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Teens Who 'Sext' Racy Photos Charged with Porn

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Teenagers' habit of distributing nude self-portraits electronically - often called "sexting" if it's done by cell phone - has parents and school administrators worried. Some prosecutors have begun charging teens who send and receive such images with child pornography and other serious felonies. But is that the best way to handle it?

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Senate OKs $15,000 tax break for homebuyers

Updated: 02/04/2009 - The Senate voted Wednesday night to give a tax break of up to $15,000 to homebuyers in hopes of revitalizing the housing industry, a victory for Republicans eager to leave their mark on a mammoth economic stimulus bill at the heart of President Barack Obama's recovery plan.

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Small Kansas Communities Get Improvement Grants

Updated: 02/04/2009 - The state Commerce Department awarded a total of a half-million dollars to seven communities Wednesday. The money is from a program to fund community improvements with cities whose population is less than 5000.

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First Deep Sea Observatory Looks at Climate Change

Updated: 02/04/2009 - A crane on a ship deck hoisted a 502-pound video camera and plopped it into the ocean for a 3,000-foot descent to the world of neon-glowing jellyfish, bug-eyed red rock cod and other still unknown slithery critters.

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Judge to Hear Arguments in Lawsuit by Kansas Utility

Updated: 02/04/2009 - U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren is giving each side 30 minutes Thursday in a hearing on the state's request to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Sunflower Electric Power Corp. over denial of permits for two coal-fired power plants.

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Kansas House Panel to Discuss Coal Bill Next Week

Updated: 02/04/2009 - The House Energy and Utilities Committee had a hearing Wednesday on a bill limiting the power of the secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

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Justice Deptartment Sues Westar over Alleged Plant Pollution

Updated: 02/04/2009 - The federal government says Westar made major modifications to the Jeffrey Energy Center in St. Marys over the past decade but didn't update the plant's pollution control equipment. It's filed a lawsuit against the company.

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Dallas Mother Accused of Neglect in Death

Updated: 02/04/2009 - The mother of a 9-year-old diabetic who died as she lay beside a bag of candy and other sweets has been accused of helping cause her death by failing to help the girl manage the disease and giving her high-glucose foods.

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Gunmen Kill Prominent Somali Journalist

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Masked men shot and killed the director of Somalia's largest media organization, HornAfrik, in the center of the Somali capital on Wednesday, the company and witnesses said.

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WU Hosts Blood Drive

Updated: 02/04/2009 - A shortage in the blood supply prompted a couple of groups from Washburn University to host blood drives.

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Scientist says Dam May have Triggered China Quake

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Pressure from a dam, its reservoir's heavy waters weighing on geologic fault lines, may have helped trigger China's devastating earthquake last May, some scientists say, in a finding that suggests human activity played a role in the disaster.

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BBC Drops Thatcher Daughter after reported remark

Updated: 02/04/2009 - The BBC says it has dropped Carol Thatcher, daughter of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, as a contributor to a TV show after she reportedly used an offensive term in front of colleagues.

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Five Elementary School Boys Found with Heroin

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Authorities are trying to figure out where five second-grade boys got packets of heroin that they were passing around their Philadelphia elementary school.

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Safety Lessons for Teen Drivers

Updated: 02/04/2009 - The leading cause of death for teens is motor vehicle crashes. There are ways parents can reduce their teens chances significantly.

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Hilton Moving Headquarters

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Hilton Hotels is relocating its headquarters to Virginia's Fairfax County, creating more than 300 permanent, full-time jobs within the next 36 months.

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Twitterers Get Together at Topeka TweetUp

Updated: 02/18/2009 - Members of the social networking site Twitter get together in something called a TweetUp, where they meet and socialize. Topeka held its second TweetUp Wednesday night at SouthWind Gallery.

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Windstream 4Q Profit Falls on Charges

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Windstream Corp., which provides traditional phone service and broadband, said Wednesday its fourth-quarter profit tumbled 86 percent on a loss related to the sale of a business, restructuring charges and comparison to year-ago results boosted by a one-time gain.

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