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Council Approves Sales Tax Ballot Issue

Updated: 02/17/2009 - After Deborah Swank changed her mind and asked for the issue to be reconsidered, the Topeka City Council voted to approve a sales tax ballot issue.

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Fiscal Calamity is Looming for California

Posted: 02/17/2009 - California lawmakers are battling to end their budget deadlock, while Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger gives the word to start sending out layoff notices; projects on hold.

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Asian Stocks Tumble as Bailout Confidence Fades

Posted: 02/17/2009 - Asian stock markets dropped early Wednesday as U.S. markets plummeted toward last year's lows and investors began losing hope that governments can rescue the world's economies from slipping deeper into recession.

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Report: Fetal Stem Cells Trigger Tumors in Ill Boy

Posted: 02/17/2009 - A family desperate to save a child from a lethal brain disease sought highly experimental injections of fetal stem cells — injections that triggered tumors in the boy's brain and spinal cord, Israeli scientists reported Tuesday.

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Cache of Ice Age Fossils Found in Los Angeles

Posted: 02/17/2009 - Scientists are studying a huge cache of Ice Age fossil deposits recovered near the famous La Brea Tar Pits in the heart of the nation's second-largest city.

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Hundreds of Television Stations Cut Analog Signals

Posted: 02/17/2009 - About a quarter of the nation's TV stations cut off their analog signals Tuesday, causing sets to go dark in households that were not prepared for digital television despite two years of warnings about the transition.

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Burris Tried to Raise Funds for Blagojevich

Posted: 02/17/2009 - U.S. Sen. Roland Burris now acknowledges attempting to raise money for ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich — an explosive twist in his evolving story on how he landed a coveted Senate appointment from the man accused of trying to sell the seat.

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Kinicki Bowls Perfect Game

Posted: 02/17/2009 - Seaman junior Michael Kanicki said he "got lucky." Well, sometimes you have to be lucky AND good.

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Animal Experts are Baffled by Chimp Attack

Posted: 02/17/2009 - Travis the chimpanzee, a veteran of TV commercials, was the constant companion of a lonely Connecticut widow who fed him steak, lobster and ice cream. He could eat at the table, drink wine from a stemmed glass, use the toilet, and dress and bathe himself.

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New Leads in Haleigh Search

Posted: 02/17/2009 - The search for the missing 5-year old girl goes into its second week with what the sheriff calls some solid leads.

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Muslim TV Exec Accused of Beheading Wife in NY

Posted: 02/17/2009 - The crime drips with brutal irony: a woman decapitated, allegedly by her estranged husband, in the offices of the television network the couple founded with the hope of countering Muslim stereotypes.

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GM, Chrysler Seek More Govt Aid, to Cut More Jobs

Posted: 02/17/2009 - General Motors and Chrysler said Tuesday their request for federal aid ballooned to a staggering $39 billion — only months after receiving billions in loans — in new plans that envision massive job losses and intense restructuring to survive a deepening recession.

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Kansas Meatpacking Plant Closing, 275 Jobs Lost

Posted: 02/17/2009 - About 275 hourly and salaried employees of Great Bend Packing will lose their jobs when the plant closes in July. The meatpacking plant is owned by John Morrell & Co., a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods.

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Kansas Shield Law Bill to Get Vote

Posted: 02/17/2009 - Sen. Judiciary Chairman Tim Owens says he'll allow a committee vote Wednesday on a proposed shield law for journalists. He's earlier said he was shelving the bill.

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State Transportation Tackles its 2009 Agenda

Posted: 02/17/2009 - If you're afraid the stimulus package means potholes in your pocket, at least you won't have to worry about transportation taxes this year. The state's secretary of transportation announced this year's outlook today.

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Recession Could Lengthen the Twilight of Dial-Up

Posted: 02/17/2009 - With the costs of home-schooling a special-needs child, Arlene Dawes of Raleigh, N.C., says dial-up Internet is more attuned to her budget than broadband. Chuck Hester says the high-speed Internet options available in his rural neighborhood near Little Rock, Ark., are too pricey.

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Crash probe focusing on weather, crew's training

Posted: 02/17/2009 - The man at the helm of a turboprop plane that pitched like a kite before crashing into a house last week had spent only 110 hours flying that model, and investigators said Tuesday they would look into the quality and quantity of his training.

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