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Lincoln 1864 manuscript sets record at NYC auction

Posted: 02/12/2009 - A handwritten manuscript of an 1864 Abraham Lincoln speech sold for $3.44 million on the bicentennial of his birthday Thursday, setting a new auction record for any American historical document.

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NYC marriage bureau rebuffs same-sex couples

Posted: 02/12/2009 - Hundreds of same-sex couples seeking to wed were turned away from marriage license counters around the nation Thursday, part of an annual protest that took on renewed urgency in light of recent setbacks in the gay marriage movement.

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Investigators think missing Fla. girl was abducted

Posted: 02/12/2009 - Investigators were treating the disappearance of a 5-year-old north Florida girl as an abduction and continued searching for the child Thursday. The Putnam County Sheriff's Office said investigators assume Haleigh Cummings was abducted because house-to-house searches of the neighborhood Wednesday found no evidence that she wandered away. Haleigh's father Ronald Cummings also said he didn't believe she had left their home in the middle of the night.

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Robbers Hold Up Residents in Topeka

Posted: 02/12/2009 - Topeka Police are asking for the public's help finding the two men accused of robbering a Topeka home at 237 SE 35th Terrace early Thursday morning.

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Escapee Captured in Topeka

Updated: 02/12/2009 - Gina Kay Weisdorfer, who was wanted by the Kansas Department of Corrections for Aggravated Escape from the Topeka Correctional Facility Wednesday night, was apprehended at approximately 9:00am Thursday morning in Topeka.

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Valentine Blood Drive Held in Honor of Topeka Girl

Updated: 02/12/2009 - Another event is held in honor of Jessica Seidel, a 12 year old Topeka girl going through chemotherapy and awaiting a bone marrow transplant. Jay Shideler Elementary is hosting a blood drive from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12.

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2nd Man Arrested for Salina Double Homicide

Posted: 02/12/2009 - A police news release issued Thursday said Terrance J. Watson of Los Angeles was booked in the Saline County Jail on suspicion of two counts of capital murder.

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Kan. House Approves Deficit Plan; Senate Next

Updated: 02/12/2009 - The vote Thursday was 70-51. Senators also expected to vote on the bill Thursday. Senate approval would send the measure to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

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Pope Meets Jewish Leaders; Visiting Israel In May

Posted: 02/12/2009 - In a message aimed at easing the rancor over a bishop's denial of the Holocaust, Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday called the slaughter of 6 million Jews a crime against God, and the Vatican said he would make his first visit to Israel in May.

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Powerful Earthquake Hits Indonesia, 42 Injured

Posted: 02/12/2009 - A powerful earthquake off eastern Indonesia briefly triggered a tsunami warning Thursday, causing a stampede of residents to higher ground. Hundreds of building were damaged and at least 42 people injured, some seriously.

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Pope Tells Jews Holocaust Denial Unacceptable

Posted: 02/12/2009 - The Vatican said Thursday that Pope Benedict XVI will make his first visit to Israel in May and he told Jewish leaders that it was unacceptable for anyone, especially a priest, to deny the Holocaust.

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Scientists Eye Debris After Satellite Collision

Posted: 02/12/2009 - Scientists are keeping a close eye on orbital debris created when two communications satellites - one American, the other Russian - smashed into each other hundreds of miles above the Earth.

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Another Drop Expected In Retail Sales Report

Posted: 02/12/2009 - The government releases its report on retail sales this morning. Economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters expect the figures to show a seventh straight monthly drop in January reflecting the recession, thousands of job losses and falling home prices.

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Economic Stimulus Package on Track for Final Votes

Posted: 02/12/2009 - Economic stimulus legislation at the heart of President Barack Obama's recovery plan is on track for final votes in the House and Senate after a dizzying final round of bargaining that yielded agreement on tax cuts and spending totaling $789 billion.

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Japan's Pioneer To Cut 10,000 Jobs Globally

Posted: 02/12/2009 - Japanese electronics company Pioneer Corp. will cut 10,000 jobs globally to cope with sinking sales of car audio equipment and flat-screen TVs. It will also withdraw from its money-losing plasma display business.

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Viacom 4Q Profit Falls

Posted: 02/12/2009 - Media conglomerate Viacom Inc. says its fourth-quarter profit fell 69 percent as the recession hurt its overall growth and it reported $454 million in restructuring and other charges.

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