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Obama Apologizes to Feinstein for his CIA Surprise

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Sen. Dianne Feinstein says President-elect Barack Obama apologized to her for not notifying her ahead of time that Leon Panetta was his pick for CIA director. She is incoming chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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Child Solicitation Suspect Dies

Updated: 01/06/2009 - A 73-year-old man suspected of soliciting sex from a 10-year-old Hutchinson girl has died in a Pennsylvania prison.

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Cross-dressing doctor who killed wife found hanged

Updated: 01/06/2009 - A cross-dressing, millionaire Harvard dermatologist serving life in prison for shooting his estranged wife to death has been found hanged in his cell, a prison spokeswoman said Tuesday. Richard Sharpe was found by his cellmate at MCI-Norfolk on Monday evening and was declared dead at a hospital, said Department of Correction spokeswoman Diane Wiffin.

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Richardson, Obama Teams Trade Blame

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Washington Post: President-Elect's vetting team underestimated grand jury investigation into New Mexico Governor

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Missouri Traffic Fatalities Reach 25-year Low

Updated: 01/06/2009 - The Missouri State Highway Patrol said Tuesday that 941 people died in traffic crashes in 2008. The total is the lowest since 1983, when 921 people were killed in traffic accidents.

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Judge: Government Hiding Evidence in Gitmo Case

Updated: 01/06/2009 - At a hearing Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan rapped Justice Department lawyers for only recently turning over Defense Department and other government documents first obtained in September.

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Layoffs Announced by Kansas Gambling Regulators

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Executive director Stephen Martino said the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission is laying off 11 staff members and cutting the hours for another 10 because plans for increased gambling in the state haven't materialized as expected.

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Kansas May Not Lose Congressional Seat; Missouri Might

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Dennis Johnson, regional director for the U.S. Census, says the latest data do not show Kansas losing one of its four Congressional seats. But Johnson says Missouri might lose one of its nine seats.

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Ex-AG's Affair an Issue in Kansas Abortion Case

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Attorneys for abortion provider Dr. George Tiller says former AG Paul Morrison was influenced to file charges against Tiller by his former mistress, Linda Carter. They also suggest former AG Phill Kline also knew about the affair before Morrison filed his charges.

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Obama's Kenyan Step-Grandmother to Attend Ball

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Sarah Obama, the stepmother of Obama's Kenyan-born father, will join representatives from the Kenyan government, African Union and African diplomats for an unofficial inaugural ball on Jan. 20.

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6-year-old Misses Bus, Takes Family Car, Crashes

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Police in Virginia say a 6-year old boy missed the bus, took the keys to his family's 2005 Ford Taurus and drove 10 miles toward school while his mother was asleep.

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Biological Father Anguishes for Kan. Son's Loss

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Investigators only recently learned Adam Herrman disappeared in 1999 and are focused on finding him. Adam was 11 when he disappeared from a mobile home park in Towanda.

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Man Suspected of Soliciting Sex from Child Dies

Updated: 01/06/2009 - State prison officials say Joseph Hydock of Wernersville, Pa., died Saturday in Berks County Prison while serving time for possessing child pornography.

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Book Promotion Paid Eastbound Tolls

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Tolls for drivers leaving the Kanas Turnpike on Topeka's east side were paid by New York company Sterling Publishing, which is promoting the book "I Can Make You Thin,'' by Paul McKenna.

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1st Infantry Commander to Recap Busy 2008, Future

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Brig. Gen. Perry Wiggins was expected to highlight the year's activities, which included the start or completion of more than $1 billion in construction projects on post.

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Fort Riley Commander Reflects on 2008

Updated: 01/06/2009 - The last 12 months have been a "whirlwind" for Fort Riley's 1st Infantry Division - those are the words from the commanding general, Brigadier General Perry Wiggins. He shared his main priorities for the post in 2009.

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Obama Stimulus Plan Boosts Business Tax Refunds

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Roland Burris failed in his bid to take President-elect Barack Obama's Illinois Senate seat on Tuesday in a scripted piece of political theater staged just before the opening of the 111th Congress.

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Pending Home Sales Plunge to Record Low in November

Updated: 01/06/2009 - The National Association of Realtors says pending home sales fell to the lowest level on record in November, as the plummeting stock market and faltering economy caused buyers to put their purchases on hold.

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