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French raid pirate ship, US seeks to freeze assets

Updated: 04/15/2009 - The U.S. and its allies battled Somalia's pirates on two fronts Wednesday, with French forces seizing a bandit mother ship and Washington seeking to keep the marauders from their spoils. Another U.S. freighter headed to port with armed sailors aboard after pirates damaged it with gunshots and grenades.

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Obamas report $2.7 million in income for 2008

Updated: 04/15/2009 - President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, millionaires from his best-selling books, made $2.7 million last year and paid just under one-third of their adjusted income in federal taxes. While the income, mostly his, was far more than the U.S. median household income of about $50,000, it was quite a decrease from the $4.2 million the Obamas made in 2007.

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Kansans Protest Stimulus Package, Taxes

Updated: 04/15/2009 - Hundreds of Kansans turned out Tuesday to protest what they see as excessive taxes and wasteful government spending at rallies across the state.

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Topeka Woman's Husband, Brother on Attacked Ship

Updated: 04/15/2009 - Caroline Waldmann is anxiously awaiting word from her husband, Bill and brother Ken Stearns tonight. They're safe and serving on the "Liberty Sun," the latest ship attacked by Somali pirates. Ralph Hipp interviewed her Wednesday night at her Topeka home.

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More "Hot Jobs" for April 16th

Updated: 04/15/2009 - Here's the list of "Hot Jobs" that Ralph details on "13 News at 4" this week. Now that your taxes are done, do a little research if one of these jobs may be right for you.

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Abortion Foes Raise New Questions on Kansas Governor

Updated: 04/15/2009 - Operation Rescue released a letter from Dr. George Tiller, saying he made a $200,000 contribution to a PAC to defeat Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' 2002 gubernatorial opponent. A Sebelius spokesperson called the letter a "mass mailing."

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Most-wanted Colombia drug lord caught 'like a dog'

Updated: 04/15/2009 - Colombia's most wanted drug lord was cowering like a dog under a palm tree when he was captured Wednesday in a jungle raid involving hundreds of police officers, the defense minister said.

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Son: Demjanjuk in pain after federal custody

Updated: 04/15/2009 - The son of John Demjanjuk (dem-YAHN'-yuk) says his 89-year-old father was exhausted and in pain after immigration enforcement officers took him from his home to deport him to Germany.

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Wife of Boston face transplant donor speaks out

Updated: 04/15/2009 - The wife of a Massachusetts man whose tissue was donated for the nation's second face transplant said her husband told her before heart transplant surgery that he wanted to donate his organs if he didn't survive the operation.

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Most-wanted Colombia drug lord caught 'like a dog'

Updated: 04/15/2009 - Colombia's most wanted drug lord was cowering like a dog under a palm tree when he was captured Wednesday in a jungle raid involving hundreds of police officers, the defense minister said.

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Jurors decry post-trial arrest of Egyptian student

Updated: 04/15/2009 - Four jurors who acquitted an Egyptian college student of federal explosives charges criticized U.S. immigration authorities on Wednesday for trying to deport him, saying it was a "blatant disregard" of their verdict.

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Tax deadline brings out thousands of protesters

Updated: 04/15/2009 - Thousands of protesters, some dressed like Revolutionary War soldiers and most waving signs with anti-tax slogans, gathered around the nation Wednesday for a series of rallies modeled after the original Boston Tea Party. They chose the income tax filing deadline to express their displeasure with government spending since President Barack Obama took office.

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Thomas to give 1st year salary back to FIU

Updated: 04/15/2009 - Here's a sign of how far Isiah Thomas was willing to go for an opportunity to return to coaching: He will not make a dollar his first year at Florida International.

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US sailors who thwarted pirate hijackers fly home

Updated: 04/15/2009 - A shipping company spokesman says the American crew that thwarted the hijacking of a U.S. cargo ship has left Mombasa on a chartered plane heading to the United States.

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US name 'border czar' to watch Mexican border

Updated: 04/15/2009 - Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano named a former federal prosecutor Wednesday to the new post of "border czar" to oversee efforts to end drug-cartel violence along the U.S.-Mexico border and slow the tide of people crossing illegally into the United States.

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Iran willing to build new relationship with US

Updated: 04/15/2009 - Iran's president said Wednesday he is willing to build a new relationship with the United States and is preparing new proposals aimed at breaking the impasse with the West over his country's nuclear program.

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Consumer prices dip unexpectedly in March

Updated: 04/15/2009 - Consumer prices dipped unexpectedly in March, leaving prices over the past year falling at the fastest clip in more than a half-century. The recession is expected to keep a lid on inflation as widespread layoffs dampen wage pressures and weak demand keeps companies from raising prices.

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Fed survey finds faint signs of hope

Updated: 04/15/2009 - The Federal Reserve said Wednesday there are some faint signs the steep plunge in economic activity that began last fall is starting to level off.

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Tax deadline brings out thousands of protesters

Updated: 04/15/2009 - Thousands of protesters, some dressed like Revolutionary War soldiers and most waving signs with anti-tax slogans, gathered around the nation Wednesday for a series of rallies modeled after the original Boston Tea Party.

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French nab 11 pirates as threats mount on US ships

Updated: 04/15/2009 - A pirate gang that staged an abortive attack on a second U.S. ship loaded with food aid said Wednesday they were singling out American vessels and would kill their crews. French forces detained 11 other hijackers in a high-seas raid.

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Obama: Get the dread out of tax deadline day

Updated: 04/15/2009 - President Barack Obama declared on tax-filing day that he aims to take the dread out of deadline day. Obama said at a White House event Wednesday that he's working toward "a simpler tax code that rewards work and the pursuit of the American dream."

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