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Police: Calif. Dad Sold 14-year-old Into Marriage

Updated: 01/13/2009 - A California man has been arrested for arranging for his 14-year-old daughter to marry a neighbor in exchange for $16,000, 100 cases of beer and several cases of meat, police said.

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Largest Study of US Child Health Begins

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Scientists begin recruiting mothers-to-be in North Carolina and New York this week for the largest study of U.S. children — aiming eventually to track 100,000 around the country from conception to age 21.

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Possible Mammoth Tusk Found on SoCal Island

Updated: 01/13/2009 - A complete tusk believed to belong to a prehistoric mammoth was uncovered on Santa Cruz Island off the Southern California coast, researchers reported Tuesday. If the discovery is confirmed, it would mean the tusked beasts roamed 62,000-acre Santa Cruz Island more widely than previously thought.

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Citigroup, Morgan Stanley Merge Brokerages

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Citigroup Inc. and Morgan Stanley agreed Tuesday to combine their brokerages in a deal that shows how much Citigroup wants to slim down and build up cash.

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With Economy Sour, Consumers Sweet on Herbal Meds

Updated: 01/13/2009 - The choice between $75 prescription sleeping pills or a $5 herbal alternative is a no-brainer for Cathy and Bernard Birleffi, whose insurance costs have skyrocketed along with the nation's financial woes.

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House Fire in Topeka Causes $10,000 in Damage

Updated: 01/13/2009 - A house fire in Topeka Tuesday night caused about $10,000 worth of damage. The cause is not known at this time. Four people were home at the time. All made it out safely.

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Helicopter Evaluation: Washburn Accident Was Avoidable

Updated: 01/13/2009 - A new evaluation of the Topeka Police helicopter unit finds poor leadership, a lack of training and that the April 2008 Washburn University Campus crash could have been avoided. Chief Ron Miller says this will change the way the unit operates.

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Smithsonian OKs Tweak to Caption on Bush Portrait

Updated: 01/13/2009 - U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders has persuaded the Smithsonian Institution to change the caption on a new portrait of President George W. Bush that said Bush's time in office was ``marked by a series of catastrophic events'' including ``the attacks on September 11, 2001, that led to wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.''

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Ohio Judge: Boy Can Testify about Mom's Slaying

Updated: 01/13/2009 - A judge in Ohio will allow a grand jury to hear testimony from a 5-year-old boy who authorities say was kidnapped then abandoned by a man who killed the boy's mother.

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Israeli Forces Storm Gaza City Neighborhood

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Witnesses say an Israeli warplane fired a missile at the former Gaza city hall, used as a court building in recent years. The Israeli military says three soldiers were wounded, including an officer.

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Deposition of Former KC Mayor's Aide Released

Updated: 01/13/2009 - The 318-page deposition of Ruth Bates was released Tuesday. It details interviews conducted Friday as part of her lawsuit against the city of Kansas City, MO.

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Lab Latest Milestone for Kansas Bioscience Efforts

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Kansas officials say efforts to land the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility can be traced to 1999, when K-State established a program for homeland defense food safety, security and preparedness.

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Topeka Street to Close Wednesday

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Southwest Munson Avenue, east of Gage Boulevard, will close at 8:30 am Wednesday. It is expected to reopen by 5 pm. Crews will be relocating a gas line for a street project.

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Woman Accused in Chase that Injured Officer in Court

Updated: 01/13/2009 - A preliminary hearing for 27-year old Barbara Jo Schnegelsiepen of Topeka began Tuesday in Douglas County Court. She faces 11 counts stemming from a December 2nd high speed chase that left an officer injured.

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Kansas AG Looking into Manhattan Gas Prices

Updated: 01/13/2009 - A spokesperson says people have contacted the AG's office, complaining gas prices in Manhattan run about ten cents a gallon more than in other places. She says they're looking into it.

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City, Regents Skeptical of Governor's Budget Cuts

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Topeka city officials say the Governor's proposed budget reductions would cost the city $1.5 million. The Board of Regents says dealing with a $120 million cut to higher ed could have consequences.

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Council Plans Top-to-Bottom Charter Review

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Topeka Mayor Bill Bunten urges his council colleagues to plan for a lengthy review of the city's charter ordinance, possibly including changes he'd like to make.

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Security Benefit Cutting 120 Jobs

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Security Benefit announced several moves Tuesday to cut costs. Among them is the elimination of 120 jobs, 70 of them in Topeka. Affected workers are being notified this week.

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Scranton Residents Reeling After Four Found Dead

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Official details are slow in coming after the Tragedy in Scranton. Osage County law enforcement confirms they don't have anyone in custody and aren't searching for anyone the day after four peopele were found dead in a Scranton Home, three of them children. A blaze set in the home has been ruled arson.

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