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Popularity of tiny `netbooks' set to rise in 2009

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Last year so-called "netbooks" crept into stores — computers that often cost less than $400, with small screens and keyboards that made them look Lilliputian next to laptops that seemed perfectly portable just months earlier.

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Toyota Unveils New Prius Boasting 50 MPG

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Toyota Motor Corp. is looking to keep the Prius in its spot as the top-selling hybrid in the U.S. with the next generation of the iconic fuel-sipper.

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Did Speculation Fuel Oil Price Swings?

Updated: 01/12/2009 - About the only economic break most Americans have gotten in the last six months has been the drastic drop in the price of oil, which has fallen even more precipitously than it rose. In a year's time, a commodity that was theoretically priced according to supply and demand doubled from $69 a barrel to nearly $150, and then, in a period of just three months, crashed along with the stock market.

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Madoff To Remain Free On Bail In Penthouse

Updated: 01/12/2009 - A judge allowed disgraced money manager Bernard Madoff to remain free on bail Monday, rejecting an attempt by prosecutors to send him to jail for mailing more than $1 million in jewelry to family and friends over the holidays.

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Bush Gets Reflective As Term Nears End

Updated: 01/12/2009 - In a nostalgic farewell news conference, President George W. Bush reflected on the last eight years of his presidency, admitting several mistakes but mostly defending decisions that have become largely unpopular during his second term.

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Kansas Has 30 New House Members, 10 New Senators

Updated: 01/12/2009 - The Legislature began Monday and the day largely was filled with formalities followed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' State of the State address in the evening. The 125-member House has 12 new Republicans and eight Democrats. One new legislator from each party previously has served in the chamber

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Sen. Brownback Invites Obama to Tour Leavenworth

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Sen. Sam Brownback has invited Barack Obama to Fort Leavenworth, saying the president-elect should see for himself that Guantanamo Bay detainees should not be moved to Kansas.

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Local Woman Organizes Blood Drive

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Give 45 minutes of your time, and give someone else life. That's the idea behind the blood drive at Land Kansas Real Estate today. From 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., donor volunteers can give blood in the Community Blood Center's "Blood Vessel."

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Israel Pounds New Hamas Targets, Enlists Reserves

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Israeli warplanes pounded the homes of Hamas leaders and ground troops edged closer to the Gaza Strip's densely-populated urban center Monday, as Israel stepped up the pressure ahead of deciding whether to escalate its devastating two-week offensive.

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Bush Agrees to Ask for Financial Bailout Funds

Updated: 01/12/2009 - President George W. Bush agreed to ask Congress on Monday to release the remaining $350 billion in financial sector rescue funds after receiving a request to do so from President-elect Barack Obama, the White House said.

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Oil Continues to Fall as Investors Eye US Earnings

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Falling crude demand in the world's largest consuming nation drove oil prices below $38 a barrel Monday as the U.S. enters a corporate earnings season expected to be fraught with bad news.

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GM: Worst-case Scenario Calls for More Gov't Money

Updated: 01/12/2009 - GM's chief operating officer wouldn't say Monday whether GM will need all $18 billion in government loans it sought from Congress, but he said GM's worst-case scenario would require more than the $13.4 billion already allocated by the Treasury Department.

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Stocks Slip Ahead of Earnings Reports

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Wall Street extended last week's sell-off Monday as stocks declined ahead of quarterly earnings reports expected this week and as another drop in oil prices weighed on energy stocks.

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Storm Sinks Indonesian Ferry, 250 Feared Dead

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Huge waves and driving rain hindered rescuers Monday as they searched for about 250 people missing and feared dead after a ferry packed with passengers and cargo capsized in a cyclone off Indonesia's Sulawesi island.

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