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Owner now says she never gave slain chimp Xanax

Posted: 02/18/2009 - As authorities considered criminal charges, the woman whose 200-pound domesticated chimpanzee went berserk and mauled a friend backtracked Wednesday on whether she gave the animal the anti-anxiety drug Xanax.

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Brazil Climate Change Threatens Top Coffee Crop

Posted: 02/18/2009 - The future for Brazil's mighty farm sector could be grim, with hotter temperatures pushing crops past its borders, uphill into the Andes and toward the tip of South America.

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State Pays Homage to Kansas Armed Forces

Posted: 02/18/2009 - Take a moment to thank someone in the armed forces and you obey a noteworthy command. Governor Sebelius signed a proclamation that declared today, February 18th, as Armed Forces Appreciation Day this year.

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Operation Soup Line Serves Up Help for Doorstep

Posted: 02/18/2009 - Doorstep held its 6th-annual Operation Soup Line Wednesday. The event raises money for Doorstep to provide emergency rent, utility, food, clothing, transportation and medication assistance.

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Sgt. Sweet

Posted: 02/18/2009 - When fourth graders at Christ the King School sealed their care package for a soldier, they never thought they would meet the person it was addressed to. The day did come and Wednesday the students were introduced to Sgt. Sweet.

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Zimbabwe to pay soldiers, teachers in US dollars

Posted: 02/18/2009 - Zimbabwe tried to combat the world's highest inflation by widening the use of foreign currency Wednesday - the first act of a coalition government that gave the longtime opposition control of much economic policy.

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Schools are no longer nitpicky about head lice

Posted: 02/18/2009 - For generations, children with signs of head lice were summarily sent home by the school nurse to their everlasting shame. Now schools have become less nitpicky.

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Work for America: Nonprofits see applications rise

Posted: 02/18/2009 - Meghan McCloskey heard the call to service when she was in college, applying to the Peace Corps during her senior year. That call only got louder as she realized her shrinking job options in the faltering economy.

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Kansas Budget Cash Crunch Averted, Refunds Resume

Updated: 02/19/2009 - The Kansas budget cash crunch has been averted. Legislative leaders Wednesday approved moving money into the state's main bank account from other state agencies. Moving that $225 million gives the state enough cash to pay its bills on time.

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Geronimo's kin sue Skull and Bones over remains

Posted: 02/18/2009 - Geronimo's descendants have sued Skull and Bones - the secret society at Yale University linked to presidents and other powerful figures - claiming that its members stole the remains of the legendary Apache leader decades ago and have kept them ever since.

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Conchita Cintron, Famed Woman Bullfighter, Dies

Posted: 02/18/2009 - Conchita Cintron, who broke into the male-dominated sport of bullfighting at age 13 and became one of the world's first famous woman matadors, has died. She was 86.

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4 teams of surgeons needed for chimp's victim

Posted: 02/18/2009 - Doctors say a Connecticut woman mauled by a 200-pound chimpanzee is making slight progress after more than seven hours of surgery by four teams of surgeons. Dr. Kevin Miller of Stamford Hospital says 55-year-old Charla Nash suffered extensive facial and hand injuries when she was attacked Monday. He says stabilizing her condition took more than seven hours of surgery.

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Fla. smoker widow gets $8 million damages

Posted: 02/18/2009 - Philip Morris was ordered by a jury to pay $8 million in damages to the widow of a smoker who died of lung cancer in a case that could set a standard for some 8,000 similar Florida lawsuits.

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Facebook Backtracks on Terms of Use after Protests

Posted: 02/18/2009 - In an about-face following a torrent of online protests, Facebook is backing off a change in its user policies while it figures how best to resolve questions like who controls the information shared on the social networking site.

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Danny Gokey Wows Judges on 'American Idol'

Posted: 02/18/2009 - Danny Gokey was proclaimed the "Hero" of "American Idol." Three of the show's four judges heaped praise on the 28-year-old church music director from Milwaukee on Tuesday, following his rendition of the Mariah Carey tune "Hero" at the end of the Fox singing competition's first performance show of season eight.

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Verizon Wireless Picks Vendors for New Network

Posted: 02/18/2009 - Verizon Wireless, the largest cellular carrier in the U.S., announced Wednesday that it has picked LM Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent as its main suppliers for a new, nationwide, high-speed wireless data network.

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Japanese, Russian Leaders Meet in Sakhalin

Posted: 02/18/2009 - The leaders of Russia and Japan met Wednesday on an island close to their shared border, but made no visible progress on resolving the territorial dispute that has prevented them from signing a treaty formally ending World War II.

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Tough New York City Law Cracks Down on Idling Cars

Posted: 02/18/2009 - The fumes from idling taxicabs and delivery trucks can be so bad outside city schools that teachers race to close their classroom windows at certain times of the day to protect their students.

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