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Panel Departs from Kansas Governor's Deficit Plan

Updated: 01/16/2009 - The Senate Ways and Means Committee is struggling with how far to depart from the Democratic governor's mix of targeted tax cuts and accounting changes to close a projected $186 million shortfall by June 30.

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Survivors offer praise, gratitude after NY crash

Updated: 01/16/2009 - NEW YORK (AP) -- One minute they were airline passengers. Six minutes later, they were stunned survivors taking on water in the middle of the frigid Hudson River.

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NYC adds man's cancer death to 9/11 victims' toll

Updated: 01/16/2009 - NEW YORK (AP) -- A man who died of lymphoma and lung disease more than seven years after he was exposed to toxic dust from the World Trade Center collapse was added to the Sept. 11 death toll, the New York City medical examiner said Friday.

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History links King holiday, Obama inauguration

Updated: 01/16/2009 - ATLANTA (AP) -- Martin Luther King's flame has always burned brightest in Atlanta, but in a real sense, the torch is being passed to Washington, D.C., with his birthday and holiday taking on dual meaning for many Americans because it falls on the eve of Barack Obama's inauguration.

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Man accused in Miss. of threat to president-elect

Updated: 01/16/2009 - JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- A Wisconsin man was arrested Friday in Mississippi after authorities said he threatened on the Internet to kill President-elect Barack Obama.

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Brrr, y'all: Temps startle South, blanket the East

Updated: 01/16/2009 - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Miserable, lung-burning, face-numbing temperatures are one thing in the Midwest and Northeast. But the Deep South? Temperatures plummeted Friday across the Midwest and eastern U.S., and delivered a stinging slap to Southerners unaccustomed to the frigid weather. Schools were closed in a dozen states and homeless shelters were overcrowded. Those that did venture outside bundled up and made quick trips.

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Airports use cannons, dogs, guns to scare birds

Updated: 01/16/2009 - BOSTON (AP) -- Birds like those believed to have crippled a US Airways jetliner in New York have been a danger to aviation since the days of Orville and Wilbur Wright, so airports use everything from hawks and snarling dogs to screaming fireworks and shotguns to kill or scare off the intruders.

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History links King holiday, Obama inauguration

Updated: 01/16/2009 - ATLANTA (AP) -- Martin Luther King's flame has always burned brightest in Atlanta, but in a real sense, the torch is being passed to Washington, D.C., with his birthday and holiday taking on dual meaning for many Americans because it falls on the eve of Barack Obama's inauguration.

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Pilot's life had prepared him for 'miracle' flight

Updated: 01/16/2009 - NEW YORK (AP) -- Chesley Sullenberger spent practically his whole life preparing for the five-minute crucible that was US Airways Flight 1549. He got his pilot's license at 14, was named best aviator in his class at the Air Force Academy, flew fighter jets, investigated air disasters, mastered glider flying and even studied the psychology of how cockpit crews behave in a crisis.

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Snow Friday Makes for Slick Roads

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Light snow Friday morning made for slick roads across Topeka, forcing Topeka law enforcement into phase three.

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White House Moves Not Always Smooth

Updated: 01/17/2009 - White House moves have not always gone smoothly. Here are a few of the mix-ups between comings and goings of former presidents, adapted from "America's First Families," by National First Ladies Library historian Carl Sferrazza Anthony.

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