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Google Delivers Good-looking 4Q in Ugly Recession

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Google Inc.'s fourth quarter wasn't picture perfect, but the results looked good in an ugly recession. Although Google suffered its first-ever decline in quarterly profit because of a $1.1 billion accounting charge, the Internet search leader fared far better than its peers and proved it has the discipline to curb its free-spending ways in tough times.

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Kansas Senate GOP Sees Need for $300M in Cuts

Updated: 01/22/2009 - The Senate's Republican leaders are now looking to cut $300 million from the current state budget. The number puts education funding in their sights. Legislative researchers are projecting a deficit of $186 million and that gap must be closed by June 30.

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Scientist: New Fault Could Mean Major Ark. Temblor

Updated: 01/22/2009 - A previously unknown fault in eastern Arkansas could trigger a magnitude 7 earthquake with an epicenter near a major natural gas pipeline, a scientist said Wednesday. Haydar Al-Shukri, the director of the Arkansas Earthquake Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, said the fault is separate from the New Madrid fault responsible for a series of quakes in 1811-12 that caused the Mississippi River to flow backward.

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Prayer in Kansas House Decries Abortion

Updated: 01/22/2009 - The Rev. Brian Schieber, pastor at Topeka's Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, gave a prayer in the Kansas House on the 36th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision decrying abortion and a ``culture of death.''

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Scientists Solve Mystery: 3 Fish are all the Same

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Researchers believe they have solved the puzzle of three seemingly different fish, one all males, one all females and one all juveniles. They're the same fish, and undergo remarkable changes as they mature.

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Homemade Explosive Found at Kansas Middle School

Updated: 01/22/2009 - The Lawrence Journal-World is reporting on its Web site that a sixth-grader at Tonganoxie Middle School was showing off a homemade explosive device Thursday when a student alerted administrators. They say the student did not intend harm, but was suspended.

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Judge Orders Illinois TB Patient into Isolation

Updated: 01/22/2009 - A tuberculosis patient who failed to take precautions to avoid spreading the illness will be tracked by GPS and could go to jail if he violates court orders requiring him to remain isolated.

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Study: Cleaner Air Adds 5 Months to US Life Span

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Cleaner air over the past two decades has added nearly five months to average life expectancy in the United States, according to a federally funded study. Researchers said it is the first study to show that reducing air pollution translates into longer lives.

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87-year old Injured in Lawrence Accident

Updated: 01/22/2009 - 87-year-old Karl Hauser was life-flighted to the hospital following a rollover accident in Douglas County. Authorities say it happened around 3:30 pm Thursday just south of 31st and Haskell.

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Hall Going Back to High School to Finish Education

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Tanner Hall made a mistake. He knows that. The freeskiing sensation got kicked out of high school for smoking marijuana when he was a sophomore. He is heading back to school.

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FDA: 31M lbs of Peanut Products Recalled

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Federal health officials say the salmonella recall now involves about 31 million pounds of peanut butter and peanut paste. That's a whole lot of peanut butter.

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CDC study: Kentucky has Highest Smoking Death Rate

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Kentucky and West Virginia, where people traditionally smoke the most, have the highest death rates from smoking, a new federal study has found. Rounding out the 10 states with the highest average annual smoking death rates were Nevada, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, Indiana and Missouri.

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Obama Breaks from Bush and Orders Gitmo to Close

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Breaking forcefully with Bush anti-terror policies, President Barack Obama ordered major changes Thursday that he said would halt the torture of suspects, close down the Guantanamo detention center, ban secret CIA prisons overseas and fight terrorism "in a manner that is consistent with our values and our ideals."

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University of Kansas to Cut Jobs

Updated: 01/22/2009 - The University of Kansas is cutting 11 jobs and not filling 110 others to satisfy a legislative mandate to cut 7 percent of its budget for the 2010 fiscal year.

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Kansas Politicians Strongly Oppose Gitmo Detainee Move

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Senator Pat Roberts joined colleague Sam Brownback in speaking out against moving detainees from Guantanamo Bay to Ft. Leavenworth. President Barack Obama signed an executive order Thursday calling for the military prison to be closed within one year.

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