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AIG Seeks Alternatives To Government Loan

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Beleaguered insurer American International Group Inc. is looking to alter its $150 billion government loan while it continues to look for buyers for some of its operations, according to published reports.

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Dad: Suleman under duress before NBC interview

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Nadya Suleman's father told Oprah Winfrey on her talk show that his daughter was under duress before giving an interview to NBC's Ann Curry and should have been given time to recover from giving birth to octuplets.

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Tainted Syringes Killed 5, Prosecutors Say

Updated: 02/25/2009 - A North Carolina company is accused of bypassing sterilization tests for medical syringes in a cost-cutting move prosecutors say sickened hundreds of patients and led to five deaths.

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Spears' Dad Tries To Keep "Predators" Away

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Britney Spears' father testified for nearly 90 minutes Monday about why he felt a long-term restraining order should be issued against three people, including the singer's former manager and an ex-boyfriend.

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Bail OK'd for alleged in-law of al-Qaida official

Updated: 02/25/2009 - An alleged brother-in-law of Osama bin Laden's bodyguard was ordered to be released on $500,000 bail Tuesday, and a Muslim advocacy group said it wants a federal investigation into whether he was arrested because he had refused to become an FBI informant.

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Obama Wants To Strengthen U.S.-Japan Ties

Updated: 02/25/2009 - President Barack Obama told Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso on Tuesday that the United States wants to strengthen ties with Japan, a country Obama described as the cornerstone of U.S. security policy in East Asia and a major U.S. economic partner.

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Rocket With NASA Satellite Crashes

Updated: 02/25/2009 - A rocket carrying a NASA satellite crashed near Antarctica after a failed launch early Tuesday, ending a $280 million mission to track global warming from space.

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Sully: Pilot Pay Cuts Put Planes In Peril

Updated: 02/25/2009 - The pilot who safely ditched a jetliner in New York's Hudson River said Tuesday that pay and benefit cuts are driving experienced pilots from careers in the cockpit.

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Controller thought plane that ditched was doomed

Updated: 02/25/2009 - The air traffic controller who handled Flight 1549 thought ditching in the Hudson River amounted to a death sentence for all aboard. Now the veteran pilot who pulled off the feat safely says harsh pay cuts are driving experienced pilots from the cockpit.

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Court upholds conviction in guns case

Updated: 02/25/2009 - The Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed the use of a federal law barring people convicted of domestic violence crimes from owning guns, the first firearms case at the high court since last year's decision in support of gun rights.

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Health Care Costs To Top $8,000 Per Person

Updated: 02/25/2009 - A new government report on medical costs paints a stark picture for President Barack Obama, who is expected to call for a health care overhaul in a speech Tuesday night to a joint session of Congress.

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Obama Poised To Unveil Iraq Pullout Plan

Updated: 02/25/2009 - The United States will withdraw most of its troops from Iraq by August 2010, 19 months after President Barack Obama's inauguration day, according to administration officials who expect Obama to make the announcement this week.

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Authorities: 1 injured in helicopter crash at Xe

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Federal authorities say one person is seriously injured following a helicopter crash on the North Carolina campus of the private security contractor Xe (zee).

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Salina Smoking Ban Faces Repeal Effort

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Opponents of a smoking ban in Salina want new city commissioners taking office in April to vote to repeal the ordinance before it takes effect in May. Failing that, they will ask commissioners to approve a special election.

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Officials: US troops to leave Iraq by August 2010

Updated: 02/25/2009 - The United States will withdraw most of its troops from Iraq by August 2010, 19 months after President Barack Obama's inauguration day, according to administration officials who expect Obama to make the announcement this week.

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Police: Several Shot along Mardi Gras Parade Route

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Police say several people have been shot along a Mardi Gras parade route, and two suspects are in custody. Authorities don't believe the injuries are life threatening.

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Kansas Governor Still Hasn't Talked to Obama on HHS

Updated: 02/25/2009 - In Washington, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is considered a leading contender for health and human services secretary. She says she saw the President several times while at the Governor's Assoc. meeting, but did not talk about the HHS job.

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Kansas House Gets New Member to Replace Deployed Rep

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Former Rep. Melanie Meier, a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, resigned Saturday after receiving orders to deploy. She wanted former Rep. Candy Ruff to replace her while she's gone, but party precinct officials instead chose her former opponent, Don Navinsky.

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Kansas Governor Sees Hope for Budget in Stimulus Money

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday that she and other governors were pleased that states are receiving the first round of stimulus funds this week. The money for Medicaid will free up general tax revenue.

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Kansan Wins 60th Pancake Race

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Twenty-two-year-old Tasha Gallegos of Liberal won the 60th Pancake Day Race with a time of 57.5 seconds. Jane Hughes won the Olney race in 1 minute, 2 seconds. A Kansas woman living in England also took part in the trans-Atlantic race.

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