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Japan Turns to 'Work-Sharing' to Avoid Layoffs

Posted: 02/20/2009 - Yasuo Igarashi spends a lot of time these days on the jungle gym with his daughter, after his employer joined the growing ranks of Japanese companies adopting "work-sharing" to ride out the global slump.

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Topeka Man Recovering from Early Morning Motel Stabbing

Updated: 02/20/2009 - Topeka Police say Kenneth Barsch got in an altercation with 20-year old Mathaniel Soliz and his 22-year old brother Matthew Soliz just after 3 a.m. Friday at the Regency Inn in the 3800 block of South Topeka Boulevard. The Soliz' are accused of stabbing Barsch several times.

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Bald Eagle Nest Found Near Wichita

Posted: 02/20/2009 - Wildlife officials confirm a bald eagle is nesting along the Arkansas River near Wichita, raising hopes the birds could be living in the area year-round.

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Details of Arizona Boy's Case May Never be Known

Posted: 02/20/2009 - The charges against a 9-year-old Arizona boy accused in a double homicide that shocked the nation have been resolved. But the mystery surrounding the case remains.

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Clinton Names Special North Korea Envoy

Posted: 02/20/2009 - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton named a special envoy for North Korea on Friday but warned the communist nation that ties with the United States will not improve unless it stops threatening South Korea.

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SC Rep: Opposition to stimulus is slap in face

Posted: 02/20/2009 - The highest-ranking black congressman said Thursday that opposition to the federal stimulus package by southern GOP governors is "a slap in the face of African-Americans."

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Gov. Schwarzenegger to sign budget-balancing bill

Posted: 02/20/2009 - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called California lawmakers "courageous" in narrowly approving a massive tax increase along with cutting billions in spending in a package of bills that await his signature Friday.

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Feds: Pa. arson suspect said classmate helped him

Posted: 02/20/2009 - Federal prosecutors say a teenager charged with setting fires in a small steel town near Philadelphia told police he committed the crimes with a vocational school classmate but later retracted the statement.

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Illinois governor says Sen. Burris should resign

Posted: 02/20/2009 - Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday called on fellow Democrat Roland Burris to resign from the Senate, saying the controversy surrounding Burris' appointment to the seat was hurting the state and his constituents. Quinn praised Burris as an honorable man, but said a shadow hangs over him after revelations the senator attempted to raise money for disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who appointed him, and failed to disclose multiple conversations with Blagojevich advisers.

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State Transportation Announces Stimulus Spending

Updated: 02/20/2009 - The federal $787 billion stimulus package is intended to fix the economy, and locals discovered direct impacts for Kansas today. Lt. Governor Mark Parkinson and Transportation Secretary Deb Miller announced new transportation projects at a press conference today that will add 10,000 jobs.

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GM shares hit 74-year low

Posted: 02/20/2009 - General Motors Corp. shares on Friday tumbled to their lowest level in more than 70 years, pulled down by a drop in the broader markets and continued speculation about the future of the struggling automaker.

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Obama Warns Mayors Not to Waste Stimulus Money

Posted: 02/20/2009 - Invoking his own name-and-shame policy, President Barack Obama warned the nation's mayors on Friday that he will "call them out" if they waste the money from his massive economic stimulus plan.

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Governor Recognizes Award Winners

Posted: 02/20/2009 - Governor Kathleen Sebelius took a break from her day to honor the winners of the Martin Luther King Jr Poster and Essay Contest.

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Belgium takes Senegal to world court

Posted: 02/20/2009 - Belgium has taken Senegal to the International Court of Justice over the African nation's failure to prosecute a former Chad president for crimes against humanity and torture.

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