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Stocks Jump as Retail, Tech Stocks Advance

Updated: 02/05/2009 - Investors shook off weak economic readings Thursday and placed bets on retail and technology stocks after several companies posted better-than-expected sales and profit reports. The major indexes gained more than 1 percent, including the Dow Jones industrial average, which rose 106 points.

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Blue the Hue of Creativity? Red for Detail?

Updated: 02/05/2009 - We learn from toddlerhood that red means danger — so should we use red ink for medication warnings? And if blue signals the freedom of open skies, how about brainstorming in a room painted blue?

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Ants Tricked into Raising Butterflies

Updated: 02/05/2009 - Flitting across your yard, butterflies seem friendly and harmless. But at least one type has learned to raise its young as parasites, tricking ants into feeding it and giving special treatment.

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Kellogg Dumps Phelps Over Pot Photo

Updated: 02/05/2009 - Also, a swimming organization has suspended Phelps, who won a record 8 gold medals at the Beijing games.

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Sea Level Rise May be Worse Than Expected

Updated: 02/05/2009 - Long-term sea level increases that could have a devastating effect on southern Florida and highly populated coastal areas may be even larger than once thought, a report suggests.

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Ships Collide in Antarctic Whaling Clash

Updated: 02/05/2009 - A boat carrying a group of radical anti-whaling activists collided with a Japanese whaling vessel in the Antarctic Ocean on Friday in a clash Japan condemned as "unforgivable." No one was injured.

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FBI Takes Sudden New Interest in 'Tylenol Man'

Updated: 02/05/2009 - James W. Lewis has a habit of getting into trouble. And a knack for getting out of it, too. He was charged with killing and dismembering a man in Kansas City, Mo., in 1978, but the case was thrown out. He was jailed on rape charges decades later in Massachusetts, but went free when the victim refused to testify.

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Senate Struggles on Stimulus in Nighttime Session

Updated: 02/05/2009 - In an uncertain reach across party lines, Senate moderates struggled for a compromise on economic stimulus legislation Thursday as the government spit out grim new jobless figures and President Barack Obama warned of more bad news ahead.

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Topeka Boat and Outdoor Show

Updated: 02/05/2009 - The annual Topeka Boat and Outdoor Show will be at the Kansas Expocentre through the weekend. The show features more than 250 booths of new and innovative products.

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Blaze Destroys Family's Home

Updated: 02/05/2009 - Carol Williams was called home from work only to discover her house up in flames. A firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation while trying to fight the blaze.

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Kan. Corrections Dept. Cutting Progams

Updated: 02/05/2009 - The Department of Corrections is suspending five facility- and community-based offender programs to cut spending in the current budget.

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Kansas House Passes Budget Reduction Bill

Updated: 02/05/2009 - The House has finished its work on a bill to cut spending in the current state budget. By a 74-48 vote today, the bill went back to the Senate for consideration.

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Summitt Reaches New Heights: 1,000 wins

Updated: 02/05/2009 - Pat Summitt becomes first Division I basketball coach, man or woman, to reach 1,000 wins. Her Lady Vols downed Georgia, 73-43 Thursday night.

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Cooking Blamed for Fire at Topeka Home

Updated: 02/05/2009 - A home in the 400 block of Lime in Topeka caught fire around noon Thursday. Officials blame a pan left on the stove.

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Topeka Man Charged with Dragging Woman under Vehicle

Updated: 02/05/2009 - 32-year old Nathan Hartzell is charged with aggravated battery with the intent to commit great bodily harm and domestic battery. A woman says Hartzell intentionally dragged her under the front bumper of the vehicle he was driving.

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Lawrence Writer Named Kansas Poet Laureate

Updated: 02/05/2009 - Dr. Carolyn Mirriam-Goldberg was named as the state's next poet laureate by Governor Kathleen Sebelius and the Kansas Arts Commission.

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Tell Your Teens to Practice "Safe Text"

Updated: 02/06/2009 - Sexting is becoming more common among teenagers. It's when they text or receive nude pictures. Sexting is causing some legal action to be taken against teenagers. It's also embarrassing others when their pictures end up on the internet.

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