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Embattled Fla. House speaker steps down for now

Updated: 01/30/2009 - The speaker of Florida's House of Representatives said Friday he is stepping down temporarily to deal with a probe into his hiring by a state college for which he obtained millions of dollars in funding.

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ExxonMobil Shatters Annual Profit Record

Updated: 01/30/2009 - Exxon Mobil Corp. on Friday reported a profit of $45.2 billion for 2008, breaking its own record for a U.S. company, even as its fourth-quarter earnings fell 33 percent from a year ago.

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Change in distress beacons could strand boaters

Updated: 01/30/2009 - Like callers dialing 911 and getting no answer, boaters could end up stranded - or worse - if they haven't upgraded their emergency distress beacons by this weekend. But the improved technology will speed rescues and spare agencies from many false alarms.

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Fla. mom's lawyers can view wooded crime scene

Updated: 01/30/2009 - A judge on Friday denied a motion from Casey Anthony's defense attorneys to remove prosecutors from her murder trial but ruled that the defense team can inspect woods where the remains of her slain toddler were found. Casey Anthony is charged with killing her daughter, Caylee, who was 2 when she disappeared last summer.

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Shawnee Co. DA Discovers Nearly 4000 Backlogged Cases

Updated: 01/30/2009 - Shawnee Co. DA Chad Taylor says a review of pending cases back to the year 2000 shows 3,955 with no decision made on whether to prosecute or decline charges.Taylor says 1,724 of those have had the five-year statute of limitations run out.

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Thousands bide time in shelters after ice storm

Updated: 01/30/2009 - Utility crews made some progress Friday in restoring power to the more than 1.3 million homes and businesses darkened by an ice storm that crippled states from Missouri to West Virginia, but thousands were still bunking in toasty shelters because their homes had no water or heat.

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Kansas Senate Approves overdue Fuel Tax Payments

Updated: 01/30/2009 - Payments of $6.6 million in overdue state fuel tax revenue sent to the wrong counties is included in a budget-balancing bill sent to the House. Money for 19 counties is included.

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Gambling back in play in Kansas Legislature

Updated: 01/30/2009 - House Federal and State Affairs Committee Chairman Melvin Neufeld said Friday that his committee is drafting a bill to reduce the minimum investment required to operate a state-owned casino in the southeast Kansas gambling zone of Crawford and Cherokee counties.

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Science Foundation's Funding Eyed Amid Porn Claims

Updated: 01/30/2009 - The ranking GOP member of the Senate Finance Committee wants Congress to reconsider new funding to the National Science Foundation amid allegations that top staffers spent long stretches of their day surfing the Internet for pornography.

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Honda cuts Annual Forecast as 3Q Profit Tumbles

Updated: 01/30/2009 - Honda Motor Co. slashed its annual profit target by over half Friday as profit tumbled 90 percent in the latest quarter, hit by rising costs, a stronger yen and falling sales in key markets.

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Years of Futility for Franchise and Thrifty Owner

Updated: 01/30/2009 - Bill Bidwill didn't seem terribly comfortable, which by itself was hardly a surprise. Going to the Super Bowl for some owners is a routine thing. For the 77-year-old, Bill Bidwill, it literally could be a once-in-a-lifetime event.

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Project Topeka Kicks Off Annual Food Drive

Updated: 01/30/2009 - Project Topeka kicked off its annual community food drive. The goal is to collect 199 tons of nonperishable food items through the month of February.

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Dozens of Seized Dogs Smelled like a Sewer'

Updated: 01/30/2009 - The Lawrence and Topeka humane shelters are housing dogs seized by the Kansas Animal Health Department from a Douglas County breeder earlier this week. The Lawrence shelter also received 50 more dogs seized from southeast Kansas.

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No Serious Injury in Wichita Emergency Landing

Updated: 01/30/2009 - A twin-engine Cessna developed engine trouble shortly after taking off from Jabara airport Friday morning. The pilot belly-landed in a field northeast of Wichita. Two of the three people on board suffered minor injuries.

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Union Leaders to Urge Rejection of Boeing Offer

Updated: 01/30/2009 - Negotiators for the union representing 700 engineers at Boeing's military aircraft plant in Wichita are urging workers to reject the company's so-called final offer.

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