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Dow Chemical Posts $1.55B 4Q Loss, Revenue Skids

Updated: 02/03/2009 - Dow Chemical Co. says it lost more than $1.5 billion in the fourth quarter as sales dropped 23 percent to end one of its worst years on record amid a global slump.

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A Value Meal at Starbucks? Coming Right Up

Updated: 02/03/2009 - The allure of the value meal has long seduced penny-pinchers craving a cheeseburger. Now, as the dismal economy slurps up profits, Starbucks Corp. is hoping to find some sales salvation in its own value meal variety.

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Democrats Promise Boost for Road Building

Updated: 02/03/2009 - Top Democrats plan to add a big increase in highway and mass transit funding to President Barack Obama's economic recovery program Tuesday, even as others in the president's party hope to rein in the plan's almost $1 trillion cost to taxpayers.

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Obama Working Out Spending and Limits for Bailout

Updated: 02/03/2009 - The Obama administration is tackling the bailout of the battered financial sector on two tracks: overhauling how the government spends the money while devising new executive compensation restrictions for banks that get it.

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Arrest Warrant Issued for SE Kansas Mayor

Updated: 02/02/2009 - McCune mayor Don Call says his shooting of two dogs that reportedly were bothering residents was justified. The Crawford Co. Sheriff has forwarded results of an investigation to prosecutors.

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Senator Pat Roberts Applauds Kansas Senate

Updated: 02/02/2009 - Senator Pat Roberts is applauding the Kansas Senate for opposing Guantanamo Bay terrorists being moved to Fort Leavenworth. Senators Monday unanimously approved a resolution opposing the move. State reps have a similar measure on their agenda Tuesday.

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Kansas Authorities Identify Man Found in River

Updated: 02/02/2009 - The body of 40-year-old Shawn Burditt was recovered Sunday night in Hutchinson after it was spotted by some hikers. Authorities had searched the area where the discovery was made when Burditt disappeared in November.

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Man Assaulted Monday Night in Topeka

Updated: 02/02/2009 - One man was taken to the hospital Monday after he claims he was jumped by five people. Police say it happened somewhere between 21st and California and 21st and Michigan.

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Octuplets' Mom Hires An Agent

Updated: 02/02/2009 - The new mom of 8 babies says she hopes to become a TV child-care expert to earn a living. She used proceeds from a settlement for her in-vitro fertilization.

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UN Peacekeepers Ignore Sudan Request to Leave Town

Updated: 02/02/2009 - Sudanese forces bombed the outskirts of a rebel-held town in southern Darfur Monday as the U.N. secretary general said peacekeepers would not heed a government request to leave the area.

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Study Questions Usefulness of Animal-Human Embryos

Updated: 02/02/2009 - It may be futile to try producing stem cells by putting human DNA into cow or rabbit eggs and making hybrid cloned embryos, a strategy that triggered controversy recently in Britain, a new study says. The animal eggs don't reprogram human DNA in the right way to generate stem cells, researchers report.

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Kenya Begins Mourning for Victims of 2 Fires

Updated: 02/02/2009 - Kenya began a week of mourning on Monday for the victims of two massive fires that killed more than 140 people, and the Red Cross began the long process of trying to identify some of the dead with DNA samples.

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Indian IImmigrant Set on Fire in Italy

Updated: 02/02/2009 - Italian police have arrested three young men for allegedly beating and setting on fire an Indian immigrant who was sleeping on a train station bench in a seaside town near Rome, investigators said Monday.

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Putting the "Green" Back in Greensburg

Updated: 02/02/2009 - Ralph's interview with Greensburg, Kansas Mayor Bob Dixson last Friday details the story of one town's courage, and its dedication to rebuild itself as an national environmental leader. You can watch their interview again right here.

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Tech Stocks Rise But Broader Market Declines

Updated: 02/02/2009 - Investors worried about the recession have turned to a strategy of cherry-picking stocks — sending tech shares higher and industrials lower.

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GM, Chrysler Offer New Retirement, Buyout Packages

Updated: 02/02/2009 - General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC are offering blue-collar employees another round of buyout and early retirement offers as the automakers try to cut their work forces and reduce expenses, union officials said.

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Obama: Banks Need More Help; Some May Fail

Updated: 02/02/2009 - In a sobering appraisal of the nation's banking system, President Barack Obama signaled Monday that he will need more money to bail out the battered financial industry. Even so, he said, "some banks won't make it."

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Gary Collins Arrested, Suspected of DUI

Updated: 02/02/2009 - According to an arrest report, deputies in the coastal county of Santa Barbara pulled Collins over Saturday evening after noticing him driving a motor home erratically. The 70-year-old was arrested by the California Highway Patrol after failing a field sobriety test. He was later released on $25,000 bail.

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Oscar Nominees Be Warned: Surprises Lay Ahead

Updated: 02/02/2009 - Fans of this month's Academy Awards — and nominees themselves — are in for something new at Hollywood's biggest party, the show's overseers said Monday.

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