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Trial Begins In Italy Student Slaying

Updated: 01/17/2009 - An American college student and her Italian former boyfriend went on trial Friday accused of sexually assaulting and murdering her roommate in a slaying that shocked Italy.

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Bush Admin. Issues Offshore Drilling Plan

Updated: 01/17/2009 - The Interior Department on Friday issued a detailed proposal for widespread oil and gas drilling off both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts in areas that have not had energy exploration for decades.

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Teen Sentenced In "Mortal Kombat" Death

Updated: 01/17/2009 - A Colorado teen has been sentenced to 36 years in prison for his role in the death of a 7-year-old girl during an apparent imitation of the "Mortal Kombat" video game.

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Group: Thai Navy Left 400 Migrants To Die

Updated: 01/17/2009 - Thailand's navy abandoned hundreds of illegal migrants on a barge in the Indian Ocean where about 300 desperate people with little food and water later drowned, a refugees' advocacy group said.

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Bush's Final Approval Rating: 22 Percent

Updated: 01/17/2009 - President Bush will leave office as one of the most unpopular departing presidents in history, according to a new CBS News/New York Times poll showing Mr. Bush's final approval rating at 22 percent.

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Kellogg's Recalls Peanut Butter Products

Updated: 01/17/2009 - What began as an investigation of peanut butter shipped to U.S. nursing homes and cafeterias has broadened with the Kellogg Co. recalling 16 products and federal officials confirming salmonella contamination at a Georgia facility that ships peanut products to 85 food companies.

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Crane To Raise Sunken Jet From Hudson

Updated: 01/17/2009 - Investigators encountered more treacherous conditions Saturday as they embarked on the delicate task of trying to hoist the miracle US Airways jet from the Hudson River without damaging the airplane.

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Both Engines Missing In Hudson River Crash

Updated: 01/16/2009 - NTSB investigators are seeking video evidence of what happened in the final minutes before US Airways Flight 1549 hit the water. All 155 people on board walked away.

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Paint the Parks 100 National Exhibit in Topeka

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Works from some of the nation's finest artists are in Topeka. The Paint the Parks 100 national exhibit opened at the Westboro Fine Arts Gallery on Huntoon Friday night.

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SRS Accepting Applications for Low Income Households Heating Bills

Updated: 01/16/2009 - The Department of Social and Rehabilitation Service said Friday it will take applications from Tuesday through the end of March. The program provides assistance for qualified households to pay winter heat bills. The average benefit last year of $533.23 was provided to 41,793 households.

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Governor Prepares for Obama Inauguration

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D-Kan.) will leave for Washington, D.C. Saturday and return Wednesday after participating in inaugural events. Sebelius is looking forward to watching history in the making, attending the Midwestern Inaugural Ball and watching the parade.

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Jury acquits Calif. ex-sheriff of all but 1 count

Updated: 01/16/2009 - SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- A jury stunned a courtroom Friday by acquitting former Orange County Sheriff Michael Carona of a sweeping corruption conspiracy and all but one related count of witness tampering in a case that alleged extensive bribery in exchange for the power of his office.

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Panel Departs from Kansas Governor's Deficit Plan

Updated: 01/16/2009 - The Senate Ways and Means Committee is struggling with how far to depart from the Democratic governor's mix of targeted tax cuts and accounting changes to close a projected $186 million shortfall by June 30.

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Survivors offer praise, gratitude after NY crash

Updated: 01/16/2009 - NEW YORK (AP) -- One minute they were airline passengers. Six minutes later, they were stunned survivors taking on water in the middle of the frigid Hudson River.

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NYC adds man's cancer death to 9/11 victims' toll

Updated: 01/16/2009 - NEW YORK (AP) -- A man who died of lymphoma and lung disease more than seven years after he was exposed to toxic dust from the World Trade Center collapse was added to the Sept. 11 death toll, the New York City medical examiner said Friday.

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History links King holiday, Obama inauguration

Updated: 01/16/2009 - ATLANTA (AP) -- Martin Luther King's flame has always burned brightest in Atlanta, but in a real sense, the torch is being passed to Washington, D.C., with his birthday and holiday taking on dual meaning for many Americans because it falls on the eve of Barack Obama's inauguration.

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Man accused in Miss. of threat to president-elect

Updated: 01/16/2009 - JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- A Wisconsin man was arrested Friday in Mississippi after authorities said he threatened on the Internet to kill President-elect Barack Obama.

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