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Police: Robber Offers Crash Victim Hush Money

Updated: 02/06/2009 - A suspected bank robber is behind bars after a woman whose car he hit during the getaway declined a share of the booty to keep quiet. According to investigators, a 46-year-old man walked into a branch of Bank of the West at noon Thursday and handed an employee a note demanding money.

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US Analog TV Shutdown Bolder, Riskier Than Most

Updated: 02/06/2009 - The U.S. has planned for more than a decade to have TV broadcasters turn off their analog signals, yet when the Feb. 17 deadline loomed, it flinched, delaying the mandatory shutdown for four months.

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Crews Battle Fire Near 109th and SE Paulen Road

Updated: 02/06/2009 - Crews are battling to a fire at the Shawnee County and Osage County border near 109th and SE Paulen Road. They first arrived at the fire at 12:30 p.m. Friday, but had to return when parts of it reignited about 6:00 p.m.

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Sebelius Meets With Key Obama Adviser

Updated: 02/06/2009 - Two governors appear to lead the pack when it comes to heading the Health and Human Services Department for President Barack Obama.

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Florida Man Issued 50 Traffic Citations in One Day

Updated: 02/06/2009 - Elvis has left the vehicle. A man was arrested on more than 50 traffic citations — all in one day. Police said Elvis Alonzo Barrett, 46, fled from police trying to stop him for a traffic violation Thursday morning. Police said he ran through red lights, crashed into another car and a fence. Police said they found crack cocaine and a crack pipe in his car.

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Reid Struggles to Win GOP support For Stimulus

Updated: 02/06/2009 - The Senate Democratic leader expressed optimism Friday about prospects for a massive economic recovery package, though a Republican colleague said she was feeling less encouraged. President Barack Obama used the cudgel of his office — and the latest dire jobless numbers — to challenge lawmakers to act swiftly.

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Russia Allows Transit of US Military Supplies

Updated: 02/06/2009 - Russia said Friday it would grant transit rights to U.S. military supplies bound for Afghanistan, but the move came after the Kremlin apparently pressured the ex-Soviet country of Kyrgyzstan to close a Central Asian air base leased to the United States.

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Wall Street Shrugs Off 598K Job Cuts in January

Updated: 02/06/2009 - Wall Street has had another big rally as investors bet the government will take some big steps to help the economy. All the major indexes rose more than 2 percent Friday, including the Dow Jones industrial average, which rose more than 200 points as investors looked past another bleak jobs report and awaited word from Washington about an economic stimulus plan and changes to the government's financial rescue program.

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Christian Bale Says Rant 'Inexcusable'

Updated: 02/06/2009 - Christian Bale says he acted like a "punk" and that his profane tongue-lashing on the set of "Terminator Salvation" was inexcusable.

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Study: Climate Change May Reshuffle Western Weeds

Updated: 02/06/2009 - Climate change will likely shuffle some of the West's most troublesome invasive weeds, adding to the burden faced by farms and ranchers in some areas and providing opportunities for native plant restoration in others, according to a new study.

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Obama Calls Stimulus Bill Delay 'Inexcusable'

Updated: 02/06/2009 - President Barack Obama decried as "inexcusable and irresponsible" the delay of his economic recovery legislation in Congress with an estimated 3.6 million Americans losing their jobs since the recession began.

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Possibly Tainted Peanut Butter Sent to Schools

Updated: 02/06/2009 - The Agriculture Department shipped possibly contaminated peanut butter and other foods to schools in at least three states under a contract with the Georgia company blamed for a nationwide salmonella outbreak.

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Judge Rejects Move to Reinstate SAG Leader

Updated: 02/06/2009 - A California judge on Thursday rejected a request to reinstate the ousted executive director of the Screen Actors Guild, a decision that ends a round of infighting and paves the way for renewed talks with movie studios.

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Bill Would Abolish Kansas Death Penalty

Updated: 02/06/2009 - A state lawmaker wants to see the Kansas death penalty abolished to help close the state's projected budget shortfall of $199 million.

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Crescent Oil Not Commenting On Gas Shut-Off Claims

Updated: 02/06/2009 - A Kansas-based fuel supplier for seven Midwest states says it would probably issue a statement later on retailers' claims that this week's fuel deliveries never arrived.

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Jobless Rate 7.6 Pct; 598K Job Cuts Most Since '74

Updated: 02/06/2009 - Recession-battered employers eliminated 598,000 jobs in January, the most since the end of 1974, and catapulted the unemployment rate to 7.6 percent. The grim figures were further proof that the nation's job climate is deteriorating at an alarming clip with no end in sight.

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Fire Marshall Investigates Electrical Connection as Fire Starter

Updated: 02/06/2009 - The Kansas State Fire Marshall's office is investigating a fire to 3423 SE 35th Street. The fire destroyed the home Thursday afternoon. Investigators say the fire appears to have accidentally started on the back deck, possibly by a main electrical connection at the hot tub.

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Painted Violins Part of Fund Raiser For Topeka Symphony

Updated: 02/06/2009 - We're weeks away from an elegant affair, the 20th annual Topeka Symphony ball. The group's fundraiser gives you the chance to bid on some very fitting and one of a kind works of art.

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Jolie Visits Camp For Refugees From Myanmar

Updated: 02/06/2009 - Angelina Jolie, a Hollywood star deeply involved in the plight of refugees, has called on the Thai government to respect the human rights of Myanmar's Rohinyga boat people whom Thai authorities have pushed out to sea in recent weeks, a U.N. spokeswoman said Friday.

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