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Daschle Also to Oversee New Health Reform Office

Updated: 12/11/2008 - Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle will pull double duty in the Obama administration, not only serving as the HHS secretary but also oversee a new White House Office of Health Reform.

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Wakarusa Trucks on Down to Ark.

Updated: 12/11/2008 - The Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival is leaving Lawrence for a site in northwest Arkansas, ending a five-year annual run at Clinton State Park.

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Obama Transition Going Well, Most in AP Poll Say

Updated: 12/11/2008 - Nearly three-quarters overall, or 73 percent, say they approve of the job Obama has done preparing to take office next month, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

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'Button,' `Frost/Nixon,' `Doubt' grab 5 Globe noms

Updated: 12/11/2008 - "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "Frost/Nixon" led the Golden Globes on Thursday with five nominations each, among them best drama, while "Doubt" also has five, including four acting slots.

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Murky Future for Auto Rescue Amid GOP Opposition

Updated: 12/11/2008 - A House-passed bill to speed $14 billion in loans to Detroit's automakers stands on shaky ground in a bailout-weary Congress, undermined by Republican opposition that could derail the emergency aid in the Senate.

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Ill. AG Threatens to Act Soon Against Gov.

Updated: 12/11/2008 - Illinois' attorney general on Thursday threatened to go to the state Supreme Court to have embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich declared unfit to hold office if he doesn't resign soon.

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Kan. School Considers 4-Day Week

Updated: 12/11/2008 - The 160-student Haviland district near Greensburg said response to the idea has been positive, after hearing from citizens and other districts with four-day weeks.

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Jobless Claims Hit 26 Year High

Updated: 12/11/2008 - The Labor Department reported Thursday that initial applications for jobless benefits in the week ending Dec. 6 rose to a seasonally adjusted 573,000 in the previous week.

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Stronger Dollar Hurts Costco 1st-Quarter Results

Updated: 12/11/2008 - Warehouse-club operator Costco Wholesale Corp. said Thursday fiscal first-quarter profit was nearly flat, as consumers pulled back on spending except for necessities such as food while the stronger dollar hurt international sales.

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Calif. Set To Adopt Sweeping Global Warming Plan

Updated: 12/11/2008 - California's utilities, refineries and large factories must transform their operations to cut greenhouse gas emissions as part of a new climate plan before state regulators.

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Kids With Obesity-Linked Gene Like Fattening Foods

Updated: 12/11/2008 - Scientists may have figured out one reason some people reach for the french fries instead of an apple. It could be a gene that's been linked to an increased risk of obesity.

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Violent Storms Damage Dozens Of Homes Across South

Updated: 12/11/2008 - A night of unseasonably warm weather generated torrential rains and tornadoes that damaged two schools and dozens of homes in the South, where snow began to fall in some areas Wednesday after temperatures dropped.

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Chicago Workers End Sit-in at Closed Factory

Updated: 12/11/2008 - Jubilant workers agreed to a $1.75 million settlement that ends their six-day occupation of a shuttered Chicago factory that became a symbol of the plight of labor nationwide.

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Stronger Dollar Hurts Costco 1st-quarter Results

Updated: 12/11/2008 - Costco Wholesale Corp. said Thursday fiscal 1st profit was nearly flat, as consumers pulled back on spending except for necessities such as food while the stronger dollar hurt international sales.

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European Stocks Recover as Dow Futures turn Higher

Updated: 12/11/2008 - European stocks recouped most of their early losses Thursday on expectations U.S. markets will open higher despite concerns the U.S. Senate may block the bill to rescue Detroit's carmakers.

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Wall Street Heads to Uneasy Open

Updated: 12/11/2008 - Wall Street looked to stage an uneasy advance Thursday, hopeful that a bill to rescue Detroit's carmakers will pass despite concerns that the Senate might block the aid.

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Bush Asserts Declining Teen Drug Use; Reports Vary

Updated: 12/11/2008 - President George W. Bush claims a national decline in teen drug use during his tenure, but enormous challenges remain in convincing young people about the dangers of marijuana and other illicit substances.

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In Tough Times More Students Feed On Free Lunches

Updated: 12/11/2008 - There is such a thing as a free lunch. And school districts across the country report that kids are eating many more of them as the flailing economy hits families hard.

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Deadly Accident in Manhattan Wednesday

Updated: 12/10/2008 - A deadly accident tied up traffic for hours in Manhattan Wednesday morning. The Kansas Highway Patrol says it happened just before 7:00 a.m. on K-18 in the 4000 block of Fort Riley Blvd.

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TPD One Step Closer to Accreditation

Updated: 12/10/2008 - The Topeka Police Department is one step closer to its accreditation. An inspection team arrived Sunday and left early Wednesday morning. They are looking into whether TPD meets all the Commission of Accreditations 460 state of the art standards.

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