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C-sections best for baby when close to due date

Updated: 01/07/2009 - NEW YORK (AP) -- Babies do better after a scheduled Caesarean section if they're born no sooner than seven days before their due date, a new large study of U.S. births shows. Those delivered earlier had more complications, including breathing problems, even though they were full term, the researchers reported in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine. Even just a few days made a difference, they said.

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How big Jurassic flying reptiles got off ground

Updated: 01/07/2009 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Jurassic version of jumbo jets - huge flying creatures weighing hundreds of pounds - is a mystery of dinosaur-era flight: How did something so big get off the ground? A Johns Hopkins University biologist thinks he has figured out the answer.

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End to Minn. Senate race pushed even further out

Updated: 01/07/2009 - ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota's grueling U.S. Senate race, already dragging on two months past Election Day, has now moved even further from the voters - and into the hands of lawyers.

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Ex-AG's Ex-lover Testifies in Kan. Abortion Case

Updated: 01/07/2009 - An attorney for abortion provider George Tiller tells a judge that the current Kansas attorney general can't sanitize his predecessors' conduct in investigating the doctor.

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Obama hails 'extraordinary' moment with presidents

Updated: 01/07/2009 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Confronting a grim economy and a Middle East on fire, Barack Obama turned Wednesday to perhaps the only people on the planet who understand what he's in for: the four living members of the U.S. presidents' club. In an image bound to go down in history, every living U.S. president came together at the White House on Wednesday to hash over the world's challenges with the president-elect. There they stood, shoulder-to-shoulder in the Oval Office: George H.W. Bush, Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

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Burris expects to join Senate 'very shortly'

Updated: 01/07/2009 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Roland Burris said Wednesday he should be able to join the Senate "very shortly," after talking to newly supportive Democratic leaders and working on lingering legal obstacles. Talking to reporters on the second day of a Washington power odyssey that would intimidate many, the 71-year-old Burris declared himself happy and said he was pleased with his meeting with Sens. Harry Reid and Dick Durbin.

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Israeli strikes, Hamas rockets resume after pause

Updated: 01/07/2009 - GAZA CITY, Gaza (AP) -- Israeli airstrikes and Hamas rockets resumed after a brief pause Wednesday to allow food and fuel to reach Palestinian civilians in Gaza, where an Israeli warplane dropped leaflets urging some residents to flee because of imminent attacks.

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Obama taps spending watchdog, eyes Social Security

Updated: 01/07/2009 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pointing with concern to "red ink as far as the eye can see," President-elect Barack Obama pledged Wednesday to tackle out-of-control Social Security and Medicare spending and named a special watchdog to clamp down on other federal programs - even as he campaigned anew to spend the largest pile of taxpayer money in history to revive the sinking economy.

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Topeka Police to Assist Fort Riley Mounted Color Guard

Updated: 01/07/2009 - On Thursday, January 8 the Topeka Police Department will be assisting soldiers from Fort Riley who are preparing for President Elect Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration that takes place on January 20, 2009.

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Major networks keep anchors home for Gaza story

Updated: 01/07/2009 - ABC, CBS and NBC haven't sent their top news anchors to the Middle East to cover Israel's conflict with Hamas. That stands in contrast to 2006, when each network sent their biggest names overseas to cover Israel's war with Hezbollah.

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Dogs Show Skills at Farm Show

Updated: 01/07/2009 - Farmers and ranchers sat back and watched some four-legged workers handle their chores Thursday morning.

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US supports Egyptian-French initiative on Gaza

Updated: 01/07/2009 - The U.S. threw its weight behind an Egyptian-French cease-fire initiative for Gaza on Wednesday as diplomats discussed possible U.N. Security Council action on the crisis.

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Brad Pitt says he was faithful to Jennifer Aniston

Updated: 01/07/2009 - ad Pitt insists he didn't cheat on Jennifer Aniston with Angelina Jolie. In a story posted on W magazine's Web site, the 45-year-old actor defends both women and says his relationship with Jolie didn't begin until after he and Aniston split in 2005.

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Texas seeks custody of sect leader's alleged bride

Updated: 01/07/2009 - Texas authorities are seeking permanent custody of a 14-year-old girl who was allegedly married to jailed polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs, a step toward severing her parents' rights altogether.

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Feds charge 3 NY men in election bias attacks

Updated: 01/07/2009 - Three white New Yorkers, riled by Barack Obama's victory, spent election night hunting down black people to beat up and yelling insults about the president-elect, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

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Jury may get ex-sheriff's case soon in California

Updated: 01/07/2009 - An attorney for a former Orange County sheriff criticized federal prosecutors Wednesday for including 64 distinct criminal allegations under the umbrella of a conspiracy charge in the sweeping public corruption case.

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Oil prices tumble below $43 on oil reserve report

Updated: 01/07/2009 - Energy prices plunged across the board Wednesday, giving up a week of gains with unexpectedly large U.S. crude reserves suggesting demand for energy has eroded even further.

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