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NY judge sets $5M bail for Fla. hedge manager

Updated: 02/25/2009 - A Florida hedge fund manager who disappeared for two weeks as investigators closed in on him can be freed on $5 million bail after being accused of ripping off investors of as much as $350 million, a judge said Wednesday.

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4 charged in multi-state suicide assistance probe

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Four members of an alleged assisted suicide ring were charged Wednesday with helping a 58-year-old Georgia man end his life, and investigators in eight other states were also looking into whether the group was involved in more deaths.

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Body rots in hearse, Ala. funeral director charged

Updated: 02/25/2009 - A funeral director accused of leaving a woman's body to decay in a parked hearse after her relatives failed to pay the bill was arrested on a felony charge of abusing a corpse, police said Wednesday.

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Paint Expert Discusses Trends

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Area designers had the chance to learn about color from a national expert Wednesday. A representative from Pittsburgh Paint made a stop in Topeka to answer questions.

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Carjacking Spree Hits Topeka

Updated: 02/26/2009 - With four carjackings in less than two days, Topeka police say it's imperative to stay alert. Lt. Chris W. Heaven said the recent carjacking spree can most likely be attributed to a few individuals, rather than a wider trend in the city.

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FEMA investigating La. hurricane recovery office

Updated: 02/25/2009 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency is investigating allegations of cronyism and other misconduct at the New Orleans office overseeing efforts to rebuild the hurricane-battered Gulf Coast, officials said Wednesday.

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Tests confirm salmonella at Texas peanut plant

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Tests show ground peanuts at a Texas plant were contaminated with the same strain of salmonella that has sickened hundreds of people across the nation, state health officials said Wednesday.

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Police: Miami music teacher kills family, self

Updated: 02/25/2009 - A gifted musician and teacher whose piano students included his neighbors' kids fatally shot his wife and two daughters then himself in the family's Miami home, police say, leaving those who described him as friendly and helpful to wonder what happened.

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Store to balsamic vinegar thief: 'We will get you'

Updated: 02/25/2009 - A sign hangs amid the bottles of vinegar at Newport Avenue Market. It's simple, to the point: "Thanks to the Balsamic Vinegar Thief this area is now under surveillance. We will get you." The last sentence, it should be noted, is underlined. For about a year, a thief pinched bottle after bottle of balsamic vinegar from the store - and not the low-end stuff.

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Tiger Woods returns and takes lead at Match Play

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Tiger Woods said he was ready to go after eight months away from golf. Was he ever. Woods ended his 253-day break from competition Wednesday with a spectacular start at the Accenture Match Play Championship, going birdie-eagle to build a quick lead in his opening match against an overwhelmed Brendan Jones.

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Store to balsamic vinegar thief: 'We will get you'

Updated: 02/25/2009 - A sign hangs amid the bottles of vinegar at Newport Avenue Market. It's simple, to the point: "Thanks to the Balsamic Vinegar Thief this area is now under surveillance. We will get you." The last sentence, it should be noted, is underlined. For about a year, a thief pinched bottle after bottle of balsamic vinegar from the store - and not the low-end stuff.

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Low-carb? Low-fat? Study finds calories count more

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Low-fat, low-carb or high-protein? The kind of diet doesn't matter, scientists say. All that really counts is cutting calories and sticking with it, according to a federal study that followed people for two years.

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AG Holder says closing Guantanamo won't be easy

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday the Guantanamo detention center is a well-run, professional facility that will be difficult to close - but he's still going to do it. Holder visited the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Monday and spoke to reporters about his trip during a news conference Wednesday.

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Obama offers 3rd pick, Gary Locke, for Commerce

Updated: 02/25/2009 - President Barack Obama introduced former Washington Gov. Gary Locke as his nominee for commerce secretary Wednesday, trying a third time to fill a key Cabinet post for a country in recession.

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Scores survive Turkish airliner crash in Amsterdam

Updated: 02/25/2009 - A Turkish Airlines jetliner plummeted out of the mist and plowed into a muddy field Wednesday near Amsterdam's main airport, but nearly everyone on board - 125 people - survived. The nine dead included both pilots.

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House OKs $410B bill to boost domestic programs

Updated: 02/25/2009 - The Democratic-controlled House approved $410 billion legislation Wednesday that boosted domestic programs, bristled with earmarks and chipped away at policies left behind by the Bush administration. The vote was 245-178, largely along party lines.

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Obama seeks $634B over 10 years for health care

Updated: 02/25/2009 - President Barack Obama's first budget will seek $634 billion over 10 years as a down payment on health care reform, a senior administration official said Wednesday.

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Army manual raises emphasis on electronic warfare

Updated: 02/25/2009 - For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the Army is updating its manual for the electronic battlefield - a move aimed at protecting soldiers against roadside bombs and other nontraditional warfare used by increasingly sophisticated insurgents.

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Gay Asians Criticize Oscar Speech's TV Censorship

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Gay Asians voiced indignation Wednesday after television broadcasts of the Academy Awards in their region censored the words "gay" and "lesbian" in speeches that called for equal rights for homosexuals.

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Texas town survives despite new border barrier

Updated: 02/25/2009 - When the government announced plans to build a new fence along portions of the Mexican border, residents of this sleepy town along the Rio Grande feared the barrier would cut them off from their backyards and even destroy some homes.

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Police: Miami man kills wife, 2 children and self

Updated: 02/25/2009 - A 53-year-old music teacher fatally shot his wife and two daughters Wednesday before killing himself, while his 16-year-old son who survived the attack managed to call 911 as he escaped uninjured from the Miami home, authorities said.

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Cops hit wall in hunt for LA serial killer

Updated: 02/25/2009 - They have a sample of his DNA, a description from a survivor and a $500,000 reward, but detectives investigating the city's most notorious serial killer have hit a wall.

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