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AT&T 4Q Earnings Fall 23.6%

Updated: 01/28/2009 - AT&T says its earnings fell 23.6% in the fourth quarter, narrowly missing analyst estimates, as rising costs offset strong performance in the wireless business.

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Congress Likely To Delay End Of Analog TV To June

Updated: 01/28/2009 - Congress appears poised to grant a four-month delay in the upcoming shutdown of analog TV broadcasts, though broadcasters still will be allowed to go all-digital earlier if they want.

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House To Vote On Obama's Economic Stimulus Plan

Updated: 01/28/2009 - President Barack Obama's expansive and expensive plan to jump-start the economy is all but certain to clear its first hurdle when the Democratic-controlled House votes on a $825 billion version that melds new spending and tax cuts.

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Report: Some Climate Damage Already Irreversible

Updated: 01/28/2009 - Many damaging effects of climate change are already basically irreversible, researchers declared Monday, warning that even if carbon emissions can somehow be halted temperatures around the globe will remain high until at least the year 3000.

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Japan Orders Ships Sent To Fight Somali Pirates

Updated: 01/28/2009 - Japan on Wednesday ordered its ships to join the international fight against pirates off the shores of Somalia - a move that has drawn criticism from opposition lawmakers who fear it could draw the country into military operations prohibited by its pacifist constitution.

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NY Report: Wall Street Bonuses Decline 44%

Updated: 01/28/2009 - New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the state will lose nearly $1 billion in revenue because cash bonuses to Wall Street employees declined 44 percent last year.

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Israeli Warplanes Pound Gaza Smuggling Tunnels

Updated: 01/28/2009 - President Barack Obama's new Mideast envoy sought Wednesday to boost a 10-day-old Gaza cease-fire that was thrown into turmoil, as Israeli warplanes pounded Gaza smuggling tunnels in retaliation for a Palestinian bombing that killed a soldier.

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Storm May Leave Thousands In Darkness For Days

Updated: 01/28/2009 - Utility companies and road crews prepared for the worst Wednesday as a winter storm barreled into the Northeast, while officials in areas already hit hard by the blast warned it may be days before some shivering communities have electricity again.

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House To Vote On Obama's Economic Stimulus Plan

Updated: 01/28/2009 - President Barack Obama's expansive and expensive plan to jump-start the economy is all but certain to clear its first hurdle when the Democratic-controlled House votes on a $825 billion version that melds new spending and tax cuts.

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FBI Tapes Played For Illinois Impeachment Trial

Updated: 01/28/2009 - Gov. Rod Blagojevich was hundreds of miles away, but his voice captivated the Illinois Senate Tuesday as impeachment prosecutors played FBI wiretaps of conversations in which he seems to demand campaign contributions in exchange for signing legislation.

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Oil Rises on Positive Company Earnings

Updated: 01/28/2009 - A ripple of market optimism boosted oil prices Wednesday as major U.S. companies announced profits despite the worst recession since the 1930s.

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Rock Fans Head to Iowa to Recall Day Music Died

Updated: 01/28/2009 - It's been 50 years since a single-engine plane crashed into a snow-covered Iowa field, instantly killing three men whose names would become enshrined in the history of rock 'n' roll.

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US Roads, Water and Basic Systems Earn 'D' Grade

Updated: 01/28/2009 - America's roads, public transit and aviation have gotten worse in the past four years. Water and sewage systems are dreadful. The basic physical backbone of American society is barely above failing, a report by top engineers says.

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World Stock Markets Rise; SKorea Jumps 6%

Updated: 01/28/2009 - Most Asian stock markets rose Wednesday, with South Korea's benchmark jumping nearly 6 percent in a catch-up rally, after U.S. earnings showed companies are still scraping together profits despite the worst recession in decades. European markets opened higher.

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Fed in Uncharted Waters, Eyes New Tools

Updated: 01/28/2009 - With the country reeling from a recession, Federal Reserve policymakers are weighing what other tools they can use to brace the economy.

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Steel Makers Forecast Grim First Quarter

Updated: 01/27/2009 - Two steel makers forecast a grim first quarter Tuesday as the recession continues to slow demand for everything from washing machines to SUVs, suggesting that more plant shutdowns and job cuts could be on the way.

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Sumner School Sale Not Final

Updated: 01/27/2009 - The Topeka City Council will wait a week before giving a final yes or no to the sale of the Sumner School building. The council made the decision Tuesday to get further answers on what their options are.

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Citigroup Will Not Take Possession of New Aircraft

Updated: 01/27/2009 - Citigroup won't be getting a new corporate jet after all. Under pressure from President Barack Obama, one of the nation's largest banks reversed course, announcing that it will not take delivery of the jet it had planned to purchase before the credit crisis unfolded.

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Stocks Rise Following US Steel, Amex Earnings

Updated: 01/27/2009 - The market had its second straight moderate advance Tuesday, rising after companies including United States Steel Corp. and American Express Co. managed to post profits in a difficult recession.

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FDA Inspectors Find Many Problems at Peanut Plant

Updated: 01/27/2009 - The Georgia peanut processing plant at the center of a national salmonella outbreak had a history of problems it failed to correct, federal health officials said Tuesday.

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Rare 1,800-year-old Figurine Found in Jerusalem

Updated: 01/27/2009 - An 1,800-year-old figurine believed to have originated from the eastern stretches of the Roman Empire has been discovered by archaeologists outside the walls of the old city, the Israeli Antiquities Authority said. The 2-inch marble bust depicts the head of a man with a short curly beard and almond-shaped eyes who may portray a boxer, the authority said.

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LA Man Upset Over Job Kills Wife, 5 Kids, Himself

Updated: 01/27/2009 - A man fatally shot his wife, five young children and himself, claiming in a note he faxed to a TV station Tuesday that the couple had just been fired from their hospital jobs and together planned the killings as an escape for the whole family.

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Obama Open to Compromise on $825B Stimulus Bill

Updated: 01/27/2009 - On the eve of a key vote, President Barack Obama privately promised Republicans he stands ready to accept changes in the $825 billion economic stimulus legislation, invoked Ronald Reagan to rebut conservative critics and urged lawmakers to "put politics aside" in the interest of creating jobs.

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Kansans Attend Drug Endangered Children Training Program

Updated: 01/27/2009 - People from all across the state were in Topeka Tuesday learning about how to help children in drug abusive homes. A training session was held at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library for the Kansas Alliance for Drug Endangered Children program.

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