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Hearing Set in Kansas Plunger Stabbing

Updated: 01/08/2009 - A 28-year-old Leavenworth man is jailed on charges that he stabbed his stepfather with the broken handle of a toilet plunger.

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Suspected Killer Waives Preliminary Hearing

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Deon Ross, 24, is charged with felony murder, rape, and kidnapping in the death of Alheli Alcantara. Amanda Lanum follows the events live via Twitter.

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Ill. Panel to Grill Burris on Senate Appointment

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Ill. Republicans are promising tough questions Thursday for Senate-appointee Roland Burris on why he accepted a position offered by disgraced Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

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Sentencing Delayed for Ex-debate Coach at Buhler

Updated: 01/08/2009 - On the eve of sentencing for a former Kansas debate coach convicted of molesting a student, a judge granted a delay so the 69-year-old man could have eye surgery.

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Trump Rounds up Celebs for New `Apprentice' Season

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Early last October, NBC unveiled the 16-member cast of "Celebrity Apprentice" to reporters. Everyone on hand at the locked-down news conference swore to keep the participants' identities a secret until NBC said "go."

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Retailers Report Dismal December Sales

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Retailers reported dismal sales figures for December on Thursday as even Wal-Mart Stores Inc., one of the bright spots in the industry, finally buckled under the pressures of the deteriorating economy.

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New Jobless Claims Drop Unexpectedly

Updated: 01/08/2009 - New claims for unemployment benefits dropped unexpectedly last week while the number of people continuing to seek aid rose sharply, the government said Thursday.

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Macy's Closing 11 Stores

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Macy's says it will close 11 underperforming stores in 9 states — affecting 960 employees — after one of the weakest holiday seasons in years.

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More Species Invasions Feared For Great Lakes

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Dozens of foreign species could spread across the Great Lakes in coming years despite policies designed to keep them out, causing significant environmental and economic damage, a federal report says.

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Venezuela To Keep Sending Free Fuel To US Poor

Updated: 01/08/2009 - President Hugo Chavez will keep donating heating oil for poor American families in a costly decision that suggests the Venezuelan leader wants to keep to his pledges - and buttress his image - in spite of falling oil prices.

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'Dark Knight' Sweeps People's Choice Awards

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Holy People's Choice Awards, Batman! "The Dark Knight" soared away with every trophy it was nominated for Wednesday at the 35th annual fan-favorite CBS ceremony

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Ore. Teens Largely Ignoring Cell Phone Driving Ban

Updated: 01/08/2009 - The chances that a teenager will be cited for talking on a cell phone while driving are pretty much zero in Oregon, a consequence of the way the law is written and a problem other states may be facing.

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Oil Steady Below $43 after Plunging on US Report

Updated: 01/07/2009 - Oil prices were steady below $43 a barrel Thursday in Asia after a higher-than-expected increase in U.S. inventories sparked a 12 percent plunge in crude overnight.

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Patrons at Library Roll-Up Sleeves for Blood Drive

Updated: 01/07/2009 - The Community Blood Center held a blood drive Wednesday at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. They say they are critically low on supply at this time of year, and need all the help they can get.

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Stocks Tumble as Companies Warn of Weak Results

Updated: 01/07/2009 - A warning from tech giant Intel about poor business conditions and more evidence of rising unemployment left stocks with their biggest losses in a month Wednesday.

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Gaza Fighting Rages Despite Cease-fire Proposal

Updated: 01/07/2009 - Israel resumed its Gaza offensive Wednesday, bombing heavily around suspected smuggling tunnels near the border with Egypt after a three-hour lull to allow in humanitarian aid. Hamas responded with a rocket barrage.

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