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Sources: Senators weigh 3 government health plans

Updated: 05/08/2009 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senators are considering three different designs for a new government health insurance plan that middle-income Americans could buy into for the first time, congressional officials said Friday. Officials familiar with the proposals said senators plan to debate them in a closed meeting next week. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the controversial plans have not been released.

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More than 30K ordered to flee Santa Barbara fire

Updated: 05/08/2009 - SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) -- Turning the horizon a lurid orange and raining embers on roofs as it advanced, a raging wildfire that has destroyed scores of homes in the hills menaced this celebrity enclave and other coastal towns Friday, and the number of people ordered to flee climbed to 30,000. Authorities warned an additional 23,000 to be ready to leave at a moment's notice.

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Sale Benefits Let's Help

Updated: 05/08/2009 - Topekans had the opportunity to buy a Mother's Day gift and help a charity at the same time.

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Chicken Salad Pitas from Chef Alli

Posted: 05/08/2009 - This is the first recipe we're rolling out from the brand new HyVee "Seasons" Healthy Living Recipes Cookbook. It's only $19.95, with a $5 gift card for Mom. You can find this recipe on page 26. Try it!

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Westar Profits Fall in 1Q

Updated: 05/08/2009 - Westar Energy Inc. says its first-quarter profits fell 28% as higher expenses and lower sales volume offset rate increases.

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Morning Storms Claim New Albany Woman

Updated: 05/08/2009 - Wilson County Emergency Management says 54-year old Carol Jacobsen died when her trailer home was blown off its foundation. Witnesses say her home looked like it was picked up and wrapped around a tree.

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`Simpsons' Cast, Crew Unveil Show's Postal Stamps

Updated: 05/08/2009 - Crew and voice-cast members of the long-running animated series attended an unveiling Thursday of five "Simpsons" U.S. postage stamps at the Twentieth Century Fox lot in Los Angeles.

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Police: Wesleyan suspect wrote 'Kill Johanna'

Updated: 05/08/2009 - Police responding to the fatal shooting of a Wesleyan University student found a journal with an entry saying "I think it okay to kill Jews and go on a killing spree" and "Kill Johanna. She must Die," according to an arrest warrant released Friday.

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Typhoon Weakens after Killing 10 in Philippines

Updated: 05/08/2009 - MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A powerful typhoon dumped heavy rains, triggered landslides and left at least 10 people dead and four missing in the northern Philippines, officials said Friday.

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Liberty's crown, closed since 9/11, to open July 4

Updated: 05/08/2009 - The Statue of Liberty's crown, with its exhilarating view of New York's skyscrapers, bridges and seaport, is reopening on Independence Day for the first time since terrorists leveled the World Trade Center just across the harbor.

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Son says US has ordered Demjanjuk to surrender

Updated: 05/08/2009 - Immigration agents served suspected Nazi guard John Demjanjuk on Friday with a notice to surrender to an immigration office in Cleveland, his son said.

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More than 30K ordered to flee Santa Barbara fire

Updated: 05/08/2009 - More than 30,000 people have been ordered to flee a wildfire that burned a five-mile-long front above wealthy coastal communities by Friday, after another hot, windy night in which the fire chief said "all hell broke loose."

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Sochi Olympic Construction Begins as Clock Ticks

Updated: 05/08/2009 - A dumptruck decorated with a Russian flag rattles down a dirt track on a massive fenced-in field, kicking up a plume of dust. Sochi was awarded the 2014 Olympics at an IOC meeting in Guatemala in 2007 after an impassioned address in English by Putin, then Russia's president, who emerged as Sochi's biggest booster and personally backed the bid.

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Boil Water Advisory for Jefferson Co. RWD #14

Updated: 05/08/2009 - The Kansas Dept. of Health and Envirnoment issued a boil water advisory Friday afternoon for Jefferson County Rural Water District 14. The advisory affects about 60 customers.

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Missouri "Munchkin": Mickey Carroll Dies

Updated: 05/08/2009 - Mickey Carroll was one of more than 100 adults and children who were recruited to play the movie natives of what author L. Frank Baum called Munchkin Country in his 1900 book "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."

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FDA: Kids At Risk From Testoterone Gel

Updated: 05/08/2009 - A little testosterone might be good for adults, but it can cause serious harm to children, federal health officials warned Thursday. The Food and Drug Administration said adults using prescription testosterone gel must be extra careful not to get any of it on children to avoid causing serious side effects.

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Gov't Sticks With Bush-Era Polar Bear Rule

Updated: 05/08/2009 - The Obama administration on Friday let stand a Bush-era regulation that limits protection of the polar bear from global warming, saying that a law protecting endangered species shouldn't be used to take on the broader issue of climate change.

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Baby Names: Barack, Miley Move Up; Emma, Jacob Rule

Updated: 05/08/2009 - Emma ended Emily's 12-year reign as the No. 1 baby name for girls in 2008, the Social Security Administration announced Friday. Jacob was at the top for the 10th straight year.

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