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Obama: Health care reform essential to stability

Posted: 07/15/2009 - Praising and prodding Congress at once, President Barack Obama on Wednesday said a vast reform of the nation's health insurance system is required to head off instability to families, industry and the government itself.

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DHS chief backs cheaper secure driver's license

Posted: 07/15/2009 - The country needs more secure driver's licenses to thwart terrorists, and a new Obama administration program supported by governors across the country would do that and save money, Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said Wednesday.

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168 Killed In Iran Plane Crash

Posted: 07/15/2009 - A Russian-made Iranian passenger plane carrying 168 people crashed shortly after takeoff Wednesday, smashing into a field northwest of the capital and shattering into flaming pieces. All on board were killed in Iran's worst air disaster in six years, officials said.

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Goodyear Commits To Retain 1,400 Topeka Jobs

Updated: 07/15/2009 - Goodyear thanked state and local officials Wednesday for helping obtain financial incentives to help fund plant modernization. Up to 1,400 Topeka jobs will be retained for at least 10 years under the deal.

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Sotomayor Says Obama Didn't Ask About Abortion

Updated: 07/15/2009 - Judge Sonia Sotomayor said Wednesday neither President Barack Obama nor anyone else in the administration asked her views on abortion rights before she was nominated for the Supreme Court.

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Stocks Rise On Upbeat Earnings Reports

Posted: 07/15/2009 - Better-than-expected earnings at Intel sent investors pouring back into the market Wednesday, sending stocks higher in morning trading.

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Stock Futures Rise On Hopes For Economy

Posted: 07/15/2009 - Investors who have been looking for signs the economy is on the mend are pushing stock futures higher Wednesday in the wake of better-than-expected earnings reports from Intel and Goldman Sachs.

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Missile Crew Discharged After Falling Asleep

Updated: 07/15/2009 - The Air Force discharged three North Dakota ballistic missile crew members who fell asleep while holding classified launch code devices, the military announced Tuesday. Officials said the codes were outdated and remained secure at all times.

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Clinton Aims To Retake Foreign Policy Center Stage

Updated: 07/15/2009 - Eclipsed by a globe-trotting president, a foreign policy-savvy vice president and a bevy of special envoys, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is struggling to re-emerge this week as the Obama administration's diplomatic heavyweight.

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House Bill Would Make Health Care A Right

Updated: 07/15/2009 - House Democratic leaders, pledging to meet the president's goal of health care legislation before their August break, are offering a $1.5 trillion plan that for the first time would make health care a right and a responsibility for all Americans. Left to pick up most of the tab were medical providers, employers and the wealthy.

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Sotomayor Return For More Senate Questions

Updated: 07/15/2009 - Sonia Sotomayor is relying on her 17-year record as a federal judge to rebut criticism that she is concealing a liberal agenda that will show up if she is confirmed to the Supreme Court.

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Seven People In Custody For Florida Couple's Slaying

Updated: 07/14/2009 - Melanie and Byrd Billings were shot to death in their home near Pensacola on Thursday night. Authorities have seven people in custody for the crime. The couple was known for adopting developmentally disabled children.

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Sotomayor Pushes Back On Racial Bias Charges

Updated: 07/14/2009 - Sonia Sotomayor rejected Republicans allegations that she would bring bias if confirmed as the first Hispanic to the Supreme Court during her confirmation hearings Tuesday.

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US Airways To Cut 600 Airport Positions

Posted: 07/14/2009 - U.S. Airways says it will close its Las Vegas US Airways Club and reduce the staff at its club in Phoenix. It will also shift to outside contractors for ramp service work at nine airports, including Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in Kansas.

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Topeka Potter Fans Pack Theaters

Updated: 07/14/2009 - Topeka's Hollywood Theaters reports four midnight showings of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince are sold out.

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Jalapeno Eating Contest At Fiesta

Updated: 07/14/2009 - The jalapeno eating contest at Fiesta Mexicana filled the street with spectators to watch the action.

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Man Uses Beer To Distract Intruder

Posted: 07/14/2009 - Police said a homeowner in Maine used a beer to entice an intoxicated intruder to leave. The intruder apparently didn't realize that it was a nonalcoholic beer. Bar Harbor police said the homeowner awoke early Monday to find 22-year-old Scott Cote in the bedroom and used the beer to convince him to carry on.

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Senator Blocked By Bias Claims Now Raises Them

Posted: 07/14/2009 - Sen. Jeff Sessions, the Republican equating Sonia Sotomayor's supposed empathy with racial bias, was blocked from the federal bench himself two decades ago for making insensitive remarks about the Ku Klux Klan and the NAACP.

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