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AP IMPACT: Lobbyists Skirt Obama's Earmark Ban

Updated: 01/25/2009 - President Barack Obama's ban on earmarks in the $825 billion economic stimulus bill doesn't mean interest groups, lobbyists and lawmakers won't be able to funnel money to pet projects.

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BBC Occupied By Gaza Protestors Over Ad

Updated: 01/25/2009 - Members of a British anti-war group occupied the Glasgow offices of the BBC on Sunday, saying they would stay in the building until the national broadcaster agrees to air a charity fundraising appeal for Palestinians in the Gaza strip.

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Karzai: U.S. Forces Killed 16 Civilians

Updated: 01/25/2009 - President Hamid Karzai condemned a U.S. operation he said killed 16 Afghan civilians, while hundreds of villagers denounced the American military during an angry demonstration Sunday.

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Salmonella Death Toll May Be Up To 7

Updated: 01/25/2009 - Health officials say the death of a Minnesota woman has been linked to the nationwide salmonella outbreak and now the infection may have contributed to seven deaths.

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David Koresh's Mother Slain; Aunt Charged

Updated: 01/25/2009 - The mother of infamous Branch Davidian sect leader David Koresh has been stabbed to death, and Koresh's aunt was in custody on a murder charge Saturday.

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States Hobbled By Unemployment Bills

Updated: 01/25/2009 - One fallout of the economic crisis has been the rise in unemployment, which stood at 7.2 percent in December.

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Kansas Man Sentenced For Making Fake IDs

Updated: 01/25/2009 - A Kansas City, Kan., man is sentenced to more than eight years in prison for producing and trafficking counterfeit identification documents.

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Bill Would Kill 3.2 Beer

Updated: 01/25/2009 - Kansas lawmakers could consider a bill this legislative session that would allow supermarkets and convenience stores in the state to sell full-strength beer.

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KU Considers Cutting Private Plane Use

Updated: 01/25/2009 - In another tough budget year, University of Kansas officials are considering cutting back on using their private air flights.

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Judge Refuses Conflict Claims in Tax Fraud Case

Updated: 01/25/2009 - A federal judge determines that a Joplin, Mo., man charged with tax fraud can pay the legal fees of his co-defendants and those co-defendants can share defense attorneys.

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Afghan president: US forces killed 16 civilians

Updated: 01/25/2009 - President Hamid Karzai condemned a U.S. operation he said killed 16 Afghan civilians, while hundreds of villagers denounced the American military during an angry demonstration Sunday.

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Returning Soldiers Receive Warm Welcome Home

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Soldiers returning from a 15-month tour to Iraq received a warm welcoming from the Aviation Battalion today. The Ist Infantry Division's 2/1 General Support Aviation Battalion, Combat Aviation Brigade, hosted the Home Ball at the Courtyard Marriott.

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Local Shelters Give Away Free Dogs and Cats

Updated: 01/24/2009 - Local residents found new family members through the "Change a Pet's Life Day" at the Helping Hands Humane Society. Homeless dogs and cats received new homes through today's national free adoption drive. Hill's Science Diet covered the fees for the first 10 pet adoptions at shelters across the country.

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Auto Shop Fire

Updated: 01/24/2009 - An Auto Shop on the 3000 Block of SE Fremont caught fire Saturday evening causing $50,000 in total damages.

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Indiana student ill, but wins Miss America crown

Updated: 01/24/2009 - Katie Stam of Indiana was crowned Miss America on Saturday night, fighting off a throat infection, laryngitis and 51 other contestants to win the 88-year-old pageant.

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Israeli official: Obama envoy coming to Mideast

Updated: 01/24/2009 - President Barack Obama's special envoy to the Middle East will come to Israel Wednesday for talks on keeping alive a fragile Gaza cease-fire and reviving Mideast negotiations, an Israeli foreign ministry official said Saturday.

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