a move that forced his wife to move elsewhere.

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FAA Audit: Need To Address Fatigue

Updated: 07/02/2009 - A federal audit of Chicago's air traffic facilities shows most controllers have short rest periods between shifts, a factor which contributes to fatigue and could be a safety threat.

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SC First Lady Makes First Statement

Updated: 07/02/2009 - South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford issued the following statement Thursday, breaking two days of silence that followed her husband's latest revelations to The Associated Press about his extramarital affair, including his statement that his Argentine mistress was his "soul mate."

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Newspaper Columnists Give Palin "Honor"

Updated: 07/02/2009 - The National Society of Newspaper Columnists chose Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as the winner of its annual Sitting Duck Award, a tongue-in-cheek honor that pokes fun at the most ridiculed newsmakers in the United States.

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Key Democrats Trim Health Bill

Updated: 07/02/2009 - Determined to advance President Barack Obama's health care agenda, key Senate Democrats are calling for a government-run insurance option to compete with private plans, as well as a $750-per-worker annual fee on larger companies that do not offer coverage to employees.

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Iran Reports More Protest Arrests

Updated: 07/02/2009 - Iran on Thursday announced more arrests in the post-election turmoil, detaining seven alleged provocateurs of violence it says were linked to Iranian exiles. The move underlines authorities' drive to portray protests as the work of outsiders rather than a reflection of widespread popular dismay.

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North Korea Fires Short-Range Missiles

Updated: 07/02/2009 - North Korea fired a barrage of short-range missiles off its east coast Thursday, a possible prelude to the launch of a long-range missile toward Hawaii over the July Fourth holiday.

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Companies Pledge More Internet Transparency

Updated: 07/02/2009 - Companies that track consumer behavior online for advertising purposes are vowing to make their practices more transparent and to give people a way to decline being shadowed.

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Three Hawaii State Employee Unions Challenge Furloughs

Updated: 07/02/2009 - The Hawaii Government Employees Association, United Public Workers and the Hawaii State Teachers Association contend the state's governor cannot unilaterally order furloughs under the state constitution.

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SC 1st Lady Says She's Angry, May Forgive Husband

Updated: 07/02/2009 - Jenny Sanford says it is up to her husband to save their 20-year marriage. She says she is still angry with him and he will deal with the consequences of his actions for a long while.

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Flight Diverted Due To Naked Passenger

Updated: 07/02/2009 - A passenger stripped naked during a US Airways flight and resisted a flight attendant's efforts to cover him with a blanket before two off-duty law enforcement officers on board subdued and handcuffed him, authorities said Wednesday.

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California To Issue IOUs

Updated: 07/02/2009 - California's controller will start paying many of the state's bills with IOUs as soon as Thursday after lawmakers failed to close the state's worsening budget deficit, adding a new measure of indignity to a state sinking deeper into dysfunction.

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Global Warming Shrinking Sheep

Updated: 07/02/2009 - Like the wool sweater that emerges from the dryer a size too small, global warming seems to be shrinking sheep.

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Jermaine Jackson: "I Wish It Was Me"

Updated: 07/02/2009 - In an interview broadcast Thursday on NBC's "Today" show, Jermaine Jackson also said he wishes he had died instead of his younger brother, and that Michael was "a gift from Allah."

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Web Retailers, States Fight Over Tax Rules

Updated: 07/02/2009 - In a big break for online shoppers, Web retailers generally don't have to charge sales taxes in states where they lack a store or some other physical presence.

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Judge Tentatively Acquits Woman In MySpace Case

Updated: 07/02/2009 - In his ruling Thursday, U.S. District Judge George Wu has acquitted Lori Drew of misdemeanor counts of accessing computers without authorization. Wu says his ruling will become final when he issues it in writing.

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Crash Survivor Welcomed Home

Updated: 07/02/2009 - A severely bruised young girl believed to be the only survivor of an Indian Ocean plane crash flew back Thursday to Paris, where she was embraced gently by her father, who tried to lift her spirits with a joke.

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Person: Jackson Event Being Planned

Updated: 07/02/2009 - Los Angeles officials are holding closed-door talks about a possible event for Michael Jackson on Tuesday at a downtown arena, a person with knowledge of the situation said Thursday.

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Marine Exchange Fire With Taliban In Soaring Heat

Updated: 07/02/2009 - U.S. Marines hiked through searing heat and took fire from small pockets of militants Thursday after landing in this Taliban-controlled southern region of tree-lined fields, mud homes and crisscrossing waterways in the first major operation under President Barack Obama's strategy to stabilize Afghanistan.

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Biden In Iraq, Meets With Troops

Updated: 07/02/2009 - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Iraq on Thursday to visit U.S. soldiers, just two days after all American combat troops withdrew from Baghdad and all of Iraq's cities and towns.

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