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Obama Chooses Education Secretary

Updated: 12/16/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama announced Arne Duncan, the head of the Chicago school system, as education secretary Tuesday and declared that failing to improve classroom instruction is "morally unacceptable for our children."

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Blagojevich Impeachment Inquiry Begins

Updated: 12/16/2008 - Illinois lawmakers launched an unprecedented impeachment inquiry Tuesday against embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who showed no sign of going down without a fight.

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Wall Street Jumps After Interest Rate Cut

Updated: 12/16/2008 - A surprised Wall Street jumped at the Federal Reserve's historic decision to slash its target for a key interest to a record-low range and took comfort from the central bank's pledge to use "all available tools" to jump-start the economy.

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First Successful Face Implant

Updated: 12/16/2008 - The Cleveland Clinic will announce Wednesday the successful completion of a near-total face transplant surgery, a clinic spokeswoman told CNN on Tuesday.

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Jim Carry a "Weird, Serious Person"

Updated: 12/16/2008 - Jim Carrey has been making audiences laugh for years, but the star says he's really a "a weird, serious person." Jim Carrey is a star on the big screen, but he says he would love to do a play on Broadway.

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Bush Talks Economy, Ducking Shoes

Updated: 12/16/2008 - President Bush said Tuesday that he is "considering all options" in aiding the U.S. auto industry because doing nothing could lead to further economic decline.

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Adam Walsh Investigation Ends

Updated: 12/16/2008 - A deceased drifter long suspected in the abduction and murder of Adam Walsh committed the crime that put missing children on the national agenda, police said Tuesday.

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Obama names Chicago School Chief to Education Dept.

Updated: 12/16/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama announced Arne Duncan, the head of the Chicago school system, as education secretary Tuesday and said failing to improve classroom instruction is "morally unacceptable for our children."

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Army Releases Field Training Manual

Updated: 12/16/2008 - The Army has released its latest field manual on training, elevating the need for units to prepare to conduct stability operations during combat deployments.

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Document: Peter Falk has Alzheimer's

Updated: 12/16/2008 - A court document filed by Peter Falk's daughter says the Emmy-winning actor is suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

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Consumer Prices Drop more than Expected

Updated: 12/16/2008 - A record plunge in consumer prices in November puts pressure on the Federal Reserve to act decisively to guard against a debilitating bout of deflation.

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Best Buy 3Q Profit Sinks, Offers Staff Buyouts

Updated: 12/16/2008 - Best Buy Co. Inc. , the nation's biggest consumer electronics retailer, said Tuesday that its third-quarter profit sank 77 percent as it faced dramatic changes in consumer spending.

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Winter Storm Snarls Traffic Across Kansas

Updated: 12/16/2008 - Wichita police say a man is dead after driving at high speed on a snow-packed road and crashing into a tree late Monday night.

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Maize man pleads guilty to robberies

Updated: 12/16/2008 - A Maize man could be sentenced to prison for life after pleading guilty to robbing three bank branches inside of Dillons stores.

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Fed ready to Slash Rates Amid Deepening Recession

Updated: 12/16/2008 - With the recession dragging down consumer prices and home construction, the Federal Reserve is prepared to slash a key interest rate — perhaps to an all-time low — in a desperate bid to stem the country's economic slide.

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Stocks Advance ahead of Fed Rate Decision

Updated: 12/16/2008 - Wall Street jockeyed for position Tuesday ahead of the Federal Reserve's decision on interest rates, which some investors believe will bring the key U.S. rate to the lowest level on record.

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Topeka Police Department is in Phase III

Updated: 12/16/2008 - Topeka Police Department is asking victims of non-injury accidents to move vehicles off the road if possible, exchange information, and report the accident within 24 hours.

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