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Kan. Deficit Plan Has Bipartisan House Support

Updated: 01/29/2009 - The Kansas Senate voted 25-15 in support of a rewritten budget-balancing bill to make smaller cuts in social services and public school funding than Republican leaders had proposed.

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Google Sets Up Online Broadband Testing Lab

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Google Inc. and two nonprofit partners Wednesday launched a Web site that lets consumers test their Internet connections to reveal possible interference and traffic management by service providers.

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Illinois Governor To Speak At Impeachment Trial

Updated: 01/29/2009 - After days of studiously avoiding the impeachment trial that could remove him from office, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has reversed course, saying he wants to offer a closing argument Thursday.

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Gov't to Report On Jobless Claims As Layoffs Rise

Updated: 01/29/2009 - The government will provide a snapshot of the battered labor market Thursday when it reports how many people filed first-time claims for jobless benefits last week.

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Ford Loses $5.9B in 4Q, says Still Won't Seek Aid

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it lost $5.9 billion in the fourth quarter as auto sales slumped, but it has no plans to seek federal aid unless economic conditions worsen.

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Nintendo's 9-month Profit Falls on Strong Yen

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Nintendo Co. said net profit for the April-December period fell 18 percent as a strong yen cut into robust demand for its gaming products, forcing the company to slash its full year forecast.

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Study: Kidney Donors do Fine, No Long-term Issues

Updated: 01/28/2009 - Donating a kidney doesn't appear to have any long-term health consequences for the donor, a reassuring study shows. Researchers at the University of Minnesota found those who gave up one of their two kidneys lived a normal life span and were as healthy as people in the general population.

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Hundreds Register to Donate Bone Marrow for Topeka Girl

Updated: 01/28/2009 - More than 450 people attended the Bone Marrow Registry Drive in honor of Jessica Seidel, 12, a Washburn Rural Middle School Student who is undergoing chemotherapy and is in need of a bone marrow transplant.

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Peanut Recall Grows as Feds Find Problems at Plant

Updated: 01/28/2009 - The salmonella outbreak spawned one of the largest ever product recalls Wednesday by a Georgia peanut plant where federal inspectors reported finding roaches, mold, a leaking roof and other sanitary problems.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboardist dies at Florida home

Updated: 01/28/2009 - Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboard player Billy Powell, who played on such hits as "Sweet Home Alabama" and survived the 1977 plane crash that killed three band members, died Wednesday. He was 56.

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Cable television ratings for week of Jan. 19-25

Updated: 01/28/2009 - Rankings for the top 15 programs on cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Jan. 19-25. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses:

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Report: LA cardinal subject of federal probe

Updated: 01/28/2009 - Federal prosecutors are investigating Cardinal Roger M. Mahony and other officials of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles over their handling of alleged clergy child molestation cases, according to reports published Wednesday.

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NY teens accused of hate crime face new charges

Updated: 01/28/2009 - Seven teenagers already accused in the racially motivated stabbing death of an Ecuadorean immigrant were charged Wednesday with taking part in attacks on eight other Hispanics over 14 months.

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Ill. governor wants to speak at impeachment trial

Updated: 01/28/2009 - Gov. Rod Blagojevich has asked to make a statement at the impeachment trial he has so far avoided, but still refuses to answer questions from the lawmakers who will decide whether to remove him from office, the Illinois Senate president announced Wednesday.

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Hospital: Calif. octuplets doing 'amazingly well'

Updated: 01/28/2009 - The nation's second set of live-born octuplets were all breathing on their own Wednesday, 48 hours after a woman gave birth to the surprising bunch in Southern California.

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