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Sony's Quarterly Net Profit Tumbles 95 Percent

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Sony said Thursday its net profit plunged 95 percent in the October-December quarter, as the holiday shopping season provided no respite for the struggling electronics giant and tepid sales of TVs, digital cameras and cell phones hit its bottom line.

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Google Sets up Online Broadband Testing Lab

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Google Inc. and two nonprofit partners Wednesday launched a Web site that lets consumers test their Internet connections to reveal possible interference and traffic management by service providers.

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Manager's Luxe Life on the Line in Madoff Case

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Walter Noel Jr. and his wife Monica had it all: Luxurious houses on Connecticut's wealthy coast, Palm Beach and the Hamptons, a Park Avenue pied-a-terre and, most of all, a hilltop retreat on an exclusive island in the Caribbean named after a goddess. They hobnobbed with Mick Jagger and Tommy Hilfiger, who sounded a bit jealous of their view.

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Ruble Takes a Big Hit as Oil Slides Below $42

Updated: 01/29/2009 - The ruble dropped sharply in early afternoon trading Thursday as oil prices dipped below $42 a barrel and officials forecast a further devaluation of the Russian currency.

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Iraqi shoe hurler inspires art in Saddam hometown

Updated: 01/29/2009 - When an Iraqi journalist hurled his shoes at George W. Bush last month at a Baghdad press conference, the attack spawned a flood of Web quips, political satire and street rallies across the Arab world.

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Arkansas Panel Rejects Resolution Congratulating Obama

Updated: 01/29/2009 - An Arkansas House committee has rejected a resolution congratulating President Barack Obama on his electoral victory after some lawmakers questioned wording that referred to the United States being founded by slave owners.

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Iraq bars Blackwater, tarnished by civilian deaths

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Iraq said Thursday it will bar Blackwater Worldwide from providing security protection for U.S. diplomats because its contractors used excessive force, sanctioning a company whose image was irrevocably tarnished by the 2007 killings of 17 Iraqi civilians.

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KS Big and Little "Brothers" Learn From Each Other

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Bob and Daniel met eight years ago as a pair matched through Big Brothers Big Sisters. Now Daniel is 16 and learning to drive while Bob talks about how they've both helped steer each other through life.

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Colorado man accused of threatening Obama

Updated: 01/29/2009 - A Colorado man has been indicted on charges of threatening to kill President Barack Obama and blow up the Mall of America in suburban Minneapolis.

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KSU Provost Finalist for Idaho Job

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Kansas State University Provost Duane Nellis is among five finalists for the University of Idaho president's job. He and Montana State University Provost David Dooley are scheduled to travel to the main campus in northern Idaho, as well as branch locations, next month.

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Turkey Urges Obama to Redefine Mideast Terrorism

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Turkey's prime minister had a message Thursday for U.S. President Barack Obama: redefine terror and terrorism in the Middle East and use it as the basis for a new American policy.

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Peanut plant problem forces fresh recall

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Worried about salmonella, the Army said Thursday it's removing some peanut butter items from warehouses in Europe, the latest in an ever-growing list of recalled peanut products linked to a national salmonella outbreak.

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Ill. Senate begins deliberating Blagojevich's fate

Updated: 01/29/2009 - The Illinois Senate has started debating whether to remove Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office. Democratic Sen. William Haine of Alton began deliberations by pointing out that Blagojevich presented no evidence to defend himself on the abuse-of-power charges.

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Cessna Announces Additional 2,000 Layoffs

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Cessna Aircraft says it will lay off another 2,000 workers due to the slumping worldwide economy. Most of the affected workers are in Wichita.

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KSU President Search Down to Two

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Dr. Steve Ballard of East Carolina University says he'll stay at ECU and withdraw his name from consideration for the KSU President's position.

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Emporia's Smoking Ban Goes to a Vote April 7

Updated: 01/29/2009 - People in Emporia will vote April 7th on whether to overturn a no-smoking ordinance. The ordinance is to take effect March 7th. Commissioners will consider delaying that date until after the vote.

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Suspect in Riley Co. Slaying Unfit for Trial

Updated: 01/29/2009 - A 50-year-old man charged with killing a Clay Center pest control worker is being returned to the same psychiatric hospital he was discharged from in 2003.

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Kan. Deficit Plan Has Bipartisan House Support

Updated: 01/29/2009 - The Kansas Senate voted 25-15 in support of a rewritten budget-balancing bill to make smaller cuts in social services and public school funding than Republican leaders had proposed.

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Google Sets Up Online Broadband Testing Lab

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Google Inc. and two nonprofit partners Wednesday launched a Web site that lets consumers test their Internet connections to reveal possible interference and traffic management by service providers.

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