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DioGuardi on being `Idol' judge: It's not easy

Updated: 04/19/2009 - When Kara DioGuardi accepted her job as the fourth judge on "American Idol," she did not immediately grasp the enormity of a full-time gig on the most-watched TV show in the nation.

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Coins, mummies and statues point to Cleopatra tomb

Updated: 04/19/2009 - Egypt's top archaeologist made his version of a sales pitch Sunday, presenting 22 coins, 10 mummies, and a fragment of a mask with a cleft chin as evidence that the discovery of the lost tomb of Mark Antony and Cleopatra is at hand.

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Obama sees positive signs from Venezuela, Cuba

Updated: 04/19/2009 - President Barack Obama on Sunday suggested Cuba release its political prisoners and strongly defended his highly publicized handshake with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at the end of overseas trip that he said heralded a new start in U.S. ties with Central America.

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William Allen White Awards Announced

Updated: 04/19/2009 - A story about a free-spirited third-grader and a story about a Jewish girl living in ghetto during World War II won William Allen White Children's Book Awards.

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Kansas Wesleyan University in the Market for New President

Updated: 04/19/2009 - Kansas Wesleyan University is in the market for a new president. Philip Kerstetter announced Friday that he is resigning as president of the Salina school to head Mount Olive College in North Carolina. He will start his new job July 1.

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From Six-Figure Salaries To Food Stamps

Updated: 04/18/2009 - Since the recession began at the end of 2007, jobs in this country have been vanishing at an alarming rate - more than 11,000 a day.

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Feds Shut Down Two Banks In Mo., Nevada

Updated: 04/18/2009 - Regulators on Friday shut down two more banks, boosting the number of failures this year to as many as in all of last year.

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U.S. Set To Regulate Global Warming Gases

Updated: 04/18/2009 - The U.S. Environment Protection Agency on Friday declared that carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases sent off by cars and many industrial plants "endanger public health and welfare," setting the stage for regulating them under federal clean air laws.

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Mystery Donors Shower Schools With $45M

Updated: 04/18/2009 - A mystery is unfolding in the world of college fundraising: During the past few weeks, at least nine universities have received gifts totaling more than $45 million, and the schools had to promise not to try to find out the giver's identity.

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Jackie Chan: Chinese People Need to be Controlled

Updated: 04/18/2009 - Action star Jackie Chan said Saturday he's not sure if a free society is a good thing for China and that he's starting to think "we Chinese need to be controlled."

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Public Skeptical that Woman Killed, Raped Girl

Updated: 04/18/2009 - Callers have inundated the phone lines of Tracy police, saying it can't be. Veteran homicide and sex-crime researchers say they cannot recall a case quite like it. Even the investigators themselves looked at the evidence and initially said "no way."

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$14M Effort Announced to Save Rare Hawaiian Bird

Updated: 04/18/2009 - Federal wildlife officials say they plan to spend more than $14 million to prevent the extinction of the Hawaiian crow, one of the rarest forest birds in the world.

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Congress Weighs Far-reaching Global Warming Bill

Updated: 04/18/2009 - The last time Congress passed major environmental laws, acid rain was destroying lakes and forests, polluted rivers were on fire and smog was choking people in some cities.

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Yellow Submarine To Try Again for Atlantic Glide

Updated: 04/18/2009 - A second try is about to get under way at sending a little yellow submarine gliding across the Atlantic Ocean to collect scientific data from beneath the waves.

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Kangaroo's Pouch Shows 2 Tiny Joeys

Updated: 04/18/2009 - A zookeeper's efforts to earn a kangaroo's trust has paid off with a video showing twin joeys, tiny and pink, growing inside their mom's pouch.

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Bogus Waiter Tricks Customers at 2 NJ Restaurants

Updated: 04/18/2009 - HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) -- Police say a man posing as a waiter collected $186 in cash from diners at two restaurants in New Jersey and walked out with the money in his pocket.

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Italian Court Eyes Crime Scene in US Student Trial

Updated: 04/27/2009 - The Italian court trying an American student and her former boyfriend for the murder of a British woman inspected the apartment house in Perugia on Saturday where the victim was stabbed to death in 2007.

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At Summit, Obama Gets Friendly with Chavez

Updated: 04/18/2009 - President Barack Obama offered a spirit of cooperation to America's hemispheric neighbors at a summit Saturday, listening to their complaints about past U.S. interference in the region and even reaching out to Venezuela's fiery leftist leader.

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Topeka Gets Cleaned Up

Updated: 04/18/2009 - Topeka got a face-lift this morning when cleanup crews tidied up the city streets in the 2009 "Let Us Help You Help Yourself" takeover/makeover event.

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Obama: Like Families, Govt to Make Hard Choices

Updated: 04/18/2009 - Families are making tough decisions about their money and so too will their government, President Barack Obama said Saturday, promising that spending cuts are coming — and soon.

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At summit, Obama gets friendly with Chavez

Updated: 04/18/2009 - President Barack Obama offered a spirit of cooperation to America's hemispheric neighbors at a summit Saturday, listening to their complaints about past U.S. interference in the region and even reaching out to Venezuela's fiery leftist leader.

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US 'deeply disappointed' as Iran convicts reporter

Updated: 04/18/2009 - An American journalist jailed in Iran has been convicted of spying and sentenced to eight years in prison just days after she was tried behind closed doors, her lawyer said Saturday, dashing any hopes for her quick release.

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Colo Guard Takes Aid to Snowbound Travelers

Updated: 04/18/2009 - Colorado transportation officials on Saturday reopened a lengthy section of Interstate 70 that was closed overnight, stranding hundreds of travelers, by a storm that dumped more than 3 feet of snow in the region west of Denver.

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