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Obama Defends Secret Memo Release to CIA Employees

Updated: 04/20/2009 - Days after releasing top-secret memos that detailed the CIA's use of simulated drowning while interrogating terror suspects, President Barack Obama went to the spy agency's Virginia headquarters on Monday to defend his decision and bolster the morale of its employees.

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Police Investigate Overnight Gunshots; 2 wounded

Updated: 04/20/2009 - Topeka Police are investigating reports of gunshots early Monday morning. One victim was found at a shooting scene. Another person with a gunshot wound turned up at a hospital. Police are investigating the incidents as related.

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Burned Infant Undergoes Skin Graft Surgery

Updated: 04/20/2009 - One-year old Fabian Hackett began skin graft surgery on his right leg Monday. Fabian suffered third degree burns over more than half his body while in the care of a babysitter.

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Oklahoma warns athtletes about dangers on Web

Updated: 04/20/2009 - After getting in trouble for breaking the NCAA's rules about recruiting phone calls, Oklahoma is trying to make sure there aren't more problems lurking on the Internet.

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Marijuana Advocates See "Tipping Point"

Updated: 04/20/2009 - On yesterday's episode of Fox's animated sitcom "Family Guy," one of the main characters - a dog named Brian - is arrested for possession of marijuana. He subsequently goes on a mission to legalize the drug, at one point earnestly arguing that it is only outlawed because William Randolph Hearst wanted to keep hemp production from hurting his paper interests in the 1930s.

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1st Infantry Unit to Get New Choppers

Updated: 04/20/2009 - A 1st Infantry Division unit that returned from Iraq last fall is getting new equipment as it starts rebuilding after its deployment.

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Kansans Can Pay Off Traffic Fines

Updated: 04/20/2009 - Kansans will be allowed to continue driving on a limited basis while paying off traffic tickets under a new law taking effect in July.

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Kansas Governor Signs Fraud Bill

Updated: 04/20/2009 - Starting next month, Attorney General Steve Six can pursue lawsuits against people submitting false claims to the state.

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Kansas State Librarian to Retire

Updated: 04/20/2009 - State Librarian Christie Brandau will retire June 1, and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will name her replacement.

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Court Rejects Former Kansas Utility CEO's Appeal

Updated: 04/20/2009 - The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the appeal from former Kansas utility head David Wittig of his prison sentence following a 2003 bank fraud conviction.

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Prisoners stage hunger strike over cricket on TV

Updated: 04/20/2009 - Prisoners in Calcutta's main prison went on a brief hunger strike in an effort to force authorities to allow them to watch cricket on TV. Nearly 500 of the jail's 2,000 prisoners skipped lunch and dinner Sunday, demanding to see Indian Premier League matches, Kumaresh Roy, superintendent of the Alipore Central Jail, said Monday

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New fund promises low-cost malaria treatment

Updated: 04/20/2009 - A $225 million fund to provide low-price anti-malaria medicine around the world was launched in the Norwegian capital Friday to fight a disease that kills 2,000 children a day.

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Behind the scenes with Windows 7

Updated: 04/20/2009 - To design Windows 7, Microsoft analyzed billions of pieces of data. It studied exactly what PC users do in front of their screens. It tallied hundreds of thousands of Windows surveys. It got feedback from people all over the world who tried different versions of the software.

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Lubrizol expects to report decline in 1Q profit

Updated: 04/20/2009 - Specialty chemical company Lubrizol Corp. said Monday it expects to post a slight decline in its first-quarter profit when it reports results later this month.

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Europe's worst guests: Ducks and furry rodents

Updated: 04/20/2009 - Furry rodent-like nutria and herds of Asian deer may look cute but are among 1,000 invasive species that have disturbed ecosystems, threatened native animals and left governments across Europe with hefty damage bills, scientists said Monday.

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Chile indicts ex-officers in Pinochet-era killings

Updated: 04/20/2009 - A retired army general and two other officers have been indicted in the killing of 14 dissidents in the early days of the 1973-90 dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet.

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Court to weigh free-speech issue of pit bull case

Updated: 04/20/2009 - The Supreme Court said Monday it will explore a dark corner of Americans' fascination with animals, whether the sale of videos depicting dog fights and violent deaths of small animals is protected by the First Amendment's guarantee of free speech.

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