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Economy Puts Damper on New Year's Eve Celebrations

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Hundreds of thousands of revelers packed a frigid Times Square for the descent of the famous Waterford crystal ball on Wednesday, eager to say goodbye to 2008 and hoping to put the nation's economic troubles in the past.

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Celgene Warns That Anticlot Drug Linked to Deaths

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Biotech company Celgene Corp. on Wednesday sent a letter to doctors warning that a study of its drug to treat dangerous blood clots suggests it may increase the risk of death in elderly patients.

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Smoking Ban Leads to Major Drop in Heart Attacks

Updated: 12/31/2008 - A smoking ban in one Colorado city led to a dramatic drop in heart attack hospitalizations within three years, a sign of just how serious a health threat secondhand smoke is, government researchers said Wednesday.

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New Years Celebrations in Topeka Wednesday

Updated: 12/31/2008 - People here in Topeka are preparing to ring in the new year. The Ramada Hotel and Convention Center hosted the annual Amigo's New Years Eve celebration Wednesday night.

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Big Changes for Topeka-area Golf Course

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Big changes for a Topeka-area golf course also mean a new chapter for a local restaurant owner. Great Life Golf and Fitness announced Wednesday it has acquired Western Hills.

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Dozens Die in Nightclub Fire in Bangkok

Updated: 12/31/2008 - A fire swept through a high-class nightclub jammed with several hundred New Year's revelers early Thursday, killing at least 59 people and injuring more than 200, officials said.

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Traffic Alert in Topeka

Updated: 12/31/2008 - 13 News is on your side with a road alert this holiday season. Starting Wednesday, 25th and Fairlawn in Topeka will be posted "no left turns" for northbound and southbound traffic. That will run Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

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Hiawatha Shooting Suspect Behind Bars

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Brown County authorities have a man behind bars they say shot a woman and fled from police. It happened just after 11:30 Tuesday night at the Country View Apartments in Hiawatha.

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3 Dead in SW Kansas Mishaps in 5-hour Span

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Three people are dead in separate highway mishaps in southwest Kansas, including a 4-year-old boy who was struck by an 18-wheeler in Ulysses.

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Kansas Leader Proposes New Rule on Phone Soliciting

Updated: 12/31/2008 - A Kansas legislative leader wants new requirements for telemarketers who raise money for charities. Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt says he'll push for a law requiring telemarketers to disclose to the people they contact how much of their contributions will actually go to the charity.

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Not so fast: Senate has a say on Obama's successor

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has named a successor to fill Barack Obama's Senate seat, but Democratic leaders who control the Senate say they will refuse to seat Blagojevich's pick, former state Attorney General Roland Burris.

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Low-key New Year's Eve planned at Bush's ranch

Updated: 12/31/2008 - President George W. Bush probably won't watch the clock hit 2009, choosing instead to celebrate the new year with a sunrise stroll around his Texas ranch.

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Mexican Agents Accused of Migrant Abuse

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Mexican immigration agents allegedly locked a group of Central American migrants in a trailer after they refused to pay a bribe, the country's National Human Rights Commission said Wednesday.

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Obamas to move into Washington hotel this weekend

Updated: 12/31/2008 - An exclusive hotel just yards from the White House will become a temporary home "suite" home for President-elect Barack Obama and his family when they move to the capital this weekend.

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Ohio judge lectures man after his 109th case

Updated: 12/31/2008 - A Cincinnati judge said he has seen long criminal records before, but this one was notable. Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Ted Berry gave 41-year-old Norman Holmes a 90-day jail sentence and a lecture Monday after Holmes' 109th misdemeanor conviction.

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Vt. man wins $650K after pulling ticket from trash

Updated: 12/31/2008 - A Vermont man is $650,000 richer after retrieving a lottery ticket he had been given for Christmas but accidentally threw away. Steven LeClair of Richford got the ticket for the Dec. 24 Tri-State Megabucks drawing as a gift from his mother. But it was in a gift bag that LeClair threw out, not knowing it was inside.

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Ore. woman, 88, gives naked intruder the 'squeeze'

Updated: 12/31/2008 - The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office said an 88-year-old woman fended off a naked intruder by grabbing the man's crotch and squeezing. Deputy Paul McRedmond said the man got into the house Tuesday through a sliding door. He backed the woman into her living room and pushed her face down onto a chair.

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Minn. man accused of breaking into his own home

Updated: 12/31/2008 - A 19-year-old Hutchinson man was arrested after allegedly breaking into his own home and stealing a car, jewelry, some money, and other items. Police said he allegedly lured his other family members away Friday afternoon by making a dinner reservation for them in Chanhassen.

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Man who aided bicycle theft plan has bike stolen

Updated: 12/31/2008 - A former Fort Lauderdale city commissioner who helped create a program to combat bicycle theft had his own bike stolen while trying to help people involved in a vehicle crash.

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Police say alleged drug dealer accepted gift cards

Updated: 12/31/2008 - You can call it a case of creative drug-dealing. Athens police have a 38-year-old man in custody for allegedly accepting gift cards for payment for crack cocaine and prescription drugs. Police Captain Marty Bruce, a spokesman, said the man was arrested Monday night. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

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Scientists eye unusual swarm of Yellowstone quakes

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Yellowstone National Park was jostled by a host of small earthquakes for a third straight day Monday, and scientists watched closely to see whether the more than 250 tremors were a sign of something bigger to come.

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