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Overland Park City Council Battles Coyote Problem

Updated: 02/02/2009 - The Overland Park City Council is expected to consider a proposed ordinance Monday in response to a coyote attack that killed a resident's pet dog. Animal control officers have been tracking a male coyote thought to have killed the dog on Jan. 2.

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Consumer Spending And Incomes Fall; Savings Rise

Updated: 02/02/2009 - Consumer spending fell for a record sixth straight month in December as recession-battered households, worried about surging layoffs, boosted their savings rates to the highest level since May.

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Israeli Airstrike Kills Gaza Militant

Updated: 02/02/2009 - A missile from an Israeli aircraft struck a car traveling in the southern Gaza Strip on Monday, killing a Palestinian militant and further straining a truce with the territory's Hamas rulers.

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States Fail In Latest Prairie Dog Report Card

Updated: 02/02/2009 - While groundhogs will get all the attention Monday, a report being issued by an environmental group says their cousins, the prairie dogs, are in dire straits across the West.

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Feds May Make Health Insurance Easier After Layoff

Updated: 02/02/2009 - It will get vastly cheaper for most people to keep health insurance after losing a job if the government's stimulus plan becomes law. Some nickel and dime cuts in health coverage for the poor will be reversed, too. Geek jobs in medicine will grow.

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Bomber In Police Uniform Kills 21 Afghan Policemen

Updated: 02/02/2009 - A suicide bomber in a police uniform detonated his explosives inside a police training center in southern Afghanistan on Monday, killing 21 officers and wounding at least 20, officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility.

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Commission Gets Grim Report On Wartime Spending

Updated: 02/02/2009 - A new commission examining waste and corruption in wartime contracts is getting a grim report from government watchdogs who say poor planning, weak oversight and greed combined to soak U.S. taxpayers and undermine American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Israel strikes Gaza after militant rocket fire

Updated: 02/01/2009 - Israel threatened "harsh and disproportionate" retaliation after Gaza militants fired at least 10 rockets and mortar shells across the border Sunday and warplanes later bombed the area where Hamas smuggles in weapons from Egypt through tunnels.

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Springsteen rocks out Super Bowl halftime show

Updated: 02/01/2009 - One was a 12-minute party, the other a 2-minute proclamation. Bruce Springsteen and Jennifer Hudson used the Super Bowl stage for two very different performances Sunday night: he proved he's still The Boss with an electric halftime show, while Hudson showed she's ready to return to the spotlight after the slayings of three family members.

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AP IMPACT: SWAT teams deployed in 911 fraud

Updated: 02/01/2009 - Doug Bates and his wife, Stacey, were in bed around 10 p.m., their 2-year-old daughters asleep in a nearby room. Suddenly they were shaken awake by the wail of police sirens and the rumble of a helicopter above their suburban Southern California home. A criminal must be on the loose, they thought.

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GOP leaders doubt stimulus bill will pass Senate

Updated: 02/01/2009 - Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday the massive stimulus bill backed by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats could go down to defeat if it's not stripped of unnecessary spending and focused more on housing issues and tax cut.

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Topeka's Literacy Campaign Kicks Off

Updated: 02/01/2009 - About 50 locals kicked off the "Big Read" literacy campaign at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library Sunday. Two librarians offered the first event of the month-long program for Harper Lee's book "To Kill a Mockingbird." Their presentation focused on the historical context surrounding the book.

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Mail Theft on the Rise in Kansas and Missouri

Updated: 02/01/2009 - Law enforcement authorities in Kansas and Missouri warn residents that mail theft is on the rise, particularly of mail containing checks and credit cards. A group of local, state and federal authorities met last week in Oskaloosa, Kan., to map out their strategy as they confront a spike in mail theft in their northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas area.

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Kansas Falls Behind in Casino Race

Updated: 02/01/2009 - Problems in the financial markets forced developers in three of Kansas' four gaming zones to scrap their plans.

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Topeka Officer of the Year Credits Partner

Updated: 02/01/2009 - The Topeka Police Officer of 2008 says he can't take credit for the award. He credits his fellow officers, and especially his K-9 partner, for the great work they do.

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Mrs. Obama's new roles as first lady, mom-in-chief

Updated: 02/01/2009 - Michelle Obama's predecessors have carved out enough different roles as first lady that she is now free to fashion the job in a way that suits her. The first lady will take her time defining her new role, but already she's dropping clues.

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Girls Learn New Dance Moves at Washburn University

Updated: 02/01/2009 - About 30 girls learned new moves from Washburn University's Dancing Blues cheer team at a fundraiser clinic this afternoon. The college students taught girls from kindergarten through sixth grade a choreographed dance number to perform at the women's basketball game this evening at Washburn University.

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Fire Ignites Twice, Slows Highway Traffic Near Wanamaker

Updated: 01/31/2009 - If you were driving near I-470 and I-70 Saturday afternoon you may have seen shooting flames and smoke. Grass just to the south of the Sports Center caught fire twice Saturday, creating huge plumes of smoke that at times, slowed traffic on the highway.

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Gaza militants fire rocket into Israel

Updated: 01/31/2009 - Palestinian militants fired a rocket from Gaza on Saturday that exploded close to the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon without causing any damages or injuries, an Israeli military spokesman said.

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Somalia's new moderate Islamist president sworn in

Updated: 01/31/2009 - A moderate Islamist leader was sworn in as the country's new president Saturday after parliament elected him to stabilize a country wracked by violence and anarchy for nearly 20 years.

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