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Burris acknowledges trying to raise money for gov.

Posted: 02/17/2009 - U.S. Sen. Roland Burris has acknowledged trying to raise money for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich before being appointed to the Senate. According to a transcript posted on the Chicago Tribune's Web site, Burris told reporters in Peoria Monday night that he talked to some friends about putting together a fundraiser after being called by the ex-governor's brother.

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Obama Signs Stimulus Plan Into Law

Posted: 02/17/2009 - President Obama has signed into law the most sweeping economic package in decades, a rescue plan designed to create millions of jobs and boost consumer spending.

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AP source: GM, UAW close to deal as deadline nears

Posted: 02/17/2009 - General Motors Corp. and the United Auto Workers were getting close to an agreement on concessions, a person briefed on the negotiations said Tuesday, just hours before GM and Chrysler LLC must submit a restructuring plan to the Treasury Department to justify its federal loans.

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Obama signs stimulus bill, readies homeowner plan

Posted: 02/17/2009 - President Barack Obama put his own indelible imprint on the nation's distressed economy Tuesday, signing the huge recovery package into law, readying a $50 billion proposal to help homeowners fend off foreclosure and awaiting emergency restructuring plans from flailing automakers. Obama said the sprawling legislation, which congressional Democrats pushed to passage last week over near-unanimous opposition from Republicans, would "set our economy on a firmer foundation."

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Wal-Mart Profits Fall 7 Percent In 4Q

Posted: 02/17/2009 - Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, said Tuesday that its fourth-quarter profit fell 7.4 percent as it was hurt by the strong dollar and a charge from settling a labor lawsuit. The company also said first-quarter earnings could miss Wall Street expectations.

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Sec. of State Accepts Offer To Participate in Veterans' Memorial

Posted: 02/17/2009 - Topeka 8th grader Sydney Barlow visited Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh Tuesday to invite him to speak at a May 3 event honoring World War II veterans. Thornburgh accepted. The event is at the Gage Park Memorial, 2pm, May 3.

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Gardner's Talents and Hard Work Earn Him YMCA Character Award

Posted: 02/17/2009 - With spring approaching, its just about time to get back outside and enjoy the natural beauty of northeast Kansas. One of this year's YMCA Character Values award winners has made Shawnee county's natural beauty his priority.

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Jury Recommends Death for Thurber

Updated: 02/17/2009 - Jurors had deliberated for about four hours over two days before returning their decision Tuesday in the case of 25-year-old Justin Thurber. The same jury had convicted the Arkansas City man last week of capital murder in the January 2007 death of Jodi Sanderholm.

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Wall Street Tumbles in Early Trading

Posted: 02/17/2009 - Stocks tumbled Tuesday, sending the Dow Jones industrials near their November lows as investors grew more doubtful that the government can quickly turn around the still-weakening economy.

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Wal-Mart's 4Q Earnings Decline 7%

Posted: 02/17/2009 - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says its fourth-quarter profit has fallen 7%. The world's largest retailer saw its results hurt by the strong dollar and a charge that stemmed from settling a labor lawsuit.

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Iraqi Women Get Posts, But Want Power And Respect

Posted: 02/17/2009 - Women candidates are expected to fill many of the seats on provincial governing councils when results of last month's nationwide elections are certified later this week. But winning public acceptance in this male-dominated society is another matter.

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AP Sources: UAW, GM Make Progress in Auto Talks

Posted: 02/17/2009 - With a government-imposed deadline for its restructuring plan just a day away, General Motors Corp. was making progress Monday in concession talks with debtholders and its main union, but deals may not come until after the deadline passes.

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Huge Chimp Shot Dead After Mauling Woman In Conn.

Posted: 02/17/2009 - A highly trained 200-pound chimpanzee who once starred in TV commercials for Old Navy and Coca-Cola was shot dead by police after a violent rampage that left a friend of its owner badly mauled.

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Fallen Oil Prices A Chink In Sarah Palin's Armor

Posted: 02/17/2009 - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's first two years in office have been called a time of milk and honey, when the resource-rich state was flush with wealth from record oil prices.

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Teammates Will Join A-Rod At 1st Press Conference

Posted: 02/17/2009 - Alex Rodriguez will hold a news conference today at 1:30 p.m. EST at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. A-Rod is due to appear under the tent behind the third-base stands to address his admission last week that he used banned drugs.

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Phelps Won't Face Pot Charge After Photo Ordeal

Posted: 02/17/2009 - Michael Phelps hardly emerged unscathed after a photo surfaced showing him smoking from a marijuana pipe: It cost him a major endorsement and a three-month competition suspension.

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Clinton Warns NKorea On Missile Launch

Posted: 02/17/2009 - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday warned North Korea against following through on a threatened missile launch, saying it would damage its prospects for improved relations with the United States and the world.

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Wall Street Poised for Lower Opening Tuesday

Posted: 02/17/2009 - Investors uneasy about the government's ability to quickly turn the economy around were poised to keep selling Tuesday when stock trading begins for the week.

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Obama Poised To Sign Stimulus Into Law

Updated: 02/17/2009 - President Barack Obama is ready to sign into law the most sweeping economic package in decades, a rescue plan meant to reinvigorate job creation, consumer spending and public optimism. Add the bill to an ever-growing deficit.

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