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Obama Honors King on Final Pre-presidency Day

Updated: 01/19/2009 - Fresh off a rollicking celebration in the shadow of Abraham Lincoln, President-elect Barack Obama is shaping the final day of his pre-presidential life around another giant figure, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Iraqi Shoe Thrower To Seek Swiss Asylum: Lawyer

Updated: 01/19/2009 - A Swiss lawyer working on behalf of the Iraqi journalist who threw shoes at U.S. President George W. Bush said Monday his client will seek political asylum in Switzerland.

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Future Of Abstinence-Only Funding Is In Limbo

Updated: 01/19/2009 - With the exit of the Bush administration, critics of abstinence-only sex education will be making an aggressive push to cut off federal funding for what they consider an ineffective, sometimes harmful program.

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Oil Falls to Near $36 ahead of Busy Earnings Week

Updated: 01/19/2009 - Oil prices fell to near $36 a barrel Monday in Asia as investors eyed a slew of U.S. corporate earnings this week for signs of weakening consumer demand amid the worst recession in decades.

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Saudi Arabia Pledges $1 Billion To Rebuild Gaza

Updated: 01/19/2009 - The Saudi king says his country will donate $1 billion to help rebuild the Gaza Strip after Israel's devastating three-week offensive in the Palestinian territory.

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Israel To Pull Out Of Gaza By Obama Inauguration

Updated: 01/19/2009 - Israel plans to pull all of its troops out of the Gaza Strip by the time President-elect Barack Obama is inaugurated Tuesday, but only if Hamas militants hold their fire, Israeli officials said.

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Hospital Expansion Opens to the Public

Updated: 01/18/2009 - Hundreds of people crammed their way into the Geary Community Hospital today for an open house. The hospital showed off its new expansion, which will open officially in two weeks. In 2006 residents of Geary County voted for the $34 million bond referendum that funded the project.

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Senate Republicans block delay in TV transition

Updated: 01/18/2009 - Senate Republicans on Friday blocked a bill that would have delayed next month's nationwide shutdown of analog TV signals until June 12, but Democrats vowed to bring the measure back for a vote next week.

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As challenges mount, ardor for Obama cools abroad

Updated: 01/18/2009 - Barack Obama got a global standing ovation long before he was elected president. But in a fickle and fast-moving world, the overseas reviews are already turning mixed.

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Financial burden of homeownership spread unequally

Updated: 01/18/2009 - When it comes to homeownership, Hispanics in New Jersey, single parents in California and senior citizens in Rhode Island all have something in common: More than a third have an unaffordable mortgage.

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Obama dominates 'King Sunday' at black churches

Updated: 01/18/2009 - The third Sunday in January, known as "King Sunday" in Atlanta after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., easily could've been called "Obama Sunday" this year.

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Obamas, Bidens enjoy Lincoln Memorial concert

Updated: 01/18/2009 - Under the gaze of Abraham Lincoln's statue, Bruce Springsteen and a red-robed gospel choir kicked off a spirited preinaugural concert Sunday before tens of thousands on the National Mall.

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Future of abstinence-only funding is in limbo

Updated: 01/18/2009 - With the exit of the Bush administration, critics of abstinence-only sex education will be making an aggressive push to cut off federal funding for what they consider an ineffective, sometimes harmful program.

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`Paul Blart: Mall Cop' Nabs Top Box Office Spot

Updated: 01/18/2009 - Kevin James bumbles and stumbles to take down the bad guys, but his "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" had no trouble nabbing the top spot at the box office this weekend.

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More earnings could answer questions about economy

Updated: 01/18/2009 - As hundreds of fourth-quarter earnings reports stream in this week, Wall Street's reaction will turn on companies' answers to one question: When will the recession end?

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Shoplifter Gets Run Over Twice By Her Getaway Car

Updated: 01/18/2009 - Authorities are looking for a shoplifter who was run over twice by her getaway car after stealing $1,200 worth of designer purses from a Cape Coral store. A T.J. Maxx security guard told police she saw a woman stuff six designer Dooney & Bourke purses into her pants Tuesday morning and walk out of the store. The guard said she was confronting the woman when a car pulled up.

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Stars Shine — Briefly — at Sundance Party

Updated: 01/18/2009 - Ah, the glamour of the Sundance Film Festival party circuit: Long lines in the cold, throngs of people trying to sneak in and the ever-so brief appearances of celebrities who show up to get their pictures taken and then exit out a back door.

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Mexican Collapse? Drug Wars Worry Some Americans

Updated: 01/18/2009 - Indiscriminate kidnappings. Nearly daily beheadings. Gangs that mock and kill government agents. This isn't Iraq or Pakistan. It's Mexico, which the U.S. government and a growing number of experts say is becoming one of the world's biggest security risks.

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